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Phoenix’s Enciso aims to make All-Star team next year

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Having an explosive sophomore year, Phoenix point guard Simon Enciso is on a mission to hit a big target in 2017. The 5-foot-11 Enciso revealed he is eyeing to play in next year’s All-Star Game which features the best cagers in the PBA. “To be part of the All-Star,” the 25-year old playmaker emphatically said. “I […]

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Santos says gift from mom-in-law his best Christmas present this year

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San Miguel’s Arwind Santos received a simple yet the most special gift on Christmas Day.  Of all the presents he received from his wife, siblings and relatives, the 6-foot-4 Pampanga native said that the one he holds dearest was the gift given to him by his mother-in-law. “‘Yung kumot kasi para sa’kin matagal ko magagamit. […]

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Streaking Beermen still not in peak form, says Chris Ross

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Defending champion San Miguel is primed, yet again, for another title run in the PBA Philippine Cup as evident by its four-game win streak, which right now is the longest one in the league. The Beermen’s 5-1 record is also the best in the league with TNT and Rain or Shine both a game behind […]

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Newsome hopes to limit errors after committing 11 turnovers in loss to SMB

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Chris Newsome, the PBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year, had a line to forget in Meralco’s 101-86 loss to defending Philippine Cup champions San Miguel as he put up a triple-double with one glaring statistical anomaly. He had 16 points, 12 rebounds, but turned the ball over 11 times as the Bolts dropped their third […]

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Black sees no positives in Bolts loss to Beermen

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Meralco head coach Norman Black wasn’t in the mood to look at any bright moments in his team’s 101-86 loss to defending champion San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.  “Bad game, that’s all I can really tell you,” said Black as the Bolts dropped to 2-4 and absorbed their third straight […]

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GlobalPort deputy on meltdown: ‘We stopped playing defense’

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Christmas may be over but GlobalPort experienced what it’s like getting a visit from the Grinch.  On Wednesday, the Batang Pier was having their way against Phoenix but nothing would have prepared them against the Fuel Masters’ furious fourth-quarter fightback. Globalport assistant coach Cholo Villanueva said it was his team’s lackadaisical defensive effort in the […]

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Cabagnot taken to hospital with apparent broken nose

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San Miguel rolled to its fifth victory on Wednesday but it wasn’t all fun and games when its starting point guard Alex Cabagnot had to be rushed to the hospital after suffering a broken nose following the Beermen’s win over the Meralco Bolts. Cabagnot suffered the injury after colliding with Meralco forward Cliff Hodge at […]

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Fajardo not concerned over lack of production with SMB winning

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June Mar Fajardo has been the PBA’s consistent dominant force, but the gentle giant of San Miguel doesn’t mind playing a lesser role especially with his team chalking up wins. In the Beermen’s convincing 101-86 drubbing of Meralco, Fajardo produced pedestrian numbers by his standards with an 11-point, 14-rebound line as Marcio Lassiter and Alex […]

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Borboran in right place at right time for game-winning tip

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When Phoenix needed a hero in its late-game rally against GlobalPort, one unassuming veteran stepped up from seemingly out of nowhere. Mark Borboran, has never been the guy to stand out in a PBA game, but on Wednesday he made sure his presence, though quiet, would ring out in the Fuel Masters’ 101-99 victory over […]

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San Miguel fends off Meralco, improves to 5-1

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San Miguel Beer was a firecracker crackling and spitting sparks all game long in a 101-86 demolition of Meralco in a PBA Philippine Cup pre-New Year presentation at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City Wednesday night. The Beermen torched the Bolts right in the opening quarter and lit the board all throughout in a relatively easy victory that kept the […]

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PhilCup17 – San Miguel Beermen vs Meralco Bolts

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Communication vital in Phoenix comeback win, says Baguio

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With Phoenix once again on the verge of a humiliating defeat, a veteran voice made sure the Fuel Masters would not go down as afterthoughts. Cyrus Baguio, despite playing horribly in the first three quarters, played a huge role not only on the stat sheets but also in the Fuel Masters’ intangibles in their 101-99 […]

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Phoenix rallies from 26 down, stuns GlobalPort

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True to its name, Phoenix rose from the ashes and shone in the end. Mark Borboran came up big in the fourth, including the game-winning tip with 2.4 seconds remaining as the Fuel Masters completed the 26-point comeback to stun GlobalPort, 101-99, Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. “We didn’t quit. […]

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PhilCup17 – GlobalPort Batang Pier vs Phoenix Fuel Master

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#PBATweetsmisan with San Miguel Beermen’s Chris Ross

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#PBATweetsmisan is a regular Q&A with PBA players happening every Wednesday and Friday, LIVE on PBA’s official accounts and website. Fans can ask post their questions through PBA’s social media accounts for their favorite players to answer on camera.

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#PBATweetsmisan with Phoenix Fuel Masters’ Cyrus Baguio

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#PBATweetsmisan is a regular Q&A with PBA players happening every Wednesday and Friday, LIVE on PBA’s official accounts and website. Fans can ask post their questions through PBA’s social media accounts for their favorite players to answer on camera.

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San Miguel starts tough grind vs Meralco

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San Miguel Beer and Meralco have had their successes in the year about to end, and both try to end it on a positive note as they clash in the mainer of the last PBA play date in 2016 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City Wednesday night. The Beermen, winner of the 2016 all-Filipino […]

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GlobalPort, Phoenix battle to end year on high note

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After ending its horrifying two-game skid with a 94-90 win against Meralco last week, Phoenix now focuses to close the year out with a bang. And through 44-point beatdowns and injuries to his key players, coach Ariel Vanguardia is nothing but grateful that his Fuel Masters is still in the thick of the playoff race […]

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Elite lick wounds after tough OT loss to Floodbuster

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BOCAUE – It wasn’t the Christmas gift Blackwater was expecting on Sunday. Losing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Elite became the first team to lose to lowly Mahindra, 97-93, in overtime this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. And even the players were left speechless by the devastating defeat. “Di ko alam. Masakit,” said […]

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Cone marvels at massive Philippine Arena

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BOCAUE – It’s not everyday the PBA plays inside a world-class stadium like Philippine Arena. But even coaches who regularly play in front of mammoth crowds couldn’t help but be stunned with the size of the venue. “This is an awesome facility. I’m so impressed with this facility. The locker room, floor, everything out there […]

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Revilla, Mahindra savor ‘different’ feeling after first win

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BOCAUE – LA Revilla is thrilled that the Philippine Arena has been nothing but lucky for Mahindra. Going 2-of-2 inside the world-class stadium, the diminutive guard is happy that his team finally scored that breakthrough win on Christmas day, no less. “It’s just two wins, and both were against Blackwater. Maybe we’re excited too because […]

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Better health, more family time on top of players’ New Year’s resolutions

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As the new year draws nearer, various PBA players already have their resolutions to maintain in 2017. NLEX big man Bradwyn Guinto swears to keep an eye on his health as he vows to religiously stick to his diet and supress his craving for chocolates Alaska guard Jvee Casio shared the same regard for his […]

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Celda thrilled to experience first win as pro

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Mahindra rookie Reden Celda was all smiles after the Floodbuster pulled off a 97-93 overtime victory over Blackwater on Christmas Day at the Philippine Arena. The team’s first win in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup also marks the first triumph of Celda as a pro. “Sobrang saya. Nagpasalamat nga ‘ko sa mga beterano namin kasi […]

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Overeager Jalalon learns lesson from scoreless outing

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BOCAUE – Jio Jalalon offered no excuse for his scoreless showing in his Manila Clasico debut on Sunday. Held to a paltry 0-of-10 shooting from the field, the rookie admits that his emotions got the better of him in Star’s 86-79 defeat to Ginebra at Philippine Arena here. “Gigil ako eh. Hindi ako ready sa […]

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Pingris: Nanggigil lang din talaga kami

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BOCAUE – Star did its best, but Marc Pingris knows it still wasn’t good enough. The hardworking forward resigned to the idea that Ginebra was the better team on Christmas Day. “Binigay namin lahat. Talagang sinuwerte lang talaga si Japeth (Aguilar) sa labas. Hindi ko inakala na ganoon ang mangyayari. Pero binigay din namin ang […]

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Thompson on his 17 rebounds: ‘Dinaan ko lang sa sipag’

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BOCAUE – Scottie Thompson may stand at just 6-foot-1, but he might as well be listed as a 7-footer. The sophomore continued to enamor the Ginebra faithful, hauling down an eye-popping 17 boards to lead his side in rebounding in the Kings’ 86-79 thumping of Star on Sunday at Philippine Arena here. Thompson has been […]

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Player of the Week: Mallari ties career best

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Alex Mallari made sure Mahindra won’t end the Holiday season winless. The left-handed Mallari banged in a career-tying 23 points, hauled down 11 rebounds, issued four assists and added four steals to gift the Floodbuster a thrilling 97-93 overtime win against Blackwater Elite on Christmas Day at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The Fil-American […]

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Cone admits still tough for him to coach against ex-team Star

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BOCAUE – Even though he’s far removed from his days at Star, coach Tim Cone said he still feels for Star following Ginebra’s 86-79 win on Sunday at Philippine Arena here. “I feel for (Marc) Ping and PJ (Simon) and Mark (Barroca) and those guys. I know how hard it is to lose on this […]

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3-point barrage in Ginebra win came unexpected for Aguilar

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BOCAUE – He was given the license to shoot so Japeth Aguilar obliged. Urged to not shy away from beyond the arc, the lengthy forward went bonkers from three, going on a perfect 5-of-5 clip for a career-high 32 points to lead Ginebra to an 86-79 win over Star on Christmas Day at the massive […]

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Not best way to end year, but Lee happy with Star’s record

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BOCAUE – Playing in his first “Manila Clasico,” Paul Lee said that he wasn’t really overwhelmed with the magnitude of the duel or even the size of the world-class stadium like Philippine Arena. “It was OK. It was the same game,” he quipped. True enough, Lee didn’t shy away from the spotlight as he racked […]

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Ryan Arana laughs off air ball from three as Mahindra escapes

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BOCAUE – With his confidence running high, Ryan Arana was confident he could nail the dagger. With the game on the line, the veteran guard fired a three-pointer midway in the overtime period of the closely contested game between Mahindra and Blackwater, saw his shot’s arc and turned around, believing it was already a sealed […]

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Mallari seizes chance to dominate

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BOCAUE – The monkey is finally off of Mahindra’s back. Alex Mallari took charge in the endgame as the Floodbuster crawled back from 15-points down for the 97-93 win over Blackwater on Christmas day. “We were just trying to be the veterans of the team and lead the team to victory,” he said, as he […]

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Japeth’s 32 points lift Ginebra in ‘Christmas Clasico’

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BOCAUE — Japeth Aguilar gave Barangay Ginebra and their diehards a wonderful Christmas present in the form of a career-best 32-point job that carried the team past the Star Hotshots, 86-79, in their PBA Philippine Cup Christmas Day showdown before a cheering crowd of more than 23,000 at the Philippine Arena here. Not wanting a […]

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PhilCup17 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs Star Hotshots

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PBA Fan of the Day: Ernest Adrian

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Name: Ernest Adrian Age: 25 From Where: Cavite Favorite Team: Ginebra San Miguel Favorite Player: Chris Ellis Why are you a fan of Ginebra? “Ginebra is the team favored by my whole family.”

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PBA Fan of the Day: Sherina Roque

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Name: Sherina Roque Age: 23 From Where: Malabon Favorite Team: Star Hotshots Favorite Player: Jiovani Jalalon Why are you a fan of Star? “Same school kami ni Jalalon.”

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Mallari dominates as Mahindra scores Christmas Day breakthrough

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BOCAUE – Mahindra will finally have a merry Christmas. The Floodbuster came back from the dead and pulled a 97-93 overtime shocker over Blackwater Sunday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup to at Philippine Arena here. A determined Alex Mallari anchored Mahindra and fired 13 of his career-high tying 23 points in the fourth and […]

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PhilCup17 – Blackwater Elite vs Mahindra Floodbuster

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Thompson, Jalalon cross paths anew in ‘Christmas Clasico’

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Last time Scottie Thompson and Jiovani Jalalon faced off, magic happened. Dazzling the collegiate league with their awe-inspiring game, the young studs made history as both notched triple-doubles with Perpetual and Arellano waging war in the NCAA Season 91. The Jalalon-led Chiefs topped the Thompson-bannered Altas, 84-77, in overtime last September 4, 2015 in what […]

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‘We’re playing selfish basketball,’ says Alas amid NLEX 5-game skid

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Struggling to find the right words to say, Kevin Alas offered one reason why NLEX is on a five-game tailspin. “I guess we’re just playing selfish basketball. We weren’t playing smart basketball,” he said. The Road Warriors lost grip of their 12-point lead in the third period and allowed Rain or Shine to roar back […]

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