MANILA, Philippines - The Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup elimination round is heading for a wild finish with fierce battles up for the Top Two, the Top Six and the Magic 10.
Alaska Milk, Rain or Shine, San Miguel Beer and Talk n Text are locked in a tight fight for the first and second which guarantee outright Final Four entry.
Meanwhile, Mahindra, Star, Blackwater and Meralco are the teams looking to slug it out to avoid the last two spots or early elimination in the all-Filipino tourney.
The Aces, the Elasto Painters and the Beermen are tied in the lead at 6-1, and they’ve gotten the inside track in the race for the Top Two, with the Texters nursing some hopes at 4-2....
PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa has promised to hold games abroad as much as the league can after experiencing first hand the warm reception of OFWs in the most recent visit by the league in Dubai.
“We all know that our kababayans abroad don’t have much leisure time. When they come home, kasama sa kasabikan nila ang manood ng PBA. The PBA going to where they areis our way of giving back to what we call our modern-day heroes,” said Narvasa.
“I saw it in Dubai. The reception was not just warm. They’re genuinely very, very happy just to be able to see our basketball stars,” Narvasa added....
The elder Alas was again able to top his son when their respective teams went head-to-head Friday night with Louie’s Aces beating Kevin’s new team, NLEX, 89-81.
The younger Alas started off strong, scoring nine points on three three-pointers in the first half....
NLEX’s Asi Taulava, Alaska coach Alex Compton not surprised to see Eric Menk play through broken nose
When Alaska forward Eric Menk received a wayward elbow from Marc Pingris that led to him suffering a broken nose, many expected the veteran to miss some time, likely in the team’s next game against NLEX.
But Menk wasn’t about to let that keep him off the floor and he showed up on Friday ready to play, even coming in as part of the Aces’ starting lineup, as they notched an 89-81 win over the Road Warriors.
His coach, Alex Compton, told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview that they kept Menk’s status a secret....
The Alaska Aces needed to hold off a big fourth quarter rally from the NLEX Road Warriors but managed to get the job done, 89-81, as they moved into the No. 1 spot in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Sonny Thoss had 16 points and 10 rebounds while Rome Dela Rosa and Vic Manuel scored 11 points apiece. Calvin Abueva also had a strong showing with 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
The Aces led by as much as 20 points in the third but saw that cut down to as few as four points in the last two minutes before surviving in the endgame....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||6||1||0.857|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||12||7||0.632||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||9||0.654||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||7||10||0.412||8th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||7th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||18||4||0.818||Champions|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||12||10||0.545||4th|