2015 PBA Governors' Cup - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2015 PBA Governors' Cup


Retiring Reid open for return next PBA season

Jul 19, 2015 - 1:14 PM

“It’s gonna be tough but I think I still have a little bit more left in the tank ” the two time Best Import Arizona Reid said

San Miguel Beermen import Arizona Reid celebrates his much coveted first PBA championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mixed feelings for Espinas after winning PBA title over former team

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:29 AM

Gabby Espinas is not relishing victory over his old team Alaska but he s not hiding his delight over his second career PBA title

Gabby Espinas is happily a role player with San Miguel, with whom he won his second PBA title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Terrence Romeo dreams of playing for Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:09 PM

Globalport guard Terrence Romeo expressed his eagerness to represent the Philippines after he was dubbed Most Improved Player of the 2015 PBA season

Terrence Romeo is the PBA's Most Improved Player in the 2015 season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Miguel sweeps Alaska for 21st PBA championship

Jul 17, 2015 - 9:32 PM

The San Miguel Beermen asserted its might to win its second title in the PBA s 40th season

Arizona Reid (left) powered a back-breaking third quarter rally that ensured the San Miguel Beermen the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Compton ready to stand against history in PBA Finals

Jul 16, 2015 - 2:15 AM

When Game 4 rolls around on Friday Alaska will not only try to salvage a victory and extend the series They will attempt to make history

NO QUITTING. Alaska head coach Alex Compton refuses to quit despite his team being down 0-3 in the Governors' Cup Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN VINES: San Miguel takes 3-0 Finals lead over Alaska behind Reid's 41

Jul 15, 2015 - 10:09 PM

The two time Best Import Arizona Reid provided it all for the Beermen – from hustle to scoring and quite simply the intense will to win

Arizona Reid dropped 41 points on Alaska to lift San Miguel to a commanding 3-0 Finals lead. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Alaska – PBA Finals Game 3

Jul 15, 2015 - 12:49 PM

Relive all the action in Game 3 of the 2015 PBA Governors Cup Finals through Rappler s highlights

PBA expansion teams KIA, Blackwater look ahead to busy offseason

Jul 13, 2015 - 9:19 PM

Both KIA and Blackwater plan on maximizing the 2015 Rookie Draft to bolster their rosters

LA Revilla (left) and Reil Cervantes are the key players for KIA and Blackwater, respectively. Photos from PBA Images

Abueva benched due to injured thumb

Jul 13, 2015 - 3:00 PM

I’m not going to force a guy who’s injured He can’t hold the ball ” Alaska coach Alex Compton bares reason for Calvin Abueva s absence in Game 2 endgame

INJURED THUMB. Calvin Abueva played limited minutes in Game 2 of the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals with an injured right thumb. Photo from PBA Images

Reid on losing Best Import to Travis: ‘I don’t understand it, but he deserved it’

Jul 13, 2015 - 12:30 AM

“Congratulations to Travis It’s tough real tough ” says AZ Reid “I don’t understand it but he deserved it It is what it is ”

Arizona Reid lets out a roar as San Miguel goes 2-0 in the Finals against Alaska. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Austria on Beermen’s Finals lead: ‘2-0 is not safe’

Jul 12, 2015 - 9:40 PM

For San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria the PBA Finals is never over until it s over

NOT RELAXING. San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria refuses to relax amid his team's 2-0 lead over Alaska in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN VINES: Beermen come from behind to beat Aces, lead Finals 2-0

Jul 12, 2015 - 9:14 PM

Watch Vines of the big plays including Marcio Lassiter s game winning 3 from Game 2 of the 2015 PBA Governors Cup Finals between San Miguel and Alaska

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fajardo wins third Best Player award; Travis named Best Import

Jul 12, 2015 - 5:09 PM

The reigning league MVP Fajardo is Best Player once more as Alaska s Romeo Travis wins Best Import for the Governors Cup

BEST IMPORT. BEST PLAYER. Romeo Travis of the Alaska Aces and June Mar Fajardo of the San Miguel Beermen win Best Import and Best Player of the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Alaska vs San Miguel – PBA Finals Game 2

Jul 12, 2015 - 11:33 AM

Relive all the action from Game 2 of the 2015 PBA Governors Cup Finals through these highlights

Compton on Finals rematch: ‘We need to be aggressive’

Jul 09, 2015 - 12:25 AM

We re coming at them Our head down we re gonna take some shots throw some shots we re coming at ‘em says Alaska coach Alex Compton

'WE'RE COMING AT 'EM.' Alaska coach Alex Compton sees an evenly matched Finals against old foes San Miguel in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo from PBA Images

Austria worries over Beermen’s energy, lack of preparation for Finals

Jul 08, 2015 - 10:52 PM

San Miguel will have one day to prepare for the best of 7 Governors Cup Finals while Alaska has had 3 days advantage

WORRIED. San Miguel head coach Leo Austria is worried about having just one day of preparation before the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Beermen smack Painters one last time to reach finals

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:21 PM

San Miguel sets up a rematch with Alaska in the 2015 PBA Governors Cup Finals

BACK TO THE FINALS. Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo comes up big late as San Miguel marches on to the Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rain or Shine bleeding by San Miguel’s three-point blows

Jul 07, 2015 - 5:19 AM

The Painters have serious homework ahead of game 4 as they look for answers on how to cover each Beermen threat

TOUGH HOMEWORK. Yeng Guiao has tough homework ahead of him for game 4 as Rain or Shine attempts to cover all bases against a talented San Miguel. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

San Miguel wins shootout over Rain or Shine for 2-1 series lead

Jul 06, 2015 - 9:08 PM

The Beermen move a win away from a second PBA Finals appearance this season

AZ Reid leads shootout as Beermen take 2-1 series lead over Elasto Painters. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Banchero keeps growing, Alaska reaps reward

Jul 05, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Alaska coach Alex Compton said he wants nothing more from rookie Chris Banchero than constant growth

ROOKIE ON THE RISE. Point guard Chris Banchero is rising fast for the Alaska Aces. He is seen here attempting to break through the Star Hotshots defense in their semifinals game during the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Slow-starting Alaska comes from behind to beat Star in semis game 1

Jul 01, 2015 - 9:12 PM

Alaska completes a comeback from 18 points down to draw first blood in their best of 5 semifinals against the Star Hotshots in the 2015 PBA Governors Cup

COMEBACK. JVee Casio boosts Alaska's comeback to win game 1 of the semifinals against the Star Hotshots. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alaska aims to wear down Star Hotshots in semifinals duel

Jul 01, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Alaska will be dealing with the Star Hotshots high on momentum from their 2015 PBA Governors Cup best of 5 semifinals series

WEAR THEM DOWN. Alaska head coach Alex Compton will be banking on an all-out effort from his team as they aim to wear down defending champions Star Hotshots in their semifinals clash. Photo from PBA Images

Norman Black evaluates: Asian imports ‘not really a big upgrade over Filipinos’

Jun 29, 2015 - 10:36 PM

Black said Asian imports definitely filled in some gaps for teams but were not game changers in their debut in the 2015 PBA Governors Cup

How much of an impact did the Asian imports have in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup? Seen here are Meralco's Seiya Ando (left) and KIA's Jet Chang. Photos from PBA Images

Injured Sangalang returns to Hotshots practice by July

Jun 28, 2015 - 1:07 PM

Ian Sangalang will wrap up rehabilitation for his torn right ACL this month and aims to train again by the first or second week of July

BRACING FOR A COMEBACK. Star Hotshots big man Ian Sangalang is gearing up to return to practice by July after a torn right ACL injury. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Aguilar hits game-winner as Ginebra completes Govs Cup playoff cast

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Japeth Aguilar saves Barangay Ginebra s 2015 PBA Governors Cup conference with the game winner over NLEX to advance to the quarterfinals

GAME-WINNER. Japeth Aguilar sinks the game-winning three-pointer to salvage a playoff appearance for Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

Globalport ready for next step with franchise-first twice-to-beat

Jun 24, 2015 - 6:23 PM

The Batang Pier are in unfamiliar territory with its first twice to beat advantage in the quarterfinals of the 2015 PBA Governors Cup

Photo from PBA Images

Pacquiao returns for KIA’s must-win PBA game

Jun 24, 2015 - 5:29 PM

Manny Pacquiao attended just the second game of his team in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup

HE'S BACK. KIA playing coach Manny Pacquiao is back on the sidelines just as his team faces either elimination or a playoffs trip in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Star Hotshots settle for 5th seed after beating Blackwater

Jun 23, 2015 - 9:37 PM

The Star Hotshots will be without the twice to beat advantage at 5th seed in the 2015 PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals

Marqus Blakely puts up an all-around effort to help the Star Hotshots gain a 5th seed in the playoffs. Photo by Mark Cristino

Globalport claims twice-to-beat behind Romeo heroics in OT

Jun 23, 2015 - 6:40 PM

After scoring just two points in the first half Terrence Romeo hit timely shots as Globalport pulled away from Alaska in overtime

Terrence Romeo heats up late to help Globalport clinch a franchise-first twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Photo from PBA Images

2015 PBA Governors' Cup playoff scenarios

Jun 22, 2015 - 11:48 PM

What will it take for the Star Hotshots to get a twice to beat edge? How can Barangay Ginebra book a quarterfinals ticket?

Black expects Meralco to adjust, not resist PBA’s physicality

Jun 22, 2015 - 2:53 PM

“This is the PBA Physicality is part of the game ” says the former PBA Grand Slam champion coach

Molded by experience, Meralco head coach Norman Black knows physicality is in the PBA's DNA. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Rain or Shine finishes strong against Meralco, claims twice-to-beat edge

Jun 21, 2015 - 7:11 PM

Finishing the eliminations at 7 4 and on a 6 game win streak Rain or Shine claims a twice to beat edge in the quarterfinals

Star Hotshots blast Barako Bull to secure playoff spot

Jun 21, 2015 - 5:03 PM

With a 5 5 record the Hotshots assure itself of a quarterfinals appearance in the 2015 PBA Governors Cup

James Yap finishes in double figures to lead Star Hotshots rout of Barako Bull. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alaska ends San Miguel Beer's 8-game win streak

Jun 20, 2015 - 8:05 PM

Alaska withstands San Miguel s comeback from 21 points down to take the top spot in the standings

Clutch baskets from Romeo Travis help Alaska weather San Miguel Beer's late comeback. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Beermen remain hungry, unsatisfied despite 8-game winning run

Jun 16, 2015 - 9:32 PM

After winning 8 games in a row in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup the San Miguel Beermen are hungrier than ever

Arwind Santos points out defense as one area San Miguel has to work on entering the playoffs. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Reid's triple-double propels Beermen to 8th straight win

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:35 PM

San Miguel assures itself of a twice to beat advantage in the 2015 PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals

Arizona Reid's triple double lifts San Miguel past Blackwater and assures them of a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rain or Shine rips Star, extends streak to 4

Jun 13, 2015 - 7:50 PM

The Painters pulled away completely in the payoff period to knock out the Hotshots and keep their eyes set on a top 4 spot

Jeff Chan contributes 16 points off the bench as Rain or Shine defeats Star. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Syrian baller survives war, finds hope in Manila

Jun 13, 2015 - 7:19 PM

A brother kidnapped a hometown lost PBA Asian import Michael Madanly flees war torn Syria and dreams to rebuild again

Alaska rallies from 22 points down to nip Barako Bull

Jun 13, 2015 - 6:08 PM

The Aces are now tied for first place after the huge character win

Travis Romeo showed leadership as Alaska posted a come-from-behind victory over Barako Bull. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Globalport rises to 4th spot with rout of NLEX

Jun 12, 2015 - 9:55 PM

The Batang Pier jumps from seventh to fourth place in the standings with the victory

Terrence Romeo drops 22 points in a lopsided win by Globalport over NLEX. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

De Ocampo heats up late as Texters end 4-game slide

Jun 12, 2015 - 7:08 PM

Talk N Text stops losing skid with win over Blackwater but their struggles remain

CLUTCH. Ranidel de Ocampo (left) nails 3 endgame triples to help Talk 'N Text halt its losing streak. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Rain or Shine survives NLEX comeback for third straight win

Jun 11, 2015 - 2:53 AM

Rain or Shine blew a 29 point lead late in the third quarter and had to stave off a furious NLEX rally

Paul Lee drops 20 points on the Road Warriors to help save the Elasto Painters from disaster. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

KIA pulls down Barako Bull from top spot

Jun 10, 2015 - 7:45 PM

The Carnival stayed home on the Energy limiting them to a conference low total scoring output

Asian import Jet Chang's 15 points was the highest output by any player in a defensive masterpiece from KIA. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Beermen erase 17-point deficit for 7th straight win

Jun 09, 2015 - 10:12 PM

San Miguel defeats a skidding Talk N Text and are now assured of a playoffs spot

AZ Reid leads San Miguel's come-from-behind victory over Talk 'N Text. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alaska's defense carries them past gritty Meralco

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:34 PM

Alaska limited Meralco to just 33 shooting from the field

Romeo Travis attacks the basket against Cliff Hodge. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Barako Bull keeps rolling, whips Globalport

Jun 07, 2015 - 6:14 PM

Barako Bull solidifies its hold of the top spot with a 6 1 record

Joseph Yeo leads all Barako Bull scorers with 19 points. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Yap helps Star return to winning ways, holds off KIA

May 30, 2015 - 10:43 PM

James Yap eliminates KIA s threat with back to back clutch treys to emerge unscathed

BIG GAME JAMES. James Yap leads the Hotshots to halt their 4-game losing skid. File Photo from PBA Images

Intal, McMorrow shine as Barako Bull holds off NLEX

May 06, 2015 - 8:47 PM

The Rocket explodes for 24 points while import Liam McMorrow led all scorers with 33 as Barako Bull holds off NLEX

FEARLESS. Barako Bull import Liam McMorrow (wearing red) collides with NLEX's Kwame Alexander and Aldrech Ramos. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ginebra sends Yeo to Barako for Mercado

May 04, 2015 - 5:04 PM

This will be Mercado s fourth team this season This is third time Barako Bull and Ginebra have been involved in a trade over the past few weeks

SWAPPED. Ginebra trades Joseph Yeo (R) to Barako Bull in exchange for Sol Mercado (L). File photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Barako Bull taps 7-foot-2 Liam McMorrow as import

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:03 PM

The towering McMorrow is expected to deliver a much needed inside presence to the Energy

ENERGY TOWER. 7-foot-2 Liam McMorrow will reinforce the interior of Barako Bull Energy in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from McMorrow's Twitter