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LEAGUE leader San Miguel Beer aims on holding on to the top spot as it faces a tough test in the continuing 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.

The still unbeaten Beermen (5-0) are looking to inch a step closer to securing a berth in the quarterfinals but they are bound to face a stiff challenge from TNT KaTropa (5-2) in a much anticipated showdown at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.

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Meralco kept its tenacity and sharpness from a long, dull 16-day break, spilling Phoenix Petroleum, 81-66, to formally secure a playoff entry in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last 3 May 2017.

Not surprisingly, Baser Amer, fresh from a first-ever All-Star appearance, stood out as the Bolts stretched their streak to three games and jacked up their overall record to 7-1.

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THE Blackwater Elite gave their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup campaign some boost by beating the NLEX Road Warriors, 104-98, yesterday in the resumption of PBA action after the weeklong All-Star break.

With only one win to show for entering the contest, the Elite, boosted by the usual all-around numbers of import Greg Smith and steady play from Niño Canaleta and Michael Digregorio, improved to 2-6 with the win over NLEX and remain mathematically alive to advance to the quarterfinal phase of the PBA’s mid-season tournament.

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GILAS Pilipinas is off to a rousing start in its preparations for the upcoming SEABA Championships, to be hosted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

After announcing his 12-man roster for the SEABA tilt late Friday night following the nationals’ win over the Luzon All-Stars in Lucena, Quezon, coach Chot Reyes immediately looked forward to the first chance of seeing how well his newly composed team can perform and he wasn’t disappointed.

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CONSIDERING what it needs to accomplish in the upcoming Southeast Asian Basketball (SEABA) Men’s Championship and the kind of competition it is about to take, Gilas Pilipinas had to come up with a team that can get the job done, something it was able to do with the players it named to the squad recently, one analyst said.

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