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Pingris proud of Star’s effort in Game 7 defeat

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Star forward Marc Pingris had nothing to be ashamed of despite the Hotshots losing Game 7 of their semifinals series against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings on Tuesday night. Star dropped an 89-76 decision to Ginebra, but Pingris kept his head high. “I’m proud, really proud of the team and really proud of my teammates,” […]

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Mercado, Cruz shine for Kings, earn Cone’s praise

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If an MVP award is to be handed out in the Barangay Ginebra-Star semifinals series, Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz would be sharing the plum on Tuesday night. Mercado and Cruz were instrumental in helping the Gin Kings overcome a 0-2 series hole and outlast the Hotshots in Game 7 and their huge efforts certainly […]

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Ginebra makes PH Cup Finals, beats Star in Game 7

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Sol Mercado capped off his superb semifinals stint with a sterling Game 7 and Barangay Ginebra knocked off Star, 89-76, in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals showdown Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Mercado led all scorers with 23 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists for the Gin Kings, […]

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Ross, SMB no letup in Game 7 win over TNT

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Heading into Game 7 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against TNT, San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross had no intentions of taking a breather, not even for a second. It’s do-or-die and Ross doesn’t plan on having an early vacation. “It’s Game 7. It’s Game 7. You gotta keep your horses out there. I […]

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Injured Castro regrets blown chance to make finals

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Jayson Castro led TNT to within a win away from the PBA Philippine Cup Finals but in the KaTropa’s biggest game of the conference, the superstar point guard could only watch helplessly behind his team’s bench as it yielded Game 7 of the semifinals to the San Miguel Beermen on Monday. Castro was forced to […]

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Beermen stay alive, force Game 7 vs KaTropa

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June Mar Fajardo had a huge double-double and San Miguel Beer staved off elimination after beating TNT, 104-88, to force a Game 7 in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Fajardo, the three-time PBA MVP, posted 23 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks to notch his 11th career […]

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Pingris promises different Hotshots in Game 5

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Star forward Marc Pingris vowed a different Hotshots team will show up in Game 5 of their semifinals series against the Barangay Ginebra Kings on Friday. Star hasn’t been the same team that won Games 1 and 2 after suffering back-to-back losses in the semis, but Pingris, who has been the team’s heart and soul for a […]

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Desire to win drives Cruz to season best

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Barangay Ginebra forward Jervy Cruz just wanted contribute in any way he can. And he did, in a big way, scoring a season-high 21 points to propel the Gin Kings past the Star Hotshots in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Wednesday night. “My mentality is just to be aggressive inside the […]

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Ginebra frustrates Star to knot series

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Barangay Ginebra got a huge lift from Jervy Cruz to frustrate Star, 93-86, Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum and tie their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at 2-2. Cruz pumped in a season-high 21 points, including a three-point play with 20.2 seconds left, to seal the game. “All we did is just tie the […]

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Career-high 31 points just a bonus for defensive specialist Ross

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The last time Chris Ross had an offensive explosion, it was in February of last year in Game 7 of the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals when the San Miguel Beermen completed their historic comeback from 0-3 down to stun the Alaska Aces. Ross had another one coming and unfortunately for the TNT KaTropa, it came […]

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Devance returns to give Ginebra lift in Game 3

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Joe Devance only had six points and six rebounds but his impact in Barangay Ginebra’s win over Star in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals goes beyond his numbers. Devance returned after missing three games due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot and though, his injury is still very much bothering […]

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Lee on subpar Game 3 showing: ‘Credit to Ginebra defense’

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Star guard Paul Lee has been super the first two games of the semifinals series but in Game 3, he found his kryptonite in Barangay Ginebra’s defense. Lee is averaging 17.5 points in the semis but on Monday night, he was held to just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field. “It’s not our […]

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Ginebra in tight spot, but Helterbrand says ‘it’s not over’

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Jayjay Helterbrand didn’t look like he came out of the losing locker room at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night. Helterbrand still managed to break a smile and chuckle during an interview with reporters but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t care any less after Barangay Ginebra dropped Game 2 of its semifinals showdown with […]

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Ginebra sorely missing ‘glue guy’ Devance

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Joe Devance can do a lot of things on the basketball court and with the versatile guard/forward out with an injury, Barangay Ginebra is paying the price for his absence. Somehow, the Gin Kings survived the loss of Devance in both of their do-or-die games against the Alaska Aces in the quarterfinals, but it hasn’t […]

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Lee deflects credit for Star’s 2-0 semis edge

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Paul Lee has been Star’s unquestioned go-to guy down the stretch and he has delivered so far to lead the Hotshots to a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven showdown with the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. Lee, however, doesn’t see himself as the sole reason for Star’s success. Despite his clutch shots in Games 1 and […]

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Racela says KaTropa will find way to stop lethal Beermen

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TNT had a game plan prepared for June Mar Fajardo heading into its semifinals showdown with San Miguel on Wednesday night. But the KaTropa was never ready for the Beermen’s outside shooting. “They came out firing on all cylinders,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “It was hard because I think in the first half […]

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Aggressiveness leads to another hot shooting night for Lassiter

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Marcio Lassiter hit his first shot of the night just 27 seconds into the game, and that 3-pointer turned out to be a sign of things to come. Lassiter, one of the deadliest shooters in the PBA today, set the tone for San Miguel by pouring 12 of his team-high 22 points in the first […]

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Beermen drub KaTropa for 1-0 lead in semis

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Top seed San Miguel Beer unleashed a deadly inside and out game for a masterful win over TNT, 111-98, and take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-7 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen shot the lights out, making 16 out of their 26 three-point attempts […]

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San Miguel goes hard in no-bearing game to develop winning habit

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If there’s one team that’s so used to winning, it’s San Miguel Beer, which has ruled three of the last six conferences. And the Beermen hope the winning doesn’t end there as they gun for a third straight Philippine Cup title. “We really need to win, we need to have that winning habit entering the […]

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Cabagnot’s heroics lift SMB past TNT for 9th straight win

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ANTIPOLO — San Miguel Beer uncorked an 8-0 closing run in the last 1:26 of play and salvaged a 98-94 win over TNT KaTropa that derailed the Texters’ twice-to-beat aspiration in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center here Saturday night. June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos combined for that endgame […]

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Bolts left to reflect on ‘unacceptable’ end to dismal conference

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ANTIPOLO — Meralco captain Jared Dillinger didn’t hold anything back after the Bolts suffered their worst loss in franchise history at hands of the Star Hotshots on Saturday. Already out of playoff contention, Meralco capped its nightmarish campaign in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup with a 47-point loss to Star, a beatdown that left Dillinger […]

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Star dismantles Meralco by 47 points to move closer to no. 2

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ANTIPOLO — Merciless from the get-go, Star handed Meralco its worst loss in franchise history with a 120-73 whipping and bolstered its bid for the last twice-to-beat bonus in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Ynares Sports Center here. Allein Maliksi led the Hotshots with 25 points built on five 3-pointers in just three […]

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Changes ahead for Road Warriors

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It was another long night for NLEX. After being pounded by Phoenix on Wednesday, the Road Warriors spent the next couple of hours in the dugout getting a tongue-lashing from their head coach Yeng Guiao. “Of course, I’m disappointed. I think that practically eliminates us out of the conference. In a way that’s going to […]

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Enciso rebounds from worst offensive game with 21-point night

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Coming off his worst offensive game in his young PBA career, Simon Enciso knew he had to redeem himself the next time he hits the court. True enough, Enciso bounced back with a game-high 21 points to lead Phoenix over NLEX Wednesday night, 10 days after making only one field goal in a blowout loss […]

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On brink of elimination, Mahindra with ‘nothing to lose, everything to gain’

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Mahindra coach Chris Gavina questioned his team’s desire following a 104-92 loss to TNT on Wednesday. At 2-6, the Floodbuster are now on the verge of elimination and with only three games left to make a playoff run, their will to win will be tested yet again. “I give a lot of credit to Talk […]

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Maliksi owns up to costly lapses in close loss to Alaska

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Allein Maliksi turned from hero to zero in just minutes Wednesday night. With Star down, 86-83, against Alaska with under two minutes left, Maliksi nailed the game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime–capping the Hotshots’ 12-3 run in the final five minutes and 55 seconds of regulation. But his fortunes quickly changed for the worse. After the […]

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Meralco needs to play better team defense, says Hugnatan

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Reynel Hugnatan believes Meralco’s woeful record in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup is emanating from its struggles on the defensive end. And it was evident on Wednesday with the Bolts allowing the Mahindra Floodbuster to shoot 51% from the field in a 105-92 loss, their fifth straight setback. “We just really need to play better […]

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Hardwork pays off for undrafted Paniamogan

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There was nothing coincidental about Philip Paniamogan’s career game on Wednesday. During the long break, Paniamogan spent most of his holidays in the gym–getting extra work, taking extra shots. Heading into the Floodbuster’s crucial game against the Meralco Bolts, coach Chris Gavina already had an idea what kind of performance he’s going to get from […]

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Romeo still wows Belo even as competitors

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Mac Belo was a witness to Terrence Romeo and his relentless work ethic dating back to their college days at Far Eastern University. Belo used to marvel at Romeo for his extra work during those days, and when the former teammates faced off for the first time, his admiration for the GlobalPort star remains. “I’m […]

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Vanguardia wants tougher defense from Wright

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On a night Matthew Wright played his best game yet, his head coach Ariel Vanguardia knows his rookie swingman still has a lot to show. Wright dropped a career-high 22 points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter, in Phoenix’s 94-90 comeback win over Meralco Wednesday, a performance Vanguardia believes could still be better […]

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Dismal freethrowing shooting also dooms Meralco

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Chris Banchero may have won the game for Alaska, but for Meralco head coach Norman Black, poor free throw shooting spelled doom for the Bolts. Black was displeased with the Bolts after they missed 11 of their 16 attempts from the foul line in an 81-79 loss to the Alaska Aces Wednesday night. “To shoot […]

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NLEX gets tough love from Guiao in blowout to Star

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NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao wanted to teach his players a lesson and he did it by not coaching them from the eight-minute mark of the fourth period in a blowout loss to Star Wednesday night. With the Road Warriors down big, Guiao left his players figure things out in an attempt by the multititled […]

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Lee sees NLEX thriving in Guiao’s system in due time

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During a timeout in the second quarter, NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao gave his players an earful. On the opposing bench, Paul Lee could only smile and breathe a sigh of relief. “Actually, I’m happy that I’m no longer part of those who are being yelled,” Lee said smiling. “I just want to wish them […]

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Abueva returns in style but admits he’s still not 100%

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After sitting out the first two games of the season, Calvin Abueva announced his return in style as he led Alaska to its first victory in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night. Abueva played as if he never left, notching a double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds in a comeback victory over GlobalPort. […]

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Castro absence not an excuse for loss, says Reyes

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Not even the absence of Jayson Castro could pass as a viable excuse for TNT coach Josh Reyes following the KaTropa’s opening-game loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday night. Reyes, who acted as a temporary head coach for TNT with Nash Racela tied up with Far Eastern University, said not having Castro was not the […]

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Turnovers doom Fuel Masters against Elite

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia didn’t see a lot of things to be pleased with in the Fuel Masters’ opening game loss to the Blackwater Elite Wednesday. Vanguardia rued his team’s poor play on both ends, highlighting its 23 turnovers and inconsistencies on the defensive end. “It’s tough. We didn’t do a pretty good job […]

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PBA Draft Focus: Desire to help family motivates Jalalon in PBA bid

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Jio Jalalon said his decision to forego his final playing year with Arellano University was fully supported by the school and his head coach Jerry Codiñera. Jalalon applied for the PBA Draft as part of the Gilas pool last week not long after the Chiefs failed to win the NCAA Season 92 Finals. “Yung reason […]

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Mac Belo highest leaper among PBA draft hopefuls; Arambulo fastest

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The most talented player in the draft turned out to be one of the top athletes as well. Projected top overall pick Mac Belo proved he’s the complete package after tallying the highest standing and maximum vertical leap at the start of the two-day 2016 PBA Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong. […]

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Ginebra celebrates with ‘best fans in the world’

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Mobile phones acting as flashlights lit up the arena like stars, and as the ball found the bottom of the net, a thunderous roar and a wild celebration followed. Four days after Barangay Ginebra’s title win, the Gin Kings’ dramatic victory in Game 6 of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals was still very much […]

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Jaworski sees bright future ahead of young guard Thompson

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Even Robert “Sonny” Jaworski sees a bright future ahead of Barangay Ginebra rookie Scottie Thompson. Jaworski, Philippine basketball legend, was in attendance to watch his former team clinch the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup championship on Wednesday night. The 70-year-old Jaworski also got to see Thompson in the flesh and he had nothing but praise for […]

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