By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
ONE win away from repeating as Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup champions, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings go for the jugular when they battle the Meralco Bolts today in Game Six of their best-of-seven championship affair at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Took Game Five, 85-74, on Sunday, the Kings now use the first of the two tries they have to close out the Bolts and race to their second straight Governors’ Cup title and 10th PBA championship in franchise history.
SEIZING control of their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup finals series after winning back-to-back games, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings now try to complete the dethronement of defending champions San Miguel Beermen in Game Six today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
LOOKING to give their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup campaign renewed boost, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings welcome back today old reliable import Justin Brownlee when they make their tournament return.
ROUTED in the series-opener, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings levelled their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals joust with the San Miguel Beermen with a 124-118 overtime win in Game Two last night in Lucena City.
Shot the lights out early, particularly in the second quarter, the Kings went for the separation and held on to avenge their 109-82 defeat in Game One and reduce the finals series to a best-of-five affair.
THE Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings remain alive in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup after staving off outright elimination with a gutsy win in Game Three of their best-of-five semifinal series with the TNT KaTropa, 125-101, last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
On the brink of exiting heading into the game following two straight narrow losses, the Kings showed feistiness amid a do-or-die setting to cut their series deficit, 2-1, and extend the semifinal engagement.
After a long hiatus to accommodate the Philippine Basketball Association All Star Week one of the most storied, most enduring rivalries in the PBA resumes when the Alaska Aces battle Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup 6:45 p.m., today May 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
GLOBALPORT Batang Pier, parading a new import and local players, fashioned out an afternoon upset yesterday, taking down top-echelon team Meralco Bolts, 94-86, in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup action at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Now bannered by Justin Harper and featuring Sean Anthony, Jonathan Grey and Bradwyn Guinto in its fold, GlobalPort played with added bounce to infuse some spark to its “timid” campaign in the mid-season PBA tournament while halting erstwhile on-a-roll Meralco.
THE long time-coming reengagement in the finals of the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa begins today with Game One of their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
With tip-off set for 7 p.m., the finals encounter marks the first time in six years that the two storied franchises will be facing each other for a PBA championship.
THE defending Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup champions San Miguel Beermen are finishing strong in the ongoing tournament after defeating the Blackwater Elite, 115-106, on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena for their third straight victory.
LEAGUE leader San Miguel Beer aims on holding on to the top spot as it faces a tough test in the continuing 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
The still unbeaten Beermen (5-0) are looking to inch a step closer to securing a berth in the quarterfinals but they are bound to face a stiff challenge from TNT KaTropa (5-2) in a much anticipated showdown at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
VICTORIOUS in their Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup debut at the weekend, the San Miguel Beermen go for their second win today in the last PBA play date before it takes a two-week break for the preparation of the national team for the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
NOW UP 2-1 in their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals series, the San Miguel Beermen try to create further distance between them and the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in Game Four today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Scheduled for 7 p.m., the defending champions Beermen are out to build on their 99-88 Game Three victory and move a step closer to winning their third straight Philippine Cup title.
BACK on track.
SAN Miguel Beer reclaimed sole possession of first place as it bounced back with a cruising 114-108 beatdown of dysfunctional NLEX to boost its bid further in the resumption of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
THE San Miguel Beermen play their penultimate Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup elimination-round assignment today with an eye on coming out triumphant to keep in step with the league leaders.
Taking on the already-eliminated Blackwater Elite in the 4:15 p.m. opener at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, the Beermen (7-2), currently third running as the classification phase nears the finish line, look to sweep their remaining games to stay in the hunt for a top-two finish and the twice-to-beat advantage that goes with it in the quarterfinals.
San Miguel Beer's Chris Ross was phenomenal in the Beermen's 99-88 win over Ginebra in Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals at Araneta last night.
Chris had 24 pts (8 in the 4th period where SMB outscored Ginebra, 30-22) 4 rebs 8 assts. Jun Mar Fajardo, however, was named Best Player with 17 pts 18 rebs 3 assts as he led the charge down the stretch. Ginebra was on top 88-87 with 4 minutes left then SMB dropped a 12-0 bomb to end it. Ginebra missed its last 7 shots including 4 from beyond the arc.
WHO will move a step closer to the finals?
Both San Miguel Beer and the Star Hotshots want to be that team as they battle again at the resumption of their best-of-five semifinals series in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
A BLOCKBUSTER Friday double-header is set to unfold in the resumption of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
Undefeated teams San Miguel Beer and Star, both holding 2-0 slates, take centerstage when they face each other at 7 p.m. today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with both protagonists seeking a third straight win.
THE San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings begin their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals today with an eye on “repeating.”
San Miguel looks to win its third straight Philippine Cup title while Barangay Ginebra is out to bag its second consecutive Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) championship after winning the Governors’ Cup last time around.
WITH their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals affair knotted at one game apiece, the San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings go for the upper hand when the series resumes today with Game Three at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Engaged each other in an epic Game Two battle in Lucena City last Sunday, which the Gin Kings won by the skin of their teeth in overtime, 124-118, the protagonists now try to seize the early lead in a series now reduced to a best-of-five encounter.
WITH everything squared up, don’t expect any shortage of firepower from San Miguel and TNT KaTropa.
The rivals go all out just to have a crack at gaining a distinct advantage in their heated best-of-seven semifinal series in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
The series is tied 2-2 and Game 5 is scheduled today at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with a lot on the line.
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