2016-2017 Philippine Cup

Team Leaders

PPG: J. Fajardo (23.75)
RPG: J. Fajardo (19.25)
APG: C. Ross (5.75)
SPG: C. Ross (3.25)
BPG: A. Santos (3.00)

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

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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.

Instead, what Cone said was: "Hard to say."...

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Santos on SMB’s title chances: ‘Dapat mas gamay mo na’

February 24, 2017

Arwind Santos believes that with San Miguel preparing for its third straight Philippine Cup Finals, it should have the distinct edge over Ginebra when it comes to experience playing in this grand stage.

“Dapat mas gamay mo na kung paano manalo ng championship. Na-experience na namin ito eh (We should know better how it is to win a championship. We’ve experienced this before.),” he said.

However, the 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player isn’t counting the Gin Kings out on the eve of their best-of-7 championship series, with him mentioning that the biggest mistake the Beermen can do is to feel complacent....

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Beermen confident they can tune out Ginebra crowd

February 24, 2017

 A Ginebra fan holds up a sign in support of the Gin Kings in Game 6 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN SportsMANILA, Philippines – Many a team have been rattled and frustrated, perhaps even scared, by the raucous fans of the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.

The thunderous chants of "Hee-ne-bra, Hee-ne-bra" not only pump up the Gin Kings – especially when they are making a rally – it also makes it difficult for the opposing players to communicate, and even think, inside the court.

Some players, however, look at the Ginebra crowd and see a challenge – a chance to shut them up, or perhaps, a chance to win them over to their side. ...

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Tough semis series against TNT 'sharpened' San Miguel

February 24, 2017

 The San Miguel Beermen celebrate during Game 7 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against TNT. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN SportsMANILA, Philippines – Expected to cruise against TNT in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, San Miguel Beer instead found itself in a see-saw battle, at one point on the brink of elimination from the conference it has dominated in the past two seasons.

The Beermen needed to go the full route against the KaTropa, winning Game 7, 96-83, to advance to a third consecutive Finals appearance in the All-Filipino Cup, and keep alive its bid for the "Perpetual Trophy."

They will face off against sister team Barangay Ginebra in the championship series, with the Gin Kings coming off an emotional semifinal of their own against traditional rivals Star....

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Battle-tested Beermen ready for the Finals, says Ross

February 24, 2017

For all the fanfare given to June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross has undoubtedly been the fuel that keeps the San Miguel engine going.

And as the Beermen prepare for the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year believes that the hardships his team faced only strengthened the two-time defending champions.

“It sharpened us,” he said, citing San Miguel’s comeback from a 2-3 series deficit in its semifinals duel against TNT. “We only lost one game all conference, and then we go in, and we were never in the lead in that series.”...

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Team History (Last 10 Conferences)
Conference Win Loss PCT Placing
2016-2017 Philippine Cup 15 4 0.789
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