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Mercado parts ways with NorthPort in trade to Phoenix

Jan 20, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Sol Mercado, a three-time PBA champion, is touted to provide leadership for Phoenix, which looks to make a splash in the Philippine Cup

NEW HOME. Sol Mercado will play for his seventh PBA team. Photo from PBA Images

NorthPort trades Stanley Pringle to Ginebra

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio looks to reunite with his former UST players

FAREWELL. Stanley Pringle is set to part ways with NorthPort. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra gets deadlier in title-retention bid as Slaughter, Mercado return

Oct 29, 2018 - 7:26 AM

The two key cogs come back from their respective injuries to inject a much-needed shot in the arm for the Gin Kings as the Governors' Cup playoffs near

TIMELY. Sol Mercado (left) and Greg Slaughter return as Ginebra shoots for the No. 1 ranking. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: Marcio Lassiter goes 'Salt Bae' on Sol Mercado

Feb 27, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Who knew doing the Salt Bae meme would be punishable by ejection?

SALT BAE. Marcio Lassiter is called for a technical foul, and consequently ejected, in Game 2 after doing the 'salt bae' meme on Sol Mercado. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: Japeth Aguilar throws down vicious alley-oop

Jan 08, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Japeth Aguilar still likes it hot

THUNDER SLAM. Japeth Aguilar rocked the rim a few times against the Beermen. Photo by PBA Media Bureau

Denise Laurel, Sol Mercado call off engagement

Oct 20, 2016 - 10:48 PM

Denise apologizes after deleting the announcement of the breakup on Instagram

File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Black, Cone weigh in on Mercado's traveling non-call in Game 5

Oct 17, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Norman Black says it was a clear traveling violation while Tim Cone says bad calls are part of the game

NON-CALL. Sol Mercado's traveling non-call is the subject of controversy and discussion after Game 5 of the PBA Finals. Photo from PBA Images

Guarding import Durham was a challenge Mercado couldn't refuse

Oct 10, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Ginebra s Sol Mercado credits his growth on defense to coach Tim Cone

DEFENSE. Sol Mercado (L) guards import Allen Durham in Game 2 of the PBA Finals. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra eyes more open practice days for fans

Sep 07, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The PBA team is planning to have open practice days at least once a conference or once every couple of months

TIME FOR FANS. Ginebra stars Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa meet fans, granting autograph and photo opportunities. Photo by Jane Bracher/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

Mercado revels in guarding imports like NLEX’s Thornton

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:52 PM

I actually take pride in my one on one defense I take pride in guarding perimeter imports says Sol Mercado

Barako's Sol Mercado (3), seen here getting past the defense of NLEX's Jonas Villanueva (11), says he likes the challenge of guarding perimeter imports. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Mercado back to leader role and 'having fun again' with Barako Bull

Jan 29, 2015 - 3:16 PM

After a year of changes and adjustments Sol Mercado is pulling for stability with his new team Barako Bull

HAVING FUN. Sol Mercado admits he's back to having fun again with new team Barako Bull. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mercado, Lanete lead Barako Bull past import-less Blackwater

Jan 28, 2015 - 6:52 PM

Barako Bull had little trouble dispatching Blackwater which was without their 7 foot import Christien Charles

MERC-ED. Sol Mercado scored a team-high 20 points to lead Barako to victory. Photo by Josh Albelda

Mercado, Cabagnot swap places again with SMB-GlobalPort trade

Dec 10, 2014 - 3:11 PM

The two guards will return to their previous teams just before the start of the PBA 2015 Philippine Cup playoffs

SWAPPED AGAIN. Sol Mercado (L) and Alex Cabagnot (R) find themselves back in the teams that traded them away in February 2014. File photos by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Miguel clinches 2nd semis berth

Dec 09, 2014 - 7:48 PM

This game wasn t even close as the Beermen secures top spot in standings with 29 point shellacking of the Elite

Ronald Tubid goes for the reverse layup vs Blackwater. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fajardo propels San Miguel past undermanned Purefoods

Oct 26, 2014 - 8:31 PM

The Star Hotshots stage a rally bridging the 3rd and 4th quarters but the Beermen remain composed to get the win

MAN IN THE MIDDLE. June Mar Fajardo posts 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 blocks in another impressive outing for the Beermen. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

Air21's Joseph Yeo apologizes to Chris Ross for low blow

Apr 26, 2014 - 8:32 AM

Joseph Yeo of the Air21 says that his intention was to show the San Miguel Beermen that his team won t be pushed around when he went below the belt against Chris Ross

SPECIAL DELIVERY. Chris Ross is left prone on the ground after a low blow from Joseph Yeo in the first half. 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

HIGHLIGHTS: PBA All Star 2014 Skills Challenge

Apr 04, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Mark Barroca and Mark Macapagal are new obstacle challenge and 3 point shootout winners while Justin Melton and Rey Guevarra split slam dunk title

PBA Fastbreak: Alaska milks San Miguel in Laguna

Mar 30, 2014 - 4:03 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes Alaska s win over San Miguel Beer in Laguna

ALASKA DELIVERS. JV Casio and the Alaska Aces defeated San Miguel Beer in the conference's first road game. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: Beermen continue balling over Globalport

Mar 25, 2014 - 2:23 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes Monday s Commissioner s Cup game between San Miguel Beer and Globalport

IMPORT BEER. Kevin Jones of San Miguel Beer goes to the hoop, past Globalport's import Evan Brock. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Chris Ross says RoS win a morale-booster but remains hungry

Mar 20, 2014 - 12:08 AM

Despite jumping out to a 3 1 start in the PBA Commissioner s Cup San Miguel Beermen team captain Chris Ross says they aren t yet satisfied

BEERMAN STILL THIRSTY. San Miguel's Chris Ross (R) describes their win over Rain or Shine as a morale-booster but admits the fight isn't over yet. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Who should make the PBA All-Star team reserves?

Mar 12, 2014 - 1:20 PM

The 2014 PBA All Star game starters have been named by voters nationwide Now it s time to ask who joins them in the titanic duel against Gilas Pilipinas on April 6?

BACK UP ALL-STARS. Ginebra's Mark Caguioa (L) and Alaska's Sonny Thoss (R) round out this writer's picks for the All-Star reserves. Photos by Nuki Sabio

PBA Fastbreak: Beermen, Barako imports come up big

Mar 10, 2014 - 3:30 PM

The imports for the San Miguel Beermen and Barako Bull put up big numbers on Sunday leading their teams to pivotal wins

ABOVE THE RIM. San Miguel Beermen import Josh Boone (L) and Barako import Josh Dollard physically dominated their opposition. Photos by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: Alaska, TNT earn wins

Mar 09, 2014 - 4:45 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo breaks down Talk N Text and Alaska s wins on Saturday

BULLDOZIER. Alaska import Robert Dozier slams home 2 of his 25 points to lead Alaska over Globalport. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: San Mig Coffee are all-Filipino kings

Feb 27, 2014 - 2:58 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo examines just how San Mig Coffee was able to close out the Philippine Cup series on Wednesday night and win the series 4 2

HOT COFFEE. Marc Pingris of San Mig Coffee cuts down the net after winning the PBA Philippine Cup title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Taulava, Mercado, Williams: The Reinforcements I - The Smart Gilas boys Pt. 4

Feb 22, 2014 - 3:37 PM

PBA writer Levi Verora examines the contributions of Gilas Pilipinas reinforcements Asi Taulava Kelly Williams and Sol Mercado

REINFORCEMENTS. Asi Taulava, Sol Mercado and Kelly Williams have become indispensable since joining Gilas Pilipinas. Photos by KC Cruz, Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Mercado, Cabagnot headline 4-team, 7-man trade

Feb 18, 2014 - 4:19 PM

Alex Cabagnot was dealt to GlobalPort from San Miguel in exchange for Sol Mercado in a wave of approved trades in the PBA

GUARD FOR GUARD. Guard Sol Mercado (left) of the Globalport Batang Pier has been traded to the San Miguel Beermen in exchange for another guard Alex Cabagnot in a newly approved set of trades. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: RoS over Globalport, Alaska downs Ginebra

Jan 23, 2014 - 4:38 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes Wednesday night s PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals match ups

PBA Fastbreak: RoS over Globalport, Alaska downs Ginebra  Rain or Shine over GlobalPort, 106-96  The Best: How about Rain or Shine’s undersized but undaunted frontline? In this game, the trio of Jervy Cruz, Beau Belga, and Larry Rodriguez triumphantly led the Painters into the semifinals, combining for a total of 51 points and 22 rebounds. Belga, in particular, came up big, scoring 6 of his team’s last 8 points to ensure the Painters’ entry into the next round.  The Worst: The Batang Pier turned the ball over 7 more times than ROS. This resulted in a +9 advantage for the Painters in terms of points-off-turnovers. The trio of Terrence Romeo, Kelly Nabong and Sol Mercado were the chief culprits here, combining for 14 of GlobalPort’s 17 errors. Oh well, at least they’ll have some down time to practice and minimize those TOs for the future.  Great Gabe: After his hum-drum elimination round production, Gabe Norwood stepped up at a critical time, scoring 14 points on 4/9 FG shooting on top of 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Gilas Pilipinas’ prime defensive stopper was practically everywhere in this one, and coach Yeng Guiao will definitely need the George Mason University alum to be at his best moving forward.   Alaska over Ginebra, 104-97  The Best: Three Alaska Aces finished with double-doubles. Against a team with Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar patrolling the interior, that’s pretty spectacular. Calvin Abueva had 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in arguably his most impressive outing of the season yet. Sonny Thoss added 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Gabby Espinas registered 12 markers and 11 boards.  The Worst: At times, this game featured Ginebra at its worst — leaving people too open, having too many creases in the defense, and not boxing out tough enough. Sure, losing by just 7 points implies the Gin Kings could’ve done much worse, but the flipside is, especially knowing how well they’ve played so far, they also could’ve done much much better.  Fire in the hole!: The Aces not only outworked the Kings, they also outshot them, and how! Super snipers Cyrus Baguio, Dondon Hontiveros, and JV Casio continuously hit the mark here, combining for 10/17 shooting from beyond the arc. All three guys totaled 52 points for coach Luigi Trillo, whose team won its third straight win-or-go-home affair. Should the Aces pull off another stunner in Game Two, then they will march on to the semifinals and send Ginebra’s promising campaign to a tragic end. -

Globalport snaps 5-game losing streak, downs Alaska in OT

Jan 12, 2014 - 5:34 PM

Globalport Batang Pier overcame Alaska Aces 91 88 in Overtime

SHARPSHOOTING. Terrence Romeo shoots a jumper over Jayvee Casio. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Rookie Alex Nuyles shines as Rain or Shine thwarts Globalport 98-87

Jan 05, 2014 - 6:30 PM

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters rallied behind strong play from rookie Alex Nuyles to defeat Globalport Batang Pier 98 87 in the PLDT myDSL Philippine Cup

UNDENIABLE. Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood puts up a shot over Kelly Nabong of GlobalPort en route to victory. Photo by KC Cruz/PBA Images

Air21 scrapes past Globalport on Christmas

Dec 25, 2013 - 8:45 PM

Air21 draws big games from Taulava Cardona and Yeo as the Express edge GlobalPort in Christmas day overtime thriller

THE ROCK. Asi Taulava leads all Air21 scorers as the Express edge GlobalPort in overtime thriller. Photo by KC Cruz/PBA Images

Globalport gets first 3-game win streak

Dec 13, 2013 - 8:04 PM

Sol Mercado churns out another stellar performance along with rookie Terrence Romeo as the two combined for 47 points for GlobalPort s first third straight win

EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT. Sol Mercado and Terrence Romeo started a 1st half onslaught to lead GlobalPort to their 3rd straight victory. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Fastbreak: Veterans power GlobalPort, Aguilar saves Ginebra

Dec 09, 2013 - 1:17 PM

Washington Mercado deliver again for GlobalPort Japeth Aguilar end game triple and block lifts Ginebra over Talk N Text

BIG GAMES. Jay Washington (L) scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for GlobalPort while Japeth Aguilar (R) tallied 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 blocks for Ginebra. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Off-court bonding does Globalport some good

Dec 07, 2013 - 9:00 PM

With 8 new faces to open the season team chemistry is an issue GlobalPort s players is trying to address

TEAM. With 8 new faces in the squad, GlobalPort is in another adjustment period. Photo by Mon Rubio/The Benchwarmers

Fastbreak: 'Sol Train' runs over Meralco, Lee-thal weapon fires 26

Dec 07, 2013 - 12:58 PM

Sol Mercado delivers 33 points for GlobalPort while Paul Lee fires a career high 25 points to lead Rain or Shine to victory

EXPLOSIVE GUARDS. Burly combo guards Paul Lee (L) and Sol Mercado (R) explode on offense to lead their teams to wins. Photos by Nuki Sabio/PBA Image

Mercado, Washington ignite Globalport comeback vs Meralco

Dec 06, 2013 - 7:58 PM

Sol Mercado and Jay Washington combine for 60 points as they lead GlobalPort s comeback over Meralco

SOL TRAIN. Sol Mercado scores 33 points to lead GlobalPort. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA preview: GlobalPort Batang Pier

Nov 11, 2013 - 8:09 PM

Young GlobalPort team looking to make some noise in the PBA All Filipino Cup

LEADER. With resident star Gary David shipped to Meralco, GlobalPort Batang Pier will look to guard Sol Mercado for leadership. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Midseason Awards: Santos, Abueva shine

Mar 16, 2013 - 2:49 PM

Rappler basketball writer Enzo Flojo picks the best individual performers midway through the 2012 13 PBA season See who his winners are

Photos by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Preview: Mercado faces Meralco again

Feb 24, 2013 - 11:01 AM

Sol Mercado faces the Meralco Bolts for the first time after being traded while San Mig Coffee takes on Talk N Text in a bid to arrest a three game skid

Reyes keeps Gilas lineup intact for FIBA Asia

Aug 31, 2012 - 7:59 PM

Sol Mercado and Garvo Lanete will not be part of Smart Gilas 12 man roster that will compete in the FIBA Asia Cup