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.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
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.
LOOKING to further promote its brand and showcase the kind of institution it is, AMA Education System (AMAES) has made a conscious effort to try out various activities and explore partnerships, including joining the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League), which officials said has been an “effective” venture for them.
Lakers add another rim protector in Bogut after his recovery from a broken tibia.
Veteran center Andrew Bogut has signed a one-year deal at the veterans minimum with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. He joins Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac and rookie Thomas Bryant to form a deep cast of Lakers big men.
AFTER a few years, Star once again tasted a share of a tournament lead.
The Hotshots remained in the zone, steamrolling ailing Mahindra, 97-83, with ease for their fourth straight win to gain a share of the lead in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Using a balanced attack, Star fired from all cylinders en route to the easy victory.
TWO more games with big implications in the race to the quarterfinals are set to take place in the resumption of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
The Blackwater Elite (5-4) and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (4-4), teams in the middle of the pack, try to avoid possible elimination and enhance their chances of securing a berth in the quarterfinals when they battle at 7 p.m.
THE Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings are Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup champions again after two decades following their closeout of erstwhile defending champs San Miguel Beermen in Game Six of their best-of-seven finals series, 93-77, on Wednesday to come out on top, 4-2.
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.
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