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San Miguel eyes crucial win against Alaska (August 24, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Arwind Santos of SMB. PBA Media Bureau

FOUR teams who were consensus preconference picks to go deep in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs, counting defending champion San Miguel Beer, plunge into action as the elimination round heads into its crucial stages at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

The Beermen, with import Arizona Reid nursing a hurting Achilles, and struggling powerhouse Alaska collide at 7 p.m.

San Miguel will be coming off just its second loss in the season-closing conference, a close 92-98 to GlobalPort last Friday when Reid first bared the injury that, he said, gives him limited movement on defense.

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Sean Anthony. PBA Media Bureau

The NLEX Road Warriors try to notch their third straight win at the expense of the Meralco Bolts in PBA Governors’ Cup action Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

NLEX and Meralco tussle at 4:15 p.m. before the main game between the San Miguel Beermen and the Alaska Aces at 7 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

After a two-game winning streak, the Road Warriors (3-3) are now looking to improve their record above the .500 mark. They escaped Mahindra, 82-81, last week to nail their third win of the conference.

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 San Miguel's AZ Reid might miss their game vs Alaska. PBA Media Bureau photo

San Miguel locals will have to step up if Arizona Reid decides to sit it out against Alaska, according to Arwind Santos.

Reid has been playing hurt during the past games and might have to rest on Wednesday, leaving his teammates to face the Aces and their import LaDontae Henton.

“Sana [maglaro si Reid], kasi malaking bagay na wala siya,” said Santos in Karlo Sacamos’ report on Spin.ph.

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Arizona Reid of SMB. PBA Media Bureau

Multiple-time Best Import award winner Arizona Reid will not suit up for the San Miguel Beermen when the defending PBA Governors’ Cup champions battle Alaska on Wednesday.

Multiple sources told InterAksyon.com that Reid is suffering from an Achilles heel injury that worsened during San Miguel’s losing effort against GlobalPort last Friday.

“Namamaga talaga yung Achilles niya,” a highly-placed source who requested anonymity told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview. “Kaya hindi talaga siya maglalaro.”

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Knicks point guard Derrick Rose on wearing No. 25: "Twenty-five is just a new step, and a new step in the right direction." Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Derrick Rose wore jersey No. 1 with the Chicago Bulls. This season, his first with the New York Knicks, Rose will wear No. 25, a number he says signifies a "new step" in his career.

"The past is the past, but that No. 1, I think, will always be stuck with me. It's always going to remind people and give them memories of how I played when I was younger. I was playing reckless, and I was just ballin'. I had raw talent," Rose said in an interview with The Vertical. "Now, with the No. 25, I think you'll see a more mature player. You'll see the player that you saw toward the end of last year. More under control-type of game, and I got a lot more options now this year. That No. 1 will always be engraved in me, and it's not going anywhere. Twenty-five is just a new step, and a new step in the right direction."

The Knicks traded for Rose in late June, the first step in putting together a club that they hope can snap the franchise's three-season playoff drought.

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Unfair to Franz (August 24, 2016)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

GlobalPort has now won two games in a row in the PBA Governors Cup from a 0-4 start and coaching consultant Franz Pumaren deserves credit for the turnaround except somebody else who’s clearly not calling the shots for the Batang Pier is the wrong man who sits on the victory table to meet the media in the press room.

On paper, Johnedel Cardel is GlobalPort’s head coach with Cholo Villanueva the lead assistant. Others in the coaching staff are Eric Gonzales, Oliver Bunyi, Senen Duenas and Erwin Sta. Maria.

But it’s clear when GlobalPort is in a timeout, Pumaren is the man in charge, the de facto head coach. Villanueva is the assistant nearest to Pumaren as his chief second during the huddles.  Cardel is far from the inner circle despite his designation. Pumaren gives the orders, makes the subs and signals for timeouts.

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 Mac Cardona shown in a file photo. Photo by Mark Cristino

MANILA -- Local ballers voiced their support for NLEX’s Mac Cardona who was rushed to the hospital Sunday after apparently attempting to commit suicide.

The 34-year-old former De La Salle University star was reportedly beset with personal problems before he overdosed on pills.

He was eventually transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the University of Perpetual Help Hospital in Las Piñas after his vital signs started to stabilize.

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Alolino’s bounce back game fuels Tanduay’s comeback (August 24, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Gelo Alolino. PBA IMAGES

Without any room for error, Tanduay knew it had to play the perfect game on Tuesday to extend the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.

And the one to heed the call? Playmaker Gelo Alolino.

Underwhelming in Game 1 after posting a measly six points on a 2-of-10 shooting, the former NU Bulldog was aching to bounce back strong after that woeful showing.

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Tolomia hampered by flu, underwhelms in Finals Game 2 (August 24, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League MVP Mike Tolomia. PBA IMAGES

Mike Tolomia almost had the perfect scenario.

After winning the Conference Most Valuable Player award on Tuesday, a championship would have capped off an amazing year for the 23-year-old.

But that was not meant to be, as Tanduay stunned Phoenix and scored an 89-75 Game 2 victory to force a winner-take-all in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.

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 Gelo Alolino had 26 points to lead Tanduay in Game 2. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Gelo Alolino took over for Tanduay as the Rhum Masters defeated the Phoenix Accelerators, 89-75, in Game 2 of the best-of-three Finals of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.

Alolino scored 26 points as Tanduay equalized the series at one game apiece and forced a winner-takes-all Game 3 in the Finals.

The former National University guard scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, while also adding three rebounds, and two assists.

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