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Amer thrives as he embraces role of leader for Bolts

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Will this be the conference that Baser Amer finally comes to his own? If the first game of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup was any indication, this may just be it. The former San Beda playmaker was stellar in Meralco’s 94-86 victory over Mahindra to start its 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign as he finished with […]

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Bolts staying patient with Stepheson

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Coach Norman Black believes that in due time, Alex Stepheson will be the import Meralco is expecting him to be in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “He fill our needs in the middle, but we still need to give Alex time to get in shape,” the famed mentor said. Still lagging in terms of conditioning, […]

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Extra work brings back ‘Big Game’ from Yap

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With Rain or Shine clinging on to a 107-103 lead in the final minute, James Yap took the ball and planned his next move on the right wing. NLEX big man Bradwyn Guinto switched, giving Yap a bigger defender to work with as the clock continued to dwindle down. But with one swift cross-over, the […]

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Yap’s 26-point burst lifts Rain or Shine past NLEX

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James Yap took matters into his own hands in the clutch as he carried Rain or Shine to a 113-105 victory over NLEX in the conference opener Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Yap waxed hot from beyond the arc, shooting 5-of-11 from three, none bigger than his trey after […]

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Meralco edges Mahindra to open PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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Meralco started its 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on the right track, outlasting Mahindra, 94-86, Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Baser Amer topped the Bolts with 19 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from three, to go with three rebounds, and three assists, while Chris Newsome added 17 markers, seven boards, and seven dimes. “We needed […]

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Aces tap new import days before first game as Ellis flies home

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Alaska will be bringing in a new import just days away from its opening game in the Commissioner’s Cup after Octavius Ellis had to head home due to a family emergency. Although the Aces have already secured a backup to replace Ellis, head coach Alex Compton said the real challenge is getting enough time for […]

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Returning imports lead way in PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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Barely two weeks after the conclusion of the Philippine Cup, teams wage war anew in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, set to tip off this March 17. And for this conference’s cast of reinforcements, it will be an even mix of the old and the new. Governors’ Cup hero Justin Brownlee will return for Ginebra […]

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Dela Cruz tears Achilles, out for four months

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Blackwater forward Art dela Cruz will be out of action for at least four months after suffering a torn Achilles tendon on Tuesday. The hardworking stalwart injured his ankle in the first day of Gilas Pilipinas’ three-day training camp in Tagaytay, where he is a part of the 25-man national team pool. Sources close to […]

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NLEX sets out to accomplish ‘humble objectives’

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NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao on Friday said the Road Warriors are not immediately vying for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, instead they will just have to focus on trying to improve from their dismal Philippine Cup. The Road Warriors finished last in the All-Filipino Conference with a 2-9 record and Guiao said they just have […]

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Chism eager to work with Guiao once more

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For the fourth time in his career, Wayne Chism will be working with head coach Yeng Guiao. The two’s partnership started in 2014 when the former Tennessee Volunteer was hired as Rain or Shine’s import and now that he’ll be back as Guiao’s foreign reinforcement, Chism said nothing’s changed since the first time he’s worked […]

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‘Ferocious’ Rhodes ready for challenge with Beermen

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Charles Rhodes visited the Philippines last year for vacation and he knew he had to return. Rhodes was back in Manila early Wednesday morning and he intends to stay long as San Miguel’s import in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “I came here on a vacation last year and I watched a few games and […]

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Beermen get moment with fans after another title conquest

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Throughout the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, San Miguel Beer was outnumbered against fan favorite Barangay Ginebra. Every game day was packed with predominantly Ginebra crowd, but San Miguel’s legion remained unwavered and on Wednesday, the diehard SMB fans were rewarded during a victory party that in a way served as a continuation of the […]

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Back to normal sleeping hours for Fajardo

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June Mar Fajardo tossed and turned in bed the night before San Miguel went for the clincher against Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. And after the Beermen closed the deal out with a 91-85 Game 5 triumph on Sunday to win their third straight All-Filipino crown, you bet the first thing on Fajardo’s mind was finally […]

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Playing through injury ‘all worth’ it for Devance despite loss

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It was a perfect embodiment of the never-say-die spirit. At any point in the series, or before it even started, Joe Devance could have opted to shut his conference down and proceed to heal a plantar fasciitis injury in his left foot. Instead, Devance plodded on. And when the sacrifice amounted to nothing, when all […]

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Lassiter brings out inner ‘Salt Bae’ anew after clinching title

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If Marcio Lassiter’s shirt could talk, it would have said that the gunslinger wanted nothing but a knockout. But Lassiter insists that he meant nothing else with the clothes he wore on Sunday for Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. “This shirt is just one of my favorites. It just gets me […]

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After Perpetual Trophy, San Miguel sets sights on Grand Slam

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Head coach Leo Austria admitted that steering San Miguel to a third straight PBA Philippine Cup title is his biggest achievement so far in his coaching career. “This is the highlight of my career. I’ve won a lot of championships before going to the PBA, but all the great players, the great coaches are here,” Austria […]

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‘Tougher’ Finals had Slaughter played for Ginebra, says Fajardo

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San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo said things would have been more interesting had Greg Slaughter played for Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. “Maybe if Greg was there, it would’ve been tougher. I already had a hard time with Japeth (Aguilar) there because he’s so athletic. He blocked me a […]

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Chris Ross shares Finals limelight with teammates

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After delivering another noteworthy performance in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Chris Ross could’ve basked in the glory alone had he wanted to. But the do-it-all guard would rather share the spotlight with his teammates. “I was hoping they’d give out five [Finals] MVPs. Our starters did so much, we played so many minutes,  and I […]

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Austria answers critics with another title for SMB

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San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria had seen it all from his Beermen and throughout their finals series against Barangay Ginebra, he was never in doubt. After all, Austria and the Beermen won the Philippine Cup championship last season despite facing a 0-3 series deficit. “I’m confident with my players because they’ve shown the […]

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Beermen 3rd straight PH Cup title ‘all about sacrifice,’ says Ross

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Instrumental on both ends of the floor, Chris Ross was named Finals MVP after leading San Miguel Beer to its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title following a pulsating win over Barangay Ginebra in Game 5 on Sunday night. Ross displayed his all-around game as he averaged 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.8 steals […]

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Finals MVP Lee completes triumphant return

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Paul Lee finally had the title for his taking.

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Defense powered San Miguel to semis, says Wilkerson

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Though more known for its offensive arsenal, San Miguel turned on its defense to wrest top seed, advancing to the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals with a hard fought 103-99 Game 2 victory over Star on Wednesday. “Defense was a big part in that game. We’re playing hard D pretty much the whole game,” […]

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PBA Women’s 3×3: Blackwater, Alaska win

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Defending champion Blackwater picked up where it left off, ripping Meralco, 11-4, on Wednesday in both teams debut in the second conference of the PBA Tag Heuer Women’s 3-on-3 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Elite, who won the inaugural 3×3 title after sweeping Ginebra in a best-of-three Finals duel last month, drew six points from […]

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Slaughter still not in top shape: ‘I think I lost my power’

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An obviously slimmer Greg Slaughter took the court on Sunday when Ginebra clashed against GlobalPort.

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Bakers open title bid vs Aguilas; D-League opens on Jan. 21

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Cafe France aims for another championship while eight other teams try to go all the way as the latest PBA D-League season unfolds this month.

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No protest filed by Ginebra; Commissioner sets hearing for referees

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Ginebra is not putting its tight 84-83 knockout defeat to GlobalPort in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday night under protest.

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PBA may stage All-Star event either in Dubai, Baguio or CDO

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The Philippine Basketball Association will either break new ground in holding the 2016 PBA All-Star Game in Dubai or bring back the annual spectacle in Baguio or Cagayan de Oro. An old organizing partner in Dubai, a private group in Baguio and the local government of Cagayan de Oro have all expressed interest to host […]

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Blackwater, Ginebra stay undefeated in PBA Women’s 3×3

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Blackwater and Barangay Ginebra remained undefeated after taking down separate erstwhile unbeaten foes in the PBA Women’s 3-on-3 tournament Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.

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Don Allado retires from basketball after 16 years

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Veteran big man Don Allado has finally hung up his sneakers. In a lengthy message posted on Twitter on his account @alotofDON, Allado said that he is calling it a career after a decade and half. “I am officially announcing my retirement from playin professional basketball. Been blessed to have 16 years of pure bliss. The journey […]

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Texters look to bounce back vs Elite

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Talk ‘N Text was supposed to amble along just fine before embarking on what could be a very bumpy ride. After getting waylaid by an unlikely ambusher, the Tropang Texters now must get their bearings back and avoid another humiliation when they tangle with an unpredictable Blackwater side Wednesday in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup […]

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Player of the Week: Sean Anthony a perfect fit for NLEX

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NLEX forward Sean Anthony’s herculean effort against powerhouse Talk ‘N Text on Friday earned him his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week.

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PBA Fan of the day: Joan De Leon

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Name: Joan De Leon Age: 35 Hails from: Parañaque Favorite PBA team: Mahindra Enforcers How long have you been supporting the team: since this season Favorite PBA player: Aldrech Ramos Why are you a fan of Mahindra: “Dahil kay Aldrech kasi magaling sya.”

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Player of the Week: Pringle leading the way for much-improved GlobalPort

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Thanks to reigning Rookie of the Year Stanley Pringle, GlobalPort is looking every bit of a championship contender just one month into the 41st Season of the PBA.

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Mahindra, Barako Bull shoot for 2nd straight win

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Whether Mahindra’s hunger for a victory has already been sated following a breakthrough in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup would be known Tuesday it battles dangerous Barako Bull at Alonte Sports Complex in Binan, Laguna.

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Hotshots blow lead, nip Road Warriors

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Star squandered a big lead before holding on to edge NLEX, 97-95, in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Philsports Arena in Pasig.

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Rain or Shine blasts San Miguel Beer in battle for early lead

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With a tremendous shooting coupled by a lockdown defense in the final half, Rain or Shine humbled reigning two-conference champion San Miguel Beer, 99-84, to gain solo lead in the 2015-16 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Wednesday night.

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PBA Fan of the day: Al Alonzo

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Name: Al Alonzo Age: 23 Hails from: Imus, Cavite Favorite PBA team: Rain or Shine How long have you been supporting the team: Since Welcoat days Favorite PBA players: Gabe Norwood and Josan Nimes Why are you a fan of Rain or Shine: “Kasi Rain or Shine is not just a team, but a family.”

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Newsome says elbow on Agovida was unintentional

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Meralco rookie Chris Newsome said his elbow that hit Blackwater’s Keith Agovida in the first half of their game on Wednesday and merited an ejection was “unintentional.”

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PBA Women’s 3-on-3: NLEX, Blackwater dominate foes

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Showing no mercy, NLEX blanked Mahindra, 14-0 for its second win in the Dickies PBA Women’s 3-on-3 Tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

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Player of the Week: Pringle back in full form for GlobalPort

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Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle may just be in his second year as a pro, but he is leading by example as GlobalPort continues its search for its first-ever PBA championship this season.

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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