RIGHT smack in the top half of the standings of the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup, the Star Hotshots and TNT KaTropa seek to pad their campaigns as the elimination round hits the closing stretch, taking on each other in the main game today.
Currently joint fourth with a 6-2 record, the Hotshots and KaTropa battle at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena looking to stay within striking distance of a possible top-two finish in the classification phase of the mid-season PBA tournament and earn the twice-to-beat advantage that goes with it in the quarterfinals.
STANDING on the fringes of the playoff picture in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup, the Star Hotshots look to strengthen their quarterfinal bid as they take on the Blackwater Elite today in a key ball game at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Set as the curtain-raiser at 4:15 p.m., the Hotshots (4-4), currently ninth in the standings and are outside looking in for a spot in the next round of the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament, try to pad their record and throw themselves back in the mix of possible playoff qualifiers against Blackwater (5-5), itself out to fortify its hold of a quarters seat in its final elimination round game.
THE Star Hotshots did themselves a favor yesterday by beating the Blackwater Elite, 111-95, in a key PBA Philippine Cup match at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City that had a lot of playoff implications.
By emerging triumphant, the Hotshot improved to 5-4, throwing them back in the quarterfinal picture of the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament while dropping the Elite to 5-6 with their playoff chances in doubt.
THE Star Hotshots became the latest team to book a semifinal seat in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup after completing a sweep of erstwhile defending champions Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 84-69, in their best-of-three quarterfinals series yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Thrust themselves to a position where they had a chance to close out things after a big win in the series opener on Monday, the Hotshots took advantage of the opportunity and went for the clincher.
COMMAND and control.
Red hot Star is seeking to grasp both as it shoots for a huge 2-0 lead against mighty San Miguel Beer in their best-of-five semifinals series in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
If there’s one thing Alex Stepheson promises to Meralco, it’s that he won’t back down from any challenges.
And on Sunday, the hulking reinforcement had his first brush with the famed Philippine physicality when the Bolts played NLEX in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE hottest team right now in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, is out to claim another victory when it takes on the struggling Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters in the 7 p.m. main game today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Lost in their debut in the season-ending PBA conference, the Kings (4-1) have been unstoppable since, winning their next four games to make their way to the top of the standings.
The Phoenix Suns’ offense caught fire in the first half, but didn’t get the memo that they were supposed to cool off in the second.
The Suns beat the Charlotte Hornets 120-103 behind a 59% shooting performance, their best of the season. Six Suns players scored in double figures and they had 30 assists, their second time reaching that mark this season.
Allen Durham is headed back for another journey for Meralco, hoping to complete the unfinished business he had last year when the Bolts came short of winning their first league championship.
Last year’s Best Import is arriving in the country on July 4, at least two weeks before the final conference of the season kicks off.
FINALLY finding its groove, TNT KaTropa looks to continue rolling as it aims on keeping its climb up the standings in the resumption of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
Winners of two straight, the Tropang Texters (4-2) shoot for a third straight win as they will get tested by unpredictable GlobalPort (2-3) at 7 p.m. as the scene shifts to the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
THERE were plenty of heroes in Barangay Ginebra’s title conquest.
None stood taller than the smallest man on the court in LA Tenorio who put off surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow to lead his team to back-to-back victories as Ginebra retained the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup crown.
THE much-anticipated battle between the top two teams finally takes place as sizzling San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine collide in a titanic clash in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
Winners of six straight, the top-ranked Beermen (7-1) are on a roll and they plan on continuing their surge, but the second-running Elasto Painters (5-2) are likewise on a streak.
WHO says the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters are doomed to mediocrity without long-time coach Yeng Guiao?
Chris Tiu and the rest of his teammates made sure experts won’t ever be saying that with back-to-back victories over the Kia Picanto and the TNT KaTropa the past week in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors Cup.
WITH their playoff lives in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup still not safe, both the TNT KaTropa and NLEX Road Warriors are looking to book key wins today in league action at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
NO import in the clutch, no problem.
TNT KaTropa pulled of an astounding rally down the stretch to prolong Alaska’s misery and take a thrilling 107-106 win that put the Texters back on track in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Before flying to Lebanon today to be a part of the national team in the FIBA Asia Cup, RR Pogoy first took care of business for his mother team, pouring in 25 points, highlighted by seven triples on only eight attempts as his scoring down the stretch lifted the Tropang Texters when they needed it the most.
TNT KaTropa got their semifinal bid in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup to a good start, defeating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 100-94, in Game One of their best-of-five series last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Boosted by a strong start and the towering play of import Joshua Smith, the KaTropa maintained the cushion they got the rest of the contest to upend the top-seeded Kings for the early series lead.
TNT KaTropa went one up over the Meralco Bolts in their best-of-three Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series, beating the latter, 102-84, in Game One yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
A battle of teams that finished fourth and fifth place, respectively, at the end of the elimination round, the KaTropa gave their tournament push a favor by taking the opener to move a win away from advancing to the next round.
TNT KaTropa sustained their ascent in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup, taking down the Mahindra Floodbuster, 86-84, in the opening match yesterday to win their fourth straight game.
After initially tumbling in their first outing in the mid-season PBA tournament, the KaTropa have racked up four victories in as many games after to fortify their place early in the top half of the standings at 4-1.
THE TNT KaTropa are just a win away from returning to the finals of the Philippine Basketball Association after beating the defending champions San Miguel Beermen, 101-94, in Game Five of their best-of-seven Philippine Cup semifinal series last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
THE TNT KaTropa got back to the win column yesterday after defeating the Meralco Bolts, 113-107, in their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup encounter yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Lost in their previous game, the KaTropa avoided dropping consecutive games by making sure to be on top of the Bolts from start to finish.
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