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Amid slump, Garcia hopes Elasto Painters learn from setbacks

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Despite Rain or Shine’s three-game slump at the tailend of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations, coach Caloy Garcia said that he won’t revert to the old ways of former coach Yeng Guiao. “The difference now is there’s no one to curse at (the players),” he said, talking about the ex-mentor’s ways of toughening up […]

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Phoenix nabs Dehesa from free agent pool

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Bolstering its roster in preparation for the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, Phoenix plucked Karl Dehesa from the free agent pool on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2 shooter was dropped by GlobalPort to the unrestricted free agent list, allowing the Fuel Masters to secure the services of the gunner. The seldom-used Dehesa only appeared for three games […]

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Guiao on last place NLEX: We’ll start over again if needed

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NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao said major changes have to be made after his team ended the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup with the worst record. The Road Warriors finished their first conference under Guiao with a dismal 2-9 slate. “I don’t think you can be last place in the conference and not make any radical […]

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Player of the Week: Maliksi leads Star’s playoff push

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The departure of James Yap in the offseason gave athletic wingman Allen Maliksi an opportunity to blossom into a legitimate superstar under new Star coach Chito Victolero. Getting the green light to shoot, the 6-foot-3 Maliksi didn’t disappoint, delivering for a Star quintet that has learned to win big games in the post-James Yap era. […]

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Terrence Romeo is the future of PBA, says James Yap

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There’s no doubt in James Yap’s mind that Terrence Romeo is the future of the PBA. “Sa nilalaro ni Terrence ngayon, I think future siya. Alam ko yung feeling na ganoon, na sobrang taas ang kumpiyansa niya,” Yap said. Yap had a first hand look on how deadly the two-time Scoring Champion can be as […]

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Quinahan gets win over Belga as former teammates face off

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GlobalPort big man JR Quinahan expected a tough time heading into a duel with Rain or Shine on Sunday. Bracing for a tight battle against his old team, he told his former teammate Beau Belga to take it easy. “Sinabi ko lang kay Beau kanina bago mag-start na dahan-dahan lang,” Quinahan said with a chuckle. […]

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Ginebra clinches playoff spot, rallies past NLEX

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Barangay Ginebra shook off a sluggish start and overcame an early 17-point second-quarter deficit in trumping NLEX, 90-80, to claim the seventh quarterfinals slot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome Sunday night. A few hours after Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle formed a devastating two-man wrecking crew for GlobalPort, LA Tenorio and Joe […]

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Norwood on guarding Romeo: ‘It’s frustrating’

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Terrence Romeo was so slick on Sunday that he even managed to evade reporters after GlobalPort’s 117-99 win over Rain or Shine. Minutes after setting a career-high 44 points, the super scorer’s impact was still felt inside Cuneta Astrodome. “I can’t lie, It’s frustrating, especially in a game that we need to win and the situation that […]

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PhilCup17 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs NLEX Road Warriors

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GlobalPort makes quarters, downs ROS behind Romeo’s career-high

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Terrence Romeo exploded for a career-high 44 points to carry GlobalPort over Rain or Shine, 117-99, and clinch a seat in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at Cuneta Astrodome. The Batang Pier’s super scorer caught fire with a 20-point second quarter. He finished what he started, pouring 19 more points in the payoff period to […]

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PhilCup17 – GlobalPort Batang Pier vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

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Ginebra takes another crack at playoff spot

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With or without Japeth Aguilar, Barangay Ginebra is expected to go all out to nail its second shot at an outright quarterfinals entry versus NLEX in the penultimate play date of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at the Cuneta Astrodome Sunday. Dropping their last game against the Phoenix Fuel Masters, the Gin Kings are […]

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Rain or Shine, GlobalPort seek q’finals berth

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Wrapping up their final assignments in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations, Rain or Shine and GlobalPort both seek to be the sixth team to clinch a seat in the quarterfinals when they clash Sunday at Cuneta Astrodome. The Elasto Painters are currently on a two-game skid and they’re hoping to end the skid just […]

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San Miguel goes hard in no-bearing game to develop winning habit

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If there’s one team that’s so used to winning, it’s San Miguel Beer, which has ruled three of the last six conferences. And the Beermen hope the winning doesn’t end there as they gun for a third straight Philippine Cup title. “We really need to win, we need to have that winning habit entering the […]

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Cabagnot’s heroics lift SMB past TNT for 9th straight win

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ANTIPOLO — San Miguel Beer uncorked an 8-0 closing run in the last 1:26 of play and salvaged a 98-94 win over TNT KaTropa that derailed the Texters’ twice-to-beat aspiration in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center here Saturday night. June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos combined for that endgame […]

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Bolts left to reflect on ‘unacceptable’ end to dismal conference

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ANTIPOLO — Meralco captain Jared Dillinger didn’t hold anything back after the Bolts suffered their worst loss in franchise history at hands of the Star Hotshots on Saturday. Already out of playoff contention, Meralco capped its nightmarish campaign in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup with a 47-point loss to Star, a beatdown that left Dillinger […]

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PhilCup17 – San Miguel Beermen vs TNT KaTropa

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Star dismantles Meralco by 47 points to move closer to no. 2

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ANTIPOLO — Merciless from the get-go, Star handed Meralco its worst loss in franchise history with a 120-73 whipping and bolstered its bid for the last twice-to-beat bonus in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Ynares Sports Center here. Allein Maliksi led the Hotshots with 25 points built on five 3-pointers in just three […]

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Defense is key to Alaska’s dominant win

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Alaska has proven time and again that its offense indeed starts with its defense. On Friday, Aces showcased their defensive might en route to a precious quarterfinals seat in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Alaska limited Phoenix to 38-percent shooting from the field and scored a 106-85 rout to earn its place in the playoffs. […]

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PhilCup17 – Meralco Bolts vs Star Hotshots

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Manuel bucks ankle pain to boost Aces

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Vic Manuel wasn’t supposed to play on Friday when Alaska met Phoenix at Cuneta Astrodome. But with a tight race to the playoffs, Manuel knew the Aces could use his help. “I’m not supposed to play today, but if we won’t win today, we’re in a precarious position in the playoffs,” he said in Filipino. […]

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TNT makes final push for no. 2

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TNT KaTropa makes its final push in the fight for No. 2 spot as it tangles with pacesetter San Miguel Beer in their closing game in the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo Saturday. As the breakaway top-notchers in the elims, the Beermen are now merely warming up for […]

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Star seeks entry into q’finals

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Star seeks to formally gain entry to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals as it takes on Meralco on Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. The Hotshots, currently at 5-4, are coming off a 111-95 win over Blackwater last Wednesday, and a victory would clinch them a seat in the playoffs. More importantly, if Star […]

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Kramer welcome addition to Phoenix in playoffs push

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No thanks to a technicality, Doug Kramer’s debut with Phoenix got postponed for at least a week. Coach Ariel Vanguardia shared that the 6-foot-5 slotman was supposed to play in the Fuel Masters’ 106-85 loss to Alaska on Friday. “It’s pity. We put Doug Kramer in the lineup but it was past 1 p.m. when […]

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With freedom to shoot, Mallari lets loose for a career night

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Don’t call Alex Mallari the Filipino Russell Westbrook anytime soon. “Going 30-10-9 a night? No. I’m not Westbrook,” he said, knowing producing those numbers on a nightly basis is tough to achieve. But on Friday night, Mallari made it look easy as he fired a career-best 30 points to go with 10 rebounds and nine […]

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Hot Aces burn Fuel Masters

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Alaska Milk became the fourth team to make the PBA Philippine Cup playoff round after a 106-85 conquest of Phoenix Petroleum at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday night. The Aces banked on the exploits of their second group in taking command in the second quarter, then they held sway through the final half in nailing the […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Christian Lim

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Name: Christian Lim Age: 18 From: Tondo, Manila Fan of which team: Alaska Favorite Player: Calvin Abueva How long have you been a fan of the team: Three years Why are you a fan of the team: “Because of Calvin.”

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PhilCup17 – Phoenix Fuelmasters vs Alaska Aces

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PBA Fan of the Day: Nina Jenica De Claro

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Name: Nina Jenica De Claro Age: 21 From: Bulacan Fan of which team: NLEX Favorite Player: Asi Taulava How long have you been a fan of the team: Two years Why are you a fan of the team: “They have good looking players.”

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Mallari’s near triple-double tows Mahindra past NLEX

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Alex Mallari unleashed a herculean effort and carried Mahindra to a 106-96 victory over NLEX Friday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome. The Fil-Am swingman almost notched a triple-double as he tallied 30 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists to carry the also-ran Floodbuster to their third win in 10 games. Mahindra’s […]

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Escoto injures left knee after bad fall

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Just when Russel Escoto is finally getting his groove on, the Gilas Pilipinas pool member hurt his knee after a bad fall late in the first half of Mahindra’s game against NLEX on Friday. The 23-year-old’s left knee buckled as he fell down after a rebound battle against Road Warriors center Fonso Gotladera with 23.1 […]

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PhilCup17 – Mahindra Floodbuster vs NLEX Road Warriors

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#PBATweetsmisan with Alaska’s Chris Banchero

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#PBATweetsmisan with Mahindra’s Alex Mallari

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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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Mahindra, NLEX try to avoid last place

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Fighting for pride, Mahindra and NLEX clash on Friday to escape the ignominy of ending the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the bottom of the standings. The two squads, which went on a significant rebuild in the offseason, seeks to get some semblance of hope as they finetune their locals while looking forward to the […]

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Phoenix takes crack at no. 2

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Phoenix Petroleum chases a shot at a No. 2 finish behind San Miguel Beer while Alaska Milk shoots for a quarterfinal entry as they clash in a critical showdown ushering the final week of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday. It could well be a slam-bang battle as the Fuel Masters […]

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With Pingris’ guidance, Maliksi strives to play better defense

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Marc Pingris is no stranger to being the cool big brother to his teammates. He has always been the fun-loving elder statesman the younger players look up to and during his time with Gilas Pilipinas, he developed a solid friendship with three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo. His role is no different when it came […]

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TNT takes quarterfinals seat at expense of Globalport

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A defensive stop in the end had TNT KaTropa holding off a never-say-die GlobalPort side in an exciting duel marked by wild momentum swings. Foiling Stanley Pringle’s attack in the closing seconds, the Texters survived losing two huge leads in a 102-98 win over the Batang Pier that sent TNT into an automatic quarters passage […]

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Maliksi, Hotshots doubling efforts amid tight playoff race

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Star has found itself in a situation where one slip could prove fatal. The Hotshots may look safe at 5-4, but considering the tight playoff race in the PBA Philippine Cup with only San Miguel being the lone team with a cushion, one loss could mean a playoff spot or a spectator’s seat. The Hotshots […]

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PhilCup17 – TNT KaTropa vs GlobalPort Batang Pier

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