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Star improves to 4-0, thumps Mahindra

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Star kept its record clean after hammering out a 97-83 win over Mahindra in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tony Mitchell shone on both ends of the floor, finishing with 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as the Hotshots gained a share of the lead with the Alaska Aces […]

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Aguilar drains buzzer-beater as Ginebra stuns San Miguel for 2-1 lead

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Japeth Aguilar nailed the winner at the buzzer as Ginebra fended off defending champions San Miguel, 97-96, to regain edge in the semifinal round of the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Aguilar connected on an uncontested jumper from the left baseline to give the crowd darlings a 2-1 series lead, just one win away […]

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Brownlee: We expected Alaska to keep on fighting

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A 20-point fourth quarter lead may not be enough to break Alaska, but a clutch three-pointer might do the trick. Just ask Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Brownlee willed Ginebra past the Aces, 109-104, going absolutely clutch when the Gin Kings squandered their 86-66 lead in the fourth. “We expected them to never give up and […]

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Abueva on botched comeback: ‘Kinabahan nga sila’

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It was a comeback for the ages, but it was a comeback that failed. Alaska was on the verge of pulling off another shocker when it rallied back from 20 points down against Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. But Kings import Justin Brownlee did just enough to put […]

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San Miguel advances to Govs’ Cup semis at expense of NLEX

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Defending champions San Miguel Beermen inched closer to another PBA Governors’ Cup title, running away with a 114-110 victory over NLEX in the quarterfinals stages Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The second-seeded Beermen, who finished the eliminations with an 8-3 record, had a twice-to-beat advantage over the Road Warriors will face the winner between Barangay […]

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Walker, NLEX miss Lanete’s presence in loss

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Uncertainty surrounded NLEX hours before it tipped off against Alaska, with the Road Warriors’ playoff positioning still in shambles and one of its point guards getting sidelined due to fever. Garvo Lanete, who shares the one position with Kevin Alas, Emman Monfort, and Jonas Villanueva, was not in the Road Warriors’ 100-85 loss to the […]

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Rain or Shine trounces Star, stays alive for a playoff spot

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Commissioner’s Cup titlist Rain or Shine lived to fight a playoff game for the last berth in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals after clobbering Star, 108-97, at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday night. The Elasto Painters built momentum in the second quarter and dominated the Hotshots in the final half in salvaging a […]

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NLEX extends win streak to 4 at expense of Alaska in PBA Women’s 3×3

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NLEX went on cruise control and easily dispatched Alaska, 15-5, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena to remain atop the standings of the PBA Women’s 3×3 Group A. It’s now a four-game win streak for the Road Warriors after they dropped their opener while the Aces slipped to 3-2. In the second game, Star shocked […]

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Globalport upsets San Miguel for 2nd straight win

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Globalport landed a big fish in San Miguel Beer after an initial win from a double-overtime duel with Meralco as the Batang Pier moved up to the Top Eight at the midpoint of their elimination-round stint in the PBA Governors Cup. Before a good Friday crowd at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo, the Batang […]

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Madanly on 6-0 card: It’s not how you start but how you finish

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ANTIPOLO-—TNT’s 6-0 start in the PBA Governors’ Cup is always a sure cause for celebration, but for Asian import Michael Madanly the Katropa better make it until the finish line. “6-0 is a good number, for sure, it’s getting us good feelings but we should put this number behind and think about the next game,” […]

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TNT shoots down Phoenix for sixth straight win

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ANTIPOLO—TNT KaTropa remained immaculate in the PBA Governors’ Cup, taking down upset-seeking Phoenix, 124-117, for its sixth straight win Friday here at Ynares Center. The Texters remained undefeated while the Fuel Masters saw their two-game win streak and slip to 2-4. TNT posted a league-season-high 19 triples, which translates to sixth all-time in PBA history. […]

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Alas eager to make up for miscue with crucial steal

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Even before Mahindra import James White made his move in the Enforcer’s final possession, NLEX guard Kevin Alas already had an idea how the play will develop. The Road Warriors’ defense was planned to send White to go to his left and when took the bait, Alas timed it perfectly for the steal to preserve […]

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Borboran just kept himself ready for 4th quarter break

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If the term “role player” had a personification, it would be Mark Borboran. Since being drafted back in 2008, the former Red Warrior out of University of the East has bounced around the league and got into five teams. He averaged more than five points per game in a season just once during the 2014-2015 […]

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NLEX survives struggling Star, snaps three-game skid

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NLEX took the high road and left Star behind its tracks in an 88-85 thriller in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. NLEX stopped its bleeding in this wet, cold evening, topping Star and new import Joel Wright, 88-85, in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Henry Walker checked […]

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White admits Mahindra lost focus after early big lead

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Mahindra was cruising in the PBA Governors’ Conference winning its first four games, but on Friday the Enforcers got pulled over to a sudden stop as Phoenix handed them their first loss, 100-94. A loss so sudden could rattle any young team, but the Enforcers 23-year-old import James Whitesaid they have to learn from their […]

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Phoenix rises from poor 1st half, snaps Mahindra’s 4-game streak

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Phoenix rose up from a dreadful first half and snapped Mahindra’s four-game win streak in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 100-94 shocker Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Mahindra had a 20-point lead, 34-14, in the first half but the Fuel Masters slowly chipped it away and proceeded to erupt in the fourth quarter, outscoring the […]

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Durham tows Meralco past Rain or Shine

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MERALCO readily discarded the dea of replacing Allen Durham when the notion cropped up and was amply rewarded. Durham flashed his old lethal form with 32 points in a 109-102 victory over Rain or Shine Wednesday that snapped out of a two-game slide and back into the thick of things in the PBA Governors Cup […]

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Ahanmisi blazes to Obstacle Challenge title

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This maverick doesn’t need his goose to be the top gun. Maverick Ahanmisi streaked to the Obstacle Challenge title in the PBA All Star Manila Friday at Araneta Coliseum. Rain or Shine’s spitfire guard finished with a time of 32.95 seconds in the final round besting five other players in the final round. “It feels […]

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Norwood optimistic of Qahwash’s future in PBA

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They may be on opposing sides, but Rain or Shine forward Gabe Norwood sees positive things for Blackwater’s Asian import Imad Qahwash. “It’s nice to come out with the win, I think he’s still adjusting, he’s a solid player, I think he’s going to help Blackwater a lot,” said Norwood after the Elasto Painters fended […]

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TNT survives Alaska in heart-pounder, gains share of no. 1

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ANTIPOLO—Playing in high altitude requires an even higher fortitude. TNT is sure to be the talk of the town as it survived Alaska, 120-118, for its third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center-Antipolo. It’s now a 3-0 record for TNT, tying Mahindra for the top seed. TNT had a 118-112 lead with […]

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Rain or Shine dodges upset, nips Blackwater

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An upset denied. Rain or Shine escaped a persistent Blackwater, 98-92, Friday at Ynares Center-Antipolo to join a three-way logjam at third place of the PBA Governors’ Cup. Blackwater scored five unanswered to cut the Elasto Painters’ 93-86 lead to just three, 93-90, when Carlo Lastimosa broke away for a layup. Raiñ or Shine big […]

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‘We’re growing’: Maliksi sees positives despite Star’s 0-2 card

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Allein Maliksi’s time as hero for the Star Hotshots was as fast as his last name. When the Hotshots were down 97-95, it was Maliksi who came out of the rebounding scrap and pulled up for a transition three with 14 seconds remaining to give Star a 98-97 lead. His time of glory, though, only […]

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Win over Star a confidence-booster for Dawson, Blackwater

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Blackwater Eric Dawson knows beating one of the traditional powers in the PBA is always a good sign of progress. The Elite pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the PBA Governors’ Cup so far when it shocked many-time champion Star, 100-98, Friday night. Dawson said the win is confidence-booster for the Elite, a team […]

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Blackwater slips past Star in thriller

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The Blackwater Elite caught a big fish in the Star Hotshots in breaking into the win-column in the 2016 PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night The Elite survived the Hotshots in a fierce endgame battle, carving out a 100-98 win that somehow proved they’re ready to move on after the passing […]

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Lassiter gets reward for staying confident amid poor shooting

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Marcio Lassiter wasn’t shooting the lights out when San Miguel were in a pinch against NLEX, and his 0-of-6 three-point percentage was the stuff of shooters’ nightmares. Then winning time came and Lassiter dispelled his demons and nailed the game-winner that catapulted the Beermen over the Road Warriors 94-93. “Honestly every time I take a […]

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Rain or Shine played ‘out of character’ in loss to TNT

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Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao wasn’t all too pleased when the Elasto Painters went pedestrian against Talk N’ Text in their opening game in the PBA Governors’ Cup. Holding an eight-point lead, 98-90, with 6:18 remaining in the game, Guiao said they could’ve just protected the lead and finish Wednesday night on a […]

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Lowhorn: I should’ve played better

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Dior Lowhorn is no stranger to the PBA. He played for Ginebra in 2013 then Globalport in 2014 before returning to the league to play for Rain or Shine. But on his third tour of duty, Lowhorn got a rude welcome from TNT. Rain or Shine had a comfortable eight-point lead with 6:18 left in […]

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White adjusting to new role as Mahindra’s go-to guy

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Imports in the PBA are usually expected to do two things: score and dominate. Mahindra’s James White admits that’s not something he’s used to, but the 22-year-old out of Georgia Tech knows he has to adjust from his role player days to the Enforcers’ main option. White was a mere role player for the Yellow […]

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Ailing GlobalPort sorely missing key guys Romeo, Washington

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Globalport on Wednesday fielded a depleted team without key guy Terrence Romeoe in the loss against Mahindra, the Batang Pier’s second in as many games. Stanley Pringle, who was left to carry the cudgels for Batang Pier, said they sorely missed the services of Romeo and others who are sidelined to start the PBA Governors’ […]

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Castro wills TNT past Rain or Shine

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Tropang TNT squandered a 15-point bulge then came charging back from a 14-point deficit to pull off a 101-98 win over Commissioner’s Cup titlist Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. The Texters were still in a precarious situation at 90-98 with 6:16 to go when they […]

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Hard to outcoach Norman Black, admits newcomer Vanguardia

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia has proven his worth in the Asean Basketball League, but he faced a different monster in the PBA. In the Fuel Masters’ opener in the PBA Governors’ Cup against Meralco, the ABL champion ran into the genius of 11-time PBA champion Norman Black. “Coach Norman, you can’t really outcoach him, […]

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Baguio feeling ‘at home’ as he reunites with former teammates

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Cyrus Baguio had a long illustrious career with the Alaska Aces where he won two of his three titles and got several Finals appearances. He may have left his team of spent six years, but Baguio already feels at home with his new team in the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Baguio reunited with familiar faces from […]

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White gives Enforcers coach ‘MJ moment’ with first win

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The 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup is only a day old but it seems the chemistry between Mahindra coach Chris Gavina and his import James White seems to have been built for more than 24 hours. During the Enforcers’ opening game against Star, White approached his coach and told him a quote Michael Jordan once told […]

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Hugnatan pays tribute to fallen friend Bulawan

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Reynel Hugnatan  paid tribute to his fallen buddyGilbert Bulawan in one way he knows how—through his sneakers. Before Meralco’s opener against Mahindra in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Hugnatan took out some tape and plastered it across his Air Jordan 9 Bright Mangoes, then scribbled “R.I.P GB 11,” the initials and jersey number of the Blackwater […]

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Narvasa on lady referees: ‘We have to empower women’

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The PBA, for four decades existence, has never had a woman referee, until Friday. In the opening game of the Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Colisuem the league’s first lady referee entered the court to officiate the game between Meralco and Phoenix. Janine Nicandro, a 23-year-old lass from Pagsanjan, Laguna, has earned her stripes after […]

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Despite little practice, Jamshidi churns out solid numbers for Bolts

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Meralco’s Asian import Mohammad Jamshidi arrived in the Philippines a day before the Bolts’ opening game in the PBA Governors’ Cup. He didn’t have ample time to acquaint himself with the Meralco system with the Bolts first game set in the opening day of the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday. That left Bolts head coach […]

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Meralco survives pesky Phoenix to open Governors’ Cup

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Meralco found the right voltage in the end-game and gave Phoenix a jolt for a 108-103 win to open its campaign in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. It was a back-and-forth tirade up until the final two minutes when the Bolts controlled the current and the Fuel Masters were forced to […]

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Phoenix newcomer Cruz sees Baguio as mentor, challenger

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Mark Cruz has yet to make a proper impression in the PBA and with his trade from Star to Phoenix, the diminutive point guard could still face another hurdle. Joining Cruz as a newcomer to the Fuel Masters is veteran guard Cyrus Baguio. Cruz was formerly part of a Hotshots squad that included Mark Barroca […]

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NLEX import Walker: I expect to win

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Bill Walker is in the PBA for only one goal. “I expect to win,” said Walker, who returns to action in the PBA Governors’ Cup as NLEX’s import. “I didn’t fly over the ocean for nothing, I expect to win, and the guys expect to win.” Walker’s first stint in the PBA was in the […]

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Blakely, Hotshots turn back Road Warriors in tune-up

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With both teams trying to establish momentum for the upcoming PBA Governors’ Cup, it was Star that halted the advance of NLEX, 81-75, in a tune-up game last Saturday at Ronac Basketball Court. Hotshots’ top scorer Marqus Blakely banked 18 points, while wingman Allein Maliksi added 13 to the board. “We gotta be disciplined on […]

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