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ALWAYS PLAYING TO WIN

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Winning its fifth consecutive game after starting the conference 0-2, San Miguel Beer seems to have figured things out at this stage of the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup. Sunday evening, Chris Ross was all over the floor, making heads turn as he fuelled the Beermen to the win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. At 5-2, […]

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SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN VS. BARANGAY GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL – MAY 31, 2015

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BARAKO BULL ENERGY VS. RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS – MAY 31, 2015

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RR GETS TURN TO SHINE

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And Barako Bull’s Russian roulette continues. It was RR Garcia’s turn to break out on Sunday as the sophomore guard exploded for a career-high 26 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point country to help the Energy score a 112-103 victory over Rain or Shine. But for the former FEU Tamaraw, his excellent performance is more […]

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STARTERS PROPEL SMB PAST GINEBRA

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AZ Reid and the other core San Miguel Beer players all came out and played a heads-up game, spoiling the return of the vaunted Barangay Ginebra Twin Tower in the PBA Governors’ Cup. All SMB starters delivered huge numbers as the Beermen beat down Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and the rest of the Gin Kings, […]

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CAREER GAME FOR GARCIA AS BARAKO BULL BOUNCES BACK BIGTIME

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RR GARCIA waxed hot and so did Barako Bull as a whole. Garcia scored a career-high 26 points and provided the sustaining fire as the Energy gave wrested back the solo leadership in the PBA Governors Cup with a 112-103 win over Rain or Shine Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Liam McMorrow notched 32 points and […]

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LOTS OF MATCH-UPS TO WATCH IN SMB-GINEBRA TIFF

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San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra have evenly split at least their last 20 matches, indicating any Beermen-Kings battle would always be a virtual coin toss or coin flip. That could well be the case when the two teams face off in a crucial showdown in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. […]

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E-PAINTERS, ENERGY TRY TO GET BACK TO WIN COLUMN

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Rain or Shine and Barako Bull collide Sunday with the same thing in mind — getting back on track.   The Elasto Painters are coming off a nine-day respite after playing two games in two nights in Dubai. They won the first one 119-112 against GlobalPort last May 21 but didn’t show the legs likely because of the long trip and that tiring first game when they lost 24 hours later to Barangay Ginebra 93-81.   The Energy, on the other hand, after matching the best start ever in a conference in franchise history, absorbed their first defeat at the hands of San Miguel Beer 116-113 last Wednesday.   Rain or Shine, runnerup in this very same conference last season to San Mig Coffee, now the Star Hotshots, is just one game out of the cellar with its 1-3 win loss record while Barako Bull now shares the lead in the standings with Alaska with their identical 4-1 slates going into the halfway point of this 2015 PBA Governors Cup single round-robin eliminations which rewards playoff berths to just the Top 8 finishers.   Gametime for this E-Painters-Energy dogfight is at 3:00 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (FM)

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YAP WAXES HOT AS STAR ENDS DROUGHT

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ANGELES CITY – Star main man James Yap finally came off the rut while import Marqus Blakely came through with a big game despite early fouls, powering the Hotshots to a crucial 89-80 win over the Kia Carnival in a PBA Governors Cup road game here Saturday night. Yap and Blakely tossed in 23 points apiece with […]

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KIA, STAR COLLIDE IN CRUCIAL ROAD MATCH

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Manny Pacquiao may not be having his best moment now as a fighter, but he’s having a grand time as part of the hot Kia team. The Carnival seek further breakthrough as they clash with struggling defending champions Star Hotshots in a PBA Petron Blaze Saturday Special at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Angeles, Pampanga Saturday. Kia […]

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#PBA2015 GOVS CUP PREVIEW: KIA CARNIVAL vs STAR HOTSHOTS – SINK OR SWIM?

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As of this writing, Kia has won three of its four games and is sitting pretty near the top right behind leaders Barako Bull and Alaska. On the other hand, we have Purefoods Star, which has lost four of its five games and is mired in the cellar together with NLEX and Blackwater. The Carnival […]

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FAMOUS WANTS NOTHING LESS THAN GOVS CUP CROWN

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Jarrid Famous sure hasn’t changed after three years. The brash attitude, the hard-nosed effort on the floor and the drive to win: all of that is still present in the 26-year-old big man. And as he struts his stuff for GlobalPort, Famous says that he’s after only one goal — the same goal he had […]

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GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER VS. TALK ‘N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS – MAY 29, 2015

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GARY D EXPLAINS HOT-AND-COLD OUTINGS

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In an up-and-down conference for Meralco, one guy who can definitely relate to the twists and turns of the Governors’ Cup should be Gary David. As the Bolts continue to trade wins and losses in every game, David has also been hot and cold in his own right, scoring 20 points in one game and […]

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GLOBALPORT SQUEAKS PAST TNT

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Stanley Pringle sizzled with five treys and a total of 23 points in his return from a two-game layoff, providing tremendous boost as GlobalPort beat out Talk n Text, 123-120, in a PBA Governors’ Cup shootout at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night. Jarrid Famous also had a king-sized job in his second game as a GlobalPort […]

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STRONG SECOND HALF POWERS MERALCO PAST BLACKWATER

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It was an endgame blitz which allowed Meralco to even its win-loss record at 3-3, taking down Blackwater with an 87-72 victory Friday PBA Governor’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts, who have alternated wins and losses so far in the conference, bucked a “lackadaisical first half” and came alive late, with Andre Emmett, Gary David, […]

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MERALCO BOLTS VS. BLACKWATER ELITE – MAY 29, 2015

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MAIERHOFER FINED 20K FOR ONCOURT ANTICS

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Some quarters may have found his antics funny, but perhaps not Rico Maierhofer himself. At least not after meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Salud. Moments after the meeting at the PBA Office Friday afternoon, Maierhofer was slapped a P20,000 fine for his act of using his shoe to block an opponent’s shot during the Barako […]

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HEALTHY TEXTERS GUN FOR PIECE OF LEAD

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Talk n Text won’t have it any other way. Top guns Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo have got their needed rest, and the team stayed afloat in their absence. Both Castro and De Ocampo have also got their warm-ups and are expected to play their regular minutes as the Tropang Texers shoot for a […]

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BLACK WANTS HIS BOLTS TO CHARGE UP

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MERALCO has had a rollercoaster ride so far in the PBA Governors’ Cup and that is enough cause for alarm for coach Norman Black. Main reason why Black wants his Bolts to adopt a sense of urgency starting Friday when they collide with Blackwater at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 4:15 p.m. “Must win for […]

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EXPERT IN GETTING INTO RIVAL’S HEAD

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With June Mar Fajardo saddled with foul trouble, coach Leo Austria had to dig deep from his bench and called Gabby Espinas’ number. Taken prior to the conference in a monstrous six-man, four-team trade, Austria believed that the former PCU Dolphin can provide the Beermen the help it badly needed in the paint. Against Barako […]

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ALASKA ACES VS. STAR HOTSHOTS – MAY 27, 2015

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SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN VS. BARAKO BULL ENERGY – MAY 27, 2015

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ALASKA GAINS SHARE OF LEAD

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Alaska outhustled and outmaneuvered Star in the fourth quarter, carving out a 92-86 win to tie Barako Bull at the top of the PBA Governors’ Cup leaderboard at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. Romeo Travis came up with another sterling all-around game and led a strong Alaska finish that had the team pulling even with the […]

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SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN HALT BARAKO BULL STREAK

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All streaks indeed come to an end. Reigning all-Filipino champion San Miguel Beer stopped the four-game winning streak of erstwhile unbeaten Barako Bull on Wednesday, 116-113, in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. In a game where both teams had their guns ablaze from rainbow country, it was former Energy forward Ronald […]

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BEST IS YET TO COME

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Coming off an eight-day break, Talk ‘N Text capitalized on the opportunity to forge a stronger bond as a team. And the early returns are promising, as the Tropang Texters mauled NLEX, 108-89, on Tuesday. American reinforcement Steffphon Pettigrew admitted that the long layoff helped the team, saying, “The break was really good because we […]

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#PBA2015 GOVS CUP PREVIEW: ALASKA ACES vs STAR HOTSHOTS – TIME TO BOUNCE BACK

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Both ALA and PUR are coming off tough losses. ALA’s win streak was snapped by a hard-fighting TNT squad  a week ago, while PUR absorbed its third loss in a row after getting beaten by SMB. Without a doubt, both teams are raring to bounce back in this game. The Aces had a strong start […]

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ACES WARY OF STRUGGLING BUT DANGEROUS HOTSHOTS

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Alaska coach Alex Compton feels they’re facing a tough, tough challenge on Wednesday as they play the Star Hotshots at a time they should better be avoided. “I don’t know that there is a time that Purefoods is more dangerous than now,” said Compton, wary of coach Tim Cone and his troops that should be aching to […]

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#PBA2015 GOVS CUP PREVIEW: BARAKO BULL ENERGY vs SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN – STREAKS COLLIDE

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In one corner we have a team with a deeply stacked roster that added to its storied history after winning the 2015 Philippine Cup, while in the other corner we have a team that, on paper, looks like a hodge-podge of players other squads found dispensable. These are two teams on opposite ends of the […]

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LEAGUE’S HOTTEST TEAMS CLASH

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Barako Bull faces an acid test on Wednesday as it stakes its unblemished 4-0 record in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup against the streaking San Miguel Beer squad Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Surprising a lot of people with their early conference surge, the Energy sure are turning a lot of heads. Deemed by many as a […]

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NLEX ROAD WARRIORS VS. TALK ‘N TEXT – MAY 26, 2015

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KIA CARNIVAL VS. BLACKWATER ELITE – MAY 26, 2015

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GETTING HIGH ON SWATTING ENEMY SHOTS

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There’s a reason why Hamady N’Diaye is one of the most feared men in the paint in PBA hardcourts. Blackwater learned that the hard way on Tuesday, as the Senegalese big man swatted nine Elite shots in Kia’s 84-76 double overtime victory. N’Diaye was bullish in that game, almost recording a triple-double with his 16 points, […]

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CASTRO RETURNS, LIFTS TNT OVER NLEX

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Jayson Castro plunged back into action the way Ranidel de Ocampo did the last time, giving Talk n Text a lot more teeth offensively as the Tropang Texters crushed the NLEX Road Warriors, 108-89, in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Tuesday night. Castro, the Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference, instantly made his […]

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KIA LEVELS UP TO A SHARE OF SECOND

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The way Kia went on its giant-slaying ways in the previous Commissioner’s Cup — winning ways which have carried over to the current conference, it isn’t anymore a surprise when the Carnival continue to overachieve. Like moving up to a share of second place in the standings, for instance, after eking out an 83-76 double […]

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SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN VS. STAR HOTSHOTS – MAY 24, 2015

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BARAKO BULL ENERGY VS. MERALCO BOLTS – MAY 24, 2015

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TEXTERS HOPING TO CLOSE IN ON LEADERS

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Ranidel de Ocampo has come back, and Jayson Castro is returning any moment. Castro may suit up as Talk n Text clashes with NLEX, seeking a share of second place with idle Alaska in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Tuesday. “He’s wait and see,” said Talk n Text coach Jong Uichico, hoping though […]

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CARNIVAL, ELITE SET SIGHTS HIGH

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FELLOW expansion teams Kia and Blackwater clash with more than bragging rights at stake Tuesday in the PBA Governors Cup’ at the Cuneta Astrodome. Aside from going one-up on their head-to-head duel both teams are also looking for a second straight win, which would be a first for either one, as well as gaining strides in the […]

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THE NINJA MAKES IT 3 STRAIGHT FOR BARAKO BULL COGS

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AFTER JC Intal and Dylan Ababou’s big games during the team’s first two weeks in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Sunday was Joseph Yeo’s turn to shine. Yeo, nicknamed ‘Ninja’, was at his element against Meralco, firing 28 points, including 11 in the last period to help Barako Bull complete come-from-behind 105-99 win. Barako Bull coach Koy Banal […]

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