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Lassiter intends 'no shade' with Muhammad Ali shirt after finals win

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Marcio Lassiter wears a shirt featuring the iconic photograph of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali standing over his old foe Sonny Liston

NO SHADE. Marcio Lassiter wears a shirt featuring the iconic photo of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston after San Miguel defeated Ginebra to win the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup title. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Finals Game 5 – Barangay Ginebra vs San Miguel Beermen

Mar 04, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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San Miguel builds early lead, holds off Ginebra late in Game 4

Mar 03, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Beermen move to one win away from a Philippine Cup title after taking a 3 1 series lead over Ginebra

SALTY. The San Miguel Beermen led by as many as 26 points to send the Gin Kings to a demoralizing loss. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Finals Game 4 – Barangay Ginebra vs San Miguel Beermen

Mar 02, 2017 - 8:51 PM

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Cone 'no comment' on commotion due to late Ross 3-pointer in Game 3

Mar 01, 2017 - 11:12 PM

Tim Cone was heard and seen yelling inside the hallway as both teams headed for the locker rooms But when asked to comment he chose to stay mum

MUM. Coach Tim Cone declines to comment on post-game shouting incident with Chris Ross. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

SMB edges Ginebra in Game 3 for 2-1 finals lead

Mar 01, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The Beermen go ahead 2 1 in the best of 7 finals series

2-1. Chris Ross pours __ points as San Miguel upends Ginebra in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Finals Game 3 – Barangay Ginebra vs San Miguel Beermen

Feb 28, 2017 - 1:35 PM

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WATCH: Aguilar posterizes Fajardo in Game 2 of PH Cup Finals

Feb 27, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Japeth Aguilar slams it home hard against the defense of June Mar Fajardo

POSTERIZED. Japeth Aguilar puts June Mar Fajardo on a poster in Game 2 of the finals. 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

Ginebra survives SMB's storm in OT to level finals series

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The best of 7 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals is now tied at 1 1

TIED. LA Tenorio and Barangay Ginebra tie the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at 1-1. Photo from PBA Images

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Finals Game 2 - Barangay Ginebra vs San Miguel Beermen

Feb 26, 2017 - 2:20 AM

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No room for complacency as San Miguel heads to ‘Ginebra country’

Feb 25, 2017 - 12:27 PM

San Miguel may have blown out Ginebra in Game 1 but Leo Austria knows the crowd in Quezon province will be on the Gin Kings side for Game 2

CRUNCH TIME. San Miguel coach Leo Austria says their Game 1 victory gave them a "psychological advantage and momentum," but knows the series is far from over. Photo by PBA Images

Hot start powers San Miguel to Game 1 blowout over Ginebra

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:48 PM

San Miguel sends an early statement with a dominant win over Ginebra

BEER BATH. San Miguel jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in Game 2. Photo by PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: 2017 PBA Finals Game 1 - Barangay Ginebra vs San Miguel Beermen

Feb 24, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Ginebra and San Miguel clash in Game 1 on Friday February 24 beginning at 7 pm

PH Cup Finals: San Miguel, Ginebra engage in sibling rivalry

Feb 24, 2017 - 1:24 PM

San Miguel Corp sister teams San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra clash in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals

SIBLING RIVALRY. Sister teams San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra clash in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. Photo from PBA Images

Cone: I don't even think Phil Jackson can find a way to stop Fajardo

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:36 PM

I don t even think Phil Jackson would figure out a way to stop June Mar Fajardo says Ginebra coach Tim Cone

HOW TO STOP JUNE MAR? Tim Cone now has the unenviable task of stopping the reigning 3-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ginebra overcomes rival Star in Game 7 for PH Cup Finals berth

Feb 21, 2017 - 9:18 PM

With the win the Gin Kings are back in the finals just 4 months since winning their first title in 8 years

BACK IN THE FINALS. Sol Mercado sparks Ginebra in Game 7 to lead them back into the finals after winning a title 4 months ago. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LOOK: Ginebra legend Jaworski watches Manila Clasico semis Game 7

Feb 21, 2017 - 9:16 PM

See photos of the Living Legend watching courtside here

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Devance, playing through pain, refuses to let Ginebra down

Feb 21, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Joe Devance is aware he s inspiring his Ginebra teammates but says it s really his teammates who are inspiring him

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA semifinals Game 7 – Ginebra vs Star Hotshots

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:07 AM

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SCHEDULE: 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals

Feb 20, 2017 - 10:13 PM

Check out the full PBA Finals schedule here

SMB blasts Castro-less TNT to reach Philippine Cup Finals

Feb 20, 2017 - 9:10 PM

San Miguel s title defense remains alive

FINALS-BOUND. San Miguel is bound for the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals after defeating TNT in Game 7. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Semifinals Game 7 – San Miguel Beermen vs TNT KaTropa

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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Tenorio comes alive as Ginebra drags Star to deciding Game 7

Feb 19, 2017 - 8:46 PM

LA Tenorio breaks out of his shell as this Manila Clasico semifinals goes to a Game 7

GAME 7. LA Tenorio explodes for a series-best 19 points as Ginebra and Star will go to a deciding Game 7 in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA semifinals Game 6 - Ginebra vs Star Hotshots

Feb 19, 2017 - 3:04 PM

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Nash Racela on Game 6: 'We want to deal with this defeat professionally'

Feb 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The first year PBA coach opted for less candor following TNT KaTropa s Game 6 loss to San Miguel Beer than he did in the past week

WELL-OFFICIATED. TNT coach Nash Racela comments on Game 6, saying it was a 'well-officiated' ballgame and that he will take this loss as a 'professional'. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

San Miguel routs TNT to force semis Game 7

Feb 18, 2017 - 7:24 PM

June Mar Fajardo chooses he right time to post his 14th double double of the conference

20-20. June Mar Fajardo has another monster game as the Beermen force Game 7 against the KaTropa. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Semifinals Game 6 – San Miguel Beermen vs TNT KaTropa

Feb 18, 2017 - 2:52 PM

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Defense, unexpected heroes fueled Star’s 3-2 semis lead

Feb 18, 2017 - 1:10 PM

With the top defensive teams grinding it out for a slot in the finals Chito Victolero knows the only way to keep pace is for Star to find consistency on defense

DEFENSE. Rafi Reavis contests Japeth Aguilar's shot in Game 5. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA semifinals Game 5 - Ginebra vs Star Hotshots

Feb 17, 2017 - 3:49 PM

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LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA semifinals Game 5 - San Miguel Beermen vs TNT KaTropa

Feb 16, 2017 - 3:21 PM

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Barangay Ginebra must sustain energy after digging out of 0-2 hole

Feb 15, 2017 - 11:10 PM

It s been a taxing series for both Ginebra and Star the two top defensive squads in the league this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup conference

SUSTAINED ENERGY. Coach Tim Cone says Ginebra's priority is to maintain the team's strength after back-to-back grueling wins. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Ginebra comes back in Manila Clasico series, ties things up at 2-2

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:31 PM

The Gin Kings have now recovered from a 0 2 deficit to tie things up at two games apiece in the best of 7 Manila Clasico series

TIE SERIES. Ginebra turns back Star to tie the best-of-7 series at two games apiece. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA semifinals Game 4 - Ginebra vs Star Hotshots

Feb 15, 2017 - 4:07 PM

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LOOK: Ginebra stars hand out roses for Valentine's

Feb 14, 2017 - 10:33 PM

Scottie Thompson Sol Mercado Greg Slaughter Kevin Ferrer and Mark Caguioa hand out flowers at halftime during Game 3 of their semis series

Barangay Ginebra center Greg Slaughter, though injured, is seen handing out flowers to fans. Photo from facebook.com/ginebra1979

Ross drops 31 as San Miguel overpowers TNT, evens series

Feb 14, 2017 - 9:09 PM

San Miguel leads by as much as 22 points before settling for the 11 point victory tying the series at 2 2

BIG TIME. Chris Ross explodes for the Beermen as they even the best-of-7 series at 2-2. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Semifinals Game 4 – San Miguel Beermen vs TNT KaTropa

Feb 14, 2017 - 1:52 PM

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Ginebra sizzles late to finally get one against Star

Feb 13, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Ginebra avoids a 0 3 hole and snaps Star s 8 game winning run since the eliminations

CRUCIAL WIN. Ginebra finally gets a win against Star to avoid a 0-3 hole in the semifinals. Sol Mercado (C) sizzles for 16 points. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA semifinals Game 3 - Ginebra vs Star Hotshots

Feb 13, 2017 - 5:07 PM

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De Ocampo, Pogoy combine for 46 to tow TNT past San Miguel

Feb 12, 2017 - 8:57 PM

UPDATED TNT takes a 2 1 lead in the best of 7 semifinals series winning back to back games after dropping the first

2-1. TNT moves ahead 2-1 in the best-of-7 semifinals series against defending champion San Miguel. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Semifinals Game 3 – San Miguel Beermen vs TNT KaTropa

Feb 12, 2017 - 12:51 PM

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Down 0-2, Helterbrand says Ginebra has no plans of giving up

Feb 11, 2017 - 9:57 PM

We always do it the hard way We’ve been doing it the hard way the whole conference says Jayjay Helterbrand

STILL CONFIDENT. Jayjay Helterbrand says Barangay Ginebra remains confident it can catch up from a 0-2 deficit against Star in the semifinals. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Star soars to 2-0 semifinals lead over Ginebra

Feb 11, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Stretching their win streak to 8 games since the eliminations the Hotshots have now taken a 2 0 lead in the best of 7 series with their guards taking charge

2-0. The Star Hotshots create separation from rivals Barangay Ginebra with under two minutes remaining to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Composure is key to TNT’s Game 2 win, says Jayson Castro

Feb 11, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Aside from staying focused during momentum shifts Castro says it was important TNT got a head start in the first half

COMPOSURE. Jayson Castro says TNT kept its composure against SMB. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA semifinals Game 2 - Ginebra vs Star Hotshots

Feb 11, 2017 - 1:46 PM

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WATCH: Arwind Santos puts both feet on backboard for monster dunk

Feb 10, 2017 - 9:46 PM

Spiderman puts sneakers to glass for the two handed dunk in Game 2 against TNT KaTropa

SPIDER SENSES. Arwind Santos can still jump out of the arena for big dunks. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Semifinals Game 2 – San Miguel Beermen vs TNT KaTropa

Feb 10, 2017 - 3:19 PM

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LIVE BLOG: 2017 PBA Semifinals Game 1 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs Star Hotshots

Feb 09, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Ginebra and Star clash in Game 1 on Thursday February 9 beginning at 7 pm

Head-to-head: Star, Ginebra collide in Manila Clasico semifinals

Feb 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Which of these old rivals will prevail?

MANILA CLASICO. Star and Ginebra open another chapter of their storied Manila Clasico rivalry in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

TNT keen on solving San Miguel puzzle in semis game 2

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:00 AM

TNT will continue looking for ways to handle San Miguel after losing Game 1

FIND A WAY. TNT coach Nash Racela says they will continue to find a way to defend San Miguel. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler