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Rain or Shine shoot for QF berth vs surging Ginebra

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Rain or Shine tries to formalize Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup playoff passage in taking on the tall, surging Barangay Ginebra team just 48 hours after hurdling Barako Bull and its gunners. Coach Yeng Guiao said they’re in a tricky situation considering the Gin Kings and the Energy are totally different teams. “We have a day […]

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GlobalPort, Blackwater seek to end skids

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Two skidding teams hope to get back on track when they clash on Sunday in the 2016 Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup. GlobalPort eyes to end its two-game slump as it goes up against Blackwater on Sunday. Game time is at 3 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Falling to Alaska and Ginebra, the Batang Pier’s meteoric […]

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Star’s turnaround a ‘matter of time,’ says SMB coach Austria

San MiguelBeermen vs Star Hotshots

Star may be sinking even further in the 2016 Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup, but one person believes it’s not a lost season yet for the Hotshots. That’s San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. “It’s just a matter of time,” Austria said of the Hotshots’ potential turnaround. “The fluidity of their plays look so good.” Austria […]

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Alapag: Meralco hasn’t played complete game as a team


Jimmy Alapag has had success in the PBA as individual and as part of a team. But he’s not having much victories lately in his return to the league as his Meralco Bolts sit at the bottom of the standings at 1-6. It’s a combination of many things but overall, the Bolts haven’t played as […]

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PBA Fan of the day: Peter Concepcion

Peter Concepcion.

Name: Peter Concepcion Hails from: Makati Favorite PBA Team: Star Hotshots Favorite PBA players: Marc Pingris and James Yao Why is he a fan of Star: “Lahat sila magaling at may chemisty. Si Ping magaling sa rebound at puso, si James magaling mag score.”

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Beermen cruise past skidding Hotshots, clinch playoff berth

San MiguelBeermen vs Star Hotshots

Except for one anxious moment in the third quarter, the San Miguel Beermen had a good, relaxed ride versus the Star Hotshots leading to an automatic playoff passage in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup. The Beermen and their fans faced some scare as Fajardo went down the floor after an accidental hard bump on […]

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Cone impressed by Thompson’s game: ‘There’s no doubt he’s a special player’

Scottie Thompson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

It didn’t take long for coach Tim Cone to gush over his prized rookie Earl Scottie Thompson. With an array of mind-boggling passes, the former Perpetual star need not to score much and his playmaking alone is enough earn the two-time Grand Slam-winning coach’s admiration. “I think I did a lot of that with Johnny,” […]

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Dela Cruz taking advantage of extended minutes with Blackwater


Though Blackwater is still finding its footing in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup, the team has been getting huge contributions from its hungry rookies, especially from its first pick in the recent draft, Art dela Cruz. After a stellar career with San Beda in the collegiate ranks, the 23-year-old admits it needs a […]

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Revilla, Mahindra snap four-game lose streak, downs Meralco

Mahindra Enforcer vs Meralco Bolts

With 2.2 seconds remaining, LA Revilla met Jimmy Alapag and denied the legend on a three-point attempt to preserve Mahindra’s 86-83 scoreline against Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. It was also Revilla who put the Enforcers up six, 82-76, with a sneaky layup coming off a Kyle Pascual […]

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Beermen shoot for playoff berth; Hotshots hope to end slide

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For San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria, their last game against Barako Bull is a good reminder heading to their showdown with the Star Hotshots Saturday. They faced a big scare and barely escaped past the Energy, 106-105, on a last-second heroic of Arwind Santos. “It’s a reminder for us na talagang hindi pwedeng pa-relax-relax […]

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Must-win clash for bottom squads Mahindra, Meralco

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Both Meralco and Mahindra have had their share of heart-breaking losses and they figure enough is enough, especially in this most crucial juncture in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup. That’s why the Bolts and Enforcers, each in a must-win situation, are expected to go all-out when they tangle Saturday in a Petron-sponsored offering at Mall […]

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Blackwater escapes Barako; NLEX wins anew in PBA Women’s 3-on-3


Allana Lim took charge late to give Blackwater another win, this time over Barako Bull, 11-8, Friday in the PBA Dickies Women’s 3-on-3 Tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Lim scored four of the Elite’s final six points to put the Energy to sleep and finished with six markers in the process. France Mae Cabinbin added […]

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PBA Fan of the day: Rey Bahinting

Rey Bahinting.

Name: Rey Bahinting Age: 43 Hails from:  Vito Cruz, Malate Favorite PBA team: Rain or Shine Elasto Painters How long have you been supporting the team: since PBL Favorite PBA player: JR Quinahan, Jeff Chan, and Paul Lee Why are you a fan of Rain or Shine: “Mabait lahat ng players at ang management sa […]

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Rain or Shine waxes hot, drubs Barako Bull


Rain or Shine dominated inside in the first half then struck heavily from afar in the second half as the Elasto Painters drubbed the Barako Bull Energy, 110-104, to inch closer to the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup playoff play Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Frontliners Jewel Ponferrada and Beau Belga led the way early […]

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Alaska holds off NLEX, nabs q’finals berth


Alaska booked the first quarterfinals seat in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup, holding off NLEX, 89-81, at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday. The Aces lead by as much as 20, 62-42, late in the third quarter but NLEX made a spirited run in the fourth behind Sean Anthony and closed the gap to […]

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Webb: I have to do a better job preparing the Hotshots

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Star coach Jason Webb took full responsibility of his team’s three-game slide, saying that he hasn’t been doing a fast enough job getting everyone on board with the new system. “I just got to do a better job,” he said on the heels of Star’s 107-102 defeat to Alaska on Tuesday. “In the end, we’re […]

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Caguioa lives up to Cone’s challenge to play defense: ‘There’s no off-night on defense, I’m trying to do that’

Barangay Ginebra vs Mahindra Enforcer

For someone more known for his offensive prowess, Mark Caguioa caught coach Tim Cone by surprise with a commendable defensive effort down in Ginebra’s 85-70 win over GlobalPort on Wednesday. Cone admitted that he sat the veteran guard during a crucial stretch in one of the Kings’ games because he didn’t full trust Caguioa on […]

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More than just chasing a milestone, Hontiveros focused on defense to help Aces

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He may have failed to inch closer to a milestone last Tuesday, but expect veteran Dondon Hontiveros to get his 500th steal soon enough with how he is putting focus on his defense this 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup. The Cebuano shooter is just few steals short of reaching the 500-steals club, and that’s something that […]

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Rain or Shine wary of gritty Barako Bull


With San Miguel Beer barely escaping past Barako Bull on a last-second heroic of Arwind Santos, who wouldn’t be wary of the Energy? Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao expressed much concern against Barako Bull ahead of their 7 p.m. tiff Friday in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “They […]

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NLEX looks to snap Alaska’s streak

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Like the rest of the field, NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez has always kept close tabs on the opposition and he is especially wary of Alaska. The reason is because Fernandez knows his Road Warriors have their work cut out for them when they tangle with the fully-charged Aces Friday in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup […]

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Seven observations of the 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup so far


More than a month into the 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup, things are starting to shape up. The better teams are starting to build a little bit of distance while the others continue their decline in the standings with all squads having played at least five games so far. Here are the seven things we have […]

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Caguioa, Tenorio spark Ginebra’s rout of GlobalPort

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Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio came out of their shells, holding their own against Globalport’s highly touted guards as the Barangay Ginebra Kings stretched their winning streak to three games with an 85-70 spanking of the Batang Pier at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday. Caguioa and Tenorio produced personal season-best numbers, striking hardest in the […]

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PBA Fan of the day: Vhel Ventura

Vhel Ventura.

Name: Vhel Ventura Age: 49 From where: Kamuning, Quezon City Favorite PBA team: Barangay Ginebra San Miguel How long have you been supporting the team: since Jaworksi days Favorite PBA player: Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter Why are you a fan of Ginebra: “Crowd favorite kasi sila tsaka never-say-die talaga.”

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Ginebra, Alaska remain unbeaten at 4-0 in Dickies-PBA Women’s 3-on-3


Angeli Gloriani nailed a pair of two-pointers to lift Ginebra to a 13-7 win over San Miguel in the PBA Dickies Women’s 3-on-3 Tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Gloriani finished with six points, as Maria Micaela Bautista helped her cause with three markers. Kristina Joi Tolentino led San Miguel with three points. In the […]

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TNT recovers from slow start to beat Blackwater


TALK N Text may still be a work in progress but is already offering a glimpse of what it could lethally be.

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Don Allado retires from basketball after 16 years

Don Allado

Veteran big man Don Allado has finally hung up his sneakers. In a lengthy message posted on Twitter on his account @alotofDON, Allado said that he is calling it a career after a decade and half. “I am officially announcing my retirement from playin professional basketball. Been blessed to have 16 years of pure bliss. The journey […]

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PEAK becomes official outfitter of PBA


PEAK is glad to forge a partnership with PBA as the official outfitter for their 41st season.

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GlobalPort ‘poses a lot of problems’ for Ginebra, says Cone

GlobalPort's backcourt tandem of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle spell trouble for Ginebra. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

How will Globalport handle Barangay Ginebra’s vaunted frontline? And how will Barangay Ginebra take on Globalport’s superb backcourt?

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Texters look to bounce back vs Elite

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Talk ‘N Text was supposed to amble along just fine before embarking on what could be a very bumpy ride. After getting waylaid by an unlikely ambusher, the Tropang Texters now must get their bearings back and avoid another humiliation when they tangle with an unpredictable Blackwater side Wednesday in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup […]

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David rues Meralco’s poor endgame decisions in loss to NLEX


Meralco was only nine seconds away from a second victory, but the Bolts couldn’t hang on to it as they suffered a heartbreaking loss to NLEX on Tuesday.

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Alaska slips past Star, grabs share of lead


Alaska Milk outmaneuvered Star in a topsy-turvy finish of a well-fought contest, pulling off a 107-102 victory to regain a piece of the lead in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday.

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PBA Fan of the day: Albert Lacuna

PBA Fan of the day:

Name: Albert Lacuna Age: 39 Hails from: Bagong Barrio, Caloocan Favorite PBA team: Alaska How long have you been supporting the team: 1991 Favorite PBA players: Jojo Lastimosa, Calvin Abueva Why are you a fan of Alaska: “Yung samahan nila, parang magkakapamilya na, kahit sa fans.”

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Alaska’s Menk suffers broken nose vs Star

Alaska's Eric Menk goes back to the dugout before being taken to Cardinal Santos Medical Center after suffering a broken nose in the second quarter of the Aces' game against the Star Hotshots Tuesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Randolph B. Leongson

Alaska’s Eric Menk suffered a broken nose after being on the receiving end of an inadvertent elbow from Star’s Marc Pingris Tuesday night.

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Alas comes through for NLEX despite hurting ankle

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Slowly but surely, Kevin Alas is getting accustomed to his role as one of the key point guards for NLEX.

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Women’s 3-on-3: Sinsioco plays hero for GlobalPort; Meralco wins

GlobalPort's Nelia Sinsioco (7) delivered the biggest basket in her team's close win over Mahindra in the PBA Women's 3-on-3 Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA IMAGES

Nelia Sinsioco drained the game-winning jumper to help GlobalPort score a tight 10-9 win over Mahindra in the PBA Dickies Women’s 3-on-3 tournament Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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NLEX escapes Meralco, gains solo fourth


Asi Taulava had a 20-20 game and NLEX escaped Meralco, 93-91, to move into solo fourth place in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Taulava, still going strong at 42, collected 22 points and 21 rebounds to help the Road Warriors notch their fourth win in six games. “We’re […]

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Indefinite suspension of Mahindra consultant Joe Lipa ‘stays’

Which part is accusatory and condescending? The suspension of Mahindra consultant Joe Lipa stemmed from this letter asking him to appear before PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa to explain his side on a statement he made to Spin.ph. The former national coach refused to receive the letter. It was instead received by Mahindra team manager Eric Pineda.

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa kept the indefinite suspension of Mahindra consultant Joe Lipa as they failed to resolve their issue on a short meeting at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City Monday.

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2015-16 PH Cup Preview: Alaska Aces vs Star Hotshots

Star forward James Yap (18) looks to continue his hot shooting against Alaska.  Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Star and Alaska are two of the most storied franchises in PBA history. They have had some memorable battles in the past and both have been coached by Tim Cone. Now, they find themselves on different planes as the Hotshots are struggling in the bottom half of the standings, while the Aces are at the top with a 4-1 slate.

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2015-16 PH Cup Preview: Meralco Bolts vs NLEX Road Warriors

NLEX center Asi Taulava (88) hopes to continue his dominance when he matches up against Meralco's big men. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Both NLEX and Meralco are coming off huge breakthrough wins to prop up their chances of contending for a quarterfinal slot. The best way to do that, of course, is continue their breakthrough run beginning with a victory here.

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David hopes first win will turn Bolts’ fortunes around

Meralco's Gary David (28) takes a jumper against San Miguel Beer. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Sitting at the bottom of the standings, Meralco needed to draw everything it could from its players.

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STANDINGS Women's 3x3 A
STANDINGS Women's 3x3 B
Mahindra Enforcers VS Meralco Bolts 3:00 PM Game #40
San Miguel Beermen VS Star Hotshots 5:15 PM Game #41
Blackwater Elite VS Global Port Batang Pier 3:00 PM Game #42
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 5:15 PM Game #43
Global Port Batang Pier VS NLEX Road Warriors 4:15 PM Game #44
Mahindra Enforcers VS San Miguel Beermen 7:00 PM Game #45
Barako Bull Energy VS Talk n Text Tropang Texters 4:15 PM Game #46
Meralco Bolts VS Alaska Aces 7:00 PM Game #47
Mahindra Enforcers VS Star Hotshots 6:00 PM Game #21
Meralco Bolts VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 6:20 PM Game #22
Blackwater Elite VS Alaska Aces 6:00 PM Game #23
NLEX Road Warriors VS Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 6:20 PM Game #24
Global Port Batang Pier VS Star Hotshots 6:00 PM Game #25
Barako Bull Energy VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 6:20 PM Game #26
Talk n Text Tropang Texters VS Meralco Bolts 6:00 PM Game #27
San Miguel Beermen VS Mahindra Enforcers 6:20 PM Game #28