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Abueva gives it all for Gilas

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Despite a series of heartbreaks in the PBA, Calvin Abueva doesn’t need anyone to light a fire under him. There’s no need to remind Abueva of his recent setbacks to motivate him to work harder as he dons the Gilas Pilipinas jersey for the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July. “Lagi nilang binabanggit yung past, […]

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Meralco rules Cloudfone Batang PBA U 16

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Francis Glorioso just cannot be denied as he captained Meralco’s run to the 2016 Cloudfone Batang PBA 16 and Under crown Thursday at Philippine Science High School. Glorioso pumped in 39 points for the Bolts as they held off San Miguel, 93-86, in the winner-take-all championship duel. Christian Jae de Leon added 24 markers, while […]

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Abueva ‘didn’t disappoint’ in Gilas return

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Calvin Abueva returned to the basketball floor Wednesday for the first time since his Alaska Aces’ loss to Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, and this time it’s for Gilas Pilipinas. The dynamic Aces forward plunged back into action after resting his right ankle that he twice sprained in the Finals series […]

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San Miguel’s Lassiter feels good in return to Gilas Pilipinas

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Marcio Lassiter admitted that it felt good to once again be on the court practicing for the national team. Lassiter returned to Gilas Pilipinas training on Tuesday with the team deep into their build up for the Fiba Olympic Qualifying tournament in July. “It’s my first day so it’s good to get out there and […]

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Tenorio rues Lee’s absence from Gilas pool: ‘Not two players can fill his shoes’

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For Ginebra’s LA Tenorio, Paul Lee’s absence from the Gilas Pilipinas pool has robbed the team of its best possible backcourt tandem. Tenorio believes the Rain or Shine guard would have made a lethal tandem with former FIBA Asia Mythical Five member Jayson Castro when running the floor for the nationals. READ: Sidelined with groin injury, […]

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Despite groin injury, Rain or Shine’s Chan refuses to skip Gilas training

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Jeff Chan is committed to attending Gilas practices while he’s recuperating from a groin injury. The Rain or Shine gunslinger was present in Tuesday’s morning practices at Meralco Gym, but sat in the sidelines and watched his teammates go through the drills. “Aattend pa rin ako sa mga practice. Kailangan ko panoorin yung plays at […]

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Batang PBA: San Miguel, Meralco set Finals date

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San Miguel and Meralco will fight for all the marbles in the 2016 Cloudfone Batang PBA 16 and Under Tournament Finals after disposing of their semifinal rivals Tuesday at Philippine Science High School Gym. Jharles Uy captained the Beermen in a thrilling 73-70 victory over Ginebra in the first game. Uy dropped 18 points to […]

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Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee to skip Gilas duties due to recurring knee injury

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Gilas Pilipinas’ injury woes continue to pile up and the latest casualty is none other than 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP Paul Lee. The Rain or Shine guard has decided to sit out national team duties due to his left knee injury, which has hounded him for the majority of the PBA season. “Nasabi ko […]

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WATCH: Jericho Cruz, Painters do the running man challenge

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Rain or Shine didn’t want to miss out on the latest trend sweeping the internet. During their meet and greet, the Elasto Painters did their version of the running man challenge upon the request of their fans. Rookies Maverick Ahanmisi, Don Trollano and Josan Nimes were the first ones to show off their dance moves. […]

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Rain or Shine repays its ‘loyal’ fans

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Even the deepest team in the league could use additional manpower. Rain or Shine showed strength in numbers on Monday and it came by the hundreds as the Elasto Painters’ fans filled up the activity center of Robinson’s Galleria during the team’s meet and greet. “We started off slow but because of you guys, we […]

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Back on top, Belga hopes ROS’ latest title won’t be his last

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The nail that has kept Rain or Shine from getting back on top of the PBA mountain has been removed, as far as Beau Belga is concerned. “Nabunot na yung pako,” said a relieved Belga. “Hopefully, hindi na ulit lumubog at wala ng pumukpok.” After numerous runner-up finishes, the Elasto Painters are kings anew, turning […]

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Cloudfone Batang PBA: Semis cast complete

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Phoenix, Ginebra, and Meralco all barged into the semis of the Cloudfone Batang PBA 16 and Under Tournament Sunday at Philippine Science High School Gym. The Fuel Masters clinched the top spot of Group A with a 79-73 thriller over Alaska. Restu Damaso led Phoenix with 24 points, Elmar Masonia added 14 markers, and Cayler […]

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Cloudfone Batang PBA: Painters make it 3 in a row

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Rain or Shine squeaked past by GlobalPort, 62-57 Saturday in the Cloudfone Batang PBA 16 and Under Tournament at Philippine Science High School Gym. Carl Cristobal dropped 24 points as the Elasto Painters held on despite a 24-point fourth quarter fightback by the Batang Pier. Timothy Morris added 17 points while Robert Lacap had 15 […]

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Draft Day risk Ahanmisi proves doubters wrong

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Rain or Shine’s draft day gambit paid off for coach Yeng Guiao. In hindsight, the fiery coach could only smile over Rain or Shine’s decision to pick Maverick Ahanmisi, the deputies’ choice, over his personal bet Scottie Thompson as the third overall pick in the 2015 PBA Draft. “Actually, di ko talaga kukunin si Maverick […]

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Cloudfone Batang PBA: SMB stays on top

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San Miguel kept its stronghold of the top spot in Group B of Cloudfone Batang PBA 16 and Under Tournament Friday at Philippine Science High School Gym. The Beermen demolished GlobalPort, 90-27 to snare its fourth win in five games. Etienne Evangelio showed the way for San Miguel with 14 points, while Emmanuel dela Rosa […]

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Guiao: Alaska is the team of the future

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After a hard-fought Finals series, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was all praises to Alaska and coach Alex Compton for putting up a tremendous fight. Guiao believe that the Aces will remain a contender for the years to come. “Alaska is going to be the team of the future,” he said after the Elastopainters […]

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Cloudfone Batang PBA: Phoenix continues to rise

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Phoenix continued its masterful run in the Cloudfone Batang PBA 16 and Under Tournament Wednesday at Philippine Science High School Gym. Elmar Marsonia uncorked 21 points helped the Fuel Masters eke out a 54-50 victory over Ginebra. Restu Damaso added eight markers, while Jannis Unidad got seven in Phoenix’s third win in four games. Stacey […]

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Aces’ Baguio has high praise for former coach Yeng Guiao

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Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao captured his seventh PBA title and in the process derailed his former player’s bid for a fourth championship. Cyrus Baguio was a vital member of the 2006 Red Bull team that won the Fiesta Cup crown with Guiao at the helm.  On Wednesday, however, the two were on opposing […]

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Cruz helps Painters win title after getting nearly traded

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Looking back, Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao could only smile as he reminisced what could’ve been had things worked out differently. “During draft day, tine-trade pa namin siya eh,” Guiao said on Cruz, whom the Elasto Painters selected as the ninth overall pick in the 2014 PBA Draft. “Walang gustong kumuha. Naghahanap kami ng […]

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Rain or Shine wins crown with lowest-scoring import

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He may not score a lot, but for Rain or Shine’s Pierre Henderson-Niles, he was the import celebrating a championship when the final buzzer sounded on Wednesday night. The lowest scoring PBA import won a title and it’s something that can’t be taken away from him. “Everybody who scored 20, 30, 40 points, where they […]

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Compton, Alaska come up short in title bid again

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For four Finals appearances, Alaska head coach Alex Compton has seen the confetti drop and the balloons fall. But not one celebration was for him. First three was for San Miguel Beer, including the so-called “beer-acle” when the Beermen won four straight after being down, 0-3, and the latest was Rain or Shine’s championship on Wednesday […]

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Players-only lunch allows Painters to regroup, clinch crown

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Jeff Chan knew exactly what Rain or Shine needed after losing back-to-back games in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Chan initiated a lunch-meeting at a restaurant in Greenhills on Monday, a day after the Elasto Painters got blown out in Game 5 by the resurgent Alaska Aces and that get-together was meant for the players […]

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After injury struggles, Lee savors ‘sweetest’ championship, award

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Paul Lee sees it as “the perfect comeback.” Hounded by his left knee injury the whole season, Lee also faced doubts whether he could still return to his old deadly form. But not from his head coach. “Marami na ring nagduda kay Paul noon, kung makakabalik pa sya, kung makukuha pa nya yung laro nya,” […]

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Abueva takes yet another finals loss in stride: ‘Di naman rin masakit’

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Calvin Abueva has somewhat fallen into the trap of coming in second. He was drafted second over second-overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft next to June Mar Fajardo. And while he did win Best Rookie that year, Fajardo would always stand in his way for supremacy in the ensuing years. In fact, in all […]

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Guiao says consistency key in Rain or Shine’s title run: ‘It’s our culture’

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Patience and persistence have finally paid of for Yeng Guiao and Rain or Shine. Four years since steering the Elastopainters to their first title in history, Guiao once again shepherd the franchise to the top. But it’s not about the overflowing talent that made his team standout. “The ultimate reward for a coach is to […]

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Finals MVP Lee completes triumphant return

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Paul Lee finally had the title for his taking.

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Rain or Shine smothers Alaska in Game 6, claims 2nd PBA crown

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And Rain or Shine reigned. Regaining the shooting touch they lost in the last two games, the Elasto Painters lit the board with 15 three-pointers and ripped the Alaska Milk Aces, 109-92, to eventually claim the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. The ROS shooters all came out with […]

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As possible last game looms, Hontiveros not taking things for granted

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It’s no secret that this season could be Dondon Hontiveros’ last. Hontiveros, Alaska’s veteran swingman, has been vocal about it since the Aces lost to the San Miguel Beermen in Game 7 of the 2016 Philippine Cup. “Emotionally, I’m drained,” Hontiveros said three months ago, shortly after the Beermen completed the greatest comeback in PBA […]

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Elasto Painters try to close out Aces for third time

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Though now on shaky ground, Rain or Shine is still very much hopeful to reign and shine in the end. Even as they’re now facing a searing fightback by the Alaska Milk Aces, the Elasto Painters are positive they can play with a great resolve to weather the Alaska storm and salvage the championship series […]

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Cloudfone Batang PBA: Ginebra stays unbeaten; TNT bounces back

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Ginebra continued its mastery of Group A, while TNT rebounded from its default loss a day before and picked up another win in the Cloudfone Batang PBA 16 and Under Tournament Tuesday at Philippine Science High School Gym. The Gin Kings downed winless NLEX, 67-62 in the first game. Shaquelle Pineda topped his crew with […]

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Aces more confident going into Game 6, says Hontiveros

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Dondon Hontiveros couldn’t tell if the pressure is now with Rain or Shine, which has dropped the last two games of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against Alaska. The Aces swingman, however, is certain that the Aces are gaining confidence the longer they hang around. “Kami pa rin yung behind. Hindi ko masasabi if […]

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Belga says close-out games are always hardest

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Beau Belga needed a two-day respite for him to refocus as Rain or Shine looks to end the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday. After his lackluster showing in the Elasto Painters’ last two losses, where he averaged 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists, he has been pushing himself to get his act […]

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‘Pain free’ Exciminiano ready to return in Game 6 for Aces

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Things are really falling into place for Alaska. After winning Games 4 and 5 to get themselves back in the thick of the fight, the Aces will be getting a much-needed boost with the return of Ping Exciminiano on Wednesday. “Good to go na, Ready na ako,” said Exciminiano on Tuesday on the eve of […]

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Cloudfoune Batang PBA: Phoenix, Mahindra gut out wins

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Phoenix and Mahindra gutted out victories in the Cloudfone Batang PBA 16 and Under Tournament Monday at Philippine Science High School Gym. Elmar Marsonia uncorked 30 points to carry the Fuel Masters to a huge 70-62 win over NLEX. Phoenix used a 26-point fourth quarter surge to steal the game in the clutch. Thyron Macaspac […]

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Sense of urgency palpable as Rain or Shine takes 3rd crack at crown

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Seeing two golden chances slip its grasp, Rain or Shine is aware of the huge pressure ahead as it tries to finish off Alaska in Game 6 of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. And as the Elasto Painters trained at NEGA Gym for hopefully the final time this conference on Tuesday, the sense of […]

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Ahanmisi: Aces now have momentum

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Rain or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi attributed his poor showing in Game 5 to Alaska’s defense. From a career-high 30 points in Game 4, the rookie was limited to just one point in Game 5, rendering him ineffective as Rain or Shine failed to close the series out for the second time with an 86-78 defeat on Sunday. […]

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Defense leading Aces rally, says Hontiveros

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Alaska’s vaunted defense is back and one of its best offensive players can attest to that. Veteran swingman Dondon Hontiveros said to play good defense has always been the Aces’ priority. It didn’t show in the first three games of the Finals especially in Game 3 but it certainly did in Games 4 and 5. […]

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Rain or Shine keeps faith with import Henderson-Niles

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Rain or Shine knows the game would be a lot easier if only import Pierre Henderson-Niles could provide more lift on the offensive end. Averaging measly 4.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Elasto Painters’ last two games — both losses — the consensus has been for the burly import to impose himself more to finally […]

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Cloudfone Batang PBA: Phoenix edges Mahindra

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Phoenix gutted out a close 70-61 victory over Mahindra to nail its first victory in the Cloudfone Batang PBA 16 and Under Tournament Sunday at Philippine Science High School Gym. Godwin Mostoles dropped 18 points to lead the charge for the Fuel Masters, while Elmar Marsonia and Restu Damaso combined for 29 points. They survived […]

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Jazul, Alaska hoping to survive two more games

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Down 0-3 in a seven-game series almost looks like a death sentence but if there’s a team that knows an improbable comeback is possible it’s the Alaska Aces. Alaska was down three games to nothing on Friday and a loss would send the Aces into oblivion, but just as they witnessed San Miguel do the […]

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