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Erram clutch block seals NLEX win over Meralco

Feb 02, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The Road Warriors win their second straight game thanks to the 6-foot-8 center's clutch play on the defensive end

MAIN MAN. Poy Erram submits another all-around game for the NLEX Road Warriors. 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

Jio Jalalon savors 1st career championship with Magnolia

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:55 AM

After falling short of a title in the collegiate ranks, Jio Jalalon finally gets to relish the championship feeling

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA title perfect ending to Paul Lee's stellar year

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:07 AM

The 29-year-old star finally wins a championship under the Purefoods franchise since his trade from Rain or Shine in 2016

BLESSED. Paul Lee says he has nothing more to ask this year. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

Robert Bolick eager to show NorthPort he's a winner

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The spitfire guard may be the player the Batang Pier – a team that reached the semifinals only once in franchise history – has been looking for

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Robert Bolick welcomes the challenge of being Stanley Pringle's new backcourt partner. 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

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

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

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

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

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

LOOK: Ginebra import Justin Brownlee joins fiesta celebration

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:28 PM

The 30-year-old American has professed his love for the Philippines and he is showing it off the court

WELL-DESERVED REST. Justin Brownlee begins his break from basketball by joining a fiesta celebration. Screenshot from Ronald Celestra's Facebook page

Durham's chase for PBA title doesn't end in 3rd heartbreak

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:20 AM

'I'm still trying to get a ring so I'm going to keep working until I can't run or jump no more,' says Meralco's two-time Best Import

NO SURRENDER. Allen Durham is raring to return to the PBA next season to clinch that elusive title. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska boots out Meralco for first finals in two years

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The Aces set up a finals date with Magnolia, which ended Barangay Ginebra's reign in the Governors' Cup

END OF THE ROAD. Allen Durham falls short in his bid to lead the Meralco Bolts to a third straight finals appearance in the Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska import Mike Harris treats kids to fastfood joint

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The American reinforcement brings with him some 10 kids and bought them each meals

GOOD HEART. Mike Harris gives back by treating kids to meals. Screenshot from Alma Agravante Pangaibat

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

Alaska's Mike Harris all respect for Meralco's Reynel Hugnatan

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The Aces import tips his hat to the 40-year-old veteran for his clutch play for the Bolts in their semifinals duel

NOTHING BUT LOVE. Meralco's Reynel Hugnatan (back) earns the respect of Alaska import Mike Harris. Photo from PBA Images

Harris gets last laugh vs Durham as Alaska nears finals

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The Aces go up 2-1 against the Meralco Bolts in their best-of-five semifinals affair

ONE WIN AWAY. Mike Harris delivers a near-triple-double outing as Alaska set one foot on the door to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

Devance bucks injury to help Ginebra keep title hunt alive

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:33 AM

The do-it-all forward should have been out for two more weeks, but coach Tim Cone needed an old hand to get the Gin Kings over the hump

ENDURING PAIN. Joe Devance pumps life to Barangay Ginebra with his premature return from injury. 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

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