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ROS guards: Lee is a tough act to follow

Rain or Shine guards Jericho Cruz and Maverick Ahanmisi said filling the void created by the departure of ace guard Paul Lee requires lot of sacrifices and hard work. But the two said they are ready to face the challenge head on. With Lee now with Star, Cruz and Ahanmisi will most likely share the responsibility left by Lee in the team.  “Of course we all know Paul Lee, the things he can do for the team, and it’s hard taking his place,” said the 6-foot Cruz after the team’s practice session yesterday at the North East Green Hills gym in San Juan City. “He can make an impact right away when he enters the court. But it’s not just on offense – he’s also one of the team leaders. So we’ll miss that, …

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POC rivals once allies

They were once allies, but now – with the Philippine Olympic Committee polls coming – the group of incumbent POC chief Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. and the one led by Ricky Vargas – have become adversaries. The two sports giants, which worked together in the past, will be contesting the POC leadership after Vargas decided to challenge Cojuangco for the highest position of the local Olympic body. The election is scheduled Nov. 25 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. Vargas, who represents the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP), filed his certificate of candidacy together with some members of his group including cycling’s Bambol Tolentino and basketball’s Sonny Barrios yesterday at the POC office in Pasig City. Cojuangco, the longtime head of the Equestrian Association of the Philippines, is …

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PBA has to be a habit again – Mikee

Globalport owner and Rep. Mikee Romero (1Pacman) wants the PBA to go “hi-tech” in order to gain more following not only in the country but also in countries with a large number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Romero said it’s high time to use electronic media which is the easiest way to lure basketball fans back just like what transpired during the Governors’ Cup Finals where the Smart Araneta Coliseum was packed by Ginebra and Meralco fans. “The PBA has to be a habit again, like when the time of Crispa versus Toyota,” Romero said in his speech during the PBA Press Corps Awards Night last Saturday at Gloria Maris inside Gateway in Cubao. “I grew up following the PBA – I’m a big fan of Crispa. I played basketball, became an owner, …

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Helterbrand, Alapag mulling retirement

One of the questions that left unanswered after the epic Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals was whether the loyal fans had witnessed the final games of Jayjay Helterbrand and Jimmy Alapag. Even before the title series won by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel began, the PBA’s best guards during the first decade of the 21st century had been contemplating on ending their decorated playing careers. Helterbrand has been in the league since 2000, having won the Most Valuable Player nine years later and teamed up with Mark Caguioa to give Ginebra five championships, including the Governors’ Cup title conquest. Alapag, on the other hand, had decided to hang it up for good last year after six championships and a 2011 MVP award for Talk ‘N Text, before taking a U-turn to …

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We’ll build a dynasty, vows Cone

Not one, not two, not three, not four. For Coach Tim Cone, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is capable of starting a dynasty. In a magical run to the championship, the Kings made a triumphant return to the PBA throne following a 91-88 victory in Game 6 of a thrilling finals showdown against the Meralco Bolts to capture the 2016 Governors’ Cup crown last Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “In our minds, this is just our first championship,” said Cone following the team’s nail-biting win against Meralco before more than 23,000 fans. “This is not the only championship that we’re gonna get. We’re gonna go out and get another one. We want to win many. That’s our challenge,” he said. Really brave words for a coach whose team had been winless for eight years, but …

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Birth of 3rd child pushed LA Tenorio to give it all

It took four years for LA Tenorio to finally capture a PBA title with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. Not that it’s out of the way, the Most Valuable Player of the Governors’ Cup finals hopes to win more championships for his team. The 5-foot-10 guard played the series-clinching Game 6 like it was a do-or-die encounter as he scored 25 points, including 14 during Ginebra’s fightback from a double-digit deficit in the third quarter to seal a 91-88 victory over the Meralco Bolts Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Sana hindi ito yung huli,” said Tenorio, who joined Ginebra in 2012 after being traded from Alaska. “Medyo matagal din nag-antay for this one, kaya sana hindi naman ganun katagal uli… next season uli.” Tenorio finally gave the Kings a title after his …

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Uichico out, Racela in as Texters coach

Losing to Meralco in the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup may have cost Jong Uichico his job as coach of the TNT Katropa. Well-placed sources said TNT will be handled next season by current Far Eastern University coach Nash Racela, Uichico’s assistant at TNT. Uichico, a veteran coach with 10 PBA championships under his belt with various teams, said yesterday he was not aware that he has been fired. He was in the middle of a practice session with the TNT Katropa at the Moro Lorenzo gym at the Ateneo campus in Quezon City when he heard the news. "I just saw it in the news. I haven't heard anything from management," he said when contacted yesterday. No one from TNT, however, has confirmed the coaching change which came as a surprise since Uichico …

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Ginebra set for Meralco fight back

Game Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 7 p.m. – Ginebra vs Meralco (Game 6) Game 1: Meralco 114, Ginebra, 109 Game 2: Ginebra 82, Meralco 79 Game 3: Meralco 107, Ginebra 103 Game 4: Ginebra 88, Meralco 86 Game 5: Ginebra 92, Meralco 81 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Coach Tim Cone has this idea that winning a Game 6 to win a championship is more difficult than winning a Game 7. Why he thinks so is a bit of mystery although it’s probably his way of motivating his players who might be too confident and play haphazardly knowing that even if they lose, there’s a Game 7 to look forward to. “Without a doubt, closing out the series is the hardest thing to do,” said Cone who goes for the PBA Governors’ Cup championship today against Meralco. Ginebra leads the series, …

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Reyes named Gilas coach

Chot Reyes is back as coach of the men’s basketball team. His appointment was announced yesterday by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio after meeting with other officials. “Back in the hot seat. God bless us  #LabanPilipinas #PUSO,” said Reyes on his Twitter account account@coachot. Reyes, also president of TV5, will be take over from Tab Baldwin. Gilas team manager Butch Antonio said that Baldwin will serve as Gilas consultant. Under Reyes, the Philippines earned a trip to the FIBA World Cup in Spain following a runner up finish in the FIBA Asia championship. Antonio said the SBP would soon meet with Reyes to discuss the details of the SBP’s plans for a team that will made up of former and current collegiate standouts such as  Kiefer Ravena, Mark Belo, Roger Pogoy, …

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Helterbrand dismisses praise about his game

Jayjay Helterbrand, the second oldest player in the PBA, said there’s nothing special about his vintage performance in the last two games of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals, His heroics have helped Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to move within one game of capturing its first title since 2008. Helterbrand scored 11 points on 4-of-4 from the field as Ginebra came back from a 16-point deficit to win Game 4, 88-86. He then hit two triples for six points in Sunday’s 92-81 victory for a 3-2 series lead. The 40-year-old guard, at the twilight of a 16-year career and who is three years younger than Asi Taulava (the league’s oldest), said the confidence given to him by Ginebra coach Tim Cone gave him renewed vigor. “I’ve been doing the same things I’ve been doing for …

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