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THE INAUGURAL BALLER AWARDS: THE BEST PBA NEWCOMER FOR 2013

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In lieu of a PBA year-ender, I felt it would be better to go position-by-position and look at the best PBAers of 2013. These are the guys who did really well in the pro circuit. Perhaps they led their teams to conference titles. Perhaps they led the league in a certain statistical category. Perhaps they […]

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MERALCO NEEDS TO DEVELOP ‘WINNER’S ATTITUDE’ – GARY D

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After finally mustering a respectable 3-2 record early in December, the Meralco Bolts suddenly lost their footing, stumbling in their next four assignments. The Bolts are now looking for a fresh start in 2014, and one of those in the forefront of the battle for Meralco is Gary David. After their fourth loss, a heartbreaking […]

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‘THE NINJA’ ON HIS CHRISTMAS TRIPLE-DOUBLE, NEWFOUND ROLE

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With Air21 Express sitting at the bottom of the standings with a 1-8 card, Joseph Yeo wanted nothing more that Christmas Day than a win over GlobalPort, their opponents that night. But at the end of the day, he got more. The Ninja had the first triple-double of his career in the 109-103 overtime win […]

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CRUNCH TIME HERO

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LA Tenorio is the first to admit that Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s huge success in the ongoing eliminations has a lot to do with athletic big man Japeth Aguilar’s career-best numbers this season. The 6-9 Aguilar is the team’s leading scorer in the season-opening Philippine Cup after averaging 19.8 points, while grabbing 9.5 rebounds and […]

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THE INAUGURAL BALLER AWARDS: THE BEST PBA IMPORT OF 2013

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In lieu of a PBA year-ender, I felt it would be better to go position-by-position and look at the best PBAers of 2013. These are the guys who did really well in the pro circuit. Perhaps they led their teams to conference titles. Perhaps they led the league in a certain statistical category. Perhaps they […]

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NEVER SAY DIE

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In a very physical game between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco last December 28, Japeth Aguilar felt that he can’t get anything going. “Start pa lang ng game, I felt really tired na talaga. Pagod na pagod ako. I couldn’t move, couldn’t play good defense, couldn’t move my feet. Parang nahihirapan ako sa ilalim. […]

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THE INAUGURAL BALLER AWARDS: THE BEST PBA COACH OF 2013

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In lieu of a PBA year-ender, I felt it would be better to go position-by-position and look at the best PBAers of 2013. These are the guys who did really well in the pro circuit. Perhaps they led their teams to conference titles. Perhaps they led the league in a certain statistical category. Perhaps they […]

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ROS ENDS YEAR ON HIGH NOTE, RIPS SMC

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In revelries ahead of New Year’s Eve, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters threw firecrackers all over Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Sunday night. They lit up the playing venue with firebomb upon firebomb, biding goodbye to year 2013 with a 101-77 torching of the San Mig Coffee Mixers. “This is the best […]

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San Mig Coffee 77, Rain or Shine 101 – Dec. 29, 2013

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EXPERIENCE OVER YOUTH

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During the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft, Barako Bull Energy came under fire from some quarters for sending their draft picks to teams in exchange for veteran players. Though the moves didn’t really appeal to others, it was the management’s discretion that they bank on solid role players in comparison to untested rookies. One of the […]

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GlobalPort 95, Barako Bull 108 – Dec. 29, 2013

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THE INAUGURAL BALLER AWARDS: THE BEST PBA CENTER OF 2013

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In lieu of a PBA year-ender, I felt it would be better to go position-by-position and look at the best PBAers of 2013. These are the guys who did really well in the pro circuit. Perhaps they led their teams to conference titles. Perhaps they led the league in a certain statistical category. Perhaps they […]

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THE INAUGURAL BALLER AWARDS: THE BEST PBA POWER FORWARD OF 2013

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In lieu of a PBA year-ender, I felt it would be better to go position-by-position and look at the best PBAers of 2013. These are the guys who did really well in the pro circuit. Perhaps they led their teams to conference titles. Perhaps they led the league in a certain statistical category. Perhaps they […]

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PETRON STOPS SKID WITH HARD-EARNED WIN

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With June Mar Fajardo sidelined by a knee injury, Petron Blaze ably held the fort versus Talk n Text, making an impressive 30-point turnaround before completing a crucial 105-91 victory in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Saturday night. The quartet of Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos, […]

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OUT TO END YEAR ON A WINNING NOTE

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Rain or Shine goes for something that has been elusive for the team – a third straight win – as it tangles with San Mig Super Coffee in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Sunday. The Elasto Painters have taken a shot at it twice, and twice […]

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HEARTBREAK KIDS COLLIDE

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They say close games toughen the team in the long run. And come Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena, two teams coming off heartbreakers clash, both are out to end their 2013 on a good note. The skidding GlobalPort Batang Pier meet the equally sliding Barako Bull Energy in the 2014 PLDT myDSL PBA […]

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Petron Blaze 105, Talk ‘N Text 91 – Dec. 28, 2013

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DEJA(-PETH) VU

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Japeth Aguilar drained the buzzer-beating three-pointer to save the day once more for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they rallied from a five-point deficit in the last 15 seconds to steal an 83-82 win over the Meralco Bolts Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in the 2014 PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup. Down by five […]

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 83, Meralco 82 – Dec. 28, 2013

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THE INAUGURAL BALLER AWARDS: THE BEST SMALL FORWARD OF 2013

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In lieu of a PBA year-ender, I felt it would be better to go position-by-position and look at the best PBAers of 2013. These are the guys who did really well in the pro circuit. Perhaps they led their teams to conference titles. Perhaps they led the league in a certain statistical category. Perhaps they […]

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THE INAUGURAL BALLER AWARDS: THE BEST SHOOTING GUARD OF 2013

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In lieu of a PBA year-ender, I felt it would be better to go position-by-position and look at the best PBAers of 2013. These are the guys who did really well in the pro circuit. Perhaps they led their teams to conference titles. Perhaps they led the league in a certain statistical category. Perhaps they […]

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ALASKA REPEATS OVER SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE

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Alaska shrugged off a slow start and outscored San Mig Super Coffee in each of the last three quarters as the Aces repeated over the Mixers, 88-75, in the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Friday night. Down 16-22 after the first quarter, the Aces cranked up […]

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Alaska 88, San Mig Coffee 75 – Dec. 27, 2013

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CRUCIAL TIFF FOR NO. 2

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The Petron Blaze – Talk ‘N Text rivalry rages once again as the Boosters and the Tropang Texters tangle for solo second place Saturday in the 2014 PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. Tipoff is at 5:45 p.m. Petron would like nothing more than an end to its two-game skid. That, however, […]

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FRONT-RUNNING KINGS EYE REVENGE

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The last time Barangay Ginebra San Miguel lost, it was almost a month ago – December 3 to be exact – when the Meralco Bolts pulled off a shocking 100-87 rout over the crowd favorites. Jared Dillinger was all over the place, Mike Cortez found the open man every single time, and Rabeh Al-Hussaini surprisingly […]

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CHAN SHOOTS LIGHT OUT AS RAIN OR SHINE ESCAPES BARAKO BULL

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Jeff Chan drilled a three-pointer from the right wing with 8.2 seconds to play and Gabe Norwood stole the ball from JC Intal in the closing seconds of the fourth to preserve Rain or Shine’s win, a 99-95 decision over Barako Bull Energy Friday in the 2014 PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. […]

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Barako Bull 95, Rain or Shine 99 – Dec. 27, 2013

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TIME TO COWBOY UP FOR THE PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS

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The Petron Blaze Boosters have lost back-to-back games to drop to 7-2. With center June Mar Fajardo out until January 8, 2014 with a knee sprain, the Blaze Boosters now find themselves vulnerable and scrambling to protect that rim. Although in their Christmas Day loss to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, even without Fajardo, they outrebounded […]

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THE INAUGURAL BALLER AWARDS: THE BEST PBA POINT GUARD OF 2013

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In lieu of a PBA year-ender, I felt it would be better to go position-by-position and look at the best PBAers of 2013. These are the guys who did really well in the pro circuit. Perhaps they led their teams to conference titles. Perhaps they led the league in a certain statistical category. Perhaps they […]

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JAI RELISHES SECOND CHANCE WITH TEXTERS

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When Talk ‘N Text trounced Air21, 87-82, Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena, Jai Reyes got the nod as Player of the Game. Yes, the diminutive point guard who hit back-breaking three-pointers in his collegiate days with Ateneo, was the one who shone the brightest for the Tropang Texters that night. He didn’t topscore […]

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COFFEE AND MILK MIX IT UP ANEW

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The Alaska Aces won their previous meeting but the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers seem to have established momentum and are ready for a big fightback as the two teams meet again in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Friday. The Mixers are coming […]

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MOMENTUM RIDERS

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Two teams coming out of confidence-building wins square off Friday in the 2014 PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup as Rain or Shine and Barako Bull both look to score back-to-back victories. Rain or Shine was the first team to put a dent on the Petron Blaze Boosters’ season as it scored a 99-85 overtime victory […]

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CHRISTMAS TAKEOVER AS GINEBRA GRABS SOLO LEAD

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For the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, it was a merry Christmas as they grabbed solo top spot in the team standings in the 2014 PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup with a 97-83 trouncing of the Petron Blaze Boosters Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ginebra coach Ato Agustin said, “Maganda yung binigay namin na gift […]

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Petron Blaze 83, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 97 – Dec. 25, 2013

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YEO TRIPLE DOUBLE LEADS AIR21 BOUNCE-BACK

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For the Air21 Express, this one is really a Christmas Day to remember. The Express gave themselves a special present in the form of a stirring 109-103 overtime triumph over the GlobalPort Batang Pier, one that provided them relief and hope entering the most crucial stages of the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup elimination round. […]

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Air21 109, GlobalPort 103 OT – Dec. 25, 2013

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CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE PBA

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013, will be the tenth time the Philippine Basketball Association is having games on Christmas Day. Air21 and GlobalPort clash in their elimination round rematch at 5:45 p.m. while Petron Blaze and Barangay Ginebra figure in a titanic clash of the league’s co-leaders in the 8 p.m. second game at the Mall […]

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COLOSSAL CHRISTMAS DAY BATTLE

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The much-anticipated Junmar Fajardo-Greg Slaughter clash will have to wait another game. It won’t happen this Christmas Day as Fajardo will have to rest his right knee that he injured towards the end of their practice Monday afternoon. Nevertheless, a slam-bang battle is expected as Petron Blaze and Barangay Ginebra fight for the solo lead […]

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YOUTH VERSUS EXPERIENCE

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That has always been the case when two teams bannered by stars on the opposite sides of their career spectrum square off. And rightfully so, that will be the underlying storyline when the Air21 Express take on the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the opener of the Christmas Day doubleheader of the 2014 PLDT myDSL PBA […]

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NO CHALLENGE IS TOUGH ENOUGH

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The road to a fourth straight Philippine Cup crown won’t be easy, but cat-quick guard Jason Castro is ready to face the challenge. Dishing off the gutsy all-around performance he’s known for amid some injuries to key personnel, the 5-8 Castro stood tallest despite the opposition to tow the Texters to three straight victories in […]

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