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Meralco Bolts import Josh Davis. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Meralco Bolts try to draw first blood in Game One as they open their best-of-five PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Tuesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Tip-off is set at 7 p.m. live on TV5.

The two squads took different paths on their way to the semifinals. Top-seed Rain or Shine enjoyed a twice-to-beat advantage in their quarterfinal matchup against eighth seed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, but the Elasto Painters needed to grind out a victory against the Gin Kings in a controversial game which saw the PBA sanction one referee for a crucial missed call.

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Patrick Beverley, who needs season-ending wrist surgery, is the latest player the Rockets have lost due to injury. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Houston Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley will undergo season-ending wrist surgery Tuesday.

The Rockets announced Monday that Beverley needs the surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Beverley injured the wrist on March 23 against Indiana and sought second opinions regarding playing through the injury or having surgery.

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Lim takes over Ginebra; Tenorio-Pringle trade brewing (March 31, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]


BARANGAY Ginebra’s early exit in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup has triggered changes in the coaching staff, as expected, with Frankie Lim taking over from Ato Agustin.

But what’s stunning are trade rumors that, according to a reliable source, could involve national team point guard LA Tenorio.

Despite a high-profile roster, the underachieving Gin Kings bombed out of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday following a heartbreaking 92-91 loss to Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals.

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International Basketball

James Yap may be one of the most popular stars in the country today but he was once a young aspiring player with big basketball dreams from Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City.

But from Tay Tung, a Chinese educational institution in Bacolod where Yap spent some of his early years before moving to Iloilo and eventually finding stardom in Manila, now comes a rising young talent that could find himself following in the footsteps in the Purefoods superstar.

Sam Josef Belangel, a member of the Philippine national youth basketball team set to represent the flag in the SEABA Under-16 tournament from April 14 to 19 in Cagayan De Oro, is making waves from Yap’s old stomping grounds.

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Pido Jarencio is back as Globalport Batang Pier head coach. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Pido Jarencio will once again call the shots for the GlobalPort Batang Pier when the season-ending Governors’ Cup gets underway.

Bonnie Tan, the team manager of GlobalPort, confirmed the news to, saying the team is welcoming back Jarencio as its head coach after taking a backseat for two conferences under interim mentor Eric Gonzales.

Jarencio, a champion coach in the UAAP, was still on GlobalPort’s bench this season but served in a different capacity as a team consultant.

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Texas Longhorns freshman Myles Turner to enter NBA draft (March 31, 2015)
Jeff Goodman [ Source: ESPN ]


Texas freshman Myles Turner announced Monday he will leave for the NBA on Twitter, and his father confirmed to ESPN that he will send the paperwork to the NBA sometime this week.

"We have not sent in the letter to the NBA yet," David Turner told ESPN. "But he's not coming back to Texas. He's going to declare for the NBA draft."

The 6-foot-11 Turner was one of the most highly rated recruits in the country.

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Gary David of Meralco is fired up after hitting a big shot. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

MANILA, Philippines – Meralco's top gunner Gary David credited their defense for their hard-fought overtime victory against NLEX that allowed them to enter the semi-finals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Meralco rallied from a 20-point third-quarter deficit to win 91-85 in overtime, sweeping NLEX in their best-of-three series and making it to the semi-finals where they will play Rain or Shine.

"Ang key ng panalo sa game na ito ay depensa," David told after their victory. "Kahit nalamangan kami, 'di kami sumuko."

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R.J. Hunter is leaving school early to enter the NBA draft because he feels "the time was right." Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter is heading to the NBA, he confirmed to ESPN.

Hunter played for his father, Ron, the past three seasons and helped lead the Panthers to the NCAA tournament this past season.

"The plan was always for me to be a four-year guy. For all this to happen, it's almost like a dream," he said.

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Alaska head coach Alex Compton. Photo by Mark Cristino for

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska head coach Alex Compton was far from satisfied with how his team performed in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Despite this, Compton expressed pride with the character shown by his players in what was a difficult conference for the Aces.

After a Finals stint in the All-Filipino Cup, the Aces squeaked into the playoffs but were swept in two games by an in-form Purefoods squad and bowed out of contention.

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Batang Gilas eyes Fiba U17 slot (March 31, 2015)
Rommel Manlosa [ Source: SunStar ]

International Basketball

THE Cebu-based team manager of the Batang Gilas U-16 team, Andrew Teh, is upbeat on the chances of the young nationals in the 3rd Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Under 16 Men’s Championship on April 14-19 in Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro City.

Teh, a travel and tours executive operating in Cebu City, believes that the team’s cohesiveness will be fast-tracked now that they are training daily.

“We’re getting there (gelling). It’s a good thing that they are practicing everyday, unlike during school days when they can only practice three times a week. We just keep on giving them tune up games every day. And one of the best things in our country, you will never run out of teams to play tune-up games with,” Teh told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

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