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PBA Season 42 Preview: San Miguel Beermen

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The rest of the league still looks at San Miguel as the team to beat, a fact that is not lost of coach Leo Austria. And as the Beermen shoot for a third straight Philippine Cup conquest, he has learned to accept the expectations and challenge his team to match those. “People always expect us […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Alaska Aces

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Alaska is tired of being the bridesmaid. Finishing second place four times in the past two seasons, the Aces are motivated more than ever to win that hardware home. “We always talk about excellence and we’re tired of second place,” said coach Alex Compton. “I’m not foolish enough to try to guarantee something, but we’re […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

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After finally figuring this out, Rain or Shine is faced with major changes in its roster. After winning the franchise’s second title in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup, things are entirely different for Elasto Painters for the 42nd PBA Season. Familiar faces like coach Yeng Guiao, Paul Lee, and JR Quiñahan are no longer with Rain […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

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Coming off a morale boosting conquest in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup, Ginebra is eyeing to prove that its title win isn’t going to be a one-off. And for coach Tim Cone, doing so entails continuity, starting with bringing an intact lineup to the 2017 Philippine Cup. “You want to come back as intact as you […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: TNT KaTropa

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Even with the entry of a new coach this season, there won’t be a major change for TNT. Incoming coach Nash Racela is hoping to bring his championship experience in the amateur level while still maintaining the tested system observed with the KaTropa. “There won’t be any changes in our offense cause it’s still the […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: GlobalPort Batang Pier

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After struggling in the import-laden conferences, GlobalPort is eyeing to recapture its lost thunder in the Philippine Cup where it had its breakthrough run last season. And in doing so, the Batang Pier are entrusting their future under the guidance of team consultant Franz Pumaren. “We just want to better our standing this coming conference,” Pumaren […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: NLEX Road Warriors

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Enough of being the third banana. With coach Yeng Guiao in tow, NLEX hopes to finally take that huge step and be among the contenders this upcoming season. The coaching change is the biggest offseason move for the Road Warriors, who have yet to make waves in their three years in the PBA. This season […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Meralco Bolts

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Coming off a runner-up appearance in the 2016 Governors’ Cup Finals, Meralco’s confidence must be high. And coach Norman Black wants to pounce on the opportunity as he sees the hunger in the eyes of his Bolts who want stay among the contenders this coming season. “The team has shown a lot of promise, a […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Phoenix Fuel Masters

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Entering the league midway through the year, Phoenix is now gearing for its first full season as coach Ariel Vanguardia prepares his wards for the 2017 Philippine Cup. And even before the conference begins, he has slowly instituted changes in his lineup, recruiting a familiar face to help him rekindle his success in other leagues. […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Mahindra Floodbuster

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There’s no team other that has had much roster turnover in the offseason as Mahindra. Diminutive guard LA Revilla still leads the squad, but he’ll be having an almost different lineup once the Floodbuster hits the 2017 Philippine Cup. FEU big man Russel Escoto leads the newbies for Mahindra, together with hardworking forward Joseph Eriobu, […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Star Hotshots

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After a forgettable campaign last season, Star ushers a new chapter in its storied franchise and looks forward to regaining its lost glory with the arrival of a new coach and a pair of top-caliber guards. Paul Lee, for whom the Hotshots traded James Yap, and Jio Jalalon, a member of the Gilas cadet who […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Blackwater Elite

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Blackwater is looking forward to a bright future. Netting Gilas cadet Mac Belo and Raphael Banal in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft has apparently bring rays of hope for the Elite, who have struggled in their first two season in the league. Even coach Leo Isaac believes the prospect looks bright for his team this […]

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PBA Governors’ Cup Game 5 Preview: Danger Zone

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After four amazing games, we’re back in square one, with Ginebra slipping past Meralco in Game 4, 88-86. Much like Game 2, the Kings made the bigger plays down the stretch, though they had to mount one final defensive stand to stave off the Bolts. Chris Newsome was shadowed well by Justin Brownlee in the […]

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PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Game 3 Preview: Playing with Fire

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Given the way this series has been played so far, one thing is clear — it’s explosive as hell and both teams are playing with fire. With a pulsating Game 2 win, GIN has managed to tie the series, avoid a 0-2 hole, and bring us all back to square one. Now, it’s all about […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Semis Preview: TNT KaTropa vs Meralco Bolts

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Sister teams TNT and Meralco are on a collision course, and we’ll see just much glory is thicker than blood between these two clubs. TNT and Meralco have players and coaches who have played on both sides, and that adds a lot of potentially dramatic flavor to this match up. Among these are Jimmy Alapag, […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Phoenix Fuel Masters vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

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At 5-6, both ROS and PHX are tied for 8th spot, and this game will decide who makes it to the playoffs and who gets eliminated. PHX is at a disadvantage, of course, since they are coming off back to back losses, and they also lost to ROS in their previous match. Speaking of that […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Meralco Bolts vs Mahindra Enforcer

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Both MAH and MER have won 6 games and lost 5 this conference. Together with ALA, they are tied for fourth place in the standings, though MAH and MER have the superior quotients and they will dispute the final top four berth and the corresponding twice-to-beat edge that goes with it. Of course, since the […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Rain or Shine Elastopainters vs Star Hotshots

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It’ll be a game between a team fighting for its playoff life and a team fighting to salvage some pride at the end of a disappointing season. STA has been one of the most embattled teams this season, and so many rumors are swirling around them now, but to play the spoiler’s role may just […]

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PBA 2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: Alaska Aces vs NLEX Road Warriors

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This is a battle between teams who haven’t formally entered the playoffs yet, and both will be giving their best for that all-important playoff push. ALA needs a win here to formally secure an ideal spot in the quarterfinals as a loss will endanger their chances. If ALA loses, they may end up in a […]

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#AlagangPBA Blood Donation

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#AlagangPBA Blood Donation Project in partnership with Dugong Alay, Dugtong Buhay and Smart Araneta Coliseum This life-saving project will take place on October 2, 2016, 12nn to 6pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Everyone can be a hero! Click the link to register : https://goo.gl/forms/Y9UXmXRMm4VqGMEQ2

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Alaska Aces vs GlobalPort Batang Pier

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Both ALA & GLO are mired in a deadlock just outside the top 8, tied with a 3-5 record. For sure, both teams would want to win here to move up and strengthen their chances of getting to the quarterfinals. A loss may prove to be devastating, especially with both PHX & ROS streaking at […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup preview: Blackwater Elite vs Phoenix Fuel Masters

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PHX and BLA are on two different boats right now, with the Fuel Masters in the middle of the pack at 4-4 and the Elite bringing up the rear at 1-7. A win here for PHX can make them soar into the top 5 and officially boot the Elite from playoff contention, while a win […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: Alaska Aces vs San Miguel Beermen

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ALA may seem ready to move up after winning against STA this past weekend, but they’ll need to hurdle the mighty San Miguel Beermen if they want to put back-to-back wins together for the first time this conference. SMB, meanwhile, is going to begin a tough stretch of games starting with this one against ALA, […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: NLEX Road Warriors vs Meralco Bolts

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NLX and MER are sister teams, but with both of them mired in the middle of the team standings, they cannot afford to give way in this match up. Walang hating kapatid dito, lalo na’t gusto ng parehong koponang maka-angat at makapasok sa quarterfinals. A win here will enable MER to remain in the top […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: Globalport Batang Pier vs San Miguel Beermen

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Both GLO & SMB are entering this game straight off separate wins, but only one of them will come out victorious. Will it be the team near the top, or the team dwelling very near the bottom? GLO has had a terrible start this conference,but they got a semblance of positivity after winning against MER […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: TNT Ka Tropa vs Phoenix Fuel Masters

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The TNT Ka Tropa have been amazing so far, winning all five of their games heading into this match with PHX, who haven’t been too shabby as well, winning their last two games after a slow start to the conference. These teams on hot streaks are on a collision course here, and the big questions […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: Meralco Bolts vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

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– Meralco started their conference strong with back-to-back wins, but they have since been tripping, losing back-to-back as well to TNT and Ginebra. They have a shot at stopping their slump here as they take on the Painters. ROS, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back wins over Phoenix and Blackwater. They have the momentum heading into […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: Barangay Ginebra Kings vs Blackwater Elite

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– Ginebra has won each game they’ve played against Blackwater so far this season, and they definitely want to complete a season sweep of the Elite by beating them here. Pero tuluyan bang magpapalampaso ang Elite sa Gin Kings? That’s the question Blackwater wants to answer in this game, and, for sure, they’ll try to get […]

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2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Preview: NLEX Road Warriors vs TNT Katropa

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Even if these two are sister teams, NLX and TNT have gone through very different paths so far this conference. NLX opened their account with a win over BLA but have sinced lost back-to-back to SMB & GIN. TNT, meanwhile, has remained unbeaten after winning over ROS, MER, and ALA. TNT, however, has won by […]

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Kevin Alas, the sneakerhead and candy lover

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There must be a secret for a shooter as sweet as Kevin Alas. And he willingly bared that when he let Buhay PBA raid his condo. “Mahilig ako sa candy kaya puro candy laman ng condo ko,” the NLEX guard shared, showing the jars of sweets that pepper his tabletop. READ: Scottie Thompson, the teleserye fan […]

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WATCH: Buhay PBA Episode 2 with NLEX’s Kevin Alas

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In the second episode of Buhay PBA, watch as we follow Kevin Alas—who turns out to be a huge sneaker head and a big fan of candy–from NLEX’s practice to his home. He also shared about his  relationship with his father and Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas on and off court, and his experiences so […]

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Scottie Thompson, the teleserye fan

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Scottie Thompson wakes up around 6 in the morning to get to Ginebra’s 10 a.m. practice in Pasig. Coming from Las Pinas, he usually doesn’t have enough time to have breakfast at home and that’s where drive-thrus come in handy. Other than his morning routine, there are a lot more things that most don’t know […]

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WATCH: Buhay PBA Episode 1 with Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson

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In the pilot episode of Buhay PBA, watch as we follow a typical day in the life of the young Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson—from the time he prepares for the Kings’ practice until he slows down after a day of hard work to watch his favorite teleserye Dolce Amore.

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 4: Sweep or Survive?

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The Alaska Aces have the leading candidate for Best Player of the Conference, they’ve won the Comm Cup title in the past, and they have an amazing veteran import in Rob Dozier. They’re also one loss away from getting swept in the 2016 PBA Comm Cup Finals, and one loss away from handing the crown […]

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Arinze Onuaku is my Best Import for the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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Arinze Onuaku is no longer seeing action this conference, but he’s still my pick for Best Import of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Despite the Meralco Bolts being eliminated short of the Finals, Onuaku proved that he was the big difference for his squad. Meralco was in the doldrums in the previous conference, finishing dead […]

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The PBA Position Battle – The Top 10 Wingmen of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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The season’s second conference is reaching its home stretch, and the time is ripe for us to look back and show our appreciation for the players who really stepped up and made their mark. The PBA is a talent-rich league, and this can be easily seen in the number of productive wingmen from all over. […]

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The PBA Position Battle – The Top 5 Point Guards of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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As the season’s second conference reaches its home stretch, and the time is ripe for us to look back and show our appreciation for the players who really stepped up and made their mark. We’ll begin by looking at the best point guards of the league, which isn’t a very easy thing especially since this is […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Preview: Rain or Shine E-Painters vs Alaska Aces

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The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters and the Alaska Aces are the only two remaining teams still standing in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. An interesting aspect here is that we will certainly have new kings on the block no matter who ends up with the title. Alaska last won the Commish Cup in 2013 behind […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Game 4 preview: Meralco Bolts vs Alaska Aces

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It’s Game 4 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals and Alaska is on the verge of barging into their third straight Final appearance. Meralco, after a very commendable performance in the elims, is now on the edge and is in danger of missing the bus to their first ever Finals appearance. Will the Bolts push back […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals preview: Meralco Bolts vs Alaska Aces

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– This will be a very interesting series. It pits the team that topped the elims of the 2015-2016 Philippine Cup with a 9-2 record (Alaska) against the team that finished at the very bottom with a 1-10 slate (Meralco). In this conference, though, both teams have enjoyed a good measure of success. Meralco finished […]

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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
Alaska Aces VS Global Port Batang Pier 4:15 PM Game #16
Star Hotshots VS NLEX Road Warriors 7:00 PM Game #17
WEDNESDAY, DEC 07 MALL OF ASIA ARENA
Blackwater Elite VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 4:15 PM Game #18
Meralco Bolts VS TNT Ka Tropa 7:00 PM Game #19
FRIDAY, DEC 09 SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters VS Star Hotshots 5:00 PM Game #20
SATURDAY, DEC 10 TBA
Mahindra Flood Buster VS San Miguel Beermen 4:30 PM Game #21
Global Port Batang Pier VS Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 6:45 PM Game #22
SUNDAY, DEC 11 SMART ARANETA COLISEUM