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Phoenix, Rain or Shine in crucial tiff

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Rain or Shine and Phoenix both know now is the time to make their move if they hope to make the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals. That’s precisely the reason why the Elasto Painters and Fuelmasters aim to translate their heightened sense of urgency into game-winning performance when they clash Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We […]

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De Ocampo sees himself in rookie teammate Rosario

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Ranidel de Ocampo doesn’t have to look far to see who is following in his footsteps. De Ocampo, the 12-year forward sees himself in his rookie TNT teammate Troy Rosario, who is quickly making a name for himself in just his second conference in the PBA. “Sa nakikita ko na isa sa mga pwedeng pumalit […]

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NLEX bracing for healthy GlobalPort side

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The NLEX Road Warriors don’t want to be caught flat-footed and thus, they assume they’re playing the GlobalPort Batang Pier with a complete, tough cast.         Coach Boyet Fernandez and his troops brace for war versus the GlobalPort side that include Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and import Shawn Taggart.           “With a complete lineup, GlobalPort is […]

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TNT pulls away in 4th, beats Ginebra

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Import David Simon posted a double-double and TNT pushed its winning streak to three after beating Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 107-92, in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Simon recorded 30 points and 14 rebounds on top of four blocks to lead TNT, which hiked its record to 5-4. “We […]

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PBA Fan of the day: Xarles Flores

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Name: Xarles Flores Age: 11 Hails from: Sta. Rosa, Laguna Favorite team: TNT Favorite player: Ranidel de Ocampo How long have you been supporting the team: Two years Why are you fan of TNT: Fan ako dahil kay Ranidel de Ocampo. Magaling siya mag-tres.

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PBA Women’s 3-on-3: Ginebra, TNT win

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Last conference’s finalists Blackwater and Ginebra had contrasting results in the PBA Tag Heuer Women’s 3-on-3 tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ginebra, composed of Angeli Gloriani, Vangie Soriano, Mary Joy Galicia and Maria Bautista, beat Phoenix, 11-7, in the first game. Blackwater took a rare loss after dropping a 15-10 decision to Tropang TNT […]

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Mar 30 : Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs Tropang TNT

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March 30 : PBA Women’s 3×3 Basketball

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Phoenix outduels Blackwater in OT

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The wringer Phoenix expects to go through later on in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations came early. The Fuelmasters sure got a taste of that Wednesday, having to go through overtime before hurdling Blackwater 124-120 to stoke their quarterfinals aspirations at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Mac Baracael and Kevin Pinkney each scored 21 points and the latter and Chico Lanete […]

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Mar 30: Phoenix Fuel Masters vs Blackwater Elite

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Expect battle royal between Ginebra, TNT

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For Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone, they’re now in the crucial stretch of a tourney where they have to battle and brace up for the next level of competition. Cone looks forward to what could well be a battle royal between his Gin Kings and the Tropang TNT Texters in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at […]

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Phoenix, Blackwater out to fan playoff hopes

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After opening the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on a high note, Phoenix and Blackwater have now found themselves struggling just to make the playoffs. All is not lost, however, and either the Fuelmasters or Elite could still fan their flickering hopes of making it through should they prevail in their meeting Wednesday at the Smart Araneta […]

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Yap could miss PBA Comm’s Cup elims due to right calf injury

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Star guard James Yap could miss the rest of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations after suffering a right calf strain. Governor Rene Pardo confirmed the development and said that the star guard will be out for two to three weeks. Coach Jason Webb, meanwhile, was more optimistic in Yap’s timetable for return. “We’ll have […]

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Chance for kids as registration for Under Armour-Batang PBA 12 & Under opens

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The Philippine Basketball Association has come up with a new treat for children this summer. In an effort to help children sharpen and improve their basketball skills, the league is now accepting enrollees for the Under Armour-Batang PBA 12 & Under basketball clinic. Interested players may download the application form from the PBA website (www.pba.ph) […]

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Player of the Week: Aldrech Ramos’ big game pays off

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Underrated forward Aldrech Ramos moved out of the shadows of his much-heralded teammate Nino “KG” Canaleta after putting on a shooting clinic last week against powerhouse Alaska. Scoreless in the first half, the 6-foot-5 Ramos caught fire in the last two quarters, pouring all 25 of his points on a red-hot 11-of-15 shooting to lead […]

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Rookie Art dela Cruz proving worth with Elite

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He may be a rookie, but plugging all the holes has always been Art dela Cruz’ forte. Just like in his senior year with San Beda, the energetic forward has gotten himself used to doing all the dirty work for Blackwater in his rookie season in the PBA. Averaging 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, […]

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Hotshots lose Yap in blowout loss to Beermen

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Star was having quite a ride as of late in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a three-game winning streak heading into its matchup against San Miguel. James Yap was having one of those vintage James Yap moments when almost everything he threw from deep went in, making 4-of-6 from the three-point area. But disaster struck […]

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Wilkerson steps up in absence of key players for SMB

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The Holy Week break was a welcome reprieve for an ailing San Miguel Beer side. But it was Tyler Wilkerson whom the Beermen needed more as they faced the streaking Star Hotshots missing three key players in June Mar Fajardo, Ronald Tubid and Arwind Santos. “The break was much needed. We started late than everybody […]

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Shorthanded Beermen still too much for Hotshots

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Minus their two MVPs, the San Miguel Beermen still showed their lethal form and outclassed the Star Hotshots, fashioning out a 117-98 rout that spoke well of their good chance at contending for a third straight PBA crown. Even sans Junmar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, the Beermen came out strong from a 10-day respite, snapping […]

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NLEX hopes to get some consistency going after win over Blackwater

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Inconsistency has always been NLEX’s biggest problem this 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup. And with eight games done, Asi Taulava is relieved that the Road Warriors are at an even footing with a 4-4 record. “We’ve been so inconsistent throughout this whole conference,” he said following NLEX’s 88-75 win over Blackwater. “We need to follow […]

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Mar 27: Star Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

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NLEX levels record, pounds Blackwater

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Al Thornton picked the right time to shine the most and powered NLEX to an 88-75 victory over Blackwater on Easter Sunday in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Thornton scored five of his 22 points and also had an assist in a big 11-1 surge, helping pluck the Road Warriors from a […]

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Mar 27: Blackwater Elite vs NLEX Road Warriors

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San Miguel resumes Top 2 chase, Star looks to extend streak

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San Miguel Beer is in hot pursuit of a Top Two spot while Star is sizzling on a three-game romp when they clash in an exciting Easter Sunday matchup in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Both gun for win. No. 5 as they face off at 5:15 p.m. in a […]

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Blackwater, NLEX shoot to bolster q’finals bid

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Blackwater Elite VS NLEX Road Warriors

On the outside looking in from the top eight, Blackwater and NLEX are both gunning to have a happy Easter when the two teams collide on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Both the Elite and the Road Warriors sit at three wins and need all the victories they can get to make it to the […]

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The Top 5 Imports of the #PBA2016 Commish Cup right now

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As the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup enters the deep waters of the elimination round, each game carries higher stakes, and each performance is magnified for the fans to scrutinize. Foremost, of course, is the production of the imports, on whose shoulders rest much of their teams’ fortunes. Which reinforcements have been up to snuff and […]

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Beermen mourn death of Santos’ mother Araceli, a true PBA fan

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June Mar Fajardo stretched in the sidelines. Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, and the rest of the Beermen ran a three-man weave. Coach Leo Austria watched on from the other end. It’s business as usual for San Miguel in Acropolis Gym. However, one key figure was visibly absent: Arwind Santos. The former MVP has missed San […]

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Star hoping to ride momentum of 3-game streak

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Despite the three-game winning run, Star coach Jason Webb is keeping his wards on their toes going into the homestretch of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations. “You always have to think that you can get better, and I think we still can on both ends of the floor, make basketball easy for us,” he […]

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Holy Week provides welcome respite for ailing players

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If there’s one thing evident this 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, it’s that no one is safe. Injuries have already taken down four players in the top 10 of last conference’s Best Player of the Conference race, mightily affecting the complexion of the playoff race so far. That’s why the Holy Week provides a welcome respite […]

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Dozier anxious to get back to action for Aces

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Rob Dozier is taking a wait-and-see approach with his status with Alaska. Recovering from a plantar fasciitis injury, the former Best Import awardee is still finding his groove after starting to participate in the Aces’ daily practices. “I’m just trying to get the feel and see how guys are responding to our practices,” he said. […]

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Hotshots enjoying, defending better amid win streak, says Yap

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After what had been a tough adjustment period under coach Jason Webb, James Yap admitted that slowly but surely, the Hotshots are embracing the way of the neophyte mentor. “Nage-enjoy na kami, di tulad nung first three games na medyo tight. Naging loose na yung team kaya maganda yung tinatakbo namin,” he said. Saddled at […]

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WATCH: Meralco Bolts bond over game of paintball

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Looking to do something out of the ordinary, Meralco players put on their armors, went out to the field, and engaged in a paintball battle on Wednesday. “We talked about trying to do something together as a team, especially with a little bit of extended break,” said Jimmy Alapag. “Us veterans thought it was cool […]

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No pork for Quiñahan for Holy Week, but lechon awaits on Easter Sunday

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No pork, no problem. JR Quiñahan is making a vow this Holy Week to stay away from the meat. “Wala munang pork,” the Rain or Shine big man said, as he plans to go home to Cebu for a quick respite. “Marami namang isda doon. Masasarap at fresh pa.” But more than his “panata,” Quiñahan […]

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PBA players use Holy Week break to train, catch up on chores and reflect

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With the Holy Week scheduled in the middle of the current 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, a lot of players have decided to stay in Manila and to escape the stress that comes from going out-of-town. A lot of teams still scheduled team practices, allotting only a day or two for players to take a short […]

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Paul Lee hurt again in ROS loss to TNT

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Bad news struck Paul Lee anew when he hurt his left knee in Rain or Shine’s game against TNT on Monday. “Just bad luck. My knee got hit when I landed,” he said, as he went down at the 4:02 mark of the second quarter when he challenged TNT guard Ryan Reyes’ three-point attempt. Still, […]

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Mar 21 : Tropang TNT vs Rain or Shine

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Mar 21 : Alaska Aces vs Mahindra Enforcer

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Painters miss Guiao in blowout loss to TNT

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Rain or Shine failed to win one for its head coach Yeng Guiao on Monday. Guiao served a one-game suspension and without him, the Elasto Painters couldn’t do much in a 114-103 loss to TNT, in a game they trailed by as much as 22 points. Assistant coach Caloy Garcia, who momentarily took over the […]

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Returning Castro gets groove after slow start

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Though sluggish at the start in his return from injury, Jayson Castro eventually got his bearings to lead TNT’s 114-103 rout of Rain or Shine on Monday. “Nag-shootaround pa rin ako para pagpawisan lang pero nung first quarter, sobrang di ko makuha yung rhythm ko. Kita naman sa missed layups at missed jump shots,” recalled […]

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TNT clobbers Rain or Shine

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Jayson Castro came back strong from a one-game rest, leading Tropang TNT to a first successive wins in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 114-103 drubbing of Rain or Shine at Smart Araneta Coliseum Monday night. Castro delivered 26 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in a superb 26-minute off-the-bench […]

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