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Mahindra gets boost from new recruits in win over Blackwater

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Mahindra drew immediate impact from its new acquisitions to hammer out a morale-boosting win over Blackwater, 96-87, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson, who were brought in on Friday via trade from NLEX in exchange for the embattled Alex Mallari, combined for 24 points and […]

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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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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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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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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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Early exit a learning experience for dela Cruz, Elite

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After failing to make the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs following a 103-80 loss to Rain or Shine on Friday, Blackwater still managed to keep its head high. Art dela Cruz said if there’s anything the Elite can take away from this conference, it’s that the team can stand toe-to-toe against fancied foes. “For a […]

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Cruz says ROS has chance to upset top seed SMB

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After Rain or Shine finally ended a four-game slump with a 103-80 victory over Blackwater on Friday, Jericho Cruz is convinced that the team has gotten its old groove back just in time for the playoffs.  “You don’t know who will catch fire for our team. Anybody can get off. I’m excited to play San Miguel […]

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Rain or Shine outclasses Blackwater for last playoff spot

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Rain or Shine just refused to be eliminated as it scored a 103-80 shellacking of Blackwater in a do-or-die duel for the last quarterfinals slot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night. The Elasto Painters snapped out of a rut and duplicated their 107-93 drubbing of the Elite last Dec. 9 to gain the […]

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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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Belo, dela Cruz to go all out for playoff-seeking Elite

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With the way Blackwater started the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Mac Belo and Art dela Cruz agree that it would definitely be a disappointment if the team misses out on the quarterfinals. And that’s the reason why the Elite will be coming into their next game more focused as they eye to secure a seat […]

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Sumang: Elite in ‘must win’ vs Hotshots

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Roi Sumang may finally be coming into his own after a slow start to his PBA career but his focus remains on Blackwater’s fate in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. That’s why even though Sumang had 20 points, four assists, and three rebounds in the game, the only thing he could care about was the […]

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Player of the Week: Resurgent Sumang steps up for Elite

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Roi Sumang is starting to show his true potential after spending much of his rookie season in obscurity. Selected 27th overall by GlobalPort in 2015, the pint-sized Sumang only played 27 games in 8.4 minutes, producing underwhelming numbers of 3.4 points, 0.7 rebound and 0.7 assist with the GlobalPort Batang Pier and late in his […]

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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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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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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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Elite’s Aguilar rues ‘sloppy’ start in blowout loss to Beermen

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Already against a fancied foe, Blackwater made its predicament harder by coming out slow in its 118-93 loss to San Miguel on Friday. That lackluster showing was further put in the spotlight as the Beermen took turns in eviscerating the Elite en route to a 29-point edge at one point in the first half. And […]

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Fajardo: Beermen can still improve

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His minutes may have dwindled, but there’s no denying that June Mar Fajardo is helping his team more with the way he’s playing in the homestretch of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Seeing action for only a conference-low 28 minutes in their 118-93 win over Blackwater on Friday, the three-time PBA MVP was nothing but […]

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Espinas gives San Miguel big lift vs Blackwater

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Gabby Espinas had a game to remember just three days after celebrating his 35th birthday. The veteran forward provided San Miguel a big lift off the bench with a conference-high 22 points and six rebounds in the Beermen’s dominant 118-93 victory over the Blackwater Elite on Friday. But Espinas didn’t want to attribute his good […]

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Santos says Belo didn’t get enough touches in SMB rout of Elite

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Arwind Santos thinks Mac Belo’s woeful performance against San Miguel is just a blip in his promising rookie year. Belo was limited to just four points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field and Santos feels Blackwater was unable to get the most out of its forward on Friday. “Ok naman si Mac pero kanina, parang […]

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San Miguel’s Fajardo leads BPC race

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June Mar Fajardo is primed for another historic year as 2017 begins. The three-time MVP is on the right track to win his fifth Best Player of the Conference as he leads all players in Statistical Points midway through the Philippine Cup. Fajardo needs only one more Best Player of the Conference plum to match his […]

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Castro picks up where he left off in return for TNT

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If there’s one thing his hiatus did well for Jayson Castro, it definitely made him miss playing on the hard court. Making his season debut on Friday for TNT, the Kapampangan spitfire truly showed what his team had missed the past two games. Castro didn’t waste time in reminding everyone what he’s capable off, firing 20 points […]

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Belo on facing former coach Racela: ‘I’m used to having him on my side’

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Together for almost five years, Mac Belo admits it was a weird feeling seeing coach Nash Racela on the other side when Blackwater played TNT on Friday. “I’m used to having him always on my side,” the prized rookie said as his partnership with Racela dates back from their days in Far Eastern University, Phoenix in […]

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Once a key contributor, Blackwater’s Gamalinda shrugs off lack of playing time

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With a newfound role and young bloods getting the lion’s share of the spotlight, Blackwater Elite’s Bambam Gamalinda sees no problem with having a scant playing time this early in the 2017 Philippine Cup. Last season, head coach Leo Isaac utilized the defensive forte and relentless hustle of the 6-foot-4 forward for 24 minutes per […]

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Returning Dillinger still groping for form

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Jared Dillinger was still far from his old form when he made his return from injury on Sunday. The Meralco swingman played just nine minutes in the Bolts’ 86-84 loss to the Blackwater Elite in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. The 32-year-old, a major piece in the Bolts’ rotation, is coming off a hamstring injury he sustained […]

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Player of the Week: Rookie Belo makes early impact for Elite

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Rookie forward Mac Belo underscored his readiness in the pro level after leading Blackwater to a franchise-best 2-0 start in the season-opening PBA Philippine Cup. Playing like a grizzled veteran, the 6-foot-4 Belo averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the Elite’s back-to-back victories over Phoenix and 2016 Governors’ Cup runner-up Meralco to […]

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Grey has solid PBA debut in Bolts loss to Elite

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As promising as his first game was, Jonathan Grey’s focus is on Meralco’s success. That’s why he doesn’t want to put too much on the 11 points and four rebounds he posted in his PBA debut, but rather rue the Bolts’ 86-84 defeat to the Blackwater Elite on Sunday. “It’s a learning process, but we lost, so […]

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Miranda proves he still has it, hits game winner for Elite

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When everyone was looking at Mac Belo to bail Blackwater out, another Tamaraw stepped up to the plate and drilled the dagger. Denok Miranda hit the biggest shot of the night, draining the game-winning basket on a tough drive for an 86-84 win by the Elite over the Meralco Bolts on Sunday. “I still have […]

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Elite rookie Belo aims to keep getting better

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Mac Belo proved his first PBA game was no fluke on Sunday. Helping Blackwater in his own unassuming way, the prized rookie let his game do the talking, pouring 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, to go with six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks for an 86-84 win over Meralco on Sunday. […]

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Belo, Miranda lift Elite over Bolts for 2-0 start

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Rookie Mac Belo followed up his impressive debut with another sterling performance while veteran guard Denok Miranda made the go-ahead play and Blackwater upset Meralco, 86-84, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Belo led all scorers with 25 points while Miranda hit the game-winning basket on a tough drive with […]

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Elite eye 2-0 start vs debuting Bolts

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After finally winning its first-ever opener, Blackwater looks to continue its winning ways early in the season. The Elite gun for their first-ever 2-0 start and solo leadership when they tangle with the debuting Meralco Bolts in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Blackwater’s 94-87 victory over Phoenix last Wednesday marked the […]

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Banal’s PBA journey a ‘five-year plan,’ says dad

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Joel Banal could only sigh looking back at the path his son Ael took before making the PBA. “It’s another miracle for our family,” he said Sunday after Ael was picked first overall in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. The former PBA coach, who called the shots for TNT and Alaska, shared his son’s move to Hope […]

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Banal aims to prove worth as Elite’s top pick in regular draft

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Blackwater’s continuing quest for relevance brought the franchise to arguably its best Draft when it picked up Mac Belo, the best-touted prospect out of the Gilas pool, and Ael Banal, the No.1 overall pick in the Regular Draft. Banal and Belo will join a young team who only has four players above 30 years old. […]

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Isaac excited for Blackwater’s future with Belo, Banal

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After picking Mac Belo and Ael Banal in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, coach Leo Isaac can now look forward to a brighter future for Blackwater. “Young bloods,” Isaac remarked on Sunday. “Talent-wise, they can develop into future PBA superstars and play good basketball for Blackwater.” Belo has undoubtedly proven himself  as the best player in the […]

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Banal, Alolino 1-2 in regular draft; Ginebra picks Jamito

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Blackwater tapped the services of Raphael Banal, picking the guard first in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila. The 23-year-old guard from Hope International University – California impressed a lot of scouts during the two-day Draft Combine showing his abilities as one of the field’s elite wingers. Banal, who is the son of […]

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Belo embraces new challenge at Elite; Gilas bets drafted

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Mac Belo hopes to bring his championship pedigree from the amateur ranks to Blackwater in the PBA. The soft spoken forward from Far Eastern University headed Gilas Pilipinas pool players, who were distributed to all 12 teams to open the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila. “Ibibigay ko lang yung best ko para manalo kami tsaka […]

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SMB ready for the playoffs, says Millsap

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BIÑAN—Elijah Millsap only needed one game to feel convinced that San Miguel is prepared for the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.  “We’re ready, we just gotta do better at the defensive end,” said Millsap after the Beermen’s 107-101 victory over the Blackwater Elite Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena.  Millsap’s first run with the San Miguel […]

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San Miguel Beer VS TNT KaTropa 07:00 PM
JUNE 28 WEDNESDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
San Miguel Beer VS TNT KaTropa 07:00 PM
JUNE 30 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM