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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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Gabe Norwood on facing Paul Lee: ‘It was really weird’

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Rain or Shine swingman Gabe Norwood said it was strange playing against his former teammate Paul Lee for the first time on Sunday. Lee played six seasons with the Elasto Painters before he was traded to the Star Hotshots in exchange for James Yap in the offseason. “It was really weird. I can’t fake it. […]

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Benched Ibañes feels he could’ve helped ROS in loss to Star

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Defensive stopper Jireh Ibañes believes he could have helped contain former teammate Paul Lee, who played against Rain or Shine for the first time since being traded to Star in the offseason. Lee finished with 14 points that went with four assists and three rebounds to lead the Hotshots to a 99-91 win over his […]

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Rain or Shine’s Belga expects tougher duels vs Star down the road

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The fans have seen nothing yet. That was Beau Belga’s stern observation after Rain or Shine’s 99-91 loss to Star on Sunday. Though a lot of fans have been on the lookout for the duel, the burly big man said that the rivalry between the two franchises doesn’t end here. “This was an elimination round […]

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Pingris feels ‘awkward’ facing Yap for first time

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After over a decade of playing together, Star’s Marc Pingris admitted he felt “awkward” going up against his longtime buddy James Yap for the first time. “Siyempre I feel awkward ‘di ba kasi 12 years kaming magkakasama,” said Pingris after Star dealt Rain or Shine its second loss in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup with […]

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After slow start, Ramos comes up big late in Star win over ROS

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After struggling in the first three quarters, Aldrech Ramos knew he had to contribute to help Star win. Fortunately for the veteran forward, Paul Lee was there to ease up the pressure and set him up for better shots. “Masama yung first three quarters ko, buti na lang nung fourth, yung mga open shots ko […]

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Yap struggles vs former team Star, lauds Simon’s defense

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James Yap admitted he felt awkward playing against his former team Star for the first time on Sunday. “Nakakapanibago, pero ganoon talaga,” he said. Unfortunately for Yap, the Elasto Painters ended up on the losing end as the Hotshots escaped with a 99-91 win. “Excited ako for this game kaso talo kami. Pero ganoon talaga […]

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Paul Lee gets last laugh vs ROS, former teammates

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As a vital part of Rain or Shine for five years, Paul Lee knew what was coming when he faced his former team for the first time. Known for their physical brand of basketball, the Elasto Painters, specifically their rugged big man Beau Belga showed their ex-teammate what it’s like to be on the other […]

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Paul Lee helps Star beat former team Rain or Shine

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Paul Lee reminded Rain or Shine what it used to have as he towed Star to a 99-91 victory in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jio Jalalon beat the shot clock to break the 88-all deadlock as Lee followed up with a three and assisted on a pair of long bombs […]

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Player of the Week: Paul Lee shows all-around game for Star

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After struggling to get his game going in Star’s first two games this season, Paul Lee managed to regain his old, deadly form after leading the Hotshots to back-to-back lopsided wins, earning him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week. The six-foot Lee shook off his shooting woes last Wednesday when he knocked down […]

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Vanguardia takes blame for Phoenix’s 44-point loss to Star

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia took responsibility for his team’s embarrassing 123-79 loss to Star Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I take full responsibility on this loss,” said Vanguardia whose team slipped to a 2-2 record.  “I think we over-prepared so whatever did in our preparation didn’t work.” Phoenix was riding the momentum of a two-game […]

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Cone still ‘shocked’ to see former player Yap playing for ROS

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James Yap may be in tuned with his new team, but some people are still in shock the former Star player is now wearing another uniform. Take Ginebra head coach Tim Cone for instance. Cone was Yap’s coach when they won the Grand Slam back in 2014 and even though it’s been almost two years […]

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Pingris: ‘We have to trust each other’

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No more excuses. With Star dropping its second game in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Marc Pingris shared the reason why the team has been struggling early. “We’re not following coach’s instructions,” Pingris said. The Hotshots had a monumental collapse in their season opener against San Miguel, 96-88, and was unable to recover from their […]

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GlobalPort needs to stay focused after 2-0 start, says Pringle

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GlobalPort may be on cloud nine after huge victories in its first two outings in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, but Stanley Pringle knows the true tests are yet to come. The 2015 Rookie of the Year warned his fellow Batang Pier to not be blinded by their recent success, especially after their 91-84 win […]

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Star rookie Jalalon gets reality check defending Romeo, Pringle

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Facing one of the best backcourt tandems in the PBA, Jiovani Jalalon feels like he was dealt with the reality check he was bracing for when he started his professional career. “I had a difficult time with Terrence (Romeo) and Stanley (Pringle),” Jalalon said following Star’s 91-84 loss to GlobalPort on Friday. An elite defender […]

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Hot start propels GlobalPort past winless Star

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GlobalPort built enough cushion to survive Star’s late fightback, 91-84, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Banking on a 29-8 first quarter, the Batang Pier established enough breathing room with Stanley Pringle leading their side to their second win. “I guess the key here was we set the tempo from […]

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Jalalon makes PBA debut in Star loss to San Miguel

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Star rookie Jio Jalalon admitted feeling the nerves as he made his PBA debut on Sunday. “Sobrang excited ko na di ko alam kung anong gagawin ko. Galaw lang ako ng galaw kaya nung pagdating ko sa court, kinausap ako ni coach Jason Webb na kailangan ko muna dumepensa bago ako maka-offense,” Jalalon said. It didn’t […]

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Cabagnot: Beermen character showed in win over Hotshots

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He’s not referred to as “Mr. Clutch” for nothing. Alex Cabagnot took charge when San Miguel needed him most, firing seven points late to help the Beermen score a come-from-behind victory over the Star Hotshots on Sunday to open the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. “I’m glad that we pulled it off,” Cabagnot said, while defraying the credit and […]

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Fajardo on win over Star: SMB steadier team in endgame

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After a one month layoff, June Mar Fajardo is just happy to be on the winning side once again. “Syempre isang buwan din kami naghintay sa first game. Ang sarap sa feeling na manalo ulit,” he said after San Miguel’s 96-88 victory over Star to open the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday. The three-time […]

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With 9 turnovers in debut, Paul Lee aims to be better for Star

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Paul Lee was far from satisfied with the way he played in his Star debut on Sunday. Though the Hotshots’ prized offseason acquisition had 12 points and 10 rebounds, what he rued was the nine turnovers he committed in his team’s 96-88 loss to San Miguel. “First time na nangyari sa akin yan,” a disappointed […]

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Beermen open 2017 season with comeback win over Hotshots

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Reigning Philippine Cup back-to-back champ San Miguel Beer started strong and finished stronger, carving out a 96-88 win over Star in the kickoff of PBA Season 42 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. The Beermen scored all the first eight points of the contest and unleashed a decisive 15-to-nothing run towards the end to hold off […]

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Ramos bringing underdog mentality in return to Star franchise

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It will be a homecoming of sorts for Aldrech Ramos. Returning to the Purefoods franchise he suited for in 2012, the 6-foot-6 forward is optimistic that he can make waves this time out for Star. “Masaya ako kasi dito ako nag-start. Ngayon, nandito na ulit ako,” he said. The Hotshots acquired the services of Ramos […]

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Beermen take on Hotshots as new season unfolds Sunday

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Defending champion San Miguel begins its bid for a third straight Philippine Cup title when it opens the 2017 PBA Season against Star on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The league released its full schedule on Monday prior to the pre-season press conference at Makati Shangri-la. The tiff between the retooled Beermen and the new-look […]

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Traded again, new SMB guard Garcia stays upbeat despite latest move

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Joining his fourth team entering his fourth PBA season, RR Garcia remains upbeat with the latest development in his young professional career. “Hindi naman siguro natin maiiwasan yan kasi professional tayo. Trabaho lang,” Garcia said. Garcia was shipped to San Miguel in the offseason for veteran guard Ryan Arana. He was drafted by GlobalPort in […]

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Lee excited to play with Hotshots rookie Jalalon

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Paul Lee can’t wait to play alongside Jiovani Jalalon, who was acquired by Star in the 2016 PBA Draft. “Sobrang excited ako kasi alam natin kung paano maglaro si Jio so magandang addition siya para sa amin,” he said. The Hotshots’ newest acquisitions are expected to take the league by storm as they try to bring […]

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Jalalon too good to pass up for guard-heavy Hotshots

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Despite having an already beefed up backcourt, Star head coach Chito Victolero admitted Arellano University’s Jiovani Jalalon was just someone too good to pass up. “I think he’s the best point guard in the amateurs, so we grabbed the opportunity na makuha sya,” he said Sunday at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft at Robinsons Place […]

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Jalalon aims to benefit from loaded Star backcourt

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Jio Jalalon is considered as the best collegiate point guard in the draft, but as his professional career starts to unfold the former Arellano University star will soon find himself battling for precious minutes. Star drafted Jalalon with its pick in the special draft and the speedster joins the team’s loaded backcourt that has Paul […]

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Belo embraces new challenge at Elite; Gilas bets drafted

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Mac Belo hopes to bring his championship pedigree from the amateur ranks to Blackwater in the PBA. The soft spoken forward from Far Eastern University headed Gilas Pilipinas pool players, who were distributed to all 12 teams to open the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila. “Ibibigay ko lang yung best ko para manalo kami tsaka […]

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Yap ready for ‘new beginning’ with Rain or Shine

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Nearing the end of an illustrious career, James Yap is betting on himself as he seeks to make a splash in the next four years. “Sa ngayon, four years ang tinitignan ko,” he said as he contemplates what could be the tailend of his storied professional run. “Malalaman naman natin kung kaya pa o hindi. […]

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Pingris still struggling with loss of Yap

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Returning to practice after a much deserved vacation in Japan, Marc Pingris admits that he truly missed seeing James Yap in Star’s training on Monday. “Parang di kami sanay na wala si James. Mahirap kasi nakasanayan namin na nandito sya,” he said. Yap, the two-time league Most Valuable Player who has also been helmed as […]

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Victolero aims to steer Star back into contention

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Left with only five weeks until the new season opens, new Star head coach Chito Victolero is taking the challenge head on as he hopes to pull the Purefoods franchise out of the muck. “Medyo mabigat kasi mayroon lang akong five weeks to prepare for this conference, but it’s not an excuse. We have a […]

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GAMES TIME
Mahindra Flood Buster VS TNT Ka Tropa 4:15 PM Game #50
Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters VS NLEX Road Warriors 7:00 PM Game #51
WEDNESDAY, JAN 18 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Meralco Bolts VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 4:15 PM Game #52
Blackwater Elite VS Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 7:00 PM Game #53
FRIDAY, JAN 20 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Global Port Batang Pier VS San Miguel Beermen 5:00 PM Game #54
SATURDAY, JAN 21 LAPU LAPU CITY CEBU
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