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Great team effort carries Bolts to morale-boosting win

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Meralco finally got a breakthrough after nabbing an 82-72 win over Rain or Shine that ended its six-game tailspin on Friday. And for Chris Newsome, the victory did more than just fan the Bolts’ slim playoff chances. “It’s really big for us because the mood in the locker room is pretty heavy whenever you’re losing, […]

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Quinahan tells NLEX players: Tough love from Guiao is normal

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JR Quinahan admits he felt weird playing against coach Yeng Guiao on Friday. “Nakakapanibago lang na nasa kabila si coach,” he said. Their new teams battled for the first time with GlobalPort topping NLEX, 110-96. Quinahan’s squad improved to a joint second place and pushed Guiao’s side down the cellar anew. The Cebuano big man […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Cyrine Romero

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Name: Cyrine Romero Age: 17 From: Caloocan Favorite PBA team: Global Port Favorite Player: Terence Romeo How long have you been a fan of the Globalport: One year. Why are you a fan of Globalport: “I enjoy watching Terrence Romeo.”

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Masked Cabagnot shrugs off pain to help Beermen

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Much to the surprise of everyone inside Mall of Asia Arena, Alex Cabagnot defied a broken nose to play a key role in San Miguel’s dominant 118-93 win over Blackwater on Friday. Coach Leo Austria shared that it was Cabagnot himself who insisted in playing as the Beermen started their toughest stretch yet in the […]

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Romeo ends GlobalPort’s two-game slide

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Learning its lesson from last game’s meltdown, GlobalPort staved off Meralco with a 97-89 victory Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. Terrence Romeo took charge in the fourth and unloaded 12 of his 27 points, on top of five rebounds and five assists, to quash the Bolts’ late rally […]

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Beermen brace for toughest stretch yet in PH Cup

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The Beermen faces an upstart Blackwater on Friday, followed by Ginebra on Sunday and Rain or Shine next Friday before wrapping it up against GlobalPort and TNT. And coach Leo Austria is challenging his crew to come out of the span victorious with the Beermen seeking to nab one of the top two spots to […]

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Cabagnot broken nose still swollen, to miss SMB’s first game of 2017

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Still nursing his depressed nasal fracture, Alex Cabagnot said he may miss San Miguel’s game against Blackwater on Friday, but will be ready in time for the team’s duel against Ginebra this Sunday. “My expected time to play will be on Sunday. Friday is a little bit too premature because the swelling still hasn’t subsided,” […]

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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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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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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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Banal brothers Gab, Ael relish first face off

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They may have started the day as roommates, but once they got to Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, the Banal brothers were nothing but foes. Gab and Ael faced off for the first time this season when their respective teams Blackwater met GlobalPort on Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup. “It was […]

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Austria makes use of deeper rotation in win over NLEX

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San Miguel head coach Leo Austria has often been criticized for not using his deep lineup to its maximum capacity, well on Saturday he did just that. With an early offensive onslaught, Austria was able to build a stable lead and allowed him to stretch his rotation to 14 men. Austria often employs a 10-man […]

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Racela’s trust helping Williams’ confidence

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If “mini resurgence” is such a thing, TNT forward Kelly Williams is having it. Williams is having his best two-game swing this early in the PBA Philippine Cup and it’s no surprise it’s happening under the watchful eyes of new KaTropa head coach Nash Racela. Racela coached his first PBA game on Dec. 9 in […]

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NLEX gets tough love from Guiao in blowout to Star

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NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao wanted to teach his players a lesson and he did it by not coaching them from the eight-minute mark of the fourth period in a blowout loss to Star Wednesday night. With the Road Warriors down big, Guiao left his players figure things out in an attempt by the multititled […]

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Better defense, cohesion key to Globalport’s improvement

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With a new system in place, GlobalPort hopes to bounce back after forgettable runs in the import-laden conferences. And the Batang Pier are putting more premium on defense in an effort to become deadlier this upcoming PBA season. “Kailangang mas mag-focus pa kami sa defense namin,” said the team’s star guard Terrence Romeo. With Romeo […]

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Taha excited to learn under Cone, Ginebra vets

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After a promising rookie year in Mahindra, Paolo Taha is seeking to sustain that groove as he joins Ginebra. “Thankful lang ako na napunta ako dito. Once in a lifetime opportunity ito kasi di naman lahat napupunta sa Ginebra. Blessed lang talaga na mapunta ako under coach Tim (Cone),” he said. Taha is humbled to […]

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Alapag enjoying mentoring Meralco’s young guys as skills coach

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Goodbye, captain. Hello, coach. Even as he retired from playing basketball for good, Jimmy Alapag remains on the court. Only this time, he’s staying in the sidelines. The 2011 Most Valuable Player is staying on as skills coach for Meralco, getting the opportunity to continue guiding the team–although on a different capacity—this upcoming season. “Right […]

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Ramos bringing underdog mentality in return to Star franchise

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It will be a homecoming of sorts for Aldrech Ramos. Returning to the Purefoods franchise he suited for in 2012, the 6-foot-6 forward is optimistic that he can make waves this time out for Star. “Masaya ako kasi dito ako nag-start. Ngayon, nandito na ulit ako,” he said. The Hotshots acquired the services of Ramos […]

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Meralco still ‘hungry, humble’ as it moves on from Finals stint

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Jared Dillinger won’t lie: Jimmy Alapag’s retirement truly is a big blow for Meralco. “You can’t replace a guy like Jimmy. He’s irreplaceable,” he said. “It’s going to be hard not having him on the court with us. We’re gonna have to learn along the way without him.” Alapag called it a career for good […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Alaska Aces

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Alaska is tired of being the bridesmaid. Finishing second place four times in the past two seasons, the Aces are motivated more than ever to win that hardware home. “We always talk about excellence and we’re tired of second place,” said coach Alex Compton. “I’m not foolish enough to try to guarantee something, but we’re […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

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After finally figuring this out, Rain or Shine is faced with major changes in its roster. After winning the franchise’s second title in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup, things are entirely different for Elasto Painters for the 42nd PBA Season. Familiar faces like coach Yeng Guiao, Paul Lee, and JR Quiñahan are no longer with Rain […]

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Chan excited to partner with rival Yap in Rain or Shine

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Rivals for so long, Jeff Chan and James Yap will finally play alongside each other this season in Rain or Shine. And the long time Elasto Painters gunner is welcoming the team’s new acquisition with open arms. “Excited ako kasi first of all, two-time MVP yan eh,” he said. Chan shared that he and Yap […]

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PBA launches mobile app to bring fans closer to the game

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In an effort to bring the fans closer to their favorite players, the league officially launched the PBA App on Monday ahead of its 42nd season. “It’s a direct way to be in touch with the players,” said Fred Fateh of Appefize Pte Ltd., creators of the application. The league wanted to have an go-to […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

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Coming off a morale boosting conquest in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup, Ginebra is eyeing to prove that its title win isn’t going to be a one-off. And for coach Tim Cone, doing so entails continuity, starting with bringing an intact lineup to the 2017 Philippine Cup. “You want to come back as intact as you […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: TNT KaTropa

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Even with the entry of a new coach this season, there won’t be a major change for TNT. Incoming coach Nash Racela is hoping to bring his championship experience in the amateur level while still maintaining the tested system observed with the KaTropa. “There won’t be any changes in our offense cause it’s still the […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: Mahindra Floodbuster

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There’s no team other that has had much roster turnover in the offseason as Mahindra. Diminutive guard LA Revilla still leads the squad, but he’ll be having an almost different lineup once the Floodbuster hits the 2017 Philippine Cup. FEU big man Russel Escoto leads the newbies for Mahindra, together with hardworking forward Joseph Eriobu, […]

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53 applicants pass Draft Combine

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Fifty three applicants passed the Draft Combine and will move on to the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday. The PBA released the final list of aspirants on Friday. Charley Caluya failed to pass the fitness test done by Focus Athletics on Wednesday, while Jordan dela Paz failed to show up in the required two-day […]

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Yap, Lee switch sides in blockbuster deal

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Two-time league MVP James Yap and spitfire guard Paul Lee swapped sides on Thursday as Rain or Shine continues to shake up its roster. The deal was approved late Thursday afternoon by the Office of the Commissioner. This is the latest of Rain or Shine’s offseason moves following the departure of long time coach Yeng […]

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PBA Rookie Draft deadline moved

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With the PBA and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) still hashing out issues regarding the Gilas cadets, the league on Wednesday decided to extend the deadline for 2016 PBA Rookie Draft applicants from October 14 to October 19. The five-day extension is a huge boost for the players as both parties expect to find a […]

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Blackwater set to pick 1st in 2016 PBA Draft

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After struggling to make a splash in the past conference, Blackwater gets the top pick in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. The Elite advanced for the first time in the playoffs after making it to the quarterfinals in the Philippine Cup, but could not recapture their thunder in the import-laden conferences behind the leadership of […]

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‘One last ride’: Caguioa, Helterbrand chase one last title together

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Amid the earsplitting celebration from title-starving fans dominating the 20,000-plus crowd at Araneta Coliseum, Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand shared a candid and serene moment as the buzzer sounded signaling Ginebra’s return to the finals on Tuesday night. On the exact same floor where they endured memorable heartbreaks, monumental victories and won their last championship […]

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A win away from finals, Ginebra has ‘no right to feel tired’

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One by one, Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone began to pull his starters out late in the third quarter of Game 4 until second and third stringers were left on the floor. Cone knew there was no point in letting his stars tire in a game that had already been lost as early as […]

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Castro: TNT just needs minor adjustments after Game 3 loss

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Meralco hardly missed from the three-point area, hitting 60 percent of its attempts en route to a franchise best 17 3-pointers made in a win over TNT in Game 3 of their semifinals series on Saturday.

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Brownlee: We expected Alaska to keep on fighting

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A 20-point fourth quarter lead may not be enough to break Alaska, but a clutch three-pointer might do the trick. Just ask Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Brownlee willed Ginebra past the Aces, 109-104, going absolutely clutch when the Gin Kings squandered their 86-66 lead in the fourth. “We expected them to never give up and […]

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Walker, NLEX miss Lanete’s presence in loss

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Uncertainty surrounded NLEX hours before it tipped off against Alaska, with the Road Warriors’ playoff positioning still in shambles and one of its point guards getting sidelined due to fever. Garvo Lanete, who shares the one position with Kevin Alas, Emman Monfort, and Jonas Villanueva, was not in the Road Warriors’ 100-85 loss to the […]

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Rain or Shine trounces Star, stays alive for a playoff spot

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Commissioner’s Cup titlist Rain or Shine lived to fight a playoff game for the last berth in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals after clobbering Star, 108-97, at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday night. The Elasto Painters built momentum in the second quarter and dominated the Hotshots in the final half in salvaging a […]

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NLEX extends win streak to 4 at expense of Alaska in PBA Women’s 3×3

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NLEX went on cruise control and easily dispatched Alaska, 15-5, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena to remain atop the standings of the PBA Women’s 3×3 Group A. It’s now a four-game win streak for the Road Warriors after they dropped their opener while the Aces slipped to 3-2. In the second game, Star shocked […]

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Cone’s risk pays off as Mariano, Thompson deliver quality numbers

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It was quite an unusual move for coach Tim Cone to field a rookie in his starting lineup, let alone two. But Cone took the risk on Wednesday and added Aljon Mariano to his first five together with Scottie Thompson as the Gin Kings’ tripped Phoenix, 96-87. “I really liked the fact that we started […]

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Back to drawing board for Batang Pier after another early exit

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Just when everyone thought that GlobalPort has already found the right pieces to contend for a title, it immediately freefalled back to the cellar with early exits in the import-laden conferences. This getting out of this funk should be the Batang Pier’s first order of business going into the next season. “Panibagong challenge ito para […]

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Low scoring output in latest win doesn’t concern Phelps, Phoenix

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For a high octane team like Phoenix, firing 93 points against Blackwater on Wednesday is already the team’s lowest production in all of its wins. But it’s the least of Eugene Phelps’ concerns as long as the Fuel Masters come away with the win. “It really doesn’t matter. We won,” he said after the team’s […]

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