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TNT rips Phoenix in Amundson’s last game

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ANTIPOLO — Lou Amundson had a dominating sendoff in his final game for TNT after leading a 122-93 demolition job of Phoenix Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Ynares Center here. The 10-year NBA veteran posted 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks to lead the KaTropa to their first win. Amundson will […]

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Washington, Taggart push Rain or Shine past Blackwater

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ANTIPOLO—Jay Washington came alive late and preserved Rain or Shine’s unbeaten run with a 95-88 victory over Blackwater Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Ynares Center here. The veteran forward nailed back-to-back treys in the last 2:45 to give the Elasto Painters a 93-88 lead as the Elite struggled to execute late in […]

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Feeling OK, Castro ready for return

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Help is on the way for TNT. After falling in its conference-opening game to Meralco, 94-89, on Friday, the KaTropa will have star guard Jayson Castro back in their lineup for their game against Phoenix on Sunday. The four-time Best Player of the Conference awardee is well on his way to a comeback after a hamstring injury […]

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Amundson adjusting to go-to-guy role for TNT

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For someone who is known as an NBA journeyman, it came as a bit of shock for Lou Amundson to shift into a role of a go-to guy as he made his debut for TNT on Friday. “It’s a bit of an adjustment to me. I’m not used on playing that role, but I just […]

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Meralco stays unbeaten, tops TNT

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Meralco outclassed listless TNT, 94-89, to improve to 3-0 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Alex Stepheson led the Bolts with 20 points and 27 rebounds, but got plenty of help from the locals as they repulsed their sister team. Baser Amer added 17 markers, two boards, and two assists, Jared […]

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Stepheson shrugs off dust-up with NLEX: ‘It’s nothing personal’

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Alex Stepheson heard how physical the game is in the PBA so when Meralco faced off against NLEX on Sunday, he was prepared for a bruising night. “It’s physical. I mean, I like it though,” he said. And the burly Stepheson got what he wanted. He inadvertently elbowed Bradwyn Guinto on a rebound play in […]

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Mahindra’s David has vintage performance in loss to Rain or Shine

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After getting his groove in the fourth quarter, Gary David hoped that he was on the floor late in regulation of Mahindra’s game against Rain or Shine. “If I was there on the floor, I will get the ball and I’ll take the shot,” David said. David was on the bench when the Floodbuster turned to […]

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Guiao on NLEX’s 0-2 start: ‘Maybe we need drastic measures’

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It wasn’t the way coach Yeng Guiao wanted to celebrate his 58th birthday. After a promising first showing two days ago, the Road Warriors took a step back on Sunday, falling to Meralco, 91-84, on Sunday with them failing to keep up with the Bolts in the fourth quarter. “Nobody stepped up for us today. […]

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‘Team player’ Taggart a good fit for Rain or Shine, says Chan

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Getting a surprise challenge from Mahindra, Rain or Shine banked on its experience to pull through with a 99-95 overtime victory to keep its record immaculate in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday. Even Jeff Chan admits that the Elasto Painters felt they had the win in the bag when they led, 80-73, with […]

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Bolts use big 4th quarter to beat Road Warriors

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Meralco unleashed a killer fourth quarter to beat NLEX, 91-84, Sunday to nab its second victory in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts used a 19-4 tear to break the game open in the fourth, turning a slim 69-67 lead to a commanding 88-71 advantage with 5:25 left as the […]

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Rain or Shine scrapes past Mahindra in OT

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Rain or Shine kept its record unblemished as it survived a pesky Mahindra squad, 99-95, in overtime Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Shawn Taggart carried the Elasto Painters’ firing 29 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. His most important play of the day, though, was assisting on […]

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Facing E-Painters brings back fond memories for Chism

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Though facing off against Rain or Shine is no longer an issue for coach Yeng Guiao, it was still a weird feeling for import Wayne Chism. But that didn’t stop him from competing at his best, especially against former teammate Beau Belga. “It was fun. It brought back a lot of memories from practices and […]

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Yap’s 26-point burst lifts Rain or Shine past NLEX

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James Yap took matters into his own hands in the clutch as he carried Rain or Shine to a 113-105 victory over NLEX in the conference opener Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Yap waxed hot from beyond the arc, shooting 5-of-11 from three, none bigger than his trey after […]

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Meralco edges Mahindra to open PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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Meralco started its 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on the right track, outlasting Mahindra, 94-86, Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Baser Amer topped the Bolts with 19 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from three, to go with three rebounds, and three assists, while Chris Newsome added 17 markers, seven boards, and seven dimes. “We needed […]

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Returning imports lead way in PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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Barely two weeks after the conclusion of the Philippine Cup, teams wage war anew in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, set to tip off this March 17. And for this conference’s cast of reinforcements, it will be an even mix of the old and the new. Governors’ Cup hero Justin Brownlee will return for Ginebra […]

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Dela Cruz tears Achilles, out for four months

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Blackwater forward Art dela Cruz will be out of action for at least four months after suffering a torn Achilles tendon on Tuesday. The hardworking stalwart injured his ankle in the first day of Gilas Pilipinas’ three-day training camp in Tagaytay, where he is a part of the 25-man national team pool. Sources close to […]

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Back to normal sleeping hours for Fajardo

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June Mar Fajardo tossed and turned in bed the night before San Miguel went for the clincher against Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. And after the Beermen closed the deal out with a 91-85 Game 5 triumph on Sunday to win their third straight All-Filipino crown, you bet the first thing on Fajardo’s mind was finally […]

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Playing through injury ‘all worth’ it for Devance despite loss

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It was a perfect embodiment of the never-say-die spirit. At any point in the series, or before it even started, Joe Devance could have opted to shut his conference down and proceed to heal a plantar fasciitis injury in his left foot. Instead, Devance plodded on. And when the sacrifice amounted to nothing, when all […]

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Lassiter brings out inner ‘Salt Bae’ anew after clinching title

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If Marcio Lassiter’s shirt could talk, it would have said that the gunslinger wanted nothing but a knockout. But Lassiter insists that he meant nothing else with the clothes he wore on Sunday for Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. “This shirt is just one of my favorites. It just gets me […]

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After Perpetual Trophy, San Miguel sets sights on Grand Slam

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Head coach Leo Austria admitted that steering San Miguel to a third straight PBA Philippine Cup title is his biggest achievement so far in his coaching career. “This is the highlight of my career. I’ve won a lot of championships before going to the PBA, but all the great players, the great coaches are here,” Austria […]

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‘Tougher’ Finals had Slaughter played for Ginebra, says Fajardo

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San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo said things would have been more interesting had Greg Slaughter played for Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. “Maybe if Greg was there, it would’ve been tougher. I already had a hard time with Japeth (Aguilar) there because he’s so athletic. He blocked me a […]

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Chris Ross shares Finals limelight with teammates

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After delivering another noteworthy performance in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Chris Ross could’ve basked in the glory alone had he wanted to. But the do-it-all guard would rather share the spotlight with his teammates. “I was hoping they’d give out five [Finals] MVPs. Our starters did so much, we played so many minutes,  and I […]

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Austria answers critics with another title for SMB

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San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria had seen it all from his Beermen and throughout their finals series against Barangay Ginebra, he was never in doubt. After all, Austria and the Beermen won the Philippine Cup championship last season despite facing a 0-3 series deficit. “I’m confident with my players because they’ve shown the […]

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Ross shows range in Game 4 win: ‘I’ll just keep shooting’

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If there’s something Game 4 had taught Ginebra, it’s that you can leave no one from San Miguel open beyond the arc. Not even Chris Ross. Seen as the Beermen’s weakest shooter from the outside, the defensive-minded guard silenced the critics by going  5-of-10 from three to wind up with 17 points, nine assists, and four […]

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San Miguel fends off Ginebra, closes in on PBA PH Cup crown

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San Miguel caught fire early and fended off Ginebra’s late rally to pull off the 94-85 victory and move a win away from snaring the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen on fire from the get-go, starting the game on an 11-0 run and nailing 11 triples in the first […]

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Thompson gets Fajardo, SMB’s attention

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Scottie Thompson’s scintillating near triple-double performance on Sunday definitely didn’t go unnoticed. After seeing Thompson rack up jaw-dropping numbers of 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists in the Gin Kings’ 124-118 overtime Game 2 victory, San Miguel Beermen center June Mar Fajardo thinks their main focus for the rest of the series will have to be keeping […]

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San Miguel’s Garcia hopes to play in Game 3 of PH Cup Finals

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San Miguel is set to get a much-needed boost with guard RR Garcia already cleared to play for Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. The fourth-year guard, who has been out since Game 6 of the Beermen’s semifinals conquest of TNT KaTropa due to an injured right shoulder, is looking forward to hit […]

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Cone: ‘Fresh’ Caguioa, Helterbrand set to play after grueling Game 2

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LUCENA—After surviving a 124-119 overtime Game 2 thriller on Sunday, Ginebra knows that for it to snare the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup title, it has to play excellent basketball from the opening tip. “This team is incredibly versatile, they can go in, they can go out, they can penetrate, they can defend you. They have incredible […]

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Hurting Devance steps up anew for Ginebra: ‘I do whatever it takes’

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LUCENA–When Barangay Ginebra needed it most, a wounded soldier in Joe Devance came to the rescue. The veteran forward fought through an injured foot and made the biggest basket for the Gin Kings, nailing the game-tying basket to force overtime with 3.2 seconds remaining. Devance went hard against the defense of San Miguel forward Arwind […]

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San Miguel aims to quiet Ginebra crowd in Game 2

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San Miguel is well aware of how Ginebra is fueled by the rowdy crowd. That’s why Beermen wasted no time in taking the life out of the Gin Kings faithful from the 14,026 inside Mall of Asia Arena in Game 1 of the Philippine Cup Finals. From the tip off, San Miguel thoroughly outplayed Ginebra […]

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Tenorio puts Ginebra’s Game 1 loss behind: ‘We cannot change it’

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LA Tenorio refused to dwell on Ginebra’s humiliating 27-point beatdown from San Miguel in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday. “We cannot change it. We just have to move forward and prepare for the game on Sunday,” Tenorio said after the Gin Kings’ 109-82 loss. Shooting 4-of-21 in the first […]

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Ginebra played ‘horrible from start to finish,’ admits Cone

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Coach Tim Cone couldn’t hide his disappointment following Ginebra’s humiliating 109-82 Game 1 loss to San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday. “We were horrible all the way. We were horrible through the game, from start to finish,” he said. Not only did the 27-point rout put the Gin Kings at […]

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San Miguel crushes Ginebra to draw first blood in PBA Finals

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Showing why it is the two-time defending champion, San Miguel stepped on the gas pedal early and destroyed Ginebra, 105-74, to draw first blood in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Chris Ross orchestrated the early attack for the Beermen and finished the game with 17 points, eight assists, […]

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Caguioa has a message to all Ginebra haters

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No caption needed! A post shared by Mark Caguioa (@47markcaguioa) on Feb 21, 2017 at 6:40am PST After Ginebra entered the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals with a Game 7 ouster of Star on Tuesday, Mark Caguioa only had one thing to say to the squad’s naysayers. “Kung sino man yung mga (haters), kangkungin niyo […]

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Maliksi hopes Star capitalizes on surprising semis run

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Allein Maliksi hopes that Star’s surprising run to the semifinals of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup marks the beginning of the team’s resurgence. The Hotshots, armed with a new coach and key players, pushed Tim Cone and Ginebra to the limit in the semis before bowing out in Game 7 after a 89-76 defeat Tuesday. “I […]

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Jaworski reminds Ginebra: ‘You haven’t achieved anything yet’

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After Ginebra advanced to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, PBA legend Robert “Sonny” Jaworksi was quick to put the Gin Kings’ feet back on the ground. “I congratulated them, but they haven’t achieved anything yet. You got to work hard, prepare, think of who your opponent is, and analyze whatever you’re lacking, look at […]

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Bench production key to Game 6 win, says Ginebra guard Tenorio

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After exploding for a series-best 19 points on Sunday, LA Tenorio couldn’t care any less of his scoring as long as Ginebra gets the win. “It’s just a bonus for me. What’s important is I involve my teammates on our offense,” he said. Averaging just 7.2 points on 27 percent shooting from the field, 3.2 […]

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Devance difference maker for Ginebra in Game 6

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Star guards Paul Lee and Mark Barroca agreed Joe Devance caught the Hotshots off guard in a 91-67 loss in Game 6 on Sunday. “Joe stepped up. We weren’t ready for that,” said Lee, who finished the game with eight points and three rebounds. “We were surprised by Joe. He gave them quality minutes,” said […]

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Ginebra has advantage in Game 7 because of Cone, says Pingris

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With the Star-Ginebra semifinals series going the distance, Marc Pingris admits the Hotshots will be the underdogs in their do-or-die. “They have the advantage because they have coach Tim (Cone),” Pingris said in Filipino. “He has a lot of experience in these situations compared to coach Chito (Victolero).” Pingris should know, given that Cone previously […]

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Hurting Devance plays key role for Ginebra in Game 6

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Joe Devance expects a painful and possibly sleepless night to celebrate his 35th birthday on Sunday. But at the end of the day, he knows that all of those pain will be worth it. “I’d be crying later, but I’ll be all right,” Devance said. Devance has every reason to feel such as he provided […]

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GAMES TIME
Alaska VS Mahindra 04:15 PM
Rain or Shine VS Meralco 07:00 PM
MARCH 29 WEDNESDAY MALL OF ASIA ARENA
NLEX VS Star Hotshots 07:00 PM
Blackwater VS TNT KaTropa 04:15 PM
MARCH 31 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Barangay Ginebra VS Phoenix 05:00 PM
APRIL 01 SATURDAY UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES GYM