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Rookies hold their own vs the big boys

Rookies hold their own vs the big boys

Six rookies, including five stalwarts of the Gilas Cadet national pool led by Mac Belo of the Blackwater Elite, have shown strong potential after the opening week of the PBA Philippine Cup.

PBA: Aces make it

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PBA: Aces make it

Alaska avoided going through a complicated route to the next stage as it claimed outright quarterfinal berth by beating NLEX, 100-85, in the penultimate day of the elimination round in the PBA Governors’ Cup last night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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PBA: Globalport vs Star

In a little twist of irony, the Globalport Batang Pier, by beating the disinterested Alaska Aces, 117-104, in overtime last night, might have drawn as quarterfinal opponent the same team they shut off from the fourth and last twice-to-beat edge in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.

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The shot that ended Alaska’s dreams

Stunned as he was that Arwind Santos hit that huge 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in Game 7 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday, what truly astounded Alaska Coach Alex Compton was that the San Miguel Beer star still had enough strength left in him to launch the biggest shot of the championship series.

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PBA: Alaska alive

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PBA: Alaska alive

The Alaska Aces welcomed back JVee Casio in the championship series and the PBA Philippine Cup Finals welcomed its first Game 7 in six years.

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Austria, Compton go back a long way

For two seasons in 2006 and 2007, Leo Austria, then the head coach of fledgling Welcoat Paints, and his assistant coach/import Alex Compton waged a near futile war against the PBA’s powerhouse teams, staggering through a 7-29 win-loss record and never coming close to advancing to the playoffs.

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