AS the elimination round reaches its penultimate playdate, a lot will be on the line.
Two of the competing teams for a top two finish face separate opponents and are facing must-win situations in the homestretch of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok notched their second straight win in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup and they did so in big fashion, routing the Columbian Dyip, 126-101, yesterday in the curtain-raiser at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
THE Mahindra Floodbusters drew timely triples from Reden Celda and Glenn Khobuntin in the final quarter to hold off Blackwater Elite, 96-87.
Their efforts brightened the Floodbusters’ dimming hopes of reaching the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Araneta Coliseum.
EXPERIENCING a “resurrection” of late in the PBA Philippine Cup, the Mahindra Floodbuster are out to build on their winning streak, eyeing a third straight victory in their showdown with the TNT KaTropa today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Victorious in their last two assignments after starting the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) conference with five straight defeats, the Floodbuster (2-5) look to continue with their seeming tournament turnaround in their 4:15 p.m. encounter against the skidding KaTropa (4-4).
A STRONG finish pushed Mahindra to its third win as it walloped NLEX, 106-96, wrapping up its campaign on a positive note despite already being eliminated in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City last night.
Alex Mallari had a career game, scoring a career-high 30 points to go with 10 rebounds and just missing a triple-double by one assist to lift the Floodbuster as he continues to show his vast improvement.
STAR Hotshots Allein Maliksi has overthrow Ginkings favorite L.A Tenorio and dethroned GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo as the PBA All-Star 3-point contest champion.
LEAGUE-LEADING teams Meralco Bolts and Star Hotshots take on each other today with an eye on taking solo top spot in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup and moving a step closer to claiming a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Sporting identical 7-2 records entering the contest, the Bolts and Hotshots headline the scheduled double-header today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 7 p.m. in a game that could reap huge dividends with regard to securing the all-important incentive in the next round of the mid-season PBA tournament.
FASHIONED out a gutsy come-from-behind victory in their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup best-of-five semifinal series opener on Sunday, the Meralco Bolts shoot for a commanding 2-0 lead over the Star Hotshots when they reengage for Game Two today in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
THE rampaging Meralco Bolts look to gain a piece of the tournament lead but they will be tested when they battle the resurgent Alaska Aces.
The Bolts go for a third consecutive victory at the resumption of the 2016-17 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup. The Bolts (2-1) can continue their move up the ladder when they test rejuvenated Alaska (1-2) 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.
Earlier, two skidding teams in the Blackwater Elite and the NLEX Road Warriors aim to arrest their slides when they take the floor at 4:15 p.m. in the appetizer.
Meralco kept its tenacity and sharpness from a long, dull 16-day break, spilling Phoenix Petroleum, 81-66, to formally secure a playoff entry in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last 3 May 2017.
Not surprisingly, Baser Amer, fresh from a first-ever All-Star appearance, stood out as the Bolts stretched their streak to three games and jacked up their overall record to 7-1.
Top draft pick Christian Standhardinger got a rude welcome to the PBA as the Meralco Bolts defeated the San Miguel Beer, 93-85, in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
THE Meralco Bolts notched their first win in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup finals after taking Game Three of their best-of-seven affair with the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 94-81, last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Facing the possibility of going down 0-3 in the series and having to do the near-Sisyphean task of sweeping the remaining games if they are to win the title, the Bolts gutted it out with the defending champions to hack out the win and infuse life to their championship hopes.
Struggling to buy a bucket, Meralco fell to its sixth straight defeat, losing to Finals tormentor Ginebra, 83-72 Saturday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at University of San Agustin Gym in Ilo-ilo.
Shooting a measly 26-percent from the field, the Bolts further fell in danger of missing out the playoffs as the Gin Kings put on a stranglehold on defense.
Ginebra broke the game wide open and took a 14-point lead, 79-65, on a Japeth Aguilar jumper with 1:59 left in the third period.
Meralco Bolts stopped the Alaska Aces on its tracks with an 89-74 victory in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
THE championship of the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup is going the full route of seven games after the Meralco Bolts staved off defeat last night in Game Six, beating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 98-91, to force a sudden death.
In front of yet another mammoth crowd at the Philippine Arena of 53,642, the Bolts kept their title hopes alive with a gutsy showing against a determined champions Kings who were eager to finish the affair.
IN good position to claim one of the top two spots in the elimination round of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup, the Meralco Bolts look to fortify their position some more with a victory today against the TNT KaTropa in their 7 p.m. main game encounter at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
THEY were challenge big time but in the end there was no stopping the Meralco Bolts from returning to the finals of the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup after defeating the Star Hotshots, 91-88, in overtime in Game Three last night to complete a sweep of their best-of-five semifinal series.
MERALCO regained share of first place as it emphatically dismantled Alaska, 106-78, to stay hot and further improve its stand in the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.
Once again, Allen Durham was his usual dominant self, leading the Bolts with another solid double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds on top of six assists and three blocks in a well-rounded showing.
Though it will take time for him to make his debut in a Meralco jersey, Chris Lutz is elated with his new start.
Joining the Bolts on Monday after being dropped to the unrestricted free agent pool by San Miguel, the 31-year-old swingman is excited on the prospects of rebooting his professional career.
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