2016-2017 Philippine Cup

Team Leaders

PPG: J. Aguilar (20.33)
RPG: J. Aguilar (9.00)
APG: L. Tenorio (6.67)
SPG: L. Tenorio (1.00)
BPG: J. Aguilar (1.67)

February 24, 2017 7:00PM
Mall of Asia Arena
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SMB 35 60
BGSM 12 39

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Containing 'the Kraken,' not outrebounding him, Scottie Thompson's main concern

February 24, 2017

 For Scottie Thompson, rebounding isn't just for the sake of making his stat line look pretty; it's about helping the team win. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN SportsMANILA, Philippines — Few sights inspire more cheers and gasps from Ginebra fans than when Scottie Thompson, all 6-foot-1 of him, soars for a rebound over bigger and taller players.

Thompson has been a relentless rebounder since his collegiate days, when he regularly racked up triple-doubles for Perpetual Help. His athleticism and motor help, and Thompson regularly credits his teammates for boxing out opposing team's big men, but no one can deny that the guard has a nose for the ball.

He carried that uncanny rebounding ability to the PBA, where he became an immediate favorite of the "Barangay."

In the PBA Philippine Cup, Thompson averaged 10.4 rebounds per game (RPG), good for fourth in the league. His numbers dipped in the semifinals, as he normed only 8 RPG, but it was still good for sixth among all players....

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Character, crowd Ginebra's advantages against powerhouse San Miguel

February 24, 2017

 Before hostilities in the PBA Philippine Cup finals begin, San Miguel and Ginebra share a friendly moment in the pre-finals press conference Wednesday. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN SportsMANILA, Philippines — When Ginebra coach Tim Cone was asked what their advantage will be over finals opponent San Miguel Beer — outside of their passionate fan base — the 19-time PBA champion had to take a pause.

Cone could have said a multitude of things — his wealth of experience against San Miguel coach Leo Austria's, the continued excellence of veteran point guard LA Tenorio, the threat that Sol Mercado poses on both ends of the floor, the explosiveness of Japeth Aguilar, the non-stop motor of Scottie Thompson.

He could have pointed to the pair of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, whose presence continue to inspire not just the fans but also the Gin Kings themselves....

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Caguioa, Helterbrand seek to further boost legacy with another PBA title

February 24, 2017

 From left: Japeth Aguilar, Jayjay Helterbrand, Solomon Mercado, and Mark Caguioa of Ginebra | Philstar PhotoMANILA, Philippines — It seems there’s no stopping Ginebra’s famed tandem.

Fans of Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa believed that the final chapters to their career arc have started to unfold after the Gin Kings’ duo added another PBA title to their collection.

But that may all change, as they are once again within striking distance of one more crown....

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PBA ‘Iron Man’ Tenorio credits family, lifestyle for staying healthy

February 24, 2017

 Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio soars for a basket against San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo | File PhotoMANILA, Philippines — Aside from skill set, the body is one of the most essential assets of an athlete.

And Ginebra’s LA Tenorio — despite his diminutive frame — is one among the few who had been through a lot of battles and remained unscathed.

The Gin Kings’ primary orchestrator is a surprising Iron Man among the team’s rugged players. Since getting drafted out of Ateneo de Manila University in 2006, Tenorio has played in almost 500 games....

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Cone lauds Victolero for job well done in maiden semis stint with Star

February 24, 2017

 Star coach Chito Victolero addresses his team during a timeout. Photo by Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN SportsMANILA, Philippines – Chito Victolero's first conference as head coach of the Star Hotshots opened on the wrong foot, with back-to-back losses to San Miguel and GlobalPort. But it ended with the young mentor earning praises from one of the PBA's greatest coaches.

"Coach Chito made the right adjustments," said Tim Cone, the winningest coach in PBA history, after Game 7 of their PBA Philippine Cup Finals series last Tuesday night. "He really gave us a lot of problems."

Victolero, tapped to replace Jason Webb – the man who replaced Cone as coach of the Purefoods franchise – righted the ship midway through the conference, giving the Hotshots free reign on offense while compelling them to play defense at a superb level....

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Team History (Last 10 Conferences)
Conference Win Loss PCT Placing
2016-2017 Philippine Cup 12 8 0.600
2015-2016 Governors' Cup 16 7 0.696 Champions
2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup 7 6 0.538 5th
2015-2016 Philippine Cup 8 5 0.615 5th
2014-2015 Governors' Cup 5 7 0.417 8th
2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup 5 7 0.417 8th
2014-2015 Philippine Cup 7 6 0.538 5th
2013-2014 Governors' Cup 5 5 0.500 6th
2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup 3 7 0.300 8th
2013-2014 Philippine Cup 15 8 0.652 3rd