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Christmas eyes PBA comeback after winless stint with Magnolia

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Rakeem Christmas sees action for Magnolia in just 3 games at the Commissioner's Cup, all of which ended in a loss

HIATUS. Rakeem Christmas admits not playing organized basketball for more than a year affected his game. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra blows out Magnolia to punch semis ticket

Jul 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

A blistering third-quarter surge is what the Gin Kings needed to sweep the best-of-three series and exact revenge on the Hotshots

TOUGH LUCK. Rakeem Christmas ends his PBA campaign winless in 3 games. Photo from PBA Images

Brownlee wary of Magnolia fightback as Ginebra takes Game 1

Jul 20, 2019 - 11:11 PM

As history suggests, Magnolia can be extremely dangerous coming off a defeat, especially when Ginebra is on the other side

CLASICO SHOWDOWN. Justin Brownlee knows it will not be easy for Barangay Ginebra to close out Magnolia in their best-of-three quarterfinals duel. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia limits Brownlee, but Ginebra pulls through in Game 1

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Gin Kings take the opener of the best-of-three quarterfinals series by keeping the Hotshots scoreless in the last two minutes

MAIDEN. Stanley Pringle earns his first playoff win as a member of Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

Christmas putting quiet PBA debut behind as Ginebra awaits in playoffs

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Rakeem Christmas will have his hands full in his next PBA game as he faces reigning Best Import Justin Brownlee and defending champion Barangay Ginebra

ADJUSTMENT PERIOD. Rakeem Christmas will have to fast-track his adjustment to the Magnolia system entering the quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images

TNT seals No. 1 spot, deals new-look Magnolia 4th straight loss

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Best Import award frontrunner Terrence Jones delivers a near triple-double performance to catapult the KaTropa to their eighth straight victory

RUNNING HOT. Terrence Jones and TNT extend their winning streak. Photo from PBA Images

Rain or Shine boosts playoff bid with escape over Magnolia

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The Elasto Painters pick up their second straight win, while the Hotshots absorb their third straight loss

WINNING DEBUT. Carl Montgomery debuts for Rain or Shine as a replacement for Denzel Bowles. Photo from PBA Images

Brownlee waxes hot as Ginebra frustrates Magnolia in Manila Clasico

Jul 07, 2019 - 9:39 PM

Justin Brownlee resets his career-high in points as Barangay Ginebra bucks a lethargic start to punch its playoff ticket

STAN THE MAN. Stanley Pringle and Barangay Ginebra turn back Magnolia with a fiery second-half showing. Photo from PBA Images

Blackwater through to playoffs after OT win over Magnolia

Jul 05, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The Elite stop a two-game slide and prevent the Hotshots from extending their winning run to 6 games

BACK ON TRACK. Ray Parks and Blackwater return to the winning column. Photo from PBA Images

Barroca dazzles in Zamboanga as streaking Magnolia blasts Meralco

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Mark Barroca fires a team-high in points to help the Hotshots earn their fifth straight win in dominant fashion

TOWN PRIDE. Mark Barroca gives a basketball treat to his townsmen in Zamboanga City. Photo from PBA Images

Streaking Magnolia punishes San Miguel with 36-point romp

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:00 PM

James Farr, Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca show the way as the Hotshots earn their fourth straight win

KEY COG. James Farr continues to prove he is a perfect fit for Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

Out for 16 months, Pingris emotional in PBA return

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Marc Pingris admits there were times he wanted to give up during his road to recovery from a combination of ACL and MCL injuries

LONG LAYOFF. Marc Pingris sees action in his first PBA game since March last year. Photo from PBA Images

Pingris returns as Magnolia escapes Phoenix to extend winning streak

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:31 PM

Paul Lee and import James Farr rise to the occasion to give the Hotshots their third straight win

FIERY. Paul Lee and Magnolia maintain their hot streak after starting the conference on the wrong foot. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia wins back-to-back as Columbian crashes anew

Jun 16, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The trio of Ian Sangalang, James Farr, and Paul Lee combine for 65 points to power the Magnolia Hotshots to a winning streak

LETHAL WEAPON. Paul Lee comes off the bench and delivers on the offensive end. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia cracks winning column against struggling NLEX

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Jericho Cruz debuts as Yeng Guiao returns for the Road Warriors, but the Hotshots still prevail

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. James Farr frolicks in the paint for Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

Victolero vows Magnolia will 'get better' after winless start

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Magnolia absorbs its second straight loss in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup as its comeback effort falls short against NorthPort

ELUSIVE WIN. New import James Farr seeks to give Magnolia its first win in the mid-season tournament. Photo from PBA Images

NorthPort claims piece of lead with escape over winless Magnolia

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Batang Pier puff enough gas in the endgame to clinch their fifth win in 6 games

CLUTCH. Sean Anthony delivers down the stretch as NorthPort wins again. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia import injured, reveals Victolero

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:05 PM

John Fields plays through injury as the Hotshots absorb a 23-point loss in their 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup debut

GETTING BACK TO FORM. John Fields' status for next game will be decided by how fit he is, says Chito Victolero. Photo from PBA Images

Manuel returns as Alaska spoils Magnolia debut

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The Aces bank on 4 players breaching double figures to improve to 3-2

OUTSIDE THREAT. Chris Daniels shoots the lights out from deep. Photo from PBA Images

Reavis after Magnolia falls short of crown: 'Calls didn't go our way'

May 17, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The 41-year-old veteran says the referees – not just the players – should bring their A game and a 'sorry' no longer matters when the score is settled

ALAS. Rafi Reavis could have won his 12th PBA championship. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel claims piece of history with 5th straight PH Cup title

May 15, 2019 - 10:07 PM

San Miguel storms back from 17 points down and survives Magnolia by a point in the Game 7 thriller

HISTORIC. San Miguel becomes the only PBA team to win the All-Filipino crown for 5 straight seasons. Photo from PBA's Facebook page

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia - PBA PH Cup Finals 2019 Game 7

May 14, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Everything's on the line as the Beermen and the Hotshots vie for the title in a winner-take-all match on Wednesday, May 15

San Miguel drags Magnolia to Game 7 in PH Cup finals

May 12, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Seeking to become the first team in PBA history to win 5 straight All-Filipino crowns, the Beermen find a way through the Hotshots' stifling defense in Game 6

EXTENDED. San Miguel starts and finishes strong to force a do-or-die Game 7 against Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia - PBA PH Cup Finals 2019 Game 6

May 11, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Magnolia goes for the All-Filipino crown while San Miguel aims to force a winner-take-all match as they clash in Game 6 on Sunday, May 12

PBA to take legal action against 'Spider-Man'

May 11, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Unjust vexation and alarm and scandal are the cases that await the man who disrupted Game 5 of the 2019 Philippine Cup finals

CHARGES AHEAD. The man dressed as Spider-Man who stormed the court at the Araneta Coliseum is currently detained in jail. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

'Spider-Man' who disrupted PBA finals brought to jail

May 10, 2019 - 10:27 PM

(UPDATED) The man identified as Paolo Felizarta storms the court and accidentally hurts San Miguel star center June Mar Fajardo

APPREHENDED. 'Spider-Man' is caught by security personnel at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Barroca buzzer-beater puts Magnolia on cusp of PH Cup title

May 10, 2019 - 9:59 PM

A man in a Spider-Man costume disrupts Game 5 but the Magnolia Hotshots keep their focus to escape the San Miguel Beermen

INCHING CLOSER. Magnolia moves one win away from the 2019 Philippine Cup championship. Photo from PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia - PBA PH Cup Finals 2019 Game 5

May 09, 2019 - 7:06 PM

San Miguel and Magnolia battle for the series lead as they clash in the crucial Game 5 on Friday, May 10

Near-perfect game for Fajardo as San Miguel knots finals series vs Magnolia

May 08, 2019 - 9:27 PM

On the night he was crowned Best Player of the Conference, the reigning five-time MVP proves to be a cut above the rest

THE KRAKEN. June Mar Fajardo bounces back big to help San Miguel tie Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia - PBA PH Cup Finals 2019 Game 4

May 07, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The Hotshots seek to gain a commanding 3-1 lead while the Beermen eye to equalize the series when they tangle on Wednesday, May 8

Reavis experience key vs Fajardo in PBA finals

May 06, 2019 - 12:32 AM

Magnolia gains a 2-1 series lead over San Miguel with its 41-year-old veteran doing work on both ends of the floor

OLD BUT GOLD. Rafi Reavis helps contain June Mar Fajardo as Magnolia takes Game 3 against San Miguel. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia clamps down on San Miguel for 2-1 finals lead

May 05, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Mark Barroca, Ian Sangalang, and Rafi Reavis show the way as the Hotshots regain the upper hand in the best-of-seven Philippine Cup finals affair

STOPPER. Rafi Reavis plays a key role in limiting June Mar Fajardo as Magnolia turns back San Miguel in Game 3. Photo from PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia - PBA PH Cup Finals 2019 Game 3

May 04, 2019 - 8:25 PM

San Miguel and Magnolia break the deadlock in Game 3 of the best-of-seven title series on Sunday, May 5

San Miguel exacts revenge on Magnolia to knot title series

May 03, 2019 - 9:27 PM

The Beermen level the best-of-seven affair at 1-1 with 7 players finishing in twin digits

BOUNCE BACK. Marcio Lassiter finds his shooting touch after going scoreless in Game 1. Photo from PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia - PBA PH Cup Finals 2019 Game 2

May 02, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Magnolia looks to reassert its mastery as San Miguel seeks to level the best-of-seven series in Game 2 on Friday, May 3

Déjà vu? Sangalang says PH Cup finals a different story from last year

May 02, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Magnolia does not want history to repeat itself as it draws first blood against San Miguel

ON THEIR TOES. Ian Sangalang and Magnolia expects a fightback from San Miguel. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia stuns Fajardo, San Miguel in finals opener

May 01, 2019 - 10:06 PM

The Hotshots bank on a balanced attack to draw first blood against the Beermen

SPOILER. Magnolia puts to waste June Mar Fajardo's huge double-double effort for San Miguel. Photo from PBA Images

No 'bigayan' for sister teams San Miguel, Magnolia in PBA finals

May 01, 2019 - 8:45 AM

The Beermen and the Hotshots assure that neither team will give an inch for the Philippine Cup title

TOOTH AND NAIL. Expect a dogfight between San Miguel and Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

LIVE UPDATES: San Miguel vs Magnolia - PBA PH Cup Finals 2019 Game 1

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Beermen and the Hotshots look to draw first blood in Game 1 on Wednesday, May 1

Age just a number for 41-year-old Reavis

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:53 AM

The 17-year veteran plays a major role as Magnolia edges Rain or Shine in a do-or-die Game 7 to reach the Philippine Cup finals for the second straight year

RACKING IT UP. Rafi Reavis guns for his 12th PBA championship after helping Magnolia reach the finals anew. Photo from PBA Images

Caloy Garcia feels Rome dela Rosa Game 7 shot 'shouldn't have counted'

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Magnolia scrapes past Rain or Shine in a do-or-die Game 7 to set up a finals rematch against San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup

KEY COG. Rome dela Rosa plays a key role in Magnolia's return to the Philippine Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia reaches finals at Rain or Shine's expense in gritty Game 7

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots arrange a finals rematch in the PBA Philippine Cup and deny the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters their first finals trip since 2016

DENIED. James Yap falls prey to his former team Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

Nambatac, Yap star as Rain or Shine drags Magnolia to Game 7

Apr 26, 2019 - 9:29 PM

The Elasto Painters stop the Hotshots' three-game winning streak to send their semifinals series to a winner-take-all

DO-OR-DIE. Game 7 it is for Rain or Shine and Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

Nothing to celebrate for Barroca, Magnolia just yet

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:46 PM

The Hotshots remain on their toes even after moving on the cusp of a return trip to the Philippine Cup finals

ONE MORE. Mark Barroca and Magnolia are one win away from their second straight appearance in the Philippine Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia a win away from finals with big Game 5 win vs Rain or Shine

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The Hotshots tally their third straight win after dropping the first two games of the best-of-seven series

INCHING CLOSER. Magnolia takes the series lead over Rain or Shine for the first time. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia arrests meltdown to escape Rain or Shine in Game 4

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The Hotshots knot the best-of-seven semifinals affair at 2-all after nearly squandering a 21-point lead

ALL TIED UP. Magnolia and Rain or Shine are now tied in the best-of-seven semifinals series. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia savior Sangalang gets big boost from Pingris

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:52 PM

The fleet-footed slotman singlehandedly outscores Rain or Shine in the final frame as Magnolia escapes falling to a 0-3 hole in the semifinals series

TAKEOVER. Ian Sangalang plays hero as Magnolia avoids teetering on the brink of elimination. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia escapes brink with gritty Game 3 win vs Rain or Shine

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The Hotshots keep the Elasto Painters scoreless in the final 4 minutes to avoid a 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven semifinals duel

NO SWEEP. Jio Jalalon and Magnolia finally win one against Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

Painters' hot shooting downs Hotshots for 2-0 semis lead

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Rain or Shine steals Magnolia's Hotshots moniker for the night as the Elasto Painters sizzle with 16 three-pointers

Photo from PBA Images

'Batang NCAA' rookie Javee Mocon shows off in ROS Game 1 win

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The former San Beda standout says the level of physicality in his first PBA playoffs is nothing new to him

MORE TO SHOW. Despite topscoring for Rain or Shine in the semis opener, Javee Mocon says he still has a lot to learn. Photo from PBA Images