PBA Governor’s Cup Finals Game 7: The Ginebra Kings are Champions again!

Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by JC Ansis, Charmie Lising, Sid Ventura

Repeat! Barangay Ginebra claims Govs’ Cup title for second year in a row by JC Ansis

“Champions again.

The Barangay Ginebra Kings successfully defended their crown after defeating the Meralco Bolts, 101-96, in Game 7 of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup finals on Friday at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/repeat-barangay-ginebra-claims-govs-cup-title-for-second-year-in-a-row#ixzz4wlwhIl9K


Finals MVP LA Tenorio is Ginebra’s resident superhero by Charmie Lising

_P2A8574 LA Tenorio wins back-to-back MVPs

“In every PBA crown that LA Tenorio has won, he emerged as the Finals MVP.

It began in the 2010 Fiesta Cup when he was still with the Alaska Aces, and then he continued the Finals MVP tradition now that the Barangay Ginebra Kings have reigned supreme in back-to-back Governors’ Cup.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/finals-mvp-la-tenorio-is-ginebras-resident-superhero#ixzz4wlrIRCsZ


Tim Cone wins his 20th PBA title in front of 54,000 and he can’t wait to tell Erik Spoelstra  about it by Sid Ventura

_P2A8539 zoomed Tim Cone celebrating
“Tim Cone is the winningest coach in Philippine Basketball Association history. His latest – the 20th now for those keeping count – came Friday night at the Philippine Arena when the Barangay Ginebra Kings took Game 7 of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of the Meralco Bolts.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/tim-cone-wins-his-20th-pba-title-in-front-of-54000-and-he-cant-wait-to-tell-erik-spoelstra-about-it#ixzz4wlvcEBZv


Durham fails to accomplish mission, hopes to try again next year by Charmie Lising
_S1A3450 Allen Durham with an up and under past Greg Slaughter

“’It’s tough, it hurts.’

These were the sentiments of a visibly frustrated Allen Durham after the Meralco Bolts suffered another PBA finals loss at the hands of the Barangay Ginebra Kings.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/durham-fails-to-accomplish-mission-hopes-to-try-again-next-year#ixzz4wlwNMd4j


PBA Finals Game 6: Meralco Bolts stave off the Ginebra Kings, 98-91

Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by Chuck Araneta, Charmie Lising, Sid Ventura

Meralco hangs tough down the stretch, forces Game 7 vs. Barangay Ginebra by Chuck Araneta

“When it looked liked Barangay Ginebra would rewind the tape and conjure up memories of a thrilling fourth-quarter finish, the Meralco Bolts slammed the door shut on them.

The result? A Game 7 for the ages.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/meralco-hangs-tough-down-the-stretch-forces-game-7-vs-barangay-ginebra#ixzz4waPhfGjk


Collective effort: Meralco’s local crew shine in Game 6 – by Charmie Lising

_S1A2172 Reynel Hugnatan beats Scottie Thompson for the rebound

“Much has been said about Allen Durham’s extraordinary strength and awe-inspiring talent as he continues to be the most vital cog for the Meralco Bolts in the ongoing 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup finals.

The back-to-back Best Import of the Conference, however, cannot do it on his own. He can turn supernova at any moment and score most of the points, but against a very tough champion team like Barangay Ginebra, a one-man show is simply not bound to work. Significant and consistent contributions from his teammates are badly needed.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/collective-effort-meralcos-local-crew-shine-in-game-6#ixzz4waRNekws


Black after Meralco forces Game 7: ‘These moments are where heroes are made’ by Charmie Lising

_S1A2273 Jared Dillinger with an uncontested three

“The battlecry for my team tonight was just to play on Friday. We just wanted to do whatever we had to do tonight to win this game to give ourselves a chance to do that,” the Meralco mentor said. “To be quite honest with you, this is where we wanted to be the entire conference. We wanted to put ourselves in a situation where we could win this championship.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/black-after-meralco-forces-game-7-these-moments-are-where-heroes-are-made#ixzz4waVvOnrA


Cone readies Ginebra for ‘best two words in sports: Game 7’ by Sid Ventura

_S1A1091 Tim Cone

“There was no repeat of last year’s Game 6 comeback as the Barangay Ginebra Kings fell to the Meralco Bolts, 98-91, in this year’s Game 6 of the Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday night at the Philippine Arena. And while Tim Cone laments the wasted opportunity to finish off the Bolts and celebrate another championship, he’s been around long enough to know that the last win in a series is always the toughest.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/cone-readies-ginebra-for-best-two-words-in-sports-game-7#ixzz4waZ6Tzdn

PBA Finals Game 2: Ginebra defeats Meralco, 86-76, with a thrilling 4th quarter comeback – 20171015

“Ice-cold all game long, LA Tenorio struggled to make an impact on a game that seemed to be swinging their opponents’ way.

But when Barangay Ginebra needed him the most, the reigning Finals MVP responded and dealt a knockout blow to the Bolts.”


All photos by Winston Baltasar

Recap by Chuck Araneta 
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/tenorios-heroics-deliver-game-2-win-for-barangay-ginebra#ixzz4vpcydRRh


_S1A8763 Ginebra's Greg Slaughter battles for the rebound with Meralco's Allen Durham

Feature on Greg Slaughter by Carlo Pamintuan  http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/winning-title-is-only-goal-for-newly-crowned-bpc-greg-slaughter


_S1A8730 Former Ateneans LA Tenorio and Chris Newsome on the different sides now

Feature on LA Tenorio by Charmie Lising http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/the-hero-ginebra-deserves-tenorio-bails-out-the-kings-in-game-2


_S1A8548 Ginebra's Greg Slaughter wins Best Player of the Conference and Allen Durham wins Best Import

Write-up by JC Ansis                                      http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/ginebras-slaughter-wins-first-bpc-plum-meralcos-durham-named-best-import-anew


_S1A8870 Basketball legend Bobby Jaworksi talks with fans while Toyota teammate Francis Arnaiz watches the game

Feature on Bobby Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz by Charmie Lising  http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/iconic-duo-jaworski-arnaiz-show-up-as-ginebra-wins-game-2

PBA Semis G1: Barangay Ginebra overwhelms TNT KaTropa – 20171002

Recap by Carlo Pamintuan / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“Two playoff games. Two beatdowns.

The Barangay Ginebra Kings are now two wins away from getting a chance at defending their title after they took a 1-0 lead in their semifinal series against TNT in the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup with a comfortable 121-84 victory, Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/barangay-ginebra-draws-first-blood-with-rout-of-tnt-in-game-1#ixzz4uMSX0Prp




PBA QF: Rain or Shine keeps Finals hopes alive by defeating TNT – 20170927

Recap by Charmie Lising / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters sizzled from beyond the arc and held off a furious TNT rally to claim a 106-102 victory over the KaTropa and force a do-or-die match in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup, Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

J’Nathan Bullock fired seven triples en route to 31 points, to go with 15 rebounds, and three assists.”


PBA Quarterfinals: Ginebra Kings eliminate SMBeermen to quelch Grand Prix run

Recap by Charmie Lising / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“No more Grand Slam for the Beermen.

The Barangay Ginebra Kings played great basketball from start to finish as they dominated the San Miguel Beermen, 104-84, in their 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals matchup Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/ginebra-completes-20-point-rout-ends-san-miguels-grand-slam-hopes#ixzz4tvw1v9i1

UAAP80: UP makes 16 triples on the way to beating DLSU – 20170923

Write-ups by Yoyo Sarmenta / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“The UP Fighting Maroons just did the improbable.

UP took down the mighty De La Salle Green Archers, 98-87, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in a stunning display of grit, determination, and a whole lot of belief.”


_S1A6202 UP's Jun Manzo tweeted before the game Walang imposible sa taong naniniwala
UP’s Jun Manzo tweeted before the game “Walang imposible sa taong naniniwala.”
_S1A6121 UP Rookie Robert Ricafort (#2) celebrates with his team
Controversial UP Rookie Robert Ricafort (#2) celebrates with his team


Flashback Friday: Olympic Qualifying Trials (Basketball) at MOA Arena – July 2016

Words and Photos by Winston Baltasar

In July of 2016, I shot the Olympic Qualifying Trials (Basketball) for Sports5. On the first day of the games, when Tristan Thompson of Canada (and the then NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers) posterized the Turkish center, I was there to capture the moment.
Tristan posted my photo on his Instagram page. It garnered tens of thousands of positive reactions on social media but I’m just happy to have been in the right place at the right time.img_9560


On a somber note, a few days before the games, a bomb exploded in Turkey’s airport. In the pre-game vs. Gilas Pilipinas, the Turkish team was a picture of sadness when their national anthem was played. Our thoughts went to the people who died and were gravely wounded in this tragedy.img_9504

After the Turkish National Anthem was played, it was time for Lupang Hinirang. The poignant sadness of the Turkish Team carried over to Gilas Pilipinas.img_9488

The games were highly entertaining, nevertheless. The Philippines is still Basketball Country after all. One of my favorite shots is of spitfire Terrence Romeo flashing past the much taller French player. Boris Diaw, of the San Antonio Spurs, in the background with his mouth open is a bonus.img_9570

But all good things must pass. After a week with some of the best basketball players in the world, France beat Canada to win the qualifying tournament, which got them a ticket to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The photo below was difficult to shoot as there was a phalanx of photographers in between the French team and me, since I had just come from the press room to send photos to my editor. I had to crawl on my hands and knees between the legs of the photographers, carrying the heavy (but fantabulous) Canon 1DX Mark II camera and an equally heavy 70-200mm lens attached it.

I saw a window of opportunity between someone’s knees and someone else’s thigh when the colored confetti flew. Tony Parker turned towards my camera with a smile and the rest is history. 

Bonus are two more NBA players in the frame, Nic Batum and the ubiquitous Boris Diaw. 

We welcome comments, questions, and suggestions. Follow us here for more of my photojournalist journey. 



The Magician Efren “Bata” Reyes defeats World Champion Wunderkind Wu Jian Qing – 30 Dec. 2011

Efren “Bata” Reyes is called the Magician because of his amazing skill, especially with his trick shots. To see him live, as we did in 2011, was astounding.


Bata was not expected to win against Wu, the young champion, but he played with confidence and aplomb.


Bata led early but we wondered if he was tiring because Wu was catching up. Then Wu scratched to the delight of the hometown crowd.


Despite the long match, Bata was still friendly with his fans. Truly an amazing gentleman.

img_2297 Efren after the game

I don’t often have my photo taken with celebrities but with Efren “Bata” Reyes, I was delighted to do so.

img_2295 Efren and I


PBA Governor’s Cup: Ginebra San Miguel vs. Purefoods Star Hotshots – 20170903

_S1A4139 Sol Mercado chases Allein Maliksi around a Marc Pingris screen“Barangay Ginebra survived a Manila Clasico nail-biter as they defeated the Star Hotshots in overtime, 105-101, on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/ginebra-takes-manila-clasico-thriller-in-overtime#ixzz4rmcjUQCq

Recap by Charmie Lising / Photos by Winston Baltasar

It was a thriller! More photos coming up.

_S1A4039 Greg Slaughter with the rebound