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At 4-0, NLEX far from satisfied, says Lastimosa

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Coach Yeng Guiao may have his reservations when it comes to NLEX’s 4-0 start, but Carlo Lastimosa is convinced that the Road Warriors are no fluke. But he wouldn’t deny that even he is surprised with how cohesive NLEX has been so far in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. “Of course, I think all of […]

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NLEX comes back to beat Phoenix for 4-0 start

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Carlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari took matters into their own hands as NLEX stayed unscathed through four games in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 95-91 win over Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Down 10, 78-68 with 8:58 to play, Lastimosa sparked a 13-2 run to get the Road Warriors back in the […]

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James Yap hits 10,000 career points

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James Yap was left wide open from the left corner and the rest was history. Yap put his name in the record books on Saturday, cementing his status as one of the PBA’s best scorers after being just the 14th local player in league history to reach 10,000 career points. The 35-year-old Yap is the […]

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Bolts beat Painters, spoil Yap’s historic night

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ANTIPOLO—Meralco shook off its early struggles to rally past Rain or Shine, 89-73, and stay undefeated in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Ynares Center here. Allen Durham scored 23 points and coralled 23 rebounds with eight assists to boot for the Bolts, who went on a 30-point turnaround after falling behind by […]

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‘Sharp’ Beermen get Grand Slam bid going with rout of Elite

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ANTIPOLO — There wasn’t a hint of championship hangover and not a stain of rust. San Miguel Beer wasted no time in getting its Grand Slam bid rolling after pounding Blackwater from the get-go en route to a 118-93 thumping Saturday inn the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here. Marcio Lassiter set the […]

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Frustrated Alaska ‘has to keep fighting,’ says Compton

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ANTIPOLO CITY—Alaska is in the midst of the worst storm in franchise history after losing 11 straight games that has spanned two conferences and four months, but instead of moping around and doing nothing head coach Alex Compton knows there’s no way to go but up. “We just have to keep fighting,” said Compton after […]

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Gavina lashes out at Kia after poor showing in the 4th against TNT

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ANTIPOLO CITY—Kia head coach Chris Gavina was far from pleased with how his team fizzled out in the fourth quarter en route to a 106-96 loss to TNT in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Sports Center here. “It’s not been easy this past week,” said Gavina whose team is at the bottom of the […]

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Star extends Alaska’s misery

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ANTIPOLO CITY—Star didn’t have any problem prolonging another team’s misery as it frustrated Alaska, 101-92, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo. The Hotshots improved to 2-0 while extending Alaska’s losing streak to 11 games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. Import Malcolm Hill was Star’s messiah as his […]

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TNT sends Kia to 3rd straight loss in its Govs’ Cup opener

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ANTIPOLO CITY—TNT didn’t begin the PBA Governors’ Cup as early as the other teams but it went straight to work turning back Kia, 106-96, Friday at Ynares Sports Centre here in Antipolo. The KaTropa started their conference more than a week after the Governors’ Cup opened and immediately tacked on a 1-0 card while the […]

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Tanduay stretches win streak to five, dispatches Racal

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Tanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win. “Every […]

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Globalport averts disaster, holds off Phoenix

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GlobalPort let its guard down and almost paid for it dearly before holding off Phoenix, 100-91, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Batang Pier saw their 30-point third quarter lead chopped down to just five, 88-83, with a little under three minutes left. Fortunately for GlobalPort, new import […]

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NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT

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NLEX continued its impressive run after outlasting Rain or Shine, 122-114, in double overtime in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Road Warriors ended the game on an 11-2 run inside the last three minutes with a 3-pointer by Larry Fonacier off an assist by Kevin Alas putting the […]

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Three points away from 10k, Yap rues missed 3-pointer in ROS loss

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It would’ve been a double celebration for James Yap on Wednesday night. Not only did Yap have a golden opportunity to win the game for Rain or Shine against NLEX at the buzzer in the first overtime, his 3-pointer that nearly went it would’ve also given him 10,000 career points. Instead, the Elasto Painters dropped […]

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Hotshots replace import Cinmeon Bowers with Malcolm Hill

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Star is leaving no stone unturned this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup as the team decided to replace Cinmeon Bowers with Malcolm Hill on Monday. Coach Chito Victolero confirmed the news as the Hotshots are set to parade the 21-year-old Hill after just one game with Bowers. “Yes, nagpalit na po kami (Yes, we’ve already changed our […]

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Bolts use big 2nd half in rout of Gin Kings

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Allen Durham had another dominating outing and Meralco shook off a slow start to rip debuting Barangay Ginebra, 93-78, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham bullied his way to 30 points and 24 rebounds with nine assists to power the Bolts, who trailed by as much as 11 […]

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San Miguel acquires Pessumal, trades Van Opstal to GlobalPort

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With the rare Grand Slam feat on its mind, San Miguel fortified its roster as it acquired Von Pessumal from GlobalPort in exchange for seldom-used big man Arnold Van Opstal. The deal, which was the first involving two rookies part of the Gilas pool in the past 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, was approved on Monday […]

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Ross knows what new import McKines is made of: ‘He wants to win’

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As a five-time PBA champion, Chris Ross has been through a lot of playoff games and yet he could still remember that particular Saturday night when his San Miguel Beermen lost to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup semifinals two years ago. The game was forgettable for the […]

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Hizon joins Elite as team consultant

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Ginebra’s old never say die spirit is coming to Blackwater. In hopes of instilling the winning attitude to the upstart Elite squad, coach Leo Isaac has enlisted the services of his former teammate Vince Hizon to be a team consultant starting on the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. “He can inject more on individual progress ng […]

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Rosser raring to get back into action to help Beermen

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Matt Ganuelas-Rosser has spent the last several months in the sidelines due to various injuries. But his agonizing wait to return could be over soon as he expects to make a comeback when San Miguel Beer plays its first game in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. The season-ending conference starts on July 19 but the […]

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Beermen celebrate with fans as Grand Slam talks continue

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San Miguel Beer’s championship celebration continued on Wednesday night as the winningest PBA franchise held a victory party for its employees and fans at SMC head office in Pasig City. The booze kept flowing three days after the Beermen ended their 17-year title drought in the midseason conference. San Miguel chalked up its fifth championship […]

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Santos denies flopping ala Pennisi, insists Smith hit him above shoulder

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The PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals series between San Miguel and TNT has certainly produced memorable moments that don’t involve shooting the leather ball through the steel hoop. There was the tunnel altercation in Game 3, Roger Pogoy’s hit on Arwind Santos’ family jewels, and KaTropa import Joshua Smith’s verbal jabs against Gabby Espinas. In Game […]

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Soon-to-be dad Smith gets added inspiration to go home a champ

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After losing two straight games in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, TNT was in dire need of an inspiration. Little do they know that it would come all the way from Seattle, Washington, where Joshua Smith’s girlfriend is due to give birth within the next 24 hours. “The team know what I’m sacrificing outside […]

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Castro pounces on open looks to keep TNT in the fight

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After committing 10 turnovers in Game 3, Jayson Castro knew he had to make changes. Instead of trying to set everyone up, he came out a little more selfish on offense and it worked. “The more I think about the assists, the more I commit turnovers,” the TNT slasher said in Filipino. “I have wide […]

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Turnovers spelled doom for KaTropa in Game 3, says Smith

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There’s no need for an expert to explain how San Miguel Beer beat TNT in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night. The numbers tell the whole story as far as KaTropa import Joshua Smith is concerned. “We turned the ball over 23 times and they got 26 points off […]

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Heruela steps up in pivotal Game 3 for SMB

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Brian Heruela may be San Miguel’s third-string point guard, but for the second straight game, he has proven that he’s just as good as any starting playmaker in the league today. Starting in place of Chris Ross in the second half, the stocky guard filled the role admirably in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s […]

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TNT’s Pogoy silenced after Game 1 explosion

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Much-maligned after his apparent low-blow against Arwind Santos in Game 2, Roger Pogoy shared that he has already extended his apologies to his fellow Tamaraw. “That’s over with. I don’t have any comment on that. I already apologized to kuya Arwind,” he said in Filipino. The TNT rookie has put the incident behind him but […]

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Lassiter ends 3-point dry spell

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Marcio Lassiter just told himself to keep on shooting the way elite shooters do. After misfiring in the first two games of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the 30-year-old sniper finally halted his struggles and found the bottom of the net. Shooting 0-of-11 from downtown in Games 1 and 2, Lassiter finally drilled his […]

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Birthday boy Rhodes leads Beermen to victory

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It was indeed a happy birthday for Charles Rhodes. Turning 32 on Sunday, the mercurial reinforcement trotted out a performance to remember, doing it all for San Miguel in a 109-97 Game 3 win over TNT. “I just wanted to come out and work hard, just try to help my team and I did that. My […]

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TNT’s stand-in import Myers raring to play after fiery Game 3

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Emotions got heated three games into the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as the on-court drama spilled into the Smart Araneta Coliseum tunnel when San Miguel and TNT met on Sunday night. First, Chris Ross engaged in a verbal war with KaTropa’s stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig near the end of […]

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San Miguel pulls away late, beats TNT for 2-1 finals edge

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San Miguel did just enough to hold off TNT, 109-97, and gain a 2-1 edge in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Charles Rhodes celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, carrying the load for the Beermen with 25 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Best Player of the Conference […]

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Rhodes admits TNT defense slowed him down, but fouls threw him off rhythm

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Charles Rhodes took full responsibility for his failure to sustain his hot start in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday. After dropping 21 points in the first quarter for San Miguel, the mercurial reinforcement found himself scoreless in the next two periods, where TNT capitalized and took the lead. “I […]

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Pogoy shrugs off nerves to get career best in first PBA Finals trip

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Roger Pogoy was a bundle of nerves heading into his first finals game in the PBA. After all, despite his reputation as big-time shotmaker, he’s just a 24-year-old rookie playing in the grandest stage against the most dominant team in the league today. “Honestly, I was really nervous,” the TNT swingman Pogoy told INQUIRER.net in […]

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TNT brings in Myers as possible replacement for injured Smith

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Uncertainty still looms over the TNT camp regarding which import the team is fielding in for Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Though Joshua Smith showed signs of promise days before Game 1, the KaTropa have left no stones unturned as they flew in a possible replacement import in Mike Myers. “He’s […]

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Austria, Racela renew coaching battle in Commissioner’s Cup Finals

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Four years ago, Leo Austria and Nash Racela were coaches in the collegiate scene, leading their respective teams to the championship. Fast forward to now, both mentors, who are armed with more experience and a handful of championships to boot, are set on a collision course as they are tasked to steer two proud franchises […]

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SMB’s Cabagnot, Ross pace BPC stats race

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San Miguel Beer’s star backcourt of Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross suddenly find themselves tied for the top spot in the Best Player of the Conference statistical race through the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. The tabulation released early Monday saw pacesetter Cabagnot now at joint first place with Ross, who jumped from eighth place after the […]

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Garcia shines as backup to Castro

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RR Garcia proved Friday he can hold down the fort for TNT in the absence of the Best Point Guard in Asia. During the moments where Castro sat on the bench to rest, Garcia took command and ran the KaTropa’s show as an effective floor general to help TNT get a 122-109 Game 4 victory over Barangay […]

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Sense of urgency unleashes intensity out of Castro

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Jayson Castro has played poorly for the duration of TNT semifinals campaign against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but that ended Saturday when Asia’s Best Point Guard showed his mettle. In the first three games of the series, Castro only averaged just 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. He was abysmal from […]

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TNT barges into PBA Finals, knocks out Ginebra

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TNT survived a tough contest against Ginebra, 122-109, to complete the Finals cast in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome. Jayson Castro came through in the clutch to cap off his outstanding performance with 38 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists. The KaTropa upended Barangay Ginebra in four games and will meet San […]

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Ratliffe says Fajardo ‘best Asian player’ he’s ever faced

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June Mar Fajardo is a man of many achievements having amassed three MVPs, five Best Player of the Conference trophies and countless other accolades. On Friday, the jovial giant may have gotten one more, though this time it didn’t come with a piece of hardware. Fajardo has earned the admiration and respect of Star’s bruising […]

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San Miguel ousts Star, advances to PBA Finals anew

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San Miguel took another step in its conquest of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and eliminated Star with a 109-102 win in Game 4 of their semifinals series Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Beermen now await the victor between Ginebra and TNT in another finals return after they dispatched the Hotshots, 3-1. San Miguel […]

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