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PBA board opts not to renew Narvasa’s term as commissioner

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Chito Narvasa’s days as the PBA commissioner are coming to an end. Seven PBA governors convened on a special board meeting Thursday morning at the league office in Libis and agreed to no longer endorse the renewal of term of the beleaguered executive. Incoming PBA chairman Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX led the symposium with the […]

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Coaches admit jobs get tougher after Beermen nab Standhardinger

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a Already with formidable starting five bannered by four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel just got a lot  stronger after it traded for the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and selected Christian Standhardinger. Now the onus on the rest league to figure out how to stop the three-time defending Philippine […]

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Drop in draft blessing in disguise for Davon Potts as he joins Aces

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Projected to be picked in the first round in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Davon Potts shockingly fell to sixth place in second round into Alaska’s lap. Instead of sulk, the San Beda sniper is taking his drop in the draft in stride and looks at joining the Aces as a blessing in disguise. “It […]

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Alas satisfied with Phoenix’s ‘aggressive’ rookie picks

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For new Phoenix coach Louie Alas, his first day on the job couldn’t get any better. The seasoned mentor was satisfied with the Fuel Masters’ haul in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday. “Everyone who we projected and expected to fall on us, we got all of them,” he said. Alas tapped Jason Perkins […]

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Caguiao, Helterbrand close ‘Fast and Furious’ chapter of their careers

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Jayjay Helterbrand, who is capping off a triumphant 17-year career, has asked the Ginebra brass to hold off on any retirement ceremony for him until Mark Caguioa decides to hang up his sneakers too. “I told them that I want to wait until Mark retires and we’ll do it together. I think it will be […]

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2017 PBA Draft: San Miguel picks Standhardinger 1st; NLEX selects Ravena at 2nd

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Reigning three-time Philippine Cup champion San Miguel bolstered its already formidable roster after selecting Christian Standhardinger as the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita. There was no surprise as the highly-touted Fil-German forward was chosen first in the 44-man pool following his impressive showing for Gilas […]

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After all the hard work to get to top, Slaughter cherishes first PBA title

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BOCAUE —  Greg Slaughter finally know what it feels to win a championship in the PBA. After missing the Kings’ ride to the title last year, Slaughter got his turn this season after Ginebra escaped Meralco with a 101-96 Game 7 thriller to complete a title repeat in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. “It’s all […]

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After nearly giving up on basketball, Herndon is ready to chase his dream

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In just a span of two years, Robbie Herndon went from dousing flames as an aspiring fireman in San Francisco to torching hoops here in the Philippines. And as the Fil-Am swingman embarks on this new chapter of his life as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he hopes to get the chance to showcase […]

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PBA Board to back Narvasa on controversial SMB-Kia trade

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The ball is now on the commissioner’s court. The PBA Board of Governors agreed to back commissioner Chito Narvasa on whatever his decision will be regarding the controversial trade involving Kia’s number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and San Miguel. “The Board has agreed that it will have an all-out support to […]

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Durham on Game 7: This is why I came back

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BOCAUE — As the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals goes to a Game 7, Allen Durham could only look back on the decision he made to return to the country to once again play for Meralco and complete what he regarded as unfinished business. “This is why I came back. I came back to have […]

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Vanguardia steps down, Alas appointed as new Phoenix coach

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Phoenix is off to a new path. Louie Alas has been installed as the new head coach for the Fuel Masters, days before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Team governor Raymond Zorilla announced the news on Thursday after coach Ariel Vanguardia and lead deputy Justino Pinat resigned from their duties. “After evaluating the performance of […]

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Meralco frustrates Ginebra, forces Game 7

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BOCAUE — With Meralco’s back against the wall, the local crew finally woke up from its slumber and led the Bolts to a 98-91 victory over Ginebra on Wednesday at Philippine Arena here to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. Allen Durham didn’t have to carry much of the […]

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More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6

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BOCAUE – The fans came in troves at Philippine Arena here as the all-time crowd attendance record was smashed on Wednesday for Game six of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. Followers of both Ginebra and Meralco trooped to the world’s largest indoor arena and became a part of the 53,642-strong crowd as the Gin […]

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Inquirer 7: Hopefuls who stood out in the 2017 PBA Draft Combine

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Less than a week before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, 43 of the 44 applicants were given a chance to make last ditch efforts to impress scouts and coaches in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine. As expected, cream always rises to the top and top-flight aspirants were able to standout from their peers. […]

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Ravena hopes to play for Guiao at NLEX: ‘I’m very excited’

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After giving it much thought, Kiefer Ravena feels that the timing is just right for him to enter the PBA. “I really thought about this with my family and a decision that really took so much time. Once I submitted my papers, I knew my future is already here,” Ravena said. One of the most […]

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Ravena shines in PBA Draft Combine

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Kiefer Ravena didn’t shy away from showing his athleticism after topping three of the five performance tests in the morning session of the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine Monday at Gatorade Hoops Center. The 23-year-old playmaker, who is believed to be a top two selection in the coming draft, set the standard in the anthropometry […]

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Slaughter gets starting role, boosts Ginebra in Game 5

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BOCAUE — Since winning the Best Player of the Conference award, Greg Slaughter has yet to churn out a good showing as Ginebra saw their 2-0 lead dissipate and allow Meralco level the series. But on Sunday, the 6-foot-11 center knew he had to show up when coach Tim Cone inserted him into the starting lineup […]

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Gin Kings on cusp of title repeat, shut down Bolts in Game 5

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BOCAUE – Barangay Ginebra clamped down on defense late and slammed Meralco, 85-74, to move on the cusp of winning the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Philippine Arena here. Leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, the Gin Kings shoot for their second straight title with a victory on Wednesday, with Game 6 slated still at the world’s […]

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Ginebra’s Mercado to miss Game 5 of PBA Finals due to ankle injury

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Barangay Ginebra will miss a key cog in Sol Mercado in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals set on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The Gin Kings and the Meralco Bolts eye a pivotal 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series. “Sol will not play Sunday, so it’s next man up for us,” […]

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Kia set to trade top pick to San Miguel Beer

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The rich are about to get richer. San Miguel is set to acquire Kia’s top overall pick in exchange for JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, Keith Agovida, a future first rounder, and cash considerations, sources told INQUIRER on Saturday. The deal, which has already been agreed upon by both sides, will hand the Beermen the top […]

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Dillinger fighting, but struggling against ‘big boys’ at Ginebra

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Outspoken against Ginebra going to the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Jared Dillinger seems to have bit more than he can chew as Meralco stares at a 0-2 deficit in the championship series. But the Fil-Am forward is man enough to admit that the Bolts, especially the locals, have their work cut out for them […]

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Tenorio thriving in PBA Finals despite playing through injury

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LA Tenorio was the first to admit that his shot clock-beating triple in the clutch was nothing but a stroke of luck. “It was a hail mary shot,” Tenorio proudly said. Tenorio drilled the miraculous triple with 1:07 remaining to give Ginebra a commanding 84-76 lead. The shot turned out to be the dagger as […]

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Brownlee, Tenorio lift Ginebra over Meralco for 2-0 finals lead

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Barangay Ginebra leaned on the duo of Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio to beat Meralco, 86-76, for a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Once again, the runner-up in the Best Import race, Brownlee showed that no award snub can deter him from his quest of giving […]

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After Game 1 struggles, Cone expecting huge fightback from Meralco

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LUCENA — Coach Tim Cone admitted that even he was surprised with how flawless Ginebra played in its 102-87 Game 1 win against Meralco to begin the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. “Not at all,” he said when asked if he expected this kind of game from his wards on Friday. “I thought we’ll struggle […]

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Brownlee happy with Ginebra’s aggressive start in PBA Finals

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LUCENA — Justin Brownlee was relieved to get the series opener out of the way and in the bag for Ginebra. He didn’t want a repeat of last year when the Gin Kings trailed 0-1, and later on 1-2 in the series winning the next three games to win the PBA Governors’ Cup championship. “Last […]

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Brownlee fires 32 as Ginebra draws first blood in PBA Finals

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LUCENA — Clicking on both ends of the floor, Ginebra gained a head start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals with a 102-87 beatdown of Meralco on Friday to take Game 1 at Quezon Convention Center here. The Gin Kings exploited their advantage in the frontcourt and pounded the ball in the paint as […]

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Kiefer Ravena applies for 2017 PBA Draft

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Kiefer Ravena has finally made the jump to the pros. The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player has decided to face a new challenge as he declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. In a post on his Twitter account, Ravena made the announcement short and sweet. “#PBADraft. Here we go,” he wrote The […]

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Jeron Teng enters 2017 PBA Draft

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Opening a new chapter in his basketball career, Jeron Teng has declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. The 23-year-old swingman submitted his application on Monday, three days before the deadline. He is expected to be a top five pick. Teng sees the draft as his chance to make his dream a reality […]

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Gin Kings knock off KaTropa, set finals rematch vs Bolts

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Defending champion Barangay Ginebra gets a shot to defend its crown after dispatching TNT, 115-105, in Game 4 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings arranged a finals rematch with Meralco starting on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Justin Brownlee anchored Ginebra’s […]

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Brownlee, Ginebra trounce TNT in semis opener

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Barangay Ginebra displayed its full strength as it clobbered TNT, 121-94, to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee opened the floodgates for the Gin Kings in the first quarter as he anchored a 14-2 blast to turn a […]

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Dillinger leads Bolts’ late rally past Hotshots in Game 1

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BIÑAN — Defense once again did the trick for Meralco as it drew first blood with a 72-66 comeback win over Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday night at Alonte Sports Arena here. The Bolts locked down on defense down the stretch, forcing the Hotshots to commit six turnovers inside the last […]

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Meralco earns No. 1 spot, comes back to beat SMB

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Allen Durham scored the go-ahead basket and Meralco clinched the top spot with a 104-101 comeback win over San Miguel Beer Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham made the game-winning shot with 27.1 seconds left that capped off Meralco’s 16-5 finishing kick. He finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds. “It’s a big win […]

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Lee, Hotshots stop Road Warriors to stay in top 4 contention

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Star turned back NLEX, 101-93, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots leaned on the trio of Paul Lee, Kristofer Acox and Mark Barroca to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four seat. Lee poured in seven of his 15 points in the payoff period, Acox tallied a […]

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Beermen snap Gin Kings’ 7-game streak

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San Miguel caught fire early and built enough cushion to hold off Barangay Ginebra, 107-103, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Terrence Watson impressed in his debut as he unloaded 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal. Watson, the Beermen’s third import this conference, replaced the underwhelming Terik […]

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Hotshots send Maliksi to Elite in 4-player trade

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In an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade. Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual. Trade papers have already been […]

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Surging Kings clip Hotshots in overtime

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Barangay Ginebra overcame its poor free throw shooting late and a gallant stand by Star to win, 105-101, in overtime Sunday night in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee collected 33 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Gin Kings, who extended their winning streak to six […]

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NLEX fends off Pringle-less GlobalPort, inches closer to Top Four

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Juami Tiongson caught fire late while JR Quiñahan did the dirty work as NLEX repulsed GlobalPort, 109-99, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.  The pint-sized playmaker dropped 14 points in the payoff period, 12 of which coming from beyond-the-arc, as he triggered the Road Warriors’ early fourth quarter blast. Tiongson wound up […]

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NLEX coach Guiao focused on winning, not getting top draft pick

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NLEX continued its dream run in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, this time stunning San Miguel with a 103-100 thriller on Sunday. That victory gave the Road Warriors their sixth win in eight games, enough to assure themselves a seat in the quarterfinals. However, as morale boosting as the stretch is, NLEX’s wins may come […]

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Fonacier hits big shots late as NLEX squeaks past SMB

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Larry Fonacier drilled the two clutch 3-pointers in the last two minutes to help NLEX escape Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, 103-100, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The veteran marksman drained the go-ahead triple with 1:46 to play and followed it up with another three from the top of […]

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Rain or Shine’s Yap finally beats his former team Star

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It’s not everyday that you see James Yap go scoreless in a game. Rain or Shine’s game against Star on Sunday marked the first time Yap didn’t hit a single point since July 24 last year when he was still with the Hotshots. But the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player couldn’t care any less as […]

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