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Maverick Ahanmisi’s shoulder hyper-extension raises concerns ahead of QF

May 5, 2024
Maverick Ahanmisi is hoping that he suffered nothing serious after getting hurt late in Barangay Ginebra’s eventual loss to NLEX on Sunday night. The Kings combo guard felt that he hyper-extended his right shoulder following contact with Road Warriors forward Tony Semerad with about 9.4 seconds left to play, as they all scrambled for the […]
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Calvin Abueva alleges verbal insult from fan triggered middle finger incident

March 31, 2024
Calvin Abueva admitted getting into a small spat with a fan courtside early in Magnolia’s eventual loss to Ginebra in Sunday’s PBA Philippine Cup action. Which, unfortunately, led to the 36-year-old forward flashing the middle finger to the unidentified spectator — that got seen on national television as well. “‘Di ko naman alam na may […]
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Tim Cone: Bennie Boatwright resembles a taller version of young Justin Brownlee

March 31, 2024
Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tim Cone is tempering expectations surrounding Bennie Boatwright and his pending naturalization process. But the champion mentor has no doubt whatsoever how much of an asset the former San Miguel import can be to the program, especially after seeing similarities to a young Justin Brownlee — albeit a few inches taller. […]
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PBA: Shorthanded Ginebra clinches historic 100th win in Manila Clasico against Magnolia

March 31, 2024
Ginebra proved to be steadier down the stretch and came away with the 87-77 victory against long-time rivals Magnolia to bounce back in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup, Sunday night at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. Maverick Ahanmisi struck the dagger through a trifecta from near the top of the key with 36.3 seconds left […]
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June Mar Fajardo confident in Bennie Boatwright’s adaptation to Gilas

March 31, 2024
June Mar Fajardo is certain that Bennie Boatwright can fit in just right with Gilas Pilipinas now that the latter is set to become part of the program soon. The veteran internationalist expressed confidence in light of the news that his former San Miguel teammate has agreed to undergo naturalization as the Samahang Basketbol ng […]
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PBA: CJ Perez shines as San Miguel continues winning streak at Phoenix expense

March 31, 2024
San Miguel remained unbeaten in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup by adding to Phoenix’s woes, 116-102, Sunday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. The reigning champions seized control in the third and finished strongly to chalk up their third win in as many games and remain atop the standings, leaving head coach Jorge Gallent satisfied […]
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Injury woes mount for PBA All-Star as Thompson joins list of doubtful players

March 15, 2024
Scottie Thompson joins a growing list of players doubtful to participate in the much-anticipated PBA All-Star Bacolod 2024 next weekend. The Barangay Ginebra star may no longer see action in the All-Star Game as he would want to focus mainly on recovering from a back injury. “I doubt sa All-Star aabot,” he admitted moments after […]
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Tim Cone at a loss: Ginebra’s embarrassing loss leaves questions unanswered

March 15, 2024
Ginebra head coach Tim Cone left the SMART Araneta Coliseum utterly disappointed — and puzzled — after losing to Meralco on Friday night. It was totally understandable, since the Kings got blown out and ended their unbeaten two-game start into the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup. “Embarrassing. That’s all I’ve got to say,” the champion […]
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PBA: Meralco ends losing streak with dominant win over Ginebra

March 15, 2024
Meralco turned what was thought to be a dogfight to a lopsided mauling as it whipped Ginebra, 91-73, to arrest its two-game slide in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup, Friday night at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts jumped to a 19-8 start before breaking away wide in the second period, and would stay […]
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Santillan sounds alarm as Rain or Shine’s struggles deepen

March 15, 2024
Santi Santillan couldn’t help but lament the situation Rain or Shine has gotten into now that its two highly-touted rookie big men are out due to injuries. The Elasto Painters will miss Keith Datu indefinitely due to a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL), a tough blow to a squad that’s still dealing with the prolonged […]
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Fully recovered, June Mar Fajardo eyes return to peak form

March 15, 2024
June Mar Fajardo is working his way back into game shape now that he has fully recovered from a calf injury he sustained last February. The San Miguel star saw action in the Beermen’s PBA Season Philippine Cup debut against Rain or Shine on Friday night in what was his first game back since Game […]
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Yuki Togashi taken aback by warm embrace of Filipino fans

March 11, 2024
LAPU-LAPU CITY — There should be no denying that Yuki Togashi’s influence has expanded to this part of the continent, as evidenced on Sunday night. The Japanese star piloted Chiba to the top of 2023-24 East Asia Super League (EASL) following yet another sterling performance to beat Seoul SK in the Final – much to […]
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Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser cherishes playing with bro Matt in TNT

February 28, 2024
ANTIPOLO – Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser’s TNT debut on Wednesday night not only marked the beginning of his journey with the perennial PBA contenders. It was also the first time ever that the sophomore big man played with his brother Matt, which he admittedly said felt weird at first after watching his ‘kuya,’ who’s four years older […]
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PBA: Oftana leads TNT in thrilling comeback vs ROS, gifts Chot a triumphant return

February 28, 2024
ANTIPOLO – TNT came from behind to beat Rain or Shine, 108-107, for a winning PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup debut Wednesday night at the Ynares Center here. Calvin Oftana delivered the toughest of blows, scoring the last five of a crucial 9-0 run to take the 108-104 lead with 45.2 seconds left to play […]
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Rey Nambatac out to prove himself in Blackwater

February 28, 2024
ANTIPOLO – Rey Nambatac is hungry to prove that he can still be that guy now that the seasoned playmaker is starting afresh with new team Blackwater. The 30-year-old guard has his sights set on doing as much after being traded by Rain or Shine for future draft picks prior to the Season 48 Philippine […]
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PBA: Rey Nambatac shines bright in Blackwater debut, sparks stunner against Meralco

February 28, 2024
ANTIPOLO – Rey Nambatac refused to see his debut become a footnote as he saved Blackwater from a massive collapse against Meralco, 96-93, in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup opener Wednesday night at the Ynares Center here. The lefty playmaker calmly sank both of his charities with 19.5 seconds left to play, and the […]
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Justin Brownlee manages expectations for comeback game

February 19, 2024
Justin Brownlee is tempering expectations ahead of his first game back after serving a months-long suspension due to a doping case. The naturalized forward will be making his much-awaited return to the hardwood when Gilas Pilipinas takes on Hong Kong to start off their FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers campaign on February 22 at the […]
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From Stories to Realities: Kai Sotto thrilled to play under Tim Cone

February 19, 2024
Kai Sotto is relishing the opportunity to pick the brains of Tim Cone now that he finds himself playing for the decorated mentor once more in Gilas Pilipinas. The two have previously worked with one another in the men’s team when the 65-year-old served as an assistant to Chot Reyes, but it will be their […]
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June Mar Fajardo expresses confidence in Kai Sotto, Carl Tamayo as frontcourt leaders for Gilas

February 19, 2024
June Mar Fajardo is confident with the remaining bigs’ capabilities of manning the front for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers’ first window. The veteran internationalist believes that Kai Sotto and Carl Tamayo can do more than enough as the young guns will have to assume bigger roles up front in this […]
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June Mar Fajardo’s Post-Title Priority: A touching visit to late mother’s grave

February 18, 2024
June Mar Fajardo only had one thing in mind after San Miguel clinched the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup title: fly back home to Cebu. The reigning seven-time MVP wanted to visit his family and, of course, his late mother, Marites, before going back to another tough grind ahead. “Sa ngayon, i-enjoy muna namin. Gusto […]
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Magnolia blocks out Abueva controversy: ‘Tinanggal namin ‘yung distractions’

February 7, 2024
It’s all about tuning out the noise for Magnolia. Head coach Chito Victolero said that the recent controversy involving Calvin Abueva hardly bothered the Hotshots as their focus was solely on preparing for Game 3 of the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals. In fact, it wasn’t even talked about amongst themselves. “Sa totoo lang, […]
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PBA: Balanced effort vs San Miguel puts Magnolia in series

February 7, 2024
Magnolia prevented itself from falling into a more precarious position in the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals following a 88-80 Game 3 win over San Miguel, Wednesday night at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. Having moved on from the 24-point beating they absorbed three nights ago, the Hotshots took control early before Aris Dionisio and […]
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Marcial warns Abueva: Another controversy could lead to banishment

February 7, 2024
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial warned Calvin Abueva about facing another banishment should he get involved in another controversy. The league chieftain issued the stern warning when the Magnolia forward appeared before his office following his actions during and after Game 2 of the Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals last Sunday at the Mall of Asia […]
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Marcio Lassiter grateful for surpassing ‘idol’ Ronnie Magsanoc in 3-point ladder

February 5, 2024
Marcio Lassiter couldn’t be any more honored to have surpassed one of his idols in the PBA’s all-time three-pointers made list, Sunday night. The San Miguel sniper has replaced the great Ronnie Magsanoc at fifth in the elite company after helping the Beermen build a 2-0 lead over Magnolia in the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s […]
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Jorge Gallent nonchalant about Calvin Abueva’s taunt

February 4, 2024
Jorge Gallent shrugged off the exchange he had with Calvin Abueva and downplayed the taunt he received during Game 2 of the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday. San Miguel did take the dominant 103-85 win to go up 2-0 against Magnolia in the best-of-7 affair but the game was not without some […]
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Calvin Abueva involved in verbal confrontation with Mo Tautua’a’s wife

February 4, 2024
Calvin Abueva got involved in a shouting match moments after Game 2 of the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night. The Magnolia star got into a heated altercation with the wife of Mo Tautua’a, Aida, while on his way out of the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.   View this post […]
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PBA: San Miguel dominates Magnolia in Game 2 masterclass

February 4, 2024
San Miguel is halfway through bagging home another gold following a 109-85 masterclass against Magnolia in Game 2 of the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. Unlike in the best-of-7 opener two nights ago, the Beermen needed little time to take control of the match […]
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Don Trollano inches closer to dream of winning title with Adamson boys

February 1, 2024
Don Trollano is hoping to realize his dream of winning a PBA championship with his fellow Adamson boys in San Miguel as they head into the Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals opposite Magnolia beginning on Friday. The versatile forward admitted that he and the other Soaring Falcons such as Jericho Cruz once talked about the […]
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Calvin Abueva’s wish: A healthy Terrence Romeo in first Finals face-off

February 1, 2024
Calvin Abueva is looking forward to facing one of his closest pals in the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals between Magnolia and San Miguel. The ‘Beast’ is ready to play against Terrence Romeo for a championship for the first time in their careers. And this match-up adds yet another colorful chapter to a deep […]
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PBA aligns schedule with Gilas Pilipinas’ journey

February 1, 2024
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) adjusted its calendar once more to give way to Gilas Pilipinas’ endeavors in the upcoming months. Commissioner Willie Marcial said that the 2024 Philippine Cup opener has been moved from February 28 to March 3 to allow the national team more time to prepare for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament […]
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James Yap’s eight-year journey with Rain or Shine comes to a close

January 29, 2024
Rain or Shine has bid goodbye to James Yap. The Elasto Painters on Monday expressed gratitude to the two-time PBA MVP, who spent the last eight years with the franchise formerly known as Welcoat. “From his early days with Welcoat in the PBL to becoming an integral part of the Rain or Shine family in […]
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Uncertainty surrounds Ginebra, Gilas as Jamie Malonzo faces MRI for knee injury

January 28, 2024
Ginebra is holding its breath after Jamie Malonzo went down with a knee injury during their eventual loss to San Miguel in the semifinals’ Game 3, Sunday night. The defeat ended their PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup campaign. Coach Tim Cone and the team have yet to know the extent of the injury suffered by […]
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Tim Cone avoids Gilas talk amidst Ginebra’s semis defeat

January 28, 2024
Tim Cone wasn’t in the mood to discuss anything related to Gilas Pilipinas amidst reports of his appointment as the men’s national team’s head coach. It was totally understandable, since the PBA’s winningest mentor saw the end of Barangay Ginebra’s Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup campaign after losing to San Miguel via sweep in the best-of-five […]
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Paul Lee on near-logo dagger trey: ‘Only open shot na nagkaroon ako’

January 26, 2024
It was the only space Paul Lee had all night long. He made Phoenix Super LPG pay dearly for it. Like what he’s done in the past, the star gunner delivered a crucial trey from way out to help Magnolia overcome its fellow defensive-minded team and, more importantly, take Game 2 of the PBA Season […]
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PBA: Magnolia’s late surge seals 2-0 advantage vs Phoenix

January 26, 2024
Magnolia served another lesson on experience to Phoenix Super LPG by way of an 82-78 win for a 2-0 lead in their PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series, Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. The Hotshots faced a 76-71 deficit with 4:13 left to play until Jio Jalalon sparked a […]
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Gallent’s Vision: San Miguel moves beyond ‘Death Five,’ embraces ‘Death 15’

January 26, 2024
There’s no longer such a thing as the ‘Death Five.’ San Miguel head coach Jorge Gallent is distancing his team from the famed, star-studded five that brought immense success to the PBA’s winningest franchise. As a collective unit, he emphasizes, “It’s the Death 15,” expressing this sentiment during the postgame press conference following their 106-96 […]
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Tony Bishop stays positive amidst 0-2 deficit: ‘We’re not getting blown out’

January 26, 2024
Tony Bishop remains defiant even as Ginebra fell into a precarious situation following its Game 2 loss in the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. The veteran import still likes the Barangay’s chances despite falling to a 0-2 hole in the race-to-3 affair after absorbing a 106-96 defeat to San Miguel on Friday. “Until it’s […]
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Jeron Teng’s ready-for-anything approach boosts San Miguel to pivotal semis win

January 26, 2024
Staying ready enabled Jeron Teng to log quality minutes for San Miguel in Game 2 of the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, Friday. The bruising forward played for a total of eight minutes and 45 seconds off the bench and scored seven points, all of which he made in the second half of the […]
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