2018 PBA Philippine Cup - updates

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Solution for cramps? Pickle juice, says Phoenix import James White

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Despite battling cramps, the American import leads the Fuel Masters to a 107-102 win over the Blackwater Elite through the help of pickle juice

NO STOPPING. James White (33) shrugs off cramps on the way to finishing with 31 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks and two steals in the Phoenix Fuel Masters' 107-102 win over the Blackwater Elite. Photo by PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo 'in conversation of best player ever in PBA,' says Ross

Apr 07, 2018 - 7:41 PM

In just his 6th year in the PBA, June Mar Fajardo has steered the San Miguel Beermen to 6 championships while winning 4 MVPs and a record 6 BPC awards

CONVERSATION FOR GOAT. Chris Ross believes San Miguel teammate June Mar Fajardo is in the upper echelon of the PBA's all-time greatest players. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Better late than never: San Miguel's Chico Lanete wins first PBA title at 38

Apr 07, 2018 - 8:13 AM

Chico Lanete breaks a championship dry spell as the San Miguel Beermen bag the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup title

MAIDEN. Chico Lanete wins his first PBA championship in his 11-year professional career with the San Miguel Beermen. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

San Miguel bags 4th straight PH Cup title in double O.T.

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:11 PM

(2ND UPDATE) The San Miguel Beermen become the only team in PBA history to hoist the All-Filipino trophy for 4 straight years


HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 PBA Finals Game 5 – Magnolia Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

Apr 05, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates on the game starting 7 pm on Friday, April 6, at the Mall of Asia Arena

San Miguel's Arwind Santos itching to end PH Cup finals in Game 5

Apr 05, 2018 - 9:36 AM

'Gusto na naming magpuyat. Ang tagal na naming 'di nakakatikim ng alcohol,' says Arwind Santos about finishing off Magnolia in 5 games

CLOSE OUT. Arwind Santos is looking forward to partying as the San Miguel Beermen seek to beat the Magnolia Hotshots in 5 games and win their 4th straight Philippine Cup title. Photo by PBA Images


San Miguel tops Magnolia in Game 4, inches closer to 4th straight PH Cup title

Apr 04, 2018 - 9:32 PM

(UPDATED) The San Miguel Beermen have now won 3 straight contests after losing Game 1

ALL-FILIPINO KINGS. The San Miguel Beermen are a win away from their 4th straight Philippine Cup title. Photo by PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo makes history anew, bags record 6th BPC award

Apr 04, 2018 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) June Mar Fajardo collected 5 of his Best Player of the Conference awards in the Philippine Cup

LEAGUE OF HIS OWN. June Mar Fajardo cements himself in PBA history with his 6th Best Player of the Conference award. File photo


HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 PBA Finals Game 4 – Magnolia Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates on the game starting 7 pm on Wednesday, April 4, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo traded to TNT KaTropa for Mo Tautuaa, picks

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Batang Pier will also receive a 2020 first-round pick and a 2021 second-rounder for Terrence Romeo and Yousef Taha

SHIPPED. GlobalPort Batang Pier star Terrence Romeo is traded to the TNT KaTropa for Mo Tautuaa. Photo by PBA Images

San Miguel bench new puzzle to solve for Magnolia coach Victolero

Apr 02, 2018 - 7:52 PM

'Hindi kami titigil hangga't hindi kami nakakakita ng paraan paano manalo sa series na ito,' says Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero

BENCH WOES. Magnolia Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero has another problem with the emergence of San Miguel Beermen's bench unit in their best-of-7 Philippine Cup finals duel. File photo by PBA Images


San Miguel pulls away late, downs Magnolia for 2-1 lead in PH Cup finals

Apr 01, 2018 - 8:53 PM

(2ND UPDATE) The San Miguel Beermen move within two wins from winning their 4th straight Philippine Cup championship

HOT HAND. Marcio Lassiter fires a game-high 24 points to lead the San Miguel Beermen over the Magnolia Hotshots in Game 3 of the 2018 Philippine Cup finals. Photo by PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 PBA Finals Game 3 - Magnolia Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

Mar 31, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates from the game starting 6:30 pm on Sunday, April 1, at the Araneta Coliseum

Asi Taulava says 'lodi' Michael Miranda deserves success with NLEX

Mar 30, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The veteran Taulava says he expects a better showing from Michael Miranda in the Commissioner's Cup

EARNED IT. Asi Taulava (second to left) says Michael Miranda (middle) deserves the success he is enjoying now with the NLEX Road Warriors. Photo taken from Taulava's Instagram account @agelessasi88


Like life begins at 40, Rafi Reavis chases 11th PBA championship ring

Mar 30, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Rafi Reavis has been in the PBA for so long that Magnolia Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero is barely two years older than him

STILL STRONG. Age is just a number for the 40-year-old Rafi Reavis as he tries to help the Magnolia Hotshots win the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup championship. Photo by PBA Images


NLEX's abrupt PH Cup semis exit makes Kiefer Ravena 'hungrier'

Mar 29, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The rookie Ravena vows to be ready for the Commissioner's Cup, where they will be reinforced by former NBA player Arnett Moultrie

COMEBACK. Kiefer Ravena is hungry to bounce back next conference for the NLEX Road Warriors. File photo by PBA Images.


Magnolia should stop playing catch-up ball vs San Miguel, says Jalalon

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots fail to mount another come-from-behind win like they did in Game 1 as they surrender Game 2 after trailing by as much as 21 points

LETHARGIC STARTS. Jio Jalalon knows the Magnolia Hotshots can't play continuous games of catch-up basketball, especially against the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Cup finals. File photo by PBA Images


Santos shows he isn't backing down from anyone in Game 2 win

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:25 PM

'Kailangan ipakita mo rin na hindi ka masisindak ng kahit sino sa loob,' says Arwind Santos after Game 2 that saw him figure in a verbal tussle with Jio Jalalon

DOING WORK. Arwind Santos provides the offensive firepower and the emotional intensity the San Miguel Beermen needed to overcome the Magnolia Hotshots in Game 2 of the Philippine Cup finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


San Miguel avoids meltdown, tops Magnolia in Game 2

Mar 25, 2018 - 8:44 PM

(UPDATED) The San Miguel Beermen avenge their 103-105 Game 1 loss, which saw them squander a 20-point lead

HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 PBA Finals Game 2 – Magnolia Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

Mar 24, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates on the game starting 6:30 pm on Sunday, March 25, at the Mall of Asia Arena

Sangalang outduels Fajardo as Magnolia pulls off Game 1 stunner

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Ian Sangalang fires 14 points in the 4th quarter as the Magnolia Hotshots erase a 20-point deficit in the opener of Philippine Cup finals against San Miguel

Magnolia bags Game 1 of PH Cup finals with comeback win vs San Miguel

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:04 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The Magnolia Hotshots erase a 20-point deficit to draw first blood in the best-of-7 finals series for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup championship

COMEBACK. Ian Sangalang gets the last laugh over June Mar Fajardo with the Magnolia Hotshots beating the San Miguel Beermen in Game 1 of the Philippine Cup finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 PBA Finals Game 1 – Magnolia Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates from the game starting 7 pm on Friday, March 23, at the Araneta Coliseum

Fajardo wants payback vs Magnolia for past finals heartbreak: 'Pinaiyak nila ako'

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:28 PM

June Mar Fajardo says he cried and broke his old computer after San Miguel, then known as Petron, lost the 2013 Govs Cup title to Magnolia, formerly San Mig Coffee

Arwind Santos wants San Miguel to be known as PBA's best

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The San Miguel Beermen are gunning for PBA history as the only team to ever win 4 straight Philippine Cup titles

STAMPING THEIR MARK. Arwind Santos wants the San Miguel Beermen to be recognized as the PBA's best. File photo by PBA Images


[POLL] Beermen or Hotshots: Which team will win the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup title?

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Which team will win the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup title? Vote on Rappler's unofficial poll!

Return to PBA finals reduces Mark Barroca to tears

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:19 AM

'Naiyak nga ako kanina e. Pagka-buzzer, hawak ko 'yung bola,' says Mark Barroca, following Magnolia's Game 6 win over NLEX in their best-of-7 semis series

RETURN. Mark Barroca and the Magnolia Hotshots play in the finals for the first time since 2014. File photo by PBA Images


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

Alas-less NLEX loses another soldier as Quiñahan gets ejected in Game 6

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:26 PM

JR Quiñahan is slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2 for hitting Jio Jalalon's face during a fastbreak play

Torn ACL sidelines NLEX's Kevin Alas for 6 to 8 months

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Kevin Alas will be a mere spectator when the NLEX Road Warriors take on the Magnolia Hotshots for Game 6 in the semis

SIDELINED. Kevin Alas will be missing 6 to 8 months due to an ACL tear on his right knee. File photo by PBA Images

Injured Alas felt 'helpless' as NLEX teeters on brink of elimination

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Kevin Alas plays for only 40 seconds in NLEX's Game 5 loss to Magnolia after hurting his knee early in the first quarter

MISFORTUNE. Kevin Alas hurts his knee early in NLEX's Game 5 loss to Magnolia. Photo by PBA Images

Magnolia catches fire late to beat NLEX in Game 5 for 3-2 semis lead

Mar 18, 2018 - 8:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Magnolia Hotshots avenge their 79-91 Game 4 loss

ONE MORE WIN. The Magnolia Hotshots are a win away from reaching the Philippine Cup finals. Photo by PBA Images


Tim Cone blames no one but self for Ginebra's PH Cup semis exit

Mar 18, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The Barangay Ginebra head coach also says star center Greg Slaughter was close to coming back from his injury, but they failed to extend the series in time for his return

NOT POINTING FINGERS. Tim Cone takes the blame for Barangay Ginebra's semifinals exit in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. File photo by PBA Images


Hospitalized and all, Cabagnot proves clutch for San Miguel

Mar 18, 2018 - 8:50 AM

While playing through sickness may come as a surprise to other people, 35-year-old Alex Cabagnot says it was just 'exactly how we're built'

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's Game 4 romp vs Ginebra a 'boring game' for Ramon Fernandez

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:26 PM

'San Miguel wasn’t really playing well, it’s just that Ginebra just played really bad. They could play better than that,' says PBA great Ramon Fernandez

BORING. Ramon Fernandez is not moved to the edge of his seat after San Miguel's 102-81 Game 4 demolition over Ginebra. 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


PBA unveils logo for 2018 All-Star Week

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Out of the more than 100 entries in the PBA All-Star Sketch The Logo contest, only one prevails

WINNER. The PBA All-Star Week logo. Photo from PBA


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


PBA fines Arwind Santos P25,000 for Game 3 comments, flagrant foul

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'Kaya parang nahihirapan kami bantayan kasi lima lang 'yung kalaban, pero nagiging walo,' says Arwind Santos after San Miguel's Game 3 loss to Ginebra

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