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Barroca surprise top vote-getter in PBA All-Stars

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Mark Barroca came out of nowhere and emerged as the top vote-getter in fan voting for the upcoming 2017 PBA All-Stars. The Zamboanga City native drew 32,793 ballots from the in-venue and online voting to lead the Mindanao PBA All-Star squad against Gilas Pilipinas at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro on April 26. […]

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Bolts proud of Amer’s ‘breakout conference’

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Consider the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as Baser Amer’s coming out party. Four games into the mid-season conference, the sophomore has averaged 16.25 points, 4.25 rebounds, and 3.75 assists to anchor Meralco to an immaculate 4-0 slate so far this conference. And the Bolts didn’t fail to acknowledge Amer’s stupendous showing. “He deserves a lot […]

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Jalalon buzzer beater lifts Star past NLEX

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Jiovani Jalalon played big on defense and played even bigger down the stretch as he drilled the game-winning jumper to carry Star over NLEX, 105-103, Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Arellano rookie fired the baseline jumper at the buzzer, off a timely pass from import Tony Mitchell and […]

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TNT pulls rug from under Blackwater

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Banking on its tested core, TNT upended upset-seeking Blackwater, 92-89, Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Roger Pogoy came up big late, scoring the go-ahead tip with 1:48 to play before Larry Fonacier drained a huge three with 1:15 remaining to push the KaTropa ahead, 92-87. The rookie out of […]

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Hodge hoping for the best on bruised calf

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Meralco’s fourth victory was dampened by Cliff Hodge’s apparent calf injury late in the 89-83 win over Rain or Shine Wednesday night. Hodge said he took a knee to the calf in the third quarter, hampering his mobility so he had to sub out at the 8:20 mark of the fourth period. “I got kneed […]

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Meralco averts meltdown, holds off Rain or Shine

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Meralco avoided a huge collapse and pulled off an 89-83 victory over Rain or Shine to maintain its pristine record Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. Alex Stepheson topped the Bolts with 21 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks, while Baser Amer had 17 markers, 11 boards, and six […]

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Jefferson pours 30 as Alaska stays unbeaten

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Cory Jefferson commandeered the early barrage for Alaska as it held off pesky Mahindra, 98-92, and nabbed its third win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. The high-scoring import was at it again, firing 26 of his 30 points in the first half while hauling down 11 rebounds as the Aces established […]

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Canaleta goes to Blackwater in three-player swap

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With Art dela Cruz out due to a ruptured Achilles, Blackwater bolstered its line-up by acquiring the services of veteran gunner Nino Canaleta in a two-team, three-player trade approved on Wednesday. The Elite sent swingmen Dylan Ababou and James Forrester to the Batang Pier in the deal. Canaleta has averaged 11.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 […]

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After stellar D-League stint, Cruz joins Blackwater

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After reviving his career with Tanduay this past 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Mark Cruz gets another shot in the PBA as Blackwater plucked him from the free agent pool on Wednesday. The diminutive guard from Letran impressed in his stint with the Rhum Masters, averaging 16.1 points, a league-best 4.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds. […]

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Explosive scorer Castro takes on playmaking role

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ANTIPOLO—Dishing out an eye-popping 14 assists in his conference debut, Jayson Castro shared that he’s taking more of a distributor role with the makeup of TNT this conference. “That’s what our team needs because we have lots of scorers and shooters. I really have to involve every one so that the defense also gets loose […]

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ROS import Taggart celebrates birthday with win

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ANTIPOLO—If Shawn Taggart will have it his way what he wants for his 32nd birthday is to hit the jackpot. No, really. “My birthday wish is to hit the lottery so I won’t have to play basketball,” Taggart said with a chuckle. However, with the balls still not going his way, he has to make […]

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Rosters set for 2017 PBA All-Star

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ANTIPOLO–Rosters are now set as the PBA gears up for the 2017 PBA All-Star. Members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool will join forces with the other PBA superstars as they face off in a three-leg festivities to be held in Cagayan de Oro, Lucena, and Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu. Young guns take the lead for […]

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TNT rips Phoenix in Amundson’s last game

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ANTIPOLO — Lou Amundson had a dominating sendoff in his final game for TNT after leading a 122-93 demolition job of Phoenix Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Ynares Center here. The 10-year NBA veteran posted 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks to lead the KaTropa to their first win. Amundson will […]

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Washington, Taggart push Rain or Shine past Blackwater

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ANTIPOLO—Jay Washington came alive late and preserved Rain or Shine’s unbeaten run with a 95-88 victory over Blackwater Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Ynares Center here. The veteran forward nailed back-to-back treys in the last 2:45 to give the Elasto Painters a 93-88 lead as the Elite struggled to execute late in […]

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Hotshots dump Batang Pier for a 2-0 start

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Star dominated GlobalPort, 103-77, Saturday in a road game at Tubod, Lanao del North to stay unscathed in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Despite the return of the Batang Pier’s top star Terrence Romeo, the Hotshots still found a way to take over in the second half to win their second assignment so far. Star […]

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Feeling OK, Castro ready for return

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Help is on the way for TNT. After falling in its conference-opening game to Meralco, 94-89, on Friday, the KaTropa will have star guard Jayson Castro back in their lineup for their game against Phoenix on Sunday. The four-time Best Player of the Conference awardee is well on his way to a comeback after a hamstring injury […]

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Amundson adjusting to go-to-guy role for TNT

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For someone who is known as an NBA journeyman, it came as a bit of shock for Lou Amundson to shift into a role of a go-to guy as he made his debut for TNT on Friday. “It’s a bit of an adjustment to me. I’m not used on playing that role, but I just […]

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Frustration grows as NLEX’s woes continue

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Frustration could no longer encapsulate what NLEX is feeling after falling to a 0-3 slate in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “It’s not just frustration. We feel everything now, even irritation and anger,” said Jansen Rios moments after the Road Warriors’ 89-81 defeat to Mahindra. READ: White tows Mahindra past NLEX Things have gone from bad to worse […]

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Meralco stays unbeaten, tops TNT

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Meralco outclassed listless TNT, 94-89, to improve to 3-0 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Alex Stepheson led the Bolts with 20 points and 27 rebounds, but got plenty of help from the locals as they repulsed their sister team. Baser Amer added 17 markers, two boards, and two assists, Jared […]

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White tows Mahindra past NLEX

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James White carried Mahindra to a breakthrough 89-81 victory over NLEX Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 23-year-old reinforcement fired 30 points on an efficient 12-of-18 shooting from the field, grabbed 23 rebounds and dished out two assists as he provided the biggest difference for the Floodbuster to stop […]

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Star guards ‘much better than my guards,’ says Phoenix coach

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia said poor guard play coupled with a bad shooting night from the outside made it difficult for the Fuel Masters to beat the Star Hotshots on Wednesday night. Vanguardia admitted the Hotshots’ guards outplayed his backcourt and shooting just 8% from long range obviously didn’t help. “Their guards are much […]

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Hotshots rout Fuel Masters anew

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Star reasserted its mastery over Phoenix with a 101-82 win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. With the latest double-digit victory, the Hotshots have now beaten the Fuel Masters by an average of 28.5 points in their last four meetings including a 44-point whipping back in the Philippine Cup. […]

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Thoss on defending Elite import: ‘My teammates also deserve credit’

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Sonny Thoss nearly had a double-double in Alaska’s win over Blackwater on Wednesday but his 10 points and seven rebounds aren’t even his biggest contributions. With Blackwater pulling within single digits after being down by as much as 21 points, Alaska got a big break with Thoss drawing Smith’s last foul that left the Elite […]

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Alaska downs Blackwater behind Jefferson’s double-double

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Cory Jefferson notched his second straight double-double and Alaska beat Blackwater, 109-95, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jefferson posted 28 points and 15 rebounds, putting up nearly the same numbers he produced when he made his PBA debut in a 107-79 drubbing of GlobalPort four days ago. “We really […]

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Phoenix taps ‘rim protector’ McKay in place of Puerto Rico-bound Phelps

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With explosive import Eugene Phelps bound for Puerto Rico, Phoenix has tapped the services of defensive stalwart Jameel McKay when it faces Star Wednesday. Phoenix had to let go of Phelps, who left after leading the Fuel Masters to a 118-116 double overtime win over the Blackwater Elite on Saturday to prepare himself for his […]

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Fernandez believes Fajardo still has ‘secret weapon’ to unleash

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Mon Fernandez holds the PBA record for the most number of MVP awards, but he knows it’s only a matter of time before another center takes his place. Fernandez, who has four MVPs along with Alvin Patrimonio, feels San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo will eventually take his place in the record books. “I wouldn’t […]

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Stepheson shrugs off dust-up with NLEX: ‘It’s nothing personal’

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Alex Stepheson heard how physical the game is in the PBA so when Meralco faced off against NLEX on Sunday, he was prepared for a bruising night. “It’s physical. I mean, I like it though,” he said. And the burly Stepheson got what he wanted. He inadvertently elbowed Bradwyn Guinto on a rebound play in […]

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Mahindra’s David has vintage performance in loss to Rain or Shine

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After getting his groove in the fourth quarter, Gary David hoped that he was on the floor late in regulation of Mahindra’s game against Rain or Shine. “If I was there on the floor, I will get the ball and I’ll take the shot,” David said. David was on the bench when the Floodbuster turned to […]

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Guiao on NLEX’s 0-2 start: ‘Maybe we need drastic measures’

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It wasn’t the way coach Yeng Guiao wanted to celebrate his 58th birthday. After a promising first showing two days ago, the Road Warriors took a step back on Sunday, falling to Meralco, 91-84, on Sunday with them failing to keep up with the Bolts in the fourth quarter. “Nobody stepped up for us today. […]

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‘Team player’ Taggart a good fit for Rain or Shine, says Chan

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Getting a surprise challenge from Mahindra, Rain or Shine banked on its experience to pull through with a 99-95 overtime victory to keep its record immaculate in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday. Even Jeff Chan admits that the Elasto Painters felt they had the win in the bag when they led, 80-73, with […]

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Bolts use big 4th quarter to beat Road Warriors

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Meralco unleashed a killer fourth quarter to beat NLEX, 91-84, Sunday to nab its second victory in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts used a 19-4 tear to break the game open in the fourth, turning a slim 69-67 lead to a commanding 88-71 advantage with 5:25 left as the […]

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Rain or Shine scrapes past Mahindra in OT

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Rain or Shine kept its record unblemished as it survived a pesky Mahindra squad, 99-95, in overtime Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Shawn Taggart carried the Elasto Painters’ firing 29 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. His most important play of the day, though, was assisting on […]

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Facing E-Painters brings back fond memories for Chism

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Though facing off against Rain or Shine is no longer an issue for coach Yeng Guiao, it was still a weird feeling for import Wayne Chism. But that didn’t stop him from competing at his best, especially against former teammate Beau Belga. “It was fun. It brought back a lot of memories from practices and […]

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Alaska clobbers Romeo-less GlobalPort

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Cory Jefferson had a rousing PBA debut and Alaska whipped a GlobalPort side missing its best player in Terrence Romeo, 107-79, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. Jefferson was just brought in on Thursday but he didn’t seem to need much time to get himself accustomed to […]

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Amer thrives as he embraces role of leader for Bolts

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Will this be the conference that Baser Amer finally comes to his own? If the first game of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup was any indication, this may just be it. The former San Beda playmaker was stellar in Meralco’s 94-86 victory over Mahindra to start its 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign as he finished with […]

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Bolts staying patient with Stepheson

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Coach Norman Black believes that in due time, Alex Stepheson will be the import Meralco is expecting him to be in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “He fill our needs in the middle, but we still need to give Alex time to get in shape,” the famed mentor said. Still lagging in terms of conditioning, […]

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Extra work brings back ‘Big Game’ from Yap

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With Rain or Shine clinging on to a 107-103 lead in the final minute, James Yap took the ball and planned his next move on the right wing. NLEX big man Bradwyn Guinto switched, giving Yap a bigger defender to work with as the clock continued to dwindle down. But with one swift cross-over, the […]

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Yap’s 26-point burst lifts Rain or Shine past NLEX

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James Yap took matters into his own hands in the clutch as he carried Rain or Shine to a 113-105 victory over NLEX in the conference opener Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Yap waxed hot from beyond the arc, shooting 5-of-11 from three, none bigger than his trey after […]

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Meralco edges Mahindra to open PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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Meralco started its 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on the right track, outlasting Mahindra, 94-86, Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Baser Amer topped the Bolts with 19 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from three, to go with three rebounds, and three assists, while Chris Newsome added 17 markers, seven boards, and seven dimes. “We needed […]

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Aces tap new import days before first game as Ellis flies home

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Alaska will be bringing in a new import just days away from its opening game in the Commissioner’s Cup after Octavius Ellis had to head home due to a family emergency. Although the Aces have already secured a backup to replace Ellis, head coach Alex Compton said the real challenge is getting enough time for […]

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