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2014 GREAT, BUT JUNE MAR HOPING 2015 BRINGS CHAMPIONSHIP

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For the fourth straight year, it was a cold Yuletide season for June Mar Fajardo. Spending the holiday season in Manila away from his family in Cebu, the reigning league MVP said that he has learned to adapt to the situation. “Sa condo lang ako. Mag-isa nga lang ako eh,” he said. “Boring pero nasanay […]

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BEERMEN RARIN’ TO GO TO BATTLE

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San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria liked what he saw as they returned to practice after a welcome break. “You can see in their body language na naiinip na sila. Gusto nila laban na. That’s a big positive sign for us,” said Austria. “Medyo kino-control nga namin dahil baka maubos sa practice. Gusto namin mental […]

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SOLID NBA VET BEEFS UP NLEX

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Another NBA top first round pick in the person of Al Thornton is bringing his wares to the Philippine Basketball Association. Thornton, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft who later made the NBA All-Rookie First Team with Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Luis Scola and Jeff Green, has just signed up to […]

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ENOUGH OF THE DISAPPOINTMENTS

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It was quite a disappointing year for Barangay Ginebra, failing to at least crack the championship series in 2014. And even the Kings themselves acknowledge that. “A lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversities. It’s a lot of soul searching type of a year,” said forward Chris Ellis. “You sacrifice a lot of […]

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2014 A DREAM RIDE

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For one of the league’s youngest ballers, the year 2014 has been a dream ride, accomplishing goals and reaching new heights in his playing career. GlobalPort’s spitfire guard Terrence Romeo admitted that he’s treasuring the year that was, saying, “Masaya itong taon na ‘to. Isa sya sa mga pinakahighlights ng career ko tsaka isa sa […]

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DOMINATING

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SINCE playing for Gilas Pilipinas the last two years, there’s no doubt that San Miguel Beer’s young center June Mar Fajardo is now the league’s most dominant big man. Despite the regular double-teaming and physical defense applied on him throughout the semifinal series, the 6-10 Fajardo managed to find a way to score, using his […]

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KAYA PANG MAILUSOT ITO – COACH YENG

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Eerily for coach Yeng Guiao, Game 5 of their semifinal series against Alaska felt like deja vu. “It’s very similar to Game 1. We had a good lead, we had the momentum, but again, it was a game of runs,” he said. “In the first half, we still had a good six-point halftime lead and […]

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WELCOME RESPITE FOR SKYRUS

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With Alaska a win away from the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Aces’ guard Cyrus Baguio welcomes the week-long break after a grueling five games against Rain or Shine. “Kailangan magpahinga para maka-recover,” he said. “Pag nananalo, di mo ramdam yung pagod eh. Ang bigat ng pakiramdam pag talo eh.” It was a hard climb […]

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WHERE TO, TALK ‘N TEXT?

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While talking about Talk ‘N Text’s ouster at the hands of the San Miguel Beermen the other day with a friend, he wondered if the former’s championship window had closed and that they had gone as far as their roster could go. I thought about it for a moment then said, “No.” As much as […]

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ALASKA KNOCKS ON FINALS DOOR

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The Alaska Aces have a foot inside the Finals door. But coach Alex Compton knows only too well that one slip on a wet floor could undo everything. Behind the combined 32 points of Cyrus Baguio and Calvin Abueva, the Aces rallied from 19 points down in the second quarter to beat Rain or Shine […]

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RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS VS. ALASKA ACES – DEC. 27, 2014

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ACES, E-PAINTERS CLASH IN PIVOTAL GAME 5

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Deadlocked after four bone-jarring games, Rain or Shine and Alaska kick off a virtual best-of-3 series Saturday for a spot in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena. With their best-of-7 semifinal showdown reduced to a three-game affair after Alaska won Games 1 and 3 and ROS claimed Games 2 and […]

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JUNE MAR BRACES FOR TOUGH LAST LEG TO FIRST PBA TITLE

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It was a mammoth outing once again for June Mar Fajardo as he lifted San Miguel Beer to its first ever sweep in franchise history with a 100-87 mugging of Talk ‘N Text Friday to take the Beermen to the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. The Cebuano giant had 28 points, behind 12-of-17 shooting from […]

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TALK ‘N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS VS. SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN – DEC. 26, 2014

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SMB BLANKS TNT, CLAIMS FINALS SPOT

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It’s time to celebrate Christmas and a remarkable feat in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals for San Miguel Beer. “Two-day break to rest and celebrate. The guys deserve this,” said coach Leo Austria, moments after the Beermen completed a stirring four-game sweep of the Talk n Text Tropang Texters to advance to the Finals. The […]

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#PBA2015 Playoffs: BRING OUT THE BROOMS

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The Tropang Texters just got humbled for the third game in a row in their 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup semis series with the San Miguel Beermen. By all intents and purposes, things don’t look promising for coach Jong Uichico’s wards, and it stands to reason that they will probably get swept in Game 4. Some […]

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DRAIN ‘EM…OR MISS ‘EM

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That was the case for Gabe Norwood during their Christmas Day game against Alaska as the Rain or Shine stalwart was presented with chances to swish the cords every now and then. And well, he drained some..and missed some. With less than four minutes left, Gabe Norwood went to the charity stripe for a chance […]

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BEERMEN GO FOR SHUTOUT WIN VERSUS TEXTERS

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To many, Christmas is about giving. Not for San Miguel Beer in its PBA Philippine Cup Final Four showdown with Talk n Text. On Friday, the Beermen try to apply the broom on the Tropang Texters, looking to sweep their best-of-seven playoff to gain a first Philippine Cup finals appearance in four years. Both teams […]

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ALASKA ACES VS. RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS – DEC. 25, 2014

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RAIN OR SHINE LEVELS SERIES ANEW

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Rain or Shine received a Christmas gift from Calvin Abueva in the form of an ejection from a flagrant foul in a crucial moment as the Elasto Painters celebrated Christmas with a key win over the Alaska Aces in Game Four of their PBA Philippine Cup Final Four showdown at the Mall of Asia Arena […]

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NO CHRISTMAS TRUCE FOR ACES, E-PAINTERS; PBA TREATS FANS TO FREE TICKETS

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Alaska and Rain or Shine will not give love but continue to do battle on Christmas Day. No one is calling a truce. Their Christmas Day setto is set at 4:15 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena with the Aces out to put the series away from the Elasto Painters. The Aces try to […]

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1ST TIME CHRISTMAS PERFORMER EXCITED TO PUT ON A SHOW

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Christmas Day has always been about spending time with the family. So when Calvin Abueva found out that Alaska will play on the 25th, he couldn’t help but be disappointed. “Mas masaya sana kung di natapat yung laro ng ganung araw para enjoy yung Christmas,” he said. Though he didn’t want to sound like a […]

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DIET SUSPENDED FOR HOLIDAYS – ASI

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For the second straight season, Asi Taulava has proven that despite his age, he can still go toe-to-toe against the league’s younger bigs…and excel. And he did that with discipline, may it be nutrition-wise or his workout plan. But for the Christmas season, the Fil-Tongan center admitted that he will stop something momentarily. “The diet […]

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KEEPING THE FAITH

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“Almost, but not quite.” That’s what it felt for Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico as the Tropang Texters fell to a 0-3 hole with a 95-96 Game 3 loss to San Miguel. “We tried our best to win the game, they made big shots, yun lang,” he said. For the second straight game, Talk […]

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PAYBACK WITHIN REACH

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Hobbled by foul trouble all game long, Arwind Santos found a way to be effective for San Miguel. The 2013 PBA MVP torched Talk ‘N Text with 5-of-7 shooting from three-point land to finish with 23 points, taking San Miguel Beer to a 96-95 squeaker and a 3-0 series lead in their best-of-7 semifinal duel. […]

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SAN MIGUEL BEER UP 3-0

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Brooms, not Christmas gifts, are poised to be exchanged between San Miguel Beer and Talk ‘N Text. The Beermen weathered yet another ferocious fightback by the Tropang Texters Tuesday night to salvage Game 3 with a 96-95 cliffhanger and move within a victory of sweeping their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Mall of […]

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GILAS JOB LEADER OF THE PACK

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Wearing a Pilipinas shirt which he previously wore as a team consultant for the Gilas squad, Tab Baldwin embarks on a new chapter in his coaching career after he was named as the new Philippine men’s national basketball coach. “The shirt seems a little bit heavier now, and I’m sure it’s the weight of expectations,” […]

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HONTIVEROS CREDITS THE BEAST FOR ACES’ INSPIRED PLAY

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“It all starts with Calvin.” Even Dondon Hontiveros admitted that the success garnered by Alaska so far in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup can be attributed to the Beast’s impact on the court. “Bumalik yung confidence at laro ni Calvin. Yung intensity at energy nya, nagra-rub off sa other guys. Minsan, pagpasok nya, kahit masama […]

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FREE CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR FANS

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The PBA is giving basketball fans a special treat on Christmas Day by opening the General Admission section of the Mall of Asia Arena for free during Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup Final Four faceoff between Rain or Shine and Alaska. Ticket distribution is on a first-come-first-served basis in this PBA Christmas treat […]

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BEERMEN LOOKING AT IMPOSING 3-GAME BUBBLE

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Talk ‘N Text has until 7 Tuesday night to figure out ways to deal with June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot before San Miguel Beer turns into the Grinch and steals Christmas in Game 4. After blowing away the Tropang Texters in Game 1 and weathering a furious defensive assault in Game 2, the Beermen gun for […]

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BALDWIN TAKES OVER GILAS COACHING REINS

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The national basketball federation has chosen Talk n Text consultant Thomas Anthony “Tab” Baldwin as the new head coach of Gilas Pilipinas. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is formally announcing the appointment of Baldwin in a press conference at the Mall of Asia Arena Tuesday, shortly before Game Three of the PBA Philippine Cup Final Four […]

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GIVE YOUR BEST & PLAY THE GAME ON THE MERITS – COMM. SALUD

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In the midst of heated PBA Philippine Cup semifinal battles, some quarters have slammed the way the games have been called. Media reports have quoted some team personalities hitting officiating. PBA commissioner Chito Salud stressed that game officials will continue to give all teams equal chance of winning, at the same time calling on all […]

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RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS VS. ALASKA ACES – DEC. 22, 2014

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ALASKA REGAINS UPPERHAND

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EVERYTHING came together for Alaska Monday and end result was a 90-74 victory over Rain or Shine that gave the Aces the upper hand anew in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal matchup at the Mall of Asia Arena. Calvin “The Beast” Abueva came up with a career-best 28 points to go with 13 rebounds while […]

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HAPEE SECURES D-LEAGUE ASPIRANTS’ CUP SEMIS BERTH

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Hapee will have a happy Christmas break as it clinched an outright semifinals berth Monday in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, turning back cellar dweller MP Hotel, 84-63, at the Marikina Sports Center. Bobby Ray Parks once again showed the way for the Fresh Fighters, as he had 18 points and six rebounds, while […]

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FEELS RIGHT AT HOME

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IT only took Alex Cabagnot one week to get himself acclimated with his old team. Reacquired by San Miguel Beer just over a week ago in exchange for Solomon Mercado, the six-foot veteran guard justified his return to the team with his instant impact in the Beermen’s 2-0 PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series lead over […]

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MY EARLY SEASON #PBA2015 MVP IS…

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We’re down to the last four teams in the #PBA2015 Philippine Cup. As of this writing, the Elasto Painters just squared their semis series with the Alaska Aces, and I’ve been impressed with a lot of players stepping up so far. That brings me to an interesting question at this point in the season — […]

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ACES, E-PAINTERS BACK TO SQUARE ONE

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RAIN or Shine has shown it could play Alaska’s pressure game. Which can wear down the other better would be the biggest question when the Aces and Elasto Painters square off anew Monday in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal duel at the Mall of Asia Arena. By forcing Alaska to commit 25 turnovers, Rain or Shine leveled […]

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D-LEAGUE: PACESETTERS OUT TO CONTINUE RAMPAGE

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League leaders Hapee and Cagayan Valley look to stay unbeaten heading into the Christmas break when they face separate opponents on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Marikina Sports Complex. The Fresh Fighters take on the MP Hotel Warriors at 12 noon while the Rising Suns battle the Racal Motors Alibaba at 2 […]

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TALK ‘N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS VS. SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN – DEC. 21, 2014

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