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Rain or Shine back in action vs Star (February 13, 2016)
[ Source: Interaksyon ]

Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Rain or Shine returns to action against Star.

The Elasto Painters, a runner-up in the conference last year, are looking to deal Star its second straight loss with reigning Best Import Wayne Chism leading the charge.

“The Hotshots with their old import Denzel Bowles, siguradong laban yan,” said Guiao.

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Meralco, TNT clash for early lead (February 13, 2016)
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Jimmy Alapag of Meralco. InterAksyon.com/Ver Marquez

The Meralco Bolts and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters aim to pounce on the chance to seize the early lead as they face off in the OPPO PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at PhilSports Arena.

The sister squads tangle in the opening game at 3 p.m. followed by the clash between the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Star Hotshots at 5:15 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on TV5.

Meralco and Talk ‘N Text are both coming off wins on opening day. The Tropang Texters downed Blackwater, 108-102, last Wednesday that saw the return of Ranidel De Ocampo who scored 20 points to fill the void left by import Ivan Johnson.

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Chris Bosh will be in Toronto but said he would use the weekend "to try to heal and focus on the second half." Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports

TORONTO -- Chris Bosh's All-Star participation for this year is over, before he ever took the floor in the city where his career began.

The Miami Heat forward has withdrawn from Saturday's 3-point contest and Sunday's All-Star Game, citing a strained right calf. Bosh, who will remain in Toronto for the weekend, was replaced on the Eastern Conference roster for Sunday's game by Atlanta's Al Horford, chosen by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to fill the vacated spot.

Portland's C.J. McCollum will fill Bosh's spot in the 3-point event, keeping that field at eight as planned.

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Othyus Jeffers finished with 31 points and 20 rebounds for Ginebra. PBA Media Bureau

 Barangay Ginebra fell one basket short of getting a win on their first game of the Commissioner's Cup on Friday night, but the Gin Kings played an overall good game against a dangerous NLEX squad to start the conference.

Othyus Jeffers, the shortest among the import cast at 6-foot-5, did not disappoint as he came out with a 31-point, 20-rebound performance that would have been a monster game in itself if not for Al Thornton's 50-point explosion.

He assured the Ginebra supporters that he would carry the team in the following games.

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Al Thornton of NLEX with a jumpshot. InterAksyon.com/Ver Marquez

Former NBA player Al Thornton is back for a second stint playing as an import in the PBA and in just his first game back, he’s already sent a message to the rest of the league.

The NLEX import torched Barangay Ginebra for 50 points on Friday night, matching his achievement from last season when he likewise reached the half-century mark against the same franchise. His big-time contributions proved too much for the Kings as his Road Warriors eked out an overtime win, 114-112, in their first game in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

“People said he’s got one leg but he’s amazing out there,” NLEX’s veteran center Asi Taulava told InterAksyon.com of his returning teammate.

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Shaquille O'Neal is a finalist for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The entire class will be unveiled April 4 in Houston before the NCAA title game. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

TORONTO -- Shaquille O'Neal was just 9 years old when his stepfather began teaching him basketball with a plan to dominate like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Young Shaquille didn't even know who they were. Now he's on the verge of joining them in basketball immortality.

"He told me this day would happen and I never believed him,'' O'Neal said of Phillip Harrison, who raised Shaq along with his mother and died in 2013.

O'Neal was chosen Friday as a finalist for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Allen Iverson to highlight the potential class.

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Othyus Jeffers of Ginebra. PBA Media Bureau

When Othyus Jeffers came first came to the Philippines two years ago, he was able to play just one game for his PBA club – then the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters – before contract issues forced him to cut his stint short.

In his return to the PBA, this time for Barangay Ginebra, Jeffers is making sure he’s here to stay.

“I’ll get you the rest of the conference,” Jeffers assured while addressing the Ginebra faithful.

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Al Thornton drops 50 against Ginebra. PBA Media Bureau

NLEX import Al Thornton scored 50 points – including 10 in overtime – to lead his Road Warriors to a rousing 114-112 win over Barangay Ginebra to open their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Thornton, who also tallied 50 in a game against Ginebra last season, continued his mastery over the Kings, shooting 16-for-30 (53%) from the field and 16-for-20 (80%) from the free throw line in an efficient offensive performance.

He was stellar in the extra period, making both of his shot attempts from the field and going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to help ensure the win.

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Tony Parker.

France may be ranked as the fifth best team in FIBA, they are expected to lock horns with the young and upcoming Canadian basketball team in the Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the Rio Olympics.

People may blame it on Vince Carter for starting to show how basketball is played in Canada during his Toronto Raptors years, but things have been going well for the country right above the United States of America.

First of all, looking at the team’s lineup – the most prominent name that you will see is the player that was supposed to replace LeBron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins.

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Romeo downplays 40-point explosion in GlobalPort loss (February 13, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Terrence Romeo vs two defenders. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Terrence Romeo may have tied his career-best 41 points on Friday, but he wasn’t in any mood for celebration as GlobalPort fell to Mahindra, 111-98, to start the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

“Walang kwenta yung career-high kung talo kami. Ang mahalaga sa akin panalo kahit ilang points lang magawa ko,” he said.

The super scorer quickly shut down the notion that this early loss may still be connected to their historic semifinals appearance in the PBA Philippine Cup, a first in franchise history.

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