2018 PBA Governors' Cup - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2018 PBA Governors' Cup


Chito Victolero gets Magnolia over the hump for first PBA title

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Groomed by experience in the last two years, the 43-year-old guides the Hotshots to their first championship since 2014

AT LAST. Chito Victolero clinches his first PBA title. Photo from PBA Images

Jio Jalalon savors 1st career championship with Magnolia

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:55 AM

After falling short of a title in the collegiate ranks, Jio Jalalon finally gets to relish the championship feeling

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA title perfect ending to Paul Lee's stellar year

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:07 AM

The 29-year-old star finally wins a championship under the Purefoods franchise since his trade from Rain or Shine in 2016

BLESSED. Paul Lee says he has nothing more to ask this year. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Robert Bolick eager to show NorthPort he's a winner

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The spitfire guard may be the player the Batang Pier – a team that reached the semifinals only once in franchise history – has been looking for

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Robert Bolick welcomes the challenge of being Stanley Pringle's new backcourt partner. Photo from PBA Images

Close to PBA title, Romeo Travis couldn't care less about Best Import

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The Magnolia reinforcement says the PBA Best Import plum he won with Alaska in 2015 didn't provide any consolation when the Aces got swept by San Miguel in the finals

ONLY GOAL. Romeo Travis wants nothing but a PBA championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ex-teammates Compton, Victolero vie for first PBA title as coaches

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:57 PM

The two mentors formed a formidable backcourt pair for the Manila Metrostars in the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association 20 years ago

FIRST. Alaska's Alex Compton (left) and Magnolia's Chito Victolero will need to outsmart each other to win their first championship as head coach. Photo from PBA Images

LOOK: Ginebra import Justin Brownlee joins fiesta celebration

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:28 PM

The 30-year-old American has professed his love for the Philippines and he is showing it off the court

WELL-DESERVED REST. Justin Brownlee begins his break from basketball by joining a fiesta celebration. Screenshot from Ronald Celestra's Facebook page

Durham's chase for PBA title doesn't end in 3rd heartbreak

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:20 AM

'I'm still trying to get a ring so I'm going to keep working until I can't run or jump no more,' says Meralco's two-time Best Import

NO SURRENDER. Allen Durham is raring to return to the PBA next season to clinch that elusive title. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska boots out Meralco for first finals in two years

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The Aces set up a finals date with Magnolia, which ended Barangay Ginebra's reign in the Governors' Cup

END OF THE ROAD. Allen Durham falls short in his bid to lead the Meralco Bolts to a third straight finals appearance in the Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska import Mike Harris treats kids to fastfood joint

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The American reinforcement brings with him some 10 kids and bought them each meals

GOOD HEART. Mike Harris gives back by treating kids to meals. Screenshot from Alma Agravante Pangaibat

LeBron sends shoutout to Romeo Travis: 'Keep going, Lucky Lefty'

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The Magnolia import's 50-point explosion comes days after his buddy and Lakers superstar LeBron James barged into the Top 5 of the NBA's all-time scoring list

GAME RESPECT GAME. LeBron James and Romeo Travis go way back in high school. File photos from Los Angeles Lakers Facebook account (James) and PBA Images (Travis)

A day to remember for Romeo Travis

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:58 AM

The American import notches a personal career-high on an injured hamstring to lead Magnolia to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals

NEAR PROMISED LAND. Romeo Travis helps Magnolia reach the Governors' Cup finals for the first time since 2014. Photo from PBA Images

Ben Mbala almost played for Magnolia vs Ginebra

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The former two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player could have played as import for the Hotshots if the Gin Kings forced Game 5 in their semifinals series

BACKUP. Ben Mbala (left) served as an emergency import replacement for Romeo Travis for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from Josh Albelda/Rappler (Mbala) and PBA Images (Travis)

Travis hits 50 as Magnolia dethrones Ginebra to reach finals

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The Hotshots finish the Gin Kings in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals duel for their second finals appearance this season

SCORING MACHINE. Romeo Travis hits the half century mark to lift Magnolia to the Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska's Mike Harris all respect for Meralco's Reynel Hugnatan

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The Aces import tips his hat to the 40-year-old veteran for his clutch play for the Bolts in their semifinals duel

NOTHING BUT LOVE. Meralco's Reynel Hugnatan (back) earns the respect of Alaska import Mike Harris. Photo from PBA Images

Harris gets last laugh vs Durham as Alaska nears finals

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The Aces go up 2-1 against the Meralco Bolts in their best-of-five semifinals affair

ONE WIN AWAY. Mike Harris delivers a near-triple-double outing as Alaska set one foot on the door to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

Devance bucks injury to help Ginebra keep title hunt alive

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:33 AM

The do-it-all forward should have been out for two more weeks, but coach Tim Cone needed an old hand to get the Gin Kings over the hump

ENDURING PAIN. Joe Devance pumps life to Barangay Ginebra with his premature return from injury. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra stays alive with gutsy Game 3 win over Magnolia

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio deliver awe-inspiring performances as the Gin Kings finally tally a victory in the best-of-five series

Enciso proves doubters wrong by sparking Alaska to semis-tying win

Nov 13, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The spitfire guard compensates for his dismal Game 1 performance with a sudden eruption in their Game 2 triumph over Meralco

BOUNCE BACK. Simon Enciso steers the Alaska Aces in their rebound win over the Meralco Bolts. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska halts Meralco's streak to even semis series

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Aces almost squander a 20-point lead but regain their bearings when it mattered most to pull off the win

ON EQUAL GROUNDS. Vic Manuel and the Alaska Aces avoid teetering on the brink of elimination. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia escapes Ginebra for 2-0 lead in semis

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:37 PM

The Hotshots move one win from securing a finals berth and denying the Gin Kings a third straight title in the Governors' Cup

RELIABLE. Romeo Travis delivers a double-double as Magnolia moves one win closer from a finals appearance in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Banchero promises Alaska fightback in Game 2

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:02 PM

The Aces seek to avoid going down 0-2 in their best-of-five semifinals series against Meralco

FROM THE GET-GO. Chris Banchero warns that Alaska couldn't afford another flat start against Meralco. Photo from PBA Images

Red-hot Meralco stuns Alaska, takes semis opener

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The seventh-seeded Bolts stretch their winning streak to 7 games behind Allen Durham's herculean effort

TAKING OVER. Allen Durham leads Meralco to its seventh straight win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Paul Lee downplays Magnolia's rare Clasico win over Ginebra

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'You beat him once, he's gonna beat you twice. We need to be ready,' Paul Lee says of Ginebra coach Tim Cone

UPPER HAND. Paul Lee and Magnolia get the better of Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra this time. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia draws first blood vs Ginebra in Clasico semis

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:54 PM

Romeo Travis and Paul Lee take charge as the Hotshots take a 1-0 semis lead over the Gin Kings

Fatigued Meralco powers through 6th straight do-or-die

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:15 AM

After fighting for survival the past weeks, the No. 7 Bolts are on their way to the semifinals versus the Alaska Aces

ON FIRE. Allen Durham takes charge in the final stretch as the Bolts survive the Fuel Masters in the do-or-die quarterfinal duel. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco upsets Phoenix, books last semis seat in OT thriller

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:49 PM

'What a hill that we had to climb to get to this point,' says coach Norman Black after the Bolts overcame the Fuel Masters' twice-to-beat quarterfinal edge

DO-OR-DIE. Both the Phoenix Fuel Masters and the Meralco Bolts put it all out on the floor in the quarterfinal overtime thriller. Photo from PBA Images

Marqus Blakely on Tim Cone: 'I miss him, too'

Nov 05, 2018 - 8:36 AM

The former Best Import fails to reach a PBA playoffs for the first time as his former mentor and the Gin Kings prove to be the mightier squad

ANOTHER TOUR. Marqus Blakely hopes to be back in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra seals No. 1 ranking, boots TNT out of playoffs

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Justin Brownlee drops a triple-double as the top-ranked Gin Kings arrange a quarterfinal duel against No. 8 NLEX

STEADY FORCE. Justin Brownlee delivers another triple-double for Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

Walker: Blackwater 'wasted 4 months of work' after missing win-once edge

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:23 PM

The Elite are relegated to No. 5 in the playoffs ranking following a sorry loss to Phoenix

BACK TO SQUARE ONE. Henry Walker says the Elite need to do 'some soul-searching' heading into the playoffs. Photo from PBA Images

Phoenix nails twice-to-beat edge, No. 2 ranking vs Blackwater

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:26 PM

The Fuel Masters will see action in the quarterfinals for the first time in a year and the first under head coach Louie Alas

THE BEAST. Calvin Abueva rises to occasion as Phoenix finishes in the Top 4. Photo from PBA Images

Reynel Hugnatan turns back clock right on 40th birthday

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:22 AM

The 15-year veteran becomes only the third active PBA player to reach 40

STILL GUNNING. Reynel Hugnatan turns back the hands of time with a vintage performance for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images

Chris Tiu on potential PBA retirement: Lots of things to consider

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:00 AM

With his one-year contract expiring, the 33-year-old mulls hanging up his jersey

WALKING AWAY. Chris Tiu could end a six-year career in the PBA at the peak of his abilities. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco zaps San Miguel to boost playoff chances

Nov 03, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The Bolts end the elimination round with a fourth straight win to secure at least a playoff for the last quarterfinals berth

HEAVY LIFTING. Allen Durham (left) delivers another monster double-double as Meralco rolls on to its fourth straight win. Photo from PBA Images

Tiu notches new career-high to lift import-less Rain or Shine over NLEX

Nov 03, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The 33-year-old gives it his all in what could be his last game in the PBA

Vic Manuel warns early exit if lackluster Alaska play continues

Oct 28, 2018 - 11:07 PM

The star forward says the Aces should rediscover the teamwork they had in the first 7 games of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Vic Manuel highlighted a need for a better execution in their upcoming playoffs campaign. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra reasserts mastery over Magnolia in Manila Clasico

Oct 28, 2018 - 9:28 PM

The Gin Kings topple the Hotshots for the seventh straight elimination round game to secure a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals

TAKING CHARGE. Justin Brownlee delivers in crunchtime as Ginebra secures a seat in the Top 4. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska rides on late surge vs NorthPort to book twice-to-beat edge

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The Aces notch their eighth win in 11 games for a sure spot within the Top 4, which affords them a win-once incentive in the quarterfinals

MACHINE. Mike Harris' 20-20 powers Alaska to its eighth win in 11 games. Photo from PBA Images

June Mar Fajardo on quiet return from injury: 'Nakakapanibago'

Oct 28, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The reigning four-time PBA MVP plays his first game in over two months after getting sidelined with injury

RECOVERING. June Mar Fajardo reveals he felt tightness in his right leg. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel punches playoffs ticket as Fajardo returns

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Beermen bank on 3 players breaching the 20-point mark to become the sixth team to secure a PBA quarterfinals berth

WORKHORSE. Christian Standhardinger's double-double powers San Miguel into the quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Blackwater toys with Columbian for piece of 3rd place

Oct 27, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The Elite hike their record to 7-3 to forge a three-way logjam at 3rd place with Phoenix and Alaska as the Dyip bow out with a 1-10 card

TOPSCORER. Henry Walker leads 4 other players in twin digits for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images

Jayson Castro return from injury spoiled as TNT falls anew

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:33 AM

The KaTropa crash to their sixth loss in 10 games of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

DRY SPELL. Not even Jayson Castro's return from injury could prevent the TNT KaTropa from losing again. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia claims solo No. 1, twice-to-beat edge

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:03 PM

The Hotshots thwart the TNT KaTropa behind Ian Sangalang's 28-point game

SCORING MACHINE. Ian Sangalang topscores for Magnolia, which became the first team to secure a twice-to-beat incentive in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoffs. Photo from PBA Images

Scolded by Guiao for miscue, Quiñahan takes over in NLEX's OT win

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Kept quiet for the first 4 quarters, the sweet-shooting forward catches fire in the extra period to help the Road Warriors stun Alaska

CLUTCH. JR Quiñahan delivers the goods as NLEX inches closer to a quarterfinals berth. File photo by PBA Images

NLEX rides Fuller's 40-20 night to edge Alaska

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The Road Warriors regain their bearings just in time to put one foot in the quarterfinals door with a 5-5 card

MONSTER. Aaron Fuller delivers the goods with 42 points and 22 rebounds. Photo from PBA Images

June Mar Fajardo: Recovery before MVP

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:59 PM

The San Miguel superstar is set to return to the PBA hardcourt after two months of recuperating from his shin injury

LATE PUSH. June Mar Fajardo needs to play in 70% of the Beermen's games all season to be eligible for the MVP award. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel eliminates NorthPort, zeroes in on playoffs berth

Oct 24, 2018 - 10:50 PM

The Beermen squander a double-digit lead but prove to be the steadier team in the endgame to hack out the win

MACHINE. Christian Standhardinger delivers a monster double-double as San Miguel's bid for a Top 4 finish remains alive. Photo from PBA Images

Raymond Almazan suspended, to miss rest of Governors' Cup

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The lanky center has been punished by Rain or Shine for his unsanctioned two-week absence

OUT. Raymond Almazan will not see action in the Elasto Painters' final two games of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. File photo by PBA Images

Phoenix storms back as Rain or Shine's free fall continues

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Fuel Masters occupy solo 4th place with their seventh win in 10 games

REELING. Matthew Wright and Phoenix deal Rain or Shine its third straight loss. Photo from PBA Images

PBA's top assist man Chris Banchero displays scoring prowess

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:08 AM

The 29-year-old proves he's more than just his passing genius as Alaska claims a share of No. 1 in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

HOT HAND. Chris Banchero notches a career-high in points for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images