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Yap admits he’s still adjusting as ROS looks ahead to next conference

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Disappointing as Rain or Shine’s campaign in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup may have been, James Yap is hopeful that the team has learned its lessons going forward. “Actually, we played well but we just fell short. Here is when we’ll be stronger, when you’re in this situation that you’re out of the conference. Here […]

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Mercado on Ginebra comeback: ‘We gave it all’

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With its back against the wall, Ginebra knew it had no choice but to pull off a win against Alaska on Saturday. But extending the Gin Kings season seemed like a tall task, especially after the Aces erected a 53-37 lead early in the third quarter. “There was no tomorrow. If we lost, it will be a […]

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Lee on Star’s recent success: ‘We commit to each other’

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Looking like a well-oiled machine, Star has been on a roll late in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. With everything clicking, the Hotshots racked six straight victories, their last being a 91-71 win over Phoenix to book a spot in the semifinals. And for Paul Lee, the team’s chemistry has truly been evident in this […]

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TNT goes for sweep vs ‘dangerous’ GlobalPort

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The TNT KaTropa have yet to find ways to stop the dynamic duo of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle. But they’ve been finding ways to hurdle the whole GlobalPort team. The KaTropa look to make it 3-0 over the Batang Pier in the conference, going for the kill in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-three quarterfinals […]

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Ginebra rallies past Alaska, forces do-or-die for semis slot

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ANTIPOLO — Ginebra battled back from 17 points down and pulled off an 85-81 victory over Alaska on Sunday to force a do-or-die for a semifinals in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here. The Gin Kings fought back from a 50-37 deficit and unleashed a jaw-dropping 21-1 run to close the third frame […]

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San Miguel gets boost from RR Garcia

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With a chance to make his first trip to the PBA semifinals, RR Garcia took matters to his own hands as he lifted San Miguel to a 98-91 conquest of Rain or Shine in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal tiff on Sunday. Garcia seemed hesitant at first, opting to pass up an open three […]

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Compton expects Alaska to be in ‘real battle’ vs Ginebra

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Both sides foresee a tough battle but are also excited to take on the challenge. The Alaska Aces and the Barangay Ginebra Kings collide in what’s easily the most exciting matchup in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals – a duel pitting the 2016 Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup runners-up and the 2016 Governors Cup titlists. […]

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Star torches Phoenix in Game 1

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Star got its groove in the second half to pound Phoenix, 114-83, in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinals duel in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.  The Hotshots displayed their mastery of the Fuel Masters with their reserves leading a third quarter surge for a 82-63 lead. Star’s first five picked […]

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Known for offense, Castro says defense will carry TNT to semis

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TNT is known for its offensive firepower but Jayson Castro knows that what will propel TNT into the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals is its defense. On Saturday, TNT showed what it can accomplish on the defensive end of the floor in a 109-101 win over GlobalPort in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. […]

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TNT takes 1-0 lead, beats GlobalPort

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TNT surged ahead in the second half to beat GlobalPort, 109-101, to gain headway in Game 1 of their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. Jayson Castro paced the KaTropa with 20 on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting from the field, that went with four rebounds, while Larry Fonacier went 5-of-9 from long […]

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Belga: ‘No room for mistakes’ vs Beermen

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Rain or Shine didn’t just get a new lease on life with its 103-80 win over Blackwater on Friday. It also gave itself a chance to atone for its toughest loss this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup after arranging a quarterfinals date with San Miguel. Though the Elasto Painters are the heavy underdogs especially with Raymond […]

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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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Alaska shuts down TNT, faces Meralco in semis

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Alaska Milk dethroned PBA Commissioner’s Cup titlist Tropang TNT, 99-81, foiling what could have been a first ever playoff faceoff between sister teams the Texters and the Meralco Bolts. With an efficient, methodical game on both ends, the Aces ended the Texters’ reign and grabbed the last berth in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four. The […]

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TNT, Alaska dispute last semis slot

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It’s either Tropang TNT lives to pursue a title repeat or Alaska Milk stays alive and remains in contention for a third straight finals. The Texters and the Aces put their lofty aspirations on the line as they face off in a do-or-die setto Friday, determining the last team that will make the Oppo PBA […]

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Hotshots scare brought back memories of historic Finals, says SMB’s Ross

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With San Miguel pushed to a deciding Game in its quarterfinals duel against Star, Chris Ross had flashbacks of the Beermen’s previous elimination games. “It kind of reminded me of the Finals where our backs were against the wall in the last four games,” he said, reminiscing the Beermen’s historic comeback from 0-3 down against […]

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Webb praises Hotshots for pushing SMB to their limits

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No one can deny that Star had nothing to be ashamed of a despite losing in the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals. Facing the best team in the league in San Miguel, the Hotshots gave their all and nearly pulled off one of the greatest upsets in PBA history. Star stunned San Miguel Beer, […]

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Beermen escape Hotshots, make semis

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San Miguel Beer stayed in the hunt for a third straight championship as the Beermen overcame a tough stand by the Star Hotshots, eking out a pulsating 103-99 win in their do-or-die duel in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. The Beermen played catch-up basketball almost throughout before seizing the moment […]

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Rain or Shine sweep of Ginebra ‘unexpected,’ says Quiñahan

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No one from the Rain or Shine camp expected a sweep against a tough Ginebra side in their best-of-three quarterfinals series. What the team expected, though, was a stronger start in Game 2 to avoid falling behind big again, just like what happened in Game 1. “Kahit kami naman hindi inasahan yung sweep eh,” said […]

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Abueva, Alaska bracing for all-out war in decider vs TNT

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Once again, Calvin Abueva proved to be the motor that keeps Alaska running. With their backs against the wall amid a raging TNT fightback, the Aces leaned on the energetic forward and pulled off a tough 85-81 victory on Tuesday to force a do-or-die Game 3 in their quarterfinals series. “Ang sarap nito kasi 1-1 […]

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Rosario surprised potential game-winner rattled out in TNT loss to Aces

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In a complete turnaround from Game 1, Troy Rosario could not buy a bucket from rainbow country as TNT fell to Alaska, 85-81. After his scintillating 7-of-10 shooting from threes two days ago, the rookie went cold and missed all of his four shots from three-point land, including what could have been a go-ahead basket […]

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Jeffers, Ginebra upbeat despite quarterfinals exit

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For Othyus Jeffers, it was a case of wrong timing which proved to be Ginebra’s undoing. “We made strides. We just broke down at the wrong time,” he said, after the Gin Kings got swept in their quarterfinals series against Rain or Shine with a 102-89 defeat on Tuesday. Still, the outspoken reinforcement was satisfied […]

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Austria’s fears came true in Beermen loss to Hotshots

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San Miguel coach Leo Austria braced for the worst heading into the Beermen’s quarterfinal matchup against the Star Hotshots. Austria had fears knowing what the Hotshots are capable of and on Monday, his nightmares came true. “Yung kinatatakutan ko, nangyari kanina,” he said after the top seed Beermen fell to Star, 108-99 in Game 1 […]

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Ratliffe ready to do whatever it takes to lead Star over SMB

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With Star’s back against the wall, Ricardo Ratliffe knew his team had to come out of the gates firing. And after 48 minutes of basketball, the Hotshots got the job done, extending their conference with a masterful 108-99 victory over the top-seed San Miguel on Monday. “We know that we have to win or else, […]

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Simon recalls Powerade upset, hopes Star can do the same vs SMB

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Without James Yap, Peter June Simon is playing a much bigger role for Star. And on Monday, Simon proved he still has it. Playing for almost 30 minutes, North Cotabato native shone for coach Jason Webb, leading the Hotshots to a 108-99 victory over top seed San Miguel in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. […]

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Beermen hope to elude Hotshots’ KO punch in Game 2

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For all its successes, the PBA Commissioner’s Cup has been a waterloo for the San Miguel Beermen.          San Miguel is again on the brink of disaster in the mid-season tourney, with the playoff top seed facing eighth ranked Star in a make-or-break duel in their quarterfinals matchup at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. […]

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Rain or Shine shoots for a sweep vs Ginebra

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A win away from advancing to the semifinals, Rain or Shine doesn’t want to give Ginebra any window of opportunity when they meet again for Game 2 of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. The two teams clash on Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Game time is at 4:15 p.m. The Elasto Painters eked out an 88-84 […]

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NLEX hopes to surprise Meralco anew

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Meralco hopes to continue its impressive run as it shifts its focus on the playoffs. However, progressing to the next phase of the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup will have to go through a familiar opponent in NLEX. The two teams cross paths anew in the quarterfinals, just like last year when the Bolts advanced […]

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No. 1 Beermen not taking Hotshots lightly

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With the odds stacked heavily on their side, the San Miguel Beermen pursue their drive for a third straight championship, looking to deliver the knockout blow on the Star Hotshots in their quarterfinal matchup in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Monday night. It’s a duel between the playoff top seed […]

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Rain or Shine comes back to beat Ginebra in quarterfinals opener

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Rain or Shine got its one foot in the semifinals after a pulsating 88-84 win over Ginebra in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinals series Sunday at Cuneta Astrodome. Jeff Chan finished with 15 points, including the game’s biggest basket late, and three rebounds for the Elasto Painters. JR Quiñahan led the Elasto Painters with […]

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Abueva, Alaska falls short in Game 1 loss to TNT

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Despite all of the things he did, Calvin Abueva’s efforts still weren’t enough to lift Alaska over TNT in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. Taking matters into his own hands, the Aces’ energizer bunny did it all, carrying the bulk of the load to pull his team back from a 15-point hole and […]

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TNT-Alaska quarters duel tips off

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After slumping its way to end the elimination round, Alaska reactivated Rob Dozier, who has recovered from his injury that has forced him to miss the Aces’ first 10 games. In his first game back, the former Best Import helped Alaska beat NLEX, 104-98, on Friday. “You saw what Rob does for us defensively – […]

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Ginebra, Rain or Shine begin quarterfinals showdown

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To many, Barangay Ginebra and Rain or Shine make the matchup with the trimmings of a classic showdown from among four pairings in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals. On one side is the Ginebra team on its strongest run under coach Tim Cone while on the other side is the ROS team which is […]

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Ginebra, GlobalPort dispute semis spot

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GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio would’ve wanted to have more time before his wards wage war in the second phase of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.

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Rain or Shine’s Lee still uncertain in KO quarterfinals

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The year is almost over but Paul Lee is yet to play a minute this season.

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Lastimosa’s 35 not enough to lift Blackwater over ROS

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Blackwater guard Carlo Lastimosa chalked up his third 30-point game of the conference after a 35-point outing that pushed Rain or Shine to its limit.

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TNT escapes NLEX, faces Rain or Shine in KO quarters

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TNT escaped NLEX, 90-88, to advance in the next phase of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Troy Rosario scored a team-high 20 points, 11 coming in the fourth quarter, that went with six rebounds while Danny Seigle gave the Tropang Texters a lift with 17 […]

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Tenorio sends perfect gift to Ginebra fans

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There wasn’t a better gift for Barangay Ginebra hopefuls than a win for their favorite team on Christmas day.

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