PBA: Tim Cone needs time figuring out Meralco’s game plan

Ginebra coach Tim Cone during a PBA Philippine Cup semifinals game against Meralco Bolts. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIREr.net Because even if they seem to know the Bolts from head to toe, coach Tim Cone acknowledged that they may have to buy some time before figuring a way to get past their best-of-seven semifinal series in the PBA…

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Marcio Lassiter has dream scenario on breaking PBA 3-point record

San Miguel Beermen’s Marcio Lassiter during a PBA Philippine Cup game. –MARLO CUETO/INQURIER.net MANILA, Philippines—It might take a few more games but Marcio Lassiter can leapfrog to the top of the list of the PBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made. And the San Miguel shooter has an ideal scenario on when he wants that to…

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PBA: San Miguel gets Game 1, but Rain or Shine delivers on vow

June Mar Fajardo leads San Miguel past Rain or Shine for a 1-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net San Miguel Beer’s victory to open the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday was a validation of its label as heavy favorites to progress past underdog Rain or Shine. But the Beermen’s 101-98…

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PBA: Rain or Shine bounces back to even series vs TNT

Rain or Shine’s Jhonard Clarito.–PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines–With its top gun frosty once again, Rain or Shine on Sunday turned to its youth brigade to slip past TNT, 121-113, and bring their best-of-three PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal race to a decider. Jhonard Clarito set the tone early while Andrei Caracut put the finishing touches on…

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Standhardinger, Ginebra dominate Magnolia to reach PBA semis

Barangay Ginebra big man Christian Standhardinger, middle, battles for the ball against Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang, right, and Jed Mendoza.–PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines–Barangay Ginebra got to work early and played with the same fiery intensity the rest of the way on Saturday night to beat Magnolia, 99-77, and take the shorter route to the PBA Philippine…

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At last, Terrafirma finds its place in PBA quarterfinals

Javi Gomez de Liano helps Terrafirma slip past NorthPort and into the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals. –PBA IMAGES Loud music blasted out of the Terrafirma locker room, as the Dyip celebrated a rare achievement for a franchise that spent years being a perennial cellar dweller. The team’s 104-96 victory over the NorthPort Batang Pier in…

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Sister teams Ginebra, Magnolia clash in PBA quarterfinals

Ginebra Gin Kings and Magnolia Hotshots square off in the PBA All-Filipino Conference quarterfinals. –MARLO CUETO/INQuIRER.net Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia have arranged an early playoff battle in the PBA Philippine Cup after the two sibling rivals ended up losing their respective games Sat the close of the eliminations Sunday. The meeting became possible after Magnolia…

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PBA: Old reliable Beau Belga still flourishing for Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga.–PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines—Beau Belga has been putting up quite the numbers for Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup and coach Yeng Guiao is certainly taking notice. After the Elasto Painters’ 120-104 victory over NLEX at Philsports Arena on Friday, Guiao tipped his hat to Belga, who’s…

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PBA: Converge upsets playoffs-chasing TNT

Converge FiberXers’ Patrick Maagdenberg in the PBA Philippine Cup game against TNT. –PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines–Bottom team Converge put a dent on TNT’s bid to enter the quarterfinals after hanging on for a 107-103 win in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Philsports Arena in Pasig City. Playing with nothing but pride, the FiberXers got…

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Marcio Lassiter jumps into race for PBA all-time ‘threes’ leader

San Miguel Beermen’s Marcio Lassiter. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net Marcio Lassiter and Paul Lee are two of four active players with at least 1,000 three-pointers in their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) careers. And being two of the youngest from that batch and seemingly with plenty of gas left in the tank, there’s good enough reason to say…

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