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Moala Tautuaa. PBA D-League/Nuki Sabio

Filipino-Tongan Moala Tautuaa is one of the highly touted prospects this year, so it is no surprise that he is looking forward to join the big boys in the PBA once he applies for the league’s rookie draft later this year.

“I’m excited,” Tautuaa, currently playing for Cebuana Lhuiller in the PBA D-Leage, told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview. “I’m excited to be part of the PBA and turn pro.”

This early, 6-foot-8 Tautuaa is already preparing himself for the more physical battles in the PBA. He said he won’t have a hard time adjusting to that style of play.

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Top 10 moments of playoffs (so far) (May 29, 2015)
Royce Young [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

The NBA playoffs are really about the moments.

From momentum-swinging dunks to dagger 3s to buzzer-beaters, the postseason is defined by memorable plays. It's the window dressing to legacies, the necessary b-roll that is fired up any time a player is brought into a discussion about the all-time greats.

Jordan's spectacular move. Bird's steal. Magic's skyhook. You play for the ring. But you also play for the moments.

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International Basketball

Every time his name is called up, Filipino teenage sensation Kobe Paras is wasting no time giving his all for flag and country.

And another opportunity is awaiting the 17-year-old as he is set to lead the country in the 2015 FIBA 3×3 Under-18 World Championships to be played in Debrecen, Hungary next week.

“I’m excited to play,” Paras said in a FIBA interview.

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For using shoe to block shot, Maierhofer summoned by PBA (May 29, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

RICO Maierhoffer of Barako Bull finds good use for his shoe, using it to thwart an attempt by San Miguel Beer’s Gabby Espinas. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Rico Maierhofer’s “shoe-palpal” antic has definitely caught the world’s attention, PBA commissioner Chito Salud included.

The Barako Bull beanpole has been summoned by the Office of the Commissioner to explain his side after he tried to block Gabby Espinas’ shot midway in the second quarter using his shoe during their game against San Miguel on Wednesday.

Maierhofer is expected to appear before Salud on Friday at 1 p.m.

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Nothing cooking for Harden with season on line (May 29, 2015)
Calvin Watkins [ Source: ESPN ]

James Harden hit just 2-of-11 shots and committed an NBA playoff-record 13 turnovers in Game 5. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

OAKLAND -- In the biggest game of the season, the game that needed to be won to keep hope alive, James Harden failed his team.

He shot 2-for-11 from the floor, finishing with 14 points and committed an NBA playoff-record 13 turnovers as the Houston Rockets' season ended with a 104-90 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night.

It was -- and always has been -- up to Harden to keep this season going, and he provided superstar-level play in Game 4 when he scored a playoff-career-high 45 points to lead the Rockets to their only win of the series.

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UE tackles Southwestern for share of Filoil ‘B’ lead (May 29, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Local Basketball

University of the East tries to keep pace with the Group B leaders when it takes on Cebu’s Southwestern University in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup today at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

Coming off a two-week break, the Red Warriors tangle with the Cobras at  5 p.m. hoping to bounce back from a  96-82 defeat from the La Salle Archers that ended their four-game streak.

A fifth victory will put the Warriors back on top with  surprise package Centro Escolar University and the Green Archers.

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Alaska Aces import Romeo Travis. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Alaska import Romeo Travis is happy for his high school teammate LeBron James as the Cleveland Cavaliers returned to the NBA finals after a 4-0 sweep of Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night (Wednesday PHL time).

James finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists in the 118-88 rout of the Hawks to conquer the Eastern Conference once more, and no one is prouder than Travis even though he is currently on the other side of the world playing in the PBA.

"I'm very happy for my friend," said the Aces reinforcement, who likewise finished stellar numbers of 27 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists in Alaska's 92-86 victory over Star Hotshots.

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Pua showed no remorse (May 29, 2015)
Beth Celis [ Source: Inquirer ]

D-League

At first, it appeared that former Cagayan Rising Suns coach Alvin Pua had failed to heed the summon to appear before PBA commissioner Chito Salud because he was still reeling from the shock of a lifetime ban imposed on him.

Adding to Pua’s woes, he was fined an unprecedented P500,000 for assaulting referee Benjie Montero, whose call he resented during a game against Liver Marin in the PBA D-League last May 14. Any coach, no matter how bad he is, could slip into unfathomable depths of depression.

That was our presumption until PBA media bureau head Willie Marcial told us that the summon was issued the day after the Pua incident.

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Tanduay Light sinks KeraMix behind Sumang’s go-ahead basket (May 29, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Roi Sumang after hitting the game-winning basket, Inquirer.net photo

Roi Sumang nailed the go-ahead basket with 7.3 left in the clock as Tanduay Light sunk KeraMix, 70-69, Thursday in the final eliminations game of the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Though KeraMix still had a chance to snatch the game and possibly advance to the quarterfinals, Mike DiGregorio’s drive was blocked by Raymond Ilagan, while Mike Parala and Jamil Gabawan both flubbed their potential game-winners as the Rhum Masters eliminated the Mixers.

Sumang led Tanduay with 16 points while Kris Rosales and Aljon Mariano both knocked down 10 markers apiece.

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Jumbo Plastic disposes of MP Hotel-Letran (May 29, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

D-League

Jumbo Plastic advanced to the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs with a 78-72 victory over MP Hotel – Letran Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Ex-pro Paul Sanga caught fire in the fourth quarter, dropping all but 2 of his 15 points, to lead the Giants to a fifth-seed with a 5-4 card. He also had seven rebounds.

The Giants now brace for fourth-seed Hapee in the quarterfinals with the Fresh Fighters owning a twice-to-beat advantage.

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