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Past articles by Philip:

Jett Manuel proud of his boys as UP finally makes UAAP Final Four

Although not being able to personally bring the UP Fighting Maroons to the UAAP Final Four, Jett Manuel was just as happy as he learned of his team's feat. → Read More

PBA: Chito Victolero 'charges to experience' his late ejection

With momentum already gone from their side, Magnolia Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero's ejection looked like the nail in the coffin for his side. The coach was tossed for what officials determined as unsportsmanlike contact with one of the referees, as he gave the ball, which bounced off the body of the referee. → Read More

PBA: Paul Lee owns up to missed game-winner, turnover

Magnolia Hotshots guard Paul Lee owned up to the misfired three he took that could have sent his team to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. → Read More

UAAP: Thirdy Ravena OK in off-the-bench role

Call it clichéd, but Thirdy Ravena did what's best for the team. Whether in a starting capacity or an off-the-bench role, the hulking forward says it's no problem for him. → Read More

UAAP 81 Juniors: 'No pressure' for Kai Sotto as Eaglets start title defense

Victorious in the first test of their title defense, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets are living without key players SJ Belangel, Dave Ildefonso, Joaqui Manuel, Jason Credo, and head coach Joe Silva. → Read More

FIBAWCQs: Kai Sotto most excited to play with Ricci Rivero in first Gilas practice

Kai Sotto, the 16-year-old, 7'1 beanpole of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets is very much excited to play for the Gilas Pilipinas program, this time as a member of the crew that is chosen to represent the country in international play. → Read More

UAAP 81 Jrs: Kai Sotto has double-double as Ateneo claws UST

The Ateneo Blue Eaglets started their title defense on the right track as they warded off the pesky UST Tiger Cubs in a 2wire-to-wire victory, 74-61, at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday afternoon. → Read More

Batang Gilas duo shine for NU in UAAP 81 Juniors action

The Nazareth School of National University (NS-NU) Bullpups open their UAAP Season 81 Juniors' Basketball tournament campaign on a high note after holding off the FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws, 78-70, at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning. → Read More

PBA: Coach Louie Alas admits Meralco had what it took to upset them

The Phoenix Fuel Masters still have not found their groove in the postseason as they lost their seventh straight PBA playoff game. What they had worked for, toiled extra hard for this season, a twice-to-beat advantage in their series against two-time Finalists Meralco, had gone into naught. → Read More

PBA: Coach Leo sees no reason why Beermen should be ashamed after early exit

Call it an underwhelming season, but the reality is the San Miguel Beermen are still a good team. → Read More

PBA: Inexperience dooms Phoenix as they continue slump in playoffs

Ever since the Phoenix Fuel Masters entered the PBA back in the 2016 Commissioners' Cup, they have been unable to get a win in the post-season. → Read More

PBA: Marqus Blakely disappointed as he misses playoffs for the first time

For the first time in his PBA career, Marqus Blakely failed to make a postseason, a far cry from his glory days as the reinforcement of the Grand Slam San Mig Coffee team coached by none other than Tim Cone. → Read More

PBA: Bong Ramos confident it will different this time as they face Magnolia in playoffs

For coach Bong Ramos, the Blackwater Elite has learned from their horrendous performance in that outing against Magnolia, as they fight for their lives in a do-or-die Game 1 against the Hotshots either Tuesday or Thursday. → Read More

PBA: Mike DiGregorio questions getting ejected for tossing the ball

Blackwater Elite sharpshooter Mike DiGregorio expressed his utter disappointment after getting booted midway through the second quarter in his side's loss against the Phoenix Fuel Masters. → Read More

PBA: Magnolia's true character tested in Manila Clasico loss

Despite losing their seventh straight Manila Clasico in the eliminations against rivals Ginebra, coach Chito Victolero said that his team passed a test of character Sunday evening. → Read More

PBA: Alaska needs to find its magic as they march to quarters, says Vic Manuel

The Alaska Aces are done with the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup eliminations test, and they've passed with flying colors. → Read More

PBA: Momentum on side, SMB welcomes back June Mar with open arms

CITY OF BIÑAN -- Safe to say, the San Miguel were able to do well without June Mar Fajardo. → Read More

PBA: Blackwater's Walker lets offense carve for himself in perfect shooting night

The Blackwater Elite are back to their winning ways after dropping two straight games. → Read More

PBA: Castro's return a welcome sight for playoff-seeking TNT

ANTIPOLO CITY -- The Governors' Cup playoff race is heating up, and among those in the fray for one of the final spots are the TNT KaTropa. → Read More

PBA: Complacency costs Alaska the game against NLEX

ANTIPOLO CITY -- If a team like the Alaska Aces were up by double digits in the fourth quarter especially in the late stages, it is very likely for the leading team to cruise to the win. → Read More