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Lee staying cautious amid return: ‘Ayoko madaliin dahil kumplikado yung injury’

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While coach Yeng Guiao have already announced that Paul Lee is going to suit up against San Miguel in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, the guard out of Tondo is staying cautious. “Di ko pa rin sure kasi di pa gaanong kalakas. Kung bukas, lumakas sya at wala akong pakiramdam na masakit, maglalaro […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: From quitting bad habits to spending more time with family

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Another year comes to a close and everyone gets a chance for a fresh start. And what better way to start 2016 than by making a list of New Year’s resolutions. For many, leaving all the bad habits behind would be a good change and these PBA players are no exception. Mac Baracael, admitting his […]

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Alaska’s defense ‘will be incredibly challenged’ vs GlobalPort, says Compton

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GlobalPort’s first semifinals appearance may have come as a surprise to some, but not to Alaska coach Alex Compton. “There wasn’t a huge gap that separated Ginebra and GlobalPort. They had identical records and the seeds were just decided by quotient,” he said. “It wasn’t an upset, GlobalPort was playing great. They are legit. I don’t look […]

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Texters go back to drawing board; Ivan Johnson return ‘considered’

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TNT is considering bringing back a familiar face as it hopes to defend the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title. Ivan Johnson could make another tour of duty for the Texters in the second conference. “He’s considered,” he said as TNT is still on the lookout for a reinforcement. “We’ll make our decision in our next few […]

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ROS expecting tough grind vs bigger Fajardo, San Miguel

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San Miguel’s giant named JuneMar Fajardo has become the focal point of Rain or Shine’s move to improve on its size. ROS coach Yeng Guiao made the revelation in the aftermath of their 104-89 rout of Talk N Text in the knockout quarterfinals of the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup on Monday that sent the […]

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Mahindra still mulling choices for next import, but old reinforcements on radar

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After missing the quarterfinals of the 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup, Mahindra will once again have the luxury of After missing the quarterfinals of the 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup, Mahindra will once again have the luxury of recruiting an import without any height limit in the Commissioner’s Cup. But assistant coach Chito Victolero said that the […]

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Hontiveros sees similarities between 2012 Powerade, GlobalPort

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Dondon Hontiveros admits he is impressed with head coach Pido Jarencio’s lead in GlobalPort as the outspoken mentor managed to bring out the best in the team’s star duo. “Na-impress ako sa ginawa ni coach Pido [Jarencio] dahil talagang binigyan nya ng role yung mga players at maganda yung pag-lead ng ni Terrence [Romeo] and […]

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Rosario reflects on first PBA conference: ‘Tingin ko nakatulong naman ako’

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There are a couple of things Troy Rosario regrets as he wrapped up his first conference as a professional basketball player: how he started his PBA career and how TNT ended its PBA Philippine Cup campaign. “First and last games ko lang yung parang magre-regret ako. Pangit yung first game ko, tapos pangit yung tapos […]

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Constant communication key for Romeo-Pringle duo

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Just as any effective duo, the key to Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle’s good working relationship is constant communication. “We are learning, we are improving, and me and Stan are always talking,” Romeo said in Filipino. “When Ginebra made runs and Stan was at the bench, coach Pido [Jarencio] told me to take over first, […]

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2 erring referees in GlobalPort-Ginebra game suspended for rest of PH Cup

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All the referees were present in the meeting with the Commissioner. In their opening statement, the referees accepted that they missed the call, they were apologetic and were ready to face the sanctions that would be imposed on them. In the deliberation with the technical committee, it was determined that two (2) violations were not […]

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Paul Lee set to return for RoS in time for semis vs SMB

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With Rain or Shine advancing to the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, a familiar figure is set to make his return to the Elasto Painters camp.

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PBA Fan of the Day: Andrew Vera

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Name: Andrew Vera Age: 14 From where: Makati City Favorite PBA team: Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Favorite PBA player: Jericho Cruz How long have you been supporting the team: Since the start of the season. Why are you a fan of Rain or Shine: “Magaling kasi sila.”

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Rain or Shine turns back TNT, barges into semifinals

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Rain or Shine finally got through what coach Yeng Guiao calls “the hard way.” Raymond Almazan and Jeff Chan captained the Elasto Painters as they outplayed TNT, 104-89, in the second phase of their quarterfinals duel to advance to the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup semis Monday at Mall of Asia Arena. Rain or […]

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Rain or Shine vs TNT Tropang Texters – Dec 28

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‘Hungry’ GlobalPort take on experienced Alaska in semis

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Pido Jarencio, the portly coach of Globalport, readily concedes his team is no match for Alaska’s playoff experience. In the same breath, he believes it won’t be a factor when the Batang Pier and the Aces meet in the semi-finals of the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup. “Beteranong team yun. Lagi silang nasa semis at […]

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Ginebra will be back stronger, says Cone

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With his first conference in Ginebra ending in a quarterfinals exit, coach Tim Cone vowed the league’s crowd darlings will come back stronger. In the aftermath of the Gin Kings’ 84-83 overtime loss against GlobalPort in the second phase of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, the two-time Grand Slam-winning coach took to […]

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Player of the Week: Pringle earns third citation

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Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle’s solid performance on Sunday made him the first player this season to earn three Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week awards. With his team playing in a win-or-go-home playoff match against the fancied Barangay Ginebra side, Pringle supplied the scoring ammunition and steady ball handling to lift GlobalPort to a […]

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Tenorio, Slaughter rue lapses that led to costly loss

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Both LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter would rather not dwell on the conclusion of the Gin Kings’ 84-83 overtime defeat to GlobalPort which booted them out of contention in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Sunday. With the Batang Pier clinging on to a one-point lead in the last 8.0 seconds, Stanley […]

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No protest filed by Ginebra; Commissioner sets hearing for referees

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Ginebra is not putting its tight 84-83 knockout defeat to GlobalPort in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday night under protest.

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Rain or Shine, Talk N’ Text clash for last semis berth

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Despite advancing to the second phase of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, coaches of both Rain or Shine and TNT were not happy with the performance of their respective teams in the playoffs.

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Veteran Mamaril bails out Globalport; ‘That’s what you dream of as a kid’

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When Globalport needed a hero, the Batang Pier it found one in veteran Billy Mamaril. Globalport was on the brink of elimination, another quarterfinal exit, as the Batang Pier trailed Ginebra 72-74 with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation. But Mamaril was determined to bring the young team to the semifinals. READ: GlobalPort advances […]

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Ginebra has until 12nn Monday to file protest after loss to GlobalPort

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Ginebra has until 12 noon on Monday to file a protest after its 84-83 knockout loss to GlobalPort Sunday night in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals at Mall of Asia Arena. An official protest before the PBA Commissioner’s Office requires a minimum bond of P20,000. Kings’ coach Tim Cone signed the official scoresheet following […]

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PBA Fan of the day: Justin Byron, Gavin Paulo Legaspi

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Name: Justin Byron and Gavin Paulo Legaspi Age: 9 and 10 From where: Bacoor, Cavite Favorite PBA team: GlobalPort Batang Pier Favorite PBA player: Terrence Romeo How long have you been supporting the team: Since they started. Why are you a fan of GlobalPort: “Because they are a well-trained team with good players.”

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GlobalPort advances to semis, ousts Ginebra

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GlobalPort nabbed the one of the two remaining semifinals spots after ousting Ginebra, 84-83, in overtime Sunday in the 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. With the Batang Pier holding to a slim 84-83 lead in the final 8.0 seconds of overtime, Stanley Pringle received an inbounds pass, evaded any foul from […]

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Barangay Ginebra vs GlobalPort – Dec 27

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Banal pleased with Barako Bull’s PH Cup campaign: ‘We overachieved’

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Going into the season, the Barako Bull Energy had a chip on their shoulder. Nobody expected them to win a single game and yet the Energy earned a playoff spot with a 5-6 record. Their stint, however, ended on Christmas day as GlobalPort sent them packing with a 94-85 present. Still, head coach Koy Banal […]

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PBA Fan of the day: Prince Byron Guevarra

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Name: Prince Byron Guevarra Age: 12 Hails from: Quezon City Favorite team: Barangay Ginebra Favorite PBA player: LA Tenorio Why are you a fan of Ginebra: Kasi po maraming magaling kagaya ni LA at Japeth

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TNT rookie Rosario shines bright in 1st PBA playoff game

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He may be a rookie but second overall pick Troy Rosario is ready to shine under the bright lights of the playoffs.

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Ginebra, GlobalPort dispute semis spot

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GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio would’ve wanted to have more time before his wards wage war in the second phase of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.

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Rain or Shine’s Lee still uncertain in KO quarterfinals

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The year is almost over but Paul Lee is yet to play a minute this season.

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Lastimosa’s 35 not enough to lift Blackwater over ROS

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Blackwater guard Carlo Lastimosa chalked up his third 30-point game of the conference after a 35-point outing that pushed Rain or Shine to its limit.

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TNT escapes NLEX, faces Rain or Shine in KO quarters

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TNT escaped NLEX, 90-88, to advance in the next phase of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Troy Rosario scored a team-high 20 points, 11 coming in the fourth quarter, that went with six rebounds while Danny Seigle gave the Tropang Texters a lift with 17 […]

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TNT Tropang Texters vs NLEX Road Warriors – Dec 26

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Tenorio sends perfect gift to Ginebra fans

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There wasn’t a better gift for Barangay Ginebra hopefuls than a win for their favorite team on Christmas day.

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Rain or Shine overcomes Lastimosa, Blackwater

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Rain or Shine outplayed Blackwater down the stretch to win, 95-90, and advance to the second phase of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. Squandering a chance to nail the outright semifinals slot last week, Rain or Shine moved one step closer to the Final Four and will face […]

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Rain or Shine vs Blackwater Elite – Dec 26

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Romeo finds way to lead GlobalPort to its 1st playoff win

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GlobalPort moved on to the next round of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, but it took a lot of Terrence Romeo in the second half to turn back Barako Bull.

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Confident NLEX likes its playoff matchup vs TNT

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Sister teams TNT and NLEX figure in their first-ever playoff matchup, disputing a spot in the second stage of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.

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Blackwater not backing down without a fight vs Rain or Shine

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Blackwater may be a huge underdog against Rain or Shine in the franchise’s first playoff game on Saturday.

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Rookie coach Webb gives self failing grade as Star bows out

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Before the start of the season, Star head coach Jason Webb was given the job of replacing Tim Cone at the helm of the Hotshots bench.

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