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MAKE-OR-BREAK

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RAIN or Shine is on a roll and intends on doing so. Petron Blaze is equally determined to avoid falling into a very deep hole that only a select few have dug themselves out of. Such are the overriding themes when the Elasto Painters and Boosters clash anew Saturday in their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine […]

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KINGS EQUALIZE

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Beaten in a close game the last time, Barangay Ginebra made it sure not to leave the same opening for San Mig Coffee in this game. The Kings returned, playing aggressive on both ends and outscoring the Mixers in every quarter for a 93-64 revenge win in Game Two of their PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine […]

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San Mig Coffee 64, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 93 – Jan. 31, 2014 (Game 2 of best-of-7 semis)

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A SHOT IN THE ARM FOR GILAS

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The Philippine Basketball Association yet again extended a helping hand to the national team. The PBA board of governors acceded to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ request for the league to revise the schedule of its current season so as to give the Nationals added window time to prepare for the 2014 World Cup in […]

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MIXERS BRACE FOR KINGS BOUNCE-BACK

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COACH Tim Cone knows his San Mig Super Coffee team escaped by the skin of its teeth in the opener of its PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup semifinal showdown with Barangay Ginebra. Cone also contends the Kings are about to pull out all stops Friday in a bid to fully put that numbing loss behind […]

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MARK BARROCA HAS TAKEN CENTER STAGE

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When San Mig Coffee rookie Justin Melton committed two crucial miscues in Game One of the best-of-seven semifinals series of the ongoing Philippine Cup against Barangay Ginebra, there was teammate Mark Barroca to save the day. Mark Barroca. It wasn’t too long ago when I was defending him in an article in Rebound magazine after […]

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ACES BRINGING BACK ROB DOZIER

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Best Import winner Robert Dozier is returning to spearhead Alaska Milk’s title-retention campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup which fires off March 7. “First week of February, he’ll already be here,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo of the prized import leading the Aces to a sweet sweep of the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the 2013 […]

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DEFENSE KEY FOR SAN MIG COFFEE

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Leading 1-0 in their best-of-seven semifinal against Barangay Ginebra, San Mig Coffee guard James Yap highlighted the importance of taking the first game of the series for the Mixers. “Crucial talaga yung Game 1 lagi eh,” he said. “Yun yung laging may advantage pag nakuha mo yung Game 1. Di natin maa-assure na yun na […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS TRAINING SKED IN PBA BOARD’S HANDS

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Members of the PBA board open themselves up for a dialogue with national coach Chot Reyes Thursday, a talk geared towards possibly easing the conflict of the PBA calendar with Gilas Pilipinas’ training program for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. “Coach Chot must first explain his plans and requirements, then we’ll discuss all these,” said […]

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ON PLAYOFF MODE

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Behind Mark Barroca’s heroics, San Mig Coffee drew first blood in their best-of-seven semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra last Tuesday, 85-83. But despite the endgame highlights, one of the reasons why the Mixers stayed that close to the Kings was because of Joe Devance. The former No. 1 draft pick carried the scoring load for San […]

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Petron Blaze 94, Rain or Shine 103 – Jan. 29, 2014 (Game 2 of best-of-7 semifinal)

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RAIN OR SHINE TAKES COMMANDING 2-0 LEAD

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Rain or Shine took a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven semifinals series at the 2014 PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup with a come-from-behind 103-94 Game 2 win over Petron Blaze Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. “We just carved out a hard win today. For a while, I thought it was a lost game, […]

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GOOD ENOUGH FOR GILAS: SONNY THOSS

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2014 is going to be a BIG year for Philippine basketball. This year will mark the first time two of our Philippine National Teams (Men’s and U17) will march onto the world stage and compete at the highest level of international hoops. Our very own Gilas Pilipinas squad will go to Spain and play in […]

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 83, San Mig Coffee 85 – Jan. 28, 2014 (Game 1 of best-of-7 semis)

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SAN MIG COFFEE NIPS GINEBRA FOR EARLY HEADSTART

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Mark Barroca couldn’t have chosen a better time to end his shooting slump in this game, firing the game-winner in San Mig Super Coffee’s 85-83 nail-biter over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at the start of their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup Final Four showdown at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Tuesday night. […]

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STICKING WITH THE PLAN

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PETRON Blaze appears to have been run to the ground by Rain or Shine at the start of their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series. That doesn’t mean the Boosters are about to make a drastic shift from their preferred game when they clash anew with the Elasto Painters 8 p.m. Wednesday  at the Mall of […]

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GOOD ENOUGH FOR GILAS: GREG SLAUGHTER

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2014 is going to be a BIG year for Philippine basketball. This year will mark the first time two of our Philippine National Teams (Men’s and U17) will march onto the world stage and compete at the highest level of international hoops. Our very own Gilas Pilipinas squad will go to Spain and play in […]

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Rain or Shine 103, Petron Blaze 95 – Jan. 27, 2014 (Game 1 of best-of-7 SF)

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GAME 1 TO RAIN OR SHINE

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RAIN or Shine’s teammanship came to the fore Monday to the chagrin of Petron Blaze. The Elasto Painters drew a collective balanced effort up and down their roster to stymie the Boosters, 103-95, at the start of their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at the Mall of Asia Arena. Pushing the ball whenever it could, […]

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MORE THAN GAME

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COACH Ato Agustin and the rest of his Barangay Ginebra San Miguel team were among those who avidly watched the San Mig Super Coffee-Alaska game last Sunday. What Agustin saw reinforced what he believes should be the key when his Kings and the Super Coffee Mixers start squaring off Tuesday for their PLDT myDSL PBA […]

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JARENCIO TAKES OVER GLOBALPORT COACHING REINS

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GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero has signed up Pido Jarencio as the new head coach of the Batang Pier. Jarencio stepped down as bench chieftain of the UST Tigers and then signed a two-year pact with GlobalPort. “Pido gave a letter of resignation today (Monday). We signed him to a two-year contract extendible,” said Romero. […]

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BACK-TO-BACK FOR BARROCA

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Heroes abound in San Mig Super Coffee’s quarterfinal knockout game victory over Talk ‘N Text on Sunday. But no one stood taller in that win-or-go-home Game Three match than 5-10 playmaker Mark Barroca. Barroca, a former Far Eastern University sentinel, pumped in eight of his team-high 18 points in the final period, pulled down a […]

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DEFENSE WILL BE KEY FOR BOOSTERS

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With Petron Blaze set to face Rain or Shine in a best-of-seven semifinals series in the 2014 PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup, Boosters swingman Chris Lutz believes that its going to be a tough draw facing the highly physical E-Painters. “Its going to be tough against Rain or Shine. They’re on a good roll right […]

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E-PAINTERS, BOOSTERS SETTLE SCORE IN GRUDGE SERIES

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Rain or Shine barely beat Petron Blaze, 99-95, in overtime in their elimination round tiff. And with that win, the Elasto Painters finished a game ahead of the Boosters at the close of the elims. In their most recent playoffs matchup in the last Governors’ Cup semifinals, however, Petron turned back Rain or Shine. The […]

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SAN MIG COFFEE COMPLETES FINAL 4

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San Mig Super Coffee dethroned three-time defending champion Talk n Text with a 90-82  thumping at the Cuneta Astrodome Sunday and claimed a seat in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. The Mixers took the series, 2-1, and joined Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Rain or Shine and Petron Blaze in the semis. They face […]

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San Mig Coffee 90, Talk ‘N Text 82 – Jan. 26 ’14 (Game 3 of best-of-3 QF)

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SEMIS OR BUST

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And the battle between three-time all-Filipino ruler Talk n Text and Governors’ Cup titlist San Mig Super Coffee boils down to one final game. The Tropang Texters fight for their “four-peat” drive while the Mixers stake their back-to-back championship aspirations as they square off in the deciding Game Three of their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine […]

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Alaska 95, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 108 – Jan. 25, 2014 (sudden-death QF)

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BIG WIN SENDS GINEBRA TO SEMIS

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel bounced back big from its Game 1 defeat and blasted Alaska, 108-95, in their winner-take-all quarterfinal game Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome to barge into the semifinals of the 2014 PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup. “I think yung intensity namin ay napakataas. We had a high intensity and the energy was […]

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CALVIN ABUEVA: SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS GOES BLING

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That’s the title of a Calvin and Hobbes book that I purposely paraphrased and lifted for this column on none other than Calvin Abueva. The man after all is like a huge kid let loose in a playground that is the Philippine Basketball Association. And the “scientific progress”? That would be the Alaska Aces. The […]

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Petron Blaze 107, Rain or Shine 100 – Jan. 24, 2014 (Game 2 of best-of-3 QF)

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JUDGMENT DAY FOR KINGS, ACES

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Five previous times, the Alaska Aces had been in the playoffs facing a team with a twice-to-beat advantage. Thrice, the Aces forced a do-or-die match, only to die with their upset bid each time. The Aces hope to finally complete a victory from a tight spot, trying to make history versus the top-seeded Barangay Ginebra […]

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PETRON BLAZE TO SEMIS

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For the second straight conference, Petron Blaze and Rain or Shine – and coach Gee Abanilla and mentor Yeng Guiao – will be up against one another in the Final Four. The Barako Bull Energy kept on charging back but the Boosters stayed on their feet and went for the kill, thus, arranging a semifinal […]

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TALK ‘N TEXT FORGES SUDDEN-DEATH SUNDAY AGAINST SAN MIG COFFEE

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Talk ‘N Text kept its composure in the endgame to take an 82-77 win over San Mig Coffee Friday, forcing a winner-take-all Game 3 in their best-of-three quarterfinals series in the 2014 PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. Jayson Castro had 12 of his 20 points in the second half to surge […]

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Talk ‘N Text 82, San Mig Coffee 77 – Jan. 24, 2014 (Game 2 of best-of-3 QF)

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PBA Top 5 Drives [Jan 24]

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THE BEAST IS BACK

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They say a man’s worth is seen on how he bounces back after numerous setbacks. If that’s the case, we can say that Calvin Abueva, mired in a season where he couldn’t seem to get going, has proven his worth. The hard-nosed forward did bounce back when his team needed him the most, powering Alaska […]

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GOING ALL OUT

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Last Tuesday, Petron Blaze coach Gee Abanilla became more convinced Barako Bull is a team that can’t be taken for granted. The Petron Blaze Boosters needed a big run in the fourth quarter to shake off the Energy and pull off a come-from-behind 101-88 victory in Game One of their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup […]

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TRUE METTLE

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IT WILL be a true character test time for San Mig Super Coffee and Talk N Text when they square up anew Friday in their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals duel at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Mixers can close the deal out with another victory in the 5:45 p.m. encounter but must first overcome […]

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ONE-GAME MINDSET FOR BIG BEAU

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Some people say history repeats itself, but when you’re in the bad side of that history, you have no choice but to learn from your mistakes and correct them once you’re faced with the same situation again. And that is what Rain or Shine did Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena, thumping GlobalPort, 106-96, […]

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