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Aces go for series clincher vs Bolts in Game 4

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Alaska Milk coach Alex Compton was thankful for an extra day rest, seeing it as an opportunity for his players to refresh and be ready for a cutthroat approach in trying to finish off Meralco in their semis battle. Compton just had the Aces walking through their plays and patterns on Saturday. The next day, they […]

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Rain or Shine looks to foil Beer-acle encore from San Miguel

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If there’s one team which can come back from a series deficit, it’s San Miguel. With their historic rally against Alaska back in the Philippine Cup still fresh in every one’s mind, the Beermen would love to do an encore. After being down 0-2 in the best-of-5 semifinals series of the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s […]

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After tedious journey, Reid ready to ‘give everything’ in game 4 for SMB

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The only thing that will not change for San Miguel’s import is the jersey no. 32  on the back. Moving on from the Tyler Wilkerson drama, the Beermen hope to sustain their intensity and inch closer to another memorable comeback with the returning Arizona Reid in tow. But the dreadlocked dynamo admitted that he’s not […]

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Black disappointed with ‘lazy’ showing from Bolts

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Even coach Norman Black couldn’t hide his frustration with the lack of effort in Meralco’s 92-72 Game 3 defeat to Alaska. Black even went on to say the performance wasn’t worthy of a win. “The first half was OK. We played pretty well and we played competitively. The second half was horrible and lazy. We […]

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Aces can’t relax despite lead, says Abueva: ‘Buhos na para walang Game 5′

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Even with Alaska just a win away from a return trip to the Finals, Calvin Abueva still is not guaranteeing a semifinals triumph over Meralco. “Syempre hindi pa tapos yan,” he said after the Aces’ 92-72 Game 3 win over the Bolts on Friday. “Hindi pa kami naninigurado dito kahit 2-1 na yung series o malaki […]

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Alaska blasts Meralco for 2-1 semis lead

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With their dreaded pressing defense working again, the Alaska Milk Aces clipped the Meralco Bolts, 92-72, and gained the pivotal 2-1 lead in their side of the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four faceoff at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.

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Ross: ‘Competitor’ Wilkerson hated to lose

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Knowing how tough of a competitor Tyler Wilkerson is, Chris Ross understands the frustrations of the San Miguel’s beleaguered import. “He’s a competitor, that’s in everyone’s blood. Everyone wants to win. Everyone hates to lose, especially when your goal is to win the championship,” he said. Teammates with Wilkerson since their days in Marshall University, […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Tess Villanueva

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Name: Tess Villanueva Age: 70 From where: Cubao, Quezon Coty Favorite PBA team: Meralco Bolts How long have you been supporting the team: Matagal na Favorite PBA player: Jimmy Alapag Why are you a fan of Meralco: “I like the way they play.”

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Cruz says clash with Santos ‘part of the game’

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Jericho Cruz knew he had to do all he could to help Rain or Shine complete the semifinals sweep of San Miguel. And whether he wanted it or not, he had to juke it out against Arwind Santos on Thursday. The two traded barbs over the course of game, and were even whistled with a […]

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Batang PBA: Rain or Shine stays unscathed

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Rain or Shine continued its mastery in Group B, dropping San Miguel, 57-36 Friday for its third win in the Under Armour Batang PBA 12 and Under Tournament at Philippine Science High School Gym. Christian Allen Vergara picked up the slack as he dropped 12 points to lead his team to the victory. John Durante […]

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Gavina takes over deputy post at Mahindra as Victolero resigns

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Chris Gavina will take over the post left by deputy Chito Victolero and will oversee the development of Mahindra in preparation for the third conference. Enforcers team manager Eric Pineda confirmed the move after Victolero tendered his resignation this week. “Chris Gavina has been appointed as the first assistant coach to replace Chito,” Pineda said […]

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Leo Austria admits fearing for his job over All-Filipino gamble

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San Miguel coach Leo Austria dodged a bullet when his team, playing all-Filipino for Game 3, evaded early elimination after a 104-98 win over Rain or Shine on Thursday. Making the decision to drop troubled import Tyler Wilkerson, the outspoken mentor admitted that he feared for his job. “Thank God I proved something because if […]

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Guiao says game 3 loss just ‘postponed’ Rain or Shine’s finals stint

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Rain or Shine may have failed to complete a sweep, but doesn’t mean it couldn’t finish off San Miguel. In Yeng Guiao’s mind, the Elastopainters will still make it to the Finals. “We just postponed our trip to the Finals,” he said on the heels of the Elasto Painters’ 104-98 defeat to an all-Filipino Beermen […]

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Beermen hoping for ‘beer-acle’ encore

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Will there be another “beer-acle” run? San Miguel likes to think so. The Beermen also found themselves back in a familiar place where their historic run last conference started. Back at Philsports Arena in Pasig, where they won the first of four straight games in the Philippine Cup Finals, the Beermen fanned their finals hopes after […]

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Dillinger: As Onuaku draws defense, locals have to be ready to shoot

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Catch and shoot. Meralco’s offensive game plan was that simple every time Alaska doubled or even triple-teamed import Arinze Onuaku got the ball on the low block. The Aces’ defense collapses when the ball ends up in the hands of Onuaku and it was the Bolts swingman Jared Dillinger, who benefitted the most. Dillinger was […]

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Lassiter finds shooting touch at ‘perfect time’ as SMB avoids sweep

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Without an import to rely on, Marcio Lassiter knew he had to break out of his funk if he wants to extend San Miguel’s conference. And on Thursday, the sharp shooter rekindled his stroke, going 5-of-8 from threes for a series-best 30 points and five rebounds to help the Beermen avoid the sweep with a […]

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Finals trip within reach for more matured Bolts: ‘We’re growing up’ says Alapag

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Jimmy Alapag knows Meralco has come a long way. After only winning one game the entire Philippine Cup, the Bolts are just a couple of victories away from the franchise’s first ever trip to the Finals. “We’re growing up,” Alapag, whose presence alone serves as a big boost to his young team, told reporters following […]

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Meralco, Alaska shoot for pivotal 2-1 lead

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Will Alaska Milk come back with enough energy to apply defensive pressure in full four quarters? Or will Meralco come out swinging, slugging and scoring? The Aces and the Bolts slug it out in what could well be another defense-versus-offense battle, disputing the pivotal 2-1 lead in their side of the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Ivan Respicio

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Name: Ivan Respicio Age: 5 From where: Makati City Favorite PBA team: San Miguel How long have you been supporting the team: three years Favorite PBA player: Marcio Lassiter Why are you a fan of San Miguel: “Kasi magaling sila.”

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Arizona Reid to replace Wilkerson as Beermen’s import

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San Miguel is bringing back import Arizona Reid as a last-minute replacement for Tyler Wilkerson in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.

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All-Filipino Beermen trip E-painters to stretch semis series

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Without an import, San Miguel found its old groove and kept its conference alive with a gutsy 104-98 win over Rain or Shine, extending its best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Thursday at Philsports Arena. Marcio Lassiter regained his shooting touch, going 5-of-8 from threes to finish with a series-best 30 […]

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PBA Women’s 3×3: NLEX outclasses Rain or Shine to take 1-0 lead

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NLEX made Rain or Shine pay dearly for its fouls as the Road Warriors took a 15-10 Game 1 victory in the best-of-3 Finals of the PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament Thursday at Philsports Arena. Proving to be the more cohesive crew, NLEX used its might to outsmart the Elasto Painters and make a living at […]

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Ginebra places 3rd in PBA Women’s 3×3 caging

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Vangie Soriano and Mary Joy Galicia made sure that Ginebra went out in style, shutting down TNT, 12-6 to get third place in the PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament Thursday at Philsports Arena. Vengeful from missing a return trip to the Finals, the Gin Queens vented their frustration on the hapless Tropa to handily place in […]

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Under Armour Batang PBA: NLEX nabs first victory

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Paolo Galotera and Enzo Samson carried NLEX as the Road Warriors gutted out a 53-43 victory over Phoenix for their first win in the Under Armour Batang PBA 12 and Under Tournament Thursday at Philippine Science High School Gym. The duo combined for 18 points as NLEX weathered a tough fightback from the Fuel Masters. […]

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San Miguel ditches Wilkerson, goes All-Filipino in Game 3

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San Miguel faces a familiar territory, living to fight another day with an All-Filipino line-up. The Beermen, down 0-2 against Rain or Shine, will play sans import Tyler Wilkerson on Thursday as they aim to stretch the best-of-five semifinals series. Team manager Gee Abanilla confirmed that San Miguel already parted ways with Wilkerson ahead of the […]

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Painters go for historic sweep of Beermen in Game 3

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For the second straight conference, San Miguel Beer is determined to rise from the grave. Not if Rain or Shine could help it. Who among the Elasto Painters and Beermen have stronger resolve would be known when they clash for what could be the deciding game Thursday in their Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series at the PhilSports […]

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Compton has no excuses for Aces’ collapse, admits Bolts were better team in Game 2

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Alaska head coach Alex Compton could’ve said his team missed the contributions of its injured key players in JVee Casio and Vic Manuel during a futile fourth quarter in a loss to Meralco in Game 2 of their semifinals series on Wednesday. It would’ve been understandable considering how vital Casio and Manuel are and yet […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Jamyr Kian Pangaibat

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Name: Jamyr Kian Pangaibat Age: 11 Hails from: Tondo, Manila Favorite team: Alaska Aces  Favorite player: Vic Manuel How long have you been supporting the team: 8 years Why are of a fan of Alaska: Magaling sila

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NLEX, Rain or Shine battle for PBA Women’s 3×3 crown

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Missing out on last conference’s Finals, NLEX hopes that a re-tooled lineup will make all the difference as it guns for the PBA Women’s 3×3 championship starting Thursday at Philsports Arena. Adding Analyn Almazan to their roster, the Road Warriors are positive that the former Adamson Lady Falcon will be the missing piece to what […]

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Bolts rally past Aces, tie series at 1-1

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Jared Dillinger came through with a personal-conference high of 20 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter as Meralco rallied to get back at Alaska Milk, 92-87, in Game 2 of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinal playoff at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday. Finding the opening on Alaska’s constant helping defense on Arinze Onuaku, […]

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Batang PBA: Due lights up as Ginebra stays on top

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CJ Malik Due once again went on a scoring barrage to help Ginebra stay at the top of Group A in the Under Armour Batang PBA 2016 12-and-Under Tournament Wednesday at Philippine Science High School Gym. Due fired 29 points to show the way for the Gin Kings for their second win after hammering NLEX, […]

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WATCH: Marcio Lassiter’s buzzer beater attempt

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Video of last few seconds of Semis Game 2, April 27, 2016 between the Rain or Shine Elastopainters and the San Miguel Beermen as time expires with ball still in Lassiter’s hand.

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Confident Henderson-Niles raring to put San Miguel away

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FOR Pierre Henderson-Niles, his goal with Rain or Shine has always been to win a title. After all, memories of the 2008 National Championship game still lingers in his mind. With his Memphis Tigers crew holding a nine-point lead in the game’s final 2:12 against the Kansas Jayhawks, he watched as his team continued muffing […]

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Guiao’s trust pays dividends for Rain or Shine

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Truth be told, trust has been the biggest factor in Rain or Shine’s string of success. With able bodies ready to step up at any given time, coach Yeng Guiao is confident with whoever he pulls from his bench to help the Elasto Painters grab victories. On Tuesday, that trust was once again put to […]

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SMB’s historic comeback can be used as inspiration, says Cabagnot

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For the first time in 14 years San Miguel is down 0-2 in a five-game series, and the Beermen need every adjustment if they want to surge to another playoff comeback since their historic Philippine Cup title. Point guard Alex Cabagnot said the team has to analyze what went wrong in Games 1 and 2 […]

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Guiao-less Rain or Shine pounces on San Miguel, grabs 2-0 lead

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Rain or Shine survived the absence of coach Yeng Guiao and a game-winner attempt from Marcio Lassiter to take a gutsy 98-96 Game 2 victory and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We’re lucky na yung tira ni Marcio was late already,” […]

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Abueva ready to go as Alaska eyes 2-0 lead vs Meralco

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Alaska Milk workhorse Calvin Abueva is ready to come out and continue to battle – a major boost for the Aces as they go for a commanding 2-0 lead versus the Meralco Bolts in their side of the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. Game time is at […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Lee Lumibao

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Name: Lee Lumibao Age: 29 From where: Caloocan Favorite PBA team: Rain or Shine How long have you been supporting the team: since 2013 Favorite PBA player: Jeff Chan Why are you a fan of Rain or Shine: “Dahil sila ay magagaling tsaka mga humble.”

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Abaca carries Rain or Shine to PBA Women’s 3×3 Finals

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Ara Abaca was a woman on a mission on Tuesday, carrying Rain or Shine on her back to the PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament Finals. The former La Salle stalwart unleashed nine points to deliver a 12-7 victory over last conference’s finalist Ginebra at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Abaca was just a behemoth down low, scoring three […]

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NLEX books PBA Women’s 3×3 Finals berth

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NLEX repulsed TNT, 11-8 to advance to the PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament Finals Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Sharing the wealth all over, the Road Warriors humbled the Tropa to best their semifinals finish last conference. Analyn Almazan towered the opposition and finished with five points, while Katherine Sandel added four markers. Fria Bernardo’s two […]

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STANDINGS
STANDINGS Women's 3x3 A
STANDINGS Women's 3x3 B
SCHEDULES
GAMES TIME
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters VS San Miguel Beermen 5:00 PM Game #81
SUNDAY, MAY 01 SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Alaska Aces VS Meralco Bolts 7:00 PM Game #82
MONDAY, MAY 02 SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
SCHEDULES 3x3
GAMES TIME
Alaska Aces VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 6:00 PM Game #35
MONDAY, MAY 02 SMART ARANETA COLISEUM