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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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Brownlee, Ginebra trounce TNT in semis opener

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Barangay Ginebra displayed its full strength as it clobbered TNT, 121-94, to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee opened the floodgates for the Gin Kings in the first quarter as he anchored a 14-2 blast to turn a […]

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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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Garcia shines as backup to Castro

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RR Garcia proved Friday he can hold down the fort for TNT in the absence of the Best Point Guard in Asia. During the moments where Castro sat on the bench to rest, Garcia took command and ran the KaTropa’s show as an effective floor general to help TNT get a 122-109 Game 4 victory over Barangay […]

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San Miguel ties semis series, survives Star

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San Miguel Beer escaped Star, 77-76, to even their semifinals series at 1-1 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Charles Rhodes finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds for the Beermen, who bounced back from a 109-105 defeat in Game 1. Hotshots’ […]

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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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Bench production key to Game 6 win, says Ginebra guard Tenorio

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After exploding for a series-best 19 points on Sunday, LA Tenorio couldn’t care any less of his scoring as long as Ginebra gets the win. “It’s just a bonus for me. What’s important is I involve my teammates on our offense,” he said. Averaging just 7.2 points on 27 percent shooting from the field, 3.2 […]

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Ginebra has advantage in Game 7 because of Cone, says Pingris

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With the Star-Ginebra semifinals series going the distance, Marc Pingris admits the Hotshots will be the underdogs in their do-or-die. “They have the advantage because they have coach Tim (Cone),” Pingris said in Filipino. “He has a lot of experience in these situations compared to coach Chito (Victolero).” Pingris should know, given that Cone previously […]

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Hurting Devance plays key role for Ginebra in Game 6

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Joe Devance expects a painful and possibly sleepless night to celebrate his 35th birthday on Sunday. But at the end of the day, he knows that all of those pain will be worth it. “I’d be crying later, but I’ll be all right,” Devance said. Devance has every reason to feel such as he provided […]

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Ginebra extends semis vs Star to Game 7 behind Devance

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Joe Devance celebrated his birthday in style, providing the boost Barangay Ginebra needed in its 91-67 victory over Star on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The win allowed the Gin Kings to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series, slated on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena. The 35-year-old […]

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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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Gin Kings eye equalizer in close semis series vs Hotshots

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The Star Hotshots are still in the lead at 2-1 but the Barangay Ginebra Kings are back on the warpath promising an even more furious battle in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals series at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. The two teams engaged in a slam-bang duel in each of their first three […]

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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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Devance returns to give Ginebra lift in Game 3

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Joe Devance only had six points and six rebounds but his impact in Barangay Ginebra’s win over Star in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals goes beyond his numbers. Devance returned after missing three games due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot and though, his injury is still very much bothering […]

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Lee on subpar Game 3 showing: ‘Credit to Ginebra defense’

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Star guard Paul Lee has been super the first two games of the semifinals series but in Game 3, he found his kryptonite in Barangay Ginebra’s defense. Lee is averaging 17.5 points in the semis but on Monday night, he was held to just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field. “It’s not our […]

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Gin Kings avoid 0-3 hole, down Hotshots

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Barangay Ginebra beat out Star in a tough defensive battle, holding the Hotshots down to two points in the last 5:51 of play to pull off a 73-62 win in Game 3 of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal showdown at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Monday night.          Offensively, Sol Mercado, Japeth Aguilar […]

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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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Cone hints at Devance return as Ginebra tries to avoid 0-3 hole vs Star

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After barely squeezing through in Games 1 and 2, the Star Hotshots hardly take comfort in their 2-0 lead versus the ever-dangerous Barangay Ginebra Kings in their side of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Star coach Cito Victolero said they would keep their cautious stand as they take on the Gin Kings in Game […]

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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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Ginebra rallies past Alaska, forces do-or-die for semis slot

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ANTIPOLO — Ginebra battled back from 17 points down and pulled off an 85-81 victory over Alaska on Sunday to force a do-or-die for a semifinals in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here. The Gin Kings fought back from a 50-37 deficit and unleashed a jaw-dropping 21-1 run to close the third frame […]

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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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San Miguel, Ginebra dispute finals slot in Game 5

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After splitting the first four games, titleholder San Miguel Beer and people’s champ Barangay Ginebra clash for one last time Tuesday, engaging in a royal knockout playoff for a spot in the 2016 PBA Governors Cup Finals.     Just like in any do-or-die match, it’s now more of a question of will and determination as the […]

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Facing elimination, Beermen avoid early vacation

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Barangay Ginebra came into Sunday’s game eyeing to clinch a seat in the finals. San Miguel Beer, however, had other plans in mind and it was certainly not about taking a vacation. “Kailangan talaga manalo, ayaw pa namin mag bakasyon,” said SMB center June Mar Fajardo Sunday after bludgeoning Ginebra, 101-72.  San Miguel was pushed […]

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Cone: ‘We never had an answer’

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San Miguel Beer came out firing on all cylinders from the get-go and Barangay Ginebra didn’t know what hit them. That was how Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone summed up his team’s blowout loss in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals series on Sunday. “They came out firing and just never let up, we […]

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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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In-rhythm Lassiter shoots SMB into Game 5

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If there’s one thing Marcio Lassiter did to ease the pain of their Game 3 loss to Ginebra, it was shoot the lights out. Lassiter scored 25 points, a team-high for the Beermen, and 21 of those came from the three-point line as he led San Miguel to a 101-72 win over the Gin Kings […]

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Tenorio doesn’t mind going scoreless as long as Ginebra wins

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LA Tenorio isn’t losing sleep for his scoreless performance against San Miguel on Monday. “Mukha ba akong concerned?” Tenorio said smiling. “Hindi naman ako concerned. It’s not about me, it’s not about our import. it’s about the team.” Following his 32-point performance in Ginebra’s quarterfinal tiff against Alaska, Tenorio went 0-of-9 from the field in […]

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Austria looking to extend Beermen rotation in Game 2

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San Miguel coach Leo Austria admitted it was a miscue on his part that he failed to make the most of his bench. Fielding only eight players on Monday, a fatigued Beermen crew was dragged to a 115-108 defeat at the hands of Ginebra in Game 1 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2016 […]

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Thompson, Ginebra not satisfied with Game 1 win

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With Ginebra’s three-guard combo terrorizing the open court, Scottie Thompson was once again front and center in the rally, orchestrating the Gin Kings’ huge 115-108 victory over the San Miguel Beermen in Game 1 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. But the rookie guard shared that just like his head […]

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Millsap takes blame for Beermen loss in Game 1

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Not even a late surge and a triple-double from Elijah Millsap could carry San Miguel past Ginebra in Game 1 of its best-of-five semifinals in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. But the returning import made it clear the Beermen are not pressing the panic button yet. “It’s a series,” he said, as he finished with […]

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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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Ginebra rallies, beats San Miguel in semis opener

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Barangay Ginebra worked on a wondrous effort versus San Miguel Beer in the opener of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinal series, fashioning out a come-from-behind 115-108 win before a good Monday crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.         Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar played solid games all night long while Sol Mercado, Scottie Thompson and Joe Devance […]

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San Miguel, Ginebra begin semis series

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It took San Miguel Beer two extra periods to get past Barangay Ginebra, 111-105, in their elimination round clash. And that could well be an indication on how the two teams will go at each other in their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinal showdown beginning Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Both teams brace for a […]

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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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