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THE TOP FIVE POINT GUARDS IN THE 2013 PBA DRAFT

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The projected first three picks in the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft are all going to play center in the pros, but most of the remaining marquee players who should be picked in the first two rounds play in the backcourt. To be more specific, these diminutive dribblers are of the playmaking kind. These are the […]

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PATULOY ANG WHEELING & DEALING SA SYDNEY

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Narito ang mga maaring abangan sa mga susunod na araw sa mahal nating liga. Nasa hanggang dalawang teams ang maaring magpalit ng coach. Actually, yung isa halos sigurado na, habang yung isa pinaplano pa lamang. Ang pagpapalit ng coach ng isang team ay maaring ikagulat at malamang ikapanlumo ng coach na ito. Saka ko na […]

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2013 PBA ROOKIE BIOMETRICS RESULTS

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SIT PUSH PULL BENCH VERTICAL LEAP HEIGHT WEIGHT WINGSPAN UPS UPS UPS PRESS 1ST 2ND 1. Reymond ALMAZAN 6′-7 3/4″ 194 81 100 13 11 10 10′-10″ 10-11″ 2. Jeckster APINAN 6′-3″ 181 76 150 30 22 10 10′-5″ 10′-6″ 3. Janno BARRONDA 6′-1 1/4″ 180 75 74 36 10 60 10′-2″ 10′-3″ 4. Mark […]

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SEASON OF CELEBRATION KICKS OFF NOV. 17

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SYDNEY – The Philippine Basketball Association celebrates the resurgence of the country in Asian basketball with grand festivities on opening day of its Season 39 highlighted by three matches in Manila, Cebu and Davao on Nov. 17. Talk n Text opens its quest for a Philippine Cup “four-peat” versus Meralco at the New Cebu Coliseum […]

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INCOMING PBA CHAIRMAN SEGISMUNDO PRESENTS 8-POINT PLAN FOR 2013-14 SEASON

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SYDNEY – Incoming PBA chairman Ramon Segismundo came armed for the Board of Governors planning session at The Westin Hotel and Resort here. Wielding an elaborate 8-point plan which he presented to the league governors Monday night, Segismundo, senior vice president for Human Resources and Corporate Services at Manila Electric Company and board representative of […]

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THE TOP FIVE SHOOTING GUARDS IN THE 2013 PBA DRAFT

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Big name big men are the ones bannering the 2013 PBA Draft Class, but we hoop nuts cannot sleep on the guys in the backcourt, too. Despite the considerable depth at the SG spot in the pros, there are still a bunch of marquee shooters and perimeter operators who can, given the right system and […]

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THE TOP FIVE SMALL FORWARDS IN THE 2013 PBA DRAFT

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The 2013 PBA Draft Class is definitely one of the most talent-rich in recent memory, especially when it comes to big men and playmakers. Perhaps overlooked, however, is another position – the small forward spot. Just this morning, I dropped by the 2013 PBA Rookie Camp at the impressive Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong to […]

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PBA DRAFT HOPEFUL: JOSEPH TERSO

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Joseph Terso is one of those players who placed his name in professional basketball’s equivalent of Harry Potter’s Sorting Hat. Unlike English author JK Rowling’s famous line of novels where there are four houses where students are sent to, in the Philippine Basketball Association, there are 10. Ten cubs to be exact. And that means […]

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PBA SOARS TO GREAT HEIGHTS IN 2013

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SYDNEY – In an astounding achievement that soared way beyond expectation, the Philippine Basketball Association raked in a whopping total gross gate sales of over P200 million in the season just past. It was a monster hit with a great gravy in seeing PBA stars — making up the Philippine team – win the silver […]

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PBA ASPIRANTS GET BAPTISM OF FIRE

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Fueled by their basketball dreams, 77 out of the 85 aspirants came to the 2013 PBA Rookie Camp Monday at the Gatorade Hoops Center to take part in various skill-testing drills. With tasks namely push-ups, bench press, pull-ups, sit-ups, and vertical leap at hand, the individual skill of the players were witnessed by team scouts […]

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SOME FAMILIAR POWER FORWARDS IN THE 2013 PBA DRAFT

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The 2013 PBA Draft is touted to be one of the best of all time, especially when one talks of potentially dominant big men and playmakers. Guys like Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang, and Raymond Almazan have been getting tons of ink lately, while the likes of Terrence Romeo, Jeric Teng, and RR Garcia can shake […]

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MEET THE NEW PBA CHAIR

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On the heels of another banner season, the PBA Board of Governors holds its annual planning session in Sydney, Australia starting Monday, looking to scale more heights and continue to play its role as provider of highest form of sports entertainment in the land. Incoming board chairman Ramon Segismundo of Meralco, outgoing chair Robert Non […]

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BREAKING DOWN THE APPLICANTS FOR THE 2013 PBA DRAFT

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Colleges with the most number of applicants Far Eastern University – 9 (Mark Bringas, Ricardo Cawaling, Jaymo Eguilos, Chris Exciminiano, Ryan Roose Garcia, John Gonzales, Jens Knuttel, Terrence Romeo, and Paul Sanga) Ateneo de Manila University – 6 (Ryan Buenafe, Justin Chua, John Paul Erram, Nicolas Salva, Gregory Slaughter, and Christopher Sumalinog) Jose Rizal University […]

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HOPING FOR A CHANCE: PAUL JORDAN PAYOYO

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There are 85 hopefuls in the upcoming PBA Draft so you’ll have to forgive Paul Jordan Payoyo for being nervous. He glanced at the list of PBA hopefuls and saw a lot of “household” names from the NCAA and the UAAP. They have the advantage of going to bigger schools with big names and who […]

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THE TOP FIVE CENTERS IN THE 2013 PBA DRAFT

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The 2013 PBA Draft is touted to be one of the best of all time, if not one of the tallest. That’s saying a lot, of course, since the 2012 Draft was pretty deep already. And, well, the 2011 Draft had a slew of former Gilas standouts, so that was a doozy, too. What makes […]

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ALL ABOUT PLAYERS – CONE

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TIM Cone may have just moved alongside a coaching legend, but he would rather deflect the credit to his players. Cone pointed out his entire San Mig Coffee crew as main factor in the Mixers’ 87-77 triumph over Petron Blaze last Friday that gave them the PBA Governors’ Cup crown at the packed Smart Araneta […]

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PING CAPS DREAM YEAR WITH FINALS MVP PLUM

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With four minutes left in Game 7, Marc Pingris raised his arms, signaling to the crowd to come alive after sensing that the win was within their grasp. In a move reminiscent of those fateful August nights, once again, Pinoy Sakuragi willed the crowd to go to their favor. Twenty-three ticks remaining in the clock, […]

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GRAND PBA 2014 SEASON OPENING MULLED

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After Game Seven of the Petron Blaze – San Mig Coffee finale – the last game of PBA Season 38, the country’s premier cage league takes only a 22-day breather before reopening shop. Being mulled is an innovative program spread over the country’s three major islands to celebrate the opening of the 2014 PBA Season […]

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SAN MIG COFFEE IS GOVS’ CUP CHAMP

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TIM Cone and his San Mig Coffee team would not be denied this time. The Mixers banked on the gutsy plays of Marqus Blakely and Marc Pingris down the stretch to repulse Petron Blaze, 87-77, Friday and bag the PBA Governors’ Cup crown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The two combined for half of San […]

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San Mig Coffee 87, Petron Blaze 77 – Oct. 25, 2013

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DANNY I AND JUNEMAR FAJARDO:

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Petron’s lethal combination “OH, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling.” Danny Boy (Irish Song) *   *   * FROM the bench where a dislocated shoulder a year ago had consigned him for most of the 38th PBA season, Danny Ildefonso hears the haunting hymn of the pipes, beckoning him to hang his jersey […]

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FOR ALL THE MARBLES

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OUT with the crystal balls: Oda Mae Brown, meet Joe Devance. Brown, of course, was the psychic character played by Whoopi Goldberg in the 1990 film Ghost who brought together two star-crossed lovers for one final dance. Devance, on the other hand, is the San Mig Coffee player who predicted two weeks ago that the […]

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PETRON BLAZE SETS UP WINNER-TAKE-ALL MATCH FRIDAY

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PETRON Blaze just showed the poise that made it a title favorite. The Boosters bucked San Mig Coffee’s own tough stance to carve a 99-88 win Wednesday and forge a deciding match in their PLDT Telpad-sponsored PBA Governors Cup championship series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Elijah Millsap shook off an injured foot to score […]

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Petron Blaze 99, San Mig Coffee 88 – Oct. 23, 2013

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14 TEAMS USHER IN PBA D-LEAGUE 2014 SEASON

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Basketball fans, gear up for what is said to be the biggest basketball league in recent memory. An unprecedented 14 teams will converge at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Thursday as the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup comes off the wraps. Five new ballclubs, mostly school-based, are BDO-National University, Zambales M. Builders-Trinity, Derulo Accelero-UP, […]

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MIXERS GO FOR THE KILL

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They have overcome a scrambling 1-3 tournament start, survived a sudden death in the quarterfinals and withstood a battle in the semifinals. And the San Mig Coffee Mixers now want to go all the way to the top. The Mixers take the first of two cracks at closing out the PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven Finals, […]

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KERBY REUNITES WITH COACH RYAN AT MERALCO; REYES TO GINEBRA

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Even before the curtains close on the 2013 PBA season, another trade has been approved by the PBA Commissioner’s office. The move has been circulating in basketball circles for quite a while already, and now the reunion between veteran big man Kerby Raymundo and his long-time mentor Ryan Gregorio has been sealed. In a one-on-one […]

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TRADE VIBES: MAC CARDONA, GARY DAVID, AND RABEH AL-HUSSAINI

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With most teams already eliminated in the PBA Govs’ Cup, the customary hardwood version of musical chairs took the spotlight last week. In a slew of transactions, we saw Chris Ross reunite with Sol Mercado in exchange for Gary David, Rabeh Al-Hussaini part ways with Norman Black’s Texters, and Mac Cardona get sent to the […]

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San Mig Coffee 114, Petron Blaze 103 – Oct. 20, 2013

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SAN MIG COFFEE TAKES OVER DRIVER’S SEAT, 3-2

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THERE was no huge lead for San Mig Coffee nor a big fight back by Petron Blaze Sunday. Just the constant that is Mark Barroca as the Mixers notched a 114-103 victory over the Boosters to move within another win of topping the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Game 4 hero […]

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FLAT-OUT HARDCOURT BATTLE SUNDAY AT BIG DOME

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For both the Petron Blaze Boosters and the San Mig Coffee Mixers, Game Four was a learning experience and motivation that could boost their drives in the homestretch of the series. “Interestingly enough, even though we won Game Four, it still felt like a loss to us because of our poor second-half play. The good […]

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LIST OF APPLICANST FOR THE 2013 PBA ROOKIE DRAFT

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Name School Birthday Place of Birth Height Weight League(s) Played Position 1. ALMAZAN, Raymond C. Letran Aug 2, 1989 Bataan 6’-7” 195 D-League C 2. APINAN, Jeckster A. JRU Jan. 9, 1987 Roxas City, Capiz 6’-5” 190 D-League F 3. BARONDA, Janno Univ. of Perpetual – GMA Apr 23, 1988 Paranaque 6’-2” 170 G 4. […]

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MGA DOKUMENTO NG DRAFT APPLICANTS SUSURIIN PA

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Ngayon at kilala na ang 85 draft applicants, maghihintay pa tayo ng sampung araw bago makita ang final list. Susuriin pa kasing maigi ng PBA office ang mga sinumiteng dokumento ng mga nagbabalak pumasok sa PBA. Kabilang sa mga sisiyasating maigi ay ang birth certificate, school records at iba pang mahahalagang detalye. Bibigyan pa rin […]

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SAN MIG SCRAPES PAST PETRON, KNOTS SERIES AT 2-2

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A dream start nearly ended in a nightmarish finish for the San Mig Coffee Mixers in Game 4 Friday night. And all because a 28-point deficit wasn’t enough to bring down the Petron Blaze Boosters. The Mixers survived a fourth quarter collapse in nipping the Boosters, 88-86, and levelling at 2-2 the PLDT-Telpad PBA Governors’ […]

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Petron Blaze 86, San Mig Coffee 88 – Oct. 18, 2013

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SANTOS FINALLY WINS SEASON MVP HONORS

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And it came to pass that this former poor errand boy from Pampanga rose to be the best of them all in the Philippine Basketball Association. His precious trophy held aloft, Arwind Santos knelt in prayer after being named the Most Valuable Player in the 2013 PBA Leo Awards at the Mall of Asia Arena […]

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ABUEVA NAMED TOP FRESHMAN

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For the fourth straight year, the second player selected in the Annual PBA Draft overall emerged the top freshman in the Philippine Basketball Association. Calvin Abueva, who placed No. 3 overall in the stats race behind Arwind Santos and LA Tenorio, claimed the Rookie of the Year award in the 2013 PBA Leo Awards at […]

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85 ROOKIE HOPEFULS BEAT DEADLINE

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A total of 85  applicants beat the 5 p.m. Friday deadline for those wishing to enter the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft. Experts have described the coming PBA Rookie Draft, set for November 3 at the Robinson’s Place in Ermita, as one which could most certainly address a lot of teams’ weak spots. Loaded with quality […]

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MIXERS OUT TO AVERT FALLING INTO 1-3 HOLE

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Is 48 hours enough time for San Mig Coffee to undo what has happened? “We’re gonna throw this game out the window and focus on the next one,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone after Petron Blaze demolished the Mixers, 90-68, in Game 3 of the PLDT-Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday at the Smart […]

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San Mig Coffee 68, Petron Blaze 90 – Oct. 16, 2013

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