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Player of the Week: Slaughter showing the result of his offseason work

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Greg Slaughter spent the offseason working on his individual skills and strengthening his upper body under conditioning and assistant coach Kirk Colier. The result was evident in his first three games in the 41st Season of the PBA after averaging monster numbers of 27.3 points and 20.3 rebounds. Although Barangay Ginebra was kept winless during […]

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Player of the Week: Pringle back in full form for GlobalPort

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Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle may just be in his second year as a pro, but he is leading by example as GlobalPort continues its search for its first-ever PBA championship this season.

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Show of strength for ‘Muscle Man’

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Alaska forward Vic Manuel may not always be mentioned in the same breath as energetic wingman Calvin Abueva, Cyrus Baguio or JV Casio. But that hardly mattered for the undersized Manuel, who gets the job done anyway the moment he steps on the court. The former Philippine School of Business Administration standout came off the […]

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NO BACKING DOWN

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Paul Lee may be banged up again in the PBA Governors’ Cup, but that won’t stop the Rain or Shine combo guard from leading the Elasto Painters’ championship bid in the season-ending conference. Lee averaged 16.0 points and and 5.5 rebounds in Rain or Shine’s two crucial wins over KIA Carnival and Meralco last week […]

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BATANG PIER GUNNER ON FIRE

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American import Jarrid Famous is making things happen on both ends of the floor. But one can’t take away Terrence Romeo’s significant contributions in GlobalPort’s strong playoff push in the PBA Governors’ Cup. The sophomore gunner out of Far Eastern University has been one of the most consistent locals for the Batang Pier, who ended […]

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BACK TO RIPPING THE CORDS

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With his team struggling through the first half of the single-round eliminations, Jeff Chan knows one misstep can have serious repercussions in Rain or Shine’s playoff chances. No wonder, the pride of Bacolod City started heating up last week. Reminded by coach Yeng Guiao to put on his shooter’s mentality, Chan did just that, firing […]

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GARCIA WEEK’S BEST, 4 IN A ROW FOR ENERGY

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AMIDST Barako Bull’s deep guard rotation, sophomore playmaker RR Garcia manages to make the most of the playing time he gets under coach Koy Banal. On Sunday, Garcia grabbed the opportunity to shine, banging a PBA career-high 26 points to lead Barako Bull to a king-sized 112-103 victory over skidding Rain or Shine to regain […]

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THE NINJA MAKES IT 3 STRAIGHT FOR BARAKO BULL COGS

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AFTER JC Intal and Dylan Ababou’s big games during the team’s first two weeks in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Sunday was Joseph Yeo’s turn to shine. Yeo, nicknamed ‘Ninja’, was at his element against Meralco, firing 28 points, including 11 in the last period to help Barako Bull complete come-from-behind 105-99 win. Barako Bull coach Koy Banal […]

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STARTING TO SHOW TRUE WORTH

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IN so short a time, Dylan Ababou has learned to fit into Barako Bull coach Koy Banal’s system. The former University of Santo Tomas gunner, who has spent much of his time at the bench of Barangay Ginebra the past three seasons, is showing a career resurgence at Barako Bull. The 6-foot-2 Ababou is averaging […]

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A DIFFERENT, MORE COMMITTED JC

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BARAKO Bull is off to a flying start in the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup, thanks to veteran wingman JC Intal’s inspired plays early in the conference. The athletic Intal, who is expecting his first baby with wife Bianca, averaged career-high numbers of 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds during the Energy’s 2-0 start for the Governors’ […]

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E-PAINTERS’ BACKCOURT TANDEM SIZZLES

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WITH Paul Lee in great shape and rookie guard Jericho Cruz delivering the hustle plays and other intangibles in the semifinals, Rain or Shine is off to another trip to the Finals in the Commissioner’s Cup. Lee is averaging 18.5 points while shooting 46 percent from the three-point zone to help Rain or Shine grab […]

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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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STEADY PRESENCE

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Although import Ivan Johnson has dished off two monster games to help Talk ‘N Text secure a spot in the top two in the playoffs, one can’t count out the key contributions of local big man Ranidel de Ocampo this conference. The 6-foot-6 Gilas Pilipinas mainstay has steadily provided the leadership for a Talk ‘N […]

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READY FOR FINAL PUSH

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Although San Miguel Beer’s plays predominantly revolve around young center June Mar Fajardo, there’s no doubt that veteran forward Arwind Santos still has a place in the team’s offense under coach Leo Austria. After struggling during the first half of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination, the 6-foot-4 Santos managed to regain his confidence in playing […]

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THRIVING IN CRUNCHTIME

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Purefoods Star top gunner James Yap returned from a two-game absence by showing he can still score the big baskets at the most crucial juncture of the game. The two-time PBA Most Valuable Player did just that on Sunday against San Miguel Beer in a battle between two teams fighting for playoff survival. Despite missing […]

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NEWFOUND CONFIDENCE

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Terrence Romeo’s hardwork during the offseason is paying handsome dividends for GlobalPort. At the tender age of 22, the 5-foot-10 Romeo has taken the lead role for the young GlobalPort franchise in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Playing with a renewed confidence this conference under rookie coach Eric Gonzales, Romeo stood at the forefront of […]

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TAKING CHARGE

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The rebuilding Talk ‘N Text may have lost team captain in Jimmy Alapag to retirement, but the Tropang Texters still have Jayson Castro in their quest for a championship in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. With “The Blur” comfortably assuming the “take-charge” role this conference, Talk ‘N Text continued its steady climb up the standings, registering […]

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INSTANT IMPACT

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Since being inserted into the starting lineup the last two games, Rain or Shine’s combo guard Paul Lee has taken his game a notch higher. The Rain or Shine gunner saved his best for last after scoring eight of his team’s last 13 points to lead the Elasto Painters to a 96-91 escape act against […]

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ENERGY PLAYER

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In a team that’s loaded with veteran players, Chico Lanete is making a mark for Barako Bull early in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign. The shooting guard out of Lyceum has stepped up the plate in coach Koy Banal’s “equal scoring opportunity” system, delivering the telling blows for the Energy with relative ease. The 35-year-old […]

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DOMINATING

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SINCE playing for Gilas Pilipinas the last two years, there’s no doubt that San Miguel Beer’s young center June Mar Fajardo is now the league’s most dominant big man. Despite the regular double-teaming and physical defense applied on him throughout the semifinal series, the 6-10 Fajardo managed to find a way to score, using his […]

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FEELS RIGHT AT HOME

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IT only took Alex Cabagnot one week to get himself acclimated with his old team. Reacquired by San Miguel Beer just over a week ago in exchange for Solomon Mercado, the six-foot veteran guard justified his return to the team with his instant impact in the Beermen’s 2-0 PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series lead over […]

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SILENT OPERATOR

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Journeyman Vic Manuel may have finally found a home in the PBA. After bouncing from one team to another during each of his first three seasons in the pro league, Manuel looks very much comfortable playing a new role with the Alaska Aces this season. Proof of that is Manuel’s sudden rise in Alaska’s ongoing […]

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LEE-THAL INDEED

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Somewhere, somehow, an injury-ravaged Rain or Shine side manages to pull off one victory after the other this season, thanks to the leadership of Paul Lee. The six-foot combo guard out of the University of the East has been taking the scoring cudgels for a Rain or Shine squad that has yet to play with […]

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ON TARGET

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If you haven’t noticed it yet, reigning PBA Philippine Cup champion Purefoods Star is slowly making its move up the leaderboard, steadily moving up rung after rung after limping to a 1-3 record early in the season. And part of the Hotshots’ resurgence has to do with the consistency being shown by veteran guard Peter […]

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TAKING CHARGE

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June Mar Fajardo has made it a personal mission this season to bring a championship to San Miguel Beer. Six games into the PBA’s 40th season, the 6-foot-10 Fajardo has been averaging monster numbers for the Beermen: 16.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and a league-best 3.1 blocks per contest. Although he only had a week of rest […]

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MAKING EVERY MINUTE COUNT

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RONJAY Buenafe is making the most of the minutes he’s getting with GlobalPort this season. Buried deep in the heavy guard roster, Buenafe proved he’s still a clutch player after playing a key role in the Batang Pier’s first back-to-back victories in the PBA Philippine Cup. With starting combo guard Terrence Romeo out of sync […]

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THE BEAST SHOWING MATURITY IN HIS GAME

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CALVIN Abueva’s trouble past doesn’t appear to haunt him any longer. Proof of that is Abueva’s stellar start this season that saw him star in Alaska’s three straight victories to start the PBA Philippine Cup. Abueva, the 2012 PBA Rookie of the Year, unleashed the beast from within him last Tuesday, firing 26 points and […]

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AGUILAR POISED FOR A BREAKOUT YEAR WITH STRONG START

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JAPETH Aguilar has learned to translate his huge Gilas Pilipinas experience to two stellar performances for Barangay Ginebra just a week into the PBA’s 40th season. The 6-foot-9 Aguilar played to his strengths in coming up with two overpowering games to lead Barangay Ginebra past powerhouse Talk ‘N Text and expansion team KIA Sorento. Using […]

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TIME TO SHINE

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PAUL Lee relishes the idea of ending the 39th PBA season with a league championship for Rain or Shine. No wonder, the former University of the East combo guard played his heart out in steering Rain or Shine back from a 1-2 series deficit to beat Alaska in the semifinals and advance to the PBA […]

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JUST DOING HIS PART

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JOE Devance has played in numerous playoff wars that taking big shots in a game is no longer new to him. Aware that gunners James Yap and Peter June Simon are still not 100 percent, Devance turned from a mere role player and facilitator, to the chief offensive threat, on the way to leading San […]

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ON FIRE

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Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao couldn’t remember when was the last time Jeff Chan shot the ball this well in a conference. But Guiao hopes Chan will keep shooting at a high percentage as the Elasto Painters try to earn a top four finish in the PBA Governors’ Cup. “We shot the ball very […]

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WIPING OUT FATIGUE

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PETER June Simon treats each PBA game as another day in the office. And though he has been playing under the shadow of two-time PBA MVP James Yap for a long time, Simon continues to display his workman-like attitude as he tries to help San Mig Super Coffee win a rare Grand Slam at the […]

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IMMOVABLE ROCK

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ASI Taulava is defying Father Time at 41. Two games into the PBA Governors’ Cup, the six-foot-nine Fil-Tongan has played with a youthful zest that enabled Air21 to zoom to a franchise-best 2-0 record. Taking off from where they left off following their recent fourth place finish in the Commissioner’s Cup, another franchise-record in itself, […]

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‘ENERGIZER’ SHOOTS LIGHTS OUT IN SEMIS

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Talk ‘N Text defensive ace Ryan Reyes is just happy to step up to the scoring plate whenever his team needs him. With the team’s usual gunners like Larry Fonacier, KG Canaleta, and specially point guards Jimmy Alapag and Jason Castro, attracting double-teams during their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series against Rain or Shine, Reyes […]

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AWESOME TWOSOME

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Nobody gave Air21 a second look when the playoffs started, but Sean Anthony and ageless center Asi Taulava made sure the Express won’t be the same irrelevant franchise when they faced the second-seeded San Miguel Beermen in the quarterfinals. Anthony churned out career-high numbers in the quarterfinals while the 41-year-old Taulava showed he could still […]

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“LEE-THAL” PERFORMANCE

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In a conference marked by the team’s defensive and offensive inconsistencies, Paul Lee has provided a ray of hope for Rain or Shine with his consistent plays that enabled the Elasto Painters to climb onto the top 6 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. The 6-0 Lee stepped up big in the team’s two crucial […]

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TNT’S ROCK

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Six games into the Commissioner’s Cup, Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black is convinced that Ranidel de Ocampo’s long range shooting could easily complement import Richard Howell’s inside game. The 6-6 De Ocampo actually flaunted his outside shooting during the team’s two-game schedule this past week. The former St. Francis of Assissi Doves forward banged […]

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MOST FEARED BEARD

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Six games into the Philippine Cup, Talk ‘N Text head coach Norman Black is convinced Ranidel de Ocampo’s long range shooting could easily complement import Richard Howell’s inside game. The 6-5 De Ocampo actually flaunted his outside shooting during the team’s two-game schedule this past week. The former St. Francis of Assisi Doves forward banged […]

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FEARLESS ROOKIE

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Freshman forward Ian Sangalang has been a transformed man since playing a key role in San Mig Super Coffee’s PBA Philippine Cup championship conquest last month. His improved play was evident in the Mixers’ first two games in the young PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The No. 2 overall pick in last year’s Draft played like a grizzled […]

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SOLID START

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Jason Castro is back with a vengeance just less than two months after failing to lead his team to a fourth straight Philippine Cup title. The 5-8 guard out of Philippine Christian University opened the Commissioner’s Cup with renewed vigor, averaging 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists to give Talk ‘N Text an early […]

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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
Meralco VS Phoenix 07:00 PM
NLEX VS Blackwater 04:15 PM
MAY 03 WEDNESDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
San Miguel Beer VS TNT KaTropa 07:00 PM
GlobalPort VS Phoenix 04:15 PM
MAY 05 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Rain or Shine VS Star Hotshots 05:00 PM
MAY 06 SATURDAY BATANGAS CITY COLISEUM