MANILA, Philippines – The old league mighty powers and rulers are still the ones favored to figure prominently in the race to the top in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that unfolds Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Talk n Text is determined to defend the crown, San Miguel Beer is raring to stretch its title run to three conferences while Alaska Milk, Rain or Shine, Barangay Ginebra and Star are teams likely to play their roles as perennial contenders.
Globalport will also be on the spotlight with Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and their teammates out to prove that their fourth-place in the Philippine Cup is for real.
Not to be ruled out is a possible breakthrough by anyone among NLEX, Meralco, Blackwater, Mahindra and newcomer Phoenix Petroleum especially if they find a gem of an import for this mid-season tourney featuring reinforcements with a maximum ceiling of 6-foot-9....
Reigning Best Import Wayne Chism and fierce rival Ivan Johnson banner the stellar cast of reinforcements set to make waves when the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup tips off on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Chism will be hoping that the third time’s a charm as he hopes to finally bring a championship to Rain or Shine in his third tour of duty for the Elasto Painters.
But standing in his way will be 11 other imports led by Ivan Johnson, Denzel Bowles and Rob Dozier, who are also making their anticipated PBA return....
MANILA, Philippines – Brian Williams, a champion import in the Asean Basketball League, is hooking up with the GlobalPort Batang Pier, completing the imports roster for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup unfolding Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Williams, who teamed up with Gabe Freeman to help the San Miguel Beermen in a title run in the ABL in 2012, flew in Thursday morning and was to attend a first practice with the Batang Pier yesterday afternoon.
Before suiting up for the Beermen, the Bronx, New York native played for the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the previous ABL season, coming through with averages of 20 points and 14.3 rebounds....
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine guard Gabe Norwood refused to be baited into picking a winner for Wednesday's night Game 7 between the Alaska Aces and the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
Norwood was asked by reporters at Spin.ph's Sportsman of the Year ceremony last Saturday regarding the best-of-seven series, which surprisingly went the distance despite Alaska taking a 3-0 lead.
"Crazy! It was crazy from the beginning, from Game 1 until last night," Norwood said....
Rain or Shine’s Jireh Ibanes apologizes, says no intention to hurt Fajardo: ‘I’m so sorry it happened’
Rain or Shine’s Jireh Ibanes has always been regarded as a tough-nosed defender, having been a member of the league’s All-Defensive team several times and often tasked to guard the league’s top scorers from the small forward and shooting guard spots.
While he is known to be a tough player, he doesn’t have a reputation of being a dirty player.
On Friday’s Game 6, he was involved in an unfortunate incident where he attempted to battle with reigning back-to-back PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel for a rebound but in the process hurting the 6-foot-10 center, who needed to be stretchered off the court with a knee injury....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||12||7||0.632||3rd|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||9||7||0.562||3rd|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||15||7||0.682||Runn er-up|
|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|