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Phoenix books quarterfinals ticket, beats Ginebra

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Phoenix clinched a quarterfinals seat with a wire-to-wire win over Barangay Ginebra, 79-73, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Philsports Arena in Pasig. The win pushed the Fuel Masters to solo second with a 6-4 card. “We proved to ourselves that we can defend. We take some pride in our defense,” said Phoenix coach Ariel […]

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Fajardo, Castro, Abueva lead Gilas pool

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San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo and TNT’s Jayson Castro headlined the 24-man Gilas Pilipinas pool which will make up the national team for the coming international tournaments. National team coach Chot Reyes announced the names on Sunday at Philsports Arena in Pasig in between the Alaska-Mahindra and Ginebra-Phoenix doubleheader. Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo are also […]

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Garcia: Rain or Shine played ‘terrible’ in loss to Meralco

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Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia expressed his displeasure over the Elasto Painters’ 82-72 loss to the Meralco Bolts on Friday. “We played a terrible game, offensively and defensively. The players on the court weren’t playing well together,” Garcia said. Falling behind by as much as 15 early, the Elasto Painters had a tough time […]

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Belo, dela Cruz to go all out for playoff-seeking Elite

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With the way Blackwater started the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Mac Belo and Art dela Cruz agree that it would definitely be a disappointment if the team misses out on the quarterfinals. And that’s the reason why the Elite will be coming into their next game more focused as they eye to secure a seat […]

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Sumang: Elite in ‘must win’ vs Hotshots

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Roi Sumang may finally be coming into his own after a slow start to his PBA career but his focus remains on Blackwater’s fate in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. That’s why even though Sumang had 20 points, four assists, and three rebounds in the game, the only thing he could care about was the […]

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Cone’s fears realized as Aguilar hyperextends elbow after dunk

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Tim Cone has always worried about seeing Japeth Aguilar get injured doing what he does best, and on Friday those fears were realized. The lanky forward hyperextended his right elbow after a breakaway dunk at the 3:55 mark of the second quarter with Ginebra leading 44-35. “I turned to (assistant coach) Richard (del Rosario) after […]

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‘I haven’t seen a rebounding guard like Scottie Thompson’

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Scottie Thompson’s amazing rebounding skills have been in full display in the past few games that hauling 15 rebounds now doesn’t look like anything out of the ordinary for the guard. “How many rebounds [did he get]? 15? Only 15?,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone asked the reporters in jest after the game Friday night. […]

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Dillinger returns, but far from top form: ‘I had zero legs’

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Is Jared Dillinger’s return a sign of the pages turning for Meralco? The 33-year-old hopes so. Playing in only his second game in almost three and a half months, Dillinger was caught by surprise when coach Norman Black’s inserted him in the starting five. “I haven’t had too much time getting my feet wet and […]

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Yap says Elasto Painters need to stick to system, move the ball

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After Rain or Shine missed another chance to advance to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, James Yap rued his team’s poor execution in the 82-72 defeat to Meralco on Friday. “We’re shooting forced shots,” he said. “We have to move the ball because that’s our system – not just shoot it on the first […]

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Great team effort carries Bolts to morale-boosting win

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Meralco finally got a breakthrough after nabbing an 82-72 win over Rain or Shine that ended its six-game tailspin on Friday. And for Chris Newsome, the victory did more than just fan the Bolts’ slim playoff chances. “It’s really big for us because the mood in the locker room is pretty heavy whenever you’re losing, […]

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Bolts zap sluggish Elasto Painters, end 6-game slide

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Even against a great Rain or Shine defensive stand, Meralco still found the bottom of the net. And even when the Bolts left the door wide open late, the Elasto Painters just couldn’t capitalize. Meralco pulled off an 82-72 stunner over a sluggish Rain or Shine crew to snap its six-game losing skid Friday in […]

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Victolero, Hotshots cautious over upcoming long break

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Still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Star is hoping that a 10-day break will work in its favor. Coach Chito Victolero said that the Hotshots must be responsible during the breather as they eye to crack the top eight with three games remaining in their schedule. “Almost […]

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After big win over TNT, Pingris says Star has more work to be done

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Coming off an 88-77 win over TNT, Star forward Marc Pingris knows that the Hotshots’ work is just getting started. “Sinasabi ni coach sa amin na hindi kami pwede mag-celebrate dahil may gusto kaming puntahan. Ang madalas niyang sinasabi, be humble lang. May mga malalakas pa tayong kalaban,” Pingris said. (Coach keeps telling us that […]

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Isaac’s trust in players rewarded in Blackwater win over Alaska

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If there’s one guy who has a ton of belief in Blackwater, it’s coach Leo Isaac. And his faith in his players was in full effect on Sunday when he stuck with Roi Sumang in the endgame as the Elite pulled off a 103-100 victory over the Alaska Aces. “You want to see players who […]

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Sangalang sparks Star win, but admits he’s still adjusting

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It’s just a matter of time before Ian Sangalang reminds everyone what he’s capable of. And on Sunday, the second overall pick in the 2013 PBA Draft, showed what Star fans have been missing as he led the Hotshots to a 88-77 conquest over the TNT KaTropa. Sangalang finished with a team-best 14 points and […]

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Castro: TNT lost effort in defeat to Star

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Even Jayson Castro admitted TNT lacked effort in its 88-77 defeat to Star on Sunday. “Nawala yung effort namin, at isa na ako doon (Our effort was gone, and I was one of those),” he shared. Slow to rotate and beaten to 50-50 balls by a locked in Hotshots crew, the KaTropa found themselves down, 15-4, […]

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Racela after TNT loss: ‘Change doesn’t happen overnight’

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TNT coach Nash Racela said that for the team to turn things around, the KaTropa must be willing to embrace necessary changes. “From day one, I’ve been telling them that there has to be changes. I’ve been calling out their attentions, their names, on what they have to change. Change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Racela.  […]

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Roi Sumang shows worth for Blackwater

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Roi Sumang waited for his time, and when it finally came, he made the most of it. The speedy guard out of University of the East reminded every one what he’s capable of, taking charge late as Blackwater pulled off a 103-100 stunner over Alaska on Sunday. “Coming off the bench, I just wanted to do […]

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Aces’ Banchero out after reinjuring left hand

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Alaska’s health issues continue. After getting their starting center Sonny Thoss back, the Aces were dealt with another injury after guard Chris Banchero reinjured his left hand last week against Star. “I broke it,” Banchero said as he watched Alaska’s sorry 103-100 defeat to Blackwater on Sunday with his hand heavily bandaged. “I hurt it during the TNT game. […]

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Quinahan tells NLEX players: Tough love from Guiao is normal

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JR Quinahan admits he felt weird playing against coach Yeng Guiao on Friday. “Nakakapanibago lang na nasa kabila si coach,” he said. Their new teams battled for the first time with GlobalPort topping NLEX, 110-96. Quinahan’s squad improved to a joint second place and pushed Guiao’s side down the cellar anew. The Cebuano big man […]

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Yap respects Garcia’s decision to limit his minutes in OT loss

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Known as a relentless competitor, it was a tough pill to swallow for James Yap to be benched late in the game in Rain or Shine’s 107-101 defeat to San Miguel in Friday. The two-time PBA Most Valuable Player only played 12 minutes and finished with three points in a game where the Elastopainters lost […]

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Loss to San Miguel will make Rain or Shine stronger, says Garcia

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Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia told his wards to man up and accept the defeat after its heartbreaking 107-101 overtime loss to San Miguel on Friday. “That’s basketball. We had a chance to win the game, but we just turned the ball over in the end. They hit the big shot, they forced us […]

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Ross grateful for teammates’ support: ‘They had my back’

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Chris Ross admits that he was lucky to have gotten a chance to atone for his crucial miscue after almost costing San Miguel its game against Rain or Shine on Friday. With the Beermen trailing, 96-94, Ross handled the rock but failed to call for timeout despite the other players trying to sue for time. […]

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Guiao: I’m not going to let up on the pressure

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NLEX coach Yeng Guiao refused to surrender despite another loss for the Road Warriors, this time a 110-96 defeat to GlobalPort on Friday. “We are not giving up on our chances. Whatever possibilities there are in the last three games – I think if you lose one of them, probably out of this conference already, […]

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Fajardo still dominates despite four-point first half: ‘Pulot pulot lang’

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With the defense zeroing in on him, June Mar Fajardo was held to just four points in the first half of San Miguel’s tiff against Rain or Shine on Friday. But suppressing the giant all game long proved to be too tough of a task for the Elasto Painters with Fajardo breaking out in the […]

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Belga loses sleep over crucial turnover in OT loss

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Committing a crucial miscue in Rain or Shine’s sorry 107-101 overtime defeat to San Miguel, Beau Belga is expecting to be up all night in regret. “Bad trip,” he declared. And Belga has every reason to feel bad after he lost grip of the ball late in regulation, giving the Beermen one last opportunity which […]

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Cabagnot delivers in clutch again: ‘That’s why I’m on the floor’

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He’s not called Mr. Clutch for nothing. With San Miguel breathing down Rain or Shine’s neck, 96-94, with 5.2 seconds left in the game, Alex Cabagnot tried his best to get the attention of designated inbounder RR Garcia. “I was just praying to get that opportunity to take a shot,” he said. Curling to the […]

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Inspired Paredes plays best game yet a week before his wedding

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It must be the timing. Turning 25 a day before, Papot Paredes had his best game in his professional career, churning out 13 points and six rebounds in GlobalPort’s 110-96 win over NLEX on Friday. The former La Salle big man didn’t deny that he played inspired basketball at Mall of Asia Arena, but it […]

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Game vs San Miguel real gauge of progress for Romeo, GlobalPort

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As dominant as GlobalPort’s 110-96 win over NLEX was on Friday, Terrence Romeo believes the real gauge on how fan the Batang Pier will go is their out-of-town duel against San Miguel next Saturday in Cebu. “My basis will be our game against San Miguel because that’s the champion team. We can base there if […]

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Thoss raring to get back into action after injury layoff

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After sitting out Alaska’s first six games of the season, Sonny Thoss is set to make his debut against Star on Wednesday. Coach Alex Compton confirmed the development after the Aces’ Tuesday afternoon practice at Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw. “He may be playing a little bit. We’ll have to see how he feels,” the […]

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Facing Star needs ‘absolute best’ from Alaska, says Compton

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The three-week break may have been a welcome respite, but coach Alex Compton is hoping it wouldn’t ruin his team’s momentum from the tailend of 2016. “The feeling is like the preseason again, but it’s not,” he said on Tuesday afternoon after the team’s practice at Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw. “I hope we’re sharp […]

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Iba na ang may pinagsamahan: Santos marvels at Beermen’s chemistry

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Through hardships and triumphs, San Miguel has been toughened by the challenges thrown their way over the past two seasons. That’s why it’s no surprise that the Beermen had enough poise to gut out the 72-70 win over Ginebra on Sunday, prompting team captain Arwind Santos to unearth the old San Miguel mantra of “Iba […]

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High-octane Painters too much for misfiring Fuel Masters

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Phoenix played with fire and got burned. Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia admitted that going mano a mano with a deep Rain or Shine squad cost itself the game, losing the duel, 97-82, on Sunday. “We gambled on them taking threes. The bad thing is they made them,” he said. Known to prosper in free-flowing […]

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Up-and-down trend continues for Ginebra after loss to San Miguel

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Barangay Ginebra’s roller coaster ride this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup continues. Alternating wins and losses through their first seven games, the Gin Kings have struggled to consistently churn out performances worthy of a winning streak. Though there were positives like the way it performed against San Miguel on Sunday, the team still drew the short […]

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Beermen bank on defense in squeaker over Gin Kings

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Known for its formidable offense, the two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer proved that it can also pull off gritty wins through defense. And that’s exactly how the Beermen did it in turning back Barangay Ginebra in a close 72-70 decision on Sunday in front of a loud Big Dome crowd. Though the Beermen squandered […]

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Trollano, Matias help ROS overcome absence of key players

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With Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan missing Rain or Shine’s tussle with Phoenix due to injuries, coach Caloy Garcia dug deep from his bag of tricks. Luckily for Garcia, his reserves delivered with the Elasto Painters drawing 56 points from their bench in their 97-82 rout, showing once again that they have the depth to […]

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Rain or Shine dedicates season to late No. 1 supporter ‘Mommy Yu’

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It has been an emotional holiday season for Rain or Shine, but the team is relieved that somehow, it was able to start the year on the right note with a 97-82 win over Phoenix on Sunday. And the Elasto Painters dedicated the victory to no less than their top supporter Margaret “Mommy” Yu, who […]

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Lassiter escapes bad shooting night, missed free throws with SMB win

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Marcio Lassiter almost took the brunt of the blame had San Miguel lost to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. Fouled with the Beermen holding a slim 72-70 lead, the marksman shockingly muffed two charities and gave the Gin Kings one last shot with 11 seconds left. “I left it short. I can’t blame no one but myself,” […]

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Fajardo hopes Beermen will stay healthy the rest of the way

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June Mar Fajardo expected a tough outing with San Miguel going up against Ginebra on Sunday. With his paltry seven-point outing in Game 5 of last season’s Governors’ Cup semifinals still lingering in his mind, the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player fell once again to coach Tim Cone’s trap as he was saddled with four […]

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Tenorio stays positive despite Ginebra loss to SMB

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Despite being on the losing end of a 72-70 heartbreaker against San Miguel, Barangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio still believes the Kings have a lot to learn from the loss. “We fought even though we’re struggling offensively. We didn’t quit. I think that’s the positive side. We did a good job defending San Miguel,” […]

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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
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
Star Hotshots VS Blackwater Elite 4:15 PM Game #57
TNT Ka Tropa VS Global Port Batang Pier 7:00 PM Game #58
WEDNESDAY, JAN 25 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Mahindra Flood Buster VS NLEX Road Warriors 4:15 PM Game #59
Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters VS Alaska Aces 7:00 PM Game #60
FRIDAY, JAN 27 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Meralco Bolts VS Star Hotshots 3:00 PM Game #61
San Miguel Beermen VS TNT Ka Tropa 5:15 PM Game #62
SATURDAY, JAN 28 PHILSPORTS ARENA