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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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Rhodes fires 29 as San Miguel holds off Star

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Charles Rhodes proved to be Star’s nightmare as San Miguel pulled off a 103-97 victory in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 31-year-old import churned out his best game to date, finishing with 29 point, including an awe-inducing slam in the fourth period,  along with 10 rebounds, and a block, […]

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Ramos suffers nasal injury

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Aldrech Ramos suffered a suspected nasal fracture late in the first quarter of Star’s game against San Miguel on Sunday. The 6-foot-6 forward tried to draw a foul against a driving Beermen import Charles Rhodes, but got hit with an elbow on his nose as he was left shaken after the incident. Team physical therapists […]

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Meralco locks down Blackwater for sixth win

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Meralco clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter and blanked Blackwater late to score the 102-91 victory Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts overturned an 80-72 deficit coming into the fourth quarter and went on an 18-4 charge to finally take a 90-84 lead midway. Meralco outscored […]

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Corpuz fulfills PBA dream after nearly giving up

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Jackson Corpuz almost left his second sport for good. Transitioning from volleyball to basketball in his teens, the Philippine Christian University alumnus’ hope was all but lost when he got left out in the 2014 PBA Draft. “I almost gave up. But my girlfriend told me to continue dreaming because all of these are just […]

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Backed by Ginebra crowd, Brownlee outplays Mitchell

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One thing working Ginebra’s way has always been the crowd. And on Sunday, Justin Brownlee thinks that the barangay made their presence felt anew, getting to the head of his counterpart Tony Mitchell when Ginebra faced off against Star. “He got a little frustrated and maybe, it was the fans,” said Brownlee. “We have great fans […]

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With black headband on, Tenorio delivers for Ginebra vs Star

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It must be the headband. Sporting a black headband to cover up a boxer-like cut above his left eye, LA Tenorio went on a huge tear late in the fourth quarter as he provided the help Justin Brownlee needed in Ginebra’s 113-98 win over Star on Sunday. But for the veteran playmaker, he only had […]

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Brownlee, Ginebra deal Star its 1st loss

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Justin Brownlee took over in the second half to lift Barangay Ginebra over Star, 113-98, Sunday night in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. Brownlee caught fire in the fourth quarter, firing 11 of the Gin Kings’ last 19 points to inflict the Hotshots their first loss in five games. Brownlee […]

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TNT overcomes Mahindra for 4th win in a row

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TNT notched its fourth straight victory but not after surviving Mahindra, 86-84, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. Donte Greene carried the KaTropa with 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks, while Troy Rosario got 11 markers and four boards. Greene and Rosario came up big but […]

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Caloy Garcia ‘disappointed’ with ROS vets’ play in loss to Aces

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Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia bared that he’s finally feeling the pressure following the team’s two-game losing slide. “I’m concerned about it,” Garcia said after the Elasto Painters fell to Alaska in a 105-102 heartbreaker on Sunday. Garcia focused on the lackluster showing of his guards in their latest defeat, where he felt he […]

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Arwind Santos sparks Beermen bench in win over Bolts

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The San Miguel Beermen may have just found the spark they have been looking for, and he was under their nose all this time. With import Charles Rhodes in tow, the Beermen opted to slide Arwind Santos down to the bench and in the team’s conference-opening 99-92 win over Meralco, the early results look promising. Santos […]

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Beermen import Charles Rhodes shines in PBA debut

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Joining a star-studded team like San Miguel, not much is expected from import Charles Rhodes aside from blending in well with the locals and providing ample help on the defensive end. But in his first game on Sunday, the 31-year-old reinforcement showed that he’s more than capable on meshing with the crew. Known as a […]

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Well-rested Beermen end Bolts’ unbeaten start

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San Miguel continued to be Meralco’s bane in the second conference. The Bolts came into Sunday’s game having won their first four games before running into a brick wall in the Beermen. “They’re the best team in the league. They just won the all-Filipino title, so I can’t really be surprised with the way they […]

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SMB’s Fajardo gets praise from Bolts import Stepheson

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It may be a new conference, but it’s still the same old, dominant June Mar Fajardo. Matched up against the hulking Alex Stepheson, the Cebuano giant proved that he’s more than ready to battle as he carried San Miguel to a 99-92 victory over Meralco on Sunday. The three-time PBA Most Valuable Player collected 24 […]

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Debuting Beermen deal Bolts their first loss

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San Miguel continued to assert its dominance this season, dealing Meralco its first loss with a 99-92 thumping Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Bucking a poor start, the Beermen leaned on their starters, sending a statement as they fought back from a 15-point deficit and used a strong second half […]

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Tolomia contributes in limited minutes in ROS loss to Alaska

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Kept on the bench majority of the game, Mike Tolomia was surprised to hear his number called with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter. But when his moment came, the 24-year-old made the most out of it in setting up his teammates James Yap and Jericho Cruz early in the fourth quarter. “I didn’t expect that […]

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Jefferson says Alaska teammates ‘big part’ of his success

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Cory Jefferson seethed as he air-balled his first three-point attempt early in Alaska’s duel against Rain or Shine on Sunday. Jefferson felt embarrassed and he made it a point to drill his next shots in hopes of maintaining the team’s unbeaten record. And he did, going 5-of-8 from threes, including the go-ahead trey with 30.1 seconds […]

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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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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
Meralco VS Phoenix 07:00 PM
NLEX VS Blackwater 04:15 PM
MAY 03 WEDNESDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
San Miguel Beer VS TNT KaTropa 07:00 PM
GlobalPort VS Phoenix 04:15 PM
MAY 05 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Rain or Shine VS Star Hotshots 05:00 PM
MAY 06 SATURDAY BATANGAS CITY COLISEUM