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From Ginebra practice player to draftee, hard work pays off for de Guzman

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Jericho De Guzman stood at 6-foot-11, but he was never the one to standout in a basketball crowd. During the team’s championship run in the PBA Governors’ Cup, his only chance to step into the parquet floor was when the confetti started to fall inside Smart Araneta Coliseum. De Guzman was no fan. He was […]

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Gavina: Escoto, Eriobu adds versatility to Mahindra

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After nabbing five players in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina is ecstatic with what he feels is a potentially deep haul. “I’m extremely happy because we got a lot of dynamic players,” Gavina said Sunday. Though a lot have regarded this class as a fairly shallow one, that doesn’t deter Gavina […]

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Jalalon too good to pass up for guard-heavy Hotshots

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Despite having an already beefed up backcourt, Star head coach Chito Victolero admitted Arellano University’s Jiovani Jalalon was just someone too good to pass up. “I think he’s the best point guard in the amateurs, so we grabbed the opportunity na makuha sya,” he said Sunday at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft at Robinsons Place […]

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Banal’s PBA journey a ‘five-year plan,’ says dad

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Joel Banal could only sigh looking back at the path his son Ael took before making the PBA. “It’s another miracle for our family,” he said Sunday after Ael was picked first overall in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. The former PBA coach, who called the shots for TNT and Alaska, shared his son’s move to Hope […]

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Alaska, Rain or Shine satisfied with lone draft picks

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As teams pick one hopeful from another in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, two teams opted to pass. Alaska and Rain or Shine only selected players in the special draft and decided to skip the regular draft. Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia said he didn’t see the need to draft more players after the team already […]

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Jalalon aims to benefit from loaded Star backcourt

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Jio Jalalon is considered as the best collegiate point guard in the draft, but as his professional career starts to unfold the former Arellano University star will soon find himself battling for precious minutes. Star drafted Jalalon with its pick in the special draft and the speedster joins the team’s loaded backcourt that has Paul […]

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Cone on passing up on Jalalon: Ferrer’s the guy we’re looking for

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As much as Tim Cone would have loved to build a second installment of “The Fast and The Furious,” the Barangay Ginebra coach said picking forward Kevin Ferrer over guard Jio Jalalon boiled down to addressing the Gin Kings’ needs. Fans clamored for a Jalalon team up with Scottie Thompson in what would be a […]

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Ginebra’s Ferrer looks to improve maturity under Cone

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Kevin Ferrer has yet to wear an official Barangay Ginebra jersey, but when it comes to the team’s “never-say-die” attitude, the lanky forward has already lived it. In his first three years at University of Santo Tomas, Ferrer played under one Ginebra legend in Pido Jarencio. And Ferrer knows all too well how to play […]

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Banal aims to prove worth as Elite’s top pick in regular draft

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Blackwater’s continuing quest for relevance brought the franchise to arguably its best Draft when it picked up Mac Belo, the best-touted prospect out of the Gilas pool, and Ael Banal, the No.1 overall pick in the Regular Draft. Banal and Belo will join a young team who only has four players above 30 years old. […]

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Bolts bolster backcourt with Ed Daquioag

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There’s still much more Ed Daquioag has to do before he makes his mark in the PBA, but the former University of Santo Tomas slotman, who was drafted by Meralco, sees a potential a partnership with reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Newsome. With Daquioag, the Bolts got another versatile and athletic guard, joining the […]

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Isaac excited for Blackwater’s future with Belo, Banal

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After picking Mac Belo and Ael Banal in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, coach Leo Isaac can now look forward to a brighter future for Blackwater. “Young bloods,” Isaac remarked on Sunday. “Talent-wise, they can develop into future PBA superstars and play good basketball for Blackwater.” Belo has undoubtedly proven himself  as the best player in the […]

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2016 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft

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Banal, Alolino 1-2 in regular draft; Ginebra picks Jamito

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Blackwater tapped the services of Raphael Banal, picking the guard first in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila. The 23-year-old guard from Hope International University – California impressed a lot of scouts during the two-day Draft Combine showing his abilities as one of the field’s elite wingers. Banal, who is the son of […]

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Belo embraces new challenge at Elite; Gilas bets drafted

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Mac Belo hopes to bring his championship pedigree from the amateur ranks to Blackwater in the PBA. The soft spoken forward from Far Eastern University headed Gilas Pilipinas pool players, who were distributed to all 12 teams to open the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila. “Ibibigay ko lang yung best ko para manalo kami tsaka […]

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PBA Draft Focus: Escoto hopes to thrive as a small forward

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Russel Escoto already has someone in mind to emulate as he makes the jump to the PBA. “Idol ko si Arwind Santos kasi sobrang effective ng laro niya,” he said Friday in the 2016 Slam Draft Suite. “Piso-piso lang. Walang extravagant na moves. Basic lang.” “Napapanood ko na sya pagdating ko ng FEU, tapos sinabi […]

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PBA Draft Focus: McCarthy staying patient as he awaits chance to play in PBA

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Compared to past draft classes where Fil-foreign took the spotlight, there are only a few names that have cropped up in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft. One of them is the 27-year-old Rashawn McCarthy, who turned heads in the two-day Draft Combine as he made good impressions on coaches and scouts. “I feel like I […]

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PBA Draft Focus: Broadcasting stint helps Reyes understand game better

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Mikee Reyes has taken the unconventional route to the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. Hampered by shoulder injuries during his time in University of the Philippines and was even crippled by an ACL injury after his collegiate career, the 5-foot-10 guard is eyeing to progress to the pro league in his own unique way. Reyes went […]

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Teams announce Gilas recruits, pick from hopefuls in PBA Draft

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The 12 PBA teams formally announce their Gilas recruits then go through the process of the regular draft in an important PBA event — the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft — at Robinson’s Place Manila starting at 4 p.m. Sunday. The announcements of the Gilas distribution will be announced first by alphabetical order of teams starting […]

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Guiao’s ‘equal opportunity’ philosophy is rooted in unforgotten memory

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Very few people know it, but new NLEX Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao sees himself every time he peeks at the end of his bench. “I played college basketball with the Maroons and played in the PBL with Swift,” Guiao said Thursday night on Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s omni-platform sports talk show. “I was never […]

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PBA Draft Focus: Alolino hopes leadership skills attract attention of teams

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Gelo Alolino has made a name for himself as an elite point guard in the collegiate ranks and one of the best in this year’s 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. And the former National University playmaker is optimistic that he has convinced some of the teams to consider him for their selection after the two-day the […]

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PBA Draft Focus: Big men hoping to make a splash in Rookie Draft

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Though big men in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft class are as sparse as ever, that doesn’t mean that teams still can’t snag quality bangers from this pool. One of the prospected top selections in the field is University of the East’s Chris Javier. Though undersized at 6-foot-5, the Binan, Laguna native wants scouts to […]

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PBA Draft Focus: Grey humbled by expectations ahead of Draft

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Missing last year’s rookie selection because of his lack of D-League experience, Jonathan Grey is looking at it as a blessing in disguise that gave him more time to prepare for the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. “Feeling ko mas naging OK para sa akin yung nangyari kasi nakapag-D-League ako at napasama sa Gilas cadets,” he […]

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PBA Draft Focus: Wright brings ‘fiery, competitive’ nature to PBA

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There may be little fanfare surrounding him, but Matthew Wright is out to prove that he’s one of the best talents this 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. So excited was his former coach Ariel Vanguardia that he compared Wright to one of the league’s best sharp shooters. “His shooting could be compared to Marcio Lassiter,” the Phoenix […]

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PBA Draft Focus: Desire to help family motivates Jalalon in PBA bid

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Jio Jalalon said his decision to forego his final playing year with Arellano University was fully supported by the school and his head coach Jerry Codiñera. Jalalon applied for the PBA Draft as part of the Gilas pool last week not long after the Chiefs failed to win the NCAA Season 92 Finals. “Yung reason […]

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Gavina looking for picks to meet Mahindra’s needs

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Coming off a confidence building third conference, all Mahindra coach Chris Gavina wants is to pounce on the hot streak for the upcoming PBA season. And it all starts with the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. The Enforcers are expected to pick among the top half of the Gilas draft and owns the fourth pick in […]

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53 applicants pass Draft Combine

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Fifty three applicants passed the Draft Combine and will move on to the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday. The PBA released the final list of aspirants on Friday. Charley Caluya failed to pass the fitness test done by Focus Athletics on Wednesday, while Jordan dela Paz failed to show up in the required two-day […]

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Victolero looking to bolster wing, frontcourt from Star draft picks

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Already enjoying a deep guard rotation, Star coach Chito Victolero is looking for a few more pieces from the upcoming 2016 PBA Rookie Draft to bolster his line-up “We’re looking for a big man or winger,” Victolero said on Thursday in Day 2 of the 2016 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center in […]

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Ginebra-Meralco series phenomenal success on gate receipts, TV ratings

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The Barangay Ginebra-Meralco title series was a phenomenal success on ticket sales as well as on TV ratings and on livestream viewing. It drew an overflow crowd in each of the six games the Gin Kings took to dispose of the Meralco Bolts and bag their first PBA crown in eight years. And it was […]

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Jalalon shines, leads Team C to top honors in Draft Combine tourney

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Jiovani Jalalon towed Team E to a huge 55-51 overtime victory over Team C to rule the 2016 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine mini tournament Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw. The Arellano spitfire was also named as the Most Valuable Player after firing nine points and the game-clinching assists in extra time to seal […]

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2016 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine day 2

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Carlo Lastimosa to NLEX

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The PBA Commissioner’s Office approved today the trade that sent Blackwater shooting guard Carlo Lastimosa to NLEX for  journeyman James Forrester. Besides Forrester, Ginebra’s fourth round pick in 2013, the Elite also re-acquired its second round pick in Sunday’s Annual Draft. Lastimosa, a streak shooter, should complement with Jonas Villanueva another shooting guard. With Blackwater, […]

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Gilas Draft Procedure Ok’d

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In a lengthy meeting held on October 27, 2016, the PBA Board has decided on the procedure for the drafting of Gilas players in the coming PBA rookie draft this Sunday. It was approved by the Board that each PBA team shall pick one player from the Gilas pool based on a pre-determined order. The […]

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Mac Belo highest leaper among PBA draft hopefuls; Arambulo fastest

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The most talented player in the draft turned out to be one of the top athletes as well. Projected top overall pick Mac Belo proved he’s the complete package after tallying the highest standing and maximum vertical leap at the start of the two-day 2016 PBA Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong. […]

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2016 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine Day 1

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List of 2016 PBA Draft Applicants

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Tenorio continues to receive blessings after latest title

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Blessings continue to pour for LA Tenorio. After helping Ginebra end its eight-year title drought by winning the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup crown on Wednesday, the Finals MVP welcomed his newborn son the following day. “This is the next big thing na nangyari sa akin after the Jones Cup,” he said. “I think ito na yung […]

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Romeo eyes to be better passer, defender after 2nd scoring title

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Terrence Romeo is more than willing to pass the rock next season. Named Scoring Champion for the second straight year, the GlobalPort standout shared he still wants to improve on his passing game and defense as he eyes to be more of a complete player heading into his fourth season in the league. “Magfo-focus ako […]

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2016 PBA Draft Combine set on Wednesday

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PBA aspirants take one step closer in achieving their dreams as they participate in the 2016 PBA Draft Combine this week. The two-day camp, which will be held at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, will wage all the hopefuls against each other as they try to make an impression in front […]

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PBA Bulletin

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The PBA Gilas National Team special draft order will be announced after the meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

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Ginebra celebrates with ‘best fans in the world’

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Mobile phones acting as flashlights lit up the arena like stars, and as the ball found the bottom of the net, a thunderous roar and a wild celebration followed. Four days after Barangay Ginebra’s title win, the Gin Kings’ dramatic victory in Game 6 of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals was still very much […]

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