FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
 
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Despite being away from basketball for over a decade, Robert Jaworski’s passion for the sport has never wavered.

Jaworski, for years the PBA’s living legend, still follows the exploits of the Philippine basketball team, and thinks that the squad is close to being kings in Asian basketball once more.

“Baka mga five years na lang yan and we can become Asian champions again,” said Jaworski, a former Olympian who coached the first all-professional national basketball team to a silver medal in the 1990 Asian Games.


 
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Published on November 28, 2011

POWERADE’s young stars are steadily rising, but Gary David remains very much the Tigers’ main go-to guy at the present. 

David stressed this anew by playing big roles in Powerade’s back-to-back wins that stoked its drive to the playoffs while earning for himself the Accel-PBAPress Corps Player of the Week honors for the period Nov. 21 to 27. 

It is the second such citation in the conference for the 33-year-old, who was also honored for the period Oct. 24-30, and coach Bo Perasol said it is only fitting.

 
MICO HALILI, GMA News November 26, 2011 1:44pm

Before B-MEG Head Coach Tim Cone officially started practice, Assistant Coach Johnny Abarrientos and point guard Mark Barroca were already in deep training. Johnny talked. Mark listened. Lesson number 76: How to steal the ball from a big man.

"Coach papano ang pag-timing ng sundot," Mark asked Johnny. "Papano ba ang timing 'pag gusto mo to smother a big man na hindi ka makikita?"
 
For kids who started watching in the late ’80s — if the Crispa-Toyota years were the PBA’s golden age, then these were definitely the silver age — this San Miguel Beer commercial featuring Beermen Samboy Lim, Ramon Fernandez, Yves Dignadice, and Alvin Teng brings back a lot of fond memories. Watch VIDEO
 
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Published on November 22, 2011

After hurting his left knee early in the game, Jayson Castro could have simply left the game for good, accepted Talk ‘N Text’s current misfortunes and followed to the sidelines the footsteps of fellow injured teammates Jimmy Alapag, Ryan Reyes, Ali Peek and Aaron Aban, and Ranidel de Ocampo who fell to cramps, in that game last Saturday against Rain or Shine in Cagayan de Oro City. 

But there was simply just too much fight and heart left in Castro to just give up and not be of help to his ailing team anymore. So he played through the pain and took matters into his own hands. The result was a 106-104 overtime win for the Tropang Texters that formalized their place in the playoffs.

 
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Published on October 11, 2010Like all the great PBA point guards before him, Alaska playmaker LA Tenorio has put a giant of a goal to aim for right before him. And the former Ateneo Blue Eagle star has chosen the one against whom all others who play the No. 1 spot are measured – the ‘Flying A’ Johnny Abarrientos. “Yon ang gusto kong posisyon pag dating ng panahon, yung posisyon ni Johnny,” said Tenorio after watching in awe as Alaska, with team owner Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, team manager Joaqui Trillo and coach Tim Cone present, retired Abarrientos’ No. 14 jersey during the Aces’ 25th anniversary celebration late last month.

 
Published on September 28, 2010Now a few PBA fans looked baffled when the sixth overall pick was named in the 2009 PBA Draft last August 2.  Who is Mike Burtscher?  There were hardly any surprises in the Draft until his name was called.  Even the ones who knew of him were shocked to hear the Alaska Aces pick him over so many other up and coming ballers.

But Burtscher is out to prove his worth and live out his journey that is quickly taking him to the top, but has dragged him deep into the dark valleys.

This is Mike’s story -- a story which will make you understand why he’s got a lot of fight in him.  A story that will hopefully inspire you.
 
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Published on September 28, 2010Player of the Week October 26 to 30

MAKING the most when the opportunity presents itself is nothing new to Joshua Urbiztondo.

That is why it came as no surprise when he came up with a breakout game for Sta. Lucia Realty last Friday and bagged what is projected to be his first KFC/Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the limited period Oct. 26 to 30.

 
Last Tuesday, the 3 way trade between Ginebra-Bmeg-Barako has finally been completed. In the approved trade, Ginebra will get the services of Rico Maeirhofer ( from Bmeg ) and Allein Mailiksi( from Barako), the Llamados will get the shooting Giant Yancy De Ocampo( from Ginebra) and 2012 2nd round pick (from Ginebra), while Barako will get the former NCAA finals MVP Jimbo Aquino and a 2013 1st round pick (from Ginebra) Positive and Negative side of each trade...
 
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Fidel Mangonon III, special to InterAKTV · Monday, October 31, 2011 · 9:18 pm

December 11, a Sunday, is the last regular playdate of the elimination round of the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup. The very final game of the elims pits Barangay Ginebra against defending champion Talk ‘N Text in the 6:30 p.m. second game at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

It will already be the second meeting in the elims between the two teams, a rematch of their coming November 6 meeting.
The date is special for the Ginebra franchise, but one that I’m sure that most fans aren’t familiar with.

25 years ago, Ginebra won its first PBA title in the Open Conference, the third tournament of the season. The team came from behind to beat Manila Beer, 130-120, in the fifth game of a best-of-seven title series to end what had been an 8-year title drought for the franchise.


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