Despite a 2-1 record, the two-time champs are not the dominant force they used to be. In three games this season, the Beermen narrowly escaped a Star team struggling to find chemistry, lost to a Phoenix crew without a true center, and barely beat an Alaska squad that only had 10 healthy players.
San Miguel returned its core this season but for some reason, the Beermen's performance have not been up to par yet.
"Kung titignan mo, kahit nanalo kami ng dalawa, parang medyo hirap at lagi na lang alanganin kahit pwede naman namin ipakita na kaya manalo ng San Miguel mula sa simula pero di namin magawa," veteran Arwind Santos said....
MANILA, Philippines — The Phoenix Fuel Masters pulled off a massive upset early in the PBA Philippine Cup by downing the defending champion San Miguel Beermen 92-85 at Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Wednesday.
His team up by one, forward JC Intal scored the insurance baskets — a 17-foot banker and a long three-pointer — with less than two minutes left in the game to gave the Fuel Masters a comfortable cushion at 90-84.
The two teams are now tied with identical 1-1 records....
The 6-foot-8 Van Opstal, who was picked by San Miguel Beer from the Gilas Cadet pool, cooled his heels in the inaugurals of PBA Season 42 when coach Leo Austria said that “we will only use the players we need” in a close win over Star.
Facing Phoenix Petroleum at 7 p.m. today in the Philippine Cup eliminations at Ynares Center here, Van Opstal certainly is wishing that the multititled Austria finds a need for him against the Fuel Masters....
The PBA has just ushered in its 42nd season but that didn’t prevent the league from collecting P38,000 in fines from eight players and one coach for their different infractions during the first week of the Oppo Philippine Cup.
NLEX big man Enrico Villanueva got the heftiest fine of P15,000 for a flagrant foul penalty one on rookie Carl Bryan Cruz and his “sarcastic and disrespectful on-court behaviour” during their game versus Alaska last week.
His teammate Eman Monfort was also slapped with a P10,000 penalty for “committing an injurious contact” again on Cruz....
MANILA – After suffering a mild stroke a month ago, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Doug Kramer has called on the league to include Two-Dimensional Echocardiography (2D Echo) in the players’ annual medical check-ups.
Kramer, who was hospitalized for almost a week after his attending physicians found a tiny congenital hole in his heart which caused a clot, hopes that putting 2D Echo as a requirement for his fellow cagers and athletes will save lives.
“With that test, you'll be able to see any enlargement or most complications in the heart. It can definitely save a person's life once you've found out early,” Kramer posted on his Instagram account....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||2||1||0.667|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||11||6||0.647||4th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||10||7||0.588||3rd|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||17||7||0.708||Champions|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||16||5||0.762||Champions|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||9th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||5||0.773||Champion|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||5th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||4||0.636||5th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|