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PBA: San Miguel outlasts Ginebra in overtime classic

The hype was around Renaldo Balkman vs. Justin Brownlee but locals stole the show in the highly-anticipated San Miguel-Ginebra clash. MVPs June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos were crucial for Beermen late as the defending champions outlasted Ginebra in an overtime classic, 104-97, Sunday at the MOA Arena in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Fajardo got the lucky bounce on a last-second fadeaway in regulation to force extra time while Santos scored his usual clutch triple in overtime as San Miguel won back-to-back games for the first time this conference. After a 0-3 start, the Beermen are now 2-3 in the standings. The Gin Kings meanwhile, just got buried even deeper and now hold a 1-5 card......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 3rd, 2018

Clutch Paul Zamar downplays role in Ginebra overtime stunner

  MANILA, Philippines – Paul Zamar is seemingly carving a reputation as a basketball heartbreaker. Back when he was plying his craft  as an import for Thailand's Mono Vampire team in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), he routinely silenced the home crowds of eventual champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas with his cold-blooded ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Ginebra logs road win vs NLEX

Justin Brownlee finally pulled off a breakthrough win with the Barangay Ginebra Kings via a 93-85 triumph over the NLEX Road Warriors in a PBA Commissioner's Cup Petron Saturday Special at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City.   Brownlee's efforts had gone for naught for the Kings in their last three matches, including an overtime loss to San Miguel Beer, and they badly needed this one to keep them in the hunt for a quarterfinal spot.   Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar also delivered for the Kings, who relied mostly on their might in the paint to send the Road Warriors to their sixth defeat in eight games.   The crowd favorites only needed ...Keep on reading: Ginebra logs road win vs NLEX.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Fajardo overcomes tough week, helps Beermen go on a roll

June Mar Fajardo overcame a tough week to help San Miguel Beer regain its form in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Fajardo played through an illness on Wednesday, posting nine points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in the Beermen's 106-94 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Feeling much better, he followed up his near double-double effort with 24 points and 19 rebounds to power San Miguel past Barangay Ginebra in overtime on Sunday night. He also hit the game-tying jumper over his 7-foot rival Greg Slaughter to send the duel into OT. The four-time MVP averaged 16.5 points, 16 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks during the stretch to bag his first PBA Press Corps Player of ...Keep on reading: Fajardo overcomes tough week, helps Beermen go on a roll.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

San Miguel picks up momentum, sends Ginebra to 5th loss

San Miguel continued to build momentum after its disastrous start as it scraped past Barangay Ginebra, 104-97, in overtime in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Beermen started the conference on a 0-3 spiral but has since won two straight to get to a 2-3 card while the Gin Kings lost back-to-back games and slipped to 1-5 to stay at the 11th seed. Reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo found the lucky bounce in his turnaround jumper over Greg Slaughter to tie the game at 93-93 with 1.1 seconds left in regulation. MVP PLAY! June Mar ties it! 93-93 0.6 seconds left! #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/lH7Az4iSIP --- Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) June 3, 2018 R...Keep on reading: San Miguel picks up momentum, sends Ginebra to 5th loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Santos’ OT heroics nothing new to Beermen: ‘He’s a big time player’

Arwind Santos is no stranger to clutch shots. He once hit a high archer to win San Miguel the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup, and on Sunday the 2013 MVP added two more clutch buckets under his name. Santos can be considered as the sole person responsible for burying Ginebra in San Miguel's 104-97 overtime victory as he scored eight of the Beermen's 11 points in the extra period. "Those kinds of shots I'm always ready for those because I always practice it," said Santos in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. "I was open so I shot it." Santos' first three-pointer was the opening basket of overtime when he sized up Joe Devance near the right wing with 4:42 on the clock and gave San Mig...Keep on reading: Santos’ OT heroics nothing new to Beermen: ‘He’s a big time player’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Renaldo Balkman wins one over brother Justin Brownlee

MANILA, Philippines – Nothing will break the brotherly bond built between Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee.  Balkman now has one over Brownlee after the San Miguel Beermen proved steadier in the endgame to eke out a 104-97 overtime win over Barangay Ginebra on Sunday, June 3. That, however, will not shroud ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Phoenix blows lead, outlasts Ginebra in double OT

Phoenix held on to outlast Barangay Ginebra, 103-98, in double overtime in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Fuel Masters improved to 3-2 to get to the fourth spot while sending the Gin Kings to their third loss in four games. With Phoenix protecting a precarious one-point lead, Justin Chua hit a high-arching one-hander over Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar for a 101-98 cushion with 41 seconds left. Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio, two of league's premier guards, made back-to-back turnovers off errant passes intended for Joe Devance midway through the second overtime. "We needed that game and that was a big game for us," said Phoenix head...Keep on reading: Phoenix blows lead, outlasts Ginebra in double OT.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Undermanned Lyceum outlasts Benilde, nails quarters berth

MANILA, Philippines – Even with the odds stacked against them, Renzo Navarro and the short-handed Lyceum Pirates dug deep, surviving a grueling overtime duel against the St. Benilde Blazers, 73-66, in the 2018 Smart City Hoops Under-25 Summer Classic on Wednesday, May 9, in San Juan City. Navarro ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Ginebra-Purefoods, SMB-Alaska reunion games eyed

A classic double-header pitting the old stars of Barangay Ginebra versus Purefoods and San Miguel Beer against Alaska Milk is virtually a done deal......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

June Mar will never let San Miguel down

San Miguel has its full trust on June Mar Fajardo. And more often than not, the star center delivers for San Miguel. The reigning four-time league MVP once again came through for the Beermen Friday for Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, leading San Miguel to a fourth straight All-Filipino title. In a double-overtime classic, Fajardo scored a playoff career-high 42 points to go along with 20 rebounds, powering San Miguel's comeback from 23 points down to stun the Magnolia Hotshots. He was named Finals MVP as well. "Ever since, kilala ko si June Mar eh," head coach Leo Austria started when talking about his prized ward. "Sometimes pag tinatanong namin yan, 'June Mar, mananalo ba tayo?' 'Coach, mananalo tayo.' You can see it naman from his facial expression," Coach Leo added. June Mar was practically unstoppable after the third quarter of Game 5. He scored 14 points in the fourth period and another 12 in overtime, eight in the second extra session. "That's the sign na he wants to finish this championship dahil alam niya na pagod na pagod na siya. He wants to have vacation dahil remember guys, during Holy Week, nasa bahay lang kami, kanya-kanyang nagpapa-kundisyon instead of going back to their respective families," Austria said. Fajardo was one of the San Miguel players who didn't get to go home. He stayed in Manila while his parents were in Cebu. Ever the team player, June Mar deflected credit once again despite being clearly the best player on the floor. "Thankful ako sa teammates ko na hindi kami nag-give up," he said. "Hinahanap ako ng teammates ko eh kailangan ko mag-produce, buti pumapasok tira ko. Dami ko mintis nung first half buti pumasok na nung fourth until the end," Fajardo added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

PBA Finals Game 5 By the Numbers: Next challengers, please

The latest challenger has fallen. San Miguel Beer extended its All-Filipino dynasty Friday, beating the Magnolia Hotshots in a double-overtime classic foe Game 5 of the Philippine Cup Finals. The Beermen won the series, 4-1. And before we move on to the inevitable Grand Slam talks again, let's take cues from the Beermen themselves and celebrate this title first. And by celebrate, we mean another round of By the Numbers.   4 Number of Philippine Cups won by San Miguel Beer in four years. Literally no team has ever done that before so yes, that's another historic achievement for the Beermen.   25 Total championships for San Miguel, the most in PBA history. No one even comes close to the Beermen. The team's tradition of winning is incredible.   6 Number of titles for San Miguel in the past 10 conferences. This current San Miguel dynasty started when head coach Leo Austria took over, the guy is a perfect 6 out of 6 in the PBA Finals. There's no end in sight for this amazing run for the Beermen.   42 Total points for Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo in Game 5. The Kraken was unstoppable as the Beermen rallied for the win, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter and another 12 in overtime, including eight in the second extra session. 42 points is also June Mar's playoff career high and most points scored by a local in the Finals since Jayson Castro scored 44 three years ago.   2 Number of steals needed by Chris Ross to complete the first quadruple-double in PBA history. Ross narrowly missed the mark, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and eight steals.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Ross hopes to have another shot at historic quadruple-double

Dealing with nagging injury in San Miguel's playoff run, Chris Ross didn't want to extend the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals to a Game 6. That's why he helped make things happen in Game 5, wrapping up the series, 4-1, and giving the Beermen their fourth straight Philippine Cup title. "My gas tank is... no more gas. It's on E," Ross said Friday after San Miguel won a double-overtime classic. "I wanted to end it tonight. My leg's killing me and I just don't want to chance it anymore because it could probably tear more or pop or something. So I really wanted to end it tonight," he added. Ross most definitely did his part in helping San Miguel clinch the title. He finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and eight steals in 52 and a half minutes. Ross was two steals short of record the first quadruple-double in PBA history. The stats didn't matter to him though. He just wanted no part of another overtime and Game 6. "Don't tell me that," Ross said of his stat line with a laugh. "Heck no," he added when asked if he wanted a third OT.  "I have all those points... I'm glad we won. You know I'm not the type of guy that cares about stats. I just want to win. But when you tell me that, it kinda hurts my heart. Hopefully, I’ll have another opportunity to do it, that’s all I can say about it," Ross added of the missed quadruple-double. After everything that happened, Ross is just mostly relieved that the whole thing is over. Of course, it helps that they won. Again. "I wanted to cry, man, like tears of joy. How hard we worked over the past four years, the grit we had to overcome the deficit today, and I was just proud of my guys because they didn’t give up," Ross said. "If we lose, I’ll live with it. I was glad that everybody responded and we were able to pull out this win again," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 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

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

Beermen stretch lead to 2-0

Marcio Lassiter came to the rescue allowing defending champion San Miguel Beer escape with a 104-102 overtime win against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in Game 2 of their best-of-seven semifinals in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Lassiter notched 16 of his 25 points in the fourth [...] The post Beermen stretch lead to 2-0 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

San Miguel pulls rug from under Barangay Ginebra to go up 2-0

THE San Miguel Beermen did a solid “salvage” job in Game Two of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals against the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday night, claiming a 104-102 overtime victory to move 2-0 up in the series. Played catch-up for much of the contest, the Beermen used a ferocious charge in the […] The post San Miguel pulls rug from under Barangay Ginebra to go up 2-0 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Lassiter waxes hot in OT as San Miguel goes 2-0 in semis vs Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The San Miguel Beermen overcame a 15-point deficit and eked out a 104-102 overtime win over Barangay Ginebra to go up 2-0 in their best-of-7 semifinals series in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, March 11. San Miguel ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Marcio Lassiter, San Miguel steal semis Game 2 from Ginebra

Just like head coach Time Cone said, Ginebra indeed played better in Game 2 of the semifinals in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. It still wasn’t enough as June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, and Marcio Lassiter had all the answers from San Miguel in a gutsy 104-102 come-from-behind win in overtime on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Behind the inspired play of Prince Caperal, the Gin Kings got off to a blazing start, using a 14-4 burst to turn a four-point cushion late in the first into a 42-29 edge in the second. They kept giving their faithful many more reasons to cheer as their advantage blew up to as much as 15 in the third. Caperal’s short stab put up the crowd favorites up by nine inside the last five minutes until Fajardo’s free throws and Santos’ big-time three willed the Beermen into tying the tally at 95-all with 13.4 ticks to go in regulation. Joe Devance missed his layup to send the game into overtime and there, Caperal’s short stab fronted a 7-3 run for a 102-98 advantage with 61 seconds remaining. It was at that point that Lassiter was just always at the right place at the right time and got two free throws, an inside basket, and a lucky tip-in that proved to be the game-winner. "I think yung panalo namin is tsamba. We thought from the start na we're losing this game, but maybe because of the pride and the experience of the team, they didn't want to lose because they know the importance of this game," head coach Leo Austria said. Ginebra still had three seconds to make something happen, but Scottie Thompson lost control of the ball to preserve the win and the 2-0 series lead for San Miguel. Lassiter wound up with 25 points, six coming in the last 53 seconds, on top of eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Fajardo was brilliant all throughout with a 33-point, 19-rebound double-double. The win wouldn't have been possible, however, if not for Santos' fearless triple, part of his 11 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. "If not for Arwind, this could have been 1-1 na e," Austria said Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross also added 11 points apiece to help the Beermen win the first two games of the race-to-four semifinals series. Japeth Aguilar paced the Gin Kings with 28 points and was backstopped by Caperal's career-high 26 markers. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL 104 – Fajardo 33, Lassiter 25, Ross 13, Cabagnot 13, Santos 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Heruela 2, Pessumal 0, Espinas 0, De Ocampo 0 GINEBRA 102 – Aguilar J. 28, Caperal 26, Devance 11, Thompson 10, Cruz 10, Tenorio 8, Mercado 7, Mariano 2. QUARTER SCORES: 25-30; 42-55; 70-73; 95-95 (Reg); 104-102 (OT). --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

June Mar’s miss paved the way for Marcio’s game-winner

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545; min-height: 14.0px} With the tally tied at 102-all with 15.8 seconds remaining in overtime, San Miguel head coach Leo Austria designed a play for four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. Of course, the multi-titled mentor went to his most dominant player to try and win Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Semifinals. Why wouldn’t he as Fajardo remains, far and away, the biggest difference-maker on both teams. And so, in the game’s decisive play, Fajardo screened for Marcio Lassiter and then sliced through the lane. Lassiter then sent a well-targeted pass right to the chest of his 6-foot-10 center. Only, with no one to challenge him, Fajardo botched his layup. Good thing then that right after his pass, Lassiter also went right at the basket and tipped the ball in. 🎥 Lassiter tips it FOR THE WIN! #TatablaOMakakadalawa #GinebravsSMBonESPN5 pic.twitter.com/FAqmHLgXsx — PBA (@pbaconnect) Marso 11, 2018 That proved to be the difference for the Beermen up against hot-starting Ginebra. As it turns out, Austria knew that his sweet-shooting guard was going to do what he was going to do. “Marcio talaga and kukuha ng bola and he executed it well. It happened lang na June Mar, na-miss niya yung layup,” the mentor said. He then continued, “But the presence of mind ni Marcio is always there and na-putback niya. Sabi ko nga, tsamba dahil instinct na ni Marcio yun.” Indeed, Lassiter himself knew that his responsibility didn’t end with setting up the play for their big man. “I found June Mar and I just knew I had to finish the play. If ever they did any switch, he might have gotten blocked or something so I just wanted to be there to tip it in,” he said. Of course, that mentality was established and reinforced by all the battles San Miguel has fought en route to three straight Philippine Cup championships. “We thought from the start na we’re losing this game, but because of the pride and the experience of the team, they didn’t want to lose because they knew the importance of this game,” Austria said. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018