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WORK CUT OUT FOR HOTSHOTS VS BEERMEN

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Coach Tim Cone said his Purefoods Star team must realize their grand slam feat is a thing of the past, and a new task is at hand in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup. “Alaska sent us a very strong and clear message that last season is definitely over,” said Cone of their 73-93 blowout by […]

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WIN COLUMN OR CELLAR

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GLOBALPORT and Barako Bull did not get off to the kind of start they wanted in the PBA Philippine Cup. Which team has made the necessary adjustments and gets to crash the win-column, while avoiding the cellar, would be known Sunday when they clash at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Gametime is 3 p.m. A 0-2 […]

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GINEBRA BURSTS KIA BUBBLE, GRABS SOLO LEAD

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LUCENA – Before big crowds at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan then at the Quezon Convention Center, the Barangay Ginebra Kings came through with scintillating performances that propelled them to early solo lead in the 2014-15 PBA Philippine Cup. The Kings sustained the momentum of their 101-81 drubbing of the Talk n Text Tropang Texters […]

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SILVER LINING BEHIND THE HEARTBREAKERS

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Week 1 of PBA life has been quite tough for the Blackwater Elite. Twice they started hot and posted big leads. And twice they blew those leads and fell short in the end. Head coach Leo Isaac, however, sees a silver lining in the setbacks. “I’m dwelling on the game rather than the record. Yung […]

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LEARNING PROCESS FOR BALIK-PBA MENTOR

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It has been four years since Boyet Fernandez last stood on the sidelines of a PBA game as a head coach. A proven winner, with his last PBA title coming in the 2007-08 Philippine Cup with Sta. Lucia, Fernandez is fresh from steering San Beda to a five-peat in the NCAA. Two days separated from […]

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#PBA2015 ROSTER REVIEW: THE NLEX ROAD WARRIORS

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With the 2015 PBA season’s official rosters released, I found it only logical to look at each line-up and see where each team stands. In this series of posts, I’ll be breaking down each team’s bigs, wings, and floor generals while also looking at what kind of damage they’ll do this season. Let’s look at […]

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NO SUBSITUTE FOR HARD WORK

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Hardly anyone knows it, but just three weeks before the start of PBA Season 40, Raymond Almazan still lay on a hospital bed. The illness sidelined the sophomore for about a month, and brought down the lanky center’s weight from 205 pounds to 180 pounds. Scampering to get in game shape before the start of […]

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KINGS TEST SORENTO’S METTLE

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WINNING its first game could be a good thing with side effects, especially more so in the case of Kia. “Positive, kasi nanalo. Pero p’wedeng negative din kasi siyempre paghahandaan na kami ng ibang mga teams,” said assistant coach Glenn Capacio, who is calling the shots for the Sorento in lieu of playing coach Manny […]

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RAIN OR SHINE IN SCARY COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN

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With health woes and an awful shooting, Rain or Shine banked on extra effort to squeeze past expansion team Blackwater, 82-75, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night. “We found a way on a bad night,” said coach Yeng Guiao after a struggle that saw them trail by 15 points […]

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TNT SENDS NLEX, NEW HEAD COACH BACK TO EARTH

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FOR debuting NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez, the euphoria of an NCAA championship quickly dissipated in the fiercely-competitive air of the Philippine Basketball Association Friday. Fresh from leading the San Beda Red Lions to a fifth straight collegiate title, Fernandez had a rude welcome on his return to pro coaching after being away for seven years […]

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