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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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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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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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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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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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Debuting Beermen deal Bolts their first loss

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San Miguel continued to assert its dominance this season, dealing Meralco its first loss with a 99-92 thumping Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Bucking a poor start, the Beermen leaned on their starters, sending a statement as they fought back from a 15-point deficit and used a strong second half […]

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Tolomia contributes in limited minutes in ROS loss to Alaska

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Kept on the bench majority of the game, Mike Tolomia was surprised to hear his number called with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter. But when his moment came, the 24-year-old made the most out of it in setting up his teammates James Yap and Jericho Cruz early in the fourth quarter. “I didn’t expect that […]

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Jefferson says Alaska teammates ‘big part’ of his success

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Cory Jefferson seethed as he air-balled his first three-point attempt early in Alaska’s duel against Rain or Shine on Sunday. Jefferson felt embarrassed and he made it a point to drill his next shots in hopes of maintaining the team’s unbeaten record. And he did, going 5-of-8 from threes, including the go-ahead trey with 30.1 seconds […]

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Aces stay perfect, overcome Painters behind Jefferson

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Cory Jefferson nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer with 30.1 seconds left as Alaska doused Rain or Shine’s fiery fightback, 105-102, to stay unbeaten in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jefferson fired 41 points and had 13 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces to their fourth win in as many […]

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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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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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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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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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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
Meralco VS Phoenix 07:00 PM
NLEX VS Blackwater 04:15 PM
MAY 03 WEDNESDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
San Miguel Beer VS TNT KaTropa 07:00 PM
GlobalPort VS Phoenix 04:15 PM
MAY 05 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Rain or Shine VS Star Hotshots 05:00 PM
MAY 06 SATURDAY BATANGAS CITY COLISEUM