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SMB Dilemma: Play June Mar Fajardo or not? ?>

SMB Dilemma: Play June Mar Fajardo or not?

To play or not to play. This has been the dilemma of San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria as the Beermen try to avoid a 0-3 hole in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday in Lucena. Austria did mention during his post-Game 2 talk that it would sure be a risk playing a less-than-100-percent Fajardo in the Finals.

Will The Real ‘No-Quit’ Alaska Squad Show Up In Game 3? ?>

Will The Real ‘No-Quit’ Alaska Squad Show Up In Game 3?

The ‘never-quit’ squad of Alaska coach Alex Compton faces a must-win situation come Wednesday. The Aces were up by nine early in the fourth quarter and appeared headed for a series-tying victory on Sunday, when the San Miguel Beermen caught fire. Import Arizona Reid, Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter took turns shooting the lights out of the Smart Araneta Coliseum to help the Beermen turn the tide and take a 2-0 Finals series lead in the PBA Governors Cup. Another…

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Alaska and San Miguel Beer – Battle Of PBA Teams With Rich Winning Traditions ?>

Alaska and San Miguel Beer – Battle Of PBA Teams With Rich Winning Traditions

So Alaska will face San Miguel Beer in the PBA Governors Cup Finals – a rematch between the two protagonists in the Philippine Cup title series this season. Two teams with great coaching minds in Alex Compton and Leo Austria of Alaska and San Miguel, respectively. Two teams with rich championship traditions – Alaska won 14 PBA titles since joining the league in 1986, while San Miguel pocketed its 20th diadem since becoming one ofthe pioneering teams in the pro…

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Barangay Ginebra Needs To “Resurrect” On Sunday ?>

Barangay Ginebra Needs To “Resurrect” On Sunday

Going down 0-2 is certainly a bitter pill to swallow for Barangay Ginebra. But Ginebra superstar Mark Caguioa has kept a positive disposition even though the Gin Kings are entering Sunday’s game with a 0-2 Finals deficit. And unless Barangay Ginebra comes up with a solid, consistent game plan in Game Three, the crowd darlings could become the eighth PBA team in league history to lose via a 3-0 sweep in a best-of-five Finals. The Gin Kings have been the…

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Kind Words, But Fiery Plays Expected In the PBA Finals ?>

Kind Words, But Fiery Plays Expected In the PBA Finals

As I listen to coaches Luigi Trillo of Alaska and Alfrancis Chua of Barangay Ginebra share their thoughts on the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, which begins Wednesday night at the Big Dome, I could sense the respect both bench tacticians have on one another. Instead of the fiery words from both coaches, which media love to write and hype, Trillo and Chua exchanged kind words to commend their opponents’ efforts this conference on the way to reaching the PBA Finals….

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Abueva & Baracael – From Teammates To Rivals ?>

Abueva & Baracael – From Teammates To Rivals

At any given bad shooting night, Alaska’s super rookie Calvin Abueva can still play an effective role on both ends of the floor. Looking at his stats in Alaska’s 2-0 elimination round record against Barangay Ginebra, Abueva shot 31 attempts and made just eight, but still he wound up averaging near double-doubles of 8.5 points and 9.75 rebounds. Abueva, also known as the “Beast” fears no one. He has had his controversial battles with San Mig star James Yap during…

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Focus And Teamwork, Keys to Alaska’s Finals Trip Since 2010 ?>

Focus And Teamwork, Keys to Alaska’s Finals Trip Since 2010

Seeing Luigi Trillo and Tim Cone shake hands one last time this conference was a nice gesture of sportsmanship following Alaska’s semifinals series-clinching 83-78 on Saturday at the Big Dome. Trillo has been serving as one of Cone’s assistant coaches for more than 12 years. He has learned the coaching ropes from the former long-time Alaska mentor, who has given the Aces 13 PBA titles before joining the San Mig/B-Meg franchise at the start of last season. “It’s tough. You…

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