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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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Tenorio shines bright, bags PBA Finals MVP

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Often the smallest guy on the floor, LA Tenorio made the biggest impact in the PBA’s grandest stage. The 5-foot-8 Tenorio bagged the Finals MVP award after leading Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to its first championship in eight years. READ: Brownlee nails buzzer-beater as Ginebra wins title, ends drought Tenorio averaged 17.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and […]

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Ginebra nears title, holds off Meralco in Game 5

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel withstood a late Meralco charge to win, 92-81, and seize a 3-2 lead in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday night before a boisterous crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee came up big with 29 points and 10 rebounds two nights after a subpar showing in the Gin Kings’ […]

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Cone disappointed: We’re not playing to our identity

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During a timeout early in the third quarter, Tim Cone lashed out at his players. He threw his marker and slammed his playboard out of frustration then walked away from the huddle. Barangay Ginebra was behind by seven, 51-44, before Cone lost his cool and pulled ahead, 57-51, after. In that particular stretch, Ginebra was […]

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Alapag is new all-time 3-point leader, eclipses Caidic

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Jimmy Alapag let it fly and just like over a thousand times before, his 3-pointer swished through the bottom of the net. Only this time, his latest one meant more than just three points. Playing in his 597th PBA game, Alapag shattered Allan Caidic’s all-time record for most 3-pointers made after burying his 1,243rd on […]

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‘One last ride': Caguioa, Helterbrand chase one last title together

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Amid the earsplitting celebration from title-starving fans dominating the 20,000-plus crowd at Araneta Coliseum, Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand shared a candid and serene moment as the buzzer sounded signaling Ginebra’s return to the finals on Tuesday night. On the exact same floor where they endured memorable heartbreaks, monumental victories and won their last championship […]

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Fajardo accepts painful loss: ‘We need to regroup, bounce back’

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The kind of game Barangay Ginebra had in the semifinals clincher on Tuesday reminded June Mar Fajardo of the performance San Miguel Beer delivered two nights ago in Game 4. The biggest difference was the timing, with the Gin Kings’ best offensive game of the series came in the do-or-die. “Yung mga tira namin na […]

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Cone says first-timer Meralco the experienced side, not Ginebra

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Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone isn’t into the impression that his team will be facing a first-timer in the finals in Meralco. In fact, Cone gives the edge in experience to the Bolts, who will be in their first finals appearance since joining the PBA in 2010. “That’s not a first-timer,” said Cone, who […]

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Uichico: Meralco prepared well for us

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Determined to regain its championship status, TNT had been an unstoppable force in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. Like a well-oiled machine, the KaTropa were an offensive juggernaut with Jayson Castro working as their motor as they orchestrated one blowout after another on their way to an 11-1 record entering the semifinals. The No. 1 […]

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A win away from finals, Ginebra has ‘no right to feel tired’

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One by one, Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone began to pull his starters out late in the third quarter of Game 4 until second and third stringers were left on the floor. Cone knew there was no point in letting his stars tire in a game that had already been lost as early as […]

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Hodge delivers ‘best game ever’ to push Bolts into first finals

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Hours before tipoff, Cliff Hodge already had an idea of what kind of game he was going to have. He just didn’t know he was going to have the game of his life. And what a time for the Meralco forward to have the best game of his career with the Bolts playing the most […]

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Castro: TNT just needs minor adjustments after Game 3 loss

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Meralco hardly missed from the three-point area, hitting 60 percent of its attempts en route to a franchise best 17 3-pointers made in a win over TNT in Game 3 of their semifinals series on Saturday.

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In pain Dillinger likely out of semis, says Black

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Meralco head coach Norman Black said Jared Dillinger is likely out for the remainder of the Bolts’ semifinals series against the TNT KaTropa. Dillinger sat out Meralco’s Game 3 win over TNT on Saturday due to a right hamstring injury he suffered late in Game 2 two nights ago. “The only way he’ll play again […]

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WATCH: Newsome dunks over Ammons, de Ocampo in succession

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Meralco rookie Chris Newsome may not be the PBA’s slam dunk king, but he is no doubt one of the best high-flyers in the league today. Newsome proved just that on Saturday when he rose for one poster dunk after another in Game 3 of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup between the Bolts and the […]

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Tenorio: Whole team confident we can beat San Miguel

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The way LA Tenorio sounded was as if Barangay Ginebra just won on Wedesday. The Gin Kings dropped Game 2 of the semifinals to the San Miguel Beermen, but that didn’t deter Tenorio’s confidence in his team. “I think in this game, we were the ones who beat ourselves,” the Ginebra playmaker said. “The most […]

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Fajardo shrugs off nasty cut to help SMB avoid 0-2 hole

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Blood coming from a nasty cut above the right eye trickled down June Mar Fajardo’s face as he scored against a Ginebra double team underneath the basket. Fajardo took an inadvertent elbow from San Miguel Beer import Elijah Millsap in the second quarter, but not even a gash and a bandage limiting his vision could […]

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Desire to make semis fuels Castro’s 42-point outburst

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Jayson Castro knew he had to show up for TNT to seal its return in the semifinals after missing it the last three conferences. Castro didn’t leave anything to chance with another spellbinding performance in the quarterfinals against Phoenix Saturday night. The 30-year-old Castro was at his best as he came just a couple points […]

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RoS stews in frustration after 1st playoff miss in 13 conferences

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Streaks are bound to end at some point, but Gabe Norwood wished there could’ve been a better timing for Rain or Shine’s run to hit a wall than on Wednesday night. The Elasto Painters are the league’s model of consistency having made the playoffs the past 12 conferences, including nine consecutive semifinals appearances. But Rain […]

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Black on tying Dalupan at 601 wins as coach: ‘Big accomplishment’

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Meralco head coach Norman Black has almost everything he can possibly get in his 30 plus years of coaching. From winning medals in the international stage to a five-peat in the collegiate ranks and a Grand Slam in the PBA, Black has them all in his coaching resumé. Despite having all those glittering hardwares in […]

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Canaleta returns after surgery, but admits not yet in top shape

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KG Canaleta said his timing and conditioning are still off in his first game back for Mahindra on Wednesday after missing the past three games. Canaleta, who underwent appendectomy, last played on Aug. 26 when Mahindra beat the TNT in what still stands as the Enforcer’s last win. “Yung timing wala pa, yung hangin, yung […]

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Meralco still wary of ‘very energetic’ Mahindra

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In just a span of 10 days, Meralco beat Mahindra twice to claim the No. 4 spot and last twice-to-beat advantage. And though it may seem as if the Bolts have gained some sort of mastery over the Enforcer, veteran swingman Jared Dillinger still feels that doesn’t give Meralco any room for complacency when the […]

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Lanete repays Walker’s trust with dagger 3s

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NLEX import Henry Walker wanted Garvo Lanete to hit one big shot, the rookie guard gave him more than what he asked for. Lanete nailed back-to-back triples in the last two minutes, both off assists from Walker, that helped the Road Warriors complete their big comeback in a 111-99 win over the Rain or Shine […]

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Road Warriors rally behind Cardona

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Mac Cardona may be fighting his own battle, but his team is with him every step of the way. Asi Taulava and the rest of the NLEX Road Warriors reaffirmed their support to Cardona. “We’re all praying for him that he pushes through, it’s a tough time for him but you know, we will support […]

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Urged by mentor Alapag, Amer delivers for Meralco

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Meralco rookie Baser Amer missed his first six shots, but his early struggles didn’t keep him from stepping up when it mattered most. It also helps that he has one of greatest PBA point guards in Jimmy Alapag as his mentor. “Before kasi ng game nalaman namin na hindi maglalaro si Jimmy, so kami ni […]

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Ginebra, Cone draw inspiration from Dalupan as they face Rain or Shine

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Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone is dedicating the Kings’ game on Sunday to Baby Dalupan, who passed away recently. Philippine sports mourned the passing of Dalupan and Cone was one of those who expressed grief to the one, who, like most refer to as the country’s greatest coach. “I’m truly hoping we can honor […]

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Grateful Miranda adds veteran presence for Blackwater

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G Denok Miranda showed he can still be an asset after making a short yet solid contribution for Blackwater on Wednesday night. Miranda, the 11-year veteran, collected five points, two rebounds and two assists with zero turnovers in only six minutes and 21 seconds in the Elite’s 105-90 loss to the Meralco Bolts. Not too […]

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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
Mahindra Flood Buster VS TNT Ka Tropa 4:15 PM Game #50
Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters VS NLEX Road Warriors 7:00 PM Game #51
WEDNESDAY, JAN 18 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Meralco Bolts VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 4:15 PM Game #52
Blackwater Elite VS Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 7:00 PM Game #53
FRIDAY, JAN 20 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Global Port Batang Pier VS San Miguel Beermen 5:00 PM Game #54
SATURDAY, JAN 21 LAPU LAPU CITY CEBU
Alaska Aces VS Mahindra Flood Buster 4:30 PM Game #55
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel VS Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters 6:45 PM Game #56
SUNDAY, JAN 22 PHILSPORTS ARENA