PBA 2014 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on PBA 2014


NLEX sinks KIA to end eliminations on positive note

Dec 07, 2014 - 6:55 PM

The Road Warriors snap a 3 game skid to end the elimination round on a winning note with Asi Taulava leading the way scoring 19 points with 14 rebounds

POWERING THROUGH. Asi Taulava carves space inside as he leads NLEX to a win. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: PBA 2014 Rookie draft

Aug 24, 2014 - 3:04 PM

Rappler s live blog of the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft

San Mig's grand slam victory is destiny fullfilled

Jul 13, 2014 - 6:45 AM

Unlike previous grand slams this one by San Mig Coffee was not a dominant run It was hard earned fighting thru numerous do or die battles

GRAND SLAM COACH. Winning a Grand Slam deserves a water bath. Here coach Tim Cone gets some love from his players after winning the championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: San Mig Coffee's historic Grand Slam

Jul 10, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Relive the glorious end to the PBA s 39th season through these photos

GRAND SLAM COACH. Winning a Grand Slam deserves a water bath. Here coach Tim Cone gets some love from his players after winning the championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fajardo wins PBA MVP, lives an unexpected dream

Jul 05, 2014 - 10:07 PM

June Mar Fajardo never expected to be great at basketball He was never even fully acquainted with the sport as a kid But now he s the PBA s Most Valuable Player

MVP. 2014 PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo gives a speech after receiving his award. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Commissioner Salud says draft lottery was an 'honest draw'

Jul 04, 2014 - 3:50 PM

It may have appeared unrefined but it was an honest draw

HONEST DRAW. PBA Commissioner Chito Salud apologizes for the 'crude' draft lottery but insists it's an honest process. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ranidel de Ocampo, AZ Reid bag Best Player, Best Import plums

Jul 03, 2014 - 9:14 PM

Reid bags his 2nd Best Import award while De Ocampo takes home his first ever Best Player plum

OUTSTANDING ATHLETES. Arizona Reid (L) and Ranidel De Ocampo (R) take home the Best Import and Best Player of the Conference awards. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

James Yap delivers as San Mig Coffee snatches away Game 1

Jul 01, 2014 - 11:40 PM

Trusted veteran James Yap delivered the final blow to put away the Painters in the last minute of Game 1

BIG GAME ONCE AGAIN. James Yap comes through for San Mig Coffee once again with two big shot to put away Rain or Shine in Game 1 of the Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

JVee Casio anxious to come back in Game 5 after costly slip

Jun 27, 2014 - 6:31 PM

It s one game It s a do or die for us We re looking forward to Saturday s game All or nothing

JVee Casio (R) attempts to steal the ball from Paul Lee (L). Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Mig Coffee blasts Talk 'N Text, climbs to a 2-0 semis lead

Jun 21, 2014 - 8:35 PM

The Mixers weathered the Texters hot shooting from downtown in the 2nd half to move one step closer to the Governors Cup finals

ONE WIN AWAY. Mark Barroca and the rest of the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers are one win shy of barging into the PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Mig Coffee fights fatigue to boot Beermen out of playoffs

Jun 17, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Defending champions San Mig Coffee bucked a slow start to book a semifinals match up vs Talk N Text

MR EVERYTHING. Mixers import Marqus Blakely comes up with another huge effort to help San Mig Coffee advance to the semis. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Talk 'N Text shoots their way to the semis

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:37 PM

KG Canaleta was on target from beyond the arc as he helps Talk N Text advance to the semifinals

STREAK SHOOTER. KG Canaleta (9) found the bottom of the net 6 times from downtown as Talk 'N Text advances to the semifinals. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Miguel thwarts Air21 in physical game

Jun 14, 2014 - 9:23 PM

San Miguel survives a game marred by multiple technical fouls and improves chances at clinching a twice to beat edge

FOUL TROUBLE. San Miguel bigman June Mar Fajardo (light) still finished in double figures despite battling foul trouble. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Gary David catches fire as Meralco ends season fighting

Jun 14, 2014 - 6:09 PM

David leads the charge for the Bolts as they bow out of the Governors Cup at 9th place with a 3 6 win loss record

ON FIRE. Gary David (dark) and the Meralco Bolts went out in style with a blowout win over the Globalport Batang Pier to end their PBA Governors' Cup campaign. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Paul Harris' 9 triples lift Talk 'N Text vs San Mig Coffee

Jun 14, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Harris sizzles from downtown and drains 9 three pointers including 3 pivotal ones late in the game for his 39 points to dispatch the Mixers

SAVING GRACE. Import Paul Harris was the saving grace for Talk 'N Text down the stretch as they secured the win against San Mig Coffee. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Durham debuts with triple double as Barako Bull ends 5-game skid

Jun 08, 2014 - 8:25 PM

Barako Bull ended a five game losing streak behind a strong debut from Euroleague vet Allen Durham

BULL DURHAM. Allen Durham of Barako Bull backs down Dior Lowhorn of Globalport. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

West's aggression propels Meralco over San Miguel

Jun 07, 2014 - 9:16 PM

Meralco import Mario West figured in a 42 point 14 rebound performance to climb out of the cellar in the standings

FULL ON AGGRESSION. Meralco Bolts import Mario West came out aggressive and scored 42 points to down the San Miguel Beermen. File Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Talk 'N Text subdues GlobalPort to welcome back Paul Harris

Jun 07, 2014 - 2:39 PM

Comebacking import Paul Harris gives Talk N Text much needed boost with his 37 points to overcome GlobalPort

JUST IN TIME. Talk 'N Text gets import Paul Harris back just in time to assure them of a spot in the next round of the 2014 Governors' Cup. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Rain or Shine massacres Alaska with 51-point win

Jun 04, 2014 - 11:00 PM

Import Arizon Reid led the way for the Painters firing for 48 points in Rain or Shine s largest margin win in franchise history

AZ BUCKETS. Rain or Shine import Arizona Reid leads the Painters' offensive charge scoring 48 points in their 51-point win over Alaska. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Offer from Kuwait nat'l team may be reason for missing Al-Hussaini

May 31, 2014 - 8:45 PM

PBA center Rabeh Al Hussaini is still in Kuwait and hasn t seen action for the reeling Meralco Bolts this conference

MISSING IN ACTION. Rabeh Al Hussaini hasn't suited up for the Meralco Bolts in the PBA Governors' Cup. File Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Talk 'N Text fires 14 triples to edge San Miguel

May 31, 2014 - 8:35 PM

Jimmy Alapag import Rodney Carney and Jayson Castro all contributed in the Texters three point barrage vs the Beermen

FULLY LOADED. Talk 'N Text import Rodney Carney fired 3 of the Texters' 14 triples to edge San Miguel. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rain or Shine's endgame poise carries them over Barako

May 31, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Rain or Shine s ability to quickly capitalize on a Barako rushed attempt helped them notch their second win in the PBA Governors Cup

Rain or Shine's Arizona Reid (34 points) goes for an uncontested layup against Barako Bull. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Mig Coffee overcomes 20-point hole to nip Globalport

May 31, 2014 - 12:19 AM

No lead was too big for 3 time champion San Mig Coffee as they clawed their way back from 20 points down to get the victory

CHAMPION TEAM. The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers, led by PJ Simon (white), proved just how much of a champion team they are, coming from behind to defeat Globalport. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Cardona's endgame heroics propel Air21 past Alaska

May 30, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Mark Cardona came through in the game s final two minutes to give Air21 a much needed character building win over the Alaska Aces

CARDONA EXPRESS. Mark Cardona (white) took charge for the Air21 Express in the most crucial stretch to give his team the W. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Alapag, Fonacier lead Texters past Rain or Shine

May 29, 2014 - 1:12 AM

Talk N Text hangs on against Rain or Shine thanks to leadership of Jimmy Alapag and Larry Fonacier

MIGHTY MOUSE. Jimmy Alapag stood tall yet again for Talk 'N Text with 3 baskets from beyond the arc in their win over Rain or Shine. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Beermen squeak past Barako in OT

May 28, 2014 - 9:30 PM

Import Reggie Williams exploded for 33 points to lift the Beermen in overtime

IMPORT TO THE RESCUE. Reggie Williams (in red) towed San Miguel to victory with his all-around offensive explosion. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Ross, Williams star in Beermen win vs Mixers

May 25, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Chris Ross scored 13 of his 15 points in the final quarter while Reggie Williams came up with crucial baskets and the winning steal for the Beermen

LIKE A BOSS. Chris Ross took charge of San Miguel Beer' fourth quarter run. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Rain or Shine explodes in 3rd quarter, destroys GlobalPort

May 25, 2014 - 5:39 PM

The Elasto Painters scored 39 points in the third quarter to notch their first win of the PBA 2014 Governors Cup

Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood stretches for layup against GlobalPort's Eric Menk. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Mig Coffee starts bid for Grand Slam with rout of Barako Bull

May 21, 2014 - 11:20 PM

Tim Cone s squad starts their bid for the third title to get a PBA Grandslam with a 76 66 win over Barako Bull

SCORING APOSTLE. Peter June Simon (L), who led the Mixers in scoring, attacks the defense of JC Intal (R). Photo by Nuki Sabio/Rappler

'Never say die' attitude will help Air21 go for the kill

Apr 30, 2014 - 1:49 PM

The Express are surprising a lot of people as they flaunt their own brand of never say die basketball in the Commissioner s Cup playoffs

RELENTLESS. Air21's Joseph Yeo shoots a one-handed runner over San Mig Coffee's Marc Pingris. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Yeng Guiao: 'Richard Howell called me a bitch'

Apr 29, 2014 - 12:25 AM

But the 23 year old Talk N Text import claims he never cursed at the fiery coach

CONFRONTATION. Texters import Richard Howell nearly spoiled his 22-rebound output after figuring in a heated scuffle with Painters coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Alapag's hot shooting secures Game 1 for Talk 'N Text

Apr 28, 2014 - 10:57 PM

Alapag catches fire in the final period to lift his team to a game one semifinals victory over Rain or Shine

ON TARGET. Jimmy Alapag hit 4 out of 5 three-point attempts to give Texters the win. File photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Rain or Shine's Chris Tiu believes PBA is more physical than NBA

Apr 26, 2014 - 9:31 AM

Rain or Shine s Chris Tiu expects physical play in tonight s crucial game against the Meralco Bolts and also discusses playing under fiery coach Yeng Guiao and ROS s NBA equivalent

PAINT JOB OR PICASSO? Chris Tiu of Rain or Shine believes that physical play is par for the course in the PBA. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Have we given up on Barangay Ginebra?

Apr 26, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Die hard Ginebra fan Kaye Cabal writes about the frustration of supporting a team that seems to have lost its never say die spirit

OUT OF SYNC. Barangay Ginebra struggled mightily on both ends of the floor in the Commissioner's Cup. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Air21 slays San Miguel in double OT for semis slot

Apr 25, 2014 - 11:03 PM

Perennial underdogs Air21 played the giant slayer role on Friday defeating San Miguel Beer in double OT to earn a spot in the Commissioner s Cup semis

AGE AIN'T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER. Air21's ageless center Asi Taulava puts up a shot as San Miguel Beer's June Mar Fajardo looks on. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Ginebra's adjustment pains rage on

Apr 25, 2014 - 8:55 AM

After a disastrous Commissioner s Cup Barangay Ginebra continues to struggle with adjustment while hoping to come out stronger

SPARK OF LIFE. Mark Caguioa had sharp words for his Barangay Ginebra teammates after their miserable showing in the Commissioner's Cup. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Mig Coffee escapes Alaska to force Game 3 in QFs

Apr 23, 2014 - 9:05 PM

A non call helped turn the tide for the Mixers as they even their quarterfinals series against the Aces

BOUNCE BACK. Mark Pingris top scores for San Mig Coffee as they force Game 3 vs Alaska. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Alaska-San Mig Game 2: Thoss should be 'The Boss' to close series for Aces

Apr 23, 2014 - 6:45 AM

Thoss physicality in the paint helped contain San Mig s import James Mays He needs to do it again to hel the Aces to advance to the next round

TOUGH BOSS. Sonny Thoss must assert his presence in the paint in game 2 of Alaska's quarterfinals series vs San Mig Coffee. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA: Beermen clinch 2nd seed with come-from-behind win over Air21

Apr 16, 2014 - 11:08 PM

Down by as much as 18 points the Beermen put together a rally to secure the 2nd seed in the Commissioner s Cup

GIGANTIC COMEBACK. Junemar Fajardo sparks a San Miguel comeback to help the Beermen clinch 2nd seed. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

As Globalport exits, Brock eyes another PBA trip

Apr 14, 2014 - 6:05 PM

It s on to the next for import Evan Brock after GlobalPort played its last game in the Commissioner s Cup

BACK TO THE PBA? Import Evan Brock (center) is looking forward to playing in another international league after his stint with GlobalPort. But he's also looking forward to returning to the PBA in the future. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: The Quarterfinal Push Part 2

Apr 14, 2014 - 4:23 PM

With the PBA playoffs looming teams are mounting one final push to earn a spot in the top 8

OVER THE HUMP. Alex Cabagnot put up a nostalgic and brilliant performance to get GlobalPort over the hump and hand them their first win this conference under coach Pido Jarencio. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: The Quarterfinal Push Part 1

Apr 14, 2014 - 4:21 PM

With the PBA playoffs looming teams are mounting one final push to earn a spot in the top 8

LEADING THE WAY. Meralco import Darnell Jackson led Meralco Bolts to the promised land of another successful comeback against Barako with a 30-point game. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA: Meralco storms back in the second half to shock Barako

Apr 11, 2014 - 8:06 PM

Meralco makes another comeback from 22 points down against Barako Bull to seal their place in the playoffs

BARAKO ELECTROCUTED. The Meralco Bolts completed another mighty comeback, this time against the Barako Bull Energy. Gary David had a quiet 15 points to help overturn Barako's 22-point lead. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: PBA All Star 2014 Greats vs Stalwarts

Apr 04, 2014 - 8:03 PM

Active and retired PBA stars team up and face off in the PBA Greats vs Stalwarts

PBA Fastbreak: RoS, Air21 survive comebacks by Meralco, Ginebra

Mar 27, 2014 - 2:20 PM

Rain or Shine foils comeback attempt by Meralco while Air21 prevents another meltdown and secure a win vs Ginebra

WING GUNNERS. Rain or Shine's Jeff Chan (L) and Air21's Joseph Yeo (R) provided the scoring punch for their respective teams to notch wins. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Barangay Ginebra continues tailspin with Air21 loss

Mar 26, 2014 - 10:56 PM

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel sustained their fourth loss in six games as the Air21 Express pulled out a close victory

EXPRESS DELIVERY. Joseph Yeo of Air21 Express has a clear lane to the basket for a layup en route to a victory of Ginebra. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Barako comes back to upset San Mig Coffee

Mar 25, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Willie Miller catches fire in the fourth quarter as Barako Bull battle from 16 points down to upset the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers

MILLER TIME. Willie Miller shows he still got game finishing with a double-double (19 pts, 10 asts) to help Barako upset San Mig Coffee. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA: Import Howell likens Jayson Castro to a young Tony Parker

Mar 21, 2014 - 5:38 PM

Howell praises Castro s ability to attract the defense and still make the right play as he attacks the lane

YOUNG PARKER. Texters import Richard Howell believes Jayson Castro plays like a young Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. Photos by Nuki Sabio/Images

PBA: Butch, Meralco survive late rally to keep GlobalPort winless

Mar 15, 2014 - 8:19 PM

Brian Butch had an electric outing pouring in a game high 42 points on 6 11 shooting from downtown to go along with 24 rebounds

BRIAN BOLT. The Meralco import was brilliant all game long pouring in 42 points on 6/11 shooting from downtown. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA: Rain or Shine sends Alaska near bottom of standings

Mar 15, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Chan catches fire in the third quarter as Rain or Shine sends defending champs Alaska near bottom of the standings

MCLEAN MACHINE. Alex McLean and Jeff Chan combined for 43 points vs Alaska. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images