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Will Chris Lutz recharge the Bolts?

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Free agency isn’t usually a deep source of headlines in the PBA, but Chris Lutz and the Meralco Bolts changed that today. The talented Filipino-American wingman recently ended his contract with the San Miguel Beermen, and many PBA fans waited with bated breath about what decision the former Marshall Thundering Herd would make. Because he […]

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PBA Governors’ Cup Game 5 Preview: Danger Zone

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After four amazing games, we’re back in square one, with Ginebra slipping past Meralco in Game 4, 88-86. Much like Game 2, the Kings made the bigger plays down the stretch, though they had to mount one final defensive stand to stave off the Bolts. Chris Newsome was shadowed well by Justin Brownlee in the […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Semis Preview: TNT KaTropa vs Meralco Bolts

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Sister teams TNT and Meralco are on a collision course, and we’ll see just much glory is thicker than blood between these two clubs. TNT and Meralco have players and coaches who have played on both sides, and that adds a lot of potentially dramatic flavor to this match up. Among these are Jimmy Alapag, […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Phoenix Fuel Masters vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

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At 5-6, both ROS and PHX are tied for 8th spot, and this game will decide who makes it to the playoffs and who gets eliminated. PHX is at a disadvantage, of course, since they are coming off back to back losses, and they also lost to ROS in their previous match. Speaking of that […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Rain or Shine Elastopainters vs Star Hotshots

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It’ll be a game between a team fighting for its playoff life and a team fighting to salvage some pride at the end of a disappointing season. STA has been one of the most embattled teams this season, and so many rumors are swirling around them now, but to play the spoiler’s role may just […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Alaska Aces vs GlobalPort Batang Pier

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Both ALA & GLO are mired in a deadlock just outside the top 8, tied with a 3-5 record. For sure, both teams would want to win here to move up and strengthen their chances of getting to the quarterfinals. A loss may prove to be devastating, especially with both PHX & ROS streaking at […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup preview: Blackwater Elite vs Phoenix Fuel Masters

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PHX and BLA are on two different boats right now, with the Fuel Masters in the middle of the pack at 4-4 and the Elite bringing up the rear at 1-7. A win here for PHX can make them soar into the top 5 and officially boot the Elite from playoff contention, while a win […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Alaska Aces vs San Miguel Beermen

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ALA may seem ready to move up after winning against STA this past weekend, but they’ll need to hurdle the mighty San Miguel Beermen if they want to put back-to-back wins together for the first time this conference. SMB, meanwhile, is going to begin a tough stretch of games starting with this one against ALA, […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: NLEX Road Warriors vs Meralco Bolts

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NLX and MER are sister teams, but with both of them mired in the middle of the team standings, they cannot afford to give way in this match up. Walang hating kapatid dito, lalo na’t gusto ng parehong koponang maka-angat at makapasok sa quarterfinals. A win here will enable MER to remain in the top […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: Globalport Batang Pier vs San Miguel Beermen

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Both GLO & SMB are entering this game straight off separate wins, but only one of them will come out victorious. Will it be the team near the top, or the team dwelling very near the bottom? GLO has had a terrible start this conference,but they got a semblance of positivity after winning against MER […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: TNT Ka Tropa vs Phoenix Fuel Masters

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The TNT Ka Tropa have been amazing so far, winning all five of their games heading into this match with PHX, who haven’t been too shabby as well, winning their last two games after a slow start to the conference. These teams on hot streaks are on a collision course here, and the big questions […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: Meralco Bolts vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

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– Meralco started their conference strong with back-to-back wins, but they have since been tripping, losing back-to-back as well to TNT and Ginebra. They have a shot at stopping their slump here as they take on the Painters. ROS, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back wins over Phoenix and Blackwater. They have the momentum heading into […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: Barangay Ginebra Kings vs Blackwater Elite

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– Ginebra has won each game they’ve played against Blackwater so far this season, and they definitely want to complete a season sweep of the Elite by beating them here. Pero tuluyan bang magpapalampaso ang Elite sa Gin Kings? That’s the question Blackwater wants to answer in this game, and, for sure, they’ll try to get […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Alaska Aces vs Mahindra Enforcer

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The MAH Enforcers have been the darlings of the conference so far, going 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. The teams they’ve beaten aren’t any pansies, too — STA, GLO, & SMB. Now they face the ALA Aces, who are hoping to rebound from a tight loss to TNT last Friday. Tuloy pa […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: NLEX Road Warriors vs TNT Katropa

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Even if these two are sister teams, NLX and TNT have gone through very different paths so far this conference. NLX opened their account with a win over BLA but have sinced lost back-to-back to SMB & GIN. TNT, meanwhile, has remained unbeaten after winning over ROS, MER, and ALA. TNT, however, has won by […]

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2016 Manila FIBA OQT Scouting Report: The Lions of Senegal

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The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) that will be held here in Manila is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get a better of feel of each of the teams taking part and playing for one of three remaining wild card tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de […]

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2016 Manila FIBA OQT Scouting Report: The Road Warriors of Canada

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The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) that will be held here in Manila is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get a better of feel of each of the teams taking part and playing for one of three remaining wild card tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de […]

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2016 Manila FIBA OQT Scouting Report: The 12 Giant Men of Turkey

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The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) that will be held here in Manila is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get a better of feel of each of the teams taking part and playing for one of three remaining wild card tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de […]

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2016 Manila FIBA OQT Scouting Report: The Blues of France

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The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) that will be held here in Manila is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get a better of feel of each of the teams taking part and playing for one of three remaining wild card tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de […]

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2016 Manila FIBA OQT Scouting Report: The Tall Blacks of New Zealand

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The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) that will be held here in Manila is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get a better of feel of each of the teams taking part and playing for one of three remaining wild card tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 4: Sweep or Survive?

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The Alaska Aces have the leading candidate for Best Player of the Conference, they’ve won the Comm Cup title in the past, and they have an amazing veteran import in Rob Dozier. They’re also one loss away from getting swept in the 2016 PBA Comm Cup Finals, and one loss away from handing the crown […]

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Arinze Onuaku is my Best Import for the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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Arinze Onuaku is no longer seeing action this conference, but he’s still my pick for Best Import of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Despite the Meralco Bolts being eliminated short of the Finals, Onuaku proved that he was the big difference for his squad. Meralco was in the doldrums in the previous conference, finishing dead […]

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The PBA Position Battle – The Top 10 Wingmen of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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The season’s second conference is reaching its home stretch, and the time is ripe for us to look back and show our appreciation for the players who really stepped up and made their mark. The PBA is a talent-rich league, and this can be easily seen in the number of productive wingmen from all over. […]

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The PBA Position Battle – The Top 5 Point Guards of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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As the season’s second conference reaches its home stretch, and the time is ripe for us to look back and show our appreciation for the players who really stepped up and made their mark. We’ll begin by looking at the best point guards of the league, which isn’t a very easy thing especially since this is […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Preview: Rain or Shine E-Painters vs Alaska Aces

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The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters and the Alaska Aces are the only two remaining teams still standing in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. An interesting aspect here is that we will certainly have new kings on the block no matter who ends up with the title. Alaska last won the Commish Cup in 2013 behind […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Game 4 preview: Meralco Bolts vs Alaska Aces

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It’s Game 4 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals and Alaska is on the verge of barging into their third straight Final appearance. Meralco, after a very commendable performance in the elims, is now on the edge and is in danger of missing the bus to their first ever Finals appearance. Will the Bolts push back […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals preview: Meralco Bolts vs Alaska Aces

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– This will be a very interesting series. It pits the team that topped the elims of the 2015-2016 Philippine Cup with a 9-2 record (Alaska) against the team that finished at the very bottom with a 1-10 slate (Meralco). In this conference, though, both teams have enjoyed a good measure of success. Meralco finished […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Preview: NLEX Road Warriors vs GlobalPort Batang Pier

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– While most people are probably out on gimmicks on this fine Friday night, the Road Warriors and and Batang Pier will collide in a fight that will have serious implications in the quarterfinal race. At 4-4, NLX is mired in the middle, but a win here puts then within reach of the top 4 […]

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The Top 5 Imports of the #PBA2016 Commish Cup right now

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As the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup enters the deep waters of the elimination round, each game carries higher stakes, and each performance is magnified for the fans to scrutinize. Foremost, of course, is the production of the imports, on whose shoulders rest much of their teams’ fortunes. Which reinforcements have been up to snuff and […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Rain or Shine Elastopainters

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ROS beat SMB in the elims of the 2015-2016 PHL Cup, but the Beermen rebounded in a big way in the semifinals, defeating ROS and booting the Painters out, 4-2, int heir best-of-7 series. It was a particularly painful defeat for ROS since there were a couple of contests where they led big only to […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Preview: Meralco Bolts vs NLEX Road Warriors

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Sister teams Meralco and NLEX have had contrasting fortunes so far this conference. Whereas Meralco has had a lot of success and is sitting pretty atop the team standings, NLEX has run into a lot of trouble and is currently mired int he middle of the pack. Both teams have never really been able to […]

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The Top 5 Rookies of the PBA 2016 so far

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Prior to the current PBA season, Mo Tautuaa was the most highly touted rookie entering the league, but right now it has been his teammate Troy Rosario who has really impressed. Former UAAP & NCAA stars Chris Newsome, Bradwyn Guinto, and Arthur Dela Cruz have also impressed, which makes making this 2015-2016 ranking a little […]

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The Top 5 Centers of the PBA 2016 so far

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Sometimes I get the feeling that the PBA is no longer the small man or even wingman’s league. Sure, we’ve always had outstanding big men like Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera, Dennis Espino, and Asi Taulava, but having the league completely dominated by frontliners like June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter is another thing […]

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The Top 5 Power Forwards of the PBA 2016 so far

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The power forward position has quite easily been the most productive one so far this season. Guys like Vic Manuel and Willy Wilson have seemingly come out of nowhere to be among the most statistically dominant players, while newbie Troy Rosario has joined the best PF convo with guys like Arwind Santos, Marc Pingris, and […]

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The Top 5 Small Forwards of the PBA 2016 so far

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This season hasn’t been particularly good for PBA small forwards. With the exception of Sean Anthony and Calvin Abueva, no swingmen have really stood out so far this season as the Philippine Cup was dominated by centers and playmakers. When the Commissioner’s Cup underway, however, that should change as the big imports will probably dominate possessions […]

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The Top 5 Shooting Guards of #PBA2016 so far

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Having great shooting guards has always been a hallmark of the PBA, but that has been slowly changing these past few years. With the influx of quality big men and the rise of splendid playmakers, the off guard spot has been relatively quiet. Icons like Mark Caguioa, Gary David, Dondon Hontiveros, and James Yap, who […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Finals Game 7 Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

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Having Game 7 alone is enough for any basketball fan to be extremely excited, but this Game 7 is going to be one for the books. The Alaska Aces have never won the Philippine Cup since 2000, have never won it since coach Tim Cone bolted for B-Meg years ago. They have a chance to […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Finals G5 Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

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The San Miguel Beermen looked dead in the water after trailing by 11 points with less than 4 minutes to go in Game 4, but they somehow found a way to rally, force overtime, trail again in the extra period, and rally again to finally put Alaska’s brooms back in the closet and push the […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Finals Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces – War of the Winningest

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The San Miguel Beermen and the Alaska Aces aren’t just the two best, winningest teams this conference. They are the two winningest franchises in PBA history. Oh, and let’s not forget that they fought a 7-game classic in last year’s PHL Cup Finals, where the Beermen prevailed by the skin of their teeth in Game […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Semis Preview: GlobalPort Batang Pier vs Alaska Aces – ON THE VERGE!

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The Alaska Aces made short work of GlobalPort in Game 3, leading wire to wire and effectively exploiting the Batang Pier’s collective inexperience. Alaska is now on the verge of returning to the Philippine Cup Finals, where they narrowly lost to San Miguel Beer last season in seven hard-fought games. Without a doubt, the Aces […]

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