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“It’s just two wins, and both were against Blackwater. Maybe we’re excited too because it’s Christmas, every one is inspired to play,” he said, after the Floodbuster’s thrilling 97-93 win over the Elite on Sunday. “The feeling is great. It’s different when you win, especially the aura inside the dugout,” Revilla said. “Not everything is decided by luck. We still have to work hard. Hopefully during the break, we get refreshed to prepare ourselves better for our next games.” Inquirer.net

“Takbuhan gusto nila kasi guard-based sila. As usual, more pick-and-roll plays rin ang gagawin nila,” he told FOX Sports at the Beermen’s practice on Tuesday at the Roxas Boulevard-based venue. “Sila ‘ata number 1 sa fastbreak (points). Takbuhan ang mangyayari bukas kaya kailangan namin magpakondisyon at makipagsabayan sa kanila.” “Ang importante naman sa akin every game, manalo kami,” he said.  Fox Sports Asia

“Alam naman natin kung ano maiko-contribute nila sa team. Alam nila kung paano makaktulong sa team. Matagal na rin kasi silang lahat dito sa liga.” “Gusto ko man i-celebrate ‘yung Christmas kasama ang pamilya ko kaso hindi naman nangyari. Baka this New year na lang, uuwi ako,” he said.  Fox Sports Asia

“I hope na ‘yung break namin hindi makaapekto sa condition nila. Kung may energy kami, it will give us good results,” Austria told FOX Sports on Tuesday at the end of San Miguel Beer’s practice session at the Roxas Boulevard-based venue. “You can never know what will happen. Most of the teams are very competitive. Halfway through the eliminations, I know all of them will step up especially this Meralco team because it’s a must-win for them. Or else malalagay sila sa bottom 4.”  Fox Sports Asia

“Namimiss ko na yung lechon, hindi na ako kumakain nung mga ganun, yung mga lutong bahay ba,” Thompson confided to FOX Sports. Aside from lechon and home-cooked spaghetti, Thompson is thankful to be with his family in welcoming 2017. “Iba talaga mag-celebrate ng New Year kasama ang family eh tsaka kumain nang sabay sabay,” he added.  Fox Sports Asia

THERE’S life after the PBA for Edward Aquino. “The Brascu scheduler makes their assignments,” the page administrator wrote in an online chat with SPIN.ph when asked when Aquino usually calls the league’s games. Spin.ph

“These are big adjustments on Asi’s part,” the multi-titled coach told SPIN.ph on Tuesday. “But Asi is a professional and I have high expectations from him.” “Yes, we’ve received feelers from other teams (on a possible trade for Taulava), but we don’t want to listen to those offers or entertain them,” Guiao, winner of seven league championships including two with last team Rain or Shine, said. “We’re not giving up on anybody, much less Asi.”  Spin.ph

“Syempre priority ko rin yung pagtapos ko ng college kasi halos lahat naman, alam na ang PBA hindi forever,” Mendoza told SPIN.ph. “Kailangan ko mag-graduate para after this, may fallback ako, para hindi ako mahirapan after ng PBA career ko.” “Yung sa PBA, hindi ko naman in-expect (na makukuha ako), parang swerte na lang din, kasi ang daming players eh,” the former Red Lions standout admitted. “Ang unang inisip ko bago ako nagpa-draft is paano ko mabubuhay yung magiging family ko. Tapos if ever na hindi makuha sa draft dati, at least parang meron ako (gagawin) at hindi masyado masakit para sa ’kin.”  Spin.ph

ADRIANO ‘Bong’ Go, basketball coach of numerous teams at different levels, passed away on Monday night after suffering a stroke. He was 66. Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia paid tribute to Go, saying he owes his coaching career to the veteran mentor who hired him as assistant coach with CSB in 1998 as a walk-in. “I would not have started coaching if not for him giving me that first-ever chance,” said Vanguardia. “He will be forever remembered as a coach of coaches, and encyclopedia with his knowledge of the game,” said Vanguardia.  Spin.ph

He made his mark in the UCBL with a record 43 points in a game although the Gold Gears fell short of the Final Four of the newest collegiate basketball tournament in the country. “Overwhelmed ako,” said Fajardo, when told about the interest of PBA D-League teams. “Mas go hard pa ako sa practice. ‘Yung ginagawa ko, maganda ang kalabasan.”  Spin.ph