Reynel Hugnatan heated up when Meralco needed him the most, nailing three crucial treys to help the Bolts down Ginebra, 107-103, Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
CAN Meralco finally break through all the way and make history?
That will be answered as the peaking Bolts seek their first-ever finals appearance as they go up against TNT KaTropa again in the semifinals of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
PBA Governors Cup campaign following the acquisition of Mike Tolomia in a trade with Rain or Shine on Monday.
“We thought the trade for Tolomia would help us strengthen our point guard position moving forward,” said Black of the trade.
DESPERATE times call for desperate measures.
Meralco showed its survival skills as it staved off elimination, upsetting Rain or Shine, 82-72, in a dominant win to snap its six-game losing streak and stayed alive in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Three starters led the charge for the Bolts, with Chris Newsome grabbing a game-high 19 points, four rebounds and six assists, while Cliff Hodge had a monster double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds and Jonathan Uyloan also had a splendid game of 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.
BEFORE yet another lengthy break, the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup hosts two critical games expected to affect the wild race to the quarterfinals.
Already through to the next round, league-leading Meralco (7-1) now looks at improving its chances of finishing in the top two as it plays unpredictable GlobalPort (2-6) at 4:15 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Meralco Bolts ratcheted up their defensive intensity in crunch time to keep their 3rd winning streak intact against a Rain or shine team that is at the same stage of its development curve.
SOLO leadership will be up for grabs as co-league leaders Rain or Shine and Meralco dispute first place in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
Both enjoying early success, the Elasto Painters and the Bolts, both sitting at the top with 3-0 starts, go there separate ways when they meet at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
BOCAUE — Australia retained leadership in Group B of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers after it defeated the Philippines, 89-53, in a highly emotional match at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, that saw a fight break in the third period that eventually halted the contest.
What once seemed a distant possibility is now a reality, as the Boston Celtics are now tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.
BOSTON -- This moment has been a distant possibility for so long. Coming into the season, second place was a solid and achievable goal.
It's been a week of goodbyes in the NBA, as Paul Pierce has followed Kevin Garnett's retirement announcement by declaring the 2016-2017 season to be his last in the NBA. Pierce will play his 19th and final season for Doc Rivers' Los Angeles Clippers, although Doc has stated that he will waive Pierce before he retires so he can sign a one-day deal with the Celtics and retire.
The Celtics are one win away from facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals as they beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead back to Washington.
BOSTON – LeBron is in sight.
After two humiliating losses in Washington, the Celtics came home and throttled the Washington Wizards 123-101, pushing John Wall and the Wiz to the brink. Boston heads back to Washington for an elimination game Friday as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers await a potential Game 1 Monday.
After losing the first two games of their NBA Playoffs series against the Bulls under tragic circumstances, the Boston Celtics rolled off four straight wins to knock out the Chicago Bulls and move on to the second round with a 105-83 win.
“It’s a wrap for these mother (bleepers)!” Isaiah Thomas screamed to his teammates in the middle of the third quarter. There was plenty of game left, but the Celtics were cruising past a 25-point lead and the Bulls had clearly thrown in the towel.
The Celtics will waive journeyman swingman John Holland, reports The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The Celtics have subsequently issued a release confirming they have waived Holland. The BU alum signed a two-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Celtics in April, but only played one minute in the second game of the Hawks series.
Taco Jay and Max Money Al led Boston to take a 3-0 series lead with the OT win.
Victory was assured at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter. Aron Baynes (7 points & 10 rebounds) splashed a 3-pointer from the corner, and according to the rules, the Boston Celticsdefeated the Philadelphia 76ers 101-98 in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
MINNEAPOLIS — Down two games to none in an unfavorable first round series against the lethal, unrelenting high-speed Houston Rockets, the Timberwolves returned home to a city that hasn’t hosted a playoff game since 2003-04. The building was booming from the jump with chants of “Let’s go Wolves!” and “DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE” setting an energetic tone.
When teams have a season as disappointing as the Wizards' 2015-16 campaign, tension is bound to build up between players. Unfortunately for Washington, it's their two biggest stars who have admitted to not having the best relationship.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired Nuggets forward Joffrey Lauvergne from Denver, according to The Vertical
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel avoided what could have been another collapse as it held off Meralco to level their 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series at 1-1 Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Bronny James mania has officially arrived. With his famous father in the stands, LeBron James’ oldest son spent the weekend playing in front of massive crowds with his grassroots team in Las Vegas. Even though he’s only entering eighth grade, it’s clear Bronny is already a certified basketball celebrity.
By Roy Afable
Three-time NBA Champion and Spurs Legend Bruce Bowen is here in Manila to join Pinoy hoops fans for live viewing of the 2018 NBA Finals from June 1 – 4. He will also be doing some charity while in the country as part of the NBA Cares program.
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