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.
Meralco coach Norman Black offered no excuses following his side’s 101-86 loss to San Miguel on Wednesday.
“Bad game. That’s all I can really tell you. We got off to a horrible start. We couldn’t defend the perimeter. We couldn’t defend the paint. We got down by 30,” he said.
THE Blackwater Elite stopped their losing skid yesterday, beating the Alaska Aces, 103-100, but not after having made to labor in the PBA Philippine Cup opening match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Playing catch-up for much of the contest, the Elite turned to a collective effort to rally back and win their first game in three outings to pad their record to 5-4 and fortify their place for a quarterfinal spot in the season-opening conference of the Philippine Basketball Association.
BLACKWATER has joined the list of teams with an import for the upcoming 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup, choosing to tap NBA veteran Greg Smith for the mid-season tournament.
The Dioceldo Sy-owned franchise is hoping that the 6’10” Smith can be the answer that the team has been searching for and help it rise to even greater heights after showing signs of improvement in the Philippine Cup.
THE quarterfinals cast is complete.
Blackwater clinched the last berth in the quarterfinals after putting down GlobalPort, 118-107, in a critical game in the homestretch of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City yesterday.
A week after surprisingly being shipped, Allein Maliksi immediately made his presence felt, leading the Elite’s attack and scoring 22 points right away to go with five rebounds.
FOLLOWING a slow start to the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup that had them losing their first three games, the Blackwater Elite have since turned things around with back-to-back wins and look to extend it some more when they play anew today.
Set to take on the still-winless Alaska Aces in the 4:15 p.m. curtain-raiser at the Mall of Asia Arena, the Elite (2-3), boosted by the arrival of replacement import Henry Walker, go for a conference-high third straight win and pull even in the standings where they have been making steady ascent.
HOPING to improve their Philippine Basketball Association standing, Blackwater Elite selected what they deemed to be the “best talents” available in rookie draft proceedings held yesterday at Robinsons Place Manila.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE Blackwater Elite continued to pile up the wins in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup yesterday just as they kept the Alaska Aces winless and reeling following a 111-106 double overtime (OT) victory in midweek action at the Mall of Asia Arena.
MERALCO delivered in the clutch in a game of spurts to trip Phoenix, 108-103, handing the Fuel Masters’ new coach in Ariel Vanguardia a rude welcome in the opening game of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Despite Matthew Wright’s scoring outburst, the Meralco Bolts hung tough late and prevailed over the Phoenix Fuel Masters in overtime, 103-100, in their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup encounter, on Friday evening at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts thus earned their fifth victory in seven outings, while the Fuel Masters fell to 3-4 win-loss card.
Reynel Hugnatan heated up when Meralco needed him the most, nailing three crucial treys to help the Bolts down Ginebra, 107-103, Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
CAN Meralco finally break through all the way and make history?
That will be answered as the peaking Bolts seek their first-ever finals appearance as they go up against TNT KaTropa again in the semifinals of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
PBA Governors Cup campaign following the acquisition of Mike Tolomia in a trade with Rain or Shine on Monday.
“We thought the trade for Tolomia would help us strengthen our point guard position moving forward,” said Black of the trade.
DESPERATE times call for desperate measures.
Meralco showed its survival skills as it staved off elimination, upsetting Rain or Shine, 82-72, in a dominant win to snap its six-game losing streak and stayed alive in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Three starters led the charge for the Bolts, with Chris Newsome grabbing a game-high 19 points, four rebounds and six assists, while Cliff Hodge had a monster double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds and Jonathan Uyloan also had a splendid game of 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.
BEFORE yet another lengthy break, the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup hosts two critical games expected to affect the wild race to the quarterfinals.
Already through to the next round, league-leading Meralco (7-1) now looks at improving its chances of finishing in the top two as it plays unpredictable GlobalPort (2-6) at 4:15 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Meralco Bolts ratcheted up their defensive intensity in crunch time to keep their 3rd winning streak intact against a Rain or shine team that is at the same stage of its development curve.
SOLO leadership will be up for grabs as co-league leaders Rain or Shine and Meralco dispute first place in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
Both enjoying early success, the Elasto Painters and the Bolts, both sitting at the top with 3-0 starts, go there separate ways when they meet at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel avoided what could have been another collapse as it held off Meralco to level their 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series at 1-1 Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
THE rampage continues.
League-leading San Miguel cruised to yet another victory, annihilating Mahindra, 109-80, this time around to stretch its winning run to four and remain unscathed in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City last night.
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