JOE Devance doesn’t mind playing through lots of pain, especially in the finals of the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
In pain for already more than three weeks and counting, Devance just refuses to be on the sidelines knowing Barangay Ginebra continues to need him the most in its war against San Miguel.
Meralco may have drawn first blood, but the war still isn’t over.
Jared Dillinger knows that despite winning over Mahindra twice this conference, owning the opponent’s number doesn’t guarantee sweeps, especially come playoff time.
Finally back on the hard court after the hamstring injury that cut his previous conference short, Jared Dillinger exudes in confidence as wins continue to fall on Meralco’s way.
“I’m just happy that we won and I’m happy that I’m healthy,” he said.
The string of victories continued on Friday, with the Bolts turning back sister team TNT, 94-89 to keep their record unscathed after three games.
If there’s one thing Allen Durham dwells on in Meralco’s 113-95 loss to TNT on Tuesday, it’s definitely that disastrous third quarter.
“We came out in the third quarter a little flat and TNT, they’re the number one team for a reason, and they capitalized off of our mistakes and you saw what happened,” he said.
Allen Durham took charge in the overtime period to pull off the 114-109 stunner over Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ginebra finally found something to throw off Meralco’s hulking reinforcement Allen Durham.Coach Tim Cone employed a double team on the Best Import awardee, which worked wonders as the Gin Kings limited him to a measly four points in the first half.
THE Blackwater Elite gave their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup campaign some boost by beating the NLEX Road Warriors, 104-98, yesterday in the resumption of PBA action after the weeklong All-Star break.
With only one win to show for entering the contest, the Elite, boosted by the usual all-around numbers of import Greg Smith and steady play from Niño Canaleta and Michael Digregorio, improved to 2-6 with the win over NLEX and remain mathematically alive to advance to the quarterfinal phase of the PBA’s mid-season tournament.
A PROMISING start in the PBA Philippine Cup continued for the Blackwater Elite as they chalked up their second win in as many games in the tournament yesterday at the expense of the Meralco Bolts, 86-84, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Had it rough last year in the Philippine Basketball Association that saw them near bottom-scraping much of the time, the Elite have come out strong in the season-opening conference on the strength of a roster bannered by young up-and-comers.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE Blackwater Elite are back in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) playoffs for the first time after a four-conference absence and they are making the most it, forcing a sudden death with the Meralco Bolts in their quarterfinal pairing after overcoming their first hurdle, 92-91, yesterday.
Facing a twice-to-win handicap against top seed Meralco in the quarterfinals, eighth-seeded Blackwater fashioned out a surprise with a gutsy win that extended its season and sent its affair with the Bolts to a do-or-die on Thursday.
MAHINDRA proved that it is for real after notching one of its biggest wins in franchise history.
Former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Dorian Peña was arrested Wednesday along with two companions during a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) entrapment operation in Mandaluyong City.
The 39-year-old Peña, who played for several PBA teams, was taken to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for inquest proceedings along with Ledy Mae Vilchez and Jose Paolo Ampeso yesterday.
Veteran campaigners June Mar Fajardo and Marc Pingris are still willing to don the national colors in future international tournaments.
After hearing the retirement of Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo, the San Miguel Beer behemoth guaranteed the fans to stay healthy and competitive for another tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas maybe in the 2017 FIBA Asia Championship and 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
(MANILA, Philippines) – Following his historic win at the first-ever King of the Rock national finals last March 19, 2016 in Manila, Filipino-American Robbie Herndon has decided to step down as the Philippines’ first representative to the world finals to be held later this year in Serbia.
To be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Kings, the champions in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup last season, are out to improve on their underperforming 1-2 record so far, which partly they blame on the long gaps they have had in between games.
Citing their inability to establish some momentum with the weeklong breaks they have been having, the Kings have seen their campaign go up and down.
They opened their Philippine Cup bid with a loss to the TNT KaTropa, 108-103, on Nov. 27 before winning over the Rain or Shine Elastopainters, 81-74, on Dec. 4.
WHAT seemingly was a lost cause for the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters yesterday proved otherwise as they rallied back from 26 points down to pull the rug from under the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 101-99, to nail their second straight win in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Left for dead after being buried by 26 markers early in the fourth period, Phoenix rose as the quarter progressed, behind the efforts of Mark Borboran and Cyrus Baguio, to turn things around en route to the win, their second straight in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament to take its record to 4-3 for joint fourth place.
Even Reynel Hugnatan was surprised of his scintillating shooting on Saturday, providing the spark as Meralco gained a 2-1 series lead after a 119-113 triumph over top seed TNT.
“Hindi ko nga alam kung bakit pumasok yun eh,” he said. “Sabi lang ni coach, pag open itira lang.”
SAN Miguel Beer order in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-85, on Friday night and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
GILAS Pilipinas is off to a rousing start in its preparations for the upcoming SEABA Championships, to be hosted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
After announcing his 12-man roster for the SEABA tilt late Friday night following the nationals’ win over the Luzon All-Stars in Lucena, Quezon, coach Chot Reyes immediately looked forward to the first chance of seeing how well his newly composed team can perform and he wasn’t disappointed.
THE Philippines once again punctuated its standing as king of Southeast Asian basketball as Gilas Pilipinas topped the 2017 SEABA Men’s Championship by beating Indonesia, 97-64, in the de facto finals last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
A battle of unbeaten teams in the marquee regional basketball tournament, the Philippines stamped its class on an Indonesian side which created waves during the week-long tournament.
RECHARGED by a rousing Game 1 victory Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings target a 2-0 advantage in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup when they meet the Meralco Bolts 6:30 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.
The Gin Kings swarmed all over Meralco import Allen Durham, relied on their size to prevent all inside incursions then watched the Bolts miss their outside shots to post a lopsided 102-87 victory at the start of the best-of-seven title playoff at the Quezon Convention Center last Friday.
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