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Phoenix books quarterfinals ticket, beats Ginebra

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Phoenix clinched a quarterfinals seat with a wire-to-wire win over Barangay Ginebra, 79-73, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Philsports Arena in Pasig. The win pushed the Fuel Masters to solo second with a 6-4 card. “We proved to ourselves that we can defend. We take some pride in our defense,” said Phoenix coach Ariel […]

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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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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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Streaking Beermen seize No. 1 spot, beat Batang Pier

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LAPU LAPU CITY — June Mar Fajardo made a worthy homecoming in his home province, teaming up with Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter to power San Miguel Beer past GlobalPort and into an outright top finish in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup elims here Saturday night. Before an impressive crowd at the Hoops Dome here, […]

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Garcia: Rain or Shine played ‘terrible’ in loss to Meralco

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Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia expressed his displeasure over the Elasto Painters’ 82-72 loss to the Meralco Bolts on Friday. “We played a terrible game, offensively and defensively. The players on the court weren’t playing well together,” Garcia said. Falling behind by as much as 15 early, the Elasto Painters had a tough time […]

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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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Phoenix, Ginebra hope to stay in twice-to-beat race

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Barangay Ginebra and Phoenix Petroleum clash Sunday night in one of the key matches in the homestretch of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round, each one fighting to stay in the race for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.        Both in a heavy pack behind runaway leader San Miguel Beer, the Gin Kings and […]

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Self discipline key to keep career going for Yancy de Ocampo

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To maintain his tip-top shape, San Miguel Beer veteran center Nancy De Ocampo said he sees to it that he has self-discipline as far as taking care of his body is concerned. De Ocampo, whose yunger brother Ranidel plays for TNT, is now in his 15th season in the PBA starting career with the defunct Fedex Express, […]

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After big win over TNT, Pingris says Star has more work to be done

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Coming off an 88-77 win over TNT, Star forward Marc Pingris knows that the Hotshots’ work is just getting started. “Sinasabi ni coach sa amin na hindi kami pwede mag-celebrate dahil may gusto kaming puntahan. Ang madalas niyang sinasabi, be humble lang. May mga malalakas pa tayong kalaban,” Pingris said. (Coach keeps telling us that […]

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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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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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Sangalang sparks Star win, but admits he’s still adjusting

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It’s just a matter of time before Ian Sangalang reminds everyone what he’s capable of. And on Sunday, the second overall pick in the 2013 PBA Draft, showed what Star fans have been missing as he led the Hotshots to a 88-77 conquest over the TNT KaTropa. Sangalang finished with a team-best 14 points and […]

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Castro: TNT lost effort in defeat to Star

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Even Jayson Castro admitted TNT lacked effort in its 88-77 defeat to Star on Sunday. “Nawala yung effort namin, at isa na ako doon (Our effort was gone, and I was one of those),” he shared. Slow to rotate and beaten to 50-50 balls by a locked in Hotshots crew, the KaTropa found themselves down, 15-4, […]

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Jalalon embraces challenge playing vs ‘idol’ Castro

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Idol or not, Jio Jalalon isn’t backing down from Jayson Castro. In his fist matchup against Asia’s best point guard, Jalalon managed to stand his ground and eventually helped Star get an 88-77 win over TNT in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jalalon had nine points and four rebounds in […]

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Racela after TNT loss: ‘Change doesn’t happen overnight’

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TNT coach Nash Racela said that for the team to turn things around, the KaTropa must be willing to embrace necessary changes. “From day one, I’ve been telling them that there has to be changes. I’ve been calling out their attentions, their names, on what they have to change. Change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Racela.  […]

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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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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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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: Jeren Miralles

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Name: Jeren Miralles Age: 18 Hails from: Caloocan Favorite team: TNT KaTropa Favorite player: Jayson Castro How long have you been a fan of  the team: 2 years Why are you a fan of the team:  Because of Jayson Castro.

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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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Thompson, Gin Kings down skidding Bolts

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ILOILO CITY – Joe Devance achieved a personal milestone and the whole Barangay Ginebra team celebrated a crucial win over Meralco that got the team back in the thick of the fight for the playoffs in the PBA Philippine Cup at the University of San Agustin Gym here Saturday night. Devance, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson […]

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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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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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Bottom teams Meralco, Mahindra aim for crucial win

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Mahinrda has snapped out of a disquieting skid in a big way and is now eyeing a second straight win that would push it back in the hunt for a playoff slot in the PBA Philippine Cup. Meralco coach Norman Black hopes it would not be at his team’s expense when the Bolts and Floodbuster […]

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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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High-octane Painters too much for misfiring Fuel Masters

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Phoenix played with fire and got burned. Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia admitted that going mano a mano with a deep Rain or Shine squad cost itself the game, losing the duel, 97-82, on Sunday. “We gambled on them taking threes. The bad thing is they made them,” he said. Known to prosper in free-flowing […]

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With help from veteran teammates, Agovida aims to become two-way player

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With reminders from his veteran teammates, San Miguel Beer’s Keith Agovida is evolving more into a two-dimensional player now that he is on the defending champions’ side. Known for his offensive prowess in his former teams Blackwater and Mahindra, the 6-foot-2 Agovida revealed that he continuing to learn from his experienced teammates especially on the […]

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Chris Tiu returns from calf injury

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Rain or Shine veteran guard Chris Tiu made his quiet return Sunday night from a calf injury that had sidelined him for more than a month. The 5-foot-11 guard recorded six markers on 50 percent shooting from the field, to go along with two assists in nearly 16 minutes of play.  Though Tiu said he’s still hurting, it […]

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Rookie Wright keen on helping Phoenix win

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Phoenix rookie Matthew Wright has been consistently delivering the goods for the Fuel Masters in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.  In fact, the St. Bonaventure University standout is averaging 17.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steals per outing, good enough to keep him in second place behind Blackwater’s Mac Belo in the Rookie […]

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Player of the Week: Cabagnot shows way for red-hot Beermen

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It seems like there’s no stopping San Miguel Beer playmaker Alex Cabagnot these days, not even a depressed nasal fracture. Though advised by doctors to undergo surgery, Cabagnot managed to still get a green light to play, provided he wears a facial mask to protect his injured nose. Except for that mask, nothing has changed […]

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Up-and-down trend continues for Ginebra after loss to San Miguel

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Barangay Ginebra’s roller coaster ride this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup continues. Alternating wins and losses through their first seven games, the Gin Kings have struggled to consistently churn out performances worthy of a winning streak. Though there were positives like the way it performed against San Miguel on Sunday, the team still drew the short […]

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Beermen bank on defense in squeaker over Gin Kings

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Known for its formidable offense, the two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer proved that it can also pull off gritty wins through defense. And that’s exactly how the Beermen did it in turning back Barangay Ginebra in a close 72-70 decision on Sunday in front of a loud Big Dome crowd. Though the Beermen squandered […]

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Trollano, Matias help ROS overcome absence of key players

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With Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan missing Rain or Shine’s tussle with Phoenix due to injuries, coach Caloy Garcia dug deep from his bag of tricks. Luckily for Garcia, his reserves delivered with the Elasto Painters drawing 56 points from their bench in their 97-82 rout, showing once again that they have the depth to […]

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Lassiter escapes bad shooting night, missed free throws with SMB win

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Marcio Lassiter almost took the brunt of the blame had San Miguel lost to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. Fouled with the Beermen holding a slim 72-70 lead, the marksman shockingly muffed two charities and gave the Gin Kings one last shot with 11 seconds left. “I left it short. I can’t blame no one but myself,” […]

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Fajardo hopes Beermen will stay healthy the rest of the way

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June Mar Fajardo expected a tough outing with San Miguel going up against Ginebra on Sunday. With his paltry seven-point outing in Game 5 of last season’s Governors’ Cup semifinals still lingering in his mind, the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player fell once again to coach Tim Cone’s trap as he was saddled with four […]

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Tenorio stays positive despite Ginebra loss to SMB

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Despite being on the losing end of a 72-70 heartbreaker against San Miguel, Barangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio still believes the Kings have a lot to learn from the loss. “We fought even though we’re struggling offensively. We didn’t quit. I think that’s the positive side. We did a good job defending San Miguel,” […]

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Santos’ timely rebounds, defense help Beermen win

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Defense did it for San Miguel. Squandering a 10-point lead, 72-62, with 2:25 left in Sunday’s tiff against Barangay Ginebra, it was the Beermen’s defense which helped them secure a 72-70 thriller. And at the center of that victory was Arwind Santos, who hauled down three crucial rebounds as well as contesting LA Tenorio’s potential […]

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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
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
Star Hotshots VS Blackwater Elite 4:15 PM Game #57
TNT Ka Tropa VS Global Port Batang Pier 7:00 PM Game #58
WEDNESDAY, JAN 25 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Mahindra Flood Buster VS NLEX Road Warriors 4:15 PM Game #59
Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters VS Alaska Aces 7:00 PM Game #60
FRIDAY, JAN 27 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Meralco Bolts VS Star Hotshots 3:00 PM Game #61
San Miguel Beermen VS TNT Ka Tropa 5:15 PM Game #62
SATURDAY, JAN 28 PHILSPORTS ARENA