By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
WITH the race for the top four spots and the twice-to-beat advantage that goes with it in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup heating up as the elimination round hits the homestretch, the San Miguel Beermen are eyeing to throw themselves in the mix when they take the floor today against the already-eliminated Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters.
THE San Miguel Beermen knotted their best-of-five Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series with the Star Hotshots at one game apiece after topping Game Two, 77-76, last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Wound up at the raw end in the series opener last Saturday, the Beermen avoided being thrust to the brink of exiting with a narrow victory in the second game that reduced the series to a best-of-three.
THE best-of-five Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series between the San Miguel Beermen and Star Hotshots is now in the control of the former after winning in Game Three, 111-110, behind Marcio Lassiter’s game-winning three-pointer last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Claiming their second straight victory after falling in the series-opener, the Beermen are now one win shy of barging into another finals appearance.
GRAND slam-seeking San Miguel Beermen try to regroup and arrest a two-game losing streak when they collide with the hot Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup action today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Scheduled at 7 p.m., the Beermen (3-3) look to finally rebound after losing back-to-back in their main game against the Elasto Painters (4-2), one of the ascending teams right now in the season-ending PBA tournament.
THREE straight times they competed in the finals of the most prestigious conference of the Philippine Basketball Association and every time they emerged victorious -- and now the San Miguel Beermen have a share of PBA history.
Beating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 91-85, in Game Five of their best-of-seven Philippine Cup finals last night, the Beermen closed out the series, 4-1, to win their third consecutive All-Filipino title, joining the Talk ’N Text franchise (2010-12) as the only teams in league history to accomplish such feat.
THE PBA Philippine Cup semifinal encounter between the defending champions San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa comes down to a winner-take-all as the two teams battle it out in Game Seven today.
Happening at the Mall of Asia Arena at 7 p.m., the Beermen and KaTropa try to outdo each other for the right to take one of finals spot in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament.
IT’S ONE and one for defending Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup champion Barangay Ginebra.
As main big man Greg Slaughter makes his return from almost a year-long absence due to his ACL tear, the Gin Kings have to deal with the impending absence of another critical big, Joe Devance.
SIDELINED by an ACL tear for a year, Greg Slaughter said he’s not yet 100 percent back in shape after undergoing operation and rehabilitation.
And yet, the seven-foot Barangay Ginebra slotman is expected to crowd his teammate LA Tenorio, San Miguel Beer’s JuneMar Fajardo and Meralco swingman Chris Newsome for the PBA Best Player of the Conference Award.
THE San Miguel Beermen (SMB) punched their way into the semifinals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup yesterday, defeating convincingly the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters, 115-96, in their quarterfinal pairing in proceedings held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
SAN Miguel Beer is staring at a return trip to the finals when it attempts to finish off Star in the continuation of their highly competitive best-of-five semifinals series in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
On the brink of yet another finals’ appearance, the Beermen, leading 2-1, can wrap things up in Game 4 today at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors battle each other to see which team remains unbeaten and gains a piece of the early lead in the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
Donte Greene provided the spark and the fire when he needed to, and did so with a flourish with a personal PBA high 41 points and 21 rebounds as TNT KaTropa bucked the absence of three stalwarts in toppling San Miguel Beer, 112-103,
Its Marcio night!
The Beermen set a franchise record streak of 11 wins.
SMB marksman Marcio Lassiter had only one make from beyond the arc but still wound up with 21 points and 9 rebounds and his buddy June Mar Fajardo finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds plus 4 assists and 3 blocks as the Beermen draw first blood in their best of seven seminals game at Fajardo made crucial back-to-back baskets inside the final minute that allowed San Miguel to tie the game at 94.
The Beermen lead the way, using a massive run to start the fourth which sealed the victory 109-82 victory against Brgy. Ginebra in Game 1 of their best-of-7 All-Filipino titular showdown Friday at the MOA Arena.
EVEN after bagging the season’s first two championships in the Philippine Basketball Association, San Miguel Beeer is certainly not content.
In an attempt to even bolster their already formidable championship core, the Grandslam-seeking Beermen shipped seldom-used rookie big man Arnold Van Opstal to GlobalPort in exchange for fellow newbie gunner Von Pessumal.
WHO will go to the finals?
Both San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra want to get to the Promised Land, but only one of them will make it in the championship round when they square off in the deciding Game 5 of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
SAN Miguel Beer made history by being just the second team to win a Perpetual Trophy after taking its third straight Philippine Cup championship in the Philippine Basketball Association.
Still, the Beermen are far from satisfied.
AFTER winning the season’s first two championships, there’s no question about what San Miguel Beer wants to accomplish next in the Philippine Basketball Association.
Still fresh from its conquest of the Commissioner’s Cup Sunday night, San Miguel Beer is celebrating yet another title but is also looking forward to doing something that has never been done in the league before.
Meralco’s woeful conference ended with a whimper.
Star dealt the Bolts an emphatic 47-point mugging, 120-74, Saturday, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Allein Maliksi had a hot-shooting night, firing five treys to lead the Hotshots with 25 points, all coming from the first three quarters, while Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon both chipped in 15 markers.
THE Star Hotshots extended their winning form in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs last night, defeating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 78-74, in Game One of their “Manila Clasico” best-of-seven semifinal series.
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