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PBA Commissioner’s Cup tips off with Kia facing GlobalPort, Ginebra battling Meralco

By: | Date Posted: Jan 26, 2015

The PBA makes its return from a short break with four teams pinning their hopes on some of the tallest reinforcements in the Commissioner’s Cup that tips off Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Kia Sorento hope to start this conference on a winning note as they take on the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 4:15 p.m. while crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra San Miguel test a returning coach and a comebacking import in their tiff against the Meralco Bolts at 7 p.m.

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By: ENZO FLOJO | Date Posted: Jan 26, 2015

Both Ginebra and Meralco finished with 6 wins and 5 losses in the Philippine Cup. Both were also ousted in the second phase of the Quarterfinals — Meralco lost to Alaska, while Ginebra got the boot from TNT.

Ginebra, despite its imposing size and deep roster, hasn’t really been able to meet its potential. It’s the only SMC team so far to NOT have won a title since the PBA reverted to its three-conference format. Needless to say, the Kings are hungry as hell, but the recent coaching change further muddles this team’s identity.

Michael Dunigan on his second day of practice with Ginebra. Richard Dy

Michael Dunigan sees himself forming a formidable frontline with Ginebra Twin Towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar

By: Richard Dy | Date Posted: Jan 26, 2015

RETURNING import Michael Dunigan believes teaming up with Barangay Ginebra's Twin Towers in Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar gives the Kings a formidable frontline for the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Dunigan said he had a good practice on Monday with the league's most popular team, just two days after arriving from the United States where he is coming off a stint with the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League.


Barangay Ginebra San Miguel   Meralco Bolts
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Final Score
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Mall of Asia Arena
Elimination Round


Teams W L Pct Streak
San Miguel Beermen 9 2 0.82 + 1
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 9 2 0.82 + 7
Talk n Text Tropang Texters 8 3 0.73 + 4
Alaska Aces 8 3 0.73 -2
Meralco Bolts 6 5 0.55 + 2
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 6 5 0.55 -1
Purefoods Star Hotshots 6 5 0.55 + 1
Global Port Batang Pier 5 6 0.45 -1
NLEX Road Warriors 4 7 0.36 + 1
Barako Bull Energy 4 7 0.36 -1
Kia Sorento 1 10 0.09 -10
Blackwater Elite 0 11 0.00 -11