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San Miguel mauls Magnolia in PH Cup debut even without June Mar

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Competing at a high level was a concern for San Miguel with June Mar Fajardo injured, but the reigning five-time All-Filipino champions prove their mettle

STILL GOT IT. Arwind Santos churns out a double-double for San Miguel in the win over Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel claims piece of history with 5th straight PH Cup title

May 15, 2019 - 10:07 PM

San Miguel storms back from 17 points down and survives Magnolia by a point in the Game 7 thriller

HISTORIC. San Miguel becomes the only PBA team to win the All-Filipino crown for 5 straight seasons. Photo from PBA's Facebook page

San Miguel drags Magnolia to Game 7 in PH Cup finals

May 12, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Seeking to become the first team in PBA history to win 5 straight All-Filipino crowns, the Beermen find a way through the Hotshots' stifling defense in Game 6

EXTENDED. San Miguel starts and finishes strong to force a do-or-die Game 7 against Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

Barroca buzzer-beater puts Magnolia on cusp of PH Cup title

May 10, 2019 - 9:59 PM

A man in a Spider-Man costume disrupts Game 5 but the Magnolia Hotshots keep their focus to escape the San Miguel Beermen

INCHING CLOSER. Magnolia moves one win away from the 2019 Philippine Cup championship. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia clamps down on San Miguel for 2-1 finals lead

May 05, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Mark Barroca, Ian Sangalang, and Rafi Reavis show the way as the Hotshots regain the upper hand in the best-of-seven Philippine Cup finals affair

STOPPER. Rafi Reavis plays a key role in limiting June Mar Fajardo as Magnolia turns back San Miguel in Game 3. Photo from PBA Images

Arwind tells Terrence to keep emotions in check after finals ejection

May 04, 2019 - 8:42 AM

'Ang problema kay Terrence pagka umuusok 'yung ilong, pati tenga umuusok eh, 'di nakakarinig minsan,' says Santos after Romeo incurred back-to-back technicals

TOSSED. Terrence Romeo fails to finish Game 2 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup finals after earning back-to-back technical fouls. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel exacts revenge on Magnolia to knot title series

May 03, 2019 - 9:27 PM

The Beermen level the best-of-seven affair at 1-1 with 7 players finishing in twin digits

BOUNCE BACK. Marcio Lassiter finds his shooting touch after going scoreless in Game 1. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia reaches finals at Rain or Shine's expense in gritty Game 7

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots arrange a finals rematch in the PBA Philippine Cup and deny the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters their first finals trip since 2016

DENIED. James Yap falls prey to his former team Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

Nambatac, Yap star as Rain or Shine drags Magnolia to Game 7

Apr 26, 2019 - 9:29 PM

The Elasto Painters stop the Hotshots' three-game winning streak to send their semifinals series to a winner-take-all

DO-OR-DIE. Game 7 it is for Rain or Shine and Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel gets last laugh vs Phoenix to reach finals

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:47 PM

The Beermen reach the Philippine Cup finals for a franchise record fifth straight time

June Mar Fajardo. Photo from PBA Images

Nothing to celebrate for Barroca, Magnolia just yet

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:46 PM

The Hotshots remain on their toes even after moving on the cusp of a return trip to the Philippine Cup finals

ONE MORE. Mark Barroca and Magnolia are one win away from their second straight appearance in the Philippine Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia a win away from finals with big Game 5 win vs Rain or Shine

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The Hotshots tally their third straight win after dropping the first two games of the best-of-seven series

INCHING CLOSER. Magnolia takes the series lead over Rain or Shine for the first time. Photo from PBA Images

Romeo puts on scoring clinic as San Miguel pushes Phoenix to the brink

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The Beermen display complete obliteration of the Fuel Masters in the highly physical Game 4

ONE MORE LOSS. Calvin Abueva and Phoenix face elimination. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia arrests meltdown to escape Rain or Shine in Game 4

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The Hotshots knot the best-of-seven semifinals affair at 2-all after nearly squandering a 21-point lead

ALL TIED UP. Magnolia and Rain or Shine are now tied in the best-of-seven semifinals series. Photo from PBA Images

Phoenix makes it a series with gutsy Game 3 win over San Miguel

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:27 PM

(UPDATED) The Phoenix Fuel Masters trim the San Miguel Beermen's series lead to 1-2 behind Matthew Wright's clutch free throws

NO SWEEP. Phoenix denies June Mar Fajardo and San Miguel their third straight win in the semifinals series. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia escapes brink with gritty Game 3 win vs Rain or Shine

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The Hotshots keep the Elasto Painters scoreless in the final 4 minutes to avoid a 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven semifinals duel

NO SWEEP. Jio Jalalon and Magnolia finally win one against Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel storms back to take 2-0 lead vs Phoenix

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Beermen bank on June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter in the endgame to move two wins away from reaching the Philippine Cup finals

STRONG FINISH. June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen buck off a slow start to repeat on Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia eliminates Ginebra anew to reach semis

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Paul Lee waxes hot as the Hotshots build a lead large enough to hold off the Gin Kings in the do-or-die quarterfinal match

CLASICO. Magnolia boots out Ginebra in the playoffs for the second straight conference. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel thwarts TNT to keep PH Cup title bid alive

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Beermen finish off the series in dominant fashion after the first two games ended by an average of 3.5 points

CAN'T MISS. June Mar Fajardo goes perfect from the field to power San Miguel back to the Philippine Cup semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

TNT halts late SMB rally to force quarterfinals rubber match

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The shots fall for the KaTropa down the stretch as they gain a crack at ending the Beermen's four-year reign in the Philippine Cup

MASKED MAN. Troy Rosario knocks down timely buckets in the second half as TNT turns back San Miguel in Game 2. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia wrecks Ginebra to tie up Manila Clasico quarterfinals

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The Hotshots cruise to their biggest win over the Gin Kings behind a 29-point drubbing

HOLDING THE FORT. Ian Sangalang holds his own against Barangay Ginebra's Twin Towers. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra zaps Meralco to lock in No. 3 playoff spot

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:39 PM

Even if Ginebra drops its final elimination round game and figures in a three-way tie with San Miguel and TNT, it will still secure 3rd place heading into the quarters

GREGZILLA. Barangay Ginebra draws a prolific performance from Greg Slaughter for its fourth straight win. Photo from PBA Images

NorthPort turns back Alaska to prop up playoff bid

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The Batang Pier notch their second straight win and narrow the race for the last two quarterfinals berths to 3 teams

JUST IN TIME. Sean Anthony delivers in crunchtime for NorthPort. Photo from PBA Images

Cabagnot on fire as San Miguel turns back Alaska

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The Beermen vent their frustrations on the Aces after they were denied of a shot at the twice-to-beat quarterfinal bonus

SCORING MACHINE. Alex Cabagnot scores at will for the playoff-bound San Miguel. Photo from PBA Images

NorthPort stays alive, denies TNT twice-to-beat bonus

Mar 24, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The Batang Pier stop a six-game slide to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot

DOWN BUT NOT OUT. Stanley Pringle waxes hot as NorthPort stays in the playoff hunt. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra waylays NLEX to keep twice-to-beat bid running

Mar 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The Gin Kings show immense composure in the endgame to stretch their winning streak to 3 games

STREAK. Japeth Aguilar scores timely baskets in the endgame as Barangay Ginebra continues its winning ways. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia quashes Blackwater to boost playoff bid

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The Hotshots lock in on solo 6th place as the Elite end their horrendous campaign at the bottom of the standings

CARRYING THE LOAD. Ian Sangalang puts up another double-double for Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

TNT's twice-to-beat hunt still alive with 5th straight win

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Jayson Castro catches fire off the bench as TNT survives a gallant stand from Columbian

JUST IN TIME. Jayson Castro delivers for TNT after back-to-back quiet nights. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia back on track as NorthPort free fall continues

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The Hotshots return to the playoff picture after limiting the Batang Pier to a franchise-low mark

LETHAL WEAPON. Paul Lee comes off the bench on fire to power Magnolia back to the winning column. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska keeps playoff hunt going, virtually eliminates Meralco

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The Aces bank on a balanced scoring attack to snap a three-game skid

TAKING CHARGE. Jeron Teng continues to impress for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra nips Magnolia as Tenorio claims PBA Iron Man throne

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The Gin Kings get the job done in overtime as they take another Manila Clasico over the Hotshots

FORMIDABLE. LA Tenorio dethrones Alvin Patrimonio as the PBA's new Iron Man. Photo from PBA Images

NLEX steamrolls past Blackwater to boost playoff bid

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The Road Warriors book their second straight win to improve to 7th place

OUT. NLEX officially eliminates Blackwater from playoff contention. Photo from PBA Images

Phoenix seals twice-to-beat with rousing win over San Miguel

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Fuel Masters head into the quarterfinals as the No. 1 team after ending the Beermen's four-game winning streak

BIG FISH. Calvin Abueva and the Phoenix Fuel Masters upset reigning four-time Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen. Photo from PBA Images

Rain or Shine pulls off great escape vs Meralco to snap skid

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Elasto Painters bolster their chances of a top 2 finish that comes with a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals

HIGH NOTE. James Yap and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters find their way back to the winning column. Photo from PBA Images

TNT rolls to its 4th straight win as Alaska freefall continues

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The KaTropa remain in contention for a top 2 finish that merits a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals

STREAKING. TNT claims another victim in Alaska to keep its hot streak alive. Photo from PBA Images

NLEX trounces Alaska despite Guiao's early ejection

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The Road Warriors snap a two-game losing streak to keep their playoff hopes alive

SKID ENDED. Poy Erram and the NLEX Road Warriors return to the winning track. Photo from PBA Images

Sangalang leads balanced attack as Magnolia gets win run going

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Magnolia bags back-to-back wins for the first time in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup with a demolition of Columbian

BIG THREAT. Ian Sangalang powers Magnolia to its third win in 7 games. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra pulls off great escape to stun No. 1 Phoenix

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:38 PM

LA Tenorio, who ties Alvin Patrimonio for most consecutive games played, leads the Gin Kings' fightback

THE GIN-ERAL. LA Tenorio shows the way as Barangay Ginebra regains its winning ways. Photo from PBA Images

40-piece for Fajardo as San Miguel zeroes in on playoff berth

Mar 10, 2019 - 7:06 PM

June Mar Fajardo plays a near-perfect game as San Miguel escapes NorthPort for its fourth straight win

KRAKEN UNLEASHED. June Mar Fajardo frolicks in the paint as San Miguel stretches its winning streak. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia rediscovers winning groove in romp of Alaska

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee conspire for 44 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists as the Hotshots bag their second victory

SPARKPLUG. Paul Lee thrives off the bench for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images

Records set as TNT rips Blackwater apart

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:04 PM

The KaTropa now hold the longest unanswered run to start a quarter in PBA history

EASY WIN. Jayson Castro and the TNT KaTropa make easy work of the Blackwater Elite. Photo from PBA Images

TNT deals Blackwater 38-point beatdown for 3rd straight win

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The KaTropa clinch their third straight triumph and push the Elite on the brink of elimination

IMMEDIATE IMPACT. Roger Pogoy makes up for lost time for the TNT KaTropa off a one-game absence. Photo from PBA Images

Amer takes over late as Meralco frustrates NorthPort in 2OT

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The Bolts snap their three-game losing streak while the Batang Pier crash to their fourth straight loss

RELIABLE. Baser Amer catches fire late as Meralco returns to the winning track. Photo from PBA Images

Perkins proves clutch as Phoenix edges Magnolia to stay No. 1

Mar 06, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The Fuel Masters solidify their place at the top with their eighth win in 9 games

KEY COG. Jason Perkins delivers the goods for the red-hot Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images

Columbian curse continues to haunt Rain or Shine

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The Dyip defeat the Elasto Painters for the fourth straight time dating back to the Philippine Cup last season

NO ROOKIE JITTERS. CJ Perez puts up a double-double as Columbian reasserts its mastery over Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

Enciso, Banchero lead depleted Alaska's demolition of Ginebra

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Still playing minus some key players, the Aces punch the Gin Kings right in the mouth en route to the blowout win

STAT STUFFER. Simon Enciso fills up the stats sheet as Alaska rebounds from a loss. Photo from PBA Images

TNT stops Rain or Shine's streak behind returning Gilas cogs

Mar 03, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Fresh from helping the Philippines reach the FIBA World Cup, Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario provide the big lift as the KaTropa win their second straight

ALL-AROUND. Jayson Castro flirts with a triple-double as TNT stuns Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

CDO hometown hero Jalalon stars in Magnolia breakthrough vs Meralco

Mar 02, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Jio Jalalon takes charge as the Hotshots finally crash into the win column

LOCAL HERO. Jio Jalalon tows Magnolia to victory to thrill his hometown crowd. Photo from PBA Images

Phoenix waylays Alaska to claim slice of PBA lead

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright both submit 20-point outings as Phoenix ties Rain or Shine at the top of the standings

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE. Calvin Abueva frolicks in the paint for the red-hot Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images

Blackwater escapes Columbian to stop 4-game slide

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:04 PM

The Elite draw prolific performances from Allein Maliksi and Mac Belo to keep their playoff chances alive

VETERAN. Allein Maliksi shows way as Blackwater returns to the winning column. Photo from PBA Images