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M-Builders, Tanduay in tug-of-war over Belo (October 29, 2014)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League

Two PBA D-League teams remain in a tug-of-war over Far Eastern University star Mac Belo.

Belo, who powered the Tamaraws to the UAAP Finals this season, has been listed to play for the MJM M-Builders under FEU coach Nash Racela.

But Tanduay Light (formerly Boracay Rum) insisted that Belo, who saw action with the squad last season, still has one year left in his two-year contract with the team.

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Is Fil-Am Maverick Ahanmisi the next Stanley Pringle? (October 29, 2014)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Fil-American guard Maverick Ahanmisi (13) hopes to be where Globalport rookie Stanley Pringle is now. PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines —Fil-American baller Maverick Ahanmisi has heard about the Philippines and how Filipinos are religiously into the game he loves.

And that alone was enough for Ahanmisi to leave the US after college and take his basketball career with him here.

“After college, I’ve been hearing about the PBA, I’ve heard about it my whole college career and I know basketball is really big here and I just took the opportunity to come out here,” said Ahanmisi, whose mother, Marissa is from Pangasinan.

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Wangs rips listless AMA Titans (October 28, 2014)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Michael Juico of Wangs (light) vs Josue Diswe of AMA (dark). PBA D-LEAGUE IMAGE by Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines — Wangs Basketball went on a fiery start to torch newcomer AMA University, 96-78, in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Michael Juico scored 18 points for Wangs, which shot 12-of-22 from long distance.

“We got a good result from our hard work. The boys worked hard especially in defense,” said Wangs coach Pablo Lucas, whose squad started the game on a 13-0 run.

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Gems rout new team Racal Motors in PBA D-League (October 28, 2014)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Bradwyn Guinto of Cebuana (dark) vs Jessie Saitanan of Racal (light). PBA D-LEAGUE IMAGE by Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines — Cebuana Lhuillier bucked a bad start before cruising past new team Racal Motors, 89-70, in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The Gems fell behind by 14 early before turning the game around in the second quarter where they outscored their opponents, 28-12.

“We wanted to improve our standing season and we want to improve every practice and every possession,” said Cebuana head coach Boycie Zamar.

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Maverick Ahanmisi of Cafe France (dark) vs Jhon Sumido of MP Hotel (light). PBA D-LEAGUE IMAGE by Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines – Cafe France gave MP Hotel rude welcoming with an 86-59 whipping in the opener of the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Bakers opened up with a big lead 31-9 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

“We just had a good start and our opponents weren’t just used to the game yet,” said Cafe France head coach Egay Macaraya.

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Jumbo cagers seek big finish (October 27, 2014)
[ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League

Jumbo Plastic Linoleum will only have four holdovers from last conference’s squad but coach Stevenson Tiu remains hopeful they can equal, if not better, their semifinal finish in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup which starts today.

Tiu anchored his optimism on the desire of his players to experience playing for the ultimate prize and their willingness to share responsibility on and off the court.

“I can see in their eyes their desire to play in the finals that’s why we always have a good practice session,” said Tiu, who is likewise grateful to owner Jimmy dela Cruz for his all-out support.

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Hapee in D-L but eyes PBA (October 11, 2014)
Manila Bulletin [ Source: Yahoo! Philippines ]

PBA D-League

Hapee Toothpaste has not played a single game yet in the PBA D-League but the franchise is already looking ahead at one day joining the big boys.

Looking at how Gilas Pilipinas had grabbed the nation’s attention with its performance in the FIBA Asia last year and the FIBA World Cup in Spain last month, Hapee CEO and President Cecilio Pedro said this has made him seriously consider joining the PBA in the near future.

But it will also depend, Pedro said, on how his team will perform in the D-League.

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