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UP tandem of Desiderio, Dario last to apply for PBA Rookie Draft

There were 48 players who submitted their application for this year's rookie draft.

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Parks unsure about attending PBA Rookie Draft

Bobby Ray Parks, who is slated to be among the top three picks in this Sunday's PBA Rookie Draft, might not be able to attend the proceedings due to commitments with his ABL team.

Governors' Cup Finals

Magnolia leads series, 2-0

When Hotshots go all-in on defense, Aces fold

Magnolia held Mike Harris to a single field goal in the fourth quarter as the Aces appear no closer to figuring out a solution to the Hotshots pressure.

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How Magnolia seized control of the series

Sev Sarmenta, Quinito Henson, and coach Norman Black break down where things went wrong for Alaska in Game 2.

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Aces fold to Magnolia's defensive pressure

The Magnolia Hotshots take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 77-71 victory over Alaska in the PBA Governors' Cup Finals.

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Alaska struggles to get a handle

The Alaska Aces turned the ball over 51 times in the first two games of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals, one of the main reasons they fell 0-2 against the Magnolia Hotshots.

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rookie draft

Paul Desiderio applies for PBA Rookie Draft

Paul Desiderio officially submitted his application for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft on Friday.

PBA Rookie Draft Power Rankings: Week 4

We rank the 12 best prospects for the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft and update our list weekly.

philippine basketball association

Christmas dance-off

Ginebra, SMB engage in Christmas groove

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uaap basketball

season 81

No stopping the Nieto brothers from winning titles

The Ateneo Blue Eagles are favored to win one more next season with Matt and Mike Nieto at the forefront of another title defense.

No end in sight for Ateneo's dominance

With the roster relatively intact next year the Ateneo Blue Eagles appear poised to continue their mastery of the UAAP.

Ateneo Blue Eagles continues dominance

The Ateneo Blue Eagles' dynasty rolls on with a decisive 99-81 Game 2 victory over the UP Fighting Maroons.

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Ateneo's epic run continues

The Ateneo Blue Eagles won a tenth men's basketball title and are now in fourth place with the most UAAP championships.

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Bright Akhuetie is UAAP MVP

UP's Bright Akhuetie was named UAAP Season 81's Most Valuable Player.

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Gilas Pilipinas

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How Gilas can still qualify for the FIBA World Cup

The path to China has narrowed after Gilas' two losses in the latest window, but the Philippines still has a few ways to advance to next summer's tournament.

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Gilas searching for winning combo of players

Yeng Guiao is still searching for the right combination of players as the Philippines faces the possibility of missing out on the FIBA World Cup.

Where things went wrong for the Gilas

Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, June Mar Fajardo, and Yeng Guiao break down how Gilas lost two home qualifying games.

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uaap basketball

season 81 finals

Akhuetie cleared of major injury

UAAP Season 81 MVP Bright Akhuetie has been cleared of any serious injury after suffering a hyperextended left knee in UP's Game 1 loss to Ateneo in their best-of-three Finals.

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Defense key to Blue Eagles' repeat hopes

Ateneo is one win away from a title repeat but head coach Tab Baldwin knows the mission is far from complete.

Ateneo-UP Game 1 recap

The UP Fighting Maroons remain optimistic despite dropping their UAAP Season 81 Finals opener to the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

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UAAP Finals Game 1 stats

We take a look at Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 Finals between Ateneo and UP by the numbers.

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reaction to loss

Guiao shoulders blame for shocking loss

Yeng Guiao took full responsibility for Gilas Pilipinas' stunning 92-88 defeat to Kazakhstan.

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Tenorio on Iran: We still have a chance

LA Tenorio wants Gilas Pilipinas to use a home defeat to Chinese Taipei in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship as inspiration to bounce back against Iran.

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Zhigulin finally prevails over Gilas

After absorbing blowout losses in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship and the 2018 Asian Games, Kazakhstan's Alexandr Zhigulin at last got one up on Gilas Pilipinas.

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Tenorio, Norwood react to loss

Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts LA Tenorio and Gabe Norwood give their thoughts on the 88-92 loss to Kazakhstan.

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By the numbers: Philippines-Kazakhstan

A look at Gilas Pilipinas' 88-92 loss to Kazakhstan through the game's statistics.

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UAAP Finals

Burning questions heading into the UAAP Season 81 finals

ESPN5 college basketball writers Charmie Lising and Yoyo Sarmenta answer compelling questions about the matchup between Ateneo and UP.

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The Battle of Katipunan: A finals series 40 years in the making

For the first time ever, the Ateneo Blue Eagles and UP Fighting Maroons are meeting in the UAAP basketball finals.

rookie draft

Parks, Bolick submit application for PBA Rookie Draft

Projected top picks Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. and Robert Bolick were among those who filed their application for the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft on Thursday at the league office in Quezon City.

PBA Rookie Draft Power Rankings: Week 3

We rank the 12 best prospects for the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft and update our list weekly.

Governors' Cup

Standhardinger, Banchero, or Lee for BPC?

Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee and Chris Banchero lead the race for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Best Player of the Conference award.

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PBA Govs' Cup BPC race

Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee, and Chris Banchero lead the race for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Best Player of the Conference award.

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Desiderio's clutch basket in OT lifts UP to UAAP finals

The Fighting Maroons banked on skipper Paul Desiderio's heroics in overtime to topple the Adamson Falcons and arrange a finals series with the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

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Bo Perasol brings UP one step closer to promised land

Despite criticisms and setbacks, Bo Perasol kept believing and trusted that the UP Fighting Maroons would eventually return to glory.

Desiderio clutch shot propels UP to Finals

The Fighting Maroons are going to the UAAP Finals for the first time in 32 years.

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UP students watch, celebrate win

UP fans and students from various campuses celebrated the Fighting Maroons' historic victory over Adamson.

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UAAP SEASON 81

Final Four

Ateneo enters finals after rout of FEU

The Ateneo Blue Eagles advanced to the finals for the third straight year after dominating the FEU Tamaraws, 80-61, in the Final Four on Sunday.

Ateneo-FEU result

The Ateneo Blue Eagles advanced to the finals for the third straight year after dominating the FEU Tamaraws, 80-61, in their UAAP Season 81 Final Four showdown.

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final four

Akhuetie hits game-winner, UP forces do-or-die vs. Adamson

Bright Akhuetie delivered the game-winning basket with 2.6 seconds left to give the Fighting Maroons a 73-71 win over the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP Season 81 Final Four.

Despite being under the weather, Akhuetie delivers for UP

UP center Bright Akhuetie, who sank the game-winning basket, admitted he wasn't feeling well during their game against Adamson.

UP-Adamson review

The UP Fighting Maroons find themselves on the cusp of making the Finals of UAAP Season 81 after beating Adamson to force a elimination game.

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Adamson's 3-point woes

The Adamson Soaring Falcons shot 1-for-22 from 3-point range in their 73-71 loss to the UP Fighting Maroons.

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final four previews

Breaking down the Ateneo-FEU matchup

The UAAP will feature an Ateneo-FEU showdown in the Final Four for the fourth straight season.

What Adamson and UP need to do to win

The UAAP Season 81 Final Four kicks off with the matchup between the second-seeded Adamson Falcons and the third-seeded UP Fighting Maroons on Saturday.

UAAP Final Four round table

Renren Ritualo, Miko Roldan, Joe Silva, and Xavy Nunag discussed the UAAP Season 81 Final Four matchups and their alma maters' chances in the tournament.

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"toughest matchup" uaap final four edition

My Toughest Matchup, as told by Jett Manuel

Former UP Fighting Maroon Jett Manuel said the toughest matchups of his UAAP career were against a Tamaraw, a Green Archer and a Blue Eagle.

My Toughest Matchup, as told by Wesley Gonzales

There were two La Salle players that gave former Ateneo star Wesley Gonzales problems on the court during his time in the UAAP.

My Toughest Matchup, as told by Ken Bono

There were two La Salle players that gave former Ateneo star Wesley Gonzales problems on the court during his time in the UAAP.

uaap basketball

season 81

Blunder to dagger: Arvin Tolentino finally finds redemption

Arvin Tolentino delivered the booming go-ahead triple with three seconds remaining to lift the Tamaraws into the Final Four for the sixth straight season.

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Tamaraws had to dig deep to enter the Final Four

Through sheer determination and focus, the FEU Tamaraws are headed to the Final Four of UAAP Season 81.

Montalbo and Santillan closing chapter on La Salle journey

Graduating players Kib Montalbo and Santi Santillan were reflective and appreciative of their time with the La Salle Green Archers.

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Baser Amer: Challenge accepted

Baser Amer and fellow PBA players take on the BudotsChallenge.

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uaap basketball

season 81

UP's Bright Akhuetie to win MVP award

Bright Akhuetie of the UP Fighting Maroons is set to be named the UAAP's Most Valuable Player for Season 81.

FEU to battle La Salle for remaining Final Four slot

The FEU Tamaraws took care of business against the Adamson Falcons on Sunday to set up a playoff with La Salle for the remaining Final Four berth.

Akhuetie is UAAP MVP

Nigerian center Bright Akhuetie is the University of the Philippines' first UAAP MVP in 32 years. Akhuetie topped the league with 82.5 statistical points.

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Movement in the UAAP Power Rankings

Troy Rike breaks into the UAAP Power Rankings this week.

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UAAP Mythical 5

Alvin Pasaol of Univeristy of the East is the only returnee in this UAAP Season 81 Mythical Five, while Ateneo's Angelo Kouame didn't make the list due to league's rule of only one Fil-foreigner.

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Governors' Cup

Alaska edges Meralco in Game 4, advances to finals

The Alaska Aces moved on to the PBA Governors' Cup finals after defeating the Meralco Bolts, 99-92, in Game 4 on Saturday.

Alaska vs. Meralco highlights

The Alaska Aces booked the second Finals seat in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup with a 99-92 victory over the Meralco Bolts in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinal series.

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Govs' Cup playoff bracket

The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals cast is complete. Check out how Magnolia and Alaska made it to the championship series.

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Governors' Cup Semifinals

Magnolia vs. Ginebra

Travis scores 50 as Magnolia ends Ginebra's reign

Romeo Travis scored 50 points to help Magnolia advance to the PBA Governors' Cup finals after surviving Ginebra in Game 4 on Friday.

PBA Media Group

LeBron congratulates Romeo Travis

Lakers star LeBron James congratulates Romeo Travis for dropping 50 points on Ginebra and leading Magnolia to the PBA Governors' Cup finals.

The King sends his regards

LeBron James took to Instagram to congratulate his former teammate and friend Romeo Travis on his "50 piece nugget."

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Magnolia's backup plan

The Magnolia Hotshots eyed former two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala to replace Romeo Travis, who was nursing a hamstring injury, had the Magnolia-Ginebra semifinal series extend to a Game 5.

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Travis goes for 50, Magnolia eliminates Ginebra

Romeo Travis went off for 50 points as Magnolia ends Ginebra's Governors' Cup run.

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Governors' Cup Semifinals

How Meralco can stay alive against Alaska

Meralco will need to contain Alaska's Mike Harris in Game 4 to stave off elimination from the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals.

Durham, Bolts confident ahead of yet another elimination game

Saturday's Game 4 matchup against the Aces will be the seventh time the Bolts have played in a must-win game this conference.

Aces want to end series with Bolts

The Meralco Bolts are once again facing elimination as the Alaska Aces look to close things out Saturday.

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Mike Harris has dinner with friends to cap win

Mike Harris celebrated Alaska's Game 3 win by treating a group of children to dinner.

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Harris, Aces put Bolts on the brink

Mike Harris' late-game heroics move the Alaska Aces one step closer to advancing to the finals after beating the Meralco Bolts, 104-102.

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up fighting maroons make final four

UP's partnership with Bo Perasol finally bears fruit

Bo Perasol helped the UP community put an end to over two decades' worth of frustrations.

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Paul Desiderio's sacrifice pays off for UP community

UP entering the Final Four was special for Paul Desiderio who almost left the school prior to this season to pursue his dream of playing pro.

Final Four no longer a dream for Gomez de Liaño brothers

Juan and Javi Gomez De Liaño has finally turned their UAAP Final Four dream into reality.

uaap basketball

season 81

UP enters Final Four for first time in 21 years

The 21-year Final Four drought is over for University of the Philippines.

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Ateneo scores dominating win over UST

From start to finish, the Ateneo Blue Eagles showed no mercy for the UST Growling Tigers.

around the association

PBA Weekly Wrap-Up: Lee steps up, Meralco keeps rolling

A lot of notable performances during the first week of the PBA Governors' Cup playoffs.

PBA Media Group

Black: Durham gives Meralco 'strong foundation'

Allen Durham has been doing much of the lifting for the Bolts who revived their title campaign following a 1-6 start this conference.

Rain or Shine seeks potential Tiu replacement in PBA Draft

Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia is looking forward to the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft on December 16 in preparation for the possible retirement of Chris Tiu.

ncaa basketball

season 94

Javee Mocon finishes San Beda career in high spirits

An absolute winner, Javee Mocon leaves San Beda with six championships.

Charmie Lising

San Beda wins three-peat after sweeping Lyceum

For the third straight year, the San Beda Red Lions are the best team in NCAA basketball.

The CJ Perez era ends for the Lyceum Pirates

CJ Perez is grateful for the opportunity to be a vital part of the Pirates' story for the last two years.

Power Rankings

UAAP Power Rankings

Thirdy Ravena topped the latest edition of the UAAP Season 81 Power Rankings.

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Governors' Cup

semifinals

Meralco leans on Durham to grab 1-0 lead over Alaska

The Meralco Bolts remained hot in the PBA Governors' Cup playoffs after scoring a Game 1 win over the Alaska Aces in the semifinals on Sunday.

Alaska vs Meralco highlights

The Meralco Bolts pushed their winning streak to seven with a 97-92 victory over the Alaska Aces in Game 1 of their best-of-five semifinal series.

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uaap season 81

Ateneo's bench comes up big in win over La Salle

Early foul trouble forced the Blue Eagles to look to their backups in a key win over La Salle.

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Ateneo secures top spot after outlasting La Salle

The Ateneo Blue Eagles clinched a twice-to-beat incentive after sweeping the De La Salle Green Archers, 71-62, on Sunday.

FEU trips NU to stay in hunt for Final Four berth

The FEU Tamaraws defeated the NU Bulldogs, 79-74, to grab a share of the fourth spot in UAAP Season 81 on Sunday.

teams' season reviews

2017-18 PBA Season Summary: Phoenix Fuel Masters

Things are only going to get better for the Phoenix Fuel Masters after showing flashes of brilliance in the last conference of the 2017-18 season.

2017-18 PBA Season Summary: San Miguel Beermen

The Beermen were tabbed the team to beat this season, but while they won a championship, it wasn't smooth sailing afterwards.

2017-18 PBA Season Summary: Blackwater Elite

The Elite had an up-and-down season and finished just short of a first-ever semifinal stint.

Governors' Cup semifinals

Lee sizzles as Magnolia draws first blood

The Magnolia Hotshots take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series against the Baranga Ginebra Kings.

Magnolia vs Ginebra highlights

Magnolia Hotshots ended their seven-game Manila Clasico losing streak with a 106-98 victory over Barangay Ginebra in Game 1 of their best-of-five semifinal series.

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uaap season 81

UP nears Final Four after ousting UST

The UP Fighting Maroons move closer to a postseason berth with a 14-point win over the UST Growling Tigers.

Adamson trips UE, moves closer to twice-to-beat edge

The Adamson Falcons are now assured of at least a playoff for the twice-to-beat advantage after beating the UE Warriors.

Knee injury ends Cansino's stellar rookie season

Rookie sensation CJ Cansino fell down awkwardly in their game against UP and had to leave the court.

Governors' Cup

Amer, Meralco outlast Phoenix in OT

Baser Amer and Allen Durham rally the Meralco Bolts past the Phoenix Fuel Masters in overtime to advance to the Governors' Cup semifinals against Alaska.

Bolts advance to semifinals

Meralco becomes just the 13th team in PBA history to overcome a twice-to-win disadvantage with an overtime victory over Phoenix.

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2018 rookie draft

Blackwater targets Alab Pilipinas' star Bobby Ray Parks in draft

Blackwater Elite owner Dioceldo Sy sets sights on Alab Pilipinas star Bobby Ray Parks with No. 2 overall pick in the PBA Rookie Draft.

Blackwater eyes Parks Jr.

Blackwater Elite have their sights set on selecting Bobby Ray Parks Jr. with the No. 2 pick in the PBA Rookie Draft. Parks Jr., the reigning two-time ABL local MVP, has yet to apply for the draft.

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Columbian coach sets sights on CJ Perez as top pick

Columbian Dyip coach John Cardel is targeting Lyceum star CJ Perez as the top overall pick in the PBA draft.

governors' cup quarterfinals

Compton, Aces elated to finally get past Beermen

Alex Compton and Vic Manuel could not contain their relief and excitement after finally getting past San Miguel in the playoffs.

Alaska Aces finally get past the San Miguel Beermen

The Alaska Aces finally vanquished longtime tormentors San Miguel and advancing to the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals.

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Alaska advances past San Miguel

The Alaska Aces eliminate the San Miguel Beermen, 96-83. to advance to the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals.

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Meralco stays alive, upends Phoenix

The Meralco Bolts break out with a big third period to drub the Phoenix Fuel Masters 90-74 and extend the PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals.

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Governors' Cup bracketology

Breaking down the PBA Governors' Cup playoffs bracket.

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MVP Race Heats Up

Pringle pulls ahead of Fajardo

Stanley Pringle pulls ahead of June Mar Fajardo in the MVP race while Jason Perkins leads for the Rookie of the Year award.

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Fajardo faces new challenger for MVP award

NorthPort's Stanley Pringle pulls ahead of San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo in the MVP race. Fajardo is bidding for his fifth-straight MVP.

uaap season 81

Falcons not content with Final Four berth

The Adamson Falcons clinched their third straight Final Four berth Wednesday, but to them it's no big deal.

DLSU ousts NU, clinches playoff for Final Four

The DLSU Green Archers hit timely baskets down the stretch to win their third straight and knock the NU Bulldogs out of contention.

Ayo: UST in Final Four will be a bonus

As the UST Growling Tigers teeter on the brink of elimination, coach Aldin Ayo says reaching the postseason is not his top priority.

governors' cup

quarterfinals

Ginebra drops hammer on NLEX to book semis ticket

Japeth Aguilar and Justin Brownlee power Ginebra in a rout of NLEX to set up a "Manila Clasico" showdown with Magnolia.

Magnolia holds off Blackwater, moves on to semis

Paul Lee's 22 points and critical free throws boost Magnolia past Blackwater 103-99 to set up a clash with Ginebra.

Manila Clasico breakdown

Barangay Ginebra and the Magnolia Hotshots have a rivlary going back to 1989.

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Magnolia prepping for semis

The Magnolia Hotshots booked a semifinals ticket, leaving the Blackwater Elite to contemplate what went wrong.

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Jeff Chan reaches career milestone

Ginebra's Jeff Chan became the 91st player to score 5,000 career points.

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Ginebra sets up clash with Magnolia

The Barangay Ginebra Kings thump the NLEX Road Warriors 111-75 Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to set up a "Manila Clasico" showdown in the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals.

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Magnolia advances past Blackwater

The Magnolia Hotshots book a semifinal slot after outlasting the Blackwater Elite 103-99.

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