semifinals - updates

Rappler's latest stories on semifinals


HIGHLIGHTS: UP vs UST - UAAP Season 82 stepladder semifinals Game 2

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:03 PM

As the UP Fighting Maroons try to sneak their way back to the UAAP Finals, the UST Growling Tigers look to prove they're too good to stop

HIGHLIGHTS: UP vs UST - UAAP Season 82 stepladder semifinals

Nov 09, 2019 - 4:33 PM

UP shoots for a return trip to the UAAP Finals against a UST side it has yet to beat this season

Letran survives Lyceum, sets NCAA Finals duel vs rival San Beda

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Playing in another heart-stopper, the Letran Knights upset the No. 2 Lyceum Pirates to crash the NCAA championship series

After stunning the Pirates, Jerrick Balanza and the Knights try pull off another shocker in the title round. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UST holds off FEU rally to move up UAAP stepladder semis

Nov 06, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Despite blowing a huge lead, the UST Growling Tigers eliminate the FEU Tamaraws to face the UP Maroons next

Letran ousts gutsy San Sebastian in NCAA stepladder

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Jerrick Balanza leads 6 Letran players in double figures as the Knights survive the Stags in their do-or-die semifinal duel

 Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: FEU vs UST - UAAP Season 82 stepladder semifinals

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Expect a collision of styles as the FEU Tamaraws and the UST Growling Tigers fight for survival

HIGHLIGHTS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 2

Nov 27, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Only one team will emerge victorious in ending its UAAP finals drought on Wednesday, November 28, 3:30 pm at the Araneta Coliseum

Ateneo steamrolls FEU, clinches 3rd straight UAAP Finals berth

Nov 25, 2018 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) Unforgiving from the get-go, the Blue Eagles overwhelm the Tamaraws to march to their 12th UAAP Finals in 18 years

UNSTOPPABLE. There's still no stopping Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles in their quest for back-to-back crowns. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs FEU – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 25, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Ateneo and FEU clash in the UAAP Final Four for the fourth straight season, but the Blue Eagles aim for a quick finish this time

UAAP81 Mens Basketball ADMU vs FEU 10-20-2018. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Racela expects Ateneo’s Kouame to be a ‘headache’ for FEU

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The Tamaraws still remember how the Ivorian center bullied them with a monstrous double-double of 33 points and 27 rebounds

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs FEU – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 25, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Ateneo vies for a third straight UAAP Finals stint, but if there’s any team that proved to be a survivor all season, it’s definitely FEU

Atin 'to: Paul Desiderio thrills U.P. faithful yet again

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:57 PM

With 5.5 ticks left in the game, Paul Desiderio sinks a clutch basket to keep the UP Maroons in the thick of the fight

'ATIN TO'. Paul Desiderio captains his team to the win over the Adamson Soaring Falcons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Adamson keeps calm, braces for do-or-die semis

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:02 PM

After two seasons of getting booted out of the Final Four early, the Adamson Falcons get another shot this time to nail a UAAP title berth versus the UP Maroons

BOUNCING BACK. The Adamson Soaring Falcons are confident that they can still make the finals in the rubber match against University of the Philippines. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 24, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Two teams who have gone through countless heartbreaks are on course in their journey to the top

CLASH. Will Sean Manganti hit another heartbreaking shot for the Fighting Maroons? Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:13 PM

The Soaring Falcons and the Fighting Maroons vie to return to the finals for the first time in decades

Ginebra escapes Rain or Shine in 4 games to reach finals

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Gin Kings will face the San Miguel Beermen in a best-of-7 series for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup crown

TOWERING. Greg Slaughter finishes with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

Cabagnot proves clutch as San Miguel punches finals ticket vs Alaska

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The Beermen march into the PBA championship round for the 40th time in franchise history

ON TO THE NEXT. June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen will defend their Commissioner's Cup title after dispatching the Alaska Aces in 4 games in their best-of-5 semifinals series. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Brownlee erupts for 44 as Ginebra nips Rain or Shine for 2-1 semis lead

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The Gin Kings are a win away from returning to the Commissioner's Cup finals

SCORING MACHINE. Justin Brownlee falls two points short of his PBA career-high. Photo from PBA Images

Manuel regains hot hand as Alaska destroys San Miguel in Game 3

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The Aces avoid a semifinals sweep to trim the best-of-5 series deficit to 1-2

HOT HAND. Vic Manuel powers the Alaska Aces in Game 3 of the semifinals against the San Miguel Beermen with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Photo from PBA Images

Rain or Shine evens semis series, ends Ginebra's 8-game winning streak

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:42 PM

Import Reggie Johnson messes with a triple-double of 25 points, 20 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocks for the Elasto Painters

HOT HAND. James Yap finishes with 18 points for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Photo from PBA Images

Fajardo apologetic for burst of emotion in San Miguel's Game 2 win

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:25 AM

The reigning 4-time league MVP's last notable technical foul was in 2014 when he lost his cool against former Rain or Shine Elasto Painter Larry Rodriguez

COMPENSATE. June Mar Fajardo makes up for his technical foul by finishing with 21 points and 18 rebounds as the San Miguel Beermen take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals duel against the Alaska Aces. Photo from PBA Images

Balkman dominates vs Alaska as San Miguel inches closer to finals

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The Beermen overcome a 16-point deficit to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 semifinals series against the Aces

UNSTOPPABLE. Renaldo Balkman finishes with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists as the San Miguel Beermen move one win within reaching the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

Brownlee, Chan shine as Ginebra tops Rain or Shine in Game 1

Jul 15, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Gin Kings stretch their winning streak to 8 games and draw first blood in the best-of-5 semifinals series

MONSTER. Justin Brownlee messes with a triple-double of 35 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 blocks and two steals for Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel exacts revenge on Alaska to take Game 1 of semis clash

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Six players finish in double figures for the Beermen while only two breach double digits for the Aces

Ceres advances to AFC Cup Zonal Finals on aggregate win over Yangon

May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

The Busmen set up another ASEAN finals rematch against Singapore’s Home United

BACK-TO-BACK. Ceres-Negros FC makes its second straight ASEAN Zonal finals appearance. Photo from AFC Cup

Ceres-Negros FC takes first leg win over Yangon United

May 09, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Myanmar club team keeps its hopes alive as Sylla scores a valuable pair of away goals

NOT OVER YET. Ceres-Negros FC will attempt to score its own away goals in the next leg. Photo by AFC Cup/Lagardere Sports

Reigning NBA champion Warriors reach brink of West finals

May 07, 2018 - 7:01 AM

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry combine for 61 points as Golden State blows out the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 4

Harden scores 41 as Rockets blast past Jazz in series opener

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:11 AM

James Harden notches his 6th 40-point playoff game and dazzles with a near-triple-double showing

HOLDING THE FORT. James Harden and the Houston Rockets defend their home court in Game 1 against the Utah Jazz. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

UAAP Men's Football: No coronation for UP just yet

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:25 PM

UP may be undefeated heading to the Final 4, but the Maroons face stiff competition for the crown

UNDEFEATED. UP's Fidel Tacardon and the Fighting Maroons hope to stay ahead of the pack. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Magnolia clips NLEX in Game 6, advances to PH Cup finals

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:19 PM

It is the first time since the 2013-2014 PBA season that the Magnolia Hotshots will play in the Philippine Cup finals

Photo by PBA Images

San Miguel books ticket to PH Cup finals, dispatches Ginebra in Game 5

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:36 PM

The San Miguel Beermen are now 4 wins away from claiming their 4th consecutive All-Filipino title

RETURN. June Mar Fajardo finishes with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in helping the San Miguel Beermen book their 4th straight All-Filipino finals appearance. Photo by PBA Images

Kiefer Ravena endures flu in clutch Game 4 showing for NLEX

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:48 PM

The grueling playoffs schedule seemed to have taken its toll on Kiefer Ravena, who has played 6 games in 11 days

VETERAN MENTALITY. Kiefer Ravena shows way for the NLEX Road Warriors down the stretch in Game 4. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ravena catches fire late as NLEX evens semis with Game 4 win over Magnolia

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Kiefer Ravena scores 11 of his 20 points in the payoff period

TAKING OVER. Kiefer Ravena leads the 4th quarter breakaway of the NLEX Road Warriors' series-tying Game 4 win over the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo by PBA Images

Jaworski to Ginebra: You don't just shout 'Never Say Die,' you do it

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Barangay Ginebra is on the brink of crashing out of contention for the PBA Philippine Cup finals, staring at a 1-3 deficit against San Miguel Beer

LEGENDS. Robert Jaworski meets with fellow PBA great Ramon Fernandez during Game 4 of the Barangay Ginebra-San Miguel Beermen semifinals series. Photo by PBA Images

Cone says Austria 'totally outcoached' him in Ginebra's Game 4 blowout loss

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'It really comes down to brilliant adjustments by coach Leo that we weren’t just prepared for...but we move forward from it,' says Tim Cone

NOT POINTING FINGERS. Tim Cone blames no one but himself for Barangay Ginebra's Game 4 loss to the San Miguel Beermen. File photo by PBA Images

San Miguel drubs Ginebra in Game 4, moves a win closer to PH Cup finals

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Six San Miguel players finished in double figures with Marcio Lassiter leading the way with 23 points off 5 triples

HOT HAND. Marcio Lassiter buries 5 triples en route to a team-high 23 points for the San Miguel Beermen. Photo by PBA Images

Jalalon proves he's more than just defense for Magnolia in Game 3 outburst

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Jio Jalalon follows up his near-tripled-double Game 2 performance with a 25-point, 5-rebound, 3-assist, and two-steal outing in Magnolia's Game 3 win

BLOSSOMING. Jio Jalalon is coming up big for the undermanned Magnolia Hotshots in their best-of-7 semifinals against the NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by PBA Images

Magnolia downs NLEX in Game 3, nabs 2-1 edge in semis

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Jio Jalalon and Ian Sangalang combine for 49 points on a 20-of-28 shooting

LEVEL UP. The Magnolia Hotshots move to 2-1 in their best-of-7 semifinals series against the NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by PBA Images

Santos after Game 3 loss to Ginebra: 'Parang 'yung limang kalaban nagiging walo'

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:54 AM

While Barangay Ginebra fired on all cylinders in Game 3, burying 14 triples and shooting 48% from the field, Santos cites another reason why the San Miguel Beermen lost

METAPHORICAL. Arwind Santos says there were "shadows" that cost the San Miguel Beermen Game 3 against Barangay Ginebra. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Prince Caperal 'feels good' to see impressive game translate to Ginebra win

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Prince Caperal fires 12 points and 4 rebounds, as well as highlights a clutch triple, to help Barangay Ginebra avoid a 0-3 hole with its Game 3 win over San Miguel

BIG HELP. Prince Caperal finally sees his impressive showing result in a win for Barangay Ginebra. Photo by PBA Images

Ginebra avoids 0-3 series hole, turns back San Miguel in Game 3

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:18 PM

(UPDATED) Japeth Aguilar leads the way for Barangay Ginebra with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

Japeth Aguilar shows way with a double-double output to help Barangay Ginebra avoid a 0-3 hole in their semifinals series against the San Miguel Beermen. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lee used ex-coach Guiao as motivation in Game 2 outburst for Magnolia

Mar 12, 2018 - 11:40 PM

Paul Lee said he thought how Yeng Guiao would react following his dismal Game 1 performance if they were still together in Rain or Shine

BOUNCE BACK. Paul Lee shows way for the Magnolia Hotshots in their Game 2 win over the NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Undermanned Magnolia dispatches NLEX in Game 2 to even series

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Magnolia manages to demolish NLEX even without Marc Pingris and Justin Melton

REDEMPTION. Paul Lee redeems his dismal Game 1 showing by leading the way for the Magnolia Hotshots in Game 2 against the NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by PBA Images

Marc Pingris diagnosed with ACL injury, out for 6 to 8 months

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Aside from Marc Pingris, Justin Melton will miss Game 2 of Magnolia's best-of-7 semis series against the NLEX due to a strained hamstring

UNFORTUNATE. Marc Pingris will be sidelined for 6 to 8 months following his ACL injury. Photo by PBA Images

Santos gets last laugh vs heckler: 'Pinanganak akong mang-asar'

Mar 12, 2018 - 12:25 AM

Arwind Santos drains two clutch triples to power the San Miguel Beermen's come-from-behind Game 2 win over Barangay Ginebra

COLD-BLOODED. Arwind Santos proves clutch in the San Miguel Beermen's Game 2 win over Barangay Ginebra. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Lassiter waxes hot in OT as San Miguel goes 2-0 in semis vs Ginebra

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The San Miguel Beermen erase a 15-point deficit to take Game 2 of their best-of-7 semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra

CLUTCH. Marcio Lassiter buries the biggest buckets to lift the San Miguel Beermen over Barangay Ginebra in Game 2 of the semis. Photo by PBA Images

'Skyrus' shows up as Baguio leads NLEX in semis win vs Magnolia

Mar 11, 2018 - 12:57 AM

'It's nice to see Cyrus – vintage No Fear headband Cyrus Baguio 'yung naglalaro kanina,' Kiefer Ravena says of his NLEX teammate

SKYRUS. Cyrus Baguio turns back the hands of time in leading the NLEX Road Warriors' Game 1 win over the Magnolia Hotshots in their best-of-7 semifinals series. Photo by PBA Images

Guiao has mixed feelings after containing Lee in NLEX's Game 1 win

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:43 PM

'Parang dati, gustong-gusto mong mapagaling siya, ngayon naman gustong-gusto mong mapigilan siya,' says NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao of Paul Lee

BITTERSWEET. NLEX Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao has mixed feelings about trying to stop former player Paul Lee. Photo by PBA Images

Ravena comes up clutch again as NLEX nips Magnolia in Game 1

Mar 10, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Kiefer Ravena finishes with 16 points, highlighted by an assist on the go-ahead triple, a defensive rebound, two insurance free throws and a win-preserving steal

PLAYING LIKE A VET. Kiefer Ravena comes up with the biggest plays in crunchtime as the NLEX Road Warriors win Game 1. Photo by PBA Images

Prince Caperal always ready to step up for Barangay Ginebra

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Back-up big man Caperal provides quality minutes for Barangay Ginebra with 8 points and 5 rebounds in their Game 1 loss to the San Miguel Beermen

SHOWING HIS WARES. Prince Caperal makes his presence felt in limited action for Barangay Ginebra. File photo by PBA Images