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Cone, Austria, Victolero vie for PBA Coach of the Year

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:58 PM

All 3 coaches won a championship each during the league's 43rd season that made them in contention for the coveted Virgilio 'Baby' Dalupan trophy

BEST OF THE BEST. Chito Victolero, Leo Austria and Tim Cone (left to right) duke it out for the yearly award. Photos from Josh Albelda/Rappler (Austria and Cone) and PBA Images (Victolero)


WATCH: Sharon Cuneta ignores bashers as Magnolia muse in PBA

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The 'Megastar' returns to the PBA as muse for the first time in almost 3 decades

MEGASTAR. Sharon Cuneta provides glitz and glamor in the opening ceremonies of the PBA's 44th season. Photo from PBA Images


Alex Compton, Alaska fall short once more of grand prize

Dec 20, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The 44-year-old mentor has now lost 5 straight PBA finals, a new PBA record for successive championship defeats

MOVING FORWARD. Alex Compton tries to stick to the positive of having a better campaign this year compared to last season. Photo from PBA Images


3 years since PBA heartbreak, Romeo Travis basks in championship glory

Dec 20, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The 34-year-old completes his redemption campaign by leading Magnolia to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup title

REDEMPTION. Romeo Travis gets it done this time after getting swept in the finals in 2015. Photo from PBA Images


Chito Victolero gets Magnolia over the hump for first PBA title

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Groomed by experience in the last two years, the 43-year-old guides the Hotshots to their first championship since 2014

AT LAST. Chito Victolero clinches his first PBA title. Photo from PBA Images


Mark Barroca bags PBA Finals MVP

Dec 19, 2018 - 9:46 PM

The Hotshots end a four-year title drought thanks to the seven-year veteran's excellent work on both ends


Magnolia clobbers Alaska to snap 4-year PBA title drought

Dec 19, 2018 - 9:23 PM

The Hotshots finish off the Aces in 6 games to crown themselves the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup champions

DOMINANT. Magnolia closes out the title series against Alaska in blowout fashion. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 6

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots seek to close out the series, while the Alaska Aces ache to stay alive in Game 6 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday, December 19, at 7 pm


Chris Banchero fined by PBA for landing elbow on Ian Sangalang's face

Dec 17, 2018 - 2:18 PM

The Alaska guard joins Magnolia's Mark Barroca as the two players fined in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals

FINED. Chris Banchero's budget for the holidays has been slashed. Photo from PBA Images


Same spot, same result: Paul Lee breaks Alaska's heart all over again

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The newly crowned Best Player of the Conference hits a game-winner versus the Aces in the PBA finals again two years later

CRUNCHMAN. Paul Lee and Magnolia move on the cusp of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup title. Photo from PBA Images


Ian Sangalang finds perfect time for breakout game

Dec 15, 2018 - 11:26 AM

Only one win separates Magnolia from its first PBA title since 2014, thanks largely to the five-year big man's timely offensive eruption

TIMELY. Ian Sangalang carries the scoring cudgels for Magnolia after being relatively quiet in the past 4 finals game. Photo from PBA Images


Battered Travis hopes PBA title makes enduring pain all worth it

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The former Best Import plays through a busted glabella as Magnolia moves on the brink of winning the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup championship

INCHING CLOSER. Romeo Travis is one win away from his first PBA title. Photo from PBA Images


Lee hits game-winner as Magnolia moves on cusp of PBA title

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:37 PM

The Hotshots gain a 3-2 lead over Alaska in the best-of-seven finals affair

ONE WIN AWAY. Paul Lee proves clutch as Magnolia inches closer to its first championship since 2014. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 5

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:01 PM

The Hotshots and the Aces break a 2-all deadlock in the best-of-seven series at 7 pm on Friday, December 14


Barroca slapped hefty fine for low blow on Banchero

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Magnolia guard, though, evades suspension in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals after hitting the Alaska cog in the groin

NO SUSPENSIONS. Mark Barroca is set to play in Game 5 of the best-of-seven finals series. Photo from PBA Images


Barroca: Banchero punching incident just heat of moment

Dec 13, 2018 - 9:59 AM

The Magnolia guard hit the Alaska standout's groin with a closed fist during Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals

NO BAD BLOOD. Mark Barroca (right) says he and Chris Banchero are friends outside the court. Photo from PBA Images


Compton slams 'dirty basketball' as Banchero sustains low blow

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The outspoken mentor says he has a problem with Magnolia players getting away with punches in the PBA title series

LOW BLOW. Alaska's Chris Banchero (left) gets punched in the groin by Magnolia's Mark Barroca. Photo from PBA Images


Harris shows way as Alaska evens PBA finals vs Magnolia

Dec 12, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The Alaska Aces knot the best-of-seven series at 2-all after dropping the first two games

TAKING CHARGE. Mike Harris flexes his muscles as Alaska equalizes in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Paul Lee bags first PBA Best Player award

Dec 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Magnolia star emerges as the runaway winner of the coveted plum


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 4

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots seek to gain a 3-1 lead while the Alaska Aces look to equalize when they tangle in Game 4 at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 12


Magnolia's Chito Victolero says sorry for confronting Alaska's Mike Harris

Dec 11, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Hotshots import Romeo Travis twists his ankle after he steps on the foot of the Aces reinforcement while backpedaling

SORRY. Chito Victolero says Mike Harris is a 'good guy'. Photos from PBA Images


Fueled by 'trash talk,' Mike Harris brings Alaska back from the dead

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:18 AM

The Aces avoid falling to a 0-3 hole in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals thanks to the red-hot import

NOT YET OVER. Mike Harris gives Alaska a fighting chance in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Chito Victolero calls for consistent officiating after blowout loss

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:25 PM

This comes after Alaska coach Alex Compton said that Magnolia's Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon were not getting whistled for fouls as much as they should be

MANHANDLED. Chito Victolero and the Magnolia Hotshots fail to gain a commanding 3-0 lead in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Harris plays hero as Alaska blasts Magnolia in Game 3

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The Aces notch their first win in the best-of-seven PBA finals affair to shave the Hotshots' series lead to 1-2

FLEXING HIS MUSCLES. Mike Harris won't let Alaska go down 0-3 in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Hope not lost on Mike Harris even as Alaska trails 0-2

Dec 08, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Having won championships in multiple parts of the globe, the Best Import contender says the Aces only need to win one to change the series' complexion

NO WORRIES. Mike Harris says he's been in the same situation before. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 3

Dec 08, 2018 - 6:24 PM

The Hotshots shoot for a commanding 3-0 lead but the Aces look bent on trimming the series deficit in Game 3 on Sunday, December 9, at 6:30 pm


Compton calls out PBA officiating, says Magnolia guards 'foul a lot'

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:21 AM

The Alaska coach says the Hotshots backcourt duo of Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon are not whistled for fouls as much as they should be

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Alex Compton says Alaska needs to play better as it trails 0-2 in the 2018 Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Travis likes Magnolia's gritty Game 2 win over opening blowout

Dec 07, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The former Best Import highlighted the need to remain grounded and focused now that the Hotshots are up 2-0 in the best-of-seven finals affair against Alaska

TWO MORE. Romeo Travis is two wins away from his first PBA title. Photo from PBA Images


Magnolia noses out Alaska for 2-0 lead in PBA finals

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Jio Jalalon delivers again as the Hotshots move two wins away from the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup championship

LOCKING HORNS. Alaska's Mike Harris and Magnolia's Romeo Travis engage in another intense import matchup. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 2

Dec 06, 2018 - 6:22 PM

The Hotshots shoot for a 2-0 lead as the Aces try to avoid falling into a deeper hole in Game 2 at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, December 7


Vic Manuel expects Alaska fightback: 'Babawi kami'

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:44 AM

After getting whipped by the Magnolia Hotshots, the Alaska Aces vow to avoid another flat start in Game 2 of the best-of-seven PBA Finals

OFF GUARD. Vic Manuel admits Magnolia caught Alaska off guard in the series-opener of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. PBA Images


Jalalon pumped up by Barroca in masterful Game 1 showing

Dec 06, 2018 - 12:59 AM

The sophomore guard flirts with a triple-double to help propel Magnolia over Alaska in Game 1 of 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals

YOUNG RELIABLE. Now in his second finals appearance, Jio Jalalon says will always give it his best. Photo from PBA Images


Magnolia thwarts Alaska to draw first blood in PBA finals

Dec 05, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Romeo Travis and Mark Barroca conspire as the Hotshots take Game 1 of the best-of-seven affair

FORMIDABLE DEFENSE. Magnolia clamps down on Alaska import Mike Harris to take Game 1. PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 1

Dec 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots and the Alaska Aces joust for the PBA Governors' Cup championship starting on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm


Close to PBA title, Romeo Travis couldn't care less about Best Import

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The Magnolia reinforcement says the PBA Best Import plum he won with Alaska in 2015 didn't provide any consolation when the Aces got swept by San Miguel in the finals

ONLY GOAL. Romeo Travis wants nothing but a PBA championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Ex-teammates Compton, Victolero vie for first PBA title as coaches

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:57 PM

The two mentors formed a formidable backcourt pair for the Manila Metrostars in the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association 20 years ago

FIRST. Alaska's Alex Compton (left) and Magnolia's Chito Victolero will need to outsmart each other to win their first championship as head coach. Photo from PBA Images


LeBron sends shoutout to Romeo Travis: 'Keep going, Lucky Lefty'

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The Magnolia import's 50-point explosion comes days after his buddy and Lakers superstar LeBron James barged into the Top 5 of the NBA's all-time scoring list

GAME RESPECT GAME. LeBron James and Romeo Travis go way back in high school. File photos from Los Angeles Lakers Facebook account (James) and PBA Images (Travis)


A day to remember for Romeo Travis

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:58 AM

The American import notches a personal career-high on an injured hamstring to lead Magnolia to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals

NEAR PROMISED LAND. Romeo Travis helps Magnolia reach the Governors' Cup finals for the first time since 2014. Photo from PBA Images

Ben Mbala almost played for Magnolia vs Ginebra

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The former two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player could have played as import for the Hotshots if the Gin Kings forced Game 5 in their semifinals series

BACKUP. Ben Mbala (left) served as an emergency import replacement for Romeo Travis for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from Josh Albelda/Rappler (Mbala) and PBA Images (Travis)


Travis hits 50 as Magnolia dethrones Ginebra to reach finals

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The Hotshots finish the Gin Kings in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals duel for their second finals appearance this season

SCORING MACHINE. Romeo Travis hits the half century mark to lift Magnolia to the Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Ginebra stays alive with gutsy Game 3 win over Magnolia

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio deliver awe-inspiring performances as the Gin Kings finally tally a victory in the best-of-five series

Romeo Travis channels LeBron James as Magnolia edges Ginebra

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The Hotshots import says he may have 'jinxed' himself after watching his pal and Lakers star miss crucial free throws before coming up clutch in the end

SAME SEQUENCE. Close pals LeBron James (left) and Romeo Travis both miss crucial free throws in their respective games but make up for them to lead their teams to victory. File photos from Los Angeles Lakers Facebook account (James) and PBA Images (Travis)


Magnolia escapes Ginebra for 2-0 lead in semis

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:37 PM

The Hotshots move one win from securing a finals berth and denying the Gin Kings a third straight title in the Governors' Cup

RELIABLE. Romeo Travis delivers a double-double as Magnolia moves one win closer from a finals appearance in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Paul Lee downplays Magnolia's rare Clasico win over Ginebra

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'You beat him once, he's gonna beat you twice. We need to be ready,' Paul Lee says of Ginebra coach Tim Cone

UPPER HAND. Paul Lee and Magnolia get the better of Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra this time. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia draws first blood vs Ginebra in Clasico semis

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:54 PM

Romeo Travis and Paul Lee take charge as the Hotshots take a 1-0 semis lead over the Gin Kings

Magnolia edges Blackwater, advances to the semis

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots eliminate Blackwater Elite in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals

TO THE SEMIS. Magnolia eliminates Blackwater from the quarterfinals and advances to the 2018 PBA Governor's Cup semis. Photo courtesy of the PBA media group

Ginebra reasserts mastery over Magnolia in Manila Clasico

Oct 28, 2018 - 9:28 PM

The Gin Kings topple the Hotshots for the seventh straight elimination round game to secure a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals

TAKING CHARGE. Justin Brownlee delivers in crunchtime as Ginebra secures a seat in the Top 4. Photo from PBA Images


Magnolia claims solo No. 1, twice-to-beat edge

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:03 PM

The Hotshots thwart the TNT KaTropa behind Ian Sangalang's 28-point game

SCORING MACHINE. Ian Sangalang topscores for Magnolia, which became the first team to secure a twice-to-beat incentive in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoffs. Photo from PBA Images


Meralco stuns No. 1 Magnolia for 2nd straight win

Oct 19, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Bolts bank on a balanced scoring attack with 5 players breaching double figures as it won back-to-back games for the first time

STAYING ALIVE. Baser Amer continues to fill up the stats sheet as Meralco remains alive in the playoff race. Photo from PBA Images


Nothing but 'fun' for Travis in first game vs ex-team Alaska

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The former Best Import says he had no worry getting hurt knowing he has a good relationship with his former teammates

STEADY FORCE. Romeo Travis leads the Magnolia Hotshots to their fifth straight win and the top spot. Photo from PBA Images