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Aces Hontiveros, dela Cruz retire from PBA

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ANTIPOLO CITY—Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz didn’t have the kind of exit they had in mind after Alaska ended its season with a blowout loss to Rain or Shine Wednesday. But the two veterans will always look back at the fond memories they’ve made throughout their colorful careers. “I learned so many things. Coach […]

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Painters rip Aces in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell

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ANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here. The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their […]

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Gin Kings down Painters, move closer to top four

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Barangay Ginebra regained its winning ways after scraping past Rain or Shine, 89-82, to inch closer to a top four finish in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena. The Gin Kings, again, claimed solo leadership at 8-2 but not after withstanding a fight from the Elasto Painters, who rallied […]

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Rain or Shine’s Yap finally beats his former team Star

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It’s not everyday that you see James Yap go scoreless in a game. Rain or Shine’s game against Star on Sunday marked the first time Yap didn’t hit a single point since July 24 last year when he was still with the Hotshots. But the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player couldn’t care any less as […]

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Victolero liked how Hotshots fought in loss to Painters

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Despite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit. “We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened […]

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Almazan hospitalized due to dehydration after playing through illness

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Not even a bad case of flu could stop Raymond Almazan from playing. Fresh from his Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, the lanky big man gave it his all and delivered for the Elasto Painters in their 92-88 win over Star on Sunday. Almazan overcame his sickness and churned out 13 […]

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Cruz, Painters take down Hotshots

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Jericho Cruz took charge late for Rain or Shine as it dealt Star its first loss in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 92-88 squeaker Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The energetic guard fired 10 of the Elasto Painters’ final 17 points as they doused the Hotshots’ rally in the fourth quarter and stretch their winning […]

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Mild-mannered Belga helps Painters in rout of KaTropa

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Beau Belga seemed to have taken a 180-degree turn after his ejection last week, exuding poise in Rain or Shine’s 105-73 rout of TNT on Sunday. Keeping his temper in check, the burly big man had the most impact for his team in his time on the floor, garnering a team-best plus-28 as he racked […]

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Bullock bounces back, leads ROS rout of TNT

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Motivated to rebound from his underwhelming debut, J’Nathan Bullock responded to coach Caloy Garcia’s demands to lead Rain or Shine to a 105-73 blowout of TNT Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 30-year-old reinforcement made sure the Elasto Painters didn’t make a mistake tapping him as replacement, as he […]

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Meralco gets Tolomia, Rain or Shine acquires Daquioag

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Rain or Shine continued to shake up its roster as it acquired Ed Daquioag from Meralco in exchange for Mike Tolomia. The Office of the Commissioner approved the deal on Monday afternoon as Gilas cadets swapped places for the second time this conference. Tolomia and Daquioag have had similar fortunes in the Elasto Painters and the Bolts […]

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Rain or Shine trades Chan to Phoenix for Borboran, future pick

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Jeff Chan will be the next player to leave Rain or Shine. Sources bared to the INQUIRER that the Elasto Painters are set to trade the 33-year-old gunslinger to Phoenix in exchange for Mark Borboran and the Fuel Masters’ 2020 second round pick. The trade papers have already been submitted to the Office of the Commissioner […]

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ROS looks at positives heading into quarterfinals

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ANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine didn’t end its campaign in the elimination round the way it wanted to on Sunday. The Elasto Painters had to rally from a 41-25 deficit in the first half only to see its comeback bid end in disappointment following a 105-102 defeat at the hands of TNT. Heading into the quarterfinals with […]

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Yap owns up to muffed free throws in ROS loss to TNT

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ANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine swingman James Yap took full responsibility of his late-game blunders that allowed TNT to take a 105-102 victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here. Those mistakes included three straight missed free throws in the final minute of the game that could’ve tilted the game into the Elasto Painters’ favor. […]

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KaTropa overcome Painters for 8-3 record

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ANTIPOLO—TNT survived Rain or Shine, 105-102, to finish off its elimination round campaign on a high note in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here. The KaTropa head to the playoffs with an 8-3 record but will still await the final games of Star, San Miguel, Ginebra, and Meralco to determine their seed. […]

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Finally getting his chance, Almazan vows to give best for Gilas

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LUCENA — Raymond Almazan has always been vocal about donning the national colors. Offering his services back then, the lanky big man was content on helping Gilas Pilipinas even just as a practice player. But on Friday, the Rain or Shine center was more than just that as he was tapped in coach Chot Reyes’ […]

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Caloy Garcia ‘disappointed’ with ROS vets’ play in loss to Aces

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Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia bared that he’s finally feeling the pressure following the team’s two-game losing slide. “I’m concerned about it,” Garcia said after the Elasto Painters fell to Alaska in a 105-102 heartbreaker on Sunday. Garcia focused on the lackluster showing of his guards in their latest defeat, where he felt he […]

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Tolomia contributes in limited minutes in ROS loss to Alaska

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Kept on the bench majority of the game, Mike Tolomia was surprised to hear his number called with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter. But when his moment came, the 24-year-old made the most out of it in setting up his teammates James Yap and Jericho Cruz early in the fourth quarter. “I didn’t expect that […]

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Jefferson says Alaska teammates ‘big part’ of his success

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Cory Jefferson seethed as he air-balled his first three-point attempt early in Alaska’s duel against Rain or Shine on Sunday. Jefferson felt embarrassed and he made it a point to drill his next shots in hopes of maintaining the team’s unbeaten record. And he did, going 5-of-8 from threes, including the go-ahead trey with 30.1 seconds […]

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Aces stay perfect, overcome Painters behind Jefferson

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Cory Jefferson nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer with 30.1 seconds left as Alaska doused Rain or Shine’s fiery fightback, 105-102, to stay unbeaten in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jefferson fired 41 points and had 13 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces to their fourth win in as many […]

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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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Mahindra’s David has vintage performance in loss to Rain or Shine

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After getting his groove in the fourth quarter, Gary David hoped that he was on the floor late in regulation of Mahindra’s game against Rain or Shine. “If I was there on the floor, I will get the ball and I’ll take the shot,” David said. David was on the bench when the Floodbuster turned to […]

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Rain or Shine scrapes past Mahindra in OT

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Rain or Shine kept its record unblemished as it survived a pesky Mahindra squad, 99-95, in overtime Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Shawn Taggart carried the Elasto Painters’ firing 29 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. His most important play of the day, though, was assisting on […]

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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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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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Beermen make semis, hold off Painters

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ANTIPOLO – RR Garcia waxed hot and carried San Miguel over Rain or Shine, 98-91, to advance to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Sunday at Ynares Center here. The 5-foot-11 guard came off the bench and fired 25 points on  5-of-7 shooting from threes, to go along with four rebounds and three assists as the Beermen […]

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Tolomia’s patience pays off

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Mike Tolomia waited for his turn and his patience paid off on Friday. After playing sparingly in Rain or Shine’s last four games, the rookie stepped out of the veterans’ shadows and unleashed a career-best 14 points, all of which came in the second half, to help the Elasto Painters blast the Blackwater Elite in […]

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Austria wary of dangerous Rain or Shine

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Despite San Miguel enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, coach Leo Austria is fully aware that every team in the top eight is capable of upending the higher seeds. “We have the twice-to-beat, but it’s not really a big advantage,” he said. And Austria has every reason to feel so. […]

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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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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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PBA Fan of the Day: Julian Evaristo

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Name: Julian Evaristo Age: 17 Hails from: Marikina Fan of which team: Rain or Shine Favorite player: Jeff Chan How long have you been a fan of the team: Four years Why are you a fan of the team: They are my inspiration.

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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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Terrence Romeo is the future of PBA, says James Yap

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There’s no doubt in James Yap’s mind that Terrence Romeo is the future of the PBA. “Sa nilalaro ni Terrence ngayon, I think future siya. Alam ko yung feeling na ganoon, na sobrang taas ang kumpiyansa niya,” Yap said. Yap had a first hand look on how deadly the two-time Scoring Champion can be as […]

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Quinahan gets win over Belga as former teammates face off

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GlobalPort big man JR Quinahan expected a tough time heading into a duel with Rain or Shine on Sunday. Bracing for a tight battle against his old team, he told his former teammate Beau Belga to take it easy. “Sinabi ko lang kay Beau kanina bago mag-start na dahan-dahan lang,” Quinahan said with a chuckle. […]

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Norwood on guarding Romeo: ‘It’s frustrating’

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Terrence Romeo was so slick on Sunday that he even managed to evade reporters after GlobalPort’s 117-99 win over Rain or Shine. Minutes after setting a career-high 44 points, the super scorer’s impact was still felt inside Cuneta Astrodome. “I can’t lie, It’s frustrating, especially in a game that we need to win and the situation that […]

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GlobalPort makes quarters, downs ROS behind Romeo’s career-high

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Terrence Romeo exploded for a career-high 44 points to carry GlobalPort over Rain or Shine, 117-99, and clinch a seat in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at Cuneta Astrodome. The Batang Pier’s super scorer caught fire with a 20-point second quarter. He finished what he started, pouring 19 more points in the payoff period to […]

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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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