Meralco rose through a tough adversity, beating out TNT KaTropa in an overtime grind, 103-100, to force a do-or-die face-off in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-three quarterfinals duel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.
THE Meralco Bolts, losing finalists in last year’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup, begin their road to redemption today as they open their bid in the 2017 edition of the season-ending PBA tournament.
Taking on the Blackwater Elite in the 4:15 p.m. curtain-raiser at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Bolts are looking to get off on the right foot from which to build their thrust from and possibly put themselves back in a position to compete for the title after bowing to reigning champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in 2016.
COASTING for most part, Phoenix still needed to weather a second-half storm before eventually turning back Star, 106-93, for a much-needed victory in the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.
THE Phoenix Fuel Masters snapped out of a telling four-game losing streak yesterday, defeating the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 135-108, to keep their flickering playoff hopes in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup alive.
THE PHOENIX Petroleum Fuel Masters opened their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup campaign in the column after beating the Kia Picanto, 118-105, in their tournament-opening encounter yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Relying on a collective effort, with import Eugene Phelps showing the way, the Fuel Masters bucked a spirited fight from Picanto en route to booking their first win in the season-ending PBA tournament.
STANLEY Pringle went on a key scoring spree in the payoff period to help GlobalPort grind out a hard-fought 86-85 squeaker over Meralco to list its first win in the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pringle scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to give his team the lift it needed. He also had seven rebounds and three assists.
FOLLOWING several games held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates the past several seasons, the Philippine Basketball Association is now looking at another possible destination for out of country games.
The PBA is thoroughly studying the possibility of holding games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the near future.
THE San Miguel Beermen punctuated their standing as the most successful franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association with their 24th title following their annexing of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup title recently. It is something stakeholders said is a product, in large part, of the culture fostered within the organization, particularly those of striving for excellence and a sense of family.
In celebration of their second straight PBA title this season, which put them in great position for another PBA grand slam after that of 1989, the Beermen held a victory party with their fans and San Miguel employees on Wednesday at the conglomerate’s head office in Ortigas.
THE Rain or Shine Elastopainters play their former coach Yeng Guiao and the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA Philippine Cup main game today set for 7 p.m. at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
It will mark the first time that the E-Painters will face their erstwhile head bench tactician after Mr. Guiao left the team to take the helm over at NLEX.
For Rain or Shine, their debut match against Mr. Guiao will be an emotional game and they are expecting it to be a big challenge since the veteran coach is “familiar” with the kind of system it runs.
DON'T be surprised if Sunday’s much-awaited PBA Rookie Draft at Robinson's Place Manila provides as much excitement as the PBA Governor's Cup title showdown
between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco. While Fil-German Christian Standhardinger is expected to be made No. 1 pick by San Miguel Beer (after the trade with Kia
Picanto), the rest of the rookie hopefuls could end up with teams which desperately need to bolster their lineups.
The 18-month ban on Kiefer Ravena is not just in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments, but in the Philippine Basketball Association as well.
“We will follow the FIBA ruling and we will impose our own measures also,” said Commissioner Willie Marcial following a PBA Board meeting yesterday.
TWENTY-FIVE years ago, a young Bong Ravena was drafted by Swift head coach Yeng Guiao in 1992 in the Philippine Basketball Association as he felt the youthful do-it-all wingman can do wonders.
True enough, Ravena made his presence felt immediately as he won Rookie of the Year honors and had a fruitful and lengthy PBA career.
FINAL: The @meralcobolts beat @columbianpba, 116-103
The Hotshots made important baskets late in the game to turn back TNT KaTropa, 107-97, and cruise to their seventh win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ricardo Ratliffe, in his return as a Star reinforcement, showed why he was brought back to the team after producing 37 points, 22 rebounds, and 3 swats in 39 minutes.
NLEX took control of the game in the payoff period after squandering an early lead in the first half to turn back undermanned GlobalPort, 109-99, in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.
The triumvirate of Aaron Fuller, Juami Tiongson and JR Quinahan did damage for the Road Warriors, lifting the squad to victory.
THE NLEX Road Warriors made it four wins in as many games in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup after they defeated the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters, 95-91, yesterday.
One of the hottest teams early in the season-ending PBA tournament, the Road Warriors (4-0) continued to surge by adding the Fuel Masters (2-2) to their list of conquered.
TOP half teams NLEX Road Warriors and Meralco Bolts look to fortify their win-loss cards in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup when they take on separate opponents in the resumption of festivities today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Took a break on Wednesday to give way to the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon, the season-ending PBA tournament returns today with NLEX (5-1) and Meralco (4-1), currently second and third in that order in the standings, taking on the Blackwater Elite and Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters, respectively.
Mall of Asia - GlobalPort star Terrence Romeo finished with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead his GlobalPort Batang Pier past the Meralco Bolts, 97-89, in the first game back of the PBA Philippine Cup since the year change on Friday, January 6, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
The victory improved the record of the Batang Pier to 4-3 as they snapped a two-game losing skid. The Bolts (2-5) have lost four straight after going 2-1 in their first three games.
Terrence Romeo delivered in the clutch to save GlobalPort, allowing the Batang Pier to edge Rain or Shine, 107-101, in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup yesterday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
MANY experts said that after Allan Caidic there has been a lack of great shooters in Philippine national teams to international competitions.
That may have been true before, but not anymore with the way Terrence Romeo has been hitting his outside shots in Gilas Pilipinas uniform. The latest examples are the Philippines’ twin victories in the Fiba Asia Cup.
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