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A rainy Sunday evening saw an unexpected game day at the Mall of Asia Arena, wherein both games went to double overtime extensions. And while everyone thought the defending champions had the main game in the bag, San Miguel crumbled and lost their grip on a frantic Ginebra resurgence. The good thing, however, is that they had the final hurrah. The Beermen made it rain early, surpassing their average makes of ten from downtown in the first half alone to propel them to a double-digit spread. However, for Coach Leo Austria, Ginebra weren’t going anywhere. “Alam naman natin na pag Ginebra at sister teams, lahat ng players pumped up. Walang kapa-kapatid talaga,” he said.
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“Malakas pa rin tibok ng puso ko,” said the relieved Austria. “Mabuti na lang Alex(Cabagnot) is in top shape at natapos. The last two extensions, wala na kaming palitan buti yung players namin talagang in top shape.” For a second time in the game, Ginebra used their “Never Say Die” spirit in the first overtime and erased SMB’s nine-point surge. Triples fell their way at the right time, including a 2OT-delivering three by Japeth Aguilar.
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IN A CONFERENCE dominated by imports, and in a season where big local men spell pretty much the difference for the PBA teams, two point guards have so far stood out for their respective sides in a statistical department where height is considered might. Rookie Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra and the 5-foot-7 LA Revilla of Mahindra are in the top 10 of the rebounding department among locals, joining giants like reigning two-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and Asi Taulava and the workhorse Calvin Abueva. They have so far outworked several prominent big men in that department, big men like Thompson’s teammate Japeth Aguilar, Rain or Shine’s 6-8 Raymond Almazan, the veteran Alaska Ace Sonny Thoss and highly touted top overall Draft pick Moala Tautuaa of TNT KaTropa.
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Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao has been fined by the PBA Commissioner’s Office for his actions during Saturday’s game against Alaska, as per the league’s website. Guiao received a P20,000 fine on Tuesday “for shouting and criticizing the officiating” and another P2,000 for entering the court.
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RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao won’t get away with a light tap on the wrist following his latest tirade against the PBA and its oficiating. “It’s not only me pero marami ng hindi nakakaintindi kung ano yung foul at hindi foul,” he said. “I just felt it’s not just calls going against us, although there were some, it’s just that the confusion of not knowing what a foul is and what not a foul is, that’s where the confusion lies. “Okay lang yung may masamang tawag na alam mong masama, pero ang mas mahirap, yung hindi mo alam kung masama o tama yung tawag. Yun ang mas mahirap.”
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IT just wasn’t meant to be. The partnership between Meralco and Asian import Mohammad Jamshidi came to an abrupt end after the big Iranian point guard left the country in what team management describes as a ‘mutual agreement between the two parties.’ “Yes, Jamshidi is not with us anymore,” confimed Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo on Monday.
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The numbers obviously were not enough to impress Meralco management especially after the team could only post a 3-2 mark during his stay. “That’s why he couldn’t play to his potential,” said Trillo. “We just felt he’s having a hard time adjusting to the PBA style of play and the Meralco style of play in particular,” he added. Besides, Jamshidi is set to suit up for Iran in the FIBA Asia Challenge Cup in Tehran, Iran this September, according to Trillo. “Yes he already left for Iran. He has to leave for home right away as he is set to play for Iran in the FIBA Asia Challenge Cup,” said Trillo.
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LOSING a game like the one Meralco yielded against Globalport on Sunday night is indeed, a tough way to go down. “Normally, coaches and players have short memories about games,” said Black. “They usually put it aside once it is over.” “Now it’s back to the drawing boards in practice.”
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ANTHONY Semerad has been given a Player of the Week citation for the first time after a solid performance in a thrilling Globalport win over Meralco in the PBA Governors Cup. Semerad, drafted in 2014, hit the go-ahead triple off a Stanley Pringle pass with 14 seconds left to play to help lift the Batang Pier to their first victory of the conference.
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THE injuries keep piling up for Blackwater as Eric Dawson is suffering from back spasms that will most likely sideline him in the Elite’s PBA Governors’ Cup game against Meralco on Wednesday night. “Today, I didn’t feel right, but tomorrow I might feel great,” Dawson told SPIN.ph after practice on the eve of the 7 p.m. matchup against the Bolts. “So it’s just one of those injuries that you have to monitor.” “My goal is to be out on the floor to be with my teammates, but they understand the injury,” he added. “I’m hoping for the best.”

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WHEN it rains, it pours for Denok Miranda.“Basta sabi lang sa akin na mag-ready lang ako,” Miranda said in a chat with SPIN.ph on the eve of his return on Wednesday when the Elite face Meralco. “Tiningnan ko pa ‘yung movement nung play namin eh tsaka yung players’ movement eh.” “Ayaw ko rin biglain yung sarili ko,” he added. “Go with the flow muna.”
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Honeymoon will have to wait as Jericho Cruz set to play for RoS a day after wedding
JERICHO Cruz is set to begin a new phase in his life as he weds his longtime partner this coming weekend.The honeymoon and the corresponding rest and recreation will have to wait though, at least until the end of the season-ending PBA Governors Cup as Cruz and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters still have a mission to accomplish. “I have to set aside yung honeymoon and things like that. I’ll wait for the season to be over, kasi our job is still to win another championship,” said the prolific Rain or Shine wingman. “I’m really focused on winning another championship.”
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Cruz’s parents and immediate family, who were previously based in Saipan but are now living in Texas, had just arrived in the country for the grand occasion. And just like any other dashing groom, Jericho admitted feeling a bit anxious as the wedding day approaches. “Everything is set. Actually mixed emotions,” he said smiling. “Ang dami kong naiisip. There’s excitement, nerves. Siyempre, first time na mangyayari sa buhay natin ito.” “But I don’t think about it na lang. I just kind of focus on my game,” he said.
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IT’s a familiar adversity that couldn’t have come at a worse time for Poy Erram. “(Frustrated) especially ngayon, kahit papaano na gumaganda na laro ko, napapansin na ako ng tao, yung tiwala ng coach at teammates ko, nakukuha ko na, kasi ever since nung college, hindi naman ako nakakapaglaro talaga eh,” Erram told SPIN.ph on Tuesday after being reduced into a spectator in practice. An MRI test revealed a torn ACL that will keep him out for the next six months. Renowned orthopedic surgeon Raul George Canlas, who operated on the torn ACL on his left knee, will have a second look on his latest injury once he returns from the Rio Olympics where he is part of the Philippine medical team.
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Mike Tolomia showed the way for the Phoenix Accelerators as it dethroned defending champion the Cafe France Bakers, 89-78, to advance to the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Tuesday at Strike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite. “Our goal is to be there in the Finals. We want to win and play with all our hearts,” said Gonzales. “I’m just thankful sa players dahil sila-sila nag-usap and they knew how important this game is.” “It’s a good thing that they lived up to the challenge.”
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Tanduay’s most valuable pick-ups during the season paid dividends! Kevin Ferrer and Gelo Alolino, who both played for the UP/QRS-Jam Liner Maroons during the Aspirants Cup, propelled the Tanduay Rhum Masters to the Finals, teaming up for four straight threes to put away the Racal Tile Masters, 79-66, to book its place in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals. “We want to go all the way. Hindi lang Finals ang hinahabol namin. Gusto namin mag-champion,” said coach Lawrence Chongson, as he carried Tanduay, one of the two remaining league pioneers, to its first Finals appearance. “It will all mean nothing if we don’t win it all.”
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MORE confident than ever, Cafe France and Tanduay look to complete an upset of the top two seeds in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday. “Hopefully, we can bring the same intensity next game,” said Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya. “We’re going against the No. 1 seed, so we know they won’t just fold up,” said Chongson, who will again lean on Gelo Alolino, Kevin Ferrer and Reden Celda.
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SAN BEDA seeks to tighten its grip of top spot when the Red Lions clash with the winless St. Benilde Blazers at the start of the second round of the 92nd NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “I keep reminding the players that teams will be tougher in the second round and we can’t afford to underestimate anyone,” said Jarin. “Defense will be our ticket to the Final Four,” said Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican.
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San Beda needed to get more from its players than expected to fend off a hard-fighting College of St. Benilde side, 82-64, at the start of the second round of eliminations in the NCAA Season 92 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.We made a lot of mistakes,” said San Beda head coach Jamike Jarin, whose squad found a perfect opponent in winless CSB coming off its first loss of the season last week. “We can’t also take away credit from Benilde in the first half. We had to dig deep and take it to another gear to win,” Jarin added after San Beda redeemed itself from a 79-73 loss to Jose Rizal University with its 10th win.
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Arellano University recovered from a slow start and slipped past San Sebastian, 89-84, for its fifth straight win in the NCAA Season 92 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying Centre in San Juan. “The players were a bit overconfident,” admitted Arellano head coach Jerry Codiñera. “We’re coming off a 10-day break and the game is really different. Plus, four, five days grabe moisture sa gym namin di kami makatakbo ng full court.” “But no excuses for us,” he added.
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Like most days, there was no stopping Jio Jalalon from leading Arellano University to another win.“Pag-steal and layup ko na-off balance ako kasi naapakan paa ko,” Jalalon said, recalling the play after an 89-84 win over San Sebastian on Tuesday. “Sobrang sakit. Buong ulo ko masakit pero di ko na inisip, inisip ko na lang laro kasi nagahahabol din kami ng panalo,” added Jalalon after powering Arellano to its fifth consecutive victory.
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BACOOR – Mike Tolomia would not be denied as he towed Phoenix in dethroning Cafe France, 89-78, and into the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Tuesday at Strike Gym here. “He took charge and he really had that winner’s attitude,” said coach Eric Gonzales of his star guard. “Our goal is to be there in the Finals. We want to win and play with all our hearts,” said Gonzales. “I’m just thankful sa players dahil sila-sila nag-usap and they knew how important this game is. It’s a good thing that they lived up to the challenge.”
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