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Romeo Travis channels LeBron James as Magnolia edges Ginebra

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The Hotshots import says he may have 'jinxed' himself after watching his pal and Lakers star miss crucial free throws before coming up clutch in the end

SAME SEQUENCE. Close pals LeBron James (left) and Romeo Travis both miss crucial free throws in their respective games but make up for them to lead their teams to victory. File photos from Los Angeles Lakers Facebook account (James) and PBA Images (Travis)

Yeng Guiao: 'Major revamp' coming for NLEX

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:06 PM

NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao targets 'quality' big men to reinforce the squad for the 2019 season

'EMBARRASSING'. Yeng Guiao thinks that NLEX closed out the 2018 PBA season in very embarrassing effort. Photo from PBA Images

Jeron Teng 'not contented' with eliminating San Miguel

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:06 AM

Alaska rookie Jeron Teng plans to step up again in his second PBA semifinals appearance

PIVOTAL. Rookie Jeron Teng helps the Alaska Aces punch a semifinals ticket in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo courtesy of the PBA media group.

Alaska boots out San Miguel, nails semis berth

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The Aces exact revenge on the Beermen to advance to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Mike Harris could not be stopped as he leads the Alaska Aces to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals. Photo courtesy of the PBA media group.

Jared Dillinger makes surprise comeback count

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Back from injury, Meralco's Jared Dillinger steps up defensively in his first game in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

RETURN. Expect Jared Dillinger to play more minutes in the quarterfinal rubber match against the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo courtesy of PBA media group.

Meralco overpowers Phoenix, forces do-or-die for semis slot

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Banking on a huge third-quarter run, the Bolts stay alive against the Fuel Masters in the PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals

GAME 2. Allen Durham leads the Meralco Bolts to a comeback win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo courtesy of the PBA media group

Glen Rice Jr ejected from Game 4 for pushing Kevin Ferrer

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:15 PM

TNT KaTropa will have to get by without their import after he was ejected from the game in the first quarter

TO THE SHOWERS. Glen Rice Jr made an early exit in Game 4 after pushing Kevin Ferrer down, then throwing the ball at him. Photo by PBA Images

Ginebra takes semis lead with Game 3 win over TNT

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Ginebra survives a series of late lapses to take a 2-1 series lead

SERIES LEAD. Ginebra now has a chance to close the series in Game 4 after holding on to a 106-103 victory. Photo by PBA Images

Meralco Bolts complete sweep of Star Hotshots, advance to Govs Cup finals

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:17 PM

Star comes back from down 10 in the second half before Meralco puts the finishing touches on the series in overtime

ON TO THE FINALS. It took an extra period but the Meralco Bolts finished off the Star Hotshots and advance to the finals. Photo by PBA Images

Glen Rice Jr foul trouble ‘backfired’ against Ginebra, says TNT coach Racela

Oct 05, 2017 - 6:20 AM

When Glen Rice Jr sat through the third quarter with foul trouble, TNT's locals picked up the slack

FOUL TROUBLE. Glen Rice Jr picked up 4 fouls in the first half, and came off the bench in the fourth quarter feeling fresh. Photo by PBA Images

Size advantage of Slaughter, Ginebra was too much for TNT in semis opener

Oct 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Seven-footer Greg Slaughter was virtually unstoppable in Game 1, scoring 16 points and blocking 4 shots in just 21 minutes

SIZE MATTERS. Greg Slaughter and Barangay Ginebra manhandled TNT in Game 1. Photo by PBA Images

Ginebra takes semis opener against TNT in blowout fashion

Oct 02, 2017 - 10:16 PM

After destroying the San Miguel Beermen in the quarterfinals, Ginebra has now won back-to-back games by at least 20 points

BLOWOUT. Ginebra takes Game 1 over TNT in demoralizing fashion. Photo by PBA Images

Despite nipping Star in semis opener, Dillinger ‘tired of coming back from behind’

Oct 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Meralco Bolts have shown grit, but Jared Dillinger hopes the team can start winning games without needing a dramatic final quarter comeback

RESILIENCE. Jared Dillinger and the Bolts have overcome deficits to win their last 3 games, but Dillinger is hoping Meralco get get a "normal win for once." Photo by PBA Images

Meralco draws first blood in semis series against Star

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:13 PM

Allen Durham scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the final period on top of 23 rebounds and 4 assists while Jared Dillinger chalked up 15 points

DEFENSE. Meralco lived up to its billing as the best defensive team in the league, winning a low-scoring Game 1 over Star. Photo by PBA Images

TNT coach Racela after loss: 'You can't just depend on one guy'

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:00 AM

TNT coach Nash Racela admits the team lacked energy and their ‘body language wasn’t that good’ as Rain or Shine forces a do-or-die showdown.

TEAM GAME. Glen Rice Jr contributed 19 points against Rain or Shine, down from his 34-point average over the previous 4 games. Photo by PBA Images

San Miguel's hunt for grand slam ends with loss to Ginebra

Sep 27, 2017 - 9:43 PM

Ginebra will next face the winner between TNT and Rain or Shine in the semifinals.

ON TO THE SEMIS. 'Nobody saw that one coming. We just played great from start to finish,' says Ginebra coach Tim Cone of their blowout win over San Miguel Beer. Photo by PBA Images

San Miguel downs Star in Game 4 to book finals ticket

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:56 PM

The San Miguel Beermen await the winner of the Ginebra TNT KaTropa series in the Commissioner s Cup finals

BACK TO THE FINALS. Alex Cabagnot turned in a team-high 26 points as well as 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the series clinching victory. Photo by PBA Images

Aldrech Ramos heeds coach's call to shoot for Star in Game 1

Jun 11, 2017 - 5:28 PM

He was told to stop hesitating So he did

TIMELY TRIPLE. Aldrech Ramos buries a timely triple to snuff out San Miguel's comeback hopes in game 1 of the PBA semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Star survives late San Miguel rally for 1-0 semis lead

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:23 PM

UPDATED Allein Maliksi shoots his way to 26 points while Aldrech Ramos buries the timely 3 pointer to stop San Miguel s late comeback attempt

TIMELY TRIPLE. Aldrech Ramos buries a timely triple to snuff out San Miguel's comeback hopes in game 1 of the PBA semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

TNT survives Game 3 overtime thriller against Meralco, advances to semis

Jun 09, 2017 - 10:19 PM

TNT overcomes a second quarter fizzle out to rebound in overtime to clinch a spot in the final 4

ADVANCES. Jayson Castro scores a game-high 31 points as TNT advances to the semifinals. Photo by PBA Images

Meralco survives TNT in OT, forces quarters rubber match

Jun 07, 2017 - 10:35 PM

The Bolts cling for dear life from midway in the fourth up until the final buzzer in overtime to force a do or die game 3 on Friday June 9

BIG GAME. Baser Amer (R) continues to shine for Meralco, scoring 32 points to help force a do-or-die game 3 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals against TNT. Photo from PBA Images

Star sweeps defending champ Rain or Shine, sets up semis with SMB

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:23 PM

There will be a new 2017 PBA Commissioner s Cup champion

SEMIS BOUND. Ricardo Ratliffe has 26 points and 24 rebounds to lead Star to the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Tenorio surprised by scuffle but still respects Romeo

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Emotions run high between guards LA Tenorio and Terrence Romeo during Ginebra s quarterfinals win over GlobalPort

SCUFFLE. Tensions rise between guards LA Tenorio and Terrence Romeo during the quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images

Brownlee, Ginebra torch GlobalPort to reach Comms Cup semis

Jun 06, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The top seeded Ginebra will face either TNT or Meralco in the semifinals

CONFERENCE HIGH. Justin Brownlee puts up a conference-high 39 points including 7 3-pointers as Ginebra cruises past GlobalPort in the quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel shoots down Phoenix, books first semifinals ticket

Jun 06, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The second seed twice to beat Beermen become the first team through to the semifinals

FIRST TO THE SEMIS. San Miguel makes it to the semifinals first. Marcio Lassiter, seen here going for a layup, puts up a game-high 26 points in a win over Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images

Star deals defending champ Rain or Shine 36-point beating

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:24 PM

This is the worst ever loss by a defending champion in the past 25 PBA seasons

1-0. Import Ricardo Ratliffe misses only two shot attempts in a 29-point, 8-rebound game to lead Star to a 1-0 quarterfinals lead over Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

Black urges import Stepheson to step up against TNT

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Coach Norman Black encourages Alex Stepheson to use as motivation the fact that TNT did not start its import Josh Smith

STEP UP. Coach Norman Black encourages import Alex Stepheson (L) to step up against TNT and its import Josh Smith. Photo from PBA Images

TNT surges ahead 1-0 with rout of Meralco in quarterfinals

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Jayson Castro leads the offensive surge for TNT in the second half

ONE WIN AWAY. Jayson Castro leads TNT, puts them a win away from the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

SCHEDULE: 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Quarterfinals

Jun 05, 2017 - 12:30 AM

Check out the full PBA schedule this week here

Jayson Castro to miss Game 7 due to hamstring injury

Feb 20, 2017 - 7:01 PM

TNT KaTropa will be without the services of their star point guard for a must win Game 7 against the San Miguel Beermen

DROPPED CALL. Jayson Castro will not be on the court to help TNT KaTropa in their do-or-die match against San Miguel Beer. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Star Hotshots push Ginebra to brink of elimination with Game 5 win

Feb 17, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The Star Hotshots move within one win of the Philippine Cup finals with a win over Barangay Ginebra

SHOOTING STARS. The Star Hotshots pulled out a big win in Game 5 to push Ginebra to the brink. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

TNT takes Game 5 to put San Miguel on verge of elimination

Feb 16, 2017 - 9:19 PM

Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo combine for 36 points to take the series lead

BIG GAME WIN. Jayson Castro was crucial down the stretch for TNT KaTropa to pull out the victory. Photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

Star holds off Ginebra to take Game 1 of Manila Clasico semis

Feb 09, 2017 - 9:21 PM

UPDATED The Star Hotshots draw first blood closing out the game late after an acrobatic Paul Lee runner in the lane

HOT SHOOTERS. Paul Lee overcame a slow first half to finish with 18 points and 5 rebounds, including a game-sealing floater in the lane. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Started from the bottom, now Meralco's in the PBA Finals

Oct 06, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Meralco quite literally started from the bottom this year with a 1 10 record and now they’re in the PBA Finals

FINALS-BOUND. Jimmy Alapag and the Meralco Bolts are going to the PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo from PBA Images

IN PHOTOS: Barangay Ginebra returns to the PBA Finals

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:34 PM

The Gin Kings have a shot at ending their 8 year title drought beginning Friday against the Meralco Bolts

HIGH FIVE. LA Tenorio happily looks to high give Mark Caguioa. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ginebra back in the PBA Finals after blowing out San Miguel

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:16 PM

The Gin Kings make it back to the PBA Finals for the first time in 3 years or since the 2013 Commissioner s Cup

BACK IN THE FINALS. Scottie Thompson comes alive again in game 5 to help Barangay Ginebra return to the PBA Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

MVP to Meralco Bolts: 'Job well done' on making PBA Finals

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Manny V Pangilinan is proud of what his Meralco Bolts have accomplished after 6 years of existence in the PBA

'JOB WELL DONE'. MVP congratulates his PBA team, the Meralco Bolts, for making the Finals for the first time in its history. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Cliff Hodge plays his 'best game ever' to propel Meralco to PBA Finals

Oct 04, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Toiling away for 4 years in quiet gyms is finally paying off for the fourth overall pick from the 2012 draft

PAYING OFF. All of Cliff Hodge's (R) hard work is finally paying off. He is seen here trying to get past the defense of TNT rookie Troy Rosario in game 2 of the semis. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra's LA Tenorio ahead of game 5: 'Wala kaming karapatan mapagod'

Oct 04, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Being only a win away from a return trip to the PBA Finals after 3 years Tenorio believes this is not the time for the Gin Kings to make any excuses

NO EXCUSES. LA Tenorio says Ginebra is so close to its goal it can't make any excuses now. Photo from PBA Images

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Oct 04, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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TNT crumbles as Meralco barges into Finals for the first time

Oct 03, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The Bolts enter the Finals for the first time since joining the league in 2010

INTO THE FINALS. Meralco makes it to the PBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Photo from PBA Images

Lassiter, San Miguel deflate Ginebra to force semis game 5

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Ginebra is left deflated after a scoreless first 8 minutes in the second period where Marcio Lassiter takes full advantage

ON FIRE. Marcio Lassiter (R) catches fire to help San Miguel force a game 5 against Ginebra. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Chris Newsome with back-to-back vicious dunks on TNT

Oct 01, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Chris Newsome flies high for two highlight jams

NEWSOME JAMS. Chris Newsome (C) completes two memorable dunks against TNT. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco prevails in TNT shootout, moves a win away from Finals

Oct 01, 2016 - 8:49 PM

In a thrilling highlight filled game Meralco shoots past TNT to move a win away from a franchise first Finals appearance in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup

FULLY CHARGED. The Meralco Bolts gain a 2-1 semis lead over TNT KaTropa and are one win away from the Finals. Photo from PBA Images

TNT third quarter blitz takes power out of Meralco

Sep 27, 2016 - 9:32 PM

Asian import Michael Madanly leads TNT pouring 20 of his 22 points in the second half

1-0. TNT goes up 1-0 over Meralco in the semis. Import Mychal Ammons is seen here dunking the ball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Cone: Tenorio can still be most impactful player without scoring

Sep 27, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Without scoring the 32 year old Tenorio contributes 3 rebounds 4 assists and one steal in over 31 minutes of play

IMPACTFUL. LA Tenorio (L), though scoreless, works to defend Alex Cabagnot during game 1 of the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Keen on reaching PBA semis, Jayson Castro takes charge for TNT

Sep 24, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Jayson Castro Asia s best point guard comes just two points shy of his career high as TNT reaches the PBA semifinals

AGGRESSIVE. Jayson Castro says he aimed to be aggressive to help push TNT into the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Castro fires 42, TNT blows by Phoenix to complete PBA semis cast

Sep 24, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Jayson Castro scores 42 points in only 27 minutes of play as TNT marches into its first semifinals in 4 conferences

THE BLUR. Jayson Castro drops 42 points, just two shy of his career-high, in only 27 minutes of play to lead TNT into the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco sends Mahindra crashing to book semifinals ticket

Sep 24, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Meralco reaches the semifinals for the second straight conference

SEMIS-BOUND. Allen Durham leads Meralco to its second straight semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra holds off Alaska’s comeback to make semis

Sep 23, 2016 - 9:56 PM

After watching its lead fall to one point Ginebra turns to Justin Brownlee to seal the win