THE Meralco Bolts, losing finalists in last year’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup, begin their road to redemption today as they open their bid in the 2017 edition of the season-ending PBA tournament.
Taking on the Blackwater Elite in the 4:15 p.m. curtain-raiser at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Bolts are looking to get off on the right foot from which to build their thrust from and possibly put themselves back in a position to compete for the title after bowing to reigning champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in 2016.
COASTING for most part, Phoenix still needed to weather a second-half storm before eventually turning back Star, 106-93, for a much-needed victory in the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.
THE PHOENIX Petroleum Fuel Masters opened their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup campaign in the column after beating the Kia Picanto, 118-105, in their tournament-opening encounter yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Relying on a collective effort, with import Eugene Phelps showing the way, the Fuel Masters bucked a spirited fight from Picanto en route to booking their first win in the season-ending PBA tournament.
FOLLOWING several games held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates the past several seasons, the Philippine Basketball Association is now looking at another possible destination for out of country games.
The PBA is thoroughly studying the possibility of holding games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the near future.
THE San Miguel Beermen punctuated their standing as the most successful franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association with their 24th title following their annexing of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup title recently. It is something stakeholders said is a product, in large part, of the culture fostered within the organization, particularly those of striving for excellence and a sense of family.
In celebration of their second straight PBA title this season, which put them in great position for another PBA grand slam after that of 1989, the Beermen held a victory party with their fans and San Miguel employees on Wednesday at the conglomerate’s head office in Ortigas.
THE Rain or Shine Elastopainters play their former coach Yeng Guiao and the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA Philippine Cup main game today set for 7 p.m. at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
It will mark the first time that the E-Painters will face their erstwhile head bench tactician after Mr. Guiao left the team to take the helm over at NLEX.
For Rain or Shine, their debut match against Mr. Guiao will be an emotional game and they are expecting it to be a big challenge since the veteran coach is “familiar” with the kind of system it runs.
The Hotshots made important baskets late in the game to turn back TNT KaTropa, 107-97, and cruise to their seventh win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ricardo Ratliffe, in his return as a Star reinforcement, showed why he was brought back to the team after producing 37 points, 22 rebounds, and 3 swats in 39 minutes.
NLEX took control of the game in the payoff period after squandering an early lead in the first half to turn back undermanned GlobalPort, 109-99, in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.
The triumvirate of Aaron Fuller, Juami Tiongson and JR Quinahan did damage for the Road Warriors, lifting the squad to victory.
THE NLEX Road Warriors made it four wins in as many games in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup after they defeated the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters, 95-91, yesterday.
One of the hottest teams early in the season-ending PBA tournament, the Road Warriors (4-0) continued to surge by adding the Fuel Masters (2-2) to their list of conquered.
TOP half teams NLEX Road Warriors and Meralco Bolts look to fortify their win-loss cards in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup when they take on separate opponents in the resumption of festivities today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Took a break on Wednesday to give way to the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon, the season-ending PBA tournament returns today with NLEX (5-1) and Meralco (4-1), currently second and third in that order in the standings, taking on the Blackwater Elite and Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters, respectively.
Mall of Asia - GlobalPort star Terrence Romeo finished with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead his GlobalPort Batang Pier past the Meralco Bolts, 97-89, in the first game back of the PBA Philippine Cup since the year change on Friday, January 6, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
The victory improved the record of the Batang Pier to 4-3 as they snapped a two-game losing skid. The Bolts (2-5) have lost four straight after going 2-1 in their first three games.
Terrence Romeo delivered in the clutch to save GlobalPort, allowing the Batang Pier to edge Rain or Shine, 107-101, in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup yesterday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
MANY experts said that after Allan Caidic there has been a lack of great shooters in Philippine national teams to international competitions.
That may have been true before, but not anymore with the way Terrence Romeo has been hitting his outside shots in Gilas Pilipinas uniform. The latest examples are the Philippines’ twin victories in the Fiba Asia Cup.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE Rain or Shine Elasto Painters streaked to their third straight win in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup yesterday, defeating the Star Hotshots, 92-88, to hand the latter their first loss in the season-ending tournament.
Racked up back-to-back victories entering their curtain-raiser versus the Hotshots at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the E-Painters made it three in a row with a solid effort to hold off the Hotshots.
THE Rain or Shine Elastopainters padded their push for a top-two finish in the elimination round of the PBA Philippine Cup, beating the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters, 97-82, in their opening encounter at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.
Standing tough in the face of a resilient challenge from Phoenix, Rain or Shine fortified its hold of the second spot in the standings of the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) conference with the win.
WINNING their third straight PBA Philippine Cup title, the San Miguel Beermen have further solidified their standing as the best locally composed team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) right now. But the team is quick to highlight that hardly is a “given” to it despite the solid crew it has and that where it is now is a product of a lot sacrifice and hard work.
THE semifinals of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup loom and powerhouse teams San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa clash in a projected blockbuster matchup.
Defending champion San Miguel is looking as dominant as ever, being armed with a nine-game winning streak and has only lost once all tournament long.
“It’s a good thing the semifinals are a best-of-seven. That will be a long series. That will give us a chance to make adjustments,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.
Three-peat Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen opened the new conference with a bang, erasing a 15-point deficit to stun erstwhile undefeated Meralco Bolts, 99-92, in the OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday night at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
EYES on the hat-trick.
Defending champion San Miguel Beer overcame every challenge in the semifinals to move forward and seal its return to the finals of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
THE San Miguel Beermen trek back to the court today, facing the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters in the main game of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup action at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Made a winning debut in the midseason PBA tournament last Sunday against the Meralco Bolts, 99-92, Philippine Cup champion San Miguel is out to keep its good form as it goes for another run at a title.
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