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Rain or Shine 83, Petron Blaze 91 – Sept. 30, 2013

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PETRON BLAZE TAKES GAME 1

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With tremendous push from Elijah Millsap and Junmar Fajardo, Petron Blaze kept going and made a 24-year franchise-best of 10th straight win in the opener of their PBA Governors Cup Final Four duel with Rain or Shine Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Millsap and Fajardo delivered personal record numbers as the Boosters repulsed the […]

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DEFENSE STILL THE KEY

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The warring sides in the San Mig Coffee – Meralco battle expect things to get uglier. No easy shots. No easy rebounds. A harder push here and a harder shove there. The two teams set the tone of their battle in Game One – a physical defensive competition that is likely to continue for the […]

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RISING UP

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THE stakes have risen in the PBA Governors’ Cup and so has Joe Devance’s game. The versatile forward has been instrumental in San Mig Coffee’s quarterfinal surge over Alaska and the headstart over Meralco in their semifinal pairing to earn the Accel-PBA Player of the Week honors for the period Sept. 23 to 29. In […]

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BOOSTERS, E-PAINTERS GET IT ON

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PETRON Blaze coach Gee Abanilla would not be drawn into any word war with former mentor and current Rain or Shine counterpart Yeng Guiao, much less start one. Instead, Abanilla would rather let his charges do the talking through action when the Boosters and Elasto Painters begin their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series 7:15 p.m. […]

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HARD-EARNED GAME 1 WIN FOR SAN MIG COFFEE

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San Mig Coffee hardly lacked energy and enthusiasm playing a third game in five nights, outlasting Meralco, 83-73, in a hard-fought, blue-collar battle in Game One of their PBA Governors’ Cup Final Four showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night. The Mixers actually came out a little flat but hung on before coming through […]

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Meralco 73, San Mig Coffee 83 – Sept. 29, 2013

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BEST TIMES TO SHINE

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A first-time Final 4 semifinalist has emerged and topped the list in this edition’s Hits and Misses. The three other qualifiers also got commendations. The league’s new gentle giant preserved his best game of the conference in his team’s most important game thus far. A grizzled veteran has continuously poured on solid numbers while a […]

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SAN MIG-MERALCO: A SERIES ABOUT BREAKING DEFENSIVE WALL

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PBA Semis

Defense will surely be at optimum level as San Mig Coffee and Meralco slug it out in their side of the PBA Governors Cup Final Four. The protagonists are the league’s leading defensive teams at the moment. The question is which one is able to break the other’s defensive wall. They break the ice in […]

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MIXERS JOIN FAVES’ MARCH TO SEMIS

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San Mig Coffee won’t be left behind in the march of the top seeds to the PBA Governors Cup Final Four. The Mixers regrouped after their 105-112 loss Wednesday, doing what they do best Friday night – play tough defense – to repulse the Alaska Milk Aces, 83-73, in a dog fight at the Mall […]

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San Mig Coffee 83, Alaska 73 – Sept. 27, 2013

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ACES, MIXERS DISPUTE FINAL FOUR SEAT IN KO MATCH

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Is Alaska Milk keeping its playoffs romp versus San Mig Coffee or the Mixers going to get back at the Aces? That’s the question as the two teams clash in a sudden death in their PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals matchup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Friday. Game time is at 7:15 […]

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BOOSTERS MAKE IT NINE IN ROW, ROLL TO FINAL FOUR

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The Petron Blaze Boosters won’t allow themselves to see the end of their hot streak in this stage of the conference. Petron lived up to its billing as the elimination-round topnotcher, crushing Barangay Ginebra, 101-94, to book a seat in the PBA Governors’ Cup Final Four at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City […]

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Petron Blaze 101, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 94 – Sept. 26, 2013

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DEFENDING CHAMPION RAIN OR SHINE MARCHES TO FINAL 4

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RAIN or Shine finally shook off the memories of a bitter loss. It’s now time to look forward to reprising a definitely more pleasant experience. The Elasto Painters did not let their twice-to-beat advantage go to waste this time by eking out a 108-106 victory over Globalport Thursday to return to the PBA Governors’ Cup […]

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Rain or Shine 108, Globalport 106 – Sept. 26, 2013

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ACES FORCE SUDDEN DEATH VS. MIXERS

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PBA Quarterfinals

Alaska Milk and San Mig Coffee slug it out in a sudden death Friday. The Aces, the Commissioner’s Cup champs, forced the do-or-die match as they climbed out of a 12-point hole early in the fourth quarter and clipped the Mixers, 112-105, at the start of PBA Governors Cup playoff action at the Smart Araneta […]

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Alaska 112, San Mig Coffee 105 – Sept. 25, 2013

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MERALCO’S POWERS WAY TO FIRST FINAL 4 TRIP IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

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MERALCO is known to be a defensive-oriented team. But not this stingy. With their defense doing the most damage the Bolts easily hurdled Barako Bull, 86-68, Tuesday to repeat as PBA Governors Cup semifinalist at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Mario West scored a game-high 25 points and also anchored the defense on Barako counterpart Mike Singletary as […]

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Meralco 86, Barako Bull 68 – Sept. 25, 2013

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BOOSTERS, KINGS IN ‘HUNGER GAMES’

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PBA quarterfinals

This is a Final Eight matchup pitting a highly formidable side with a dominant run in the eliminations versus a never-say-die squad that willed itself to catch the last bus to the quarterfinals. Petron Blaze is the odds-on pick while Barangay Ginebra, as usual, is the sentimental favorite as they slug it out for a […]

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E-PAINTERS BRACE FOR BATANG PIER ASSAULT

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PBA QUARTERFINALS

RAIN or Shine can’t be faulted for taking a very cautious stance when it takes on GlobalPort Thursday in their PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals matchup at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Elasto Painters need just a single win to advance outright to the best-of-five semifinals and from there take another step closer to a […]

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TENORIO STANDS TALL AS KINGS DROP AX ON TEXTERS

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LA Tenorio whispered something to Mark Caguioa as the latter headed to the showers early on fouls. Tenorio made good what he told Caguioa, and Barangay Ginebra extended its season, beating out Talk n Text, 110-102, in their knockout duel for the last slot in the PBA Governors Cup playoff phase at the Smart Araneta […]

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Talk ‘N Text 102, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 110 – Sept. 24, 2013

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HIGHLY-CHARGED COFFEE MIXERS – ACES BATTLE SEEN

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PBA Quarterfinals

It’s San Mig Coffee versus Alaska in what’s easily the most volatile matchup in the PBA Governors’ Cup Final Eight. These two teams figured in a near free-for-all in a pre-conference game and engaged in a highly emotional, highly physical battle in their elimination-round tiff on Sept. 10. It could well be a battle everyone […]

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BOLTS GO FOR SHORT WORK OF ENERGY THROUGH ‘D’

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PBA quarters

FORTUNE, coupled with some blue-collar attitude, enabled Barako Bull to escape Meralco’s clutches the first time they met. The Energy will need both of those and much more when they collide anew with the Bolts Wednesday at the start of the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. For finishing third at the end of […]

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PICKING UP THE CUDGELS

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JAY Washington couldn’t have picked a better time to dish out one sterling performance. With GlobalPort’s first-ever playoffs appearance on the line the veteran forward came through with a career game to earn the Accel-PBA Player of the Week for the period Sept. 16 to 22. Washington poured in 30 points on top of 14 […]

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GINEBRA – TNT DO-OR-DIE GAME RESET TUESDAY

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Barangay Ginebra has been in each of the last 18 PBA playoffs while Talk n Text has been a fixture in post-elimination round plays in the last 10 conferences. One streak comes to an end as the Gin Kings and the Tropang Texters face off in a do-or-die battle for the last slot in the […]

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TALK ‘N TEXT FORCES KO GAME FOR LAST QF SEAT

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After a well-fought battle at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday night, Talk n Text and Barangay Ginebra are facing each other again in 24 hours over at the nearby Cuneta Astrodome. The Tropang Texters and the Gin Kings play in a do-or-die match at 7:30 p.m. determining who catch the last bus to the […]

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 99, Talk ‘N Text 113 – Sept. 22, 2013

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ATKINS ON FIRE AS AIR21 SURPRISES ALASKA

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AIR21’s remaining hopes in the PBA Governors Cup may be dim, but it still managed to come up with one very bright note in perhaps its last game of the conference. The Express came up with the kind of exceptional game long expected of them to pull the rug from under unsuspecting Alaska, 121-107, Sunday at the […]

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Air21 121, Alaska 107 – Sept. 22, 2013

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FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

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Finalist in six of the last eight conferences, Talk n Text is in a very unfamiliar situation, facing possible early extinction in the PBA Governors’ Cup. But all’s not lost, and the Texters vow to do what it takes to stay alive in their faceoff with the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in the final […]

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ACES, EXPRESS IN MUST-WIN GAME

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AIR21’s hold on a prolonged life in the PBA Governors’ Cup looks flimsy indeed, but Alaska is not about to let that fact derail it from its own purpose. “We cannot look past Air21,” said coach Luigi Trillo on the eve of his Aces’ match with the Express Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena, […]

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Globalport 113, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 106 OT – Sept. 20, 2013

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GLOBALPORT SECURES FIRST-EVER QF STINT

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The Globalport Batang Pier are finally making a post-elims play appearance in the Philippine Basketball Association. The Batang Pier outlasted the Barangay Ginebra Kings in an overtime battle, squeezing out a 113-106 win to gain entry into the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night. Jay Washington poured in a career-high […]

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SAN MIG COFFEE BEATS MERALCO IN BATTLE FOR NO. 2 SEED

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MARQUS Blakely put the fitting finish to a battle between two highly-defensive teams by pulling off the biggest stop in San Mig Coffee’s 88-87 cliffhanger over Meralco Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Blakely’s block from behind of a potential game-winner by Mario West enabled the Mixers to preserve the win and […]

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San Mig Coffee 88, Meralco 87 – Sept. 20, 2013

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ON A SEARING ROLL

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Two teams are on a roll. One player who spent most of his first two seasons battling with injuries is now coming to his own as the team’s lead swingman. A talented forward has finally found a home with his new team while an import refused to be slowed down by flu and put on a […]

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WAVES TAB BANCHERO IN PBA D-LEAGUE DRAFT

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Boracay Rum selected Chris Banchero with its first pick in the 2013 PBA Developmental League Rookie Draft on Thursday. The Fil-Italian guard was not around during the proceedings but Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson said his agent, Marvin Espiritu, had been notified in advance about the team’s plan to pick the ASEAN Basketball League MVP. “We […]

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