THE finals set-to for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup is now set after the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa booked their respective seats for the “Big Dance” at the weekend.
Two teams that did not have it easy in the lead-up to the championship series but managed to emerge on top on the strength of what they said was their firm commitment to seeing their causes through and doing what was needed to be done.
CONSIDERING what it needs to accomplish in the upcoming Southeast Asian Basketball (SEABA) Men’s Championship and the kind of competition it is about to take, Gilas Pilipinas had to come up with a team that can get the job done, something it was able to do with the players it named to the squad recently, one analyst said.
FOLLOWING a successful leg in Mindanao on Wednesday, the week-long Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Star Game festivities swing back to Luzon for the second stop today in Lucena, Quezon.
Taking place at the Quezon Convention Center, it is now time for the Luzon All-Stars to test the Gilas Pilipinas pool, which is preparing for the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship next month, in the main event.
Two pivotal games that are bound to shape the landscape of the quarterfinals take place as four teams fight for berths in the homestretch of the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup elimination round.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE Alaska Aces raced to a 2-0 record in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup after routing the TNT KaTropa, 125-96, in Sunday action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Got off to a fiery start to open the contest, the Aces proved too hard to break for the KaTropa as they chalked up the win for early leadership in the standings of the season-ending PBA tournament.
THE rampage continued for Alaska as it cruised its way to its second straight win, routing Blackwater, 109-95, to gain a share of the early lead in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Once again strutting his wares, Cory Jefferson paced the Aces with another solid double-double production of 28 points and 15 rebounds, totally outplaying his counterpart Greg Smith.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
HAD their two-game ascent in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup halted last time around, the Alaska Aces look to regroup and bounce back when they take on the Columbian Dyip in opening league action today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
The stage is set for Alaska and Magnolia as the two storied franchises go all out to reclaim glory at the start of their best-of-seven championship tilt in the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
Game 1 of the Finals is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City today as the Aces and the Hotshots both seek a nice jumpstart.
THE Alaska Aces are now in the win column of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup following a 93-74 victory over the Blackwater Elite in their curtain-raising encounter yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tripped in their tournament debut last time around, the Aces used a strong start to the game and a solid finish to stave off a spirited challenge by the Elite midway into the contest to notch their first win in the midseason PBA conference.
NOW with a complete line-up in tow, Alaska showed everyone that it is back in full strength.
The Aces finally listed their first victory of the season, coming from behind in the last few minutes and taking a hard-fought 95-84 victory over erstwhile league-leading GlobalPort in the 2016-17 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last night.
In his first game of the season after missing his team’s first two due to an injury, Calvin Abueva went right back to work with a vengeance, leading his team to triumph with a solid game with a double-double of 22 points and 11 boards to lead the Aces’ charge.
THE Alaska Aces padded their push for a top eight spot in the elimination round of the PBA Philippine Cup yesterday with a 107-91 victory over the Mahindra Floodbuster in a key match at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Needing to win to keep in step with the pack racing to avoid being lumped in the bottom four teams that will be eliminated at the end of the classification phase, the Aces delivered accordingly, banking on their depth and experience when pushed to the wall by the resilient Floodbuster.
GAINING some steam, Alaska kept its momentum going as it routed GlobalPort, 101-88, for its second straight win to keep its sagging hopes of making the Top 8 alive in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Buck Henton continued his tear, producing game-highs of 36 points and 21 rebounds on top of four assists to spearhead the Aces.
Alaska Aces pulled off a huge escape act, coming away with a 104-102 Game 3 victory over the Meralco Bolts in the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Thursday evening.
With the hard-earned win, the third-seeded Aces moved on verge of nailing a trip to the finals as they took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Philippine Basketball Association coaches are finding it hard to pick which team has the advantage in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals’ showdown between the Magnolia Hotshots and the Alaska Milk Aces.
“It’s a toss-up. The two teams are almost even, tingin ko walang nakakalamang,” said national coach Yeng Guiao.Guiao and most of the PBA coaches foresee a grind-out battle in each game and a long series that may well reach the full distance.
THE battle for the No. 2 seed is bound to further intensify as Alaska Aces and the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters figure in a crucial tussle in the homestretch of the elimination round of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association.
With several teams still in the running for the No. 2 ranking and the twice-to-beat incentive that comes with it, the battle between the Fuel Masters (6-4) and the Aces (5-4) at 7 p.m. at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City tonight will have a lot at stake.
With their best-of-five semifinals clash tied, Alaska and Meralco are bound to scratch and claw when they meet again as they both want an advantageous position in the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
THE Alaska Aces and the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters aim to gain a share of early tournament lead when they shoot for a second straight win against separate foes in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
Following a very impressive showing in their opening game win, the Aces (1-0) are looking for a follow-up as they take on Blackwater Elite (0-1) this time around at 4:15 p.m. in the first game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
THE Alaska Aces and the Star Hotshots, tied at seventh, battle out of their deadlock while cellar dwelling teams Meralco Bolts and Mahindra FloodBuster fight for survival.
These four teams in the lower half of the team standings plunge into action with a sense of urgency as the homestretch of the elimination round in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup approaches.
THE FINALS of the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup does not start until Dec. 5 to give way to the preparation and campaign of the league-backed national team for the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. It is a setup that Alaska Aces coach Alex Compton finds “different” but nonetheless welcomes on a personal level as it affords him time to rest and recharge following a gruelling ride they had to make to the championship stage.
Meralco is bringing in the big guns for the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Bolts signed 6-foot-10 Alex Stepheson to reinforce the squad for the second conference as they seek to exceed last year’s semifinal finish.
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