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 Star's RR Garcia (12) earned Player of the Week honors for his effort against GlobalPort. Photo from ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Star guard RR Garcia earned Player of the Week honors after playing his best game in a Hotshots jersey on Sunday and leading his new team to a 105-102 overtime victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier.

He lost his personal scoring duel with former Far Eastern University teammate Terrence Romeo, who scored 27 points, but it was Garcia's team who wound up with the victory.

Garcia, who was acquired in a trade prior to the conference, had 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting in the hard-fought victory, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime.

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CJ McCollum

The Portland Trail Blazers and guard C.J. McCollum have reached an agreement on a four-year extension worth $106 million, as first reported Monday by The Vertical and confirmed by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

The deal does not include a player option, according to The Vertical, and will start in the 2017-18 season.

McCollum, 24, was voted as the NBA's Most Improved Player this this past season after a breakthrough third season with the Blazers.

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Tenorio says Kings import Brownlee will only get better (July 26, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Brgy. Ginebra's Justin Brownlee getting ready for a rebound against Alaska's Calvin Abueva. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Forced to find a replacement import after Paul Harris sustained a hand injury, Ginebra coach Tim Cone has been bracing for the worst when he got Justin Brownlee last week.

And his fears materialized in the Gin Kings’ game against Alaska on Sunday.

The 28-year-old forward suffered from cramps as early as the third quarter, something that Cone has been anticipating in the buildup to this game, bared LA Tenorio.

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Henton gets job done in Aces’ first win (July 26, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Alaska import LaDontae Henton dunks during the Aces’ overtime win over the Barangay Ginebra Kings Sunday night. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

After failing to lead Alaska in its opener against Meralco last Sunday, LaDontae Henton was motivated to prove that the Aces didn’t make the wrong choice on entrusting him the reins of the team  in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup.

And the next time he got a chance, he truly showed his worth.

The 24-year-old forward led the Aces to a 109-100 victory over Ginebra in overtime on Sunday as he led his squad with 29 points, nine rebounds, and zero turnovers.

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Zhai Xiaochuan (CHN) - Photo courtesy of 2016 NBAE Juan Ocampo/USAB.com

LOS ANGELES (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - China head coach Gong Luming readily admits he expected his team to be overmatched against the USA in their exhibition game on Sunday in California.

More than 19,000 fans filed into the Staples Center in Los Angeles and watched the two-time defending Olympic champions roll to a 106-57 triumph over the Chinese.

What Gong wanted before the tip-off is for his 2015 FIBA Asia Championship winners to gain experience against the best, and the USA, the team most people expect to capture the gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games next month, are certainly that.

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Alaska’s Vic Manuel tries to attempt a basket against the outstretched arms of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import Justin Brownlee in their PBA game Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Alaska won in overtime, 109-100.

After getting hospitalized when he suffered cramps in his debut last Sunday, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import Justin Brownlee was back during his team’s practice yesterday at the CCF gymnasium in Ortigas.

Brownlee spent time on the bench in the overtime period of Ginebra’s 109-100 loss to Alaska at the Smart Araneta Coliseum when he was hit by cramps after playing 29 minutes.

He was brought to The Medical City where he was given an intravenous drip by doctors and then later sent home.

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Weary Romeo not too worried about GlobalPort's 0-3 start (July 26, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Terrence Romeo had 27 points in GlobalPort's loss to Star on Sunday. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Terrence Romeo is admittedly exhausted after a long season that includes a stint with the Philippine national team in the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers, and there is no time for him to rest as he immediately returned to GlobalPort for the 2016 PBA Governors Cup.

Coming off a long training camp with Gilas Pilipinas in June and their brief, yet emotionally taxing stint in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila, Romeo barely got a week's rest before returning to his mother team in time for the final tournament of the PBA season.

He missed GlobalPort's second game of the conference due to illness – a 98-108 loss to Mahindra – but returned on Sunday against the Star Hotshots. Romeo had 27 points in another losing effort, as they bowed to Star 102-105 in overtime.

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William Jones Cup

Al Thornton scored 24 points as he carried Philippines-Mighty Sports pummeled South Korea, 86-65, to notch its second straight victory in the 2016 William Jones Cup Monday in Taiwan.

Thornton also had seven boards as he sank crucial baskets to pace PH-Mighty Sports which is now 2-0 in the tournament.

Zach Graham added 13 points, while Dewarick Spencer contributed 12 markers.

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Yap shrugs off lack of playing time, praises Garcia (July 26, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

James Yap played only 14 minutes against Globalport. PBA Images

Should James Yap be concerned of his dwindling minutes for Star?

Hotshots head coach Jason Webb doesn’t think his star swingman should be.

“We are a team of depth,” he said after Star’s 105-102 overtime win against GlobalPort on Sunday. “There are going to be days that James is going to play a little, there are going to be days that PJ (Simon) or Allein (Maliksi) are going to play a little. We’re going to go with the people that are hot.”

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Globalport eyes rebound (July 26, 2016)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

D-League

Globalport veteran forward Anthony Jay Washington sat from behind the bench as the Batang Pier dropped another close game – this time a 102-105 overtime defeat to the Star Hotshots – in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Washington is recovering from a strained right calf muscle he sustained during one of the team’s practice sessions in preparation for the season-ending conference, and the versatile Fil-Am didn’t hide his disappointment on being on the injury list.

“It’s just really frustrating,” said the 6-foot-7 Washington following the Globalport game last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “After all the pre-season (preparation) and everything… it was just a freak accident in practice.”

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