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Marc Pingris of Purefoods tries to stop Globalport's Terrence Rmeo from attacking the basket. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Purefoods defensive ace Marc Pingris is still working himself back into playing shape and while he wasn’t showing any effects of fatigue, he admitted that his timing isn’t where it used to be.

The hard-working forward is hoping that changes in time for his team’s next game, a much-anticipated Manila Clasico duel with rival Barangay Ginebra in nine days.

“Wala pa sa dating porma, nanggigigil pa rin,” Pingris told a small group of sportswriters after the game while clad in a Shohoku jersey with a drawn image of the Sakuragi character that he’s nicknamed after.

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Alec Burks agrees to 4-year, $42 million extension with Utah Jazz (November 01, 2014)
Brian Windhorst [ Source: ESPN ]

Alec Burks has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Jazz worth $42 million. Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

The Utah Jazz have agreed to a contract extension with guard Alec Burks worth $42 million over four years, sources told

The deal, signed on deadline day for players from the 2011 draft class to get extensions, includes incentives that could make it worth $45 million. Burks averaged 14.5 points last season and is averaging 16.5 points over the Jazz's first two games this season.

It represents another investment in the Jazz's young core. The combined extensions for Burks, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors are worth more than $140 million.

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James Yap vows to return for Purefoods in next game (November 01, 2014)
Rey Joble [ Source: Interaksyon ]

James Yap of Purefoods sat out his second straight game. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Purefoods superstar James Yap came to the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Friday wearing not his usual jersey but a dark blue suit and jeans. Though he was only able to give support to his teammates against GlobalPort, he vowed he would be back in action to help the Hotshots in the next game.

“Next game balik na ako niyan,” Yap told in an excusive interview.

Despite missing a second straight game due to a right calf injury, Yap was a picture of positivity on Friday.

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Russell Westbrook suffered a broken bone in his right hand against the Clippers. Noah Graham/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES -- The only consolation for the Oklahoma City Thunder can be found in the schedule. There's no estimate yet on the amount of time Russell Westbrook will miss because of the broken bone in his right hand he suffered Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, but multiple weeks is a safe guess, so he'll be joining the already-injured Kevin Durant on the sidelines.

Fortunately for the Thunder, their next 18 games include both of their cross-conference meetings with the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons, plus two games against the Utah Jazz and single games against the Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. None of these teams is a lock for the playoffs. Then again, maybe we should say the same thing about the Thunder if they'll have to spend a significant stretch vying for one of the eight Western Conference playoff spots without Westbrook and Durant.

The West is too competitive for the Thunder to have any margin for error. They're already 0-2. There's an instant urgency of the type normally found in the NFL.

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 Purefoods coach Tim Cone is still missing James Yap. KC Cruz

 Purefoods coach Tim Cone was not happy with his team's performance despite shaking off a Halloween scare from Globalport, 81-75, berating the Hotshots for living too much in past glories and playing complacent basketball.

"It didn't seem like a win today," the coach greeted reporters waiting for him for the post-game press conference. Cone arrived a little later than usual, explaining that he had forgotten his team actually won.

Purefoods started slow and found themselves down 40-24 at halftime, before slowly coming back to overtake Globalport well into the fourth quarter. It was the first win of the conference for the Hotshots, who were stunned by Alaska and San Miguel in the previous games.

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The Hi-Tech Bangkok City headed to the 2014 AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League Finals after defeating the Singapore Slingers 76-73 on Friday night at the OCBC Arena, Singapore, to secure a 2-0 series victory.

Bangkok City received a huge lift from Patrick Cabahug who finished with 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Chris Charles recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Jerick Canada had 14 points and Steven Thomas added 12 points.

“We had a great start just like on Wednesday night. We are pleased to go to the Finals and now we will have one week to prepare,” said Cabahug after his heroics performance. Hi-Tech will play the winner of the Westports Malaysia Dragons and the Saigon Heat series.  

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Peter June Simon of Purefoods. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

It took some cracking of the whip on the part of Purefoods Star coach Tim Cone at halftime, but the Grand Slam champion Hotshots finally found their old form to pick up their first victory of the PBA’s 40th season.

“At halftime, I was screaming, ‘When is last year going to end?’ We’ve got to go beyond last season. We had a real difficulty doing this,” the coach told sportswriters during the postgame interview.

Cone rued the recent trend of the team needing some extra motivation in the form of an early deficit before coming to play.

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Chot still part of Gilas program – Barrios (November 01, 2014)
Alder Almo [ Source: Philippine Star ]

FIBA Asia Championships

MANILA, Philippines – Chot Reyes is still very much part of the Gilas program.

This was the clarification made by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios on Friday during the Online Media Group Forum at Country Spice Restaurant along Sgt. Esguerra in Quezon City.

"Is Chot still a part of the Gilas program? The answer is yes. That's basically what I wanted to clarify," Barrios said.

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 Mark Barroca led Purefoods with 25 points in their come from behind win against GlobalPort  Photo by KC Cruz

The Purefoods Star Hotshots erased an 18-point deficit in the second half to come out with an 81-75 win over the GlobalPort Batang Pier on Friday at the SMART- Araneta Coliseum.

Mark Barroca led Purefoods with 25 points, while Alein Maliksi chipped in 20 for the Hotshots, who won for the first time in the tournament. Last season's Grand Slam champions had lost their first two games of the new season.

Marc Pingris, in his first game back for Purefoods since his Gilas Pilipinas stint, added nine points and 17 rebounds.

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FIBA Asia Championships

MANILA, Philippines – Chot Reyes may have been removed as Gilas Pilipinas coach, but this doesn’t mean he is barred from coaching the national team again.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios said the appointment of the new national team coach will depend on the recommendations of the selection committee that is tasked to form and assemble the new Gilas Pilipinas team.

"For all we know, he may still be picked by the board," Barrios said in a report.

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