JUDE P. ROQUE

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Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) did the unthinkable last Thursday when its varsity basketball men’s squad called the Pirates completed an 18-0 sweep of the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s (NCAA) elimination round at the expense of defending champions San Beda College (SBC) Red Lions via a 107-105 double overtime…

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It’s the final week for the eliminat-ion round of the 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season. So far, the men’s basketball tournament has been dominated by the still undefeated Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates, which have an immaculate 17-0 card with just one game remaining in their…

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Last year’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup championship left a huge black eye on the Meralco Bolts after bowing to the Barangay Ginebra Kings (BGK), 88-91, in Game Six on a buzzer-beating triple by import Justin Brownlee. It’s particularly stinging for Meralco import Allen Durham, who was assigned to…

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It’s a rare treat. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup semis is on and it features four of the biggest pro teams in the country. It also puts a spotlight on two of the biggest basketball groups in the country – the Manny V. Pagilinan (MVP) and the San…

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There used to be an era when Filipinos were the most respected and feared in Asia in the sport of basketball. It was a glorious time when the Philippinaa+es was a fixture in world championships and even Olympic games. And one of the pillars of such era is a tough…

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Isaiah Austin slipped into town recently to join Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations for the coming 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzou, China. The former Baylor University standout is being eyed as a potential naturalized player for the National Men’s squad. Current Gilas import Andray Blatche is likely to suit up…

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Last year’s Universities Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Benoit Mbala of defending champion La Salle is currently making waves in the on-going FIBA AfroBasket in Tunisia. Big Ben is Cameroon’s best scorer after two games, averaging 19.5 points on an impressive 54.2% shooting clip. He…

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First-year team Cignal HD Hawkeyes recently became just the third team in Philippine Basketball Asso-ciation (PBA) D-League history after NLEX and Phoenix Petroleum to win back-to-back titles after an imposing sweep of the Centro Escolar University (CEU) Scorpions in the best-of-three finals of the Foundation Cup. The Hawkeyes also bagged…

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The moment FIBA announced the merger of the Asian and Oceania regions, we knew it would be an uphill climb not only for Gilas Pilipinas but also for perennial Asian powers like Iran, China and Korea to win the gold in the FIBA Asia Cup. The merger now placed the…

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We all knew Gilas Pilipinas would go all out in the on-going 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. The undersized National squad, playing in this 16-nation tournament without its best big men – Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo – relies heavily on its fighting heart to battle the taller and heftier…

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