No complacency for San Miguel despite 2-0 semis lead

San Miguel Beer guard Jericho Cruz, left, fights for the ball against Rain or Shine’s Adrian Nocum during Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.–PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines—On Sunday, San Miguel Beer moved two wins away from another trip to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. But while being that close to making the championship…

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PBA: San Miguel gets Game 1, but Rain or Shine delivers on vow

June Mar Fajardo leads San Miguel past Rain or Shine for a 1-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net San Miguel Beer’s victory to open the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday was a validation of its label as heavy favorites to progress past underdog Rain or Shine. But the Beermen’s 101-98…

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Tough Terrafirma series ‘good grind’ for San Miguel

Coach Jorge Gallent during a huddle with the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals against Terrafirma Dyip. –PBA IMAGES San Miguel Beer coach Jorge Gallent agrees that surviving Terrafirma may bode well for his talent-laden lineup now that it goes to the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup facing another underdog in…

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Rain or Shine ousts TNT to set up semis duel vs San Miguel

Rain or Shine Elastopainters Gian Mamuyac during a PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals game against TNT Tropangg Giga. –PBA IMAGES Rain or Shine staved off TNT’s fourth quarter comeback to eke out a 110-109 victory Wednesday and a trip to the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at Ninoy Aquino Stadium. The Elasto Painters will take on the…

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Terrafirma shocks San Miguel to force do-or-die in playoffs

Terrrafirma guard Juami TIongson.–PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines–Terrafirma, against overwhelming odds, played with indomitable spirit all of Saturday to stun top-seeded San Miguel, 106-95, and drag the defending champion to a you-or-me clash in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals. Cornerstone Juami Tiongson, top rookie pick Stephen Holt, and fit-again Isaac Go came up with big numbers…

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Meralco claims playoff spot, hands San Miguel first loss

Meralco Bolts’ Cliff Hodge.–PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines–Meralco kept it together in the most critical of times on Saturday night to deal San Miguel its first defeat, 95-92, and seize a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Philippine Cup. Defensive ace Cliff Hodge delivered 20 points that went with 13 rebounds to power the shorthanded Bolts past…

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Letran, San Sebastian end streaks

FILE–The Letran Lady Knights in the NCAA Season 99 women’s volleyball tournament. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net MANILA, Philippines—Letran snapped Lyceum’s six-game winning streak, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22, in the NCAA Season 99 women’s volleyball tournament at San Juan Arena on Tuesday. The Lady Knights’ victory pushed their record to 5-2 while also snapping a streak of their…

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Surging San Miguel Beer not focused on elims sweep

San Miguel Beermen coach Jorge Gallent.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel has only two games left in the elimination round of the PBA Philippine Cup and coach Jorge Gallent doesn’t want to look too far ahead. With the top seeding secured, the Beermen have a chance to sweep the elimination round although it’s not one of…

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San Miguel Beer clinches top seed, rips NLEX

San Miguel Beermen guard CJ Perez.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net MANILA, Philippines–On a roll from the start of the tournament, San Miguel tapped on that head of steam it built thus far on Sunday night to dispatch undermanned NLEX, 120-103, and claim the No. 1 spot in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations. CJ Perez finished with 30 points…

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San Miguel hikes unbeaten run to 8-0, fends off Magnolia

San Miguel Beermen’s CJ Perez in the PBA Philippine Cup against Magnolia. –PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines–At the edge of what looked like its first loss in the PBA Philippine Cup, San Miguel’s top gun in the conference and its veteran playmaker came through down the stretch to seal a 98-91 triumph over corporate sibling but…

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