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Barangay Ginebra cuts San Miguel’s series lead

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter THE Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings staved off being pushed to the brink of elimination in the PBA Philippine Cup after beating the defending champions San Miguel Beermen, 95-87, in Game Three of their best-of-seven semifinal series on Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena to cut […] The post Barangay Ginebra cuts San Miguel’s series lead appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMar 13th, 2018

SMB Whips Ginebra for 3-1 Semis Lead

San Miguel Beer blitzed past Barangay Ginebra, 102-81, in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Thursday night. SMB pulled away for good from Ginebra late in the first quarter as the team took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Super Marcio s clutch performance wins him PBA PoW

Marcio Lassiter highlighted his explosive performance in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals by making the game-winning putback to give San Miguel a 2-0 series lead over Barangay Ginebra. Lassiter’s back-to-back hot-shooting performances earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of March 6-11. The 30-year-old Lassiter kicked off the All-Filipino conference Final Four by knocking down five triples as San Miguel administered a 102-90 beating of a weary Ginebra side last Friday. The former Smart-Gilas shooter finished that game with 17 points, five rebounds and the same number of assists in 30 minutes as he more than made up for four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo’s quiet offense in Game 1. Two days later, the PBA’s fourth overall pick in 2011 completed SMB’s comeback from a 15-point deficit by scoring a putback off Fajardo’s missed layup to seal the Beermen’s heart-stopping 104-102 overtime win. The Beermen are now up, 2-0 in the best-of-seven semifinal series against the crowd darlings. Lassiter was on target in Game 2 after firing 25 points, laced with four three-pointers, to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 46 minutes of action. “Super Marcio” averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the Beermen’s semifinal victories to beat teammates Fajardo and Arwind Santos, along with NLEX’s Cyrus Baguio and Kiefer Ravena for the weekly citation. The Beermen will be gunning for a commanding 3-0 series bulge come Tuesday when they take on the Gin Kings anew at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

SMB up 2-0

Marcio Lassiter knocked in San Miguel Beer's last six points, including a putback with 3.4 seconds remaining in overtime, as the defending champion rallied past Barangay Ginebra, 104-102, before a huge Sunday night crowd to gain a commanding 2-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Lassiter, who finished with 25 points, tipped in a missed layup by teammate June Mar Fajardo for the game-winning basket as the Beermen completed a remarkable comeback from 15 points in the second quarter to move within a win from booking a return trip to the finals. Trailing 98-102 after Joe De Vance's triple with a little over a minute remaining, the Beermen turned...Keep on reading: SMB up 2-0.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

SMB seeks 2-0 lead

Game today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) Game 2, best-of-7 semifinals 6:30 p.m. -- Ginebra vs. San Miguel WITH Barangay Ginebra still without much-needed rest, San Miguel Beer remains the prohibitive favorite when they clash in Game 2 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Ginebra shoots for 3-0 series lead vs Meralco

LEADING their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup finals series, 2-0, the defending champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings look to trip further the Meralco Bolts when they battle anew for Game Three today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Outlasted Meralco in the previous game for an 86-76 win to keep the Bolts winless […] The post Ginebra shoots for 3-0 series lead vs Meralco appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Ginebra takes 2-0 lead over Meralco in Govs Cup finals

MANILA, Philippines - Barangay Ginebra San Miguel lived up to its “Never Say Die” mantra by eking out a come-from-behind 86-76 win over the Meralco Bolts to go up 2-0 in their best-of-7 Governors’ Cup finals series at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday, October 15. Down by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

World Sports: TNT tops Ginebra anew to take 2-0 series lead

THE TNT KaTropa moved one step away from returning to the finals after topping the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings anew in Game Two of their best-of-five PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal series, 107-103, last night at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 13th, 2017

World Sports: TNT claims early series lead over Barangay Ginebra

TNT KaTropa got their semifinal bid in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner's Cup to a good start, defeating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 100-94, in Game One of their best-of-five series last night at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 11th, 2017

World Sports: Beermen, Kings target 2-1 PHL Cup series lead

WITH their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals affair knotted at one game apiece, the San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings go for the upper hand when the series resumes today with Game Three at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

World Sports: Meralco tries to go up 3-1 vs Barangay Ginebra

GAINED the upper hand in the ongoing best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Governors' Cup finals last time around, the Meralco Bolts try to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings as they trek back to the cou.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 13th, 2016

World Sports: Meralco beats Ginebra, to take 2-1 finals series lead

THE Meralco Bolts bounced back in Game Three of the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association Governors' Cup finals last night, beating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 107-103, to take a 2-1 series lead......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 12th, 2016

San Miguel, Ginebra break tie

Another down the wire finish is expected between sibling rivals San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they dispute a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 29th, 2016

World Sports: Beermen, Kings eye 2-1 semis series lead

SPLIT the first two games of their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors' Cup best-of-five semifinal series, the San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings slug it out today for the 2-1 lead that would put them on the cusp of bar.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 29th, 2016

World Sports: Barangay Ginebra goes for 2-0 semis series lead

THE BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel Kings try to move a win away from a first finals appearance in a very long while as they take on the San Miguel Beermen in Game Two today of their best-of-five Philippine Basketball Association Governors' Cup semifinal seri.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 27th, 2016

Never Say Die: Paul Zamar’s PBA Dream lives on

It was August 19, 2012. Former University of the East gunner Paul Zamar seemingly fulfilled his life’s dream when his name was announced as the 35th overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft. Selecting him was the league’s most popular team, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. But, soon after, that same team that picked him, would let him go, unsigned. This is the predicament that many basketball players in the Philippines face as there are only so many roster spots available in the country’s first professional basketball league. Competition is extremely stiff and the careers of those players who get drafted but are unable to crack the roster usually suffers an early death. But, this has not been the case for Zamar, whose love for the game is deeply rooted. Zamar was born on October 20, 1987 in Mandaluyong. As a youngster, he was immediately exposed to the game because of his father, Boycie, an accomplished coach and basketball great. “I watched my father play in the PBL for Burger Machine where he shot the championship winning free-throws. I thought basketball was the greatest thing to do and that’s where it all began,” recalled the younger Zamar. He made his first varsity team as a freshman in San Beda High School, playing behind the likes of JVee Casio and James Martinez. Zamar would later transfer to the University of the East, where he played in the UAAP Jrs. Basketball tournament from 2003 to 2005 before moving up to the college ranks to play for the Red Warriors, the team of his father’s alma mater. It was in UE where Zamar made a name for himself as one of the league’s deadliest snipers. He also showed his versatility by being able to play point guard and taking on the challenge of defending the opposing team’s primary ball handler. Upon graduating from UE, Zamar would play in the PBA D-League for Blackwater Elite before that fateful day he was drafted. Being left out the roster did not discourage Zamar, as he went on to play an additional four years in the PBA-D-League for Cebuana Lhullier and Café France before deciding to take his talents overseas in 2017. Nowadays, the 5’11” Zamar, who is now 30 years old, has established himself as the starting shooting guard of the Mono Vampire Basketball Club in the ASEAN Basketball League. He is currently averaging 16.1 PPG and is shooting 39% from beyond the arc as the team’s Heritage Import. Although he’s been living in Thailand for over 18 months now, Zamar says it’s all part of being a professional in the world of basketball. “It’s a humbling experience (life in Thailand). First time living and doing everything by myself. Loneliness is always your enemy. I’m far away from my wife and my family. Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about my family in the Philippines,” shared Zamar. For any Filipino, making an impact in a foreign setting is a huge accomplishment. But, somewhere deep inside his heart, Zamar still feels that burning desire to return home and play the game at the place where he first fell in love with it. “I still have in me my PBA dream and it motivates me to just keep on playing. I believe na may purpose si Lord bakit dito niya ako nilagay. And wherever I am, I make sure I always give my best and keep improving myself,” said Zamar. Tonight, at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Zamar will have another opportunity to show the entire country his worth as his Mono Vampire Basketball Team takes on San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in Game 1 of the best-of-five Finals series in the 2017-18 ABL season. “We will play hard for 40 minutes. We know that we are the underdogs given the fact that we’re playing against ex-PBA and National Team Players and top caliber PBA Imports. But, we will leave everything on the basketball court and give the fans a great series,” promised Zamar. Six years ago, Zamar could’ve just easily given up and kissed basketball goodbye. But, ironically, he lives by the exact same mantra of the PBA team that drafted him: Never Say Die. There’s no telling how much longer Zamar will play professionally. Or if he will ever make it to the PBA. But, right now, his basketball career is very much alive with Mono Vampire.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

STAR HOTSHOT: Rafi Reavis will be forever relevant

It was early in 2017 when Rafi Reavis proved that he's still relevant. More than just relevant, in fact. In Game 2 of the Manila Clasico semifinals featuring Ginebra and Star, Reavis was the "star" for the Hotshots in the clutch, grabbing two crucial offensive rebounds in the last 20 seconds to deny the Gin Kings any chance of a "Never Say Die" comeback. With seven seconds to go in the ball game, the then 39-year-old Rafi calmly made two pressure-packed free throws and Star took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7. "I got a lot left in the tank, man. A lot left," Reavis said then. He was right. STAR BOY Literally a week after his heroics against Ginebra in Game 2 of last year's series, Reavis played his best game in a long, long time in Game 5. Rafi dropped 17 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Hotshots to a crucial 3-2 lead. While Star ended up losing in seven games, that was perhaps Reavis' best performance in the last four or five years, including the current year were having right now. And yet even then, the veteran forward was the least surprised. It's as if he knew. He's going to be relevant in the league until he decides he's done. "I'm not surprised at all. That's me," Reavis said in 2017. "That's the way I play. That's what I'm always trying to do, just be a leader, trying to do what's needed. The only thing that matters is the W. However that comes, I'll go with it," he added. ALL I DO IS WIN It's kinda cool for Rafi Reavis to say that he'll go with winning, regardless of how his team gets there. Over the course of his current 16-year PBA career, Reavis has done a lot of winning. Seriously, a lot. Rafi has 10 PBA championships and up until the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, he was the winningest active player in the league. He's won with different teams as well. Reavis picked up his first pair of titles with the old Coca-Cola Tigers before winning another two with Brgy. Ginebra. When he landed at Purefoods, Reavis would win six more championships, including the Grand Slam in 2014. Simply put, Rafi Reavis is an asset to any team. A valuable asset. He's done all that winning in a way only he knows how. "Defense. Defense wins championships," Reavis said. "I don't care about the glamour, the points, the fame. I don't need that,  that's not what gets me paid. Being part of a team that was winning a championship, that's all I care about. I'm team first and I'm all about the big goal, the big picture," he added. PLASTIKMAN Rafi's Twitter handle is @Plastikman. If it sounds familiar, it's almost a play on the local comics superhero "Lastikman" which is a character is most definitely based from Marvel's Mister Fantastic. Fifteen years ago in 2003, "Bossing" Vic Sotto gave the character life in a movie and while this useless rambling doesn't necessarily say and mean that Rafi was inspired by it and put his own twist to the name, it does make some sense. Reavis has some pretty long arms and legs, which come in handy while he's trying to defend the paint. His physical gifts and his brilliant mind make him the basketball player that he is. A player relevant to this day. "He's very smart, ang taas ng basketball IQ niya. Plus the fact na ano siya, hindi siya nagpapabaya. Yung katawan niya, inaalagaan niya talaga," Chito Victolero said of Reavis. Victolero was teammates with Rafi in the old MBA and he was the second overall pick in the 2002 Draft. Now he's Reavis' head coach with Magnolia. "He won a lot of championships and he knows what to do. Siguro mas beterano pa siya sakin in terms of dun sa loob ng court eh. I trust him very much and alam ko kung ano yung ginagawa niya," Victolero added. Sticking with the superhero theme, Reavis wants to add something to his list of achievements that's outside of winning championships. Plastikman wants to outlast the Rock in the PBA. "I'm trying to take care of myself and that guy, he's amazing," 40-year-old Reavis said of 45-year-old Asi Taulava, NLEX's center and the 2003 PBA Most Valuable Player that is still going strong as well. "I think he just had a birthday recently and it's going to make it a little harder for me but I can do it. I'm having fun. And I think as long as I play for a guy like coach Chito, I can meet that goal," he added. BREAKING RECORDS Rafi Reavis was the league's winningest active player up until the 2017 Commissioner's Cup. When San Miguel Beer won last year's mid-season prize, Yancy De Ocampo joined Reavis at the top with 10 titles. Yancy was the no. 1 pick in 2002 and Rafi was second. San Miguel and Magnolia are currently locked in a heated Finals for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup and either De Ocampo or Reavis will take over as the winnigest active player in less than two weeks time. "None of that really means anything to me," Reavis said, doubling down on his team-first mentality. "I think it will probably mean something when I'm all said and done and my career is over with, but I'm still an active player. I have a duty to perform. It's all great and it's all glory but at the end of the day it doesn't really mean anything," he added. ALL I WANT TO DO IS KEEP WINNING It was in early 2017 when Rafi Reavis made it known that he still has a lot left in his tank. Fast forward to 2018 in Game 1 of the Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel and Reavis practically won the Purefoods franchise yet another Finals game. With the Hotshots holding on to a two-point lead with 2.2 seconds, Reavis disrupted San Miguel's final offensive possession basically by himself to make sure Magnolia completed a comeback from 20 points down. Rafi first tipped the inbound pass to foil the Beermen's first option for June Mar Fajardo and after Arwind Santos picked the ball up to shoot a game-tying jumper, Reavis was there too to block the shot. Rafi Reavis has won a lot but he wants to keep winning. "We're still  active so we're still out there trying to get one more," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

All-star choices

SCOTTIE Thompson and June Mar Fajardo emerged tops in the fans’ voting for this year’s PBA All-Star. The third year Barangay Ginebra guard clinched the no. 1 spot after tallying a strong 33,068 votes to lead the Mindanao selection, while the 6-foot-10 San Miguel standout is a close second with….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Chris Ross’ recovery nearing a ‘hundred percent’

San Miguel is once again embarking on a quest for that elusive PBA Grand Slam and point guard Chris Ross is not missing it for the world. Though he is still recovering from a strained right thigh, Ross is working overtime to return to top form as the four-peat seeking Beermen face a tough challenger in Magnolia. "I'm getting closer to a hundred percent," said Ross durng the pre-finals press conference Wednesday. "I went to practice today and I felt pretty good, so we'll see. I'm going to get treatment after this and I'll get treatment again tomorrow." Ross injured his right thigh in the third game of San Miguel's semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra, but he defied the ...Keep on reading: Chris Ross’ recovery nearing a ‘hundred percent’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

June Mar bags PBA Player of the Week honors

Four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo’s size, skills and experience worked beautifully for San Miguel Beer, which went on to complete a 4-1 semifinal series win over Barangay Ginebra to march to its fourth straight Philippine Cup Finals stint Saturday night. The 6-10 Fajardo averaged 20.67 points and 12.67 rebounds to earn the PBA Press Corps Player of Week for the period of March 13-18, keying the Beermen’s victories in Games 4 and 5 to keep their All-Filipino conference “four-peat” bid alive. Stung by Ginebra’s 95-87 win in Game 3 last Tuesday, the Cebuano big man finished with a double-double stats line of 14 points and 13 rebounds, engineering SMB’s blazing start as the Beermen hammered the Gin Kings, 102-81 two days later. San Miguel, then finished off Ginebra’s Finals aspirations as the 28-year-old Fajardo barrelled his way in for 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor, along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists and a block in 100-94 win in Game 5. While Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot also dished off excellent performances in San Miguel’s sensational back-to-back wins, Fajardo earned the nod for the weekly citation. With a league-best 24 PBA titles at hand, San Miguel Beer looks to extend its domination of the Philippine Cup since reigning supreme in the season-opening conference from 2015 to 2017. The 2017 Philippine Cup conquest in fact, gave SMB the Perpetual Jun Bernardino trophy. San Miguel now awaits the winner of the other semifinal series between sister team Magnolia and NLEX. The Hotshots took Game 5 Sunday night, 87-78 to gain the driver’s seat, 3-2. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

PBA: Cone blames self for semis exit

Coach Tim Cone put the blame on himself for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s PBA Philippine Cup semifinal loss to defending champion San Miguel, pointing out at his shortenings that hastened the team’s downfall in the series which ended in five games. #BeFullyInformed PBA: Cone blames self for semis exit by Jonas Terrado Coach Tim Cone… link: PBA: Cone blames self for semis exit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018