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RR RARING TO PROVE HIS REAL WORTH IN NEW HOME

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After an uneventful rookie season with GlobalPort, RR Garcia looks forward to new opportunities with Barako Bull. Traded on June 20 in a one-on-one deal for Keith Jensen, the 24-year-old playmaker hopes that he’ll do better in his new home. “Sa akin siguro, dun ako mabibigyan ng break talaga kasi nalipat ako,” he said. “Sa […]

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THINGS WE LEARNED IN THE 2014 FIBA ASIA CUP – PART 2

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By all intents and purposes, our third place finish in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China was historic. It was the first time a Philippine team finished on the podium in the biennial event, after all. We finished with a 5-1 record, losing only to eventual champions Iran in the semifinals. We swept […]

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LOOKING AT THE KIA EXPANSION DRAFT

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One of the biggest noisemakers in terms of PBA news (outside the San Mig Coffee Grand Slam) is the entry of KIA Motors in the country’s pro basketball league due to the presence of Manny Pacquiao as its (playing?) coach. With Pacquiao throwing his name into the hat of draft hopefuls, one wonders if anyone […]

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THINGS WE LEARNED IN THE 2014 FIBA ASIA CUP – PART 1

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By all intents and purposes, our third place finish in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China was historic. It was the first time a Philippine team finished on the podium in the biennial event, after all. We finished with a 5-1 record, losing only to eventual champions Iran in the semifinals. We swept […]

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LAST CALL FOR PBA D-LEAGUE PARTICIPANTS

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All parties interested in joining the PBA D-League for the coming Aspirants’ Cup only have until Wednesday, July 30, to submit their letters of intent to the PBA Commissioner’s Office. So far, Café France, Racal Motorsales Corp., Wangs Basketball and Jumbo Plastic Linoleum have already confirmed their participation for the league’s first conference which starts […]

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THE TOP FIVE PBA CENTERS OF THE 2014 SEASON

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There are several good centers in the PBA, but only a select few are in the upper echelon. In fact, there are three centers among the league’s five most efficient players. Naturally, all three are on this list. Strangely enough, though, two of those centers are still among the league’s up-and-coming cagers, while the other […]

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NLEX STARTS YOUTH MOVEMENT

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On the heels of another busy day for new team NLEX Road Warriors, team consultant Allan Gregorio bared that the trades they made are part of the team’s plan to go younger and prepare for their future as they start their journey in the 40th season of the PBA. NLEX traded starting shooting guard Joseph […]

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NLEX BUSY ON TRADING FLOOR; YEO TO GINEBRA

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Newcomer NLEX has started laying the groundwork for a more competitive team in the years to come, and perhaps for a faster route to the top. The Road Warriors, six-time PBA D-League champs, shipped veteran slasher Joseph Yeo to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel for the Kings’ 2015 first round Draft pick. Next, they swapped picks […]

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FONACIER OUT AS GILAS LEAVES FOR MIAMI

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Five weeks before the start of the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, Gilas Pilipinas leaves the country Friday, flying to Miami for a four-day boot camp to start the final stage of its buildup for the World meet. Gilas coach Chot Reyes said the team is upbeat though deprived of two good matches on the […]

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PRINGLE, BANCHERO HEAD FIL-FOREIGN DRAFT HOPEFULS

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Guards Stanley Pringle and Chris Banchero headline the list of Fil-foreigners who have applied for the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft. The 6-foot-1 Pringle is being eyed by GlobalPort as the number one pick in this year’s Draft. A former Penn State University standout, the 27-year-old Pringle has played around the world, having had stints in […]

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LOOKING AT BLACKWATER AFTER THE EXPANSION DRAFT

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Now that the expansion draft is done, let’s grade first the selection of Blackwater Sports that will be coached by former Ginebra San Miguel great Leo Isaac. Center: Danny Ildefonso, JP Erram, Bryan Faundo, Power Forward: Eddie Laure, Gilbert Bulawan Small Forward: JR Cawaling, Norman Gonzales,  Bam Gamalinda Shooting Guard: Alex Nuyles, Robby Celiz Point […]

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REFUND FOR LAST HOME STAND TICKET HOLDERS

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To facilitate the process of refunding tickets, ticket holders for the July 22nd and July 23rd events must follow these simple procedures: Tickets holders who bought their tickets from Ticketnet outlets may claim their cash refund at the Ticketnet Box Office at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Yellow Gate starting July 24, from 10 am to 8 […]

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MOORE, STILL AND ENGELLAND CHERISH DAYS IN PHL

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Before the naturalization of Marcus Douthit and later on, Andray Blatche, a group of American athletes were naturalized during the mid-1980s, among them Chip Engelland, Jeff Moore and Dennis Still, who played for the Philippine men’s basketball squad backed by Northern Consolidated of Amb. Danding Cojuangco. Moore and Still were part of the last Philippine […]

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THE TOP FIVE PBA POWER FORWARDS OF THE 2014 SEASON

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Being a power forward in the PBA is a little difficult simply because the position is just so loaded with talent. Proof? Four guys on this list are among the ten most efficient players in the entire league. That just tells you how top-heavy this spot is for PBA teams. In this list, we have […]

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LEE’S ENDGAME HEROICS HAND GILAS ASIA CUP BEST FINISH

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Paul Lee turned defeat into victory as the Rain or Shine stalwart worked on a brilliant play in the dying seconds and, with three charities with no time left, lifted Gilas Pilipinas past China, 80-79, in a duel for third place in the fifth FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China Saturday night. With the endgame […]

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THE TOP FIVE PBA SMALL FORWARDS OF THE 2013-2014 SEASON

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The small forward position hasn’t been the most productive in recent times, what with the advent of talented big men and the continued influx of highly-skilled playmakers and off-guards. Gone are the days of guys like Danny Seigle, Lordy Tugade, and Vergel Meneses continuously dominating the scoreboards and filling the stat-sheets. Nowadays, PBA SFs have […]

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IRAN STILL A PUZZLE FOR GILAS

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Gilas Pilipinas’ miseries in its personal duel with Iran still won’t end yet. The Nationals started on the wrong foot with naturalized center Marcus Douthit drawing two quick fouls, and hardly got into the groove in a 55-76 loss to the Iranians in the semifinals of the fifth FIBA Asia Cup at the Wuhan Sports […]

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PACQUIAO SUBMITS APPLICATION FOR ROOKIE DRAFT

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It’s official. World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao wants to be part of the rookie grab bag when the PBA holds its Rookie Draft on August 24 at Midtown Robinson’s Place Manila. Pacquiao has declared his intention to the enter the pros when his application for the Draft was submitted by KIA’s Joe Ramos […]

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KIA, BLACKWATER BEGIN FORMING TEAMS; DANNY I TOP EXPANSION PICK

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Expansion squads KIA and Blackwater Sports have started forming their teams, selecting 12 players each in the Expansion Draft held at the Microtel by Windham in Eastwood Friday. With the rotational brownouts forcing the league to transfer from the PBA Office to the nearby hotel, the two teams picked players from the unprotected list submitted […]

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GILAS ADVANCES TO FINAL 4

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Gilas Pilipinas buckled down to work in the middle quarters and built enough lead to overcome a faltering windup as the Filipinos topped the Indian side, 70-66, to advance to the FIBA Asia Cup Final Four at the Wuhan Sports Centre in Wuhan, China Thursday night. Ranidel de Ocampo, Paul Lee and Marcus Douthit provided the spunk […]

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PACQUIAO LIKELY NO-SHOW IN EXPANSION DRAFT

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Manny Pacquiao is unlikely to take part in his first official league activity as Kia Motors head coach. The Pambansang Kamao is a doubtful participant in Friday’s Expansion Draft after his wife, Jinkee, fell ill, needing the attention of the doting family man. “Hindi makaka-attend si Manny. Kailangan niya kasi bantayan misis niya, may sakit […]

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VERSATILE PLAYER INAALOK SA IBA

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Balisa ngayon ang isang player matapos makarating sa kanyang kaaalaman na may ilang buwan na pala siyang inaalok ng kanyang koponan sa ibang teams. Pero payo nga sa kanya ng mga kaibigan, pag-igihan ang paglalaro sa bagong hamon ng kanyang karir upang tumaas ang kanyang stock. Hindi malayong ma-trade ang player na ito dahil may […]

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KAKAIBANG EXPANSION DRAFT

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Biyernes na itinakda sa PBA Office sa Libis, Quezon city ang Expansion Draft para sa mga bagong koponan na Kia Motors at Blackwater Sports. Ang aktibidad na ito ay normal na ginagawa kapag may mga bagong miyembro na papasok. Noong isang linggo ay matahimik nang inabot ng PBA sa Kia at Blackwater ang listahan ng mga players na wala sa protected […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS SCRAPES PAST JORDAN, TOPS GROUP

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Paul Lee and Ranidel de Ocampo combined for a remarkable 7-of-11 three-point shooting but Gilas Pilipinas still walked the tightrope before nipping Jordan, 71-70, to top Group B in the preliminary round of the fifth FIBA Asia Cup at the Wuhan Sports Centre in Wuhan, China Tuesday. Lee and De Ocampo hit the game’s biggest […]

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GILAS PILIPINAS ROLLS PAST SINGAPORE

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Gilas Pilipinas started and finished with a flurry as it whipped Singapore, 74-57, for a second straight win in the fifth FIBA Asia Cup at the Wuhan Sports Centre in Wuhan, China Monday. Gary David and Paul Lee top scored with 10 points apiece with nine other Gilas players putting in their share as coach […]

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GILAS TO BUILD MOMENTUM VS. SINGAPORE

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With a good warm-up against Chinese Taipei Saturday, Gilas Pilipinas is likely to pick up its game and nail a second straight win versus lowly Singapore at the resumption of the fifth FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China Monday. The Nationals play the Singaporeans at 2:45 p.m., looking to build momentum going to their anticipated […]

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SWEET REVENGE, GOOD START FOR GILAS PILIPINAS

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WUHAN – A gunslinger by the name of John Paul Dalistan made an impact as Gilas Pilipinas got to a triumphant start in the fifth FIBA Asia Cup Saturday, scrambling past old rival Chinese Taipei, 78-64, at the Wuhan Sports Centre here. Dalistan, the official passport name of Rain or Shine stalwart Paul Lee, sparkled […]

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YOUNG TALENTS HIGH ON BLACKWATER’S WISH LIST

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A young team with fresh legs and a positive outlook. That is how Blackwater Sports team manager Johnson Martines views the makeup of the Elite as it prepares for its inaugural campaign in the PBA next season. And in anticipation of the Expansion Draft slated next Friday at the PBA Office, he said that the […]

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PROTECT 12 OR 13

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Matagal nang napag-desisyunan ng PBA Board ang pagbibigay ng flexible scheme sa sampung existing teams ng liga ukol sa bilang ng mga players na kanilang po-protektahan. Bagama’t nauna nang lumabas ang katagang ‘protect 12’, sinabi ni PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial na hindi ito ang pinal na napagkasunduan sa loob ng Board room. “Ano […]

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GILAS EYES PAYBACK TIME AT WUHAN

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Gilas Pilipinas will be out for revenge and redemption as it takes on Chinese Taipei to start its campaign in the fifth FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China on Saturday afternoon. For the Nationals’ shocking loss to the Taiwanese during the group plays in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena rankles to […]

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THE TOP FIVE PBA SHOOTING GUARDS OF THE 2014 SEASON

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First off, congratulations to the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers for bagging not just the Governors’ Cup crown but also the elusive PBA Grand Slam. Of course, one of the main reasons the Mixers prevailed was superb shooting guard James Yap, who drilled in 29 points in the title-clinching fifth and final game of their […]

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PERFECT BLEND

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The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers might not have the best, deepest talent in the league, but they’ve got a set of players all too willing to play under a system. Put in the coaching and leadership brilliance of Tim Cone, and what San Mig Coffee has got is a great, winning mix – err, […]

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FINALS MVP: WHO ELSE, BUT BIG GAME JAMES!

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James Yap was so determined in this huge battle, his spirit won’t wane even a bit, fatigued and all at crunch time. The San Mig Super Coffee star came through with a personal conference high of 29 points in the game of their lives, leading the Mixers to a grand slam-clinching 92-89 win over the […]

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SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE NAILS GOVS’ CUP, COVETED GRAND SLAM

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Coach Tim Cone could barely remember the first time he won a Grand Slam with Alaska way back in 1996. Eighteen years later, he replicated the feat, anchoring the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers to their 13th conference title. In front of 23.234 cheering fans inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum and against a very tough […]

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PACMAN SASALI NA SA ROOKIE DRAFT

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Nakatakda nang magsumite ng kanyang aplikasyon sa PBA Rookie Draft si Pinoy ring sensation Manny Pacquiao. Ayon sa team manager ng Kia Motors, kung saan siya ay pinangalanan nang head coach, hinihintay na lamang niya ang hudyat ni Pacman para kanya nang isumite sa PBA Commissioner’s Office sa Libis, Quezon City ang Draft application nito. […]

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Rain or Shine 89, San Mig Coffee 92 – July 9, 2014 (Game 5 of Best-of-5 Finals)

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GILAS PILIPINAS OFF TO WUHAN THURSDAY FOR FIBA ASIA CUP

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Newly crowned PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and eight other PBA stars lead the Gilas Pilipinas group leaving for Wuhan, China early Thursday morning to compete in the fifth FIBA Asia Cup set July 11-19. Jay Washington, Paul Lee and Beau Belga make their first tour of duty with the national team, teaming up with Fajardo, […]

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ONE FINAL GAME FOR THE BOOKS

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San Mig Super Coffee had its chance to wrap up its grand slam ambition Monday and blew it. Now, it plays Rain or Shine in a no-tomorrow match where each side has an equal chance at a date with destiny. It’s the final game of the season, and it determines the fate of these two strong-willed teams. The […]

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PBA BRACES FOR GAME 5: WIDESCREEN TV VIEWING, WATER STATIONS, POLICE VISIBILITY

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If Game 4’s crowd of 18,168 on a Monday evening is to be any indication, the Smart Araneta Coliseum should be packed to the rafters when San Mig Super Coffee and Rain or Shine clash in the no-tomorrow Game 5 of the PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The huge […]

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THE LAST GAME: FAMILIAR TERRITORY

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So the Governors’ Cup Finals has come to its final game. After Rain or Shine staved off defeat and a Grand Slam celebration by San Mig Super Coffee with a 88-79 win in Game Four it is now down to one for the ages. Will the Elasto Painters become the biggest party poopers and celebrate […]

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