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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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Tenorio, Al-Hussaini to bolster Visayas All-Stars vs Gilas

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LA Tenorio and Rabeh Al-Hussaini have been called up to bolster the Visayas All-Stars following the announcement of Gilas Pilipinas’ 12-man roster for the upcoming 2017 SEABA Championship. PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial shared the two stepped up to the plate to replace the spots left by June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo, who […]

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Finally getting his chance, Almazan vows to give best for Gilas

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LUCENA — Raymond Almazan has always been vocal about donning the national colors. Offering his services back then, the lanky big man was content on helping Gilas Pilipinas even just as a practice player. But on Friday, the Rain or Shine center was more than just that as he was tapped in coach Chot Reyes’ […]

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Gilas first-timer, 3-point king Maliksi thankful for blessings

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LUCENA — Never in Allein Maliksi’s wildest dreams that he thought the blessings will come in bunches. After winning his first Three-Point Shootout title in his first try in the 2017 PBA All-Star Week on Friday, Maliksi was also named in coach Chot Reyes’ final roster for the upcoming 2017 SEABA Championship in May. “That’s […]

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Wright’s hard work rewarded with All-Star MVPs, Gilas inclusion

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LUCENA — As much as he’s proud to have been named the MVP for the second straight leg of the 2017 PBA All-Star Week, Matthew Wright takes more pride knowing that he has made a good account of himself with Gilas Pilipinas. “I’m just grateful in participating in this All-Star activity. A lot of guys […]

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Gavina blasts Mallari anew: ‘Sometimes he’s a detriment’

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Following another devastating loss, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina pulled no punches again as he called out players whom he felt were just playing for their own interest and not for the team. “We got a lot of guys who are willing to put it all on the line and they show it to me in […]

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Racela says TNT ‘gave up’ in loss to Ginebra

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TNT coach Nash Racela isn’t losing sleep over the end of his team’s five-game winning streak. What he’s unsatisfied, however, is the way the KaTropa faltered in the end of their 107-89 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday, where he felt that his squad just gave up. “Everything comes to an end and it’s okay. What […]

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Pumaren says recuperating Romeo’s mere presence gave GlobalPort boost

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GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren praised his star guard Terrence Romeo for showing his willingness to be with the team despite recovering from his sickness. The super scorer has been on the recovery from his typhoid fever last week and has been dealing with a bum stomach since Saturday but still showed up in his uniform […]

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Minus Romeo, GlobalPort gets lift from rookie Pessumal

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GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren knows he has to get something from his bench players if the team aspires to advance to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. The Batang Pier ranks dead last in the league with only 23.2 bench points per game. But on Sunday, without Terrence Romeo to lean on, the reserves […]

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Tenorio commends Aguilar’s defense in Ginebra win over TNT

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LA Tenorio felt proud seeing Japeth Aguilar slowly embrace the role of a defensive stopper for Ginebra. “That’s our goal for him, to really be a defensive player and a rim protector,” he said on Sunday. Aguilar showed glimpses of his defensive prowess when he took control of the paint in the second half of […]

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Garcia struggles to get Elastopainters on same page

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Before the Rain or Shine thinks of retaining its crown, coach Caloy Garcia said that the team must figure out a way to be on the same page first. That was the reality check San Miguel dealt the Elasto Painters after they suffered a humbling 111-98 whipping on Saturday. “I’m just trying to think about how […]

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Rhodes gets revenge on Taggart, but helping Beermen to win sweeter

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To say that Charles Rhodes was motivated in San Miguel’s game against Rain or Shine on Saturday may  be an understatement. With last collegiate game almost a decade back in mind, the 31-year-old reinforcement was glad to get retribution on Shawn Taggart, a member of the Memphis squad which eliminated his Mississippi State in the Second […]

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Santos arrives late for game, makes up for it with 2nd period burst

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For Arwind Santos, it’s better late than never. Santos made it to Mall of Asia Arena just in the nick of time after he thought the team’s call time for its game against Rain or Shine on Saturday was at 5 p.m., not at 3 p.m. “I was the last one in and the game […]

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Cañaleta stays positive despite another loss for Elite

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Cliche as it may sound, but Niño Canaleta felt that there was really something special about to happen for him when Blackwater played Star on Saturday. “I really felt different approaching the game. Maybe it was time for me to step up to help the team,” he said in Filipino. True to his gut, the […]

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Lee rues blown chances in Star loss to San Miguel

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Paul Lee rued his missed chances late as Star fell again, this time to San Miguel, 103-97, on Sunday. With the Hotshots waging a late fightback and trimming what was once a 19-point deficit to just four, 99-95, with a minute left to play, the veteran guard muffed his trey from the left wing which […]

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Momentum on their side, Bolts go on 17-day break

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Racking up six wins in seven games, Meralco faces its toughest challenge yet midway through the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. With momentum on their side, the Bolts will be tested as they go on a 17-day break. “I have no clue what we’re gonna do with 17 days off,” lamented coach Norman Black after a […]

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Ross still quick to credit teammates after stellar offensive night

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Chris Ross is known to be a guy so unselfish that he’d rather play defense and dish out assists rather than rack up the points. But on Sunday, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year veered away from his usual self and got himself going on the offensive end. Against the bevy of Star guards, […]

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Smith: We got to keep on fighting

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Despite Blackwater’s predicament, Greg Smith is staying positive that his team can make a late run to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. “I’m confident,” he said. “Even if we lose 10 games in a row, I will stay confident. That’s who I am. On Tuesday, I’m gonna bring that mindset and play hard to let […]

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Nabong’s exhaustive effort on both ends spurs Bolts’ comeback

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Kelly Nabong has tirelessly practiced his midrange jumpshots since arriving in Meralco. His hardwork finally paid off as his sweet perimeter shooting sparked the Bolts’ 102-91 victory over Blackwater. “I practice that everyday. Day-in and day-out, we’re in the gym three hours a day, I get up at least 250 shots at practice. It’s all […]

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