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Japeth says sorry for dad’s antics (August 30, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Japeth Aguilar with a monster throwdown. Tristan Tamayo/

OF ALL the good things Japeth Aguilar did in helping Barangay Ginebra upend Star, 116-103, in their PBA Governors’ Cup encounter on Sunday night, his finest deed came after the win.

After several highlight-reel plays that topped off a 21-point, six-rebound performance, the 6-foot-9 Aguilar approached  Hotshots’ team manager and PBA great Alvin Patrimonio to apologize for the behavior of his father, former pro Peter, during the blockbuster game that lured about 16,000 fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“He said sorry, and I was touched,” Patrimonio told the Inquirer after Aguilar came up to him near the Commissioner’s Office where he stayed to cool down.

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Could Avery Bradley be Defensive Player of the Year? (August 30, 2016)
Chris Forsberg [ Source: ESPN ]

Avery Bradley has his sights set on being the DPOY, and the addition of Al Horford up front should only help Bradley's quest. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

BELMONT, Mass. -- Fresh off earning a spot on the NBA's All-Defensive first-team last season, Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is setting his sights on a loftier prize.

"That’s my goal: To be Defensive Player of the Year," Bradley said Monday morning while unveiling a Celtics-themed basketball court for the Goentzel family of Belmont as part of a community initiative that will see Bradley unveil two more courts later this week. "I feel like [the award is] possible for me if I go out there with the right mindset."

Bradley didn't just earn a spot on the NBA's All-Defensive first team last season, he was the top vote-getter among all guards and finished behind only San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and Golden State's Draymond Green in All-Defensive voting totals.

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In limited minutes, Cruz gives Ginebra a big lift (August 30, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Jervy Cruz. Tristan Tamayo/

If there’s a Mr. Quality Minutes for Ginebra in its huge 116-103 victory over Star on Sunday, no doubt it’s Jervy Cruz.

The former UST star made the most of his career playing time, giving starter Japeth Aguilar a breather near the end of the third quarter and igniting the Gin Kings’ breakaway to start its scintillating fourth.

Receiving a pass from Aljon Mariano, Cruz beat the buzzer with a layup to end the third frame, and then kept pounding on the Hotshots after nailing six more points to start the payoff period.

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Cone, Ginebra reward fans with thrilling, comeback win (August 30, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Ginebra's J-Jay Helterbrand celebrates. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – For an entire quarter, it appeared as though Ginebra was on its way to disappointing the thousands of fans who were watching them take on arch-rivals Star Hotshots in the Manila Clasico of the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup.

Star import Joel Wright was running wild, stealing errant passes and throwing down dunks in transition. Meanwhile, it appeared as though his Ginebra counterpart, Justin Brownlee, would need to score 50 points just to keep the Gin Kings in the game.

The Hotshots raced off to an 8-0 start, and were fully in control, 33-21, at the end of the first quarter. They led by as much as 17 points in the second period and it was only through Brownlee's efforts that Ginebra managed to cut the deficit to eight, 50-58, at the halftime break.

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Steven Adams, Andre Roberson sing Backstreet Boys hit (August 30, 2016)
Rachel Marcus [ Source: ESPN ]

What better way to pass time on a road trip than some car karaoke?

Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Steven Adams and Andre Roberson did just that, when they sang along to the Backstreet Boys' hit song, "I Want it That Way" on a road trip in New Zealand.

This isn't the first time we've heard about an NBA player sing-along this summer. In July, a few members of the USA basketball team sang along to "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton.

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Patrimonio, Japeth’s dad get into verbal war after Gins-Star duel (August 30, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]


Ginebra and Star truly had a heated duel on Sunday night that emotions spilled over to the sidelines as Hotshots team manager Alvin Patrimonio and Peter Aguilar, father of Gin Kings forward Japeth, engaged in a verbal tussle following Ginebra’s 116-103 win over Star.

The exchange was triggered when Patrimonio and Star governor Rene Pardo were complaining to the officials early in the fourth of what they felt was Gin Kings forward Jervy Cruz getting too physical.

But what caught the ire of the usually mild-mannered Patrimonio was when he saw Aguilar, who was sitting at the sidelines, gesturing him to go back to the bench.

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Season 79 Preview: Where to, Ateneo Blue Eagles? (August 30, 2016)
Ricky Olivares [ Source: Philippine Star ]


MANILA, Philippines – This was the season where the Ateneo Blue Eagles were supposed to compete for the UAAP Men’s Basketball crown. And I do mean compete. And so they lost key players to academics during a turbulent summer and they all departed for other schools.

Yet despite being crippled, the Blue Eagles incredibly finished third in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup. If they had everyone for the ride, imagine how good they would be especially since they added two crucial people in the months since.

That’s done with and here’s the now. Let’s answer the questions.

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Blackwater stays positive despite dismal record (August 30, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Blackwater's Arthur dela Cruz (25) makes a move against Alaska's Nonoy Baclao. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – The Blackwater Elite are keeping a positive mindset despite a six-game losing streak that has put them in the bottom of the league standings in the on-going PBA Governor's Cup, according to rookie Arthur dela Cruz.

Dela Cruz tied his career-high with 23 points – 12 of which came in the first quarter – in their game against Alaska on Sunday, but the Elite lost big, 87-107, as they played without import Eric Dawson.

The loss to Alaska put Blackwater's record at 1-7, and their hopes of advancing to the playoffs are dimming with every passing defeat.

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He may be 36, but Jamal Crawford's still got it.

The LA Clippers guard left his poor defender on the floor in the championship game of his hometown summer league, the Seattle Pro-Am.

Crawford and his squad won their third straight championship in the league he has regularly played in for years.

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Ex-PBA import reaches out to Cardona (August 30, 2016)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 MacMac Cardona. STAR File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – Former PBA import Lamont Strothers, who played in seven conferences over six years with San Miguel Beer up to 2002, yesterday delivered an inspiring message to NLEX’ MacMac Cardona who is recovering in the hospital under psychiatric care after barely surviving a suicide attempt.

Unaware that Strothers reached out, Cardona mentioned that the NBA veteran was one of his hardcourt heroes during a chat with visitors in his Makati Medical Center room last Friday. Cardona said he grew up idolizing Tanduay’s Eric Menk and Sonny Alvarado but San Miguel was his favorite team as a kid because of Strothers whom he remembered calling by his moniker “Helicopter.”

“I don’t know this young man but I have a passion for my fellow Philippine friends,” said Strothers in a message from his Virginia home. “My message to him is that the world at some point in time breaks everyone but afterwards, we become stronger at the broken places. Men, we have to be like tea bags, the hotter the water gets, the stronger we have to become.”

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