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Gilas passes first test, rallies past Visayas All-Stars

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Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo led the new-look Gilas Pilipinas squad to a 125-112 come-from-behind victory over the Visayas All-Stars and escape the 2017 PBA All-Star Week unscathed Sunday at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. The energetic Alaska forward and GlobalPort spitfire teamed up as they infused the much-needed boost for the Nationals in […]

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Quinahan fills in for injured Ramos in Cebu All-Star

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JR Quiñahan gets a chance to give his hometown fans a treat as he joins the Visayas All-Stars in Cebu for the final leg of the 2017 PBA All-Star Week on Sunday. The slimmed-down GlobalPort slotman has been chosen as replacement for Aldrech Ramos, who is nursing a fractured nose. Quiñahan is just overwhelmed with […]

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Cone excited to coach Yap in Cebu All-Star Game vs Gilas

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Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone has always looked at the All-Star festivities as a rare chance for him to handle interesting talents whom he doesn’t usually coach. Initially, Cone was to coach superstars June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo as part of the Visayas All-Stars until national coach Chot Reyes on Friday announced the […]

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Tenorio, Al-Hussaini to bolster Visayas All-Stars vs Gilas

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LA Tenorio and Rabeh Al-Hussaini have been called up to bolster the Visayas All-Stars following the announcement of Gilas Pilipinas’ 12-man roster for the upcoming 2017 SEABA Championship. PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial shared the two stepped up to the plate to replace the spots left by June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo, who […]

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Finally getting his chance, Almazan vows to give best for Gilas

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LUCENA — Raymond Almazan has always been vocal about donning the national colors. Offering his services back then, the lanky big man was content on helping Gilas Pilipinas even just as a practice player. But on Friday, the Rain or Shine center was more than just that as he was tapped in coach Chot Reyes’ […]

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Gilas first-timer, 3-point king Maliksi thankful for blessings

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LUCENA — Never in Allein Maliksi’s wildest dreams that he thought the blessings will come in bunches. After winning his first Three-Point Shootout title in his first try in the 2017 PBA All-Star Week on Friday, Maliksi was also named in coach Chot Reyes’ final roster for the upcoming 2017 SEABA Championship in May. “That’s […]

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Wright’s hard work rewarded with All-Star MVPs, Gilas inclusion

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LUCENA — As much as he’s proud to have been named the MVP for the second straight leg of the 2017 PBA All-Star Week, Matthew Wright takes more pride knowing that he has made a good account of himself with Gilas Pilipinas. “I’m just grateful in participating in this All-Star activity. A lot of guys […]

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Gavina blasts Mallari anew: ‘Sometimes he’s a detriment’

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Following another devastating loss, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina pulled no punches again as he called out players whom he felt were just playing for their own interest and not for the team. “We got a lot of guys who are willing to put it all on the line and they show it to me in […]

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Racela says TNT ‘gave up’ in loss to Ginebra

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TNT coach Nash Racela isn’t losing sleep over the end of his team’s five-game winning streak. What he’s unsatisfied, however, is the way the KaTropa faltered in the end of their 107-89 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday, where he felt that his squad just gave up. “Everything comes to an end and it’s okay. What […]

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SMB trades Garcia to TNT for Ganuelas-Rosser

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In a rare trade between two rivals, San Miguel Beer sent guard RR Garcia to TNT in exchange for forward Matt Ganuelas-Rosser on Monday. Garcia, who will be joining his third team in only the last three conferences, is expected to be a solid backup to Jayson Castro. Ganuelas-Rosser, meanwhile, gives Beermen more athleticism and […]

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Pumaren says recuperating Romeo’s mere presence gave GlobalPort boost

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GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren praised his star guard Terrence Romeo for showing his willingness to be with the team despite recovering from his sickness. The super scorer has been on the recovery from his typhoid fever last week and has been dealing with a bum stomach since Saturday but still showed up in his uniform […]

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Minus Romeo, GlobalPort gets lift from rookie Pessumal

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GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren knows he has to get something from his bench players if the team aspires to advance to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. The Batang Pier ranks dead last in the league with only 23.2 bench points per game. But on Sunday, without Terrence Romeo to lean on, the reserves […]

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Tenorio commends Aguilar’s defense in Ginebra win over TNT

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LA Tenorio felt proud seeing Japeth Aguilar slowly embrace the role of a defensive stopper for Ginebra. “That’s our goal for him, to really be a defensive player and a rim protector,” he said on Sunday. Aguilar showed glimpses of his defensive prowess when he took control of the paint in the second half of […]

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Possibility of missing key locals to Gilas doesn’t concern TNT import Greene

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Donte Greene anticipated the rowdy crowd when TNT faced off against Ginebra on Sunday. What he was’t prepared for, though, was the Gin Kings ganging up on him and triple-teaming him. “They just changed their defensive schemes and started triple-teaming me. Some guys on our team didn’t make the shots they normally make. But that […]

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Garcia struggles to get Elastopainters on same page

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Before the Rain or Shine thinks of retaining its crown, coach Caloy Garcia said that the team must figure out a way to be on the same page first. That was the reality check San Miguel dealt the Elasto Painters after they suffered a humbling 111-98 whipping on Saturday. “I’m just trying to think about how […]

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Rhodes gets revenge on Taggart, but helping Beermen to win sweeter

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To say that Charles Rhodes was motivated in San Miguel’s game against Rain or Shine on Saturday may  be an understatement. With last collegiate game almost a decade back in mind, the 31-year-old reinforcement was glad to get retribution on Shawn Taggart, a member of the Memphis squad which eliminated his Mississippi State in the Second […]

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Santos arrives late for game, makes up for it with 2nd period burst

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For Arwind Santos, it’s better late than never. Santos made it to Mall of Asia Arena just in the nick of time after he thought the team’s call time for its game against Rain or Shine on Saturday was at 5 p.m., not at 3 p.m. “I was the last one in and the game […]

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Cañaleta stays positive despite another loss for Elite

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Cliche as it may sound, but Niño Canaleta felt that there was really something special about to happen for him when Blackwater played Star on Saturday. “I really felt different approaching the game. Maybe it was time for me to step up to help the team,” he said in Filipino. True to his gut, the […]

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Romeo-less GlobalPort obliterates Mahindra

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Stanley Pringle orchestrated GlobalPort’s 105-86 mauling of Mahindra in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The speedy playmaker unloaded 17 of his 24 points in the first three quarters, while also dishing out five assists and three rebounds to help the Batang Pier rise to a 2-5 slate. Malcolm White also […]

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McKay explodes for 42 as Phoenix bests Alaska

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Jameel McKay put up a workmanlike effort to carry Phoenix to a 94-86 win over Alaska that snapped a two-game losing skid in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. McKay already put up 24 points and 17 rebounds in the first half, but still did not slow down after the intermission to finish […]

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Lee rues blown chances in Star loss to San Miguel

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Paul Lee rued his missed chances late as Star fell again, this time to San Miguel, 103-97, on Sunday. With the Hotshots waging a late fightback and trimming what was once a 19-point deficit to just four, 99-95, with a minute left to play, the veteran guard muffed his trey from the left wing which […]

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Momentum on their side, Bolts go on 17-day break

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Racking up six wins in seven games, Meralco faces its toughest challenge yet midway through the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. With momentum on their side, the Bolts will be tested as they go on a 17-day break. “I have no clue what we’re gonna do with 17 days off,” lamented coach Norman Black after a […]

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Ross still quick to credit teammates after stellar offensive night

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Chris Ross is known to be a guy so unselfish that he’d rather play defense and dish out assists rather than rack up the points. But on Sunday, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year veered away from his usual self and got himself going on the offensive end. Against the bevy of Star guards, […]

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Smith: We got to keep on fighting

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Despite Blackwater’s predicament, Greg Smith is staying positive that his team can make a late run to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. “I’m confident,” he said. “Even if we lose 10 games in a row, I will stay confident. That’s who I am. On Tuesday, I’m gonna bring that mindset and play hard to let […]

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Nabong’s exhaustive effort on both ends spurs Bolts’ comeback

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Kelly Nabong has tirelessly practiced his midrange jumpshots since arriving in Meralco. His hardwork finally paid off as his sweet perimeter shooting sparked the Bolts’ 102-91 victory over Blackwater. “I practice that everyday. Day-in and day-out, we’re in the gym three hours a day, I get up at least 250 shots at practice. It’s all […]

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Rhodes fires 29 as San Miguel holds off Star

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Charles Rhodes proved to be Star’s nightmare as San Miguel pulled off a 103-97 victory in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 31-year-old import churned out his best game to date, finishing with 29 point, including an awe-inducing slam in the fourth period,  along with 10 rebounds, and a block, […]

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Ramos suffers nasal injury

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Aldrech Ramos suffered a suspected nasal fracture late in the first quarter of Star’s game against San Miguel on Sunday. The 6-foot-6 forward tried to draw a foul against a driving Beermen import Charles Rhodes, but got hit with an elbow on his nose as he was left shaken after the incident. Team physical therapists […]

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Meralco locks down Blackwater for sixth win

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Meralco clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter and blanked Blackwater late to score the 102-91 victory Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts overturned an 80-72 deficit coming into the fourth quarter and went on an 18-4 charge to finally take a 90-84 lead midway. Meralco outscored […]

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Corpuz fulfills PBA dream after nearly giving up

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Jackson Corpuz almost left his second sport for good. Transitioning from volleyball to basketball in his teens, the Philippine Christian University alumnus’ hope was all but lost when he got left out in the 2014 PBA Draft. “I almost gave up. But my girlfriend told me to continue dreaming because all of these are just […]

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Backed by Ginebra crowd, Brownlee outplays Mitchell

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One thing working Ginebra’s way has always been the crowd. And on Sunday, Justin Brownlee thinks that the barangay made their presence felt anew, getting to the head of his counterpart Tony Mitchell when Ginebra faced off against Star. “He got a little frustrated and maybe, it was the fans,” said Brownlee. “We have great fans […]

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With black headband on, Tenorio delivers for Ginebra vs Star

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It must be the headband. Sporting a black headband to cover up a boxer-like cut above his left eye, LA Tenorio went on a huge tear late in the fourth quarter as he provided the help Justin Brownlee needed in Ginebra’s 113-98 win over Star on Sunday. But for the veteran playmaker, he only had […]

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Brownlee, Ginebra deal Star its 1st loss

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Justin Brownlee took over in the second half to lift Barangay Ginebra over Star, 113-98, Sunday night in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. Brownlee caught fire in the fourth quarter, firing 11 of the Gin Kings’ last 19 points to inflict the Hotshots their first loss in five games. Brownlee […]

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TNT overcomes Mahindra for 4th win in a row

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TNT notched its fourth straight victory but not after surviving Mahindra, 86-84, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. Donte Greene carried the KaTropa with 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks, while Troy Rosario got 11 markers and four boards. Greene and Rosario came up big but […]

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Brownlee third-quarter burst lifts Ginebra to first win

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Justin Brownlee erupted in the third quarter and Barangay Ginebra rallied past GlobalPort, 113-96, for its first win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Brownlee came alive in the pivotal third period, where the Gin Kings rose from 13 points down after outscoring the Batang Pier, 34-17. The explosive […]

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Star improves to 4-0, thumps Mahindra

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Star kept its record clean after hammering out a 97-83 win over Mahindra in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tony Mitchell shone on both ends of the floor, finishing with 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as the Hotshots gained a share of the lead with the Alaska Aces […]

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Caloy Garcia ‘disappointed’ with ROS vets’ play in loss to Aces

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Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia bared that he’s finally feeling the pressure following the team’s two-game losing slide. “I’m concerned about it,” Garcia said after the Elasto Painters fell to Alaska in a 105-102 heartbreaker on Sunday. Garcia focused on the lackluster showing of his guards in their latest defeat, where he felt he […]

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Arwind Santos sparks Beermen bench in win over Bolts

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The San Miguel Beermen may have just found the spark they have been looking for, and he was under their nose all this time. With import Charles Rhodes in tow, the Beermen opted to slide Arwind Santos down to the bench and in the team’s conference-opening 99-92 win over Meralco, the early results look promising. Santos […]

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Beermen import Charles Rhodes shines in PBA debut

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Joining a star-studded team like San Miguel, not much is expected from import Charles Rhodes aside from blending in well with the locals and providing ample help on the defensive end. But in his first game on Sunday, the 31-year-old reinforcement showed that he’s more than capable on meshing with the crew. Known as a […]

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Well-rested Beermen end Bolts’ unbeaten start

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San Miguel continued to be Meralco’s bane in the second conference. The Bolts came into Sunday’s game having won their first four games before running into a brick wall in the Beermen. “They’re the best team in the league. They just won the all-Filipino title, so I can’t really be surprised with the way they […]

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SMB’s Fajardo gets praise from Bolts import Stepheson

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It may be a new conference, but it’s still the same old, dominant June Mar Fajardo. Matched up against the hulking Alex Stepheson, the Cebuano giant proved that he’s more than ready to battle as he carried San Miguel to a 99-92 victory over Meralco on Sunday. The three-time PBA Most Valuable Player collected 24 […]

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