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Intal leads Phoenix upset of SMB

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ANTIPOLO – JC Intal, a regular starter from their Barako Bull days, was surprised when told he’s playing off the bench.         He took that as a challenge, responding big time to lead Phoenix Petroleum to a first-ever win over San Miguel Beer. The 2015 FIBA Asia veteran churned out a big game in a relief […]

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Yap, David with contrasting debuts for new teams

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ANTIPOLO—Veterans James Yap and Gary David both made their debuts for their respective new teams, Rain or Shine and Mahindra, but the 105-83 score wasn’t the only margin worth noting. Yap was on the winning side as his Elasto Painters walloped David’s Floodbuster in a game which also became historic for the former poster boy […]

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PhilCup17 – Phoenix Fuel Masters vs San Miguel Beermen

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Yap scores 10 in RoS debut, says he’s moved on from Star

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ANTIPOLO—-James Yap’s shocking move to Rain or Shine may still ring a different tune to spectators, but the man himself is perfectly at ease with his new orchestra. The former poster boy of the Star franchise, who had 10 points in his debut for the Elastopainters and made his 1,001st career triple, said he’s moved […]

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Rain or Shine overwhelms Mahindra

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RAIN or Shine displayed excellent ball in the first 39 minutes of play to carve a 105-83 victory over Mahindra Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. The Elasto Painters displayed a much better chemistry and a well-rounded attack to erect a 49-point bulge before easing up on […]

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PhilCup17 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vs Mahindra Floodbuster

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Look : 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Game Schedule

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Beermen shoot for second win vs Fuel Masters

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With a monkey off their back, the San Miguel Beermen look to get going, chasing win No. 2 as they tangle with the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo Wednesday. The Beermen eye a share of early league leadership with the Blackwater Elite as they slug […]

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Rain or Shine not taking Mahindra lightly

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AFTER getting badly beaten in its opening game Mahindra decided to add more firepower by adding Gary David and Rey Guevarra to its arsenal. How quick the two new Floodbusters and the team’s eight other newcomers have adjusted to their system and one another would be had Wednesday when they take on Rain or Shine […]

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Ferrer motivated to bounce back after quiet debut

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Kevin Ferrer isn’t losing sleep over his quiet debut for Ginebra. “As a rookie, it’s not easy to gain the trust of coach Tim (Cone) so I really have to work hard for it,” he said. The former Santo Tomas stud only had three points and three rebounds in 11 minutes on the floor in […]

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Mahindra signs Gary David, Rey Guevarra

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The Mahindra Floobuster got a needed shot in the arm on Tuesday by signing veteran shooting guard Gary David and forward Rey Gavarra on the eve of their game against Rain or Shine. The acquisition of David and Guevarra should provide Mahindra, which struggled during its PBAPhilippine Cup debut against Globalport Friday last week, with […]

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TNT rookie Pogoy excited to play against ‘idols’ Yap, Hontiveros

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After fulfilling his PBA dreams, TNT rookie Roger Pogoy couldn’t wait to matchup against his idols. Pogoy said playing against the “man with a million moves” James Yap of Rain or Shine is something he looks forward to. “Idol ko siya dati pa kasi ang dami niyang moves,” Pogoy said.  The young shooting guard added […]

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Once a key contributor, Blackwater’s Gamalinda shrugs off lack of playing time

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With a newfound role and young bloods getting the lion’s share of the spotlight, Blackwater Elite’s Bambam Gamalinda sees no problem with having a scant playing time this early in the 2017 Philippine Cup. Last season, head coach Leo Isaac utilized the defensive forte and relentless hustle of the 6-foot-4 forward for 24 minutes per […]

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Ferrer vows to work harder: ‘It’s not easy to earn coach Tim’s trust’

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Barangay Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer may not have had an impressive PBA debut but he promises to work on his game and get the attention of his head coach Tim Cone. The former University of Santo Tomas standout turned in three points, three rebounds and had a turnover in 11 minutes, subpar numbers as Barangay […]

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Returning Dillinger still groping for form

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Jared Dillinger was still far from his old form when he made his return from injury on Sunday. The Meralco swingman played just nine minutes in the Bolts’ 86-84 loss to the Blackwater Elite in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. The 32-year-old, a major piece in the Bolts’ rotation, is coming off a hamstring injury he sustained […]

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Player of the Week: Rookie Belo makes early impact for Elite

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Rookie forward Mac Belo underscored his readiness in the pro level after leading Blackwater to a franchise-best 2-0 start in the season-opening PBA Philippine Cup. Playing like a grizzled veteran, the 6-foot-4 Belo averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the Elite’s back-to-back victories over Phoenix and 2016 Governors’ Cup runner-up Meralco to […]

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With Castro still out, TNT turns to de Ocampo in win over Ginebra

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Without Jayson Castro, the bulk of the load for TNT lied on the broad shoulders of Ranidel de Ocampo. And on Sunday, he proved once again why he is still one of the premier forwards in the league, leading the KaTropa past Barangay Ginebra, 108-103 for their breakthrough win in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. […]

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Gins ‘not ready’ for TNT’s late rally, says Tenorio

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LA Tenorio didn’t sugarcoat any words in expressing his disappointment over Barangay Ginebra’s 108-103 loss to TNT on Sunday. “We relaxed and we weren’t ready for their fourth quarter run. That’s where we had a problem,” he said. The Gin Kings seemed on their way to another easy win, leading by as much as 14 points […]

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Grey has solid PBA debut in Bolts loss to Elite

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As promising as his first game was, Jonathan Grey’s focus is on Meralco’s success. That’s why he doesn’t want to put too much on the 11 points and four rebounds he posted in his PBA debut, but rather rue the Bolts’ 86-84 defeat to the Blackwater Elite on Sunday. “It’s a learning process, but we lost, so […]

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De Ocampo leads TNT rally past Ginebra

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TNT outlasted Barangay Ginebra in a roller-coaster battle, breaking into the win-column in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup with a 108-103 decision Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The KaTropa opened a double-digit spread right in the first half, fell behind by 14 in the third quarter then rose up again in the final period to bounce back […]

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Miranda proves he still has it, hits game winner for Elite

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When everyone was looking at Mac Belo to bail Blackwater out, another Tamaraw stepped up to the plate and drilled the dagger. Denok Miranda hit the biggest shot of the night, draining the game-winning basket on a tough drive for an 86-84 win by the Elite over the Meralco Bolts on Sunday. “I still have […]

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Elite rookie Belo aims to keep getting better

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Mac Belo proved his first PBA game was no fluke on Sunday. Helping Blackwater in his own unassuming way, the prized rookie let his game do the talking, pouring 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, to go with six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks for an 86-84 win over Meralco on Sunday. […]

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PhilCup17 – TNT KaTropa vs Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

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Belo, Miranda lift Elite over Bolts for 2-0 start

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Rookie Mac Belo followed up his impressive debut with another sterling performance while veteran guard Denok Miranda made the go-ahead play and Blackwater upset Meralco, 86-84, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Belo led all scorers with 25 points while Miranda hit the game-winning basket on a tough drive with […]

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PhilCup17 – Meralco Bolts vs Blackwater Elite

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Ginebra makes season debut vs TNT

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Four weeks after its first title run in eight years, Barangay Ginebra makes its keenly awaited return Sunday, taking on TNT KaTropa to kick off its campaign in the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup before an expected good crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum.          Coach Tim Cone hopes they get over first-game jitters early as […]

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Elite eye 2-0 start vs debuting Bolts

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After finally winning its first-ever opener, Blackwater looks to continue its winning ways early in the season. The Elite gun for their first-ever 2-0 start and solo leadership when they tangle with the debuting Meralco Bolts in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Blackwater’s 94-87 victory over Phoenix last Wednesday marked the […]

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Compton not going to force injured Abueva to play

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Alaska forward Calvin Abueva will be out indefinitely for the Aces after a torn quad left him sidelined in their season opener against NLEX Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Aces head coach Alex Compton said Abueva tore his quadriceps during the offseason, and it’s not just the tonsillitis that sidelined the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup Best […]

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‘Stagnant’ offense, sloppy play led to Aces loss vs Road Warriors

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Alaska head coach Alex Compton stressed it was not his team’s four missed chances late in overtime that lost them the match, 99-97, against NLEX Friday in their season opener, but the lack of ball movement his players had that held them back. On top of that, the Aces turned the ball over 28 times allowing NLEX […]

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Aces rookie Carl Cruz impresses in PBA debut

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Carl Bryan Cruz may have the least notoriety of the Gilas players selected in the PBA Special Draft but it only took his debut for Alaska to turn heads. In a disappointing loss to 99-97 loss to NLEX at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cruz went off for 20 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals, and he […]

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Road Warriors survive Aces in OT

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NLEX and Alaska Milk engaged in the first overtime game in the season with the Road Warriors pulling through, 99-97, in the end on four missed gimmes by the Aces in the last 10 seconds. RJ Jazul first clunked a layup then Jaypee Mendoza and Dondon Hontiveros muffed three follow-ups, allowing the Road Warriors an […]

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No Ateneo-La Salle rivalry as Pessumal learns from ex-Archers in GlobalPort

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Von Pessumal may have played just 19 minutes in the PBA, but the former Ateneo gunner seems to have acclimated to the league’s culture. His collegiate experiences, including the fierce rivalries, are now in his rearview mirror. Pessumal, who had eight points in his Globalport debut, is now under former La Salle head coach Franz […]

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PhilCup17 : Alaska Aces vs NLEX Road Warriors

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Globalport blows by Mahindra for 1st season opener win

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GLOBALPORT’s retooled personnel responded to a more active involvement by new head coach Franz Pumaren by manhandling Mahindra 97-75 Friday at the start of their PBA Philippine Cup campaign at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Terrence Romeo scored 29 points and issued six assists, backcourt partner Stanley Pringle notched 16 and five while JR Quinahan and […]

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PhilCup17 : Mahindra Floodbuster vs GlobalPort Batang Pier

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Doug Kramer continues recovery from mild stroke

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Doug Kramer is looking forward to his return some time next year as he recuperates from a mild stroke he suffered in the offseason. The veteran big man shared that he’s working his way back to the court after his stunning experience last October. “It’s been six weeks and I started doing cardio, bike, but […]

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NLEX plays first game under Guiao, takes on Alaska

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Will coach Yeng Guiao be able to bring his coaching brilliance over to NLEX? With hardly an impact in two years under coach Boyet Fernandez, the Road Warriors finally plunge into action with Guiao at the helm as they take on the Alaska Milk Aces in the third play date of the 2016-17 PBA Philippine […]

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Mahindra, GlobalPort parade new players

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MAKING do with what they have is the common thinking between GlobalPort and Mahindra when they collide Friday kicking off their PBA Philippine Cup campaign at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Johnedel Cardel is set to call the shots for a GlobalPort team that underwent some retooling in the off-season and now has five new players […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Cez Clarin

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Name: Cez Clarin Age: 25 From where: Bacoor, Cavite Favorite team: Rain or Shine Favorite player: James Yap Why are you a fan of Rain or Shine? “Sila talaga sinusundan ko lalo na ngayon lumipat sakanila si James Yap.”

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PBA Fan of the Day: Aaron Dontogan

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Name: Aaron Dontogan Age: 29 From where: Baguio City Favorite team:  TNT KaTropa Favorite player: Kelly Williams How long have you been a fan: Since lumipat si Kelly Williams Why are you a fan of TNT? “Magaling Kelly Williams and inaabangan ko mabigyan sya ng chance maging MVP”

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