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Player of the Week: JC Intal unleashing old form for Phoenix

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Now fully recovered from a foot injury that sidelined him for a great deal late last season JC Intal has flashed his old, deadly form to lead resurgent Phoenix to back-to-back victories last week. Nicknamed “Baby Rocket”, Intal banged in five of his team-high 22 points in the final 60 seconds to help Phoenix complete […]

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Garcia rues ROS’ lack of ball movement in loss to Ginebra

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When it came down to winning time, Rain or Shine just didn’t have it.  Rain or Shine held a 74-70 lead over Barangay Ginebra late in the fourth quarter before the Gin Kings raced to an 11-0 run to take the game, 81-74, and ruin the Elasto Painters’ perfect record. ROS head coach Caloy Garcia […]

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Tenorio takes blame for offensive struggles

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LA Tenorio had a night to forget offensively in Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s win over Rain or Shine, 81-74, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena in the PBA Philippine Cup. Tenorio missed all his field goal attempts but still finished with four points, five rebounds, and six assists  “Offensively, you can say I really struggled and I […]

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Cone still ‘shocked’ to see former player Yap playing for ROS

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James Yap may be in tuned with his new team, but some people are still in shock the former Star player is now wearing another uniform. Take Ginebra head coach Tim Cone for instance. Cone was Yap’s coach when they won the Grand Slam back in 2014 and even though it’s been almost two years […]

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Gavina gives Mahindra leadership roles to Revilla, Araña, Mallari

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It seems Mahindra coach Chris Gavina has found the three men who will lead his ragtag troop.  After a heartbreaking 114-104 loss to Phoenix in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Gavina said mainstay LA Revilla, and newly-acquired veterans Alex Mallari and Ryan Araña have to become his team’s leaders. Gavina added his team has enjoyed […]

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Ginebra downs Rain or Shine for first win

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Barangay Ginebra steeled itself at the finish, coming away with a decisive 11-to-nothing closing flurry to top Rain or Shine, 81-74, in a duel of champs in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Sunday night. Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado and Chris Ellis formed a solid […]

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Used to winning, Araña and Mallari keep patience as Mahindra looks for 1st win

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Alex Mallari and Ryan Araña are no strangers to winning. Araña is a two-time champion, and his last title was with San Miguel in the 2016 Philippine Cup. Mallari, meanwhile, won four straight championships with the Purefoods franchise as a vital part of the San Mig Coffee Mixers’ Grand Slam team. But that was before […]

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Intal, Phoenix blast winless Mahindra

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Phoenix kept its fire burning and razed woeful Mahindra, 114-104, for its second straight win in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. After stunning defending champions San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday, the Fuel Masters continued their momentum and improved to 2-1 while sending the Floodbuster to a 0-3 record. Phoenix, however, experienced a bit […]

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NLEX’s Enrico Villanueva likely to miss rest of PH Cup due to MCL tear

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Enrico Villanueva has been ruled out of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup after the veteran big man suffered an MCL tear on his left knee. NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre bared the development, which was confirmed by coach Yeng Guiao. “He may be out for two months. Most likely, he’ll be returning in the second […]

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Compton praises Aces reserves in close loss to SMB: ‘Proud of them’

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Consider it vindication for coach Alex Compton. Urging the management to re-sign Abel Galliguez, Marion Magat, and Jaypee Mendoza in the offseason, these seldom-used players repaid the Aces mentor of his faith, keeping the team afloat in their game against San Miguel on Saturday. Without seven of its key players, Alaska still gave the two-time […]

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Beermen got complacent vs depleted Aces, admits Santos

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Arwind Santos didn’t hide his disappointment with the way San Miguel has been playing this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Seemingly losing their dominance, the Beermen looked so vulnerable on Saturday when they needed to gut out a close 93-88 victory over an undermanned Alaska crew for their second win in three games. “Parang lumaban ka […]

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Pingris: ‘We have to trust each other’

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No more excuses. With Star dropping its second game in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Marc Pingris shared the reason why the team has been struggling early. “We’re not following coach’s instructions,” Pingris said. The Hotshots had a monumental collapse in their season opener against San Miguel, 96-88, and was unable to recover from their […]

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GlobalPort needs to stay focused after 2-0 start, says Pringle

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GlobalPort may be on cloud nine after huge victories in its first two outings in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, but Stanley Pringle knows the true tests are yet to come. The 2015 Rookie of the Year warned his fellow Batang Pier to not be blinded by their recent success, especially after their 91-84 win […]

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Rain or Shine eyes 3-0 start vs Ginebra

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Rain or Shine played a remarkable game in its season debut against TNT KaTropa then played even better in its next game versus Mahindra. Ginebra coach Tim Cone keenly followed those games and was impressed of the Elasto Painters. Cone said they have to get over their championship hangover and get their act together to […]

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Star rookie Jalalon gets reality check defending Romeo, Pringle

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Facing one of the best backcourt tandems in the PBA, Jiovani Jalalon feels like he was dealt with the reality check he was bracing for when he started his professional career. “I had a difficult time with Terrence (Romeo) and Stanley (Pringle),” Jalalon said following Star’s 91-84 loss to GlobalPort on Friday. An elite defender […]

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Romeo on GlobalPort’s start: ‘We have to forget that we’re 2-0′

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With GlobalPort winning its first two games in lopsided fashion, Terrence Romeo doesn’t want his team to feel overconfident early in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. “We have to forget that we’re 2-0,” Romeo said after the Batang Pier’s 91-84 win over Star on Friday. Romeo has undoubtedly taken the leadership role for his crew, […]

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Rookie Daquioag ‘played like a veteran’ in Meralco win over NLEX, says Black

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This time, it was the other rookie who lit a fire for Meralco. Ed Daquioag provided the spark for the Bolts as they pulled off a 106-93 win over NLEX on Saturday. The former Santo Tomas stud went to work late, firing 10 of his 23 points in the fourth period, along with four rebounds […]

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Fajardo, Beermen escape shorthanded Aces

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San Miguel Beer bucked a tough, tough challenge by a badly crippled but fierce-fighting Alaska side Saturday night, squeezing out a 93-88 win to move up to joint third place in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Despite a huge double-double game from June Mar Fajardo, the Beermen played catch-up basketball most of the […]

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Newsome, Daquioag spark Meralco win over NLEX

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Meralco stepped on the gas pedal late, turning back NLEX, 106-93 to notch its first win in Petron Saturday Special of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Chris Newsome and rookie Ed Daquioag paired up in the fourth quarter as the Bolts went on a decisive 16-3 tear to turn a close […]

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Hot start propels GlobalPort past winless Star

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GlobalPort built enough cushion to survive Star’s late fightback, 91-84, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Banking on a 29-8 first quarter, the Batang Pier established enough breathing room with Stanley Pringle leading their side to their second win. “I guess the key here was we set the tempo from […]

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Castro picks up where he left off in return for TNT

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If there’s one thing his hiatus did well for Jayson Castro, it definitely made him miss playing on the hard court. Making his season debut on Friday for TNT, the Kapampangan spitfire truly showed what his team had missed the past two games. Castro didn’t waste time in reminding everyone what he’s capable off, firing 20 points […]

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Undermanned Aces face Beermen

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Following rules is among the tenets Alaska Milk lives by. And thus even with the danger of losing another game, the Aces are sanctioning two key players with a one-game ban for violating a league rule. The Aces will be badly handicapped as they play the San Miguel Beermen at 5:15 p.m. Saturday in the […]

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NLEX go for back-to-back wins, takes on Meralco

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MERALCO and NLEX were on opposite ends of endgame breaks in their opening game. The Bolts look to turn the corner while the Road Warriors are eager to see if their luck continues to hold out Saturday when they clash in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. A follow up by NLEX […]

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Belo on facing former coach Racela: ‘I’m used to having him on my side’

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Together for almost five years, Mac Belo admits it was a weird feeling seeing coach Nash Racela on the other side when Blackwater played TNT on Friday. “I’m used to having him always on my side,” the prized rookie said as his partnership with Racela dates back from their days in Far Eastern University, Phoenix in […]

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Castro returns as TNT hands Blackwater first loss

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Jayson Castro finally saw action and didn’t waste any time helping lift TNT KaTropa. The last Governors Cup Best Player came off the bench to score 20 points and starred in the Texters’ 99-92 win over erstwhile unbeaten Blackwater Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Moala Tautuua also notched 20 […]

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Batang Pier, Hotshots face off

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Adjustments continue for Star Hotshots as they go up against GlobalPort Batang Pier in Friday’s main game at 7pm. The Batang Pier, with their souped-up roster, had a smashing 97-75 debut over the Floodbuster. “We had a good schedule as we played Mahindra in our first game of the season. Both teams undertook a major […]

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Blackwater gets its mettled tested by TNT KaTropa

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AFTER Blackwater opened up the season with two wins in as many outings other teams are now taking notice. Foremost among those now taking the erstwhile perennial cellar-dwelling Elite seriously are the TNT KaTropa Texters, who take their turn testing the league’s biggest surprise thus far in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the Smart […]

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Intal comes off the bench, boosts Phoenix in win over SMB

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ANTIPOLO—Phoenix’s biggest contributor during its upset of defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer wasn’t even part of the starting five. Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia had JC Intal come off the bench and the move did wonders for Phoenix.  Intal had a limited yet quality, 24-minute playing time and still led all scorers […]

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Intal leads Phoenix upset of SMB

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ANTIPOLO – JC Intal, a regular starter from their Barako Bull days, was surprised when told he’s playing off the bench.         He took that as a challenge, responding big time to lead Phoenix Petroleum to a first-ever win over San Miguel Beer. The 2015 FIBA Asia veteran churned out a big game in a relief […]

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Yap, David with contrasting debuts for new teams

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ANTIPOLO—Veterans James Yap and Gary David both made their debuts for their respective new teams, Rain or Shine and Mahindra, but the 105-83 score wasn’t the only margin worth noting. Yap was on the winning side as his Elasto Painters walloped David’s Floodbuster in a game which also became historic for the former poster boy […]

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Yap scores 10 in RoS debut, says he’s moved on from Star

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ANTIPOLO—-James Yap’s shocking move to Rain or Shine may still ring a different tune to spectators, but the man himself is perfectly at ease with his new orchestra. The former poster boy of the Star franchise, who had 10 points in his debut for the Elastopainters and made his 1,001st career triple, said he’s moved […]

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Rain or Shine overwhelms Mahindra

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RAIN or Shine displayed excellent ball in the first 39 minutes of play to carve a 105-83 victory over Mahindra Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. The Elasto Painters displayed a much better chemistry and a well-rounded attack to erect a 49-point bulge before easing up on […]

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Look : 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Game Schedule

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Beermen shoot for second win vs Fuel Masters

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With a monkey off their back, the San Miguel Beermen look to get going, chasing win No. 2 as they tangle with the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo Wednesday. The Beermen eye a share of early league leadership with the Blackwater Elite as they slug […]

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Rain or Shine not taking Mahindra lightly

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AFTER getting badly beaten in its opening game Mahindra decided to add more firepower by adding Gary David and Rey Guevarra to its arsenal. How quick the two new Floodbusters and the team’s eight other newcomers have adjusted to their system and one another would be had Wednesday when they take on Rain or Shine […]

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Ferrer motivated to bounce back after quiet debut

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Kevin Ferrer isn’t losing sleep over his quiet debut for Ginebra. “As a rookie, it’s not easy to gain the trust of coach Tim (Cone) so I really have to work hard for it,” he said. The former Santo Tomas stud only had three points and three rebounds in 11 minutes on the floor in […]

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Mahindra signs Gary David, Rey Guevarra

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The Mahindra Floobuster got a needed shot in the arm on Tuesday by signing veteran shooting guard Gary David and forward Rey Gavarra on the eve of their game against Rain or Shine. The acquisition of David and Guevarra should provide Mahindra, which struggled during its PBAPhilippine Cup debut against Globalport Friday last week, with […]

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TNT rookie Pogoy excited to play against ‘idols’ Yap, Hontiveros

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After fulfilling his PBA dreams, TNT rookie Roger Pogoy couldn’t wait to matchup against his idols. Pogoy said playing against the “man with a million moves” James Yap of Rain or Shine is something he looks forward to. “Idol ko siya dati pa kasi ang dami niyang moves,” Pogoy said.  The young shooting guard added […]

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Once a key contributor, Blackwater’s Gamalinda shrugs off lack of playing time

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With a newfound role and young bloods getting the lion’s share of the spotlight, Blackwater Elite’s Bambam Gamalinda sees no problem with having a scant playing time this early in the 2017 Philippine Cup. Last season, head coach Leo Isaac utilized the defensive forte and relentless hustle of the 6-foot-4 forward for 24 minutes per […]

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Ferrer vows to work harder: ‘It’s not easy to earn coach Tim’s trust’

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Barangay Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer may not have had an impressive PBA debut but he promises to work on his game and get the attention of his head coach Tim Cone. The former University of Santo Tomas standout turned in three points, three rebounds and had a turnover in 11 minutes, subpar numbers as Barangay […]

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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