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Rain or Shine's Beau Belga and Raymond Almazan; Brgy. Ginebra's Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan and Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters had a successful game plan getting 6-foot-10 center June Mar Fajardo out of his comfort zone the first time they met the San Miguel Beermen – dealing the powerhouse team and defending champions their first loss in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup.

On Sunday, the Elasto Painters return to action with just 24 hours to prepare for another supersized task – the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings beefed up by the towering frontline of seven-footer Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar.

“We really have to contend with the bigs of Ginebra as opposed to contending with the guards of Barako Bull. We only have one day to prepare for two contrasting games. I hope it’s enough time,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao told

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"They just see the end product, so they have no idea," Byron Scott said of some of the Lakers' disgruntled fans. Jennifer Stewart/USA TODAY Sports

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott has an Instagram account that he says a family member monitors on his behalf, keeping him up to date on, for instance, what kind of messages and comments fans are sending his way.

“There’s been a lot of angry fans,” Scott said Saturday after the 2-12 Lakers' morning shootaround at the Moda Center in advance of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

“She says she’s trying to hold her tongue and not respond. And I tell her, look, don’t respond back to anybody. Because she’s family, she takes it personal. And I don’t read it because I know me -- I take it personal and I might say something and I don’t want to get into that with people.”

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Cavs' early alarm-ringing pays off in Charlotte (November 29, 2015)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

The Cavaliers responded well in the first game since LeBron James and James Jones (not pictured) held an impromptu state-of-the-team discussion among the players. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After the Cleveland Cavaliers held a players-only meeting following a loss to the Toronto Raptors earlier in the week, a common refrain sung by Cavs fans and NBA pundits alike wondered what was causing Cleveland to overreact the way it did.

Wasn’t an 11-4 record, tops in the East, a great start? Didn’t Cleveland know it still hasn’t enjoyed the services of Iman Shumpert and Kyrie Irving, so taking stock of anything without them is as premature as September snow? Was this simply, as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst cleverly dubbed it, “Warrior paranoia” because the team that beat them in the Finals was off to a historic start in Golden State?

There was some risk involved when LeBron James and James Jones opened up an impromptu state-of-the-team discussion among the players after the entire team, coaches included, brought it in for a postgame huddle in the locker room after the Toronto loss and then coaches dispersed (making it a far-less scandalous “players-only meeting” than those where the players actively ask the coaches to excuse themselves from the premises). You only get so many times to blow your top before your voice loses some weight. That’s just human nature.

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Mark Caguioa. PBA Media Bureau

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel put their winning streak to test as they face the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Ginebra and Rain or Shine clash in a mouthwatering clash at 5:15 p.m. after the opening game between the GlobalPort Batang Pier and the Blackwater Elite at 3 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

The fifth-seed Gin Kings (4-3) are currently enjoying a three-game winning streak, something they had never done over a year. They routed GlobalPort last Wednesday, 85-70.

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‘Triumph tempered by tears’: Coach Ayo bids Letran farewell (November 29, 2015)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]


The celebration of NCAA title No. 17 for Letran Friday night also turned out to be a farewell party for the coach who guided the Knights to glory last month.

Aldin Ayo got the green light from his alma mater to move to La Salle in the UAAP, capping a roller-coaster week for the neophyte coach whose stock rose immensely after leading the Knights to their first title in a decade at the expense of defending champion San Beda.

Speaking during the victory party program, Rev. Fr. Clarence Victor C. Marquez OP said the school has already given Ayo its blessing to transfer.

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Buoyed by the fans they refer to as the best in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), the Saigon Heat scored a sweet 91-82 victory over the visiting Westports Malaysia Dragons, Saturday night at the CIS Arena.

Moses Morgan flirted with a triple double with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals while Lenny Daniel also scored 22 points while getting 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

David Arnold scattered 17 points with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals but the big difference in the game was Han Minh as the local chipped in 13 points and even added 3 rebounds, and 6 assists.

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GlobalPort, Blackwater collide (November 29, 2015)
[ Source: Interaksyon ]

Stanley Pringle of Globalport. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

GlobalPort looks to bounce back against the slumping Blackwater.

The Batang Pier (3-3), after a hot start, have now dropped their past two games while the Elite (1-5) have lost their last three including their latest against Talk ‘N Text, 109-98, last Wednesday.

Falling to Alaska and Ginebra, the Batang Pier’s meteoric rise came to a screeching halt with the Aces and Gin Kings humbling them.

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Ayo: ‘I will always be a Letranite’ (November 29, 2015)
Christian Jacinto [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]


Letran coach Aldin Ayo has officially announced his decision to leave the school he recently led to an NCAA crown.

What was expected to be a moment of unease turned out to be magical as Ayo gave the Knights an emotional moment to remember during their victory celebration inside the Blessed Antonio Verona Gym.

“Ayoko na magsabi ng kung ano-ano. I’ll go straight to the point, next year I won’t be around and kung magtatanong kayo sa akin kung ano ang dahilan, it’s very personal,” said Ayo as he bid farewell to the community.

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Racela keeps faith in Tolomia despite woeful shooting in Game 2 (November 29, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Mike Tolomia with poor shooting night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Despite Mike Tolomia’s paltry shooting so far in the UAAP Season 78 finals, Far Eastern U coach Nash Racela remains confident of his star guard.

“It’s not a concern,” he said. “These are veterans. I’m sure they’ll come back stronger the next time.”

Tolomia was miserable from the field in the Tamaraws game 2 loss to University of Santo Tomas, 62-57, going 0-for-15 to finish with only seven points that went with eight rebounds, and six assists.

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Arwind Santos scored 22 points for San Miguel. PBA Media Bureau

Defending San Miguel Beermen continued their roll this conference after trouncing the Star Hotshots, 101-88, in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

June Mar Fajardo was business as usual, registering 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Beermen (6-1) won their fourth straight game to keep pace with Alaska on top of the standings.

Arwind Santos added 22 points and seven boards, including big baskets in the fourth quarter that thwarted a comeback attempt by Star.

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