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Lee wants no letup from Hotshots

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Star couldn’t have landed in a more complicated spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup standings. After a resounding 88-77 victory over TNT Sunday, the Hotshots lodged themselves in a five-way tie with Ginebra, Alaska, Phoenix, and the KaTropa, who all have 4-4 records. And to get out of the logjam, shooting guard Paul Lee […]

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Hotshots lean on strong start to beat KaTropa

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The Star Hotshots checked a two-game slide and created a heavy five-way logjam at fifth place in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup with an 88-77 subduing of the TNT KaTropa Texters at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night. Beaten by Barangay Ginebra and Alaska Milk in their last two games, the Hotshots fought with a great resolve to get back on […]

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TNT, Star look to get back on track

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TNT KaTropa and Star clash in a weekend match at Smart Araneta Coliseum, both looking to bounce back from a heart-rending loss in chase of their quarterfinal-round bids in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.          The Texters pursue their Top Two aspiration while the Hotshots fight to keep spot in the Magic Eight […]

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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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Rookies Jalalon, Tolomia share limelight in Star-ROS duel

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While much of the spotlight centered on veterans James Yap and Paul Lee and their keenly-awaited first game against their former teams, prized rookies still found a way to shine on Sunday. Jio Jalalon had an all-around game with 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds for Star while his counterpart Mike Tolomia wasn’t far behind, […]

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Gabe Norwood on facing Paul Lee: ‘It was really weird’

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Rain or Shine swingman Gabe Norwood said it was strange playing against his former teammate Paul Lee for the first time on Sunday. Lee played six seasons with the Elasto Painters before he was traded to the Star Hotshots in exchange for James Yap in the offseason. “It was really weird. I can’t fake it. […]

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Benched Ibañes feels he could’ve helped ROS in loss to Star

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Defensive stopper Jireh Ibañes believes he could have helped contain former teammate Paul Lee, who played against Rain or Shine for the first time since being traded to Star in the offseason. Lee finished with 14 points that went with four assists and three rebounds to lead the Hotshots to a 99-91 win over his […]

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Rain or Shine’s Belga expects tougher duels vs Star down the road

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The fans have seen nothing yet. That was Beau Belga’s stern observation after Rain or Shine’s 99-91 loss to Star on Sunday. Though a lot of fans have been on the lookout for the duel, the burly big man said that the rivalry between the two franchises doesn’t end here. “This was an elimination round […]

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Pingris feels ‘awkward’ facing Yap for first time

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After over a decade of playing together, Star’s Marc Pingris admitted he felt “awkward” going up against his longtime buddy James Yap for the first time. “Siyempre I feel awkward ‘di ba kasi 12 years kaming magkakasama,” said Pingris after Star dealt Rain or Shine its second loss in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup with […]

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After slow start, Ramos comes up big late in Star win over ROS

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After struggling in the first three quarters, Aldrech Ramos knew he had to contribute to help Star win. Fortunately for the veteran forward, Paul Lee was there to ease up the pressure and set him up for better shots. “Masama yung first three quarters ko, buti na lang nung fourth, yung mga open shots ko […]

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Paul Lee gets last laugh vs ROS, former teammates

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As a vital part of Rain or Shine for five years, Paul Lee knew what was coming when he faced his former team for the first time. Known for their physical brand of basketball, the Elasto Painters, specifically their rugged big man Beau Belga showed their ex-teammate what it’s like to be on the other […]

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Paul Lee helps Star beat former team Rain or Shine

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Paul Lee reminded Rain or Shine what it used to have as he towed Star to a 99-91 victory in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jio Jalalon beat the shot clock to break the 88-all deadlock as Lee followed up with a three and assisted on a pair of long bombs […]

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Player of the Week: Paul Lee shows all-around game for Star

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After struggling to get his game going in Star’s first two games this season, Paul Lee managed to regain his old, deadly form after leading the Hotshots to back-to-back lopsided wins, earning him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week. The six-foot Lee shook off his shooting woes last Wednesday when he knocked down […]

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With 9 turnovers in debut, Paul Lee aims to be better for Star

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Paul Lee was far from satisfied with the way he played in his Star debut on Sunday. Though the Hotshots’ prized offseason acquisition had 12 points and 10 rebounds, what he rued was the nine turnovers he committed in his team’s 96-88 loss to San Miguel. “First time na nangyari sa akin yan,” a disappointed […]

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Beermen open 2017 season with comeback win over Hotshots

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Reigning Philippine Cup back-to-back champ San Miguel Beer started strong and finished stronger, carving out a 96-88 win over Star in the kickoff of PBA Season 42 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. The Beermen scored all the first eight points of the contest and unleashed a decisive 15-to-nothing run towards the end to hold off […]

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Beermen take on Hotshots as new season unfolds Sunday

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Defending champion San Miguel begins its bid for a third straight Philippine Cup title when it opens the 2017 PBA Season against Star on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The league released its full schedule on Monday prior to the pre-season press conference at Makati Shangri-la. The tiff between the retooled Beermen and the new-look […]

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Lee excited to play with Hotshots rookie Jalalon

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Paul Lee can’t wait to play alongside Jiovani Jalalon, who was acquired by Star in the 2016 PBA Draft. “Sobrang excited ako kasi alam natin kung paano maglaro si Jio so magandang addition siya para sa amin,” he said. The Hotshots’ newest acquisitions are expected to take the league by storm as they try to bring […]

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Jalalon aims to benefit from loaded Star backcourt

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Jio Jalalon is considered as the best collegiate point guard in the draft, but as his professional career starts to unfold the former Arellano University star will soon find himself battling for precious minutes. Star drafted Jalalon with its pick in the special draft and the speedster joins the team’s loaded backcourt that has Paul […]

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Yap ready for ‘new beginning’ with Rain or Shine

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Nearing the end of an illustrious career, James Yap is betting on himself as he seeks to make a splash in the next four years. “Sa ngayon, four years ang tinitignan ko,” he said as he contemplates what could be the tailend of his storied professional run. “Malalaman naman natin kung kaya pa o hindi. […]

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Pingris still struggling with loss of Yap

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Returning to practice after a much deserved vacation in Japan, Marc Pingris admits that he truly missed seeing James Yap in Star’s training on Monday. “Parang di kami sanay na wala si James. Mahirap kasi nakasanayan namin na nandito sya,” he said. Yap, the two-time league Most Valuable Player who has also been helmed as […]

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After latest debacle, ROS character put to test

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Paul Lee dragged his heavy legs with his head down as he came out of the losing dugout at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night. The most coldblooded player in the league has never looked so vulnerable after another jarring loss pushed Rain or Shine to the brink. Lee just had one of his worst […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: JK Casiño

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Name: JK Casiño Age: 22 Hails From: Sampaloc, Manila Favorite Team: Rain of Shine Elasto Painters Favorite Player: Paul Lee Why are you a fan of Rain or Shine: Para sakin maganda yung system ni coach Yeng

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Road Warriors rally past Painters

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Rain or Shine came with a working defensive game plan for prolific NLEX import Henry Walker Sunday. What the Elasto Painters did not see coming were the other Road Warriors, who played big roles in the latter’s come-from-behind 111-99 surprise that fanned their quarterfinals hopes in the PBA Governors Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. […]

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Rain or Shine repays its ‘loyal’ fans

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Even the deepest team in the league could use additional manpower. Rain or Shine showed strength in numbers on Monday and it came by the hundreds as the Elasto Painters’ fans filled up the activity center of Robinson’s Galleria during the team’s meet and greet. “We started off slow but because of you guys, we […]

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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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Alaska extends Finals series, frustrates Rain or Shine

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Rain or Shine and Alaska Milk head for another battle Wednesday. The Aces still refused to quit, beating out the Elasto Painters, 86-78, in a gripping duel Sunday to further cut their deficit to 2-3 in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven titular series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Surviving a fifth do-or-die in the […]

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Paul Lee reprises role as Rain or Shine savior

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Rain or Shine's Paul Lee celebrates after knocking down the buzzer-beating jumper to lift the Elasto Painters over the Alaska Aces in Game 2 of the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER

Paul Lee could’ve been anywhere on the floor in the waning seconds of Game 2 of the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday. But as his Rain or Shine teammate Beau Belga fired a triple from the left corner and missed, Lee was all alone under the basket watching where the ball might end up. […]

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Lee’s buzzer beater lifts Rain or Shine over Alaska for 2-0 lead

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Paul Lee came through with another heroic act for Rain or Shine Sunday, executing a dagger play right before the buzzer in a 105-103 escape act by the Elasto Painters over the Alaska Milk Aces in Game Two of the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.          In the […]

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Baldwin glad Abueva, Lee dodged serious injuries

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As watched the game from the commentators’ booth, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin couldn’t help but but feel relieved when Calvin Abueva and Paul Lee both returned to action after separate injury scares. Baldwin worked as a TV analyst in Game 1 of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Friday night and got a […]

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Lee admits botched title bid last year still on his mind

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For Paul Lee, this 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals appearance for Rain or Shine may just be the team’s best chance of winning the crown.

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Player of the Week: Healthy Paul Lee leads way for Finals-bound ROS

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With his knee problem now well behind him, combo guard Paul Lee recaptured his old form to lead Rain or Shine back to the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. The six-foot guard out of the University of the East banged in 18 points, issued five assists and added two rebounds, instigating Rain or Shine’s 124-99 rout […]

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Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee picks right time to play best game

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What a time for Paul Lee to perform at his best. Bucking injury woes that haunted him this season, Lee showed the way, pouring 10 of his 18 points in the pivotal second period to help Rain or Shine pull away for a 124-99 rout over San Miguel to advance to the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Edric Go

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Name: Edric Go Age: 33 Hails from: Laguna Favorite PBA team: Rain or Shine How long have you been supporting the team: Ever since Favorite PBA player: Paul Lee Why are you a fan of Rain or Shine: “Sila na yung bagong never say die.”

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Phoenix, Rain or Shine in crucial tiff

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Rain or Shine and Phoenix both know now is the time to make their move if they hope to make the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals. That’s precisely the reason why the Elasto Painters and Fuelmasters aim to translate their heightened sense of urgency into game-winning performance when they clash Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We […]

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Paul Lee hurt again in ROS loss to TNT

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Bad news struck Paul Lee anew when he hurt his left knee in Rain or Shine’s game against TNT on Monday. “Just bad luck. My knee got hit when I landed,” he said, as he went down at the 4:02 mark of the second quarter when he challenged TNT guard Ryan Reyes’ three-point attempt. Still, […]

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Streaking Painters face skidding Enforcers

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Rain or Shine and Mahindra have mini streaks going, but are headed towards opposite directions. As to which roll will end will be known on Wednesday when the Elasto Painters and Enforcers collide in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The winner of the game joins idle Barangay Ginebra at 4-3 while the […]

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Paul Lee tastes bitter loss in first game back

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It wasn’t the kind of comeback Paul Lee had in mind.

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Guiao stays positive after Rain or Shine collapse

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Rain or Shine had the lead for the most part of its semifinals opener against defending champion San Miguel Beer before collapsing when it mattered most.

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PBA Fan of the day: Bob Gabriel

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Name: Bob Gabriel Age: 18 Hails from: Dubai Favorite PBA team: Rain or Shine Elasto Painters How long have you been supporting Rain or Shine: about four years Favorite PBA player: Paul Lee Why are you a fan of Rain or Shine: “Because of Paul Lee.”

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San Miguel, Rain or Shine begin semis showdown

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Old rivals San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine engage in another semifinal duel that is expected to become a war of attrition.

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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