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Barangay Ginebra will not be making any trades soon, nor is there any truth to rumors of fighting among players, team manager Alfrancis Chua said, Wednesday via his Twitter account.

“Again, walang trade saka walang nag away sa team kasi ba 3-5 standing may nag aaway na.” Chua said in a pair of tweets. “Mga haters ng ginebra saka mga walang magawa gumagawa ng gull para may mapag usapan lang.”

Ginebra’s record of 3-5 (eighth place) is a far cry from their league-best 11-3 record in the 2013-14 Philippine Cup, but their place in the quarterfinals has been secured, and last season, they made it all the way to the Finals despite placing seventh.

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San Miguel Beermen eye No. 2 slot, battle Air21 Express (April 16, 2014)
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San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross is trapped by San Mig Coffee's James Mays and Mark Barroca. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Beer battles Air21 in the only PBA Commissioner’s Cup game slated Wednesday, with the Beermen looking for a win that would give them No. 2 spot in the playoffs sta rting next week at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen have a 6-2 record and can avoid complications of a playoff by winning their 8 p.m. clash with the Express, who will fall at either seventh or eighth—and with a twice-to-win disadvantage—regardless of the outcome.

As things stand, Talk ‘N Text already qualified as No. 1 and will play the No. 8 squad needing to win just once in the quarterfinals to advance to the Final Four. Globalport and Barako Bull were the teams that got the boot.

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Air21's Eliud Poligrates scores on a fastbreak. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines – Despite his team’s 82-87 loss to Rain or Shine on Monday, Air21’s Eliud Poligrates is grateful for being given more playing time against the Elasto Painters.

The 26-year-old guard played a conference-high 24 minutes during his breakout performance against Rain or Shine, while helping Air21 climb back from a 13-point deficit.

“First time ulit dito sa Air21. 'Yun 'yung pinakamahabang playing time ko dito,” said Poligrates in the PBA website.

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Talk 'N Text's KG Canaleta (9) and Nonoy Baclao (7) challenge Rain or Shine's Wayne Chism (14) in this April 9, 2014 file photo. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao continues to support struggling import Wayne Chism, believing the reinforcement's defensive presence is enough to make up for his lack of scoring.

Chism made only two of his 12 field goal attempts and scored only six points in Rain or Shine’s 87-82 win against Air21 Monday at the Araneta Coliseum.

He came up with a huge defensive play, however, deflecting an inbound pass meant for Air21 import Wesley Witherspoon to help protect their lead.

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Meralco Bolts head coach Ryan Gregorio. Sports5 file/Pranz Kaeno Billones

After a solid campaign in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup elimination round, the Meralco Bolts have that they are a dangerous squad that could beat any team on any given night.

“As far as the respect accorded to us by the other teams, I believe we’ve achieved that,” said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio. “The fact alone that we compete and win against seasoned teams bolster my belief that we are headed towards the right direction.”

Darnell Jackson, who came in to reinforce the Bolts for the last three games of the elims, is aware of the talent level on the squad.

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Meralco's Jared Dillinger drives past Alex Mallari of San Mig Coffee. sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Meralco Bolts capped their elimination round campaign in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup on Monday with an 88-78 victory over the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers.

The win gave the Bolts a winning 5-4 record heading into the playoffs, which gives the team a lot of confidence heading into the next stage. They could finish as high as No. 3 in the standings depending on the results of the remaining matches.

“We put ourselves in a very good position. We might finish third or fourth, we don’t know what’s gonna happen next,” said Meralco team captain Jared Dillinger.

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Darnell Jackson slams one home for Meralco. KC Cruz

The Meralco Bolts blitzed the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in transition and ran away with an 88-78 win, Monday, in the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Meralco (5-4), winners of three of their last five, temporarily holds the fourth seed in the quarterfinals. San Mig Coffee (4-4), having now lost four of its last five, is slotted at the fifth.

Import Darnell Jackson erupted for 31 points, 18 rebounds and four assists. Jared Dillinger scored 21 points and three steals, while Gary David added 18 points and five rebounds as the Bolts overwhelmed the undermanned Mixers.

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