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 Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. ABS-CBN News photo

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao has reasons to be worried in facing Barako Bull on Friday’s PBA Philippine Cup.

The Energy Cola nearly toppled the San Miguel Beermen, which escaped via Arwind Santos’ heroics last Sunday. Guiao thinks the Elasto Painters might go through a similar path when they tackle Barako Bull.

“They have a really pesky set of guards who can pull the rug from under you. They have improved a great deal from last year,” said the Rain or Shine coach on the PBA website.

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International Basketball

ROME, Italy - Seven leading European national federations met in Rome on Thursday to discuss the current remodeling of the European club competitions.

Under the leadership of FIBA President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Vice-President and FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann, the basketball governing bodies of France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain and Turkey took note of the new European competitions announced recently by Euroleague Basketball.

The participants unanimously decided to continue the ongoing work on the Basketball Champions League project, making the necessary modifications to take into consideration the desired sporting principles and openness of a top level club competition system in order to launch the competition as planned for the 2016-17 season.

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Jahlil Okafor, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, is averaging a 76ers-high 18.4 points with 8.1 rebounds per game. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor was involved in a street fight in Boston on Wednesday night, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

TMZ released video earlier Thursday that showed a man it identified as Okafor verbally sparring with several individuals. A scuffle broke out, and the man identified as Okafor is seen punching a man.

"Apparently, they said: 'The 76ers suck and you guys are all losers. You'll never win a game,' " a source close to Okafor told Goodman.

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Archers meet new coach (November 27, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo and Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

Letran coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net\

A COACHING search frenzy unfolded in the last three days featuring four schools in two collegiate basketball leagues.

Aldin Ayo has made the jump to La Salle in the UAAP, just weeks after steering Letran to the NCAA championship on his lone season as Knights coach.

The move left the Knights shocked and was the highlight of several coaching moves in the college scene, where Adamson and Perpetual Help also kicked off their own team shakeup.

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Tigers: No reason to revile Daquioag (November 27, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

CENTER of the storm: Ed Daquioag managed just 4 points in Game 1.

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Bong dela Cruz thinks there’s no reason to pick on one player as the Tigers try to move on from their Game 1 loss in the UAAP men’s basketball championship.

Ed Daquioag drew flak for his poor form in UST’s loss to Far Eastern University, 75-64, but Dela Cruz expects his veteran guard to redeem himself in their bid to forge a Finals decider.

“He just needs to learn from that game,” said Dela Cruz. “Ed will bounce back, we know him. I have confidence in him last year, I still have confidence in him now.”

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Sauler optimistic of La Salle’s future (November 27, 2015)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]


Juno Sauler, who resigned as La Salle head coach of the senior men’s basketball team the other day, is optimistic of the Archers’ chances to bounce back strong in the UAAP next season. Sauler said yesterday he’s excited to watch the team evolve and improve as the players gain in maturity and confidence.

Sauler, 42, said he will always be grateful to team patron Ambassador Danding Cojuangco and the university for their support over the last three years at the Archers helm. “I’m thankful for the opportunity,” he said. Sauler’s history with La Salle goes back to coaching the Zobel juniors to three third-place finishes and the senior women’s team to three UAAP titles. In four years with the Archers, he was assistant to Gee Abanilla for a season and head coach for three campaigns. Sauler took La Salle to the UAAP championship in 2013.

“My advice to the players is to continue to go all out at practice, work hard and improve,” he said. “I assume full responsibility for our failure to make it to the Final Four this season. We fell short by one spot. It’s on me, not the players. I know whoever is chosen as the head coach will be a man of values, discipline and leadership. Right now, my concern is the players. The graduating players Jeron (Teng), Thomas (Torres) and Jason (Perkins) will experience change in their last season but I’m sure they will be guided well by the next coach with the support of management and the school. We’ve seen the development of Prince (Rivero) and I know he’ll be able to do a lot more for the team in the next three years.”

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A dejected Kevin Ferrer after UST lost to FEU in game one of UAAP Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

They are not making promises, but expect leaders Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquiaog to do everything to give University of Santo Tomas a new lease on life in the UAAP Finals.

After UST lost to game 1, 64-75, to Far Eastern University on Wednesday, the duo said they would what it takes to help the Growling Tigers bounce back and force game 3.

“We won’t make any promises but we’ll do what we can,” Ferrer said after posting 15 points on a poor 6-of-16 shooting.

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Racela touts FEU's defense as key to Game 1 (November 27, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 UST's Louie Vigil shoots under pressure from FEU's Mike Tolomia and Prince Orizu. Photo by Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Heading into the UAAP Season 78 Finals, a big chunk of the narrative centered on the notion that Far Eastern University (FEU) was an offensive-minded team, while University of Santo Tomas (UST) was more focused on defense.

Even National University (NU) head coach Eric Altamirano took note of this: after his team lost to the Growling Tigers, "Coach E" was asked to break down the upcoming Finals match-up.

"Alam naman natin na ang FEU is an offensive team, and UST loves to use their length to play defense," said Altamirano at the time, while also noting that the match-up was "dead even."

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Parks wants to play for Gilas in near future (November 27, 2015)
Alder Almo [ Source: Philippine Star ]

International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines -- Texas Legends' Fil-Am guard Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. would love to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the near future.

In a conference call with the Filipino reporters on Wednesday, Parks reiterated his desire to represent the country in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.

"If I had the privilege of doing that, then I would love to. I mean I’m not only representing the country by just playing with Gilas ball but also wherever I go, I always have the Philippines on my back." said Parks, who skipped this year's Southeast Asian Games to pursue his NBA dream.

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Cyrus Baguio of Alaska. PBA Media Bureau

The Alaska Aces aim to finally occupy the solo No.1 spot in their match against the NLEX Road Warriors in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Alaska and NLEX face off in the opener at 4:15 p.m. before the nightcap between the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Barako Bull Energy at 7 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on TV5.

The Aces (5-1) have shared the top spot with San Miguel, which has the same slate, this conference and a win would at least give them a head-start for the No.1 seed. Alaska won its last two games, the latest coming at the expense of Star, 107-102, last Tuesday.

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