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Beau Belga and Paul Lee of Rain or Shine. Sports5/Paolo Papa

The Barangay versus The Villain, Part Two.

Beau Belga and the twice-to-beat Rain or Shine Elasto Painters renew their rivalry with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, this time with much more at stake as they clash in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Rain or Shine and Ginebra collide at 5:15 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between twice-to-beat Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters and Barako Bull Energy at 3 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

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Ivan Johnson of Talk 'N Text battling Alaska's Calvin Abueva for the rebound. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Talk ‘N Text targets to dispatch Barako Bull to book a semifinals ticket.

The No.2 Tropang Texters edged the No.7 Barako Bull, 101-96, in their last head-to-head on March 16.

Behind the monster performance of Ivan Johnson, the Tropang Texters seek to make the most of their one-game edge and get to the semifinals of the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a win over the Energy.

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery on his ailing right foot and will miss the remainder of the season, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Friday.

Durant will have the procedure early next week and is expected to return to basketball activities in the next four to six months.

The news comes a week after Presti announced that Durant had been "removed from basketball activities" and insinuated he could be shut down.

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Marc Pingris of Purefoods Star. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Purefoods Star is known to be a defensive-minded team but during Friday’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal opener against Alaska, the Hotshots proved they were more than capable of playing both ends of the floor.

The Hotshots shot a prolific 61% shooting from the field while playing their trademark tough defense, holding the Aces to just 39%.

But to hear it from Purefoods’ key players, their stellar play on offense can still be attributed to defense.

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James Yap drives to the hoop against Alaska's Damion James. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

It was a performance worthy of the silver screen as Purefoods destroyed Alaska, 120-86, to take a 1-0 series lead in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs Friday evening at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

From the opening tip to the finishing buzzer, the Hotshots were waxing hot and the Aces could not find their trump card as they played catch up with a high-octane monster.

Purefoods’ first quarter was essentially 31-7 run and Alaska never found the right push to keep them alive.

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Cagayan moves on from Tautuaa’s departure (March 28, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

 Moala Tautuaa of Cebuana (dark) denies Keith Agovida of KeraMix (light). PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines–Another conference, another life for the Cagayan-Gerry’s Rising Suns.

Finishing the PBA D-League Foundation Cup in second place with hulking talisman Moala Tautuaa at their helm, the Rising Suns had high hopes for the Aspirants’ Cup.

As luck, however, would have it, Tautuaa moved on to Cebuana Lhuillier leaving Cagayan without an unquestioned leader.

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Jared Dillinger of Meralco Bolts. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Meralco breezed through NLEX in the first game of their best-of-three quarterfinals, but the team met an untimely misfortune as Jared Dillinger went down with an injury on Friday night.

The Daredevil may be out of the conference after badly hurting his left knee following a collision with Road Warriors' import Al Thorton in the first half.

"On that moment I was just, 'Why? Why now? Why did it have to be this moment?'" Dillinger told reporters after the game.

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Mark Macapagal hit 5 three-pointers vs. NLEX. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines—Meralco pushed the right buttons on Friday as it turned back NLEX, 97-82, to take a 1-0 series lead in their playoffs matchup in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

It was an almost no-contest as the Bolts picked apart the Road Warriors like it was nothing. Meralco immediately jumped to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Bolts head coach Norman Black said his team picked the right time to play as a unit after suffering three straight losses going to the playoffs.

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Metta World Peace says he can still make an impact (March 28, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

MILAN — Metta World Peace had barely landed in Italy when the former NBA All-Star was soon singing with fans of his new team and thinking of a second season.

Thanks to advice from former teammate Kobe Bryant, World Peace joined Pallacanestro Cantu on Thursday, and was presented to the team’s fans at its Mapooro Arena.

“I didn’t come here because I’m old and I don’t want to play anymore,” World Peace said. “No, it’s the perfect time for me, to come now, have a chance to play hard, meet my teammates, and then see if I can play another season here. It’s one of the best leagues in the world, and I’m very excited.”

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MANILA, Philippines—Dominating despite his team’s poor performance, June Mar Fajardo still put up MVP numbers as he ended the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the helm for the Best Player of the Conference Race.

The reigning PBA MVP led the locals with 33.9 statistical points after he averaged 16.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks across 11 games to go along with his 1.4 assists and. 0.4 steals averages for the 4-7 Beermen in the elimination round.

Guards Jayson Castro of Talk N’ Text and Paul Lee of Rain or Shine are at a tight race for second.

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