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GRAND SLAM TALKIN’

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After winning the last two conferences, San Mig Super Coffee coach Tim Cone felt like he was treading a familiar path. After all, back in 1996 he won a Grand Slam with the Alaska Milkmen. But as much as it sounds historic, Cone doesn’t want any of this to distract his wards. “Winning the Grand […]

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BATANG PIER HOPING TO LAND NO. 1 PICK

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Toiling at the end of the standings in the past season, GlobalPort will have a shot to get an immediate boost in the PBA Rookie Draft. And whether they get the No. 1 or the No. 2 pick will be known during halftime of Game 1 of the Governors’ Cup Finals between Rain or Shine […]

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TOUGH GRIND STARTS FOR GILAS PILIPINAS

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Two months before the World Cup in Spain, members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool gather Monday to start a serious buildup that, in a few days, sends them to a warm-up competition in Wuhan, China and later in a mini-invitational in Antibes, France. Their immediate target is to perform well in the FIBA Asia Cup […]

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EPITOMES OF TRUE WARRIORS & GENTLEMEN

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They are warriors, fierce combatants and, above all, true gentlemen. Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao and Alaska import Henry Walker demonstrated these characters through their just concluded PBA Governors’ Cup Final Four face-off. As the dust of battle settled, so did the animosity they felt toward one another in the course of the series. […]

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LEE EYES PAYBACK TIME

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Still fresh in Paul Lee’s mind is how San Mig Super Coffee toppled Rain or Shine in the Philippine Cup Finals, 4-2. Before that, the Tondo-bred spitfire, downed by injury, could only watch from the sidelines as his teammates subdued the Mixers in the 2012 Governors’ Cup. He wants none of those happening this time. […]

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RAIN OR SHINE SEALS FINALS REMATCH AGAINST SAN MIG COFFEE

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It’s San Mig Coffee-Rain or Shine Finals Part III. The Elasto Painters overcame Saturday night the gritty challenge of the badly crippled but fierce-fighting Alaska Milk Aces, carving out a nerve-wracking 97-94 victory to set up a third final showdown with the Mixers in seven conferences. Sans three key players, the Aces waged a whale […]

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Alaska 94, Rain or Shine 97 – June 28, 2014 (Game 5 of Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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BASTA LARO LANG KAMI – YAP

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Big games need big superstars to come through the biggest moments, and when San Mig Super Coffee’s Grand Slam bid was seriously threatened during Game 5 of their semifinal joust against Talk ‘N Text, a man known for his penchant to deliver the biggest blows once again carried the load and instigated the uprising for […]

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San Mig Coffee 93, Talk ‘N Text 87 – June 27, 2014 (Game 5 of a Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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SAN MIG TO FINALS, GRAND SLAM BID ALIVE

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WITH three flicks of his wrists halfway in the third quarter, James Yap took command of a Grand Slam bid that was slowly spinning out of control and sent it back on course. Facing a pressure zone defense that had them tied up and trailing by six, Yap wedged a three-point shot between a pair […]

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WALKER FINED P30K

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The Office of the Commissioner has imposed a P30,000 fine on Alaska import Henry Walker for his Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 infraction during Game 4 of the Alaska – Rain or Shine PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series Thursday. Walker, who was summoned by Commissioner Chito Salud to his Office Friday afternoon, was […]

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SUDDEN DEATH SATURDAY

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From mid-2008 through Thursday night, Alaska and Rain or Shine have been engaged in a fierce rivalry of their own, evenly splitting their 28 head-on matches. And it’s a tough call as the Aces and the Elasto Painters meet Saturday in a sudden death for the second berth in the PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup finale. They play […]

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JUDGMENT FRIDAY

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Talk ‘N Text dug itself out of a 0-2 hole and was able to level the series 2-2 with a nail-biting 84-81 overtime victory over San Mig Super Coffee last Wednesday. Less than forty eight hours later, the two teams tangle again in the winner-take-all Game 5, and TNT coach Norman Black believes that the […]

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BIG BUCKETS FROM BIG BEAU

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“Swerte.” That’s all Beau Belga could say after Rain or Shine forced a do-or-die Game 5 in their best-of-five semifinal series against Alaska with a 123-121 overtime victory in the 2014 PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Thursday. “Swerte kami in a way na para sa akin, talo na kami eh,” he said, recounting […]

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Rain or Shine 123, Alaska 121 OT – June 26, 2014 (Game 4 of Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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RAIN OR SHINE EXTENDS SERIES WITH OT WIN

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Rain or Shine beat out Alaska in an epic battle of wills Thursday night, grinding out a 123-121 win in overtime to force a deciding Game Five in their PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal faceoff at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. AZ Reid, Paul Lee and Beau Belga gave the Elasto Painters tremendous lift in the […]

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FROM EXPRESS TO EXPRESSWAY

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Metro Pacific Investments Corporation has come to terms with Airfreight 2100, Inc., paving the way for NLEX to take over the Air21 franchise next season. Originally accepted as an expansion team, NLEX took a different route and purchased the Express franchise. “I am pleased to announce that today, the PBA Board of Governors approved unanimously […]

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ACES GUN FOR 1ST FINALS BERTH

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One game separates the Alaska Aces from doing the Last Dance in their first tourney under their rookie bench chieftain Alex Compton and his Aces try to hurdle that last obstacle, going for the kill versus the beleaguered Rain or Shine team in the fourth game of their PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-five […]

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Talk ‘N Text 84, San Mig Coffee 81 OT – June 25, 2014 (Game 4 of Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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TNT FORCES KO MATCH

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Talk n Text clipped San Mig Super Coffee in overtime, 84-81, to forge a Game 5 in their PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday. “We did what we had to do, and it’s just to fight another day. And now, it all comes down to Friday,” said […]

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AFTER ALL THE DISAPPOINTMENTS, IS JUNE MAR STILL A LEGIT MVP CHOICE?

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The Boosters/Beermen started the season with a lot potential. Arwind Santos, last year’s MVP, was bound to continue being a solid contributor. Marcio Lassiter was due to break out. Chris Ross was in the roster to improve the Boosters’ playmaking. And, of course, June Mar Fajardo, after his experience in the 2013 FIBA Asia Tournament […]

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FINDING HIS NICHE

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Familiarity with the system really helps, and for some, it works to their advantage as the coach asks them to do specific jobs in crucial situations during the game. That familiarity really helped Vic Manuel, as the sophomore, who has already been a part of four teams in his short career as a pro, has […]

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Alaska 104, Rain or Shine 94 – June 24, 2014 (Game 3 of Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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ALASKA SURGES AHEAD, FINALS WITHIN REACH

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Henry Walker didn’t practice and had his injured elbow iced Monday. Voila, he returned playing with controlled emotions and with steady hands propelling the Alaska Aces to the doorstep of a first Finals after their 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title run. Walker played above the pain and the physicality of the game, coming through with 26 […]

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TEXTERS OUT TO FOIL MIXERS ANEW

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TALK N Text has shown its capacity to come up with the kind of game coach Norman Black wants. It’s now time to see if the Tropang Texters can continue to foil San Mig Super Coffee’s bid to put a quick ending to their PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Wednesday at the Smart Araneta […]

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GARCIA – JENSEN TRADE OK’D

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The Office of the Commissioner approved Tuesday a one-on-one trade that moved rookie court general RR Garcia of GlobalPort to Barako Bull in exchange for sophomore frontliner Keith Jensen. The swap marks the breakup of the Garcia – Terrence Romeo backcourt tandem, which first gave opposing teams the fits while playing for the FEU Tamaraws […]

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JUST DOING HIS PART

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JOE Devance has played in numerous playoff wars that taking big shots in a game is no longer new to him. Aware that gunners James Yap and Peter June Simon are still not 100 percent, Devance turned from a mere role player and facilitator, to the chief offensive threat, on the way to leading San […]

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San Mig Coffee 86, Talk ‘N Text 112 – June 23, 2014 (Game 3 of Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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TALK N TEXT ANSWERS BACK

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Don’t count out Talk n Text just yet. Battling for survival, the Tropang Texters  responded bigtime, whipping San Mig Super Coffee, 112-86, in Game 3 of their PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Monday. Talk ‘N Text evaded the broom and sliced the Coffee Mixers’ series lead to […]

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DESIRE, DETERMINATION TO DECIDE GAME 3

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Squared up after two games, Rain or Shine and Alaska slug it out for the pivotal 2-1 lead in Game 3 of their PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-five semifinal showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night. Shove here, push there and hard fouls practically all over the floor marked Game Two of the series. […]

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MIXERS GO FOR CLINCHER

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San Mig Super Coffee will go for the jugular and will try to inch its way closer to the Grand Slam as it collides with Talk ‘N Text in Game 3 of their best-of-five semifinal series in the 2014 PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We got a lot of help […]

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FALLING 0-2 WASN’T AN OPTION FOR REID

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After dropping Game 1 of its best-of-five semifinal series in the 2014 PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup against Alaska, Arizona Reid didn’t want to drop another game which would drop Rain or Shine in a 0-2 hole. “It’s a playoff series. We knew we had to come out and play hard. Going down 0-2 […]

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ROS STOPS ALASKA RUN, SERIES TIED 1-1

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Their six-game streak halted by Alaska the last time, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters returned the favor and took their turn to snap the Aces’ own searing run. Beaten at endgame Friday, the Elasto Painters came back playing A-1 basketball throughout and foiled the Aces’ attempt to take a cmanding lead in the series. […]

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Rain or Shine 99, Alaska 87 – June 22, 2014 (Game 2 of Best-of-5 Semifinal)

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MARC PINGRIS ON DIGGING DEEP, THE MIAMI HEAT AND GARY DAVID

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Marc Pingris missed the press conference for the Master Game Face Challenge, a charity exhibition basketball match at the ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel in plush Makati. The San Mig Coffee Mixers had a late practice. But the Coffee Mixers’ power forward followed for the dinner where items for auctioned off for the benefit of […]

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SUSTAINING THE INTENSITY

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Alaska is now on a five-game roll since its 51-point blowout by Rain or Shine. Instead of sulking, the Aces did the right thing, taking the embarrassing defeat to heart and using it as an inspiration in a drive that has brought them to where they are now. The Elasto Painters intend to do the […]

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SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE UP 2-0

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It was a defensive masterpiece as San Mig Super Coffee took a commanding 2-0 series lead over Talk ‘N Text with a 93-85 victory in their PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-five semifinals Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Marqus Blakely was phenomenal in the game as he did everything for the Coffee Mixers […]

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Talk ‘N Text 85, San Mig Coffee 93 – June 21, 2014 (Game 2 of best-of-5 Semifinal)

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WALKER STILL ISN’T SATISFIED

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With the game tied at 93 in the final minute, Henry Walker posted up Rain or Shine counterpart Arizona Reid, spun to the right and threw a fadeaway baseline jumper which hit nothing but net to give Alaska a 95-93 edge in the final 49.3 seconds. After trading misses in the following sequences, the ball […]

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GAME 1 TO ALASKA

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Alaska erased the stigma of a 51-point massacre by Rain or Shine in the eliminations as the Aces, with a tremendous inside attack and strong finish, topped the Elasto Painters, 97-93, in the opener of their PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-five semifinal showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night. Henry Walker, Sonny […]

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