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KINGS ACHING TO REBOUND AS ENERGY GO FOR PIECE OF No. 1

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After getting one win virtually on a silver platter, Barako Bull finally gets a real test as the Energy face the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the mainer of a rare Sunday road showcase at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna. Barako Bull, with seven-foot import Solomon Alabi, had a relatively easy time winning its first game […]

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TEXTERS SHOOT FOR SHARE OF LEAD

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Talk ‘N Text eyes a share of top spot as it clashes with Blackwater Sunday in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna. Coming off of a nail-biting 89-86 win over Rain or Shine on Wednesday, the Tropang Texters seek to tie Meralco on top of the leaderboard at 2-0. Coach Jong […]

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GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER VS. PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS – JAN. 30, 2015

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MERALCO BOLTS VS. KIA CARNIVAL – JAN. 30

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“SMALL” BLAKELY POWERS PUREFOODS PAST GLOBALPORT

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Marqus Blakely served well playing as Purefoods’ interim import, leading the Hotshots to a triumphant debut in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Blakely started the game swatting away the first field goal attempt of GlobalPort import CJ Leslie, and the one-time Governors’ Cup Best Import awardee went on to dominate the game, powering the Hotshots to […]

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2-0 CONFERENCE START ANEW FOR MERALCO

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Playing in just his second game with his new team, Jai Reyes played the role of a hero for Meralco as the Bolts took an early lead in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, turning back Kia, 90-80, to stay undefeated after two games Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. The diminutive Reyes admirably filled in […]

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#PBA2015 GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER vs PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS PREVIEW: GUNNING FOR PAYBACK

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In the first game between these two teams this season, Purefoods rallied from being down by as many as 18 points to pull the rug from under GlobalPort. The Batang Pier were in good shape pretty much the entire game, but they couldn’t finish the job against the erstwhile defending champs. This time, with Denok […]

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BATANG PIER EYE EARLY LEAD, FIRST-EVER WIN OVER HOTSHOTS

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GlobalPort has yet to beat Purefoods even once since joining the PBA in 2012. The Batang Pier try to end the Hotshots’ domination of their head-on duels and make a rare 2-0 tournament start as the two teams clash Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome. This could be a good opportunity […]

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D-LEAGUE: BREAD STORY, CEBUANA LHUILLIER STAY ALIVE

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Talk about survival. Bread Story-LPU and Cebuana Lhuillier kept their campaigns in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup alive as they forced winner-take-all affairs against different opponents on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. The Breadstory-LPU, the last squad to qualify to the quarterfinals, weathered the storm from third-seed CafeFrance, 79-72. With […]

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#PBA2015 MERALCO BOLTS vs KIA CARNIVAL PREVIEW: A GIANT OF A TASK

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The Meralco Bolts were fairly impressive in their conquest of the Barangay Ginebra Kings a few days ago. They played great defense in limiting Ginebra’s usual gunners from finding their sweet spots. Sure, Greg Slaughter got his, but Japeth Aguilar, Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio, and Mark Caguioa all struggled. Meralco has a bit of a […]

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BOLTS, DAVIS TEST CARNIVAL, RAMOS

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MERALCO remains a work in progress and that should bode ill for the rest of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup field. More so Kia, which the Bolts are facing Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome in a bid to at least share the early lead in the mid-season tournament. At first glance, Meralco seems to have the […]

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GILAS 3.0 TO TAKE SHAPE BY MAY

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“It’s going to be a process, and it’s gonna take time.” With all corners of this basketball-crazy country itching for news on the national team front, head coach Tab Baldwin begs everyone’s indulgence but added that the team will start to take form by the end of the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup. The American based in […]

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MILLER TIME ONCE MORE

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Willie Miller sure didn’t look like one who’s been out of the PBA for the past six months. The two-time league MVP had 10 points behind 4-of-12 shooting from the field in the Tropang Texters’ 89-86 victory over Rain or Shine on Wednesday, his first game back since being left out of a roster spot […]

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D-LEAGUE: CAFE FRANCE, JUMBO GUN FOR SPOTS IN FINAL 4

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Third-seed Café France and fourth-ranked Jumbo Plastic both seek repeats against Bread Story-Lyceum and Cebuana Lhuillier, respectively, in a pair of PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup quarterfinal matches Thursday. The Bakers and the Pirates clash at 2 p.m. while the Giants and the Gems collide at 4 p.m. at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage over […]

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TALK ‘N TEXT VS. RAIN OR SHINE – JAN. 28, 2015

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BARAKO BULL ENERGY VS. BLACKWATER ELITE – JAN. 28, 2015

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CLOSING FLURRY LIFTS TNT OVER ROS

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Reigning Best Import awardee Richard Howell struggled on early fouls but delivered when it mattered most as Talk n Text turned back Rain or Shine, 89-86, in Day Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Wednesday. Howell scored only 13 points but made four in a 12-5 closing flurry that saved the […]

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BACK TO HAVING FUN AGAIN

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A foot injury might have derailed his stint in the Philippine Cup, but Sol Mercado was determined to bounce back and deliver in his first game for his new team Barako Bull. “It feels good. It was fun,” he said. “I didn’t mind not scoring as much as before as long as we’re winning. But […]

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LED BY 2 SOLs, BARAKO BULL ROUTS IMPORT-LESS BLACKWATER

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ITS two new Sols seem to be perfect fits for Barako Bull. Sol Mercado and namesake Sol Alabi played big games and, coupled with Blackwater showing up with an injured import, the Energy had little trouble in notching a runaway 92-70 win Wednesday at the start of their PBA Commossioner’s Cup campaign at the Astrodome. Mercado, acquired […]

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BLESSING IN DISGUISE

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With original choice Michael Dunigan going the other way and opting to sign with Barangay Ginebra, Meralco coach Norman Black was left scampering for a replacement with the Commissioner’s Cup just a week away. “Originally, when I went to the States, I went to get an import for our third conference, not the second conference […]

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WHAT COULD BE AILING BARANGAY GINEBRA?

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Someone asked me what I thought of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s loss and problems. Well, it’s only one game but in a short conference… every loss can be a team’s ultimate undoing. Nevertheless… let’s take a stab at this even as everyone and their brother has tried to dissect Ginebra. The carousel of coaches has […]

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JUST FIRST GAME JITTERS

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Sometimes, monster numbers just aren’t enough. PJ Ramos scattered 41 points, 20 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks in 46 minutes of action, but  Kia still fell to GlobalPort, 89-100, to jumpstart the Carnival’s Commissioner’s Cup campaign. But the hulking Puerto Rican believes that it was just a case of first game jitters. “I was […]

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TEXTERS, E-PAINTERS CLASH

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Philippine Cup losing semifinalists Talk n Text and Rain or Shine square off in the mainer of Day Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Wednesday night. The Tropang Texters bring back Richard Howell while the Elasto Painters introduce Rick Jackson with hopes of improving from their finish behind the San Miguel […]

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ELITE, ENERGY TRY AGAIN

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HAVING hit rock-bottom in its first dab at the pros, Blackwater is quite sure there’s nowhere to go but up. The Elite know it will take a lot of doing, starting with their collision with Barako Bull Wednesday opening up their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign at the Cuneta Astrodome. “We will continue to try and […]

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DAVIS POWERS MERALCO PAST GINEBRA

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Losing Michael Dunigan in a tug of war with Barangay Ginebra was no big deal for the Meralco Bolts. It turned out the Bolts would have another surprise package in Josh Davis. The former San Diego State energy guy made a remarkable PBA debut, logging 25 points and 24 rebounds to power Meralco past Barangay […]

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STILL BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD

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CJ Leslie had a monstrous debut for GlobalPort, towing the Batang Pier to a 100-89 victory over Kia Tuesday to start their Commissioner’s Cup campaign on the right foot. “It’s good. I felt we did a good job. We did the right plays and it was a good first night for us,” the 6-foot-9 Leslie […]

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LESLIE SHOWS TRUE FORM AS GLOBALPORT BEATS KIA

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GLOBALPORT’s concerns about  CJ Leslie’s game proved to be unfounded as he keyed a 100-89 victory over Kia Wednesday, opening up the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. Leslie finished with 33 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots while Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle combined for 36 points, 13 rebounds and […]

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SMB – ALASKA RETURN ENGAGEMENT FEB. 17

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To those who have not had enough of the San Miguel Beer – Alaska showdown, Feb. 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum is the event to watch. The San Miguel Beermen and the Alaska Aces have played three games each when they clash in their elimination-round tussle in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup three weeks from now. The Aces […]

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#PBA2015 MATCH PREVIEW: AIMING TO CONTEND – BGY. GINEBRA KINGS vs MERALCO BOLTS

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Both Ginebra and Meralco finished with 6 wins and 5 losses in the Philippine Cup. Both were also ousted in the second phase of the Quarterfinals — Meralco lost to Alaska, while Ginebra got the boot from TNT. Ginebra, despite its imposing size and deep roster, hasn’t really been able to meet its potential. It’s […]

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KINGS, BOLTS EAGER TO COME OUT SMOKIN’

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Barangay Ginebra and Meralco, both out after the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, take on each other to start their campaigns in the Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Tuesday night. Both the Kings and the Bolts are confident of a better finish in the mid-season tourney as they bring in top caliber […]

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#PBA2015 MATCH PREVIEW: BATANG PIER vs BATANG PERYA

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The GlobalPort Batang Pier were one of the hard-luck teams of the previous conference, but a couple of additions and the surging play of both Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle should prop them pretty well in the Commish Cup. Kia, meanwhile, has gone through a big change, renaming itself into the Carnival and adding the […]

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BATANG PIER, CARNIVAL COLLIDE IN COMM’S CUP OPENER

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GLOBALPORT may just have gotten a much-needed edge in its match against Kia Tuesday at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. A source on Monday said playing-coach Manny Pacquiao’s chief deputy, Glenn Capacio, has been replaced by Chito Victolero just days before the Carnival’s tournament opener against the Batang Pier. “Management’s reasons […]

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THE THRILLER IS BACK

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Willie Miller has finally gotten the call and is now back with the big boys in the big league. The two-time PBA MVP goes for his second tour of duty with the Tropang Texters, having played with the team from 2004 to 2006. Talk ‘N Text team manager Jimmy Alapag confirmed the signing of Miller, […]

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D-LEAGUE: CAGAYAN TOP SEED AS BREAD STORY MAKES IT TO QF

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Cagayan Valley clinched the top seed in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup playoffs with a dominating 104-69 rout of Wangs Basketball on Monday at the Marikina Sports Center. Four days removed from their exciting 80-77 win over Hapee, coach Alvin Pua had the luxury to rest his stalwarts and let the supporting cast take […]

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TAHA SUSPENDED, FINED

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Defending Commissioner’s Cup champion Purefoods Star will be without another big man – at least for the first week of the conference. Already without the injured Ian Sangalang and with the smallest import in Marqus Blakely,  the Hotshots will also miss Yousef Taha, who was sanctioned by the Office of the Commissioner for his gross […]

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DUNIGAN BRACES FOR WAR WITH THE KINGS

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Another PBA stint, another PBA team, but same old mentality. Michael Dunigan braces for his second trip as a reinforcement in the league, this time with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, but just like last time with Air21, he doesn’t want to jump the gun and make any bold predictions. “I have no expectations. This is […]

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RAIN OR SHINE IMPORT OOZING WITH CONFIDENCE

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Getting his feet wet with a scuffle in his first tuneup game with Rain or Shine, Rick Jackson said that no amount of physicality would throw him off of his game. “I know all about physicality,” he said. Jackson, 25, just wrapped up his stint with Krasny Oktyabr in Russia after stops in France, Israel, […]

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ENERGY IMPORT WANTS FINALS STINT FOR BARAKO BULL

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With Barako Bull given an unlimited height concession for finishing at the bottom four of the recent 2015 Philippine Cup, the Energy took advantage and went big with 7-foot-2 Solomon Alabi. The former NBA player said that he has heard a lot about our league and he’s just excited to show his wares on the […]

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BLAKELY BACK

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For the first time in his PBA career, Marqus Blakely will have odds stacked against him in the coming 2015 Commissioner’s Cup. Playing as a stand-in import for Purefoods, Blakely at 6-5 would be playing against bigger reinforcements this conference as the Hotshots await the arrival of Daniel Orton. But the former Best Import awardee […]

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BREADSTORY-LPU LOOKING TO COMPLETE DLEAGUE PLAYOFFS CAST

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Bread Story-Lyceum takes a shot at the last quarterfinal berth when it faces Racal Motors at the close of the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup eliminations on Monday. Needless to say, the Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, their quarterfinal aspirations hanging in the balance, will be rooting for the Alibaba.. Sitting at seventh place behind the Rhum […]

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