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EYES ON RETURNEE CABAGNOT AS BEERMEN, TEXTERS GO TO BATTLE

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On his way out of the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night after Talk ‘N Text sent Barangay Ginebra San Miguel packing in the do-or-die playoff, Tropang Texters point guard Jayson Castro mentioned one name that he felt would be the difference when they face San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup best-of-7 semifinals starting […]

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SEMIS RIVALRY PREVIEW: BEERMEN vs TEXTERS

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The Tropang Texters just humbled the Ginebra Kings in their KO match, and now coach Jong Uichico’s wards are going up against a familiar foe for the right to advance to the championship series. On the other end, we have top elims team San Miguel Beer wanting to reclaim the All-Filipino title it last held […]

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ALASKA GAINS HEADSTART

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Alaska drew first blood versus Rain or Shine in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal series, fashioning out a hard-earned 87-80 win at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Thursday night. The Aces fought back from an early 17-point deficit and engaged the Elasto Painters in a battle in the final half before going for […]

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D-LEAGUE: CAFE FRANCE WINS BAKERS’ BATTLE; TANDUAY LIGHT SCORES

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Cafe France won the Baker Derby and solidified its hold on third place in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Thursday. The Bakers notched their sixth win to go up to 6-2 with an 88-74 victory over Bread Story-LPU behind the exploits of Joseph Sedurifa. Sedurifa, the 2013 NAASCU Most Valuable Player, waxed hot early and exploded for 17 in the first quarter to finish with 32, powered by his 4-of-8 shooting from three-point region, to go with his 12 rebounds. “He has proven himself already,” said CafeFrance coach Egay Macaraya. Rodrigue Ebondo added 13 markers, eight boards, and three blocks, while Maverick Ahanmisi got 12 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Macaraya rued the 25-point third quarter outburst of Bread Story which allowed the opposition to climb back and tie the game at 62 at the end of the third, after the Bakers took an early 18-point advantage, 37-19. “Buti na lang nakarecover pa. The boys want a merry Christmas,” the coach said. Cafe France’s starters did the damage in the fourth, firing a 16-6 run to take a comfortable 81-68 edge with 4:42 left. They also drilled in four three-pointers in the canto as they sealed the victory. Macaraya said, “This win means we have a very good chance for getting the twice-to-beat in the quarterfinals. Hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy na.” Joseph Gabayni led the Smashing Bakers with 19 points and six rebounds, with Mike Gamboa tallying 16. Wilson Baltazar also added 14, as Bread Story fell to 2-5. In the first game, Tanduay Light breathed new life in its quarterfinal aspirations as the Rhum Masters moved up to .500 with their third straight victory after a decisive 70-57 win over Racal Motors. Aljon Mariano started the blowout, nailing 12 of his 21 points in the first quarter as the Rhum Masters jumped to an early 25-6 lead and never looked back. He also had six rebounds. Adrian Santos also notched a double-double with his 11 markers and 11 boards in the win. After starting 1-4, coach Lawrence Chongson finally got his boys going and placed themselves on a better position going into the Christmas break. “We are getting the hang of it and we’re picking it up,” he said. “Personally, I want for us to continue training, but it’s our Christmas culture, we also have to take some breaks.” Raffy Reyes tried to revive the Alibaba in the fourth with three straight treys, but Jaypee Belencion staved off that run as Tanduay improved to 4-4. Reyes ended up with 22 points for Racal Motors, but he failed to get ample support from his teammates as they fell to 2-5. The Scores: First Game: Tanduay Light 70 – Mariano 21, Santos 11, Banal 11, Belencion 10, Roño 5, Escueta 4, De Vera 3, Ilagan 2 Foronda 2, Mandani 1, Sumang 0, Ignacio 0. Racal Motors 57 – Reyes 22, Ortuoste 4, Gil 3, Ruaya 3, Ibay 2, De Gregorio 2, Ambuludto 2, Viernes 2, Gabawan 1, Mercader 0, Canta 0, Saitanan 0, Publico 0. Quarters: 20-6, 34-23, 57-34, 70-57. Second Game: CafeFrance 88 – Sedurifa 32, Ebondo 13, Ahamnisi 12, Abundo 9, Batino 6, Galanza 5, Cortez 4, De Leon 3, Jeruta 2, Andrada 2, Huertas 0, Celso 0, Noble 0. BreadStory-LPU 74 – Gabayni 19, Gamboa 16, Baltazar 14, Mbomiko 9, Bulawan 5, Vigil 5, Daquioag 4, Jalalon 2, Corpuz 0, Lao 0, Elmejrab 0, Bangga 0. Quarters: 30-16, 46-37, 62-62, 88-74.

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WHAT’S NEXT, GINEBRA?

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Philippine Cup campaign has once more come to a sickening halt. Eliminated at the hands of a resurgent Talk ‘N Text team, 87-69, in the quarterfinals, this title-starved ballclub has to ask, “What now? What next?” Ginebra started out the season well racking up win after win before shedding the mantle […]

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ACES , ELASTO PAINTERS BEGIN GRUDGE SERIES

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With a miniscule change in their lineups, Rain or Shine and Alaska engage in a repeat of their recent PBA Governors’ Cup Final Four showdown, beginning their rematch at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Thursday. To many, the result of their previous Final Four matchup wasn’t conclusive with Rain or Shine barely stealing […]

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KINGS STILL NEED TO FULLY GRASP & TRUST TRIANGLE

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A six. That’s coach Jeffrey Cariaso’s grade for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel after once again being booted out of contention in the quarterfinals, this time at the hand of Talk ‘N Text. “We improved from the last conference, but it’s hard when you’re not fully understanding (the system), it’s hard to trust it, especially when […]

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D-LEAGUE: CAFE FRANCE LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK

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Café France coach Egay Macaraya hopes his troops have deleted Monday’s loss to league-leader Hapee from their memory banks. The Fresh Fighters (7-0) overcame a strong charge by Café France (5-2) in the first half and came away with a 70-55 romp that practically dimmed whatever chances the Bakers had entertained to clinch an outright semifinal berth. […]

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EFFICIENT SHOOTING A MUST

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Talk ‘N Text sent Barangay Ginebra packing in their knockout quarterfinal clash on Tuesday, and it took coach Jong Uichico to go out of the box to nab the victory by stretching his players’ minutes on the floor. Jayson Castro, to cite one, logged 29 minutes on the floor, but fortunately, the Blur delivered the […]

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TALK N TEXT MAKES IT TO SEMIS

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The dream matchup of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals became a reality Tuesday night, thanks in no small part to sleepwalking Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. Talk ‘N Text set up a titanic clash with San Miguel Beer after ousting the Kings in their do-or-die match, 83-67, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, turning an expected down-the-wire […]

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