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Brgy. Ginebra's Greg Slaughter attempts a jumpshop against Rain or Shine's Jewel Ponferada and Beau Belga. PBA Media Bureau

Rain or Shine picked up the pace and left Barangay Ginebra – especially their big men like Greg Slaughter – struggling to keep up on Sunday, resulting in a 94-86 victory for the Elasto Painters.

The 7-foot-tall Slaughter, who currently leads the league in the statistical points race for the Best Player of the Conference award, was held to below double figures in rebounding for a second straight game.

Though he finished with 19 points he didn’t have his usual impact on the boards even as the taller Kings lost the rebounding battle, 42-39, against the rugged, hard-working Elasto Painters. He also had five turnovers in the game.

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Racela still upbeat about FEU victory (November 30, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

FEU Tamaraws head coach Nash Racela. Tristan Tamayo/

There may be shades of last season’s heartbreak, but the Far Eastern University Tamaraws don’t see that haunting them.

“It’s the same scenario, but we’re looking at a different outcome this Wednesday,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “We’re all positive. We’re confident that we’ll get it next time.”

The Tamaraws showcased impressive depth and talent in their Game 1 victory, 75-64, and had looked set to complete a title sweep of University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP men’s basketball championship.

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Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor took to Twitter on Sunday to say, "I own my choices" and added that he "doesn't want to be a distraction for my team" going forward.

His tweets come after he was stopped by police on the Ben Franklin Bridge about three weeks ago for going 108 mph, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Going over 40 mph on the bridge, which spans the Delaware River and connects Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey, is considered reckless driving, according to the report.

The reported speeding incident is not Okafor's only run-in this season.

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Jeffrei Chan scored a team-high 19 points for Rain or Shine. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters doused a late Barangay Ginebra rally to seal a 94-86 victory for their third consecutive in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Jeff Chan scored a team-high 19 points, 14 of those in an impressive fourth quarter performance, to lead the Elasto Painters to a 6-1 record, tying Alaska and San Miguel on top of the standings.

Rain or Shine got the job done in usual team fashion with Jericho Cruz posting 16 points and rookie Maverick Ahanmisi adding 13. Beau Belga added nine and Gabe Norwood eight for the Elasto Painters.

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Rick Carlisle discusses Rajon Rondo's poor fit with Mavericks (November 30, 2015)
Tim MacMahon [ Source: ESPN ]

Rick Carlisle says he doesn't regret what happened during Rajon Rondo's time with the Mavericks, though he did acknowledge that it wasn't a good fit. Glenn James/NBAE/Getty Images

Coach Rick Carlisle has no regrets about what happened during Rajon Rondo's brief, disappointing tenure with the Dallas Mavericks last season.

Carlisle instead wishes Rondo had never arrived in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics, saying it was simply a poor fit for both the former All-Star point guard and the team.

"Listen, we all did everything we could to make it work. It was challenging," Carlisle told as the Mavs prepare for a reunion with Rondo in Monday's road game against the Sacramento Kings. "Going back in time, it's a deal we should have shied away from, for the sake of us and for the sake of him. It's a deal we shouldn't have made.

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Ferrer becomes marked man in Game 3 (November 30, 2015)
Theodore P. Jurado [ Source: Journal ]


FAR Eastern University was all poised to clinch UAAP men’s basketball championship No. 20 when it dominated the first half last Saturday.

Then came Kevin Ferrer, who saved University of Santo Tomas’ season with an incredible 24-point third quarter performance.

“Kevin is a veteran. We really know what he is capable of. I was waiting for Kevin to miss,” said coach Nash Racela after his Tamaraws bowed to the Growling Tigers, 56-62, that extended the Finals series to a deciding Game 3.

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Terrence Romeo; Carlo Lastimosa. PBA Media Bureau

The SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup clash between the GlobalPort Batang Pier and the Blackwater Elite on Sunday saw an interesting sideshow – a scoring duel between talented guards Terrence Romeo and Carlo Lastimosa, who engaged in a shootout.

Blackwater’s Lastimosa, the nephew of PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa, tallied a career-high of 31 points, eclipsing his previous best as early as the first half, where he scored 23.

But GlobalPort’s Romeo, last season’s scoring king, came around strong in the fourth quarter, nearly catching up to his opponent’s total with 26 points. He did get plenty of help from his Batang Pier teammates, though, and his team came away with the most important thing, the win.

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Off-the-court incidents continue to mount for Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor was stopped by police on the Ben Franklin Bridge about three weeks ago for going 108 mph, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Going over 40 mph on the bridge, which spans the Delaware River and connects Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey, is considered reckless driving, according to the report.

This is not Okafor's only run-in this season.

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Ex-Letran Knight Racal believes Ayo can also win UAAP title (November 30, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Aldin Ayo lets out a big roar after steering the Letran Knights to their first NCAA championship late last month. Tristan Tamayo/

Who is Aldin Ayo? That was the biggest question Letran had before the start of NCAA Season 91 last July.

Five months and a championship later, everybody knew who the Sorsogon native was, and Ayo quickly emerged as one of the most sought-after bench tacticians in the collegiate ranks.

As Ayo moves to La Salle, one of his former players has every confidence the young coach can also do wonders in the UAAP.

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Terrence Romeo finished with 26 points vs. Blackwater Elite. PBA Media Bureau

The GlobalPort Batang Pier showed off their offensive firepower as they outgunned the Blackwater Elite, 120-105, in a high-scoring SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup clash on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Terrence Romeo scored 26 points to lead the Batang Pier, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

There were plenty of other contributors for the GlobalPort side, though. Stanley Pringle added 17 points six rebounds and six assists while Doug Kramer had a huge double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

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