AFTER going into overdrive in the elimination round, the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal phase is ready to go with the GlobalPort Batang Pier completing the cast.
Defeating the Alaska Aces, 107-106, in their knockout match last night, the Aces earned the eighth and final ticket in the playoffs which begin today.
But to do so, GlobalPort needed to get deep into its bag amid a tough challenge that Alaska posted.
AFTER five tries, the GlobalPort Batang Pier are now in the win column of the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup following their disposal of the hapless NLEX Road Warriors, 85-82, in their Holy Wednesday encounter at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Held their own when challenged down the stretch and with import Malcolm White hitting a key basket, the Batang Pier (1-4) bested the Road Warriors (0-6) in a battle of tailending teams in the midseason PBA conference and infused life back into their jittery campaign.
CURRENTLY at solo second place in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup, GlobalPort Batang Pier try to go a notch higher and claim a share of the top spot as they take on Blackwater Elite in league action today at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.
Set for 7 p.m., the Batang Pier (3-1) are out to win back-to-back after tumbling previously while also tying defending champions San Miguel Beermen (4-1) for early leadership in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament.
Leading GlobalPort in the Philippine Cup is All-Star guard Terrence Romeo, who has his guns blazing with an average of 27 points per game to go along with five assists and 1.75 steals.
THE scheduled Philippine Basketball Association double header today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum will feature four teams making their debut and are out to jumpstart their campaign in the season-opening Philippine Cup.
GlobalPort Batang Pier collide with Mahindra Floodbuster at 4:15 p.m. while the Alaska Aces face off with the NLEX Road Warriors at 7 p.m.
Infusing new faces in the roster, GlobalPort hopes to duplicate or even surpass the success it had in the same tournament last year where it reached the semifinals.
THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup goes on the road today with a twin bill set at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
Opening the festivities in the PBA south-of-Manila offering at 4:15 p.m. are GlobalPort Batang Pier and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, two teams coming off wins in their previous assignments and are looking to build on their respective quarterfinal push.
PLAYING in his first year in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), GlobalPort Batang Pier rookie Von Pessumal said he is very excited over the opportunity given him. He, however, recognizes that building a steady PBA career is a process, which is why he is submitting to it every step of the way.
Selected by the port masters in a special draft for Gilas Pilipinas cadet members, the sweet-shooting Ateneo star shared that he is settling well in the local pro league, in part because of the style of play in the PBA and the role he is given in GlobalPort.
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) forges an agreement with GlutaMAX Men as marketing partner.
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Even Cliff Hodge would agree that Monday was probably his best game in the biggest stage of his professional career.
“In my whole career, high school, college, this is probably my best game ever,” he quipped.
STAR doesn’t plan on cooling down.
The league’s hottest team with eight straight wins, the Hotshots go for another one as they shoot for an insurmountable 3-0 lead over ailing Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-seven semifinals series in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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