What to Expect: Manila Clasico Christmas Edition to be Played at the Philippine Arena

Big crowd expected on Christmas Day

(Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
The last time the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings played at the Philippine Arena, they ended the night as back-to-back Governors’ Cup champions. That game was attended by 54,086 PBA fans. And since it included the crowd darlings, the Gin Kings, a big percentage of the crowd was seen wearing red shirts. Red is the color of Christmas. Red is the color of Ginebra’s dark jersey. And, red is the color of love. Come Christmas Day, we can expect the Philippine Arena to be filled with red-shirted fans anew as the PBA announced that the Gin Kings and Magnolia, formerly the Purefood Star Hotshots, will face off for the Christmas Edition of the Manila Clasico.

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The announcement was made along with the partial release of the initial schedule of the PBA Philippine Cup which is originally set to open on December 17, 2017 which will feature the San Miguel Bermen opening their title defense against the Phoenix Fuel Masters right after the opening ceremony which will happen at the Big Dome.
The venues for the initially scheduled games will include the Big Dome, Cuneta Astrodome, San Juan Arena and of course, the Philippine Arena which will also be the venue for the first Christmas Day game which will feature the NLEX Road Warriors versus the GlobalPort Batang Pier right before Manila Clasico.
Speaking of the Manila Clasico, who will win on Christmas Day?
The Gin Kings are coming off a championship run so we can expect them to come out firing on all cylinders come to the Philippine Cup and against Magnolia, expect the Twin Towers of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar to dominate the battle as they have always been doing in the past. With a healthy GregZilla, nothing is impossible for the Gin Kings.


Assuming that the season will open on schedule, Manila Clasico on Christmas Day at the Philippine Arena will be a big boost not just for Ginebra but for the entire PBA community because it will allow the fans to have a PBA Christmas at the biggest dome in the world. Just imagine the happiness of the fans if Ginebra will win the game. Priceless!

Powcast Vlog: Manila Clasico April 09, 2017

There is no way Powcast would miss the Manila Clasico game. 
Last weekend we were treated with another epic showdown between two of the most popular teams in the land. 
Star Hotshots came in undefeated and was also the last team to win the Manila Clasico match up. The odds were just really in their favor. Ginebra as always came inspired as thousands of fans flocked the Mall of Asia Arena to witness the game. 
Check out the Powcast Vlog: Manila Clasico Series 04.09.2017

A Brownlee Night Gives Ginebra Another Manila Clasico Win (Powcast Video Highlights)

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel once again took that game away from Star as they come back from a huge deficit. Scottie Thompson, one of the key players who made their come back possible had an impressive night, dishing key passes that made all of his teammates involved in their successful offensive execution.

“He did a spectacular job” Cone stressed in the post game interview.

Justin Brownlee, the man who made that key shot in Ginebra’s championship campaign last season proves his worth in the crowd darling’s line up after making another epic performance against the undefeated Star Hotshots.

The Ginebra hero in last Season’s governors’ cup contributed an impressive 30 point performance with 15 boards output that left the most winningest coach impressed.

“Justin causes alot of problem to alot of people, you know he can play in and out, make great passes he’s a great defender, and we kinda see him play how we envisioned him playing” Cone said on how they were able to beat star though they’re parading a small reinforcement in the conference.

Ginebra gives the Star Hotshots their first loss in the conference, in another successful come from behind win bringing them up a notch in the standings with 2 wins and a loss.

The scores:

GINEBRA 113 – Brownlee 33, Tenorio 21, Mercado 15, Aguilar 12, Thompson 8, Ferrer 8, Devance 7, Caguioa 6, Ellis 4, Marcelo 2.

STAR 98 – Mitchell 22, Maliksi 17, Lee 11, Jalalon 10, Barroca 9, Ramos 7, Brondial 7, Mendoza 6, Simon 5, Reavis 4, Sangalang 0.

Quarterscores: 26-24, 51-53, 82-75, 113-98

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Marc Barroca on What he Thinks About Manila Clasico and his Awesome Game 1 Performance

The veteran point guard talks to Powcast after an exciting first game win against crowd favorite Ginebra. Marc Barroca was impressive last night bagging 17 points, second highest point production behind Paul Lee, he also had a high field goal percentage shooting 6/12 ( 50%).
Marc Barroca talks to us about the winning streak and Manila Clasico.

Fans Scream for Manila Clasico Best of Seven Semi-Final Match Up

Photo by PBA Media Bureau
As another semi-finals stage unfolds, another possible Manila Clasico showdown is one of the anticipated match-ups to look out for as Star books their ticket to the 2017 Philippine Cup semi-finals.
Ginebra who just recently won their first outing against Alaska in the Quarter Finals, where they must win twice to advance to the next round will try to knock Alaska twice in a row. In the same bracket, Star Hotshots is waiting for these two teams’ winner at the Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday at 7pm.
Alaska Aces dominated the first couple of quarters against the League’s crowd favorite but Ginebra rallied back and overcame a 17 point lead after Sol Mercado and LA Tenorio’s huge third quarte run.
Fans wants the Star Hotshots and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to clash once again in the best of seven series semi final round. A Manila Clasico semi – finals that has not happened for a long time.
We will be witnessing an action packed game at 7pm as the Aces claims the rights for the final semi-finals berth against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Scottie Thompson the only guard in the top players in the rebounding department

Photo Courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

Getting used to seeing the skyscrapers to dominate the boards, this one’s rare. A 6 foot to 6 foot 1 guard has been welcomed in the top players in the rebounding department.

Earl Scottie Thompson a Barangay Ginebra San Miguel sophomore just got into the list of the players with most number of rebounds per game averaging 10 boards in each outing.

People are surprised event non-ginebra fanatics with the way this young guard manages to get the ball off the hands of taller players inside the paint. The “nose-for-the-ball” like what Tim Cone has mentioned in most of his post-game interviews is the gift that this University of Perpetual Help cager has that he compared to his former guard Johnny Abarrientos.

With the absence of their big man Greg Slaughter, filling up those stats in the record book for Ginebra is a big help for the Gin Kings especially for Japeth Aguilar who is now considered to be the focal point of Ginebra’s offense. With the ability of Scottie Thompson combined with Aguilar’s defensive style is another break through for Cone as he tries to get another Championship with this team.

Japeth Aguilar who scored a career-high of 32 points in their manila clasico outing last Christmas day has been a result of him not worrying and not hesitating to take those jumpers as he knows he got some folks that can grab the second chance boards for his team like Joe Devance, Aljon Mariano and their other front liners.

Scottie Thompson is now in the top ten players in terms of rebounds per game along side the other teams’ Frontliners such as Junmar Fajardo.

Bus rides to Philippine Arena to be provided by PBA for Manila Clasico ticket holders

As the PBA management expects another blockbuster Christmas Manila Clasico showdown, another treat is coming your way as the PBA is set to provide bus rides for the ticket holders to Bocaue, Bulacan – Philippine Arena.

With the previous gate attendance recorded in the same venue of the manila clasico who listed 52,612, highest number of attendees ever in the pro league, the PBA anticipated that this can be a repeat or even surpass the current record considering a big venue that can accommodate an estimated 55,000 seats.

PBA officials confirmed that they’re in talks with the biggest bus companies in Manila and buses are all ready for the Christmas games. Cubao and Buendia are the two confirmed pick up points by the management but has yet to finalize the process.

But this development will attract a lot of fans to treat their families in another history in the making game between the two league Giants of SMC. This double header game will be sparked up by the two expansion teams who came in the league last 2014. Blackwater and Mahindra will face each other in the first game to ignite the crowd as they wait for the main event of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Star Hotshots.

Will the 2016 Manila Clasico christmas showdown break another gate attendance record?

Can’t get enough of the holiday treats? Here’s another one!

PBA is going to put up another entertaining Christmas showdown, as they bring the Manila Clasico rivalry on Christmas Day. As another season unfolds, the PBA board decided to bring this another historic match up in Philippine Arena.

With Star hotshots currently having difficulties in trying to fit into Coach Chito’s system, and Ginebra also struggling when it comes to their consistency, this game will be another test for each squad as they fight for a win in front of an estimated 50,000 crowd of PBA faithfuls.

Every Manila Clasico showdown is historic, that makes each upcoming Ginebra-Star game a highly anticipated event as PBA try to bring the best basketball games to the fans, the management has decided to accommodate more fans on this day by getting a bigger venue that also held the most number of gate attendance in the history of the league in the past Manila Clasico match up conference opener which has recorded a total of 52,612 fans.

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Manila Clasico: Vintage come from behind win by Ginebra against Star

Staring at 17 point deficit midway of the 1st half, Ginebra composed themselves at the second half and unleashed a big comeback to frustrate the Star Hotshot anew.

The first half is all about Star dominance with the help of their import, Joel Wright and good contribution by their bench players. But the Gin Kings finally awakens in the third canto and took the lead, 78-76 after the frame.

The pivotal point of the game was the opening salvo of the final quarter which Jervy Cruz dominated and scored 6 straight points to give Ginebra a comfortable lead. And since then, it was all about Ginebra.

Ginebra was led by Justin Brownlee with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists while Japeth Aguilar, who named Best Player of the Game collects 21 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assists.

Star was led by Joel Wright with 31 points and Peter June Simon with 22 points.

The scores:

GINEBRA: 116 – Brownlee 38, Aguilar 21, Mercado 14, Tenorio 13, Cruz 8, Caguioa 8, Thompson 6, Marcelo 4, Mariano 2, Devance 2, Helterbrand 0.

STAR: 103 – Wright 31, Simon 22, Pingris 13, Garcia 10, Barroca 9, Yap 9, Melton 5, Sangalang 2, Maliksi 2, Reavis 0, Pascual 0.

Scoring by Quarters: 21-33, 50-58, 78-76, 116-103