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Victolero liked how Hotshots fought in loss to Painters

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Despite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit. “We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened […]

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Almazan hospitalized due to dehydration after playing through illness

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Not even a bad case of flu could stop Raymond Almazan from playing. Fresh from his Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, the lanky big man gave it his all and delivered for the Elasto Painters in their 92-88 win over Star on Sunday. Almazan overcame his sickness and churned out 13 […]

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Cruz, Painters take down Hotshots

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Jericho Cruz took charge late for Rain or Shine as it dealt Star its first loss in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 92-88 squeaker Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The energetic guard fired 10 of the Elasto Painters’ final 17 points as they doused the Hotshots’ rally in the fourth quarter and stretch their winning […]

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Mild-mannered Belga helps Painters in rout of KaTropa

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Beau Belga seemed to have taken a 180-degree turn after his ejection last week, exuding poise in Rain or Shine’s 105-73 rout of TNT on Sunday. Keeping his temper in check, the burly big man had the most impact for his team in his time on the floor, garnering a team-best plus-28 as he racked […]

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Bullock bounces back, leads ROS rout of TNT

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Motivated to rebound from his underwhelming debut, J’Nathan Bullock responded to coach Caloy Garcia’s demands to lead Rain or Shine to a 105-73 blowout of TNT Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 30-year-old reinforcement made sure the Elasto Painters didn’t make a mistake tapping him as replacement, as he […]

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GlobalPort climbs to 2-2, deals Kia another loss

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GlobalPort continued its up-and-down ride in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, holding off Kia, 102-90, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Murphy Holloway unfurled 29 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks, while Stanley Pringle commandeered the offense and finished with 21 markers, seven boards, and four dimes as the Batang Pier evened their standing […]

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Meralco gets Tolomia, Rain or Shine acquires Daquioag

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Rain or Shine continued to shake up its roster as it acquired Ed Daquioag from Meralco in exchange for Mike Tolomia. The Office of the Commissioner approved the deal on Monday afternoon as Gilas cadets swapped places for the second time this conference. Tolomia and Daquioag have had similar fortunes in the Elasto Painters and the Bolts […]

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Rain or Shine trades Chan to Phoenix for Borboran, future pick

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Jeff Chan will be the next player to leave Rain or Shine. Sources bared to the INQUIRER that the Elasto Painters are set to trade the 33-year-old gunslinger to Phoenix in exchange for Mark Borboran and the Fuel Masters’ 2020 second round pick. The trade papers have already been submitted to the Office of the Commissioner […]

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Ginebra routs GlobalPort behind Slaughter, Tenorio

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Greg Slaughter imposed his presence down low and helped Ginebra claim its first victory in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 124-108 hammering of GlobalPort Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Only in his second game since returning from an ACL injury, the Cebuano giant came off the bench and put his foot down in […]

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Mallari playing vital role for streaking NLEX

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Almost three months since Kia traded Alex Mallari away, the 30-year-old swingman is making his old team look like fools as he has found a home in NLEX. Averaging 7.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in the Road Warriors’ first three games this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the Fil-Am forward has found his niche […]

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At 4-0, NLEX far from satisfied, says Lastimosa

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Coach Yeng Guiao may have his reservations when it comes to NLEX’s 4-0 start, but Carlo Lastimosa is convinced that the Road Warriors are no fluke. But he wouldn’t deny that even he is surprised with how cohesive NLEX has been so far in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. “Of course, I think all of […]

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NLEX comes back to beat Phoenix for 4-0 start

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Carlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari took matters into their own hands as NLEX stayed unscathed through four games in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 95-91 win over Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Down 10, 78-68 with 8:58 to play, Lastimosa sparked a 13-2 run to get the Road Warriors back in the […]

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Tanduay stretches win streak to five, dispatches Racal

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Tanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win. “Every […]

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Hotshots replace import Cinmeon Bowers with Malcolm Hill

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Star is leaving no stone unturned this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup as the team decided to replace Cinmeon Bowers with Malcolm Hill on Monday. Coach Chito Victolero confirmed the news as the Hotshots are set to parade the 21-year-old Hill after just one game with Bowers. “Yes, nagpalit na po kami (Yes, we’ve already changed our […]

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San Miguel acquires Pessumal, trades Van Opstal to GlobalPort

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With the rare Grand Slam feat on its mind, San Miguel fortified its roster as it acquired Von Pessumal from GlobalPort in exchange for seldom-used big man Arnold Van Opstal. The deal, which was the first involving two rookies part of the Gilas pool in the past 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, was approved on Monday […]

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Hizon joins Elite as team consultant

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Ginebra’s old never say die spirit is coming to Blackwater. In hopes of instilling the winning attitude to the upstart Elite squad, coach Leo Isaac has enlisted the services of his former teammate Vince Hizon to be a team consultant starting on the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. “He can inject more on individual progress ng […]

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Rosser raring to get back into action to help Beermen

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Matt Ganuelas-Rosser has spent the last several months in the sidelines due to various injuries. But his agonizing wait to return could be over soon as he expects to make a comeback when San Miguel Beer plays its first game in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. The season-ending conference starts on July 19 but the […]

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Castro pounces on open looks to keep TNT in the fight

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After committing 10 turnovers in Game 3, Jayson Castro knew he had to make changes. Instead of trying to set everyone up, he came out a little more selfish on offense and it worked. “The more I think about the assists, the more I commit turnovers,” the TNT slasher said in Filipino. “I have wide […]

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Clutch Castro carries TNT to tie Finals series at 2-2

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Jayson Castro took matters into his own hands and carried TNT to a 102-97 victory to equalize the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series to two games apiece Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The speedy Kapampangan playmaker scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and got four rebounds, as he spurred the huge […]

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Turnovers spelled doom for KaTropa in Game 3, says Smith

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There’s no need for an expert to explain how San Miguel Beer beat TNT in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night. The numbers tell the whole story as far as KaTropa import Joshua Smith is concerned. “We turned the ball over 23 times and they got 26 points off […]

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Heruela steps up in pivotal Game 3 for SMB

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Brian Heruela may be San Miguel’s third-string point guard, but for the second straight game, he has proven that he’s just as good as any starting playmaker in the league today. Starting in place of Chris Ross in the second half, the stocky guard filled the role admirably in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s […]

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TNT’s Pogoy silenced after Game 1 explosion

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Much-maligned after his apparent low-blow against Arwind Santos in Game 2, Roger Pogoy shared that he has already extended his apologies to his fellow Tamaraw. “That’s over with. I don’t have any comment on that. I already apologized to kuya Arwind,” he said in Filipino. The TNT rookie has put the incident behind him but […]

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Lassiter ends 3-point dry spell

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Marcio Lassiter just told himself to keep on shooting the way elite shooters do. After misfiring in the first two games of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the 30-year-old sniper finally halted his struggles and found the bottom of the net. Shooting 0-of-11 from downtown in Games 1 and 2, Lassiter finally drilled his […]

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Birthday boy Rhodes leads Beermen to victory

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It was indeed a happy birthday for Charles Rhodes. Turning 32 on Sunday, the mercurial reinforcement trotted out a performance to remember, doing it all for San Miguel in a 109-97 Game 3 win over TNT. “I just wanted to come out and work hard, just try to help my team and I did that. My […]

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San Miguel pulls away late, beats TNT for 2-1 finals edge

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San Miguel did just enough to hold off TNT, 109-97, and gain a 2-1 edge in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Charles Rhodes celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, carrying the load for the Beermen with 25 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Best Player of the Conference […]

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San Miguel bucks slow start, equalizes Finals with TNT demolition

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San Miguel bucked an early attack from TNT and leveled the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals with a dominant 102-88 Game 2 victory Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen weathered an early 17-0 storm from the KaTropa and broke the game wide open in the second half, leading by as much as 23 points, 94-62, […]

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Rhodes admits TNT defense slowed him down, but fouls threw him off rhythm

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Charles Rhodes took full responsibility for his failure to sustain his hot start in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday. After dropping 21 points in the first quarter for San Miguel, the mercurial reinforcement found himself scoreless in the next two periods, where TNT capitalized and took the lead. “I […]

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Lassiter: Beermen got good looks, shots just didn’t go in

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It was just one days when the shots weren’t falling. Tested gunslinger Marcio Lassiter is no stranger to off nights but it couldn’t have come at a worse time in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, where he went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. “Sometimes you make it, sometimes you don’t,” he said, […]

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TNT brings in Myers as possible replacement for injured Smith

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Uncertainty still looms over the TNT camp regarding which import the team is fielding in for Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Though Joshua Smith showed signs of promise days before Game 1, the KaTropa have left no stones unturned as they flew in a possible replacement import in Mike Myers. “He’s […]

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Austria, Racela renew coaching battle in Commissioner’s Cup Finals

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Four years ago, Leo Austria and Nash Racela were coaches in the collegiate scene, leading their respective teams to the championship. Fast forward to now, both mentors, who are armed with more experience and a handful of championships to boot, are set on a collision course as they are tasked to steer two proud franchises […]

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SMB’s Cabagnot, Ross pace BPC stats race

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San Miguel Beer’s star backcourt of Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross suddenly find themselves tied for the top spot in the Best Player of the Conference statistical race through the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. The tabulation released early Monday saw pacesetter Cabagnot now at joint first place with Ross, who jumped from eighth place after the […]

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San Miguel ties semis series, survives Star

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San Miguel Beer escaped Star, 77-76, to even their semifinals series at 1-1 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Charles Rhodes finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds for the Beermen, who bounced back from a 109-105 defeat in Game 1. Hotshots’ […]

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After gruelling duel, Castro believes Amer will be one of top PBA guards

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There’s not a lot of guards in the PBA who can step toe-to-toe with Jayson Castro. But after TNT’s quarterfinals series against Meralco in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the veteran guard didn’t deny that sophomore playmaker Baser Amer pushed him to his limit. “[Amer] didn’t just challenge me. He really pushed me. I studied […]

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Joshua Smith drops big game Racela is expecting from him

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Joshua Smith knows that his hefty size is seen as a defensive liability at times for TNT, so when coach Nash Racela called his number in the final 7.1 seconds of regulation on Friday, even he was surprised. “It’s weird because in those situations, I’m [usually] out off the floor. The fact that they put […]

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TNT sends Donte Greene home, brings in Joshua Smith

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TNT will take one last shot in hopes of improving its standing this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The KaTropa have parted ways with import Donte Greene, who will be replaced with Joshua Smith  for the team’s final two games in the elimination round. Sources close to the situation said the 25-year-old Smith will make his […]

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Seaba: Gilas Pilipinas rolls anew, overwhelms Singapore

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Playing a more deliberate approach this time, Gilas Pilipinas cruised to a 113-66 win over Singapore in the 2017 Seaba Championship Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Singapore put up a much better fight than Myanmar, a team the Philippines beat by 107 points, but just like the Burmese, the Singaporeans also didn’t have enough talent-wise […]

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Abueva hopes Gilas carries momentum into SEABA tiff

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Consider the first test passed. Gilas Pilipinas showed glimpses of its potential as it roared back from 15 points down to stun the PBA Visayas All-Stars, 125-112, on Sunday at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. National team forward Calvin Abueva said the early returns are enough reason for the squad to exude confidence going to the […]

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Gilas passes first test, rallies past Visayas All-Stars

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Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo led the new-look Gilas Pilipinas squad to a 125-112 come-from-behind victory over the Visayas All-Stars and escape the 2017 PBA All-Star Week unscathed Sunday at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. The energetic Alaska forward and GlobalPort spitfire teamed up as they infused the much-needed boost for the Nationals in […]

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Quinahan fills in for injured Ramos in Cebu All-Star

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JR Quiñahan gets a chance to give his hometown fans a treat as he joins the Visayas All-Stars in Cebu for the final leg of the 2017 PBA All-Star Week on Sunday. The slimmed-down GlobalPort slotman has been chosen as replacement for Aldrech Ramos, who is nursing a fractured nose. Quiñahan is just overwhelmed with […]

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Cone excited to coach Yap in Cebu All-Star Game vs Gilas

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Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone has always looked at the All-Star festivities as a rare chance for him to handle interesting talents whom he doesn’t usually coach. Initially, Cone was to coach superstars June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo as part of the Visayas All-Stars until national coach Chot Reyes on Friday announced the […]

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