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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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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Preview: NLEX Road Warriors vs GlobalPort Batang Pier

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– While most people are probably out on gimmicks on this fine Friday night, the Road Warriors and and Batang Pier will collide in a fight that will have serious implications in the quarterfinal race. At 4-4, NLX is mired in the middle, but a win here puts then within reach of the top 4 […]

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The Top 5 Imports of the #PBA2016 Commish Cup right now

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As the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup enters the deep waters of the elimination round, each game carries higher stakes, and each performance is magnified for the fans to scrutinize. Foremost, of course, is the production of the imports, on whose shoulders rest much of their teams’ fortunes. Which reinforcements have been up to snuff and […]

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No pork for Quiñahan for Holy Week, but lechon awaits on Easter Sunday

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No pork, no problem. JR Quiñahan is making a vow this Holy Week to stay away from the meat. “Wala munang pork,” the Rain or Shine big man said, as he plans to go home to Cebu for a quick respite. “Marami namang isda doon. Masasarap at fresh pa.” But more than his “panata,” Quiñahan […]

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PBA players use Holy Week break to train, catch up on chores and reflect

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Second row: Chris Tiu, Jason Castro, Calvin ABueva and Scottie Thompson.

With the Holy Week scheduled in the middle of the current 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, a lot of players have decided to stay in Manila and to escape the stress that comes from going out-of-town. A lot of teams still scheduled team practices, allotting only a day or two for players to take a short […]

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PBA Fast Talk: ‘Team Cap’ Santos jokes wife hardest to defend

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Is there an abrupt change of sides? Arwind Santos took over the league’s official Twitter account @pbaconnect in another version of “PBA Tweetmisan” on Wednesday and tried his best to answer all of the fans’ questions ranging from his teammates to the upcoming superhero movies. Santos, PBA’s version of Spiderman, says he’s “Team Cap” when […]

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PBA Fast Talk: Is Karl ‘hot’? Dehesa answers questions from fans

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Mahindra gunner Karl Dehesa went on the hot seat and was grilled for his interesting Twitter handle. The 28-year-old gamely answered to fans’ queries and shed light on his @hotttKARL username when he took over the league’s official account @pbaconnect on Wednesday. “Inside joke lang,” he tweeted with a hearty laugh. Here’s a recap of […]

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PBA Fast Talk: Newsome teases about joining Slam Dunk competion

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If there’s one moment in Chris Newsome’s young professional career that has been memorable for the fans, it was definitely his thunderous slam dunk over Arwind Santos. The Bolts rookie was naturally asked about that sequence when he took over the league’s official Twitter @pbaconnect for the “Tweetmisan” on Friday hours before their game against […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Rain or Shine Elastopainters

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ROS beat SMB in the elims of the 2015-2016 PHL Cup, but the Beermen rebounded in a big way in the semifinals, defeating ROS and booting the Painters out, 4-2, int heir best-of-7 series. It was a particularly painful defeat for ROS since there were a couple of contests where they led big only to […]

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

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Sister teams Meralco and NLEX have had contrasting fortunes so far this conference. Whereas Meralco has had a lot of success and is sitting pretty atop the team standings, NLEX has run into a lot of trouble and is currently mired int he middle of the pack. Both teams have never really been able to […]

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PBA Fast Talk: Thompson reveals who is Ginebra’s best dancer, nosiest player

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It was Scottie Thompson’s turn to takeover PBA’s Twitter handle on Wednesday in a 15-minute Q&A session with his fans. The Ginebra rookie, though, revealed more about his teammate Dave Marcelo than himself. Fans know Marcelo as the shot-blocking big man but the five-year center turns out to be much more than that. Just ask […]

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PBA Fast Talk: Garcia shows funny side in ‘Tweetmisan’ Q and A

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Phoenix guard RR Garcia showed off his playful side in the most entertaining Q&A session yet. Garcia, who is making a case this season as one of the league’s rising stars, spent nearly half an hour answering questions from PBA fans through the league’s official Twitter account @pbaconnect hours before the Fuel Masters’ game against […]

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The Top 5 Rookies of the PBA 2016 so far

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Prior to the current PBA season, Mo Tautuaa was the most highly touted rookie entering the league, but right now it has been his teammate Troy Rosario who has really impressed. Former UAAP & NCAA stars Chris Newsome, Bradwyn Guinto, and Arthur Dela Cruz have also impressed, which makes making this 2015-2016 ranking a little […]

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PBA Fast Talk: Abueva talks to fans about teleserye cameo

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Alaska forward Calvin Abueva playfully interacted with PBA fans during short but entertaining Q&A session using the league’s official Twitter handle. Abueva gamely answered questions ranging from his recent acting debut to his closest friends (Vic Manuel and Ping Exciminiano). Abueva made a cameo on teleserye ‘Dolce Amore’ where he was filmed playing in a […]

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PBA 2016 Commissioner’s Cup Power Rankings 1.0

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Are the Meralco Bolts for real? Have the Gin Kings finallly figured things out? Is Star really the worst team in the league right now just as their record suggests? What do we make of Mahindra’s 3-2 record? All these we’ll try to answer in our very first Power Rankings of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s […]

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PBA Fast Talk: Twitter Q and A with NLEX’s Kevin Alas

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NLEX’s Kevin Alas answered questions from fans via a Twitter Q&A on Friday before the Road Warriors’ game versus Rain or Shine. Recap of his tweets here: View the story “PBA Q&A with Kevin Alas” on Storify

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Young basketball talents from Colombia visit PBA, set to watch games

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Eleven young basketball players from Colombia visited the Philippine Basketball Association on Friday as part of the sports diplomacy program by the Colombian foreign ministry. The program aims to inspire and encourage these athletes and keep them away from recruitment by criminal elements. Mariana Ocampo, a staff of the Colombian foreign ministry and head of […]

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The Top 5 Centers of the PBA 2016 so far

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Sometimes I get the feeling that the PBA is no longer the small man or even wingman’s league. Sure, we’ve always had outstanding big men like Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera, Dennis Espino, and Asi Taulava, but having the league completely dominated by frontliners like June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter is another thing […]

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PBA Fast Talk: Q and A with San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo

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June Mar Fajardo answered questions from the fans using the PBA’s official Twitter account.

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The Top 5 Power Forwards of the PBA 2016 so far

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The power forward position has quite easily been the most productive one so far this season. Guys like Vic Manuel and Willy Wilson have seemingly come out of nowhere to be among the most statistically dominant players, while newbie Troy Rosario has joined the best PF convo with guys like Arwind Santos, Marc Pingris, and […]

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The Top 5 Small Forwards of the PBA 2016 so far

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This season hasn’t been particularly good for PBA small forwards. With the exception of Sean Anthony and Calvin Abueva, no swingmen have really stood out so far this season as the Philippine Cup was dominated by centers and playmakers. When the Commissioner’s Cup underway, however, that should change as the big imports will probably dominate possessions […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Joan Inocencio

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Name: Joan Inocencio Age: 38 Hails from: Sagad, Pasig City Favorite PBA team: Barangay Ginebra San Miguel How long have you been supporting the team: Noong Jaworski days pa Favorite PBA player: Greg Slaughter Why are you a fan of Ginebra: “Mula nung nakamulatan ko na ang PBA, Ginebra na talaga ang family ko.”

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PBA Fan of the Day: Trisha Trajano

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Why are you a fan of NLEX: “Kasi kahit natatalo sila, nagpe-persevere pa rin sila.”

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After improbable PH Cup Run, SMB fan believes Beermen can get Grand Slam

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Snooky Morial hurried her way to Ortigas from work at Bonifacio Global City to meet her family and see their favorite team meet its diehard fans. Morial, the 31-year-old mother of three who works at for a houskeeping service in Taguig, arrived four hours before the San Miguel Beermen’s meet and greet session at Robinsons […]

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SMB gives back to fans at victory party: ‘We couldn’t have done this without you’

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The fans, San Miguel Beer’s sixth man who were one of the team’s driving forces behind its historic finals comeback, got up close and personal with their basketball heroes on Tuesday during a meet and greet at Robinsons Galleria Activity Area in Pasig City.

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The Top 5 Shooting Guards of #PBA2016 so far

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Having great shooting guards has always been a hallmark of the PBA, but that has been slowly changing these past few years. With the influx of quality big men and the rise of splendid playmakers, the off guard spot has been relatively quiet. Icons like Mark Caguioa, Gary David, Dondon Hontiveros, and James Yap, who […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Finals Game 7 Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

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Having Game 7 alone is enough for any basketball fan to be extremely excited, but this Game 7 is going to be one for the books. The Alaska Aces have never won the Philippine Cup since 2000, have never won it since coach Tim Cone bolted for B-Meg years ago. They have a chance to […]

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Fan slips, injures knee but promises to still watch finals Game 6

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Just like his favorite team, John-John Aragones refused to go down without a fight. Aragones, 29, is the the San Miguel booster who hurt his knee while cheering for Beermen in the intense overtime period Wednesday night. Watching from the Upper Box A area of Smart Araneta Coliseum, the super fan was dancing on the […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Finals G5 Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

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The San Miguel Beermen looked dead in the water after trailing by 11 points with less than 4 minutes to go in Game 4, but they somehow found a way to rally, force overtime, trail again in the extra period, and rally again to finally put Alaska’s brooms back in the closet and push the […]

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Cone enjoys TV analyst gig, but admits it’s something he’s not very good at

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Don’t expect coach Tim Cone to make the trade from the sidelines to the broadcast panel anytime soon. Taking part as a TV analyst in Game 2 of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals between Alaska and San Miguel on Tuesday, the winningest coach couldn’t help but admit that talking on TV not one of […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Finals Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces – War of the Winningest

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The San Miguel Beermen and the Alaska Aces aren’t just the two best, winningest teams this conference. They are the two winningest franchises in PBA history. Oh, and let’s not forget that they fought a 7-game classic in last year’s PHL Cup Finals, where the Beermen prevailed by the skin of their teeth in Game […]

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X-Factors in San Miguel-Alaska All-Filipino finals rematch

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THE PBA Philippine Cup should be a thrill to basketball fans whose interest in the league was fanned in the 1990s. After all, it features two of the more successful franchises that flourished during the years when Gilas Pilipinas and lopsided trades weren’t yet the vogue. It’s Alaska vs San Miguel Beer in an era […]

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