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Enciso proves doubters wrong by sparking Alaska to semis-tying win

Nov 13, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The spitfire guard compensates for his dismal Game 1 performance with a sudden eruption in their Game 2 triumph over Meralco

BOUNCE BACK. Simon Enciso steers the Alaska Aces in their rebound win over the Meralco Bolts. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska halts Meralco's streak to even semis series

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Aces almost squander a 20-point lead but regain their bearings when it mattered most to pull off the win

ON EQUAL GROUNDS. Vic Manuel and the Alaska Aces avoid teetering on the brink of elimination. Photo from PBA Images

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

Banchero promises Alaska fightback in Game 2

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:02 PM

The Aces seek to avoid going down 0-2 in their best-of-five semifinals series against Meralco

FROM THE GET-GO. Chris Banchero warns that Alaska couldn't afford another flat start against Meralco. Photo from PBA Images

Red-hot Meralco stuns Alaska, takes semis opener

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The seventh-seeded Bolts stretch their winning streak to 7 games behind Allen Durham's herculean effort

TAKING OVER. Allen Durham leads Meralco to its seventh straight win 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

Fatigued Meralco powers through 6th straight do-or-die

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:15 AM

After fighting for survival the past weeks, the No. 7 Bolts are on their way to the semifinals versus the Alaska Aces

ON FIRE. Allen Durham takes charge in the final stretch as the Bolts survive the Fuel Masters in the do-or-die quarterfinal duel. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco upsets Phoenix, books last semis seat in OT thriller

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:49 PM

'What a hill that we had to climb to get to this point,' says coach Norman Black after the Bolts overcame the Fuel Masters' twice-to-beat quarterfinal edge

DO-OR-DIE. Both the Phoenix Fuel Masters and the Meralco Bolts put it all out on the floor in the quarterfinal overtime thriller. Photo from PBA Images

Marqus Blakely on Tim Cone: 'I miss him, too'

Nov 05, 2018 - 8:36 AM

The former Best Import fails to reach a PBA playoffs for the first time as his former mentor and the Gin Kings prove to be the mightier squad

ANOTHER TOUR. Marqus Blakely hopes to be back in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra seals No. 1 ranking, boots TNT out of playoffs

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Justin Brownlee drops a triple-double as the top-ranked Gin Kings arrange a quarterfinal duel against No. 8 NLEX

STEADY FORCE. Justin Brownlee delivers another triple-double for Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

Walker: Blackwater 'wasted 4 months of work' after missing win-once edge

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:23 PM

The Elite are relegated to No. 5 in the playoffs ranking following a sorry loss to Phoenix

BACK TO SQUARE ONE. Henry Walker says the Elite need to do 'some soul-searching' heading into the playoffs. Photo from PBA Images

Phoenix nails twice-to-beat edge, No. 2 ranking vs Blackwater

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:26 PM

The Fuel Masters will see action in the quarterfinals for the first time in a year and the first under head coach Louie Alas

THE BEAST. Calvin Abueva rises to occasion as Phoenix finishes in the Top 4. Photo from PBA Images

Reynel Hugnatan turns back clock right on 40th birthday

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:22 AM

The 15-year veteran becomes only the third active PBA player to reach 40

STILL GUNNING. Reynel Hugnatan turns back the hands of time with a vintage performance for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images

Chris Tiu on potential PBA retirement: Lots of things to consider

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:00 AM

With his one-year contract expiring, the 33-year-old mulls hanging up his jersey

WALKING AWAY. Chris Tiu could end a six-year career in the PBA at the peak of his abilities. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco zaps San Miguel to boost playoff chances

Nov 03, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The Bolts end the elimination round with a fourth straight win to secure at least a playoff for the last quarterfinals berth

HEAVY LIFTING. Allen Durham (left) delivers another monster double-double as Meralco rolls on to its fourth straight win. Photo from PBA Images

Tiu notches new career-high to lift import-less Rain or Shine over NLEX

Nov 03, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The 33-year-old gives it his all in what could be his last game in the PBA

Vic Manuel warns early exit if lackluster Alaska play continues

Oct 28, 2018 - 11:07 PM

The star forward says the Aces should rediscover the teamwork they had in the first 7 games of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Vic Manuel highlighted a need for a better execution in their upcoming playoffs campaign. Photo from PBA Images

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

Alaska rides on late surge vs NorthPort to book twice-to-beat edge

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The Aces notch their eighth win in 11 games for a sure spot within the Top 4, which affords them a win-once incentive in the quarterfinals

MACHINE. Mike Harris' 20-20 powers Alaska to its eighth win in 11 games. Photo from PBA Images

June Mar Fajardo on quiet return from injury: 'Nakakapanibago'

Oct 28, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The reigning four-time PBA MVP plays his first game in over two months after getting sidelined with injury

RECOVERING. June Mar Fajardo reveals he felt tightness in his right leg. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel punches playoffs ticket as Fajardo returns

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Beermen bank on 3 players breaching the 20-point mark to become the sixth team to secure a PBA quarterfinals berth

WORKHORSE. Christian Standhardinger's double-double powers San Miguel into the quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Blackwater toys with Columbian for piece of 3rd place

Oct 27, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The Elite hike their record to 7-3 to forge a three-way logjam at 3rd place with Phoenix and Alaska as the Dyip bow out with a 1-10 card

TOPSCORER. Henry Walker leads 4 other players in twin digits for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images

Jayson Castro return from injury spoiled as TNT falls anew

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:33 AM

The KaTropa crash to their sixth loss in 10 games of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

DRY SPELL. Not even Jayson Castro's return from injury could prevent the TNT KaTropa from losing again. 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

Scolded by Guiao for miscue, Quiñahan takes over in NLEX's OT win

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Kept quiet for the first 4 quarters, the sweet-shooting forward catches fire in the extra period to help the Road Warriors stun Alaska

CLUTCH. JR Quiñahan delivers the goods as NLEX inches closer to a quarterfinals berth. File photo by PBA Images

NLEX rides Fuller's 40-20 night to edge Alaska

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The Road Warriors regain their bearings just in time to put one foot in the quarterfinals door with a 5-5 card

MONSTER. Aaron Fuller delivers the goods with 42 points and 22 rebounds. Photo from PBA Images

June Mar Fajardo: Recovery before MVP

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:59 PM

The San Miguel superstar is set to return to the PBA hardcourt after two months of recuperating from his shin injury

LATE PUSH. June Mar Fajardo needs to play in 70% of the Beermen's games all season to be eligible for the MVP award. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel eliminates NorthPort, zeroes in on playoffs berth

Oct 24, 2018 - 10:50 PM

The Beermen squander a double-digit lead but prove to be the steadier team in the endgame to hack out the win

MACHINE. Christian Standhardinger delivers a monster double-double as San Miguel's bid for a Top 4 finish remains alive. Photo from PBA Images

Raymond Almazan suspended, to miss rest of Governors' Cup

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The lanky center has been punished by Rain or Shine for his unsanctioned two-week absence

OUT. Raymond Almazan will not see action in the Elasto Painters' final two games of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. File photo by PBA Images

Phoenix storms back as Rain or Shine's free fall continues

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Fuel Masters occupy solo 4th place with their seventh win in 10 games

REELING. Matthew Wright and Phoenix deal Rain or Shine its third straight loss. Photo from PBA Images

PBA's top assist man Chris Banchero displays scoring prowess

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:08 AM

The 29-year-old proves he's more than just his passing genius as Alaska claims a share of No. 1 in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

HOT HAND. Chris Banchero notches a career-high in points for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska claims share of No. 1 behind Harris, Banchero

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:11 PM

Mike Harris and Chris Banchero combine for 66 points to lead the Aces to their seventh win in 9 games for a three-way tie on top

CONSISTENT. Mike Harris delivers his usual numbers to power Alaska. Photo from PBA Images

Beau Belga out for 2 weeks due to foot injury

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The versatile forward could possibly miss Rain or Shine's last 3 games in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup as the team shoots for a quarterfinals berth

SIDELINED. Beau Belga is turned into a spectator with a plantar fasciitis on his left foot. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco pulls away late vs Rain or Shine for 3rd straight win

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The Bolts improve to 4-6 to climb to 9th place as the race for the 3 remaining quarterfinals berths tightens

LOCAL SUPPORT. Allen Durham does not need to score much with 5 Meralco players scoring in twin figures in its win over Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

Murphy erupts late as San Miguel turns back TNT in Pangasinan

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:54 PM

The Beermen improve to 4-4 for 6th place to bolster their chances of securing one of the remaining 3 quarterfinals berths.

CLUTCH. Kevin Murphy knocks down back-to-back crucial treys in the 4th quarter to punctuate the Beermen's comeback. Photo from PBA Images

Hodge, Meralco raring to make playoffs after dismal start

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:54 AM

After dropping 6 of their first 8 games, the Bolts revive their quarterfinals hopes with an exhilarating win over No. 1 Magnolia

TALL ORDER. Cliff Hodge hopes the Meralco Bolts nail their last two games in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup to give themselves a fighting chance of making the Final 8. 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

Beau Belga injury adds to Rain or Shine's woes

Oct 19, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Already playing without star center Raymond Almazan, the Elasto Painters might also lose the burly forward due to a foot injury

SIDELINED. There's a chance Beau Belga may miss time for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters due to a suspected plantar fasciitis. Photo from PBA Images

Columbian reasserts mastery over Rain or Shine for 1st win

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Losing 25 straight games in the Governors' Cup since 2016, the Dyip stamp their class against the Elasto Painters squad they have beaten thrice this season

FIRST WIN. Akeem Wright leads the way for Columbian as it barges into the winning of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Garcia hopes Almazan returns 'ready to play as a professional'

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:33 AM

The two-time All-Star has already missed 4 straight games for Rain or Shine in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup after going AWOL

BOOST. Raymond Almazan's potential return could help the Elasto Painters' bid for a quarterfinals berth. Photo from PBA Images

Tiu scorches hot in Rain or Shine's romp of NorthPort

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The six-year veteran fires a career-high 23 points to power the Elasto Painters to their second straight win following a four-game skid

HOT HAND. Chris Tiu fires from all cylinders as Rain or Shine wins back-to-back games for the first time in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

It's PBA title over Best Import plum for Alaska's Mike Harris

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The former NBA player, though, is one of the strong contenders for the award with averages of 28.5 points, 21.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks

GREATER CAUSE. With Father Time creeping up on him, Mike Harris wants to win more titles than individual awards. Photo from PBA Images

Harris shows way for Alaska vs hapless Columbian

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The Aces improve to 6-2 to claim a share of third place as the battle for the twice-to-beat incentives intensifies

HEAVY LIFTING. Mike Harris flexes his muscles with a 40-20 performance. 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

Baser Amer comes to the rescue for embattled Meralco

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:54 PM

The Bolts halt their longest skid in franchise history and nail their first win in two months thanks to the 26-year-old's heroics

HERO. After going scoreless in the last game, Baser Amer delivers in crunch time to power Meralco back into the winning track. Photo from PBA Images

Red-hot Magnolia downs Alaska to remain No. 1

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:55 PM

The Hotshots roll on to their fifth straight win to hike their record to 7-1

PREDATORS. Paul Lee and Magnolia add Alaska to their growing list of victims. Photo from PBA Images

Amer, Durham star as Meralco snaps franchise's longest losing streak

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:22 PM

The two combine for 33 points in the final frame alone to electrify the Bolts to a come-from-behind win over NLEX

LEADING THE CHARGE. Allen Durham flexes his muscles with another all-around effort to lead Meralco to its first win in almost two months. Photo from PBA Images

Rain or Shine stuns Ginebra for first win

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:34 PM

After dropping their first 4 games in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, the Elasto Painters just wouldn't go down this time

NO MORE STREAK. Scottie Thompson and Ginebra see their four-game winning streak snapped. Photo from PBA Images

Birth of firstborn Tokyo added motivation for Paul Lee

Oct 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Wondering why the Magnolia star and wife Rubie named their daughter after the famous city in Japan? He has a pretty direct explanation

INSPIRED. Paul Lee has been averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals in 5 games since his return from the national team for the Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images