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TOUGH BUT FUN SLUGFEST

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Purefoods Star and Talk n Text, among the PBA’s most riveting matchups, engage in another highly-anticipated battle, slugging it out in one side of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four beginning Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. To many, it’s the matchup to watch in these PBA post-elims plays. Purefoods coach Tim Cone calls it a […]

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GREAT TO BE ON WINNING END THIS TIME

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After having gone through being swept by Talk ‘N Text in the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals last year, Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism was just happy to score a win in the Final Four this time out. “It was good because last year, I was 0-3. To take the first punch is great to feel,” […]

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RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS VS. MERALCO BOLTS – MAR. 31, 2015

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RAIN OR SHINE TAKES GAME 1

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It might be Holy Week, but abstaining from its winning ways is not in Rain or Shine’s schedule. The Elasto Painters ran Meralco to the ground as they took Game 1 of their best-of-five semifinals series, 99-86, in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We just broke away in the fourth quarter,” […]

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LIM TO GIVE GIN KINGS DIRECTION

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A new day dawns on Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as multi-titled coach Frankie Lim is set to take the reins over the struggling Kings. Named as the new chief bench tactician for the crowd darlings, Lim, a four-time NCAA champion coach with the San Beda Red Lions, will bring his undeniable swagger and grind-it-out style […]

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GINEBRA SENDS ABABOU, FORRESTER TO BARAKO BULL FOR DRAFT PICK

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The wheels continue to turn for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. The Kings shipped seldom-used Dylan Ababou and James Forrester for Barako Bull’s first round pick in the 2015 Draft, in time for coach Frankie Lim’s ascent come the season-ending Governors’ Cup. Ababou, a former member of the first incarnation of the Smart Gilas national team, […]

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PAYBACK TIME

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Elimination round topnotcher and playoffs top seed Rain or Shine resumes its quest for a third PBA Finals appearance in the last four conferences when it takes on No. 5-ranked Meralco at the start of their best-of-five semifinal in the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. Fresh from a 92-91 elimination of crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra in a controversial […]

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ALABI RETURN UNCERTAIN, ENERGY MIGHT PASS UP ON ASIAN IMPORT

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For coach Koy Banal, Barako Bull reaching the Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals is already an achievement considering the manpower he had to work with. “With that kind of lineup, we’re thankful na we got to the quarters,” he said. “Thankful kami na naging competitive, but we can’t be contented with this because if we do, we […]

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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PUREFOODS Star’s resurgence in the Commissioner’s Cup has a lot to do with import Denzel Bowles’ outstanding plays. However, one can’t overlook the fact that underrated players like Joe Devance and playmaker Mark Barroca are making a difference too, particularly during the playoffs. The 6-foot-7 Devance may not be athletic or as quick as other […]

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COMPTON NOT SATISFIED, BUT HAPPY TO SEE ACES’ CHARACTER

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Alaska coach Alex Compton didn’t hide his disappointment on the conference that was for the Aces.   “It was a tough one for us. There were lots of ups and downs,” he said. “It was really tough coming off of the Finals. If you looked at us and San Miguel, both teams struggled this conference. […]

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EL GRANADA EXPLODES

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In danger of going to a winner-take-all Game 3 for the last ticket to the semifinals, Meralco’s Gary David knew he had to do something. NLEX built a 20-point lead near the end of the third and David slowly watched as his teammates tried to claw their way back to the game before the period […]

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ROS – GINEBRA GAME SITUATION EXPLAINED; REF SANCTIONED

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Despite the absence of a formal protest, The Office of the Commissioner reviewed the steal made by Rain or Shine’s Jeff Chan on Ginebra San Miguel’s Michael Dunigan in the 8.7 mark of the 4th quarter with the 24-second shot clock winding down. A closer look at the play shows that Jeff Chan tapped the […]

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BOWLES SEES “CHAMPIONSHIP-LIKE SERIES”

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Denzel Bowles had to wait for two years, but vengeance couldn’t have been any sweeter. “They hurt my feelings last time,” he said, looking back to the then-San Mig Coffee’s semifinal exit at the hands of the Aces in 2013. “We won the first game and they beat us three straight, so to eliminate them […]

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MERALCO WINS IN OT, COMPLETES SEMIS CAST

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Meralco pulled off a Sunday shocker, fighting back from 20 points down in the third quarter and then beating out NLEX, 91-85, in overtime to book the last berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. Struggling through the first 40 minutes, the Bolts picked up their game at the finish, fashioning […]

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MERALCO BOLTS VS. NLEX ROAD WARRIORS – MAR. 29, 2015

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PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS VS. ALASKA ACES – MAR. 29, 2015

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PUREFOODS SWEEPS ALASKA, TAKES ON TNT IN SEMIS

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PUREFOODS Star showed the poise of a true champion in the stretch to hold off Alaska, 96-89,Sunday and advance to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Denzel Bowles notched 32 points and 11 rebounds and three local teammates had at least 11 points each, but it was Marc Pingris making a couple […]

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RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS VS. BRGY. GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL – MAR. 28, 2015

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TALK ‘N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS VS. BARAKO BULL – MAR. 28, 2015

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PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS VS. ALASKA ACES – MAR. 27, 2015

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MERALCO BOLTS VS. NLEX ROAD WARRIORS – MAR. 27, 2015

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BOLTS GO FOR CLINCHER

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In the last three PBA second conferences, the Meralco Bolts landed in the best-of-three quarterfinals, won the series openers but each time ended up vanquished in the end. The Bolts hope to write a different story this time. Again 1-0 up in the race-to-two-games series, the Bolts are raring to deliver the killer blow, hoping […]

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#PBA2015 PLAYOFF PREVIEW: PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS vs ALASKA ACES (GAME 2) – KAKASA BA, O AYAWAN NA?

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The Alaska Aces have always been known for their spunk and their resiliency, but in Game 1 they were just flat out destroyed by the Purefoods Star Hotshots. PUR dominated from the get-go, dropping 31 pts on ALA in the first quarter and limiting the Aces to just 7pts. PUR never let up, building a […]

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ACES LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK

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Days before Alaska waged war against Purefoods in their best-of-three quarterfinal duel, head coach Alex Compton compared his coaching matchup with Grand Slam-winning coach Tim Cone to that of Einstein against a three-year-old. Bludgeoned by the Hotshots on Friday, Compton took his statement back. “I think I flattered myself too much. Maybe an infant, six months […]

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THE BLUR LIKES TEXTERS’ CHANCES

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One team that’s been playing real well lately is Talk ‘N Text and the team has been rewarded with the first slot in the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals with a rout of Barako Bull Saturday. Jayson Castro, a leading candidate in the Best Player of the Conference derby, feels everything is falling in place at the […]

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RAIN OR SHINE SECURES FINAL 4 SPOT

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On a big steal by Jeff Chan at the finish, top seed Rain or Shine took one game to dispose of dangerous rival Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and secure a spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Saturday night. Chan stole off Mike Dunigan and scored on […]

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TALK ‘N TEXT BREEZES PAST BARAKO BULL, ENTERS SEMIS FIRST

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Ivan Johnson caught fire early and Talk ‘N Text never looked back. Behind the impeccable shooting of the 6-foot-9 import, the Tropang Texters barged into the semifinals of the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 127-97 demolition of Barako Bull Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Owning a twice-to-beat advantage, the number two-seed Talk […]

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FAJARDO, BOWLES TOP STATS LEADERBOARD

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San Miguel Beer may have fared poorly and got the boot early in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo continues to stamp his class over his peers. Going into the playoffs, Fajardo remained No. 1 in statistical points with his 33.9 per game behind averages of 16.5 points, […]

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E-PAINTERS HOPE TO MAKE IT SHORT & SWEET

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Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao honestly feels they don’t get much luxury as the playoff top seed while finding Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as the No. 8 team. “This is a team capable of beating us twice. So we have to be very careful, we have to play with a sense of urgency,” […]

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#PBA2015 PLAYOFF PREVIEW: TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS vs BARAKO BULL ENERGY – THE FAVORED VS THE FORSAKEN

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Without a doubt, TNT is the heavily-favored club in this quarterfinal pairing. They have won 3 of their last 4 games and were the ones who dealt BAR its first loss of the conference in mid-February. The Texters have two BPC candidates in Jayson Castro and RDO and import Ivan Johnson has been on a […]

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TEXTERS SHOOT FOR SEMIS SEAT

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Coming off of a highly emotional battle against Alaska before claiming the second twice-to-beat incentive, second-seed Talk ‘N Text now shifts its focus to cunning Barako Bull as the two teams open their quarterfinal duel Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Behind the monster performance of Ivan Johnson, the Tropang Texters seek to make the most […]

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WE’RE PRETTY FOCUSED RIGHT NOW – DEVANCE

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With two triples to open the game, Joe Devance’s eight first quarter points turned out to be the firing start for Purefoods’ methodical 120-86 domination of Alaska. Finishing the game with 10 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, the first pick of the 2007 PBA Draft did everything he could to lift the Hotshots to […]

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MAKE WAY FOR MERALCO’S OTHER GUNNER

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NLEX carefully laid down its gameplan against Meralco import Josh Davis and gunner Gary David. Little did the Road Warriors’ coaching staff believe that it would be Mark Macapagal who make his mark in the game and anchor Meralco to a 1-0 series lead courtesy of a 97-82 Game 1 victory. Used sparingly this conference […]

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PUREFOODS ON TARGET

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A well-rested team up against the Alaska side coming off a tough grind in the last stretch of the elims, the Purefoods Star Hotshots didn’t go wrong as they ran, ran and ran. The Hotshots were hyperactive, pushing the ball practically all night as they clobbered the badly stunned Aces, 120-86, in Game One of […]

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MERALCO JOLTS NLEX AS PLAYOFFS BEGIN

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Mark Macapagal picked the right night to step up for the slumping Meralco squad. The seldom-used forward came unchained and propelled the Bolts to a 97-82 beatdown of NLEX, gaining a 1-0 headstart in their best-of-three quarterfinals series in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Macapagal went 5-of-10 from threes and wound up with personal two-season-best […]

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#PBA2015 QUARTERFINALS PREVIEW: PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS vs ALASKA ACES – FAMILIAR FOES

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The Tim Cone angle has been an ever-present plot-line every time these two teams meet. It’s inevitable, since, for the longest time, Tim Cone was Alaska and vice versa. After leaving the Aces, Cone has continued his coaching dominance, while Alaska has gone on a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Alex Compton, for all his […]

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TOUGH MATCHUP

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Against Philippine Cup runner-up Alaska, reigning champion Purefoods Star could have gotten the toughest matchup among the top seeds in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. “Alaska it is, and we probably could not have picked a tougher opponent,” said Purefoods coach Tim Cone on the eve of the playoffs opener. “At this time of the […]

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WHY STOP NOW?

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Entering the playoffs for the first time in its young PBA life, NLEX is looking to make an impact deep into the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. But before they could achieve it, the Road Warriors first have to go through sister team Meralco. Coach Boyet Fernandez, however, vowed to leave no stones unturned in shutting […]

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KINGS BRACING FOR WAR

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If their eliminations matchup was any indication, the war between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Rain or Shine on Saturday will truly be a test of mettle for the protagonists from both squads. Losing that first duel to the Elasto Painters, 79-82, Ginebra coach Ato Agustin wants no let-up from his wards come the quarterfinals, […]

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NO IMPORT HEIGHT LIMIT FOR BARAKO BULL, GLOBALPORT, KIA, BLACKWATER IN GOVS’ CUP

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With the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations ending last Wednesday, the teams falling into the imports’ height classification for the Governors’ Cup have likewise been set. The teams’ Philippine Cup finish accounts for 60 percent in the determination while the standings at the end of the Commissioner’s Cup weighs 40 percent. The top 8 teams will have […]

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