WHO will have the top pick in the upcoming 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Draft next week?
That question is still in everyone’s mind and the answer is still not certain up to this point after a surprising development over the weekend.
Kia, a team obviously struggling with success and personnel management, shockingly reached an agreement with San Miguel Beer to deal away its top pick last weekend.
Finally back on the hard court after the hamstring injury that cut his previous conference short, Jared Dillinger exudes in confidence as wins continue to fall on Meralco’s way.
“I’m just happy that we won and I’m happy that I’m healthy,” he said.
The string of victories continued on Friday, with the Bolts turning back sister team TNT, 94-89 to keep their record unscathed after three games.
THE Blackwater Elite gave their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup campaign some boost by beating the NLEX Road Warriors, 104-98, yesterday in the resumption of PBA action after the weeklong All-Star break.
With only one win to show for entering the contest, the Elite, boosted by the usual all-around numbers of import Greg Smith and steady play from Niño Canaleta and Michael Digregorio, improved to 2-6 with the win over NLEX and remain mathematically alive to advance to the quarterfinal phase of the PBA’s mid-season tournament.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE Blackwater Elite are back in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) playoffs for the first time after a four-conference absence and they are making the most it, forcing a sudden death with the Meralco Bolts in their quarterfinal pairing after overcoming their first hurdle, 92-91, yesterday.
Facing a twice-to-win handicap against top seed Meralco in the quarterfinals, eighth-seeded Blackwater fashioned out a surprise with a gutsy win that extended its season and sent its affair with the Bolts to a do-or-die on Thursday.
LEFT with an opening to advance to the semifinals of the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup, the Meralco Bolts are out to make full use of it when they meet the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the rubber match of their quarterfinal tiff today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Dorian Peña was arrested Wednesday along with two companions during a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) entrapment operation in Mandaluyong City.
The 39-year-old Peña, who played for several PBA teams, was taken to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for inquest proceedings along with Ledy Mae Vilchez and Jose Paolo Ampeso yesterday.
A PLAYER entering his prime already winning his fourth Most Valuable Player award. Let that sink in.
JuneMar Fajardo, the 27-year-old San Miguel Beer stalwart, was once again the biggest individual winner, taking home his record fourth straight Most Valuable Player award for the season in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Leo Awards yesterday.
FRESH from their FIBA Asia Champions Cup campaign in Thailand where they finished fourth in the tournament, the Meralco Bolts make their return in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup today against the Blackwater Elite at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
WITH their best-of-seven finals series levelled at one game apiece and Game Two turning chippy in the end, both the San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings expect intensity in their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup championship joust to get higher as it progresses.
To be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Kings, the champions in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup last season, are out to improve on their underperforming 1-2 record so far, which partly they blame on the long gaps they have had in between games.
Citing their inability to establish some momentum with the weeklong breaks they have been having, the Kings have seen their campaign go up and down.
They opened their Philippine Cup bid with a loss to the TNT KaTropa, 108-103, on Nov. 27 before winning over the Rain or Shine Elastopainters, 81-74, on Dec. 4.
WHAT seemingly was a lost cause for the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters yesterday proved otherwise as they rallied back from 26 points down to pull the rug from under the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 101-99, to nail their second straight win in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Left for dead after being buried by 26 markers early in the fourth period, Phoenix rose as the quarter progressed, behind the efforts of Mark Borboran and Cyrus Baguio, to turn things around en route to the win, their second straight in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament to take its record to 4-3 for joint fourth place.
THE PHOENIX Fuel Masters got back on the winning track of the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup in grand fashion on Wednesday, steam-rolling past the NLEX Road Warriors, 123-97, at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
SAN Miguel Beer order in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-85, on Friday night and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
GILAS Pilipinas is off to a rousing start in its preparations for the upcoming SEABA Championships, to be hosted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
After announcing his 12-man roster for the SEABA tilt late Friday night following the nationals’ win over the Luzon All-Stars in Lucena, Quezon, coach Chot Reyes immediately looked forward to the first chance of seeing how well his newly composed team can perform and he wasn’t disappointed.
THE Philippines once again punctuated its standing as king of Southeast Asian basketball as Gilas Pilipinas topped the 2017 SEABA Men’s Championship by beating Indonesia, 97-64, in the de facto finals last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
A battle of unbeaten teams in the marquee regional basketball tournament, the Philippines stamped its class on an Indonesian side which created waves during the week-long tournament.
Keeping the fire burning is the only thing that is on the mind of Barangay Ginebra as it goes for a commanding 2-0 lead on Rain or Shine in the resumption of their best-of-five semifinals series in the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
Last season, Barangay Ginebra went to war in the Philippine Basketball Association while dealing with pesky injuries left and right.
Key players such as Joe Devance, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Jervy Cruz, Art Dela Cruz and Sol Mercado, among others, were in and out of the Gin Kings’ line-up through the past year due to various injuries.
Commissioner's Cup champion Barangay Ginebra makes its debut while the erstwhile unbeaten Phoenix Fuelmasters look to bounce back as they plunge into action against separate foes at the resumption of the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
RECHARGED by a rousing Game 1 victory Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings target a 2-0 advantage in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup when they meet the Meralco Bolts 6:30 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.
The Gin Kings swarmed all over Meralco import Allen Durham, relied on their size to prevent all inside incursions then watched the Bolts miss their outside shots to post a lopsided 102-87 victory at the start of the best-of-seven title playoff at the Quezon Convention Center last Friday.
SAN Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra are still figuring in their heated battle in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup finals, but both teams are already looking forward to next conference as well as they have already secured imports for the Commissioner’s Cup.
For obvious reasons, the Gin Kings are set to bring back Justin Brownlee, their popular reinforcement, who helped them win the Governors’ Cup last season and end their eight-year title drought.
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