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Texters face fading Batang Pier (May 29, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Talk 'N Text import Steffphon Pettigrew. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

With its stars back in the groove, powerhouse Talk ‘N Text guns for a share of the lead while trying to bury fading Globalport deeper in the standings when they clash today in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

Jayson Castro is returning from sick bay and Ranidel de Ocampo, after sitting out the first two games, is nearing 100 percent for the Tropang Texters, who are favored in their 7 p.m. battle with the Batang Pier.

While Talk ‘N Text is on a roll,  the Batang Pier need a win badly to perk up their spirits after losing their last two games following a franchise-best start of three straight wins.

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Marcus Douthit of Blackwater Elite. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Blackwater and Meralco look to get back to the winning track.

The Elite (1-4) lost in a double-overtime encounter with Kia last Tuesday, 83-76, while the Bolts (2-3) bowed to Barako Bull, 105-99, last Sunday

Blackwater came back from as large as 19 points down against KIA only to sputter in the two extensions where the Elite scored just two points each to become a sorry footnote in the lowest-scoring double-overtime game ever.

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MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was not amused that Barako Bull’s Rico Maierhofer wasn’t called for anything when he literally used his rubber shoe to defend San Miguel’s Gabby Espinas.

Guiao said the game officials’ lack of response for the “shoe-palpal” incident showed holes in the way the league has been officiated.

“It’s ridiculous. Kalokohan ang tingin ko run. It’s so absurd that they can let something like that go on. Kahit saan ka magpunta, may problema run eh,” the Elasto Painters’ coach told Snow Badua of the sports website Spin.

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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 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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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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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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Romeo Travis pulls up against Joe Devance Photo by KC Cruz

The Alaska Aces bounced back from their first loss of the conference with a 92-86 win against the struggling Star Hotshots on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Romeo Travis led Alaska with 27 points, 14 boards, seven assists, five steals, and a block, while Vic Manuel provided quality minutes off the bench, scoring 10 points. It was a team effort for the Aces, as all 12 players fielded in by head coach Alex Compton scored at least three points.

"With Purefoods, you have to grind it out," said Compton after the game. "Players ng Alaska, I think defensively they won the game. I never wanna underestimate my players. It's a pleasure to coach them."

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