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PBA launches app to usher in 42nd season

Nov 14, 2016 - 4:36 PM

The app is already available for free download on Apple s App Store and Android s Google Play

PBA APP. The PBA launches its own mobile app. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ginebra reaches summit, and they're on to the next one

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:26 AM

This may not be the last time Ginebra will experience the championship joy ride After all coach Tim Cone is not in the business of simply ending a title drought

LOOK AT THE STARS. Fans pull out cellphones and flashlights just like a concert during the final play of Game 6 of the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Meet some of Ginebra's most loyal fans

Oct 24, 2016 - 6:32 PM

Get to know Mark Caguioa s lookalike and the decades long fan who proudly rocks a Robert Jaworski tattoo

LOYAL. Get to know loyal Barangay Ginebra fans Edna Robles (L) and Alvin Corpuz (R). Photos by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Austria is Coach of the Year, PBA stars feted at Press Corps Awards Night

Oct 23, 2016 - 9:41 AM

It s Austria s second straight Coach of the Year plum and it comes on the year the late great coach Baby Dalupan for which the award is named passed away

BACK-TO-BACK. Leo Austria wins his second straight Coach of the Year award at the 2016 PBA Press Corps Awards Night. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ginebra beats Meralco and rises to the top

Oct 20, 2016 - 1:02 PM

Check out photos from Barangay Ginebra s sweet victory

BROTHERHOOD. Sol Mercado, Jayjay Helterbrand, and Mark Caguioa share a moment at the podium. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ginebra's Mark Caguioa gets last laugh: 'Sino'ng kangkong ngayon?'

Oct 20, 2016 - 12:59 AM

The 36 year old veteran could not help but comment on the kangkong tag that s been associated with the Gin Kings for the last 8 years

KANGKONG NO MORE. Mark Caguioa (R) savors his championship moment with Jayjay Helterbrand (C) and Sol Mercado (L). Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Justin Brownlee hits 3-pointer to clinch championship for Ginebra

Oct 19, 2016 - 10:50 PM

With thousands of fans all on their feet inside the Big Dome Ginebra wins its 9th championship in franchise history

CHAMPIONSHIP 3-POINTER. Justin Brownlee saves the day for Barangay Ginebra. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Living Legend' Jaworski comes out to support Ginebra in Game 6

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:50 PM

The 70 year old Jaworski shows support to his old team as it tries to end an 8 year title drought

LIVING LEGEND. Robert Jaworski watches Game 6 of the PBA Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PNP chief Dela Rosa hopes to witness Ginebra win in PBA Finals

Oct 16, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Ronald Bato dela Rosa says he s been a Barangay Ginebra fan since the days of PBA legend Robert Jaworski

GINEBRA FAN. PNP chief Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa is a Barangay Ginebra fan. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Guarding import Durham was a challenge Mercado couldn't refuse

Oct 10, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Ginebra s Sol Mercado credits his growth on defense to coach Tim Cone

DEFENSE. Sol Mercado (L) guards import Allen Durham in Game 2 of the PBA Finals. Photo from PBA Images

After 4th BPC, Jayson Castro still hungry for more titles

Oct 10, 2016 - 6:42 PM

The 6 time PBA champion does not deny wanting to win individual awards such as the MVP or BPC though he wants something more

WANTING MORE. Jayson Castro wants more championships rather than individual awards. Photo from PBA Images

Alapag surpasses Caidic, sets new PBA all-time record for 3-pointers

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:29 PM

Jimmy Alapag sets the new all time record for most 3 pointers made at 1 243

Castro wins 4th Best Player award, Durham is Best Import for 2016 Govs Cup

Oct 09, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Jayson Castro last won the award in the 2015 Commissioner s Cup when TNT won the title

2016-2017 PBA season to open in November

Oct 06, 2016 - 5:13 PM

The PBA Draft Combine and Draft take place not long after the conclusion of the Governors Cup Finals

COMMISSIONER AND CEO. Chito Narvasa assumes the role of PBA CEO on top of being a commissioner. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Started from the bottom, now Meralco's in the PBA Finals

Oct 06, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Meralco quite literally started from the bottom this year with a 1 10 record and now they’re in the PBA Finals

FINALS-BOUND. Jimmy Alapag and the Meralco Bolts are going to the PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo from PBA Images

In Ginebra's finals return, Helterbrand tells Caguioa: ‘One last ride’

Oct 05, 2016 - 8:31 PM

There may be just one last ride or die for The Fast and The Furious

RIDE OR DIE. Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, known as 'The Fast and the Furious', make another run, possibly their last, in the PBA Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Yeng Guiao moves to NLEX, Caloy Garcia to coach Rain or Shine

Oct 05, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Yeng Guiao’s former first assistant coach Caloy Garcia will take over as head coach for the Painters

MOVING ON. Yeng Guiao is leaving Rain or Shine to coach NLEX. Photo from PBA Images

IN PHOTOS: Barangay Ginebra returns to the PBA Finals

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:34 PM

The Gin Kings have a shot at ending their 8 year title drought beginning Friday against the Meralco Bolts

HIGH FIVE. LA Tenorio happily looks to high give Mark Caguioa. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ginebra back in the PBA Finals after blowing out San Miguel

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:16 PM

The Gin Kings make it back to the PBA Finals for the first time in 3 years or since the 2013 Commissioner s Cup

BACK IN THE FINALS. Scottie Thompson comes alive again in game 5 to help Barangay Ginebra return to the PBA Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

MVP to Meralco Bolts: 'Job well done' on making PBA Finals

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Manny V Pangilinan is proud of what his Meralco Bolts have accomplished after 6 years of existence in the PBA

'JOB WELL DONE'. MVP congratulates his PBA team, the Meralco Bolts, for making the Finals for the first time in its history. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Cliff Hodge plays his 'best game ever' to propel Meralco to PBA Finals

Oct 04, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Toiling away for 4 years in quiet gyms is finally paying off for the fourth overall pick from the 2012 draft

PAYING OFF. All of Cliff Hodge's (R) hard work is finally paying off. He is seen here trying to get past the defense of TNT rookie Troy Rosario in game 2 of the semis. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra's LA Tenorio ahead of game 5: 'Wala kaming karapatan mapagod'

Oct 04, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Being only a win away from a return trip to the PBA Finals after 3 years Tenorio believes this is not the time for the Gin Kings to make any excuses

NO EXCUSES. LA Tenorio says Ginebra is so close to its goal it can't make any excuses now. Photo from PBA Images

LIVE BLOG: PBA semifinals game 5 – Ginebra vs San Miguel

Oct 04, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Bookmark this page and get updates from the big game through Rappler s live blog starting at 7 pm

TNT crumbles as Meralco barges into Finals for the first time

Oct 03, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The Bolts enter the Finals for the first time since joining the league in 2010

INTO THE FINALS. Meralco makes it to the PBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Photo from PBA Images

Lassiter, San Miguel deflate Ginebra to force semis game 5

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Ginebra is left deflated after a scoreless first 8 minutes in the second period where Marcio Lassiter takes full advantage

ON FIRE. Marcio Lassiter (R) catches fire to help San Miguel force a game 5 against Ginebra. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Chris Newsome with back-to-back vicious dunks on TNT

Oct 01, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Chris Newsome flies high for two highlight jams

NEWSOME JAMS. Chris Newsome (C) completes two memorable dunks against TNT. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco prevails in TNT shootout, moves a win away from Finals

Oct 01, 2016 - 8:49 PM

In a thrilling highlight filled game Meralco shoots past TNT to move a win away from a franchise first Finals appearance in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup

FULLY CHARGED. The Meralco Bolts gain a 2-1 semis lead over TNT KaTropa and are one win away from the Finals. Photo from PBA Images

Cone not too concerned with slow start: Ginebra plays better catching up

Sep 28, 2016 - 11:30 PM

I think this team plays a little better when they are playing from behind because of their crowd head coach Tim Cone says of Barangay Ginebra

RE-FOCUS. Coach Tim Cone says Ginebra needs better focus heading into game 3. Import Justin Brownlee (R) went from a conference-high performance in game 1 to a conference-low showing in game 2. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel escapes Ginebra in game 2 to tie semis series

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:37 PM

UPDATED San Miguel turns back the comebacking Ginebra to tie the best of 5 semifinals at one game apiece

1-1. June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen tie the best-of-5 semifinals against Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

TNT third quarter blitz takes power out of Meralco

Sep 27, 2016 - 9:32 PM

Asian import Michael Madanly leads TNT pouring 20 of his 22 points in the second half

1-0. TNT goes up 1-0 over Meralco in the semis. Import Mychal Ammons is seen here dunking the ball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Beermen import Millsap looks to be more aggressive for semis game 2

Sep 27, 2016 - 6:01 PM

The 29 year old American is not satisifed with his triple double performance of 29 points 14 rebounds and 11 assists in game 1 against Ginebra

MORE AGGRESSIVE. Elijah Millsap wants to start out aggressive in game 2 of the semis. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Cone: Tenorio can still be most impactful player without scoring

Sep 27, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Without scoring the 32 year old Tenorio contributes 3 rebounds 4 assists and one steal in over 31 minutes of play

IMPACTFUL. LA Tenorio (L), though scoreless, works to defend Alex Cabagnot during game 1 of the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Brownlee, Ginebra sink San Miguel for 1-0 PBA semis lead

Sep 26, 2016 - 9:22 PM

UPDATED Justin Brownlee notches a conference high 39 points in the big first win to open the best of 5 semifinals series

1-0. Ginebra draws first blood in the best-of-5 semifinals series versus San Miguel. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After first pro experience in PBA, James White off to chase NBA dream

Sep 26, 2016 - 11:00 AM

James White leaves the PBA with a wiser gleam in his eyes

EMOTIONAL. Young import James White was emotional after Mahindra exited the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Keen on reaching PBA semis, Jayson Castro takes charge for TNT

Sep 24, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Jayson Castro Asia s best point guard comes just two points shy of his career high as TNT reaches the PBA semifinals

AGGRESSIVE. Jayson Castro says he aimed to be aggressive to help push TNT into the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Castro fires 42, TNT blows by Phoenix to complete PBA semis cast

Sep 24, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Jayson Castro scores 42 points in only 27 minutes of play as TNT marches into its first semifinals in 4 conferences

THE BLUR. Jayson Castro drops 42 points, just two shy of his career-high, in only 27 minutes of play to lead TNT into the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco sends Mahindra crashing to book semifinals ticket

Sep 24, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Meralco reaches the semifinals for the second straight conference

SEMIS-BOUND. Allen Durham leads Meralco to its second straight semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Yay or nay? Predicting the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup playoffs

Sep 23, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Rappler answers 8 questions surrounding some of the narratives for each team with either a yay or a nay in an effort to predict how the playoffs will go

Phoenix ousts Rain or Shine for first quarterfinals appearance

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:03 PM

The Fuel Masters march on to their first ever playoffs appearance since purchasing the Barako Bull franchise in January

EXPLOSION. Import Eugene Phelps drops 40 points on Rain or Shine to lead Phoenix to its first playoff appearance. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Meralco clinches twice-to-beat as Mahindra drops 4 straight

Sep 21, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The Bolts who finished the eliminations at 6 5 will enter the top 8 as the fourth seed and will face the Enforcer on Saturday September 24

TWICE TO BEAT. Jared Dillinger helps lead the Meralco Bolts to securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images

TNT bulldozes over Ginebra on its way to top seed

Sep 18, 2016 - 9:56 PM

TNT finishes the 2016 PBA Governors Cup eliminations with just a single loss in 11 games

TOP SEED. Jayson Castro and TNT KaTropa finish the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup eliminations as the top seed. Photo from PBA Images

Playoff-bound San Miguel finishes off Blackwater as Millsap returns

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:45 PM

San Miguel finishes the eliminations with an 8 3 record and a twice to beat advantage while Blackwater is 1 10

DEBUT. Elijah Millsap returns for the San Miguel Beermen. Photo from PBA Images

TNT asserts dominance to dispatch Star

Sep 11, 2016 - 9:20 PM

The now 9 1 TNT will get a chance to clinch the top seed if they defeat last assignment Barangay Ginebra and the Gin Kings lose to the Fuel Masters

DOMINANT. TNT KaTropa takes care of the already eliminated Star Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco keeps top 4 bid alive after barely edging Mahindra

Sep 11, 2016 - 7:19 PM

The Bolts are assured of a playoff for the last twice to beat advantage in the top 4

STILL ALIVE. Allen Durham tows Meralco to a victory over Mahindra, keeping alive their bid for a top 4 spot. Photo from PBA Images

‘We need to stay together’: Rain or Shine grapples with near elimination

Sep 10, 2016 - 9:57 PM

Known as a standard for consistency in the PBA the Elasto Painters enter unfamiliar territory on the brink of missing the playoffs

NEAR ELIMINATION. Gabe Norwood (R) admits Rain or Shine is struggling to deal with unfamiliar territory of possibly missing the playoffs for the first time in 4 years. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel decks Rain or Shine to secure twice-to-beat

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:48 PM

The Beermen this season s Philippine Cup champions are now assured of a twice to beat advantage in the quarterfinals with a 7 3 record

TWICE-TO-BEAT. San Miguel Beer secures a twice-to-beat advantage after defeating Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

Jazul, Abueva lead Alaska to rout of Phoenix

Sep 10, 2016 - 5:23 PM

Alaska and Phoenix are now tied for 5 5 in the standings of the 2016 PBA Governors Cup

BACK AT IT. Calvin Abueva and the Alaska Aces stretch their winning streak to 3 games for a 5-5 record. Photo from PBA Images

Star stays alive, NLEX stuns Rain or Shine in PBA Govs Cup

Sep 04, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Star slips past Meralco in the dying seconds while NLEX comes back from 21 down to overcome Rain or Shine

SAVIOR. Import Joel Wright (R) keeps Star's playoff hopes alive with the game-winning basket versus Meralco. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel clinches playoff berth after escaping Meralco

Aug 31, 2016 - 10:27 PM

San Miguel formally clinches a playoff berth with a 6 2 record in a 3 way tie for second place along with Ginebra and Mahindra

NEW IMPORT. San Miguel parades new import Michael Singletary in win versus Meralco. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

TNT's Castro, De Ocampo conspire against Globalport's comeback

Aug 31, 2016 - 7:23 PM

TNT narrowly avoids an upset and remains on top of the standings with a 7 1 record

CELEBRATION. Ranidel De Ocampo celebrates after hitting the game-winning shot off a Jayson Castro kickout pass. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler