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Aces stay perfect, overcome Painters behind Jefferson

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Cory Jefferson nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer with 30.1 seconds left as Alaska doused Rain or Shine’s fiery fightback, 105-102, to stay unbeaten in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jefferson fired 41 points and had 13 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces to their fourth win in as many […]

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Barroca surprise top vote-getter in PBA All-Stars

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Mark Barroca came out of nowhere and emerged as the top vote-getter in fan voting for the upcoming 2017 PBA All-Stars. The Zamboanga City native drew 32,793 ballots from the in-venue and online voting to lead the Mindanao PBA All-Star squad against Gilas Pilipinas at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro on April 26. […]

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Bolts proud of Amer’s ‘breakout conference’

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Consider the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as Baser Amer’s coming out party. Four games into the mid-season conference, the sophomore has averaged 16.25 points, 4.25 rebounds, and 3.75 assists to anchor Meralco to an immaculate 4-0 slate so far this conference. And the Bolts didn’t fail to acknowledge Amer’s stupendous showing. “He deserves a lot […]

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Jalalon buzzer beater lifts Star past NLEX

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Jiovani Jalalon played big on defense and played even bigger down the stretch as he drilled the game-winning jumper to carry Star over NLEX, 105-103, Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Arellano rookie fired the baseline jumper at the buzzer, off a timely pass from import Tony Mitchell and […]

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TNT pulls rug from under Blackwater

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Banking on its tested core, TNT upended upset-seeking Blackwater, 92-89, Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Roger Pogoy came up big late, scoring the go-ahead tip with 1:48 to play before Larry Fonacier drained a huge three with 1:15 remaining to push the KaTropa ahead, 92-87. The rookie out of […]

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Hodge hoping for the best on bruised calf

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Meralco’s fourth victory was dampened by Cliff Hodge’s apparent calf injury late in the 89-83 win over Rain or Shine Wednesday night. Hodge said he took a knee to the calf in the third quarter, hampering his mobility so he had to sub out at the 8:20 mark of the fourth period. “I got kneed […]

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Meralco averts meltdown, holds off Rain or Shine

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Meralco avoided a huge collapse and pulled off an 89-83 victory over Rain or Shine to maintain its pristine record Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. Alex Stepheson topped the Bolts with 21 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks, while Baser Amer had 17 markers, 11 boards, and six […]

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Jefferson pours 30 as Alaska stays unbeaten

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Cory Jefferson commandeered the early barrage for Alaska as it held off pesky Mahindra, 98-92, and nabbed its third win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. The high-scoring import was at it again, firing 26 of his 30 points in the first half while hauling down 11 rebounds as the Aces established […]

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Canaleta goes to Blackwater in three-player swap

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With Art dela Cruz out due to a ruptured Achilles, Blackwater bolstered its line-up by acquiring the services of veteran gunner Nino Canaleta in a two-team, three-player trade approved on Wednesday. The Elite sent swingmen Dylan Ababou and James Forrester to the Batang Pier in the deal. Canaleta has averaged 11.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 […]

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After stellar D-League stint, Cruz joins Blackwater

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After reviving his career with Tanduay this past 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Mark Cruz gets another shot in the PBA as Blackwater plucked him from the free agent pool on Wednesday. The diminutive guard from Letran impressed in his stint with the Rhum Masters, averaging 16.1 points, a league-best 4.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds. […]

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Explosive scorer Castro takes on playmaking role

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ANTIPOLO—Dishing out an eye-popping 14 assists in his conference debut, Jayson Castro shared that he’s taking more of a distributor role with the makeup of TNT this conference. “That’s what our team needs because we have lots of scorers and shooters. I really have to involve every one so that the defense also gets loose […]

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ROS import Taggart celebrates birthday with win

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ANTIPOLO—If Shawn Taggart will have it his way what he wants for his 32nd birthday is to hit the jackpot. No, really. “My birthday wish is to hit the lottery so I won’t have to play basketball,” Taggart said with a chuckle. However, with the balls still not going his way, he has to make […]

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Rosters set for 2017 PBA All-Star

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ANTIPOLO–Rosters are now set as the PBA gears up for the 2017 PBA All-Star. Members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool will join forces with the other PBA superstars as they face off in a three-leg festivities to be held in Cagayan de Oro, Lucena, and Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu. Young guns take the lead for […]

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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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GAMES TIME
GlobalPort VS Rain or Shine 04:15 PM
Barangay Ginebra VS Blackwater 07:00 PM
MAY 26 FRIDAY ALONTE SPORTS ARENA
San Miguel Beer VS Alaska 05:15 PM
NLEX VS Phoenix 03:00 PM
MAY 27 SATURDAY YNARES CENTER-ANTIPOLO
Rain or Shine VS TNT KaTropa 04:30 PM
Barangay Ginebra VS Meralco 06:45 PM
MAY 28 SUNDAY YNARES CENTER-ANTIPOLO