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.
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 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.
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.
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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
METHODICALLY stamping its class, Rain or Shine was able to pick Blackwater apart, 107-93, to return to its winning ways and claim solo first place in the 2016-17 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
In his first start for the Elasto Painters, James Yap produced his best game for his new team thus far, tallying a game-high 15 points and five rebounds to lead the way.
Four more Painters tallied in twin-digits to provide him ample support.
THE Philippine Basketball Association opens shop for its 42nd year this weekend with the thrust of building on the gains made last season and focusing on excellence on various levels.
Formally to open on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with the season-opening conference Philippine Cup, “PBA@42” has league officials bullish of a good year and another opportunity for them to improve on their brand with the end view of making things more exciting for the PBA fans.
For the second time in five years, the Philippine Basketball Association All-Star Game ended in a draw. The game between the Mindanao PBA All Stars and the Gilas Pilipinas ended 114-114, on Wednesday at the Xavier University gym in Cagayan De Oro City.
THE 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup is set to roll with two intriguing match-ups right away in its opening day.
Defending champion Rain or Shine Elasto Painters are set to take on former mentor Yeng Guiao and his NLEX Road Warriors side at 7 p.m. in the main event at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
MANILA, Philippines — Special treats are in store for kids when the PBA Commissioner’s Cup resumes on Easter Sunday with an interesting double-header the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The excitement begins at 3 p.m. at the Big Dome’s red gate where ticket holders, particularly kids, can take a “selfie” with their favorite movie characters such as Optimus Prime, the Minions and Star Wars.
Five cities will host out-of-town games in the season-ending 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup as the league released the full schedule on Tuesday.
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