STAR doesn’t plan on cooling down.
The league’s hottest team with eight straight wins, the Hotshots go for another one as they shoot for an insurmountable 3-0 lead over ailing Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-seven semifinals series in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
LEAGUE-LEADING Star aims to stay unbeaten as it shoots for a fourth straight win in as many starts in the resumption of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
At the top of the standings without a defeat, Star (3-0) tries to keep it rolling as it faces a challenge from ailing Phoenix (2-4) at 7 p.m. today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
THE MARQUEE “Manila Clasico” version of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will be in full display beginning today as the Star Hotshots and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings tangle in Game One of their best-of-seven Philippine Cup semifinals at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Forged after the Kings completed a sweep of the higher-seeded Alaska Aces in their quarterfinal pairing, the local pro league’s two popular teams try to outduel each other and take their respective title bids deeper.
The NBA’s Kevin Durant Rule enabled Oklahoma City keep its other superstar.
On July 4, 2016, Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the powerhouse Golden State Warriors. Durant left a bit of money on the table to make the choice, but there was only minor financial incentive to remain with the franchise that had drafted him. NBA contract structures turned free agency into a preference choice. He preferred the Warriors.
Ginebra shooting guard Scottie ‘The Hustle Man’ Thompson knows a thing or two about working his way to the top. At 24 years old, he is playing for one of the country’s most loved basketball teams and is already making a mark that he’s been dubbed one of the PBA’s fastest rising stars.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE HIGHLY improved NLEX Road Warriors eye solo leadership in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup when they take the floor today against the TNT KaTropa in the 7 p.m. main game at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Currently joint first place with the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings at 7-2, the Road Warriors, tailenders in the previous PBA conferences, shoot for the top spot and fortify their push for a top two finish in the season-ending tournament of the local pro league.
THE Philippine Basketball Association Press Corps took notice not just of the strong start by the NLEX Road Warriors but by the outstanding play of their young point guard Kevin Alas.
Serving as the catalyst in NLEX’s strong start, young guard Kevin Alas emerged as the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week behind his inspired plays in the opening week of the Governors’ Cup.
WHEN Tim Cone was brought in last year to take the reins at Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, he knew some time of learning was needed to turn an “underperforming” team to a winning one. And this process was something he preached to his players from Day One, believing that by only recognizing that would they achieve the success the franchise was aspiring for.
The veteran gunner became a certified member of the league’s elite 10,000-point club during Rain or Shine’s Governors Cup game against Meralco at the Ynares Center here.
Veteran Jay Washington drained a pair of critical three-pointers down the stretch as Rain or Shine came through in the clutch to withstand a stiff challenge from Blackwater, taking a tough 95-88 victory to regain a share of tournament lead in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup yesterday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
THE TNT KaTropa slammed the door on erstwhile streaking Blackwater Elite, beating the latter, 117-96, in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup action yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Up against one of the hottest teams in the PBA in the season-ending tournament, the KaTropa banked on a total effort to put an end to the winning streak of the Elite while notching back-to-back victories of their own.
THE TNT KaTropa were just two wins away from getting back to the top of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but were waylaid by the San Miguel Beermen in the just-concluded Commissioner’s Cup.
While it no doubt left a sting, they are looking at it as something they had to go through to reach the spot where they want to be.
THE best-of-seven finals series of the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup hits the pivotal Game Four today with one team out to create further distance and move a step closer to the championship, and the other looking to pull even and get back in the swing of things.
Having won the last two matches of the series, defending champions San Miguel Beermen have willed themselves to a position of advantage over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in the championship race.
KIA Picanto finally has an official import for the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
After original choice Chane Behanan was measured over the height limit last week, Kia scrambled to look for a replacement with less than a week before the opening of the season-ending conference and it was able to find one, a familiar face.
STRUGGLING mightily to break through the win column in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup, Kia Picanto hope that on their eighth try they finally find magic.
THE Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings are currently on a roll as the elimination round of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup winds up. But they are being cautious not to get too caught up with it, knowing work still needs to be done and that they are not out of the woods yet.
THE championship for the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup gets settled once and for all today as protagonists Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings and Meralco Bolts tangle in a winner-take-all Game Seven at the Philippine Arena.
Set up after the Bolts showcased a gutsy performance in Game Six on Wednesday to stave off elimination, 98-91, the two teams now go at it for all the marbles in the scheduled 7 p.m. encounter at the Bocaue, Bulacan, arena that attracted humongous crowd in Games 5 and 6.
THE ONGOING best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup finals affair hits the pivotal Game Four today where both the protagonists — Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings and Meralco Bolts — are looking to get the win that could well change the complexion of the series moving forward in their respective favor.
Marcio Lassiter and his game-winning triple at the buzzer allowed the Beermen to escape a tough challenge from NLEX as they took a thrilling 94-93 squeaker to remain unscathed and grab a piece of the early lead in the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Markkanen has been lights-out shooting so far.
Finland’s Lauri Markkanen caught an inbound pass and hoisted up a three-point shot from the corner with seconds to go in a three-point game against Slovenia that missed. After swishing shot after shot for 80 minutes of play, including coming up in the clutch just three days before to beat France, that was a shock. Missing hasn’t been in his repertoire.
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