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SO FAR, SO GOOD

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Eight Governors’ Cup imports have successfully passed the tape test. Talk n’ Text Tropang Texters reinforcement Tony Mitchell may well be the tallest in the present batch with an official PBA height of 6-4 15/16. It was a close shave for Mitchell, who was measured at exactly the height limit of 6-5 at first. Representatives […]

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SO FAR, SO GOOD

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Eight Governors’ Cup imports have successfully passed the tape test. Talk n’ Text Tropang Texters reinforcement Tony Mitchell may well be the tallest in the present batch with an official PBA height of 6-4 15/16. It was a close shave for Mitchell, who was measured at exactly the height limit of 6-5 at first. Representatives […]

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TOSSUP FOR 2014 FIBA WORLD CUP TICKETS

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Proliferation of naturalized players and foreign coaches has raised the level of Asian basketball and put parity at least among the major contenders in the region. Asian basketball officials said that’s the very case in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship that unfolds at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay and Ninoy Aquino Stadium in […]

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APPROVED RULE CHANGES IN EFFECT FOR GOVERNORS’ CUP

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There should be less confusion on flagrant fouls while floppers’ pockets may become lighter when PBA action resumes in the Governors’ Cup two weeks from now. In its regular meeting last week, the PBA Board of Governors approved the following rule changes proposed by the Competition Committee: The original definition of flagrant fouls will now […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS SPANKS KAZAKHSTAN

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Gilas Pilipinas made a big turnaround from its showing against the PBA Stars Wednesday and concluded its warm-up matches for the 27th FIBA Asia Championship with a 92-89 decision over Kazakhstan at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night. Jeff Chan and Jason Castro erupted for 20 points each with Larry Fonacier and Jimmy Alapag chipping […]

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE MOA ARENA

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THERE is no fitting venue for the 27th FIBA Asia Championship than the SM Mall of Asia Arena. At just over a year old, the MOA Arena has compiled a sterling track record in terms of its capability in hosting not only sporting but also entertainment events. The list of local and foreign icons who […]

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AGUSTIN TAKES OVER GINEBRA COACHING REINS

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Ato Agustin, among a few coaches with championships won in the collegiate, semi-pro and in the PBA, has been tapped as the interim bench chieftain at Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. Agustin, the 1992 PBA MVP awardee, has assumed the position left vacant by Alfrancis Chua’s surprise resignation in the team’s first practice session last week. […]

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GILAS TESTS METTLE OF KAZAKHSTAN

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Exactly a week before the start of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship, Gilas Pilipinas plays a final warm-up game, tangling with Central Asian power Kazakhstan at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight (Friday night). Coach Chot Reyes welcomes this opportunity to test the mettle of the Kazakh team, an old rival which is likely to stand on […]

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GOVS CUP OPENS WITH CLASH OF 2012 FINALISTS

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What better way to open the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup than to have the two teams which battled to a seven-game Finals classic last year go at each other again? Rain or Shine starts its title defense on opening night August 14, Wednesday, at the Mall of Asia Arena when it takes on archrival San […]

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INTERESTING SIDELINE BATTLES AS WELL IN FIBA ASIA MEET

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CHOT Reyes, head coach of Gilas Pilipinas, will be in distinguished company during the 27th FIBA Asia Championship from Aug. 1-11 at the Mall of Asia Arena, the main battleground, and the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, the secondary venue. A multi-titled PBA mentor and a veteran national coach, Reyes will be swapping bench strategies with 14 of the most […]

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FINE-TUNING GAME GNAWS AT GILAS

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GOOD thing Wednesday’s game was merely an exhibition and not an actual FIBA Asia game. If not, according to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, his team would have been in a lot of trouble notwithstanding a 99-87 win over a PBA Selection in the MyPhone-sponsored match at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Seemingly sleepwalking […]

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ROOKIE DRAFT APPLICATION DEADLINES: FIL-FOREIGN PLAYERS SEPT. 12, LOCALS OCT. 18

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Applicants for the coming PBA Rookie Draft – both local and Fil-foreign hopefuls – are being given enough time to complete their respective papers and become eligible for the Nov. 3 event. Fil-foreign players looking to join the Draft proceedings are given until Sept. 12 to submit their application and requirements. The league will have five days to review […]

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FANS GET A GLIMPSE OF GILAS VS PBA ALL-STARS

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A GAME that Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes said is a mere treat for the fans could turn out to be something more when the Nationals take on the PBA Stars Wednesday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Set to start promptly at 7 p.m., the match gives the public a chance to see for […]

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NOURISHMENT & SMILES AT PBA SOUP KITCHEN

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It may always be cloudy and overcast this time of the year, but expect the PBA to continue spreading the sunshine. The league, through its Alagang PBA outreach program, once again brought smiles to cancer and hematology ward patients of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center. No less than Commissioner Atty. Chito Salud led players and […]

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SAME TIME, SAME CHANNEL FOR 2013 GOVS CUP GAMES

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The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and TV5 agreed Monday to continue airing the PBA games on IBC-13 under the original schedule laid out by the league for the 2013 Governors’ Cup, which starts on August 14 and ends October 25 at the latest. In opting not to change the fans’ viewing habits and the schedule […]

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QATAR, JAPAN FLY INTO MANILA WITH QUESTIONS

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With West Asian powerhouse Lebanon out of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship as a result of a four-year suspension, Group B of the tournament will only have three teams with FIBA opting not to invite either Iraq or the United Arab Emirates as was initially speculated. Group B will now only have Qatar, Japan, and […]

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GILAS TESTS ASIAN RIVAL KAZAKHSTAN FRIDAY

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In the run-up to the opening of the 27 th FIBA Asia Championship, host team Gilas Pilipinas plays two more warm-up games, taking on a PBA select team Wednesday at the MOA Arena and the Kazakhstan squad Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Kazakhstan is an interesting assignment, considering this central Asian team is a […]

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FIBA SUSPENSION ON LEBANON STAYS

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LEBANON’s desperate bid for inclusion in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship just went down the drain. The International Basketball Federation on Thursday upheld the suspension it meted on Lebanon, quashing the latter’s hopes of making it to the continental tournament Manila is hosting Aug. 1 to 11. In affirming its July 11 decision to suspend Lebanon, the world’s […]

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SMC SHAKEUP CONTINUES, CHUA ON LEAVE

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A new atmosphere enveloped the camp of San Miguel Corporation after management decided to transfer consultant for basketball operations Noli Eala to a different assignment. In a statement released by SMC, Eala will “help out in the company’s infrastructure businesses as various projects are now either in full swing or at the development stages.” “The […]

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CHINA & IRAN STILL TEAMS TO BEAT

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China and Iran, the last two teams to reign supreme in the FIBA Asia Championship, still loom as the top title contenders despite the continued influx of naturalized players in the regional cage conclave. For the 27th edition of the Asian meet in Manila, the Chinese and the Iranians are still the benchmarks with their formidable […]

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NATURALIZED PLAYERS KEY FACTOR IN FIBA ASIA MEET

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When the 27th FIBA Asia Championship tips off on August 1, one of the players on every team who will be keenly scrutinized are the naturalized players. International rules allow the naturalization of players and countries have used that to bolster or plug holes in their team’s line-ups. The fortunes of these national teams will also […]

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THE AERIAL VOYAGER IS BACK IN THE PBA

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The Aerial Voyager’s latest flight will take him back to Air21. Vergel Meneses, one of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players and a former league Most Valuable Player, is bringing his act back to the Air21 Express starting August. The current head coach of the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers in the NCAA will become an assistant […]

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BOLTS GET BACLAO, WILSON IN DEAL WITH AIR21

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With Jay-R Reyes and Jared Dillinger still recuperating from injuries, the Meralco Bolts were forced to come up with changes in their line up by acquiring two new players from the Air21 Express. The Bolts picked up former top overall rookie pick Noy Baclao and shooting guard John Wilson from the Express, but had to […]

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COACH AL STEPS DOWN AS SURPRISES ROCK KINGS’ 1ST PRACTICE

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First, Rudy Hatfield retired. A few minutes later, coach Alfrancis Chua announced his resignation. This, in essence, summarized Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s first day of practice. “Sunod-sunod nga. Nagulat kami sa mga pangyayari,” said a source who requested anonymity. “Sinabi ni coach Al, personal ang dahilan. Tinanong nga namin kung ano ang dahilan, ayaw niya […]

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LEBANON CEDARS KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED

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Don’t count Lebanon out. Not just yet. Suspended by FIBA last Friday due to the intramurals in their national association back home, the Lebanese cagers are flying into Manila Monday from Taipei for the final leg of their preparations for the FIBA Asia championship on August 1-11. The Cedars are fresh from a rather disappointing […]

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AGE REQUIREMENT FOR ROOKIE DRAFT LOWERED TO 21

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A younger breed of rookie hopefuls is expected in the PBA Draft this November. The league will now be accepting applicants as young as 21 years old for the November 3 event provided the player has reached the required age by the day the 2014 Season of Asia’s pioneering pro league opens shop late in November. If […]

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IRAN RECLAIMS JONES CUP CROWN

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The Jones Cup crown that Gilas Pilipinas failed to defend is now back in the hands of Iran. Iran veteran stars Hamed Haddadi, Samad Bahrami, Oshin Sahakian and Hamed Afagh all went to work as they disposed of host Chinese Taipei, 72-67, to clinch the 2013 Jones Cup championship at the Hsinchuang Stadium in New […]

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MVP: FIBA HOSTING 90% OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

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When the Federation Internationale de Basketball Association awarded the hosting rights to the Philippines last January, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Manuel V. Pangilinan remembered feeling a wave of elation wrap itself all over him. Then there was a sobering thought. “Mahirap to,” Pangilinan recounted. “There’s a lot of work that we need to put […]

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GOAL WITHIN REACH – GUIAO

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Four years ago, he was the guy tasked to whip up a bunch of guys tasked to get the Philippines back to the World meet. It was a tough job made more difficult by having to wage war on hostile territory. Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao, chief tactician of the Philippine national team […]

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PHL DOZEN GET THUMBS UP FROM TOROMAN, CONE

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Gilas Pilipinas has the materials to get the job done. Former Philippine national team head coaches Rajko Toroman and Tim Cone believe that  the Gilas Pilipinas team currently in New Zealand for the final phase of their preparations for the coming FIBA Asia Championship can bring the country back to the world stage. Toroman, a […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS SWEEPS PAST HAWKE’S BAY HAWKS

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Gilas Pilipinas scored back-to-back close wins over the Hawke’s Bay Hawks to start its six tune-up series in New Zealand. The Nationals pulled off an 82-78 victory in the first game Friday then repeated with a 73-70 triumph Saturday shortly after hearing the FIBA news of Lebanon’s indefinite suspension from the FIBA rolls. “Not too […]

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FIBA SUSPENDS LEBANON

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INTERNAL squabbles have forced a perennial FIBA Asia threat from this year’s competitions. The world’s governing body in the sport has meted Lebanon an indefinite suspension Friday following that country’s basketball federation to resolve its own intramurals in an amicable way. The sanction means Lebanon, which has finished second three times in the FIBA Asia […]

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PBA GIVES TV5 ’TIL WEDNESDAY

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THE contract between the PBA and its television coveror must be followed or else. This was the adamant stand reiterated by the PBA Board Thursday to TV5 following the latter’s latest proposals of airing the league’s games between it and IBC13 and then having some games exclusively carried on an ultra high frequency channel starting next season. […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS FINAL 12 NAMED

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Not surprisingly, late pool addition Beau Belga ended up the last cut in the 12-man final lineup coach Chot Reyes named to don the country’s colors in the coming 27th FIBA Asia Championship. Making the cast are big men Marcus Douthit, Junmar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Ranidel de Ocampo and Marc Pingris, wing men Gary David, […]

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PARAS LEADS LATEST BATCH OF PBA HALL OF FAMERS

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Two-time MVP Benjie Paras, crack point guard Ronnie Magsanoc, league pioneer star Lim Eng Beng and four-time champion coach Ed Ocampo make up the fifth batch of esteemed personalities that will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame. Paras, Magsanoc, Lim and Ocampo will be the latest additions to the distinguished roll as they […]

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NEW ZEALAND SWING TO GET GILAS 90% READY FOR FIBA ASIA WARS

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Gilas Pilipinas departs for New Zealand via a Cathay Pacific flight Tuesday aftenoon, looking to step up its FIBA Asia Championship buildup on a 10-day training tour of Kiwi land. The PHL training pool embarks on a long, tiring 20-hour journey to Napier, with a six-hour layover in Hong Kong and a brief stopover in […]

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IT’S SINGLETARY FOR BARAKO BULL

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With two of its import prospects opting to play in the NBA Summer League, Barako Bull Energy decided to bring in Mike Singletary, who played for the squad during an invitational tournament in Dubai two months ago. Coaching consultant Rajko Toroman told pba.ph that the 6-foot-5 Singletary will be joining the squad next week. “He is athletic, […]

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DIFFERENT ROUTES, SAME GOAL

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THESE 16 teams took different courses from all corners of the continent before they got to Manila for the 27th FIBA Asia Championship. Yet they all know the ultimate destination lies not in the Philippine capital city but in Spain, where the 17th FIBA Basketball World Cup has long been set. And just like what […]

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MVP, LOCAL EXECS SIGN FIBA COVENANT

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Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Manuel V. Pangilinan, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, and the representatives of the cities of Makati, Manila, and Pasay signed a covenant last Friday at the Dusit Hotel Manila that will help ensure the successful staging of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in Manila from August 1-11. “Importante […]

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ABANILLA HOPES BOOSTERS WILL LEARN TO ACCEPT ROLES ON TEAM

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The Petron Blaze Boosters will hope to end the so-called Petronovela when they begin a new campaign in the PBA Governors’ Cup, the tournament they last won in 2011. Newly installed Petron head coach Gee Abanilla told pba.ph that he would talk to his players heart-to-heart and carefully lay down his plan for the team. […]

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