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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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Abueva leads Aces rout of Fuel Masters

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Alaska is back. The Aces’ streak now stands at three as they recaptured their thunder on the defensive end and routed Phoenix, 103-87 Saturdayin the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. RJ Jazul topscored for Alaska with 19 points, six assists, three boards, and two steals, but it was Calvin Abueva who injected […]

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Player of the Week: Fajardo delivers for import-less SMB

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June Mar Fajardo played like a two-time league MVP on the day San Miguel Beer played without an injured AZ Reid against bitter rival Alaska. The 6-foot-10 Cebuano big man was like a man possessed, particularly in the fourth period, banging 16 points, mostly baskets from point blank to help the Beermen complete a 106-103 […]

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Aces didn’t leave anything to chance in win over import-less Elite

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Losing to an import-less team just five days back, LaDontae Henton made it clear that Alaska learned its lessons. The 24-year-old went on a hot tear and ushered the Aces to an easy 107-87 win over Blackwater on Sunday to notch its third victory in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. Henton exploded for 13 in […]

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Alaska whips Blackwater for 3rd win

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ALASKA’s campaign is admittedly floundering and along came the veritable lifebuoy Blackwater is. The Aces mercilessly pounced on the severely undermanned Elite side for a 107-87 Sunday that fanned their playoffs aspirations in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. LaDontae Henton sat out the final quarter but still did most of the damage with […]

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Aces end skid, beat Hotshots

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PANABO, Davao del Norte — The San Miguel Purefoods Corp. franchise has had its share of great foreign talents brought in the PBA with the likes of Ken Redfield, Derrick Brown, Daren Queenan, Marquin Chandler, Denzel Bowles and Marqus Blakely to name some. And in 25 years, they had never had a six-game start in […]

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Abueva misses All-Star Game due to tonsillitis, dehydration

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Wonder why Calvin Abueva was absent in Sunday’s All-Star Game? PBA deputy commissioner Rickie Santos shared that the energetic Alaska forward was taken to Cardinal Santos Medical Center at 3 a.m. on Saturday due to tonsillitis and dehydration. Alaska assistant coach Jeffrey Cariaso also answered a query on Twitter regarding Abueva’s absence. “As much as he wanted to be there, […]

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TNT survives Alaska in heart-pounder, gains share of no. 1

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ANTIPOLO—Playing in high altitude requires an even higher fortitude. TNT is sure to be the talk of the town as it survived Alaska, 120-118, for its third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center-Antipolo. It’s now a 3-0 record for TNT, tying Mahindra for the top seed. TNT had a 118-112 lead with […]

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After losing in his PBA debut, Henton leads Aces to 1st win

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After failing to lead Alaska in its opener against Meralco last Sunday, LaDontae Henton was motivated to prove that the Aces didn’t make the wrong choice on entrusting him the reins of the team  in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. And the next time he got a chance, he truly showed his worth. The 24-year-old forward […]

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Aces get hot late, edge Kings in OT

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Alaska coach Alex Compton knew his team had to play with great composure against Barangay Ginebra’s pressure. The Aces gave what their coach wanted in overtime and were rewarded with a 109-100 victory Sunday in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. LaDontae Henton scored 29 points and joined hands with Jayvee Casio […]

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Manuel itching to get back to action after injury

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Vic Manuel is back—well, not quite. After sitting in the sidelines for the most part during the playoff stages of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the Muscle Man is on the right track to return to the parquetted floor. Manuel had 19 points in Alaska’s 106-92 loss to Meralco in a tune-up game Wednesday at Gatorade […]

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Title-hungry Aces hopeful heading into the new conference

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After falling short in the last three Finals, Alaska remains driven by hunger and heartaches as it hopes to end its three-year title drought. And deputy coach Louie Alas could see it from his wards, as the morale in the team’s offseason practices is definitely on a high. “Kung gagawing basis ang practice, feeling ko […]

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Aces’ Baguio has high praise for former coach Yeng Guiao

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Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao captured his seventh PBA title and in the process derailed his former player’s bid for a fourth championship. Cyrus Baguio was a vital member of the 2006 Red Bull team that won the Fiesta Cup crown with Guiao at the helm.  On Wednesday, however, the two were on opposing […]

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Rain or Shine wins crown with lowest-scoring import

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He may not score a lot, but for Rain or Shine’s Pierre Henderson-Niles, he was the import celebrating a championship when the final buzzer sounded on Wednesday night. The lowest scoring PBA import won a title and it’s something that can’t be taken away from him. “Everybody who scored 20, 30, 40 points, where they […]

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Compton, Alaska come up short in title bid again

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For four Finals appearances, Alaska head coach Alex Compton has seen the confetti drop and the balloons fall. But not one celebration was for him. First three was for San Miguel Beer, including the so-called “beer-acle” when the Beermen won four straight after being down, 0-3, and the latest was Rain or Shine’s championship on Wednesday […]

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Players-only lunch allows Painters to regroup, clinch crown

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Jeff Chan knew exactly what Rain or Shine needed after losing back-to-back games in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Chan initiated a lunch-meeting at a restaurant in Greenhills on Monday, a day after the Elasto Painters got blown out in Game 5 by the resurgent Alaska Aces and that get-together was meant for the players […]

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Ahanmisi: Aces now have momentum

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Rain or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi attributed his poor showing in Game 5 to Alaska’s defense. From a career-high 30 points in Game 4, the rookie was limited to just one point in Game 5, rendering him ineffective as Rain or Shine failed to close the series out for the second time with an 86-78 defeat on Sunday. […]

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GAMES TIME
Mahindra Flood Buster VS TNT Ka Tropa 4:15 PM Game #50
Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters VS NLEX Road Warriors 7:00 PM Game #51
WEDNESDAY, JAN 18 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Meralco Bolts VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 4:15 PM Game #52
Blackwater Elite VS Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 7:00 PM Game #53
FRIDAY, JAN 20 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Global Port Batang Pier VS San Miguel Beermen 5:00 PM Game #54
SATURDAY, JAN 21 LAPU LAPU CITY CEBU
Alaska Aces VS Mahindra Flood Buster 4:30 PM Game #55
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel VS Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters 6:45 PM Game #56
SUNDAY, JAN 22 PHILSPORTS ARENA