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So which team will gain control in Game 3: San Miguel or Ginebra? ?>

So which team will gain control in Game 3: San Miguel or Ginebra?

Having covered Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer this season, the ongoing 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals easily pits the team with the “big heart” versus the team that’s been “toughened by adversity” the past 3 seasons. Ginebra has long been carrying the NSD (never say die) mantra from the olden days of former playing coach Robert Jaworski, while San Miguel Beer, aside from its talent-deep roster, has been dominant in the last 2 editions of the Philippine Cup led…

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Why Ginebra is four wins away from ending its 8-year PBA title drought ?>

Why Ginebra is four wins away from ending its 8-year PBA title drought

Judging from the way Barangay Ginebra has played in the Governors Cup, the never-say-die spirit of the league’s most popular team in the PBA is back. I have no doubt that the Kings’ past two heartbreaking playoff crashes in the first 2 conferences have prepared them for such a time as this. Defeats and disappointments can either make you or break you. And in the case of the Kings, they’ve learned to use their bitter past in the playoffs as…

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Tab Baldwin and his unpopular Gilas decision ?>

Tab Baldwin and his unpopular Gilas decision

A Gilas Pilipinas side without Calvin Abueva and LA Tenorio don’tr necessarily spell doom for the national team which will begin its Olympic quest next week at the Mall of Asia Arena. There’s no doubt that Abueva’s energy and hustle – intangibles he could easily bring to Gilas will be missed. On the other hand, Tenorio won’t be around to add his veteran presence at the backcourt. But then again, Pinoy hoop fans have to understand that Tab Baldwin is named…

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Tim Cone and Ginebra’s patient climb to relevance ?>

Tim Cone and Ginebra’s patient climb to relevance

Will Ginebra duplicate San Miguel Beer’s feat from last season’s Governors Cup? Tim Cone had that in mind when his team resumed practice, just days after Ginebra saw its title aspirations dashed following its 2-0 sweep at the hands of Rain or Shine on Tuesday (April 19). Cone was telling me after practice that he expects import Othyus Jeffers to be dominant come the Governors Cup, much like what AZ Reid did after playing in the Commissioner’s Cup and Governors…

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Talk about TNT guard Rob Labagala’s passion ?>

Talk about TNT guard Rob Labagala’s passion

Rob Labagala’s passion for basketball runs deep in his veins. It’s no wonder that every summer, for the last 3 years, he has hosted the Passion Basketball Camp (formerly Rob Labagala Basketball Camp) in Navotas, where he’s currently residing. The current Tropang TNT reserve guard said seeing kids learn the fundamentals of the sport he has learned to love with a passion, gives him great satisfaction because he believes that they are the next generation of PBA stars. SEE: Rob Labagala’s…

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Star guard Mark Cruz defies size in reaching PBA dream ?>

Star guard Mark Cruz defies size in reaching PBA dream

Mark Cruz is now the shortest player in the PBA after being selected in the 3rd round (30th overall) by Star during the 2015 rookie draft. At 5-6 & 1/2, which he said was his official height measurement during the PBA Pre-draft combine, bigger players could easily pick on him– posting up on him or simply shooting over him. But Cruz shared he’s not one to cower against such challenge, opting to use his seeming disadvantage as his strength in pursuing…

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Ranidel de Ocampo talks about his road to basketball greatness ?>

Ranidel de Ocampo talks about his road to basketball greatness

Tropang TNT forward and long-time Gilas Pilipinas mainstay Ranidel de Ocampo has gone a long way since becoming the fourth overall pick in the 2004 PBA Rookie Draft. Compared to 2004 PBA draft batchmates James Yap and Richard Alvarez, de Ocampo didn’t come from a UAAP school that has a long and rich basketball tradition. The 6-foot-5 De Ocampo played second fiddle to elder brother Yancy during his early years with St. Francis of Assissi College in the NCRAA. But…

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Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson is living his PBA dream ?>

Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson is living his PBA dream

  Rookie guard Earl Scottie Thompson is definitely living his childhood dream of playing in the PBA. But he said that what makes this dream-come-true even more special is the fact that he’s playing under the PBA’s multi-titled coach Tim Cone. His minutes may not be that much for a freshman considering that he still has to play within a guard-heavy roster that includes LA Tenorio, Jayjay Helterbrand, Sol Mercado and  Mark Caguioa. But still, the six-foot rookie is just…

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Of PBA players and lessons we can glean from our bitter past ?>

Of PBA players and lessons we can glean from our bitter past

Winning a championship in the PBA is definitely not easy. Close to 170 players are listed in regular rosters during each season, but only 14 will be fortunate enough to be called champions every PBA conference. Big-name PBA stars like James Yap, Mark Caguioa, Marc Pingris, Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos among others have won multiple championships during their checkered pro careers. But all of them will admit that winning at least one PBA title in their…

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