LEAGUE-LEADING teams Meralco Bolts and Star Hotshots take on each other today with an eye on taking solo top spot in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup and moving a step closer to claiming a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Sporting identical 7-2 records entering the contest, the Bolts and Hotshots headline the scheduled double-header today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 7 p.m. in a game that could reap huge dividends with regard to securing the all-important incentive in the next round of the mid-season PBA tournament.
THE rampaging Meralco Bolts look to gain a piece of the tournament lead but they will be tested when they battle the resurgent Alaska Aces.
The Bolts go for a third consecutive victory at the resumption of the 2016-17 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup. The Bolts (2-1) can continue their move up the ladder when they test rejuvenated Alaska (1-2) 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.
Earlier, two skidding teams in the Blackwater Elite and the NLEX Road Warriors aim to arrest their slides when they take the floor at 4:15 p.m. in the appetizer.
Meralco kept its tenacity and sharpness from a long, dull 16-day break, spilling Phoenix Petroleum, 81-66, to formally secure a playoff entry in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last 3 May 2017.
Not surprisingly, Baser Amer, fresh from a first-ever All-Star appearance, stood out as the Bolts stretched their streak to three games and jacked up their overall record to 7-1.
Struggling to buy a bucket, Meralco fell to its sixth straight defeat, losing to Finals tormentor Ginebra, 83-72 Saturday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at University of San Agustin Gym in Ilo-ilo.
Shooting a measly 26-percent from the field, the Bolts further fell in danger of missing out the playoffs as the Gin Kings put on a stranglehold on defense.
Ginebra broke the game wide open and took a 14-point lead, 79-65, on a Japeth Aguilar jumper with 1:59 left in the third period.
Though it will take time for him to make his debut in a Meralco jersey, Chris Lutz is elated with his new start.
Joining the Bolts on Monday after being dropped to the unrestricted free agent pool by San Miguel, the 31-year-old swingman is excited on the prospects of rebooting his professional career.
Meralco bowed to San Miguel late, 110-105 Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
GAINED the upper hand in the ongoing best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup finals last time around, the Meralco Bolts try to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings as they trek back to the court today for Game Four at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Meralco's Baser Amer (left) continues to impress! He had 20 pts 6 rebs 8 assts 0 turnover in 26:43 mins as the Bolts crushed Blackwater 107-78 in the PBA Governors Cup at the Araneta.
MIDDLE-of-the-pack teams Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters battle each other in the main game of the Holy Wednesday offering of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Having it seesaw so far in the mid-season PBA tournament, Phoenix (2-3) and Rain or Shine (3-2), coming off losses in their previous assignments, look to get back on the winning track in their 7 p.m. encounter before the league takes a brief break for the Holy Week.
Chris Newsome had all the makings of what could have been an epic Friday night.
Honored as this season’s Rookie of the Year, the highflying winger was motivated to help Meralco go on a 3-1 series lead against Ginebra in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. The Bolts also seemed to have found their groove, running the Gin Kings to the ground as they established a 74-58 third quarter lead.
NLEX and Mahindra sealed a trade deal involving Alex Mallari, Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson before closing out their ill-fated Commissioner’s Cup campaigns.
THE streaking start of the NLEX Road Warriors in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup stayed yesterday following their 122-114 double overtime victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Winners of their first two games early in the season-ending PBA tournament, the Road Warriors made it three in a row after staving off a gutsy challenge from the Elasto Painters to claim top spot in the standings.
HAVING it solid early in the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup, the NLEX Road Warriors are looking to sustain their fine form as they take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the curtain-raiser today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Scheduled at 4:15 p.m., the Road Warriors, winners of their first two games in the ongoing PBA tournament, are out to make it three straight victories to give their turnaround bid further legs after bottom-scraping showings in the previous two conferences.
THE NLEX Road Warriors are winless no more in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup after beating the Alaska Aces, 100-92, in Wednesday action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Unsuccessful to bag a win in their first nine tries in the mid-season PBA tournament, the Road Warriors (1-9) made their 10th try a breakthrough while adding to the misery of the Aces (4-5), which have dropped their fifth straight defeat with their latest loss.
FOUR teams hungry for glory will open the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup on July 19.
The Alaska Aces and the NLEX Road Warriors, teams who missed the playoffs in the Commissioner’s Cup, get their shot at redemption early, battling each other during opening day to see who can fast track its development.
THE NLEX Road Warriors and Blackwater Elite, two teams currently in a skid in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup, try to wiggle out of their funk as they take on each other in league action today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
To face off in the 4:15 p.m. opener, the Road Warriors and Elite are eyeing a halt to their early bleeding in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament that has seen them each lose back-to-back games of late.
After debuting with a win, now-Yeng Guaio-coached NLEX (1-2) has lost its last two matches -- against the Meralco Bolts and Star Hotshots in that order -- to an average deficit of 18.5 points.
Moments after a painful 120-73 defeat on Saturday night, head coach Norman Black didn’t hold back in his assessment of Meralco’s campaign in the Philippine Cup.
“We basically had no chance of winning this conference and we played like it,” he said after the Bolts absorbed their worst franchise defeat in the 47-point rout at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Losing two close games prior to Sunday, coach Norman Black could only feel a sense of relief after Meralco escaped Mahindra, 86-83 at Mall of Asia Arena.
“It’s nice to win a close game for a change,” he said.
D ' Dean Henson
Sen. Manny Pacquiao made a surprise appearance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and inspired Mahindra to score a 105-103 win over San Miguel Beer
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