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San Miguel ties semis series, survives Star

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San Miguel Beer escaped Star, 77-76, to even their semifinals series at 1-1 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Charles Rhodes finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds for the Beermen, who bounced back from a 109-105 defeat in Game 1. Hotshots’ […]

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Hotshots post 3rd straight win, beat KaTropa

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Star bolstered its bid for a top four finish in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after fending off TNT, 107-97, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.   The Hotshots are now on a three-game winning streak and improved to a 7-2 card behind leaders San Miguel and Ginebra, which have identical 5-1 records, while the KaTropa slipped to 6-3. […]

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Gilas first-timer, 3-point king Maliksi thankful for blessings

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LUCENA — Never in Allein Maliksi’s wildest dreams that he thought the blessings will come in bunches. After winning his first Three-Point Shootout title in his first try in the 2017 PBA All-Star Week on Friday, Maliksi was also named in coach Chot Reyes’ final roster for the upcoming 2017 SEABA Championship in May. “That’s […]

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Lee rues blown chances in Star loss to San Miguel

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Paul Lee rued his missed chances late as Star fell again, this time to San Miguel, 103-97, on Sunday. With the Hotshots waging a late fightback and trimming what was once a 19-point deficit to just four, 99-95, with a minute left to play, the veteran guard muffed his trey from the left wing which […]

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With black headband on, Tenorio delivers for Ginebra vs Star

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It must be the headband. Sporting a black headband to cover up a boxer-like cut above his left eye, LA Tenorio went on a huge tear late in the fourth quarter as he provided the help Justin Brownlee needed in Ginebra’s 113-98 win over Star on Sunday. But for the veteran playmaker, he only had […]

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Brownlee, Ginebra deal Star its 1st loss

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Justin Brownlee took over in the second half to lift Barangay Ginebra over Star, 113-98, Sunday night in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. Brownlee caught fire in the fourth quarter, firing 11 of the Gin Kings’ last 19 points to inflict the Hotshots their first loss in five games. Brownlee […]

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Star guards ‘much better than my guards,’ says Phoenix coach

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia said poor guard play coupled with a bad shooting night from the outside made it difficult for the Fuel Masters to beat the Star Hotshots on Wednesday night. Vanguardia admitted the Hotshots’ guards outplayed his backcourt and shooting just 8% from long range obviously didn’t help. “Their guards are much […]

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Hotshots rout Fuel Masters anew

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Star reasserted its mastery over Phoenix with a 101-82 win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. With the latest double-digit victory, the Hotshots have now beaten the Fuel Masters by an average of 28.5 points in their last four meetings including a 44-point whipping back in the Philippine Cup. […]

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Ross, SMB no letup in Game 7 win over TNT

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Heading into Game 7 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against TNT, San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross had no intentions of taking a breather, not even for a second. It’s do-or-die and Ross doesn’t plan on having an early vacation. “It’s Game 7. It’s Game 7. You gotta keep your horses out there. I […]

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Bench production key to Game 6 win, says Ginebra guard Tenorio

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After exploding for a series-best 19 points on Sunday, LA Tenorio couldn’t care any less of his scoring as long as Ginebra gets the win. “It’s just a bonus for me. What’s important is I involve my teammates on our offense,” he said. Averaging just 7.2 points on 27 percent shooting from the field, 3.2 […]

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Devance difference maker for Ginebra in Game 6

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Star guards Paul Lee and Mark Barroca agreed Joe Devance caught the Hotshots off guard in a 91-67 loss in Game 6 on Sunday. “Joe stepped up. We weren’t ready for that,” said Lee, who finished the game with eight points and three rebounds. “We were surprised by Joe. He gave them quality minutes,” said […]

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Ginebra has advantage in Game 7 because of Cone, says Pingris

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With the Star-Ginebra semifinals series going the distance, Marc Pingris admits the Hotshots will be the underdogs in their do-or-die. “They have the advantage because they have coach Tim (Cone),” Pingris said in Filipino. “He has a lot of experience in these situations compared to coach Chito (Victolero).” Pingris should know, given that Cone previously […]

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Hurting Devance plays key role for Ginebra in Game 6

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Joe Devance expects a painful and possibly sleepless night to celebrate his 35th birthday on Sunday. But at the end of the day, he knows that all of those pain will be worth it. “I’d be crying later, but I’ll be all right,” Devance said. Devance has every reason to feel such as he provided […]

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Ginebra extends semis vs Star to Game 7 behind Devance

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Joe Devance celebrated his birthday in style, providing the boost Barangay Ginebra needed in its 91-67 victory over Star on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The win allowed the Gin Kings to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series, slated on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena. The 35-year-old […]

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Gin Kings eye equalizer in close semis series vs Hotshots

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The Star Hotshots are still in the lead at 2-1 but the Barangay Ginebra Kings are back on the warpath promising an even more furious battle in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals series at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. The two teams engaged in a slam-bang duel in each of their first three […]

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Devance returns to give Ginebra lift in Game 3

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Joe Devance only had six points and six rebounds but his impact in Barangay Ginebra’s win over Star in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals goes beyond his numbers. Devance returned after missing three games due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot and though, his injury is still very much bothering […]

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Lee on subpar Game 3 showing: ‘Credit to Ginebra defense’

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Star guard Paul Lee has been super the first two games of the semifinals series but in Game 3, he found his kryptonite in Barangay Ginebra’s defense. Lee is averaging 17.5 points in the semis but on Monday night, he was held to just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field. “It’s not our […]

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Gin Kings avoid 0-3 hole, down Hotshots

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Barangay Ginebra beat out Star in a tough defensive battle, holding the Hotshots down to two points in the last 5:51 of play to pull off a 73-62 win in Game 3 of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal showdown at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Monday night.          Offensively, Sol Mercado, Japeth Aguilar […]

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Cone hints at Devance return as Ginebra tries to avoid 0-3 hole vs Star

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After barely squeezing through in Games 1 and 2, the Star Hotshots hardly take comfort in their 2-0 lead versus the ever-dangerous Barangay Ginebra Kings in their side of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Star coach Cito Victolero said they would keep their cautious stand as they take on the Gin Kings in Game […]

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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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Pingris attributes Hotshots’ rise to defense

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Entering the semifinals for the first time since coach Tim Cone’s departure, Star is looking like a contender once again after last season’s disastrous run. And Marc Pingris knows where to attribute the Hotshots’ turnaround. “Kaya kami nandito ngayon sa semis dahil sa defense namin. Ganoon kami ka-confident na bumabalik yung dating team namin dahil sa […]

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Hotshots nail semis berth, roll past Fuel Masters

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Star continued its dominance over Phoenix, sweeping their best-of-3 quarterfinals series with a 91-71 rout Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots booked the second semifinals ticket in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup and will now await the winner of the Ginebra-Alaska series. Paul Lee and Marc Pingris teamed up to help Star secure another rout, […]

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Player of the Week: Healthy Lee leading Star in playoffs

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With Paul Lee now playing without any health issues, the Star Hotshots are assured of a steady and lethal scoring weapon in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs. The 6-foot Lee, hampered by knee problems in his final season with Rain or Shine, is now showing what he can really do for a Star side […]

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Phoenix fights for survival vs Star

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Star has been waylaying Phoenix for their past two meetings that a Hotshots sweep of their best-of-3 quarterfinals series is inevitable. Fuel Masters coach Ariel Vanguardia agrees that his team is definitely the underdog, but that doesn’t mean that they’re just going to roll over and die. “You can’t find a way to score against […]

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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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PBA Fan of the Day: Julius Sitjar

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Name: Julius Sitjar Age: 30 Hails from: Pasay City Fan of which team: Star Hotshots Favorite Player: Mark Barroca How long have you been a fan of the team: 15 years Why are you a fan of the team: I’ve been a fan ever since I was a kid.

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Star hopes to sustain momentum vs Phoenix in playoff opener

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The Star Hotshots, in their strongest showing since their grand slam run in 2014, and the Phoenix Fuel Masters, dangerous against anybody in their good night, start their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-three showdown at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Saturday. Game time is at 5 p.m. with the Hotshots setting out the odds-on […]

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Player of the Week: Maliksi leads Star’s playoff push

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The departure of James Yap in the offseason gave athletic wingman Allen Maliksi an opportunity to blossom into a legitimate superstar under new Star coach Chito Victolero. Getting the green light to shoot, the 6-foot-3 Maliksi didn’t disappoint, delivering for a Star quintet that has learned to win big games in the post-James Yap era. […]

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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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Sumang: Elite in ‘must win’ vs Hotshots

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Roi Sumang may finally be coming into his own after a slow start to his PBA career but his focus remains on Blackwater’s fate in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. That’s why even though Sumang had 20 points, four assists, and three rebounds in the game, the only thing he could care about was the […]

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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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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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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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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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Rain or Shine had too many lapses in loss to Star, says Almazan

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Rain or Shine could’ve won over Star, if not for its old habits showing up in the end. That was how Raymond Almazan summed up the Elasto Painters’ loss to the Hotshots in a game where they blew a 10-point lead in the third quarter. “Parang pagkatalo namin sa Ginebra eh. Last six minutes, parang […]

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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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