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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beermen beat Painters, take 3-2 semis lead

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San Miguel Beer is now just one step away from a return trip to the finals. With June Mar Fajardo collecting 27 points and 12 rebounds and Arwind Santos keying a crucial breakaway the Beermen triumphed over Rain or Shine 103-94 Wednesday to go up 3-2 in their Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at […]

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Aces look to finish off Batang Pier in Game 5

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Alaska seeks to put an end on Globalport’s breakthrough run and nurture its own bid for a first crownin three years as the Aces go for the kill versus the beleaguered Batang Pier in Game 5 of their Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Final Four face-off at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday.

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Beermen beat Painters in Game 4, level semis series

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Defending champion San Miguel Beer banked on a blistering third quarter run to put away a shorthanded Rain or Shine side, 105-92, and level their 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals series at 2-2 Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Believe it or not, June Mar Fajardo, the reigning back-to-back MVP, had his […]

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Jarencio: GlobalPort has nothing to lose vs ‘favorite’ Alaska

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Despite coming off an inspiring win in the playoffs, GlobalPort remains the underdog against top seed Alaska in their 2016 Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals beginning Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena.

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