PBA Finals 2018 - updates

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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


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: 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


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


Patience pays off for Carl Cruz as Alaska fights back in PBA finals

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:39 PM

With an increased playing time, the seldom-used forward delivers for the Aces, who whittle Magnolia's series lead to 1-2

NEXT MAN UP. Despite riding the bench for most of the time, Carl Bryan Cruz says he always stays ready for Alaska. Photo 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


Two months after trade, Jeff Chan is PBA champion anew

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The veteran sharpshooter was bound to miss the playoffs for the 3rd straight conference until he was shipped to Barangay Ginebra

LUCKY BREAK. Jeff Chan bags his 3rd championship less than two months since his trade to Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images


Austria: San Miguel's finals loss a long time coming

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:22 PM

After an impressive 6-of-6 in the last 10 PBA conference finals, the Beermen tasted their first championship defeat in 5 years

CLEAN SLATE. In order to revive their winning ways, Leo Austria suggests San Miguel returns to square one. Photo from PBA Images


For Arwind, there's silver lining in San Miguel's finals loss

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:24 PM

It has been so long since the Beermen lost a finals series that they still had a different name when it happened

MOVING FORWARD. Arwind Santos says San Miguel needs to go back to where it started as it begins its next title quest. Photo from PBA Images


Finals MVP Scottie epitome of Never Say Die, says Cone

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:11 AM

The winningest PBA tactician believes the 25-year-old could wind up as one of the league's true greats

STANDING TALL. Scottie Thompson takes home the Finals Most Valuable Player award as Barangay Ginebra dethrones San Miguel as the new Commissioner's Cup kings. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


How long does Justin Brownlee want to play for Ginebra?

Aug 09, 2018 - 12:54 AM

The do-it-all import has now won 3 PBA championships in 4 conferences

WINNING CULTURE. Justin Brownlee steers Barangay Ginebra to the team's 3rd championship in the last 6 conferences. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Scottie Thompson takes home Finals MVP

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The do-it-all guard delivers a double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in Barangay Ginebra's championship-clinching Game 6 win over San Miguel

FIRST. The Finals MVP plum is a first for the 3rd-year cog. Photo from PBA Images


Ginebra finishes off San Miguel for PBA Commissioner's Cup crown

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Trailing 1-2 in the best-of-7 affair, the Gin Kings won the next 3 games for their 3rd PBA championship in the last 6 conferences

CHAMPS. Barangay Ginebra dethrones San Miguel to become the new Commissioner's Cup kings. Photos from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: PBA Finals 2018 Game 6 - Barangay Ginebra vs San Miguel Beermen

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates on the game starting 7 pm on Wednesday, August 8, at the Mall of Asia Arena

On the verge of losing PBA finals, Santos cites 'Beeracle'

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:13 PM

San Miguel teeters on the brink of losing its first championship series following a perfect 6-of-6 run in the finals of the last 10 conferences

REDEMPTION. Arwind Santos is expecting the Beermen to strike back as they trail 2-3 in the best-of-7 Commissioner's Cup finals against Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images


Cone: Scottie Thompson 'reminds me of Westbrook'

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The 3-year guard showcases his scoring prowess as Barangay Ginebra gains a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 Commissioner's Cup finals

SCORING CHOPS. Scottie Thompson makes the biggest buckets down the stretch as Ginebra moves a win closer to dethroning San Miguel as Commissioner's Cup kings. Photo from PBA Images


Balkman on Game 5 loss: 'We didn't lose that game'

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:53 AM

San Miguel squandered a 5-point lead down the stretch in Game 5 as Barangay Ginebra seized a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 finals series

NOT OUT YET. Renaldo Balkman says people should not count San Miguel out even with Barangay Ginebra holding a 3-2 lead in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Thompson proves clutch as Ginebra nips San Miguel in Game 5

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:09 PM

The do-it-all guard finishes with a game-high 20 points and sinks the biggest buckets down the stretch

HIGHLIGHTS: PBA Finals 2018 Game 5 - Barangay Ginebra vs San Miguel Beermen

Aug 05, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates on the game starting 6:30 pm on Sunday, August 5, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

On night of milestones, Fajardo still eyes biggest prize

Aug 04, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'The Kraken' wants more after adding another Best Player of the Conference award to his collection and joining the 5,000-point club

NO HAPPY ENDING. June Mar Fajardo's night of winning his 7th Best Player of the Conference award and joining the 5,000-point club did not have a happy ending. Photo from PBA Images


Tim Cone: No finals series as 'strange' as San Miguel-Ginebra

Aug 04, 2018 - 8:20 AM

The first 4 games of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup finals have been decided by an average of 30.3 points

BOUNCE BACK. Tim Cone and his Barangay Ginebra even the best-of-7 affair with a 130-100 win over San Miguel in Game 4. Photo from PBA Images


Joe Devance downplays shoving incident with Renaldo Balkman

Aug 03, 2018 - 11:28 PM

The Barangay Ginebra forward says he's sure there are no 'hard feelings' between him and the San Miguel import

KEY COG. Joe Devance puts up 18 points and 5 rebounds as Barangay Ginebra ties the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup finals at 2-2. Photo from PBA Images


Ginebra evens PBA Finals with Game 4 thrashing of San Miguel

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Justin Brownlee stars for the Gin Kings with a near triple-double of 37 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks and two steals

TOWERING PRESENCE. Greg Slaughter finishes with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks for Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: PBA Finals 2018 Game 4 - Barangay Ginebra vs San Miguel Beermen

Aug 03, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates on the game starting 7 pm on Friday, August 3, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

Justin Brownlee takes home first Best Import plum

Aug 03, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Barangay Ginebra reinforcement edges San Miguel's Renaldo Balkman and Rain or Shine's Reggie Johnson for the award

FIRST. Justin Brownlee wins his first Best Import of the Conference plum in 4 tours of duty in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images


Lost and embarrassed Ginebra needs to find an answer

Aug 02, 2018 - 9:40 PM

It’s starting to feel like Ginebra needs a perfect game to stay alive against San Miguel Beer

LOADED. The Beermen have proven to be too good and too deep for the Gin Kings in the PBA finals. Photo from PBA Images