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MPBL: Davao Occidental, San Juan clash for Datu Cup

THE MPBL Datu Cup comes down to an end on Thursday night as fans will witness the ascension of the first ever national champion. Either host team Davao Occidental or San Juan will be feted here at the Rizal Memorial College Gym as they battle it out one last time this season.

MPBL Finals: Davao Occidental forces rubber match

DAVAO Occidental was eight minutes away from seeing its season come to an end until Billy Robles and Eman Calo combined forces and conspired down the stretch to lead the Tigers to a 77-66 triumph over San Juan in Game 4 of the best-of-five championship series and deny the Knights a grand celebration at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

San Juan Knights go for jugular in MPBL finals

HISTORY COULD rewrite itself on Monday as San Juan shoots for the national championship of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup with a win against Davao Occidental in Game Four of their best-of-five finals series today at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

No stopping MPBL

At the maximum, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)still has two games left this season depending on the outcome of the ongoing national finals between San Juan and Davao Occidental. The Knights are enjoying a 2-1 advantage and have a chance to wrap things up with a win at home. A Tigers victory would send the series back to Davao to determine the first-ever National Champion of the Datu Cup.

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is ideal destination of second generation players

AFTER Ray Parks and Gab Banal, two more notable second generation players might bring their wares to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) next...

Davao Occidental, San Juan begin MPBL Datu Cup Finals series today

DAVAO -- The Davao Occidental Tigers enjoy the comfort of home and after dethroning inaugural staging champions Batangas City Athletics, they are now taking advantage of getting a two-day rest before plunging back to action today where they face the San Juan Knights at the start of their MPBL Datu Cup best-of-five championship series.

Three teams join MPBL

For P50-million, are you willing to put up a team in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League?

Batangas beats Zamboanga, faces Davao Occidental in south finals

BATANGAS CITY -- With its season hanging in balance, Batangas City Athletics brought it’s A-game in front of their local folks and it started from Val Acuña, last season’s Most Valuable Player.

Stars edge Risers to face Knights in north finals

BALANGA -- Manila Stars outlasted home team Bataan Risers, 56-51, in a grueling, defensive struggle late Monday night to set up a north division finals showdown with San Juan in the MPBL Datu Cup at the People’s Center here.

Zamboanga ushers Muntinlupa to MPBL exit door, sets up semifinal match...

BATANGAS CITY -- Zamboanga became the latest low-ranked team to pull off a quarterfinal series win over a highly-rated rival as it ushered Muntinlupa, last season’s runner-up to the exit door of the MPBL Datu Cup even as inaugural staging champion Batangas City kept its back-to-back championships aspiration following its victory late Monday night here at the Batangas City Coliseum.

Bataan, Manila collide; San Juan takes on QC as MPBL Final...

EXPECT a slam bang encounter as powerhouse teams Bataan Riers and Manila Stars begin their semifinal round even as San Juan Knights battles a Quezon City Capitals that is making a Cinderella run in the northern division of the MPBL Datu Cup Tuesday night at the People’s Center in Balanga, Bataan.

‘The Scholar’ is back in the game

Only a few players has had a success both as player and coach.

Bataan Risers, Manila Stars set up MPBL north Final Four showdown

POWERHOUSE teams Bataan Risers and Manila Stars arranged an explosive Final Four encounter in the northern division of the MPBL Datu Cup after prevailing over their respective rivals late Wednesday night at the San Andres Gym in Manila.

QC, San Juan dispatch rivals to set up MPBL Final Four...

ANDREW Estrella played one of the best games of his career in his team’s most pivotal match to carry the Quezon City Capitals to a hard-earned 77-74 win and sweep their MPBL Datu Cup quarterfinals series against the Makati Super Crunch.

Bacoor Strikers’ center undergoes face, nose surgery

KING Destacamento, the 22-year-old homegrown center of the Bacoor Strikers, successfully underwent surgery on his fractured face and nose he received from a wayward elbow of Denmar Mahaling of the General Santos Warriors.

Bacoor’s Cinderella run

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- There’s a new Cinderella squad in the MPBL -- and they’re the Bacoor Strikers.

MPBL: Quezon City halts Makati’s winning run; San Juan prevails

THE Quezon City Capitals picked a perfect time to snap the Makati Skyscrapers’ 15-game winning run -- and it happened at the start of their MPBL Datu Cup best-of-three quarterfinals series late Wednesday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

MPBL: Batangas City, Imus set up playoff tiff after beating rivals

BATANGAS CITY -- The Batangas City Athletics is back at the upper half of the playoffs, but it didn’t come the easier route just as it did last time around.

MPBL Playoffs

The MPBL Playoffs will start Tuesday and just as expected, the Bataan Risers, Davao Occidental Tigers secured the top seed in the north and south divisions, respectively.

Still exploding @ 40

Great players had great games left in them.

Lastimosa, David All-Stars anew, this time in MPBL

FOR many years, Jojo Lastimosa found himself playing in the Philippine Basketball Association All-Stars, one of the most memorable perhaps came in the 1989 edition when he was still seeing action for the Rookies and Sophomores team alongside Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Ato Agustin, Jerry Codiñera, Ronnie Magsanoc, Nelson Asaytono and Dindo Pumaren, among others, going up against the Veterans team headed by Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez.

‘Return of the Rivals’

When you see The Living Legend Robert Jaworski, four-time MVP Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, The Triggerman Allan Caidic, The Flying A Johnny Abarrientos and Captain Marbel among others, participating in one event, what do you expect?

MPBL: Bataan stays on top, Valenzuela moves up

IT SEEMS that the Bataan Risers will not settle for anything less and they’ve shown their desire to stay on top Tuesday night by dealing the Mandaluyong El Tigre a sound beating, 109-65, in the MPBL Datu Cup at the Valenzuela Astrodome.

MPBL Datu Cup: San Juan Knights keep 4th spot; Caloocan Supremos...

SAN JUAN and Caloocan pulled off contrasting wins in the MPBL Datu Cup and fortified their aspirations ahead of the playoff round.

Crucial MPBL Datu Cup matches in store in Valenzuela

BATAAN Risers tries to hold on to the solo lead in the MPBL Datu Cup even as host team Valenzuela hopes to catch the last bus to the quarterfinal round when it shoots for a win in the main game of Tuesday’s double header at the Valenzuela Astrodome.

Streamlining SBP program

Yeng Guiao, Patrick Aquino, Jong Uichcico, and possibly, Tab Baldwin are all under the coaching stable of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas.

Gerald Anderson MPBL’s real deal

JUST how good Gerald Anderson is?

General Santos making its presence felt in MPBL; Navotas snaps home...

LOOKS like the Gen San Warriors are poised to clinch a top four berth -- and beyond -- in the MPBL Datu Cup.

MPBL a year after

Time flew by like a breeze and the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) has just turned a year older.

Big Game James is back

Old players like James Yap has great games left in them and he had proven this in Rain or Shine’s first game of the season against the NLEX Road Warriors.

Bataan, Makati firm up MPBL playoff chances in separate wins

BALANGA -- Bataan and Makati subdued their respective rivals on Wednesday night here at the People’s Center and put themselves in good position to secure the home court advantage heading to the playoffs of the MPBL Datu Cup.

Loyal soldiers

The only thing permanent in this world is change and that in the truest sense of the word was best exemplified by Jimmy Alapag, the guy who spent his playing career for 14 seasons under the MVP Group of Companies.

Preparing national cage team

Putting Tab Baldwin as head coach of the national youth men’s basketball team is the right thing to do.

MPBL: Caloocan Supremos, Bulacan Kuyas outplay rivals

CALOOCAN and Bulacan relied on their awesome twosome to turn back their respective rivals in the MPBL Datu Cup on Wednesday night at the Caloocan Sports Complex.

MPBL’s lower seeds

Last time, we tackled the top contenders who are likely assured of a spot in the playoffs of the MPBL Datu Cup. This time, we’ll take a look at teams at the lower half of the standings vying for the top two spots in the quarterfinal round.

MPBL Datu Cup hot teams Bataan Risers, Batangas Athletics favored over...

TWO of the hottest teams in the MPBL Datu Cup will try to keep their winning ways when they take on separate rivals on Tuesday at the Batangas City Coliseum.

MPBL ambassadors

LAMITAN, BASILAN -- The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League just have a new milestone in holding the first ever regular game in this previously known war-torn province.

MPBL: San Juan edges Manila in overtime thriller

THE family rivalry between San Juan and Manila has provided the drama more than expected in a soap opera and on Wednesday night, the two teams needed an extra five-minute stretch to settle the outcome.

MPBL: Davao Occidental Tigers extend winning streak to nine

DAVAO Occidental, a team from down south in the MPBL Datu Cup, has joined the mix of championship contenders.

MPBL: Batangas Athletics and Makati Super Crunch sustain winning streaks

BATANGAS and Makati cities continued to roll in the MPBL Datu Cup after coming up with similar victories over their respective rivals at the Marist School Gymnasium Monday night.

MPBL: Manila outshines Quezon City; Gen San wins

THE BATTLE between the nation’s past and present capital ended the way it was expected, the Manila Stars stood out with plenty to spare. Chris...

Bataan streaks to 12th win; Bulacan edges Pampanga

ANGELES CITY, PAMPANGA -- Bataan streaked to its 12th straight win on Monday night here at the Angeles University Foundation Arena, but its most productive output in the MPBL Datu Cup against the Basilan Steel proved to be an indication of better things to come for the Bataan Risers.

MPBL race to top eight

Bataan Risers, Muntinlupa Cagers, Manila Stars, Davao Occidental Tigers, San Juan Knights, Bacoor Strikers, Makati Super Crunch and Batangas City Athletics. Halfway in the MPBL Datu Cup and these teams appeared to be locked in for a spot in the playoffs, cracking themselves in the top four of their respective divisions in the tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

MPBL: Super Crunch in tie-up with Makati team

THERE’S a reason why Super Crunch, a snack pack created down south, is making its presence felt in the metropolis and entering a partnership with Makati in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Bataan rising to MPBL challenge

BALANGA, BATAAN -- The last time Jojo Lastimosa experienced an 11-game winning run was more than two decades ago when he was still playing for the Alaska Milkmen and became part of their grand slam run.