LEAGUE-LEADING Star aims to stay unbeaten as it shoots for a fourth straight win in as many starts in the resumption of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
At the top of the standings without a defeat, Star (3-0) tries to keep it rolling as it faces a challenge from ailing Phoenix (2-4) at 7 p.m. today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
THE MARQUEE “Manila Clasico” version of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will be in full display beginning today as the Star Hotshots and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings tangle in Game One of their best-of-seven Philippine Cup semifinals at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Forged after the Kings completed a sweep of the higher-seeded Alaska Aces in their quarterfinal pairing, the local pro league’s two popular teams try to outduel each other and take their respective title bids deeper.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE HIGHLY improved NLEX Road Warriors eye solo leadership in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup when they take the floor today against the TNT KaTropa in the 7 p.m. main game at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Currently joint first place with the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings at 7-2, the Road Warriors, tailenders in the previous PBA conferences, shoot for the top spot and fortify their push for a top two finish in the season-ending tournament of the local pro league.
THE Philippine Basketball Association Press Corps took notice not just of the strong start by the NLEX Road Warriors but by the outstanding play of their young point guard Kevin Alas.
Serving as the catalyst in NLEX’s strong start, young guard Kevin Alas emerged as the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week behind his inspired plays in the opening week of the Governors’ Cup.
WHEN Tim Cone was brought in last year to take the reins at Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, he knew some time of learning was needed to turn an “underperforming” team to a winning one. And this process was something he preached to his players from Day One, believing that by only recognizing that would they achieve the success the franchise was aspiring for.
The veteran gunner became a certified member of the league’s elite 10,000-point club during Rain or Shine’s Governors Cup game against Meralco at the Ynares Center here.
Veteran Jay Washington drained a pair of critical three-pointers down the stretch as Rain or Shine came through in the clutch to withstand a stiff challenge from Blackwater, taking a tough 95-88 victory to regain a share of tournament lead in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup yesterday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
THE TNT KaTropa slammed the door on erstwhile streaking Blackwater Elite, beating the latter, 117-96, in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup action yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Up against one of the hottest teams in the PBA in the season-ending tournament, the KaTropa banked on a total effort to put an end to the winning streak of the Elite while notching back-to-back victories of their own.
THE TNT KaTropa were just two wins away from getting back to the top of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but were waylaid by the San Miguel Beermen in the just-concluded Commissioner’s Cup.
While it no doubt left a sting, they are looking at it as something they had to go through to reach the spot where they want to be.
KIA Picanto finally has an official import for the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
After original choice Chane Behanan was measured over the height limit last week, Kia scrambled to look for a replacement with less than a week before the opening of the season-ending conference and it was able to find one, a familiar face.
STRUGGLING mightily to break through the win column in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup, Kia Picanto hope that on their eighth try they finally find magic.
Marcio Lassiter and his game-winning triple at the buzzer allowed the Beermen to escape a tough challenge from NLEX as they took a thrilling 94-93 squeaker to remain unscathed and grab a piece of the early lead in the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Markkanen has been lights-out shooting so far.
Finland’s Lauri Markkanen caught an inbound pass and hoisted up a three-point shot from the corner with seconds to go in a three-point game against Slovenia that missed. After swishing shot after shot for 80 minutes of play, including coming up in the clutch just three days before to beat France, that was a shock. Missing hasn’t been in his repertoire.
AS the elimination round reaches its penultimate playdate, a lot will be on the line.
Two of the competing teams for a top two finish face separate opponents and are facing must-win situations in the homestretch of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
THE Mahindra Floodbusters drew timely triples from Reden Celda and Glenn Khobuntin in the final quarter to hold off Blackwater Elite, 96-87.
Their efforts brightened the Floodbusters’ dimming hopes of reaching the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Araneta Coliseum.
EXPERIENCING a “resurrection” of late in the PBA Philippine Cup, the Mahindra Floodbuster are out to build on their winning streak, eyeing a third straight victory in their showdown with the TNT KaTropa today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Victorious in their last two assignments after starting the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) conference with five straight defeats, the Floodbuster (2-5) look to continue with their seeming tournament turnaround in their 4:15 p.m. encounter against the skidding KaTropa (4-4).
A STRONG finish pushed Mahindra to its third win as it walloped NLEX, 106-96, wrapping up its campaign on a positive note despite already being eliminated in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City last night.
Alex Mallari had a career game, scoring a career-high 30 points to go with 10 rebounds and just missing a triple-double by one assist to lift the Floodbuster as he continues to show his vast improvement.
STAR Hotshots Allein Maliksi has overthrow Ginkings favorite L.A Tenorio and dethroned GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo as the PBA All-Star 3-point contest champion.
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.
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