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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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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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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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Alaska, Ginebra in do-or-die for last semis slot

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Barangay Ginebra and Alaska Milk slug it out for one last time at Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night, both determined to step up their game even more to have a chance at winning what could well be a slam-bang KO setto.         The two teams are expected to go hammer and tongs at each other in their 7 p.m. do-or-die […]

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Compton, Aces look to avoid breakdowns in another ‘tough’ duel vs Gins

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After suffering a 17-point meltdown on Sunday, Alaska is hoping to pick up the pieces when it fights Ginebra anew on Tuesday. Aces head coach Alex Compton said that rather than being down following a 85-81 loss to the Gin Kings, the Aces must learn their lessons from the collapse as they eye a spot in […]

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Mercado on Ginebra comeback: ‘We gave it all’

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With its back against the wall, Ginebra knew it had no choice but to pull off a win against Alaska on Saturday. But extending the Gin Kings season seemed like a tall task, especially after the Aces erected a 53-37 lead early in the third quarter. “There was no tomorrow. If we lost, it will be a […]

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Ginebra rallies past Alaska, forces do-or-die for semis slot

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ANTIPOLO — Ginebra battled back from 17 points down and pulled off an 85-81 victory over Alaska on Sunday to force a do-or-die for a semifinals in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here. The Gin Kings fought back from a 50-37 deficit and unleashed a jaw-dropping 21-1 run to close the third frame […]

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Compton expects Alaska to be in ‘real battle’ vs Ginebra

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Both sides foresee a tough battle but are also excited to take on the challenge. The Alaska Aces and the Barangay Ginebra Kings collide in what’s easily the most exciting matchup in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals – a duel pitting the 2016 Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup runners-up and the 2016 Governors Cup titlists. […]

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Struggling Rain or Shine gets last crack at playoff spot

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Perennial contender Rain or Shine finds itself on the brink of elimination after ending the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations with a 5-6 card. With the Elasto Painters bowing to Alaska, 94-89, on Wednesday, it’s understandable that the players are now feeling the pressure. “There’s definitely frustration,” said ROS swingman Gabe Norwood. “We struggled to get […]

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Yap still upbeat about ROS’ playoff chances

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James Yap refused to feel down following Rain or Shine’s 94-89 defeat to Alaska on Wednesday. The loss, which was the Elasto Painters’ fourth straight to end the eliminations, has placed his team in an unenviable position in battling Blackwater on Friday for the last quarterfinals slot.  “Well, ganun naman eh. Kailangan tiwala lang sa […]

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Alaska boosts playoff bid, ousts Mahindra

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Alaska pulled away in the fourth quarter to bet Mahindra, 107-91, and grab a share of second place in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Philsports Arena in Pasig City. Calvin Abueva was in his usual self, scattering 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to power the Aces’ fourth-quarter surge. “We’re in a […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Sancho Alejandro Almonte

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Name: Sancho Alejandro Almonte Age: 15 Hails from: Mandaluyong Fan of which team: Alaska Aces Favorite Player: Vic Manuel How long have you been a fan of the team: 3 years Why are you a fan of the team: They have small but terrible players

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Alaska, Mahindra in crucial clash

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Alaska head coach Alex Compton knows his team, which is currently in the bottom half of the standings with a 4-4 card, in a precarious situation with the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup already in its homestretch. Compton questioned his players maturity after Alaska lost to Blackwater, 103-100, on Sunday. “We played with fire and we got […]

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Isaac’s trust in players rewarded in Blackwater win over Alaska

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If there’s one guy who has a ton of belief in Blackwater, it’s coach Leo Isaac. And his faith in his players was in full effect on Sunday when he stuck with Roi Sumang in the endgame as the Elite pulled off a 103-100 victory over the Alaska Aces. “You want to see players who […]

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‘Careless’ Aces shot self in foot with 26 turnovers in loss to Elite

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It wasn’t the best of Sundays for Alaska head coach Alex Compton.  He walked in the hallway of Smart Araneta Coliseum with his lovely wife and two young boys, but there was no cause for celebration after another sorry loss. Alaska blew a chance, and it proved costly. The Aces were on the verge of […]

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Roi Sumang shows worth for Blackwater

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Roi Sumang waited for his time, and when it finally came, he made the most of it. The speedy guard out of University of the East reminded every one what he’s capable of, taking charge late as Blackwater pulled off a 103-100 stunner over Alaska on Sunday. “Coming off the bench, I just wanted to do […]

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Aces’ Banchero out after reinjuring left hand

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Alaska’s health issues continue. After getting their starting center Sonny Thoss back, the Aces were dealt with another injury after guard Chris Banchero reinjured his left hand last week against Star. “I broke it,” Banchero said as he watched Alaska’s sorry 103-100 defeat to Blackwater on Sunday with his hand heavily bandaged. “I hurt it during the TNT game. […]

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Sumang, Blackwater top Alaska

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Roi Sumang was rarely given the chance to finish a game for Blackwater. The former University of the East standout was there to polish it all up Sunday and did it with aplomb in helping the Elite stun Alaska 103-100 to get back in the winning track in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Lovelyn Cusay

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Name: Lovelyn Cusay Age: 31 Hails from: Quezon City Favorite team: Alaska Aces Favorite player: Chris Banchero How long have you been a fan of the team: 15 years Why are you a fan of the team: All of them are good players.

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Aces, Elite eye momentum-building win

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Alaska and Blackwater aim to boost their respective and slightly differing intentions when they clash Sunday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Aces are gunning for a second straight win that would push them alongside idle Rain or Shine and GlobalPort at second-running spot. The Elite, on the other hand, are eyeing […]

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Alaska, Star eye share of third place

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Who did their homework better during their long break? Who stay in shape and keep sharpness from a respite of over two weeks?         These questions beg for answer as the Alaska Aces and the Star Hotshots return to action, going up against each other in a crucial setto in the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round […]

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Abueva, Alaska show no letup in big win over Ginebra

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Alaska has made a name for itself as one of the best teams in the league at pulling off comebacks. The Aces did that a couple of seasons ago winning more than a dozen games after trailing by more than 20 points, and on Wednesday they stunned Meralco 81-79 after falling by as much as […]

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If not for basketball, Aces rookie Cruz would’ve been a pro DotA player

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Had he not been a basketball player, Alaska rookie Carl Bryan Cruz said that he would have been a professional player of the popular computer game DotA (Defense of the Ancient). “Kung hindi ako naging basketball player baka DotA player ako kasi nung bata ako mahilig ako sa computer games,” the 25-year old Cruz revealed. The […]

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Ferrer shrugs off career-high in Ginebra loss to Alaska

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Kevin Ferrer may have found his stride against Calvin Abueva and Alaska, but overall, Barangay Ginebra’s offense was nowhere to be seen. Alaska was hellbent on dealing Ginebra a nice Christmas present in the form of a 101-86 beating, and the rookie Ferrer was in no mood to celebrate his new career-high of 19 points.  […]

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Player of the Week: Vic Manuel provides muscle to Aces’ surge

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Showing he has fully recovered from a right calf muscle that sidelined him for much of late last season, Vic Manuel showed his effectiveness on both ends of the floor to help Alaska register two straight victories this past week. The undersized Manuel tallied a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, to go along […]

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Alaska routs Ginebra for 3rd straight win

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Alaska rode the momentum of its back-to-back wins over GlobalPort and Meralco, stretching its run to three games with a 101-86 rout of Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night. The Aces dished out an impeccable game and thoroughly dominated the Gin Kings to move up to joint third place with Blackwater, Rain […]

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NLEX’s Enrico Villanueva likely to miss rest of PH Cup due to MCL tear

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Enrico Villanueva has been ruled out of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup after the veteran big man suffered an MCL tear on his left knee. NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre bared the development, which was confirmed by coach Yeng Guiao. “He may be out for two months. Most likely, he’ll be returning in the second […]

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Compton praises Aces reserves in close loss to SMB: ‘Proud of them’

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Consider it vindication for coach Alex Compton. Urging the management to re-sign Abel Galliguez, Marion Magat, and Jaypee Mendoza in the offseason, these seldom-used players repaid the Aces mentor of his faith, keeping the team afloat in their game against San Miguel on Saturday. Without seven of its key players, Alaska still gave the two-time […]

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Beermen got complacent vs depleted Aces, admits Santos

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Arwind Santos didn’t hide his disappointment with the way San Miguel has been playing this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Seemingly losing their dominance, the Beermen looked so vulnerable on Saturday when they needed to gut out a close 93-88 victory over an undermanned Alaska crew for their second win in three games. “Parang lumaban ka […]

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Fajardo, Beermen escape shorthanded Aces

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San Miguel Beer bucked a tough, tough challenge by a badly crippled but fierce-fighting Alaska side Saturday night, squeezing out a 93-88 win to move up to joint third place in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Despite a huge double-double game from June Mar Fajardo, the Beermen played catch-up basketball most of the […]

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TNT rookie Pogoy excited to play against ‘idols’ Yap, Hontiveros

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After fulfilling his PBA dreams, TNT rookie Roger Pogoy couldn’t wait to matchup against his idols. Pogoy said playing against the “man with a million moves” James Yap of Rain or Shine is something he looks forward to. “Idol ko siya dati pa kasi ang dami niyang moves,” Pogoy said.  The young shooting guard added […]

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‘Stagnant’ offense, sloppy play led to Aces loss vs Road Warriors

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Alaska head coach Alex Compton stressed it was not his team’s four missed chances late in overtime that lost them the match, 99-97, against NLEX Friday in their season opener, but the lack of ball movement his players had that held them back. On top of that, the Aces turned the ball over 28 times allowing NLEX […]

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Aces rookie Carl Cruz impresses in PBA debut

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Carl Bryan Cruz may have the least notoriety of the Gilas players selected in the PBA Special Draft but it only took his debut for Alaska to turn heads. In a disappointing loss to 99-97 loss to NLEX at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cruz went off for 20 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals, and he […]

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Alaska, Rain or Shine satisfied with lone draft picks

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As teams pick one hopeful from another in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, two teams opted to pass. Alaska and Rain or Shine only selected players in the special draft and decided to skip the regular draft. Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia said he didn’t see the need to draft more players after the team already […]

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Abueva on botched comeback: ‘Kinabahan nga sila’

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It was a comeback for the ages, but it was a comeback that failed. Alaska was on the verge of pulling off another shocker when it rallied back from 20 points down against Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. But Kings import Justin Brownlee did just enough to put […]

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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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PBA Fan of the Day: Gladyves Dinawanao

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Name: Gladyves Dinawanao Age: 21 Hails From: Valenzuela Favorite Team: Alaska Aces Favorite Player: Calvin Abueva How long have you been a fan: Four years Why are you a fan of Alaska: Specifically because of Abueva, gusto ko pano siya maglaro. Nakaka-boost siya ng energy ng team.

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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