Jayson Castro led TNT with 15 points, while Ranidel De Ocampo and Richard Howell both recorded double-doubles, combining for 27 points and 23 rebounds.
Rain or Shine approached the final frame with a four-point edge, 68-64, before proceeding to lead by as much as seven with seven minutes left in the game. A six-point swing care off Howell and Larry Fonacier cut the lead to one, 78-77.
Tied at 81-all in the final three minutes, Howell and Castro converted enough baskets to inch ahead, 89-86, with 16 seconds remaining. RoS head coach Yeng Guiao sent in Chris Tiu for the tying trey, but the shooter's attempt failed to connect in the final second....
Talk ‘N Text retires Jimmy Alapag’s jersey in tiff with Rain or Shine; Barako Bull, Blackwater clash
Talk ‘N Text battles Rain or Shine at 7 p.m. live on TV5 in a special night for the Tropang Texters who are retiring the jersey of longtime captain Jimmy Alapag.
After 12 years in the league, “The Mighty Mouse” announced his retirement earlier this month, ending a storied career that saw him win the Most Valuable Player award as well as six titles with the only franchise he played for....
MANILA, Philippines —A former Best Import, who has captivated Filipino fans with his electrifying style of play, will make his return to the PBA while a Puerto Rican giant will try to carry his team on his broad shoulders as the two headline the list of imports in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup which opens Tuesday.
The high-flying Marqus Blakely will be in his fourth tour of duty for Purefoods after three fruitful stints — leading the Hotshots to two championship runs and a Finals appearance in the Governors’ Cup.
Blakely, listed at 6-foot-4, will be the shortest import in the field but from what he has shown in over 60 games in the PBA, he compensates his lack in size with his athletic ability and his unrelenting intensity....
We start off with the four imports who will be debuting in the conference’s first day on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
BARANGAY GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL – Michael Dunigan...
The second conference gets underway in the PBA with a doubleheader at the Mall of Asia Arena today and fans are bracing for a new-look treat after the Philippine Cup ended less than a week ago.
A crowd of 22,511 closed out the first conference which began with an attendance of 52,612 at the Philippine Arena. Fans are eagerly anticipating the start of the Commissioner’s Cup not only because of the features the league is introducing but also because of the scuffles that broke out in the run-up. Fights erupted in three separate tune-up games, indicating the players are getting ready for some serious physicality. The PBA, of course, has issued a strong warning to roughhousers that dirty play won’t be tolerated and penalties will be severe for wrongdoers.
The invasion of imports will turn the Commissioner’s Cup into a wide-open battle for supremacy. Now, more than ever, anything can happen in a game as the outcome will be unpredictable. The last four placers of the Philippine Cup are allowed an import with no height limit so Barako Bull, Kia and Blackwater are parading seven-footers. NLEX won’t bring in a seven-footer but the Road Warriors are doubly dangerous with NBA veteran Al Thornton teaming with resident big man Asi Taulava. The seven-footers are Peter John Ramos of Kia, Chris Charles of Blackwater and Solomon Alabi of Barako....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||0||1||0.000|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||8||0.467||3rd|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||18||8||0.692||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||4th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||9||7||0.562||5th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||15||12||0.556||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||14||7||0.667||Champions|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||8th|