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After repeating as Govs’ Cup champs, Brownlee wants to remain a Gin King

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:03 PM

After winning two championships with Ginebra, the journeyman import has carved his niche in franchise lore

HOME TEAM. Justin Brownlee bounced around different leagues before finding his home with Barangay Ginebra. Photo by PBA Images

IN PHOTOS: Barangay Ginebra celebrates second straight Governors' Cup championship

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:16 PM

Ginebra finishes off the resilient Meralco Bolts in 7 games to win the season-ending conference championship

Photo from PBA Images

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

Rival coaches Cone, Black show mutual respect as Game 7 looms

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Norman Black says that he and Tim Cone have always been 'friendly rivals'

FRIENDLY RIVALRY. Tim Cone admits he tried to emulate Norman Black when he first began coaching in the league, while Black showed respect by saying Cones is 'the winningest coach for a reason.' File photos

Meralco trips Ginebra to force do-or-die Game 7 in Govs' Cup finals

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:10 PM

The Meralco Bolts extend the series to a do-or-die Game 7

GAME 7. The Meralco Bolts forced a winner-take-all Game 7 against Barangay Ginebra. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tenorio played 40 minutes with a hurt elbow in Game 5 win: ‘This is the championship’

Oct 22, 2017 - 10:47 PM

LA Tenorio continues to play while hurt, saying he can rest and recover once the finals are over

NEVER SAY DIE. LA Tenorio bounced back from a scoreless Game 4 with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in a Game 5 win. Photo by PBA Images

Jared Dillinger brushes off scoring woes as Meralco ties series

Oct 21, 2017 - 5:33 PM

Dillinger may be averaging just 5.5 points a game, but he's also turning in 4.5 rebounds, 2.75 assists and 1.5 steals per outing through 4 games

EVEN SERIES. Meralco's Jared Dillinger has struggled to score in the Governors' Cup Finals, but he's alright with that as long as Meralco keeps winning. Photo by PBA Images

Black to Cone after Game 3 exchange: 'I don't need any help coaching mine'

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Norman Black says he wants Tim Cone to stick to his team and let him do his own coaching

COACH CLASH. 'I’ve never in my life made any effort to tell him how to coach his team so I don’t need any help coaching mine,' says Meralco coach Norman Black. Photo by PBA Images

Meralco finds unlikely Game 3 hero in 38-year-old Reynel Hugnatan

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

With Meralco's backs against the wall, it was Hugnatan who stepped up with 22 points to keep the Bolts alive

STEPPING UP. When Ranidel de Ocampo went down with an injury early on, Reynel Hugnatan stepped up in a big way for the Meralco Bolts. Photo by PBA Images

Jared Dillinger continues to struggle as Meralco Bolts trail 0-2

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

After his magnificent showing in the semifinals, Dillinger's numbers have plunged through two games in the finals. Larger Ginebra defenders are the reason why.

SHORT CIRCUITED. Being guarded by larger men like Japeth Aguilar and Justin Brownlee has worn down Jared Dillinger through two games, leading to a big dip in productivity. Photo by PBA Images

Ginebra takes 2-0 lead over Meralco in Govs' Cup finals

Oct 15, 2017 - 9:13 PM

Ginebra strengthens its position in the Governors' Cup finals, burying Meralco in a 2-0 hole in the season-ending conference

COMMANDING LEAD. Barangay Ginebra moved another game closer to repeating as Governors' Cup champions. Photo by PBA Images

Slaughter earns first BPC award, Durham repeats as Best Import

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Greg Slaughter wins the first Best Player of the Conference award of his 4-year career

BIG MAN. Ginebra's Greg Slaughter clinched the Best Player award, accumulating over 300 stat points more than the runner-up Chris Newsome. Photo by PBA Images

Ginebra blows out Meralco to take Game 1 of Govs' Cup Finals

Oct 13, 2017 - 10:07 PM

Justin Brownlee leads the way for Ginebra, turning in 32 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists

STRONG START. Barangay Ginebra made a strong statement to open the series, blowing out the Meralco Bolts. Photo by PBA Images

Ginebra holds off Rice-less TNT to advance to Govs Cup finals

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Ginebra will face Meralco in a rematch of the 2016 Governors' Cup finals

BACK TO THE FINALS. Justin Brownlee dropped a career-high 46 points to lead Ginebra back to the finals. Photo by PBA Images

Ginebra takes semis lead with Game 3 win over TNT

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Ginebra survives a series of late lapses to take a 2-1 series lead

SERIES LEAD. Ginebra now has a chance to close the series in Game 4 after holding on to a 106-103 victory. Photo by PBA Images

Meralco Bolts complete sweep of Star Hotshots, advance to Govs Cup finals

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:17 PM

Star comes back from down 10 in the second half before Meralco puts the finishing touches on the series in overtime

ON TO THE FINALS. It took an extra period but the Meralco Bolts finished off the Star Hotshots and advance to the finals. Photo by PBA Images

Glen Rice Jr foul trouble ‘backfired’ against Ginebra, says TNT coach Racela

Oct 05, 2017 - 6:20 AM

When Glen Rice Jr sat through the third quarter with foul trouble, TNT's locals picked up the slack

FOUL TROUBLE. Glen Rice Jr picked up 4 fouls in the first half, and came off the bench in the fourth quarter feeling fresh. Photo by PBA Images

Despite nipping Star in semis opener, Dillinger ‘tired of coming back from behind’

Oct 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Meralco Bolts have shown grit, but Jared Dillinger hopes the team can start winning games without needing a dramatic final quarter comeback

RESILIENCE. Jared Dillinger and the Bolts have overcome deficits to win their last 3 games, but Dillinger is hoping Meralco get get a "normal win for once." Photo by PBA Images

Meralco draws first blood in semis series against Star

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:13 PM

Allen Durham scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the final period on top of 23 rebounds and 4 assists while Jared Dillinger chalked up 15 points

DEFENSE. Meralco lived up to its billing as the best defensive team in the league, winning a low-scoring Game 1 over Star. Photo by PBA Images

TNT eliminates Rain or Shine, books semis series with Ginebra

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:24 PM

Glen Rice Jr scored a putback off a Jayson Castro miss to give TNT the lead for good with 10.2 left in the game

ON TO THE SEMIS. Jayson Castro scored 20 and dished out 12 assists on top of 6 boards as TNT survives a close one against Rain or Shine. Photo by PBA Images

RDO earns Meralco coach Black's praise after superb defense on Blackwater import

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Ranidel de Ocampo kept Walker scoreless in the first 11 minutes of the third quarter before limiting him to just two points in the final period

BIG TIME PERFORMANCE. Ranidel de Ocampo chose the best time to play his best game in a Bolts uniform, limiting Henry Walker's production in a Meralco Bolts win. Photo by PBA Images

Meralco keeps title bid alive with bounce back win over Blackwater

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The Meralco Bolts will face the Star Hotshots in the semifinals

SPARKED. Baser Amer contributed 31 points as Meralco books a semifinals showdown with the Star Hotshots. Photo by PBA Images

TNT coach Racela after loss: 'You can't just depend on one guy'

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:00 AM

TNT coach Nash Racela admits the team lacked energy and their ‘body language wasn’t that good’ as Rain or Shine forces a do-or-die showdown.

TEAM GAME. Glen Rice Jr contributed 19 points against Rain or Shine, down from his 34-point average over the previous 4 games. Photo by PBA Images

San Miguel's hunt for grand slam ends with loss to Ginebra

Sep 27, 2017 - 9:43 PM

Ginebra will next face the winner between TNT and Rain or Shine in the semifinals.

ON TO THE SEMIS. 'Nobody saw that one coming. We just played great from start to finish,' says Ginebra coach Tim Cone of their blowout win over San Miguel Beer. Photo by PBA Images

Meralco Bolts down San Miguel to clinch Govs' Cup top spot

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:34 PM

Meralco overturns a 16-point deficit to finish the eliminations at 9-3

BOLTED. The Meralco Bolts stamped themselves as the top seed heading into the quarterfinals. Photo by PBA Images

Star pushes NLEX out of top 4 race

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The Star Hotshots overcome an early 15-point deficit to close out the elimination round with a victory.

STAR PERFORMANCE. Five players from Star scored in double figures, including Paul Lee with 15 points. Photo by PBA Images

TNT KaTropa dominates Ginebra to secure twice-to-beat

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The TNT Katropa secured their spot in the top 4 and surged to their fourth straight win after toppling the top seed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

TWICE TO BEAT. Jayson Castro showed why he is one of the best guards in the league by dropping 28 points and 7 assists. Photo by PBA Images

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters manhandle Blackwater Elite

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Rain or Shine gets the win but falls short of a top 4 spot after TNT defeated Ginebra.

PAINT JOB. Gabe Norwood added 15 points in the win over Blackwater. Photo by PBA Images

Durham drops triple-double to power Meralco over Globalport

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Globalport trims a big deficit to single digits but can't topple the Meralco Bolts

BIG STATS. Allen Durham dropped 22 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists in the win. Photo by PBA Images

After reaching 5K point club, Pingris jokes: 'Aabot ng 10,000 ‘yan'

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Marc Pingris admits he isn't playing at 100 percent after coming back from a hip injury.

HOTSHOT. Marc Pingris entered the 5,000-point club with his 12-point, 9-rebound, 4-assist outing. Photo by PBA Images

Star demolishes Kia by 47 as Pingris joins 5,000-point club

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Kia ends its conference with a 0-11 record.

HOTSHOTS. Star shot a scintillating 60 percent from the field and outrebounded Kia by 21 boards. Photo by PBA Images

San Miguel Beer avoids upset against Kia, secures quarterfinals spot

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:05 PM

June Mar Fajardo scores 41 points and grabs 17 rebounds in the 118-112 win

MAIN MAN. San Miguel banked on June Mar Fajardo, who dropped 20 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter alone. Photo by PBA Images

IN PHOTOS: San Miguel celebrates Governors' Cup championship

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:02 PM

June Mar Fajardo Arizona Reid and the San Miguel Beermen celebrate their Governors Cup championship after sweeping the Alaska Aces

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Abueva benched due to injured thumb

Jul 13, 2015 - 3:00 PM

I’m not going to force a guy who’s injured He can’t hold the ball ” Alaska coach Alex Compton bares reason for Calvin Abueva s absence in Game 2 endgame

INJURED THUMB. Calvin Abueva played limited minutes in Game 2 of the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals with an injured right thumb. Photo from PBA Images

Compton on Finals rematch: ‘We need to be aggressive’

Jul 09, 2015 - 12:25 AM

We re coming at them Our head down we re gonna take some shots throw some shots we re coming at ‘em says Alaska coach Alex Compton

'WE'RE COMING AT 'EM.' Alaska coach Alex Compton sees an evenly matched Finals against old foes San Miguel in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo from PBA Images

NLEX import Alexander proves worth, avoids ax

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:58 PM

Faced with the possibility of being sent home Kwame Alexander finished with 28 points 11 rebounds and two blocks as NLEX snapped a two game losing skid

SAFE FOR NOW. NLEX import Kwame Alexander (right) keeps his job for now after a dominant performance that helped the Road Warriors defeat the Aces. Photo from PBA Images

Talk ’N Text leans on De Ocampo to escape Alaska

May 18, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Ranidel de Ocampo hits crucial shots in the end to deal Alaska its first loss of the 2015 PBA Governors Cup

Larry Fonacier contributed 12 points as Talk 'N Text squeaked past Alaska. Photo from PBA Images

Johnson explodes again as Ginebra clinches first win

May 14, 2015 - 12:21 AM

Orlando Johnson stays hot in his third Ginebra game with 47 points

POWERHOUSE. Orlando Johnson is proving to be the powerhouse for Barangay Ginebra with his third straight near-50 point game. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Romeo boosts Globalport in Jarencio’s first game back as coach

May 06, 2015 - 12:14 AM

Globalport starts off the 2015 PBA Governors Cup strong with dominant win over Meralco

SIZZLING START. Terrence Romeo propels Globalport to first Governors' Cup win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Aces roll past Elite for easy Govs Cup opening win

May 05, 2015 - 11:24 PM

Alaska opens the second half with a massive 20 4 run and wrests control of the contest for good

HIGH NOTE. American import Romeo Travis opened up his PBA stint with a double-double performance to help Alaska to its first win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Santos vows Beermen to whip out ‘bazookas,’ ‘canyons’ for Govs Cup

Apr 01, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Arwind Santos wants nothing more than for the Beermen to remember the pain of a setback and come back guns ablaze

BAZOOKAS AND CANYONS. Arwind Santos swears the Beermen will not settle for anything less than bazookas and canyons when they return in the Governors' Cup after a disappointing Commissioner's Cup. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA to play two Govs Cup games in Dubai

Feb 27, 2015 - 8:09 PM

The two games will feature Barangay Ginebra San Miguel the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Globalport Batang Pier

Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Meralco lands ‘built for PBA’ import for Govs Cup

Feb 18, 2015 - 6:45 AM

The Bolts signed veteran and newly crowned NBA D League All Star Game MVP Andre Emmett

Andre Emmett will be Meralco's import for the season-ending Governors' Cup. Photo from

San Mig's grand slam victory is destiny fullfilled

Jul 13, 2014 - 6:45 AM

Unlike previous grand slams this one by San Mig Coffee was not a dominant run It was hard earned fighting thru numerous do or die battles

GRAND SLAM COACH. Winning a Grand Slam deserves a water bath. Here coach Tim Cone gets some love from his players after winning the championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: San Mig Coffee's historic Grand Slam

Jul 10, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Relive the glorious end to the PBA s 39th season through these photos

GRAND SLAM COACH. Winning a Grand Slam deserves a water bath. Here coach Tim Cone gets some love from his players after winning the championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fajardo wins PBA MVP, lives an unexpected dream

Jul 05, 2014 - 10:07 PM

June Mar Fajardo never expected to be great at basketball He was never even fully acquainted with the sport as a kid But now he s the PBA s Most Valuable Player

MVP. 2014 PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo gives a speech after receiving his award. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Commissioner Salud says draft lottery was an 'honest draw'

Jul 04, 2014 - 3:50 PM

It may have appeared unrefined but it was an honest draw

HONEST DRAW. PBA Commissioner Chito Salud apologizes for the 'crude' draft lottery but insists it's an honest process. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

James Yap delivers as San Mig Coffee snatches away Game 1

Jul 01, 2014 - 11:40 PM

Trusted veteran James Yap delivered the final blow to put away the Painters in the last minute of Game 1

BIG GAME ONCE AGAIN. James Yap comes through for San Mig Coffee once again with two big shot to put away Rain or Shine in Game 1 of the Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

JVee Casio anxious to come back in Game 5 after costly slip

Jun 27, 2014 - 6:31 PM

It s one game It s a do or die for us We re looking forward to Saturday s game All or nothing

JVee Casio (R) attempts to steal the ball from Paul Lee (L). Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Talk 'N Text fights to stay alive in semis Game 3

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:11 PM

I have complete faith in the guys in that locker room to get out and get it done says Jimmy Alapag

KAYA KO YAN. Jimmy Alapag, seen driving to the basket in game 2 against San Mig Coffee's Justin Melton, feels good about their chances of making the finals. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images