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Elimination round topnotcher and playoffs top seed Rain or Shine resumes its quest for a third PBA Finals appearance in the last four conferences when it takes on No. 5-ranked Meralco at the start of their best-of-five semifinal in the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. Fresh from a 92-91 elimination of crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra in a controversial […]

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ALABI RETURN UNCERTAIN, ENERGY MIGHT PASS UP ON ASIAN IMPORT

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For coach Koy Banal, Barako Bull reaching the Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals is already an achievement considering the manpower he had to work with. “With that kind of lineup, we’re thankful na we got to the quarters,” he said. “Thankful kami na naging competitive, but we can’t be contented with this because if we do, we […]

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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PUREFOODS Star’s resurgence in the Commissioner’s Cup has a lot to do with import Denzel Bowles’ outstanding plays. However, one can’t overlook the fact that underrated players like Joe Devance and playmaker Mark Barroca are making a difference too, particularly during the playoffs. The 6-foot-7 Devance may not be athletic or as quick as other […]

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COMPTON NOT SATISFIED, BUT HAPPY TO SEE ACES’ CHARACTER

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Alaska coach Alex Compton didn’t hide his disappointment on the conference that was for the Aces.   “It was a tough one for us. There were lots of ups and downs,” he said. “It was really tough coming off of the Finals. If you looked at us and San Miguel, both teams struggled this conference. […]

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EL GRANADA EXPLODES

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In danger of going to a winner-take-all Game 3 for the last ticket to the semifinals, Meralco’s Gary David knew he had to do something. NLEX built a 20-point lead near the end of the third and David slowly watched as his teammates tried to claw their way back to the game before the period […]

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BOWLES SEES “CHAMPIONSHIP-LIKE SERIES”

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Denzel Bowles had to wait for two years, but vengeance couldn’t have been any sweeter. “They hurt my feelings last time,” he said, looking back to the then-San Mig Coffee’s semifinal exit at the hands of the Aces in 2013. “We won the first game and they beat us three straight, so to eliminate them […]

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MERALCO WINS IN OT, COMPLETES SEMIS CAST

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Meralco pulled off a Sunday shocker, fighting back from 20 points down in the third quarter and then beating out NLEX, 91-85, in overtime to book the last berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. Struggling through the first 40 minutes, the Bolts picked up their game at the finish, fashioning […]

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PUREFOODS SWEEPS ALASKA, TAKES ON TNT IN SEMIS

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PUREFOODS Star showed the poise of a true champion in the stretch to hold off Alaska, 96-89,Sunday and advance to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Denzel Bowles notched 32 points and 11 rebounds and three local teammates had at least 11 points each, but it was Marc Pingris making a couple […]

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BOLTS GO FOR CLINCHER

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In the last three PBA second conferences, the Meralco Bolts landed in the best-of-three quarterfinals, won the series openers but each time ended up vanquished in the end. The Bolts hope to write a different story this time. Again 1-0 up in the race-to-two-games series, the Bolts are raring to deliver the killer blow, hoping […]

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#PBA2015 PLAYOFF PREVIEW: PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS vs ALASKA ACES (GAME 2) – KAKASA BA, O AYAWAN NA?

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The Alaska Aces have always been known for their spunk and their resiliency, but in Game 1 they were just flat out destroyed by the Purefoods Star Hotshots. PUR dominated from the get-go, dropping 31 pts on ALA in the first quarter and limiting the Aces to just 7pts. PUR never let up, building a […]

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