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MERALCO OPTS FOR BIG INSIDE OPERATOR

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With Brian Butch still in sick bay, Meralco has tapped the services of Darnell Jackson. The 6-foot-9 Jackson will debut for the Bolts on Wednesday as Meralco crosses paths with the struggling Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. “He’s massive, big, and has a totally different game (from Butch),” said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio. “He has a […]

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TALK N TEXT SECURES NO. 1 SEED

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Talk n Text definitely took to heart a lesson learned in the last conference. Beaten in a best-of-three quarterfinals showdown in the PBA Philippine Cup, the Tropang Texters won’t allow themselves to be back in that precarious position in the Commissioner’s Cup. The target: A Top Two finish in the eliminations for the crucial twice-to-beat […]

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San Mig Super Coffee 75, Talk ‘N Text 81 – March 31, 2013 (Elims)

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FIRST GAME, FIRST WIN FOR CHISM WITH RAIN OR SHINE

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His PBA debut might have been delayed a little but Wayne Chism proved that he deserved his second chance in the Philippines as he debuted in style for Rain or Shine on Monday, leading the Elasto Painters to a 24-point beatdown of GlobalPort, 99-75, in the 2014 PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the […]

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GlobalPort 75, Rain or Shine 99 – March 31, 2014 (Elims)

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ROOKIE DIARY: IAN SANGALANG

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On my first year as a pro… Naka-champion na ako. Nakakuha kami ng momentum, kaya ngayong second conference, nakukuha ko na yung confidence na binibigay ng mga teammates ko at mga coaching staff na nakakatulong sa akin. Dahil sa kanila, gumaganda yung laro ko. I learned from the veterans that… Sobrang laki ng mga natutunan […]

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TEXTERS GO FOR ‘TWICE-TO-BEAT’ EDGE

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Talk n Text has been so dominant that it has a shot at an outright Top Two finish with the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round just entering the homestretch. The unbeaten pacesetter Tropang Texters go for victory No. 7 and a guaranteed twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals as they tangle with the San Mig Coffee […]

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E-PAINTERS EXPECTING CHISM PAYOFF

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RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao knew he was taking a big gamble when he decided to replace import Alexander McLean with Wayne Chism. Guiao and his Elasto Painters now see if the gamble pays off when they tackle GlobalPort Monday in the PLDT Home Tvolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. A win […]

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ACES DOWN BEERMEN WITH STRONG FINISH

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BINAN, Laguna – Alaska, coming from a 12-day break, dragged San Miguel Beer to a defensive battle in the first half before letting loose its offensive firepower to stun the Beermen, 89-78, in a PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup road game at the Alonte Sports Arena here Saturday. The Aces saved their best for […]

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Alaska 89, San Miguel Beer 78 (Binan, Laguna game) – March 29, 2014 (Elims)

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THE TOP FIVE SHOOTING GUARDS RIGHT NOW (MARCH 29, 2014)

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With each team now having played at least three games, the time is right for us to, once again, look at the top off-guards in Asia’s best play-for-pay league. What makes this a little different than previous posts is that the stats will be culled from only the Commissioner’s Cup and not for the entire […]

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ROOKIE DIARY: PING EXCIMINIANO

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In my first stint in the PBA, I learned… Yung pagiging pisikal, yung pagiging magulang. Kaya everyday sa practice, inaalam ko kila kuya Dondon Hontiveros yung pagiging madiskarte. Sa practice kasi, laging hawakan eh, pisikal. Kaya yun yung mga gusto kong matutunan pa. My favorite moment as a pro was… Yung game ko against Air21. […]

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BEERMEN BATTLE ACES IN BINAN

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Except for his team being a lot fresher, Alaska coach Luigi Trillo believes everything favors San Miguel Beer in their matchup in the Petron Blaze Saturday Special in Binan, Laguna. Trillo insists they face tall odds in the Alaska-SMB tussle at 5 p.m. at the Alonte Sports Arena. San Miguel pursues its Top Two drive […]

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FEELING HIS WAY IN

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In his first game for Air21, Wesley Witherspoon had a roaring debut – 44 points and nine rebounds, and at the same time, shocking their opponents, the Meralco Bolts. That was until the defense clamped down on him and slowly chucked their 20-point lead, and in the end, blew the Express in the end game. […]

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ROOKIE DIARY: JUSTIN CHUA

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In my first conference in the PBA… It didn’t start out well, pero in the latter part ng conference, I got my confidence back at nabibigyan na ako ng chance maglaro. I was happy, so hopefully, I could produce more and play better. I learned from the veterans… Tinuruan nila ako ng mga tips, kasi […]

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THE ENDGAME

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Last Wednesday’s PBA matches saw the endgame go down to a couple of coaching decisions that told on the results. The first match of the double header saw Rain or Shine repulse a late rally by the Meralco Bolts, 96-79. With import Brian Butch suffering from a malady that left him severely weakened (he was […]

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COMPRESSED GOVS CUP PAVES WAY FOR GILAS’ ASIA CUP STINT

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There’s no more hindrance in Gilas Pilipinas’ plan to compete in the fifth FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China ahead of the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. The Philippine Basketball Association cleared the way for coach Chot Reyes and his team as the PBA Board of Governors gave its nod on the proposal to […]

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PBA ROOKIE LADDER AS OF MARCH 26, 2014

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This month’s edition of the PBA Rookie Ladder will be a little different. Instead of looking at the rookies’ stats for the entire season, we will only rank them based on their stats for the current conference. Now that every team has played at least three games (It’s the morning of March 26 as I […]

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BOARD TACKLES GILAS ISSUE

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The pro league looks at ways to be of more help to the World Cup-bound Gilas Pilipinas as the PBA Board of Governors convenes in another meeting at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City Thursday. To be discussed specifically is the idea of Board chairman Mon Segismundo for the league to let Gilas Pilipinas […]

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GREAT FIT

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After an early hiccup in his first game with the Beermen, Kevin Jones has led San Miguel Beer to three straight victories in the 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. And it is evident that the 24-year-old has already made great strides jelling with his new teammates. “I’m very happy with my team,” Jones said. “We play […]

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NO AXE TO GRIND

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Is Willie Miller sending a statement with his double-double performance in Barako Bull’s 92-90 win over San Mig Coffee last Tuesday? A regular fixture and the chief jester during the All-Star Weekend, the two-time MVP missed the cut this year and was relegated to the Greats versus Stalwarts game. But for Miller, it’s not an […]

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Air21 97, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 95 – March 26. 2014 (Elims)

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AIR21 SQUEAKS PAST GINEBRA

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After blowing away a 20-point lead in a numbing loss to Meralco the last time out, Air21 returned playing tough throughout and pulled the rug from under Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 97-95, in the PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. Wesley Witherspoon struggled for only 25 points in […]

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RAIN OR SHINE GETS BACK ON TRACK

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If Wednesday’s game proved to be Alexander McLean’s swan song for the Elasto Painters, consider this stint to be a happy ending. With a foot already out of the door, McLean proved to be a steady operator for Rain or Shine as they came away with a 96-79 win over Meralco in the 2014 PLDT […]

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Rain or Shine 96, Meralco 79 – March 26, 2014 (Elims)

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WAITING GAME FOR EXPANSION APPLICANTS

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After meeting with the applicants’ top brass Monday, PBA commissioner Chito Salud will now dissect the figures and collate the results of his inquiry so he can then submit them to the Board of Governors submitted for their perusal. In successive meetings, Salud and the PBA ManComm personally met with officials of Columbian Autocar Corp., […]

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THE PBA’S BEST OF THE WEEK: MARCH 19-24, 2014

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This is the second post in what I hope will be a regular series about the best performers for every week in the PBA. Unlike the NBA, our local pro circuit doesn’t really have any citations for Player of the Week and other similar accolades, so this is something that I hope will satiate fans […]

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EXPRESS ACHING TO BOUNCE BACK

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The Air21 Express see a lot of positive vibes in their stinging defeat to the Meralco Bolts the last time out, and they’re eager to convert it to “W” in their game against the Barangay Ginebra Kings Wednesday. For coach Franz Pumaren and his troops, the biggest good vibe is new import Wesley Witherspoon. They […]

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McLEAN PLAYS OUT SWAN SONG VS. BOLTS

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ALEXANDER McLean now has a chance to make his short stint for Rain or Shine a very memorable one. McLean should pull out all stops when he suits up for the Elasto Painters for the last time when they collide with Meralco at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in the PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart […]

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BARAKO BULL STUNS SAN MIG COFFEE

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Barako Bull came back from a 16-point grave and escaped with a 92-90 nail-biter against San Mig Super Coffee Tuesday,  blemishing the Mixers’ perfect record in the 2014 PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Ronjay Buenafe canned two nerve-wracking free throws in the final 7.2 seconds to give the Energy a […]

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San Mig Coffee 90, Barako Bull 92 – March 25, 2014

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HIGH SCORING IMPORT?

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Watching the recent match between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Talk ‘N Text, there was a sequence when the Tropang Texters’ Kelly Williams was guarding opposing import Leon Rodgers. The former Northern Illinois Husky tried his best to spin around Williams who gave him no quarter. The 6’5” Rodgers forced up a shot against Williams […]

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TNT’S ROCK

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Six games into the Commissioner’s Cup, Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black is convinced that Ranidel de Ocampo’s long range shooting could easily complement import Richard Howell’s inside game. The 6-6 De Ocampo actually flaunted his outside shooting during the team’s two-game schedule this past week. The former St. Francis of Assissi Doves forward banged […]

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NOT A TIME TO LOSE FOCUS

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Coach Tim Cone is convinced Barako Bull is a dangerous opponent that his team San Mig Super Coffee can’t look beyond them. “Barako is a team whose record is very deceiving. They could easily be 4-1 than the opposite, and they are enhanced by a prolific import,” said Cone, urging his team not to take […]

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San Miguel Beer 109, GlobalPort 92 – March 24, 2014 (Elims)

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SAN MIGUEL BEER WHIPS GLOBALPORT

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The San Miguel Beermen won’t let the past haunt them. With former SMB cog Jay Washington scoring 12 points in the first half and Alex Cabagnot stabilizing the ship on the other end, GlobalPort kept the game close for the first two quarters, 47-42. But the second half was a different story altogether. Leaning behind […]

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MOST FEARED BEARD

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Six games into the Philippine Cup, Talk ‘N Text head coach Norman Black is convinced Ranidel de Ocampo’s long range shooting could easily complement import Richard Howell’s inside game. The 6-5 De Ocampo actually flaunted his outside shooting during the team’s two-game schedule this past week. The former St. Francis of Assisi Doves forward banged […]

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PBA EXPANSION: OPPORTUNITY OR THREAT?

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Let me get one thing straight – I am all for expansion and, in fact, I believe it’s a little overdue. The benefits of having a bigger PBA are not lost on any observer or fan of Asia’s first play-for-pay cage league. On the surface, it means more jobs for players, coaches, managers, and pretty much every […]

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‘WE’RE NOT WHERE WE WANT TO BE’ – ALAPAG

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Six straight wins to start the conference and top the league might have given Talk ‘N Text a big head start against its competition. But for their team captain Jimmy Alapag, he doesn’t want to get blinded by their early success. “To be honest, 6-0 doesn’t mean anything to us,” he said after their 94-87 […]

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DUE DILIGENCE ON APPLICANTS

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Commissioner Chito Salud will meet with top officials of the three companies bidding to become expansion teams in time for the PBA’s 40th year Monday. In separate meetings, the lawyer league chieftain will personally talk to bosses of Columbia Autocars, Blackwater Sports and NLEX Road Warriors to ask pertinent questions on various matters, including finances […]

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