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ALL-FILIPINO MASTERS

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Talk n Text moved to the threshold of a return stint in PBA finals as the former Philippine Cup three-peat champ bested Rain or Shine in a game that turned to a virtual all-Filipino duel at the Cuneta Astrodome Wednesday night. Gilas Pilipinas mainstays Ranidel de Ocampo, Jayson Castro and Jimmy Alapag delivered the goods […]

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Talk ‘N Text 94, Rain or Shine 87 – April 30, 2014 (Game 2 of Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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COKE-MARIKINA NAILS 3RD STRAIGHT YOUNGSTARS WIN

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Marikina picked up its third straight win Tuesday to pace Group B in the 2014 Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars Basketball Tournament at the Ynares Center in Pasig. Alwyn Santos scored 15 points and Adolph Salinas added 14 as Marikina coasted past Quezon City, 62-54, opening a 23-6 first quarter lead and never looking back. QC, led by Earl Salazar with 19 points and […]

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ERRING REFEREES SANCTIONED

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In game 1 of the Talk N’ Text and Rain or Shine Semifinals on April 28, the game officials missed an out-of-bounds violation that should have given ball possession to Rain or Shine at the 22 second mark of the 4th quarter. In game 1 of the San Mig Super Coffee and Air 21 Semifinals […]

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HODGE, YENG FINED; TAHA, CHUA SWITCH TEAMS

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It was a busy afternoon in the PBA Office Tuesday. Commissioner Chito Salud met with a couple of players, a coach, received calls and huddled with his trusted lieutenants before motoring to the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Before the day was through, two big men have switched teams. Journeyman Yousef Taha was […]

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PERFECT FIT

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Air21 coach Franz Pumaren vividly remembers the first time he met the 6-foot-4 forward Sean Anthony. “I think about a year ago, we met in a function,” Pumaren recalls. “He was still with Barako then and I asked him if he wants to play for us if there’s an opportunity that I can get him. […]

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AIR21 NOT YET DONE

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And the incredible run of the playoff gatecrashers continued. With big games from the quartet of Wesley Witherspoon, Sean Anthony, Asi Taulava and Joseph Yeo, the Air21 Express sustained their breakthrough ride, jolting the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers, 103-100, in Game One of their PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinal showdown at […]

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Air21 103, San Mig Coffee 100 – April 29, 2014 (Game 1 of Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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ONE HOT SERIES

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Expect no love lost between the two squads when Talk ‘N Text and Rain or Shine once again clash in Game 2 of their best-of-five semifinal series in the 2014 PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup. With the conclusion of Game 1 featuring a heated argument between Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao and TNT import […]

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TO THE RESCUE

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Expect Jimmy Alapag to give his team the necessary jolt whenever the squad needs it. The 37-year-old playmaker came to the rescue for Talk ‘N Text as he was everywhere in the final canto of their semifinal opener against Rain or Shine Monday, drilling backbreaking triples, dishing dimes, and saving loose balls like his life […]

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REGULARS & FIRST-TIMERS TANGLE

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Take your pick: The perennial contenders versus the Final Four gate-crashers. San Mig Super Coffee and Air21 start their battle in the other side of the PBA April sizzlers Tuesday – a curious confrontation between the logical hands-down pick versus the sentimental favorite. The Mixers and the Express mix it up in Game One of […]

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TNT STUDS GO 1-2 IN STATS FOR BPC DERBY

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Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo ascended to the top of the statistical points list for the Best Player of the Conference after the quarterfinal phase of the 2014 PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The Blur had 30.2 statistical points (SP) to take the pole position after averaging 13.3 points, 3.7 […]

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ALAPAG TO THE RESCUE

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THERE’S nothing like a former MVP providing poise for his team in the crunch. That’s exactly what Jimmy Alapag did in stepping up when needed most and lifting Talk N Text to a 91-85 victory over Rain or Shine Monday at the start of their PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals duel at the […]

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Rain or Shine 85, Talk ‘N Text 91 – April 28, 2014 (Game 1 of Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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AWESOME TWOSOME

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Nobody gave Air21 a second look when the playoffs started, but Sean Anthony and ageless center Asi Taulava made sure the Express won’t be the same irrelevant franchise when they faced the second-seeded San Miguel Beermen in the quarterfinals. Anthony churned out career-high numbers in the quarterfinals while the 41-year-old Taulava showed he could still […]

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DOGFIGHT AT THE BIG DOME

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The last time Rain or Shine and Talk ‘N Text faced each other, it was April 9, when Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao was thousands of miles away on a business trip to the United States, and import Wayne Chism has been on a shortlist of reinforcements bound to be sent home after muffing a […]

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PERFECT TIME TO BREAK OUT OF SLUMP

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The real Peter June Simon finally showed up last Saturday as the Makilala, North Cotabato native got out of his scoring funk to deliver an array of jumpers and one-handers to finish with 21 points and lead San Mig Super Coffee to the semifinals by eliminating defending champion Alaska, 79-65, in their Game 3 encounter. […]

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THE ROCK IS STILL ROLLING

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You know you’ve come full circle once you slay a ghost from the past by making one of your own. Fifteen years since the top-seed Mobiline Phone Pals got downed by a miraculous Bal David game-winner, cementing more the credo of the Ginebra “never-say-die” spirit, Asi Taulava got his moment of retribution when he made […]

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SMC DETHRONES ALASKA, TREBLE BID ALIVE

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San Mig Coffee ended Alaska’s reign as PBA Commissioner’s Cup champ and continued its own march for a possible hat-trick as the Mixers clobbered the Aces, 79-65, in a knockout battle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday. The Mixers made a key run late in the first half curiously after a commotion that involved San […]

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San Mig Coffee 79, Alaska 65 – April 26, 2014 (Game 3 of a best-of-3 Quarterfinal)

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CHISM-LED RAIN OR SHINE BUNDLES OUT MERALCO

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Rain or Shine advanced to the semifinals with a nail-biting 97-96 overtime victory over Meralco Saturday in the 2014 PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The Elasto Painters, who got the best game in the conference so far from import Wayne Chism, won the best-of-three series against the Bolts, two […]

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Meralco 96, Rain or Shine 97 – April 26, 2014 (Game 3 of best-of-3 Quarterfinal)

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ACES, MIXERS FACE JUDGMENT DAY

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This side of a double-knockout Saturday will have one team marching on with high aspirations and another bidding its own lofty goal goodbye. Stakes are high as Alaska and San Mig Super Coffee clash in the deciding Game Three of their PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal faceoff at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Aces hope […]

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FIGHT FOR LIFE

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When the four-and-five quarterfinal matchup in the 2014 PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup drew Rain or Shine and Meralco, the public expected only one thing – that the series, regardless of how long would it stretch, would be an absolute dogfight. Two games down and a split count for the two protagonists later, and […]

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AIR21 STUNS SMB TO GRAB FINAL 4 SPOT

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Via a tough, tough route, Air21 made it to the PBA Final Four for the first time ever Friday night. The Express stunned the star-studded San Miguel Beer team two in a row, the second one in a double-overtime grind, to finally become PBA semifinal qualifiers since joining the league under the Shopinas banner in 2012. Even […]

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San Miguel Beer 95, Air21 101 2OT – April 25, 2014 (Sudden-death Quarterfinal)

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GUIAO FINED P100K FOR ENDGAME MISCONDUCT

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(Statement of Comm. Chito Salud) Upon review of the incident involving Meralco player Cliff Hodge and Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, the Office of the Commissioner finds that coach Guiao, after intentionally waiting for Hodge to come out of the playing premises, confronted Hodge about the hard foul that he committed toward the end […]

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P20K FINE FOR HODGE

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(Statement of Comm. Chito Salud) The foul committed by Meralco’ s Cliff Hodge on Rain or Shine’s Raymund Almazan at the 35 second mark of the fourth quarter of Game 2 of their Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series is hereby upgraded to a flagrant foul penalty 2 for being excessive and unnecessary. The review shows that […]

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EXPRESS GUNNING FOR MAJOR COUP

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In the “twice-to-beat” era of the Philippine Basketball Association, just nine teams have suffered the ignominy of bungling a “plus-one-game” advantage in this kind of playoff. It’s nine out of 72, and the San Miguel Beermen don’t want to fall into that group. Foiled in its first try, San Miguel takes its second shot at […]

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ADDITIONAL CONCESSIONS FOR EXPANSION TEAMS

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NLEX, Blackwater and Team Kia now have a bigger pool of players to their select players for the coming 2015 PBA season. The three expansion teams will have two venues to get prospective players – the Expansion Draft before the end of July and the Rookie Draft on Aug. 24. “The PBA Board has expanded the […]

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LET’S GET PHYSICAL

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The scoreboard might have read: Rain or Shine 102 Meralco 93 when the final buzzer of Game 2 sounded, but the most important scoreboard for the Elasto Painters is no less than the bigger picture, which reads: Series tied 1-1. And with the quarterfinals showdown between the E-Painters and the Bolts going to a sudden […]

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HODGE, COACH YENG SUMMONED

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Meralco forward Cliff Hodge isn’t going to go scot-free from his grievous foul on Rain or Shine rookie Raymond Almazan towards the end of their game Wednesday after all. Neither coach Yeng Guiao is getting away freely from his act at the end of the match. PBA commissioner Chito Salud has summoned both Hodge and Guiao to […]

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BREAKING DOWN AIR21’S HISTORIC PLAYOFF WIN VS. SMB

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It’s ironic that Air21 head coach Franz Pumaren mentioned that it is the 25th anniversary of the grand slam year of his old San Miguel ballclub. When Pumaren and his SMB teammates entered the PBA in the Open Conference of 1986, they won only two matches against 10 losses finishing at the bottom of the […]

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RAIN OR SHINE BOUNCES BACK

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No way the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters would lose this game. Beaten in a close battle Monday, the fourth-seeded E-Painters simply asserted themselves Wednesday night, whipping the fifth-ranked Meralco Bolts, 102-93, to force a deciding Game Three in their PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Rain or […]

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Rain or Shine 102, Meralco 93 – April 23, 2014 (Game 2 of best-of-3 Quarterfinal)

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SAN MIG COFFEE GRINDS OUT WIN TO STAY ALIVE

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San Mig Coffee forced a winner-take-all Game 3 affair in their quarterfinals series against Alaska with a come-from-behind 70-65 win Wednesday in the 2014 PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Nursing a bruised rib injury, Marc Pingris spearheaded an inspired San Mig Coffee squad with 17 points and 12 rebounds, to […]

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Alaska 65, San Mig Coffee 70 – April 23, 2014 (Game 2 of best-of-3 Quarterfinal)

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REAPING REWARDS

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With Talk ‘N Text earning the first ticket to the semifinals of the 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 97-84 rout of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel last Tuesday, Ranidel de Ocampo can’t help but relish this feat, especially since it is also the Tropang Texters’ 10th straight win and still undefeated in this short conference. […]

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PBA PRESS CORPS SEMINAR AT MERALCO

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As part of its give-back program to students, the PBA Press Corps will hold its first-ever Summer Journalism Workshop in partnership with Meralco on Thursday, April 24,  at the Seminar Hall, (Tech Services Bldg), Meralco Compound, Ortigas Ave., in Pasig City. Sixty delegates from three campuses – Polytechnic University of The Philippines-Sta.Mesa, EARIST as well […]

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LOOKING FOR BREAKTHROUGH

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In the last two PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Meralco won the opening battle of a best-of-three quarterfinal series but still ended up losing the war. In the same situation now, the Bolts hope to finally squeeze through and nail an elusive Final Four passage, going for the kill versus the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Wednesday […]

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