"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina

"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina.....»»

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"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina

"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina.....»»

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"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina

"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2017

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Big first set comeback crucial to FEU s confidence says Pons

For the first time in four games, FEU finally avoided going the distance in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament. For the first time in four games, the Lady Tamaraws also finally won a first set. Coincidence? Maybe. But it makes sense really, get off to a strong start and you have the option of not putting yourself through two-hour marathons each time out. However, FEU looked like it was headed for another long day Saturday when the confident Lady Maroons took a 23-19 lead in the opening frame. But the Lady Tamaraws flipped the switch and unloaded six straight points to stun the Lady Maroons. FEU practically took UP's confidence and absorbed it for themselves. After that big-time 25-23 win, it was all Lady Tamaraws from then on. It just had to start from that first set. "Sobrang laking bagay kasi two points na lang matatapos na nila eh," FEU captain Bernadeth Pons said on their deficit in the opening set. "Pero di naman natatapos yung set sa 23 so effort pa rin lahat tapos walang titigil. Masaya ako kasi napanalo namin tong game na to. Lahat ng game namin this season lahat five sets tapos hindi pa kami nananalo ng first set. So sabi ko i-push natin na umpisahan yung first set tapos susunod na yung iba. Yun ginawa namin ngayon, first set pa lang start tayo ng strong tapos tapusin din natin ng strong. Nangyari naman," she added. Perhaps their best performance of the year so far, Pons says FEU's morale should be back up now. Which is big as the Lady Tamaraws prepare for a crucial stretch to end the first round. "Coming from a loss kami sa dalawang game eh, tapos ngayon napanalo namin to tapos may tatlo pa kami sa first round so sobrang laking bagay," she said. "Kasi dito namin mababalik yung confidence ng team," Pons added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

Alvarez earns MVP as reward for hard work

From a new recruit struggling to keep pace with the team’s warm-up jog, Shola Alvarez changed the volleyball culture of Jose Rizal University. In her fifth and last season with the Lady Bombers all of Alvarez’s efforts and sacrifices for JRU paid off when she received the coveted Most Valuable Player award in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Friday during the awarding rites at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The graduating open hitter averaged 21.3 points during the elimination round as she led the Kalentong-based squad to a first-ever Final Four appearance. JRU closed the elims with a 6-3 win-loss slate – the Lady Bombers’ best record since the return of its women’s volleyball program in 2008.   “(Ang MVP) kasi hindi po siya basta-bastang makukuha eh. Kailangan mo po siyang paghirapan. Ngayon po na last year ko na po, nakakatuwa na nakuha ko na po siya,” said Alvarez, whose squad fell prey to well-experienced defending champion Arellano University in straight sets in the semis.     Head coach Mia Tioseco could attest to all the hard work Alvarez put to hone and improve her game.    “Sobrang proud kami sa kanya dahil dumating siya sa amin after five minutes ayaw na mag-jog kasi hinihingal na, hinihika,” Tioseco recalled. “Now look where she is right now, as one of the top players sa NCAA. So we’re really proud of her.” Alvarez joined other standout volleybelles during the simple awarding ceremony held before Game 1 of the Finals between the Lady Chiefs and San Beda University. “Halu-halong emotion na po. Hindi ko na po alam kung ano ie-express ko, kung ano ang nararamdaman ko hindi ko na po alam. Sobrang saya ko,” said the bubbly Alvarez. “Sa limang taon na pinaghirapan ko, sa pinaghirapan namin ng teammates ko nakuha namin ang goal namin.” Alvarez and teammate Dolly Verzosa will represent JRU in the beach volleyball tournament slated late February.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

F2 Logistics braces for tough Grand Prix title defense

Defending champion F2 Logistics face a tough challenge in its title-retention bid with seven other teams beefing up their rosters for the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix starting this Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City. The Cargo Movers retained their reinforcements Kennedy Bryan, Maria Jose Perez and added a new recruit Japanese libero Minami Yoshioka.   F2 Logistics lost six players in its championship core in top libero Dawn Macandili, Kim Kianna Dy, Des Cheng, Tin Tiamzon, Aduke Ogunsanya and Majoy Baron, who went back to their school team De La Salle University which is looking to complete a grand slam in the UAAP.      But the Cargo Movers are bringing in reinforcements to backstop mainstays setter Kim Fajardo, Aby Marano and Cha Cruz. According to team manager Hollie Reyes former Ateneo de Manila University Michelle Morente will suit up for F2 Logistics this conference together with College of St. Benilde setter Pauline Cardiente and University of Perpetual Help middle Lourdes Clemenente.  “Actually naghahanda pa rin kami kasi kami ang defending champion so kung last year mahirap na ang training, ngayon nag-double time pa rin kami dahil kami ang hinahabol ng mga teams ngayon and at the same time madaming hindi makakalaro na UAAP players kaya nagdagdag kami,” said Cargo Movers assistant coach Noel Orcullo Thursday during the PSL's season press conference held at Center Stage in MOA. “Maganda naman dahil nagco-complement naman sa team, unang-una ang libero na Japanese and at the same time makakakuha ng tips si Dawn doon,” he added. “Second, ‘yung sa middle nakuha namin si Clemente, big addition din ‘yun, 6-foot-2. So may experience na rin nag-PSL na rin si Clemente kaya adjustment na lang since katatapos lang ng NCAA.” But the road back into the Finals will be harder this time. Petron, Cocolife and Generika-Ayala loom as heavy favorites while Cignal, Foton, Sta. Lucia Realty and new team Smart Prepaid also expected to spring lots of surprises to challenge F2 Logistics. Formal opening of the new season is set on Feb. 24 at the Sta. Rosa City Sports Complex in Laguna. The Blaze Spikers will be marching with a vengeance after losing to the Cargo Movers in three games in the best-of-three finals last year. Petron’s American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley, as well as Japanese Yuri Fukuda, will be back. “Sobra (ang gigil na bumawi) kasi masakit talaga ang nangyari sa amin na pagkatalo sa Finals pero ganoon talaga eh,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos, whose wards squandered a 1-0 Finals series lead. “Ang sa amin ay yung acceptance sa talo na ’yun para mas makita namin kung ano pa ang kailangan naming i-improve and mas mag-mature kami.” Taylor Milton of the United States and Sara Klisura of Serbia will also be back for the Asset Managers while Darlene Ramdin of Trinidad and Tobago and Symone Hayden of the US, who replaced injured Katarina Pilepic, will reinforce the Lifesavers.  Jeane Horton of the US and Sonja Milanovic of Bosnia will banner the HD Spikers while the Tornadoes will lean on Brooke Kanda of the US, Elizabeth Wendel of Canada and Katarina Vukamanovic of Serbia; the Lady Realtors will lean on Bohdana Anisova of Ukraine and Kristen Moncks and Marisa Field of Canada; and the Giga Hitters will have Gyselle De La Caridad and Silva and Lisbet Arredondo Reyes of Cuba.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

UAAP Volleyball: Pons: Our team still lacks right decision-making

The FEU Lady Tamaraws played three games thus far in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament.  So far, they all played five-setters. In their five-setter against the De La Salle Lady Spikers, FEU came up short for the second straight game, and team captain Bernadeth Pons still rues that her team lacks in right decision-making, reiterating her coach George Pascua's sentiments, who said almost the same thing in an interview earlier. 'Siguro kulang 'yung decision-making rin namin, especially pagdating palagi ng fifth set kasi 15 points lang so laging konting focus lang, yung decision-making namin, hindi pa kami ganoon ka-mentally tough pagdating sa fifth set," Pons said after the game. Just like Pascua, Pons is not frustrated on the sets setters Gel Cayuna and Kyle Negrito had been giving, instead putting the blame on herself for not correctly converting the chances given to her in the game. "Frustrated, oo, kasi 'di namin nakuha [ang puntos], pero sa mga sets naman, kahit ano na set, mapaganda or pangit, basta pag na-set na yan, kailangan magawan ng paraan, as a spiker." The hitter added that she does not blame the sets given to her, and mentioned that it is her job to attack correctly, in any form the ball be directed to her. "Hindi ko siya puwede isisi sa setter kasi na-set na yun eh. Kailangan gagawan ko siya ng paraan pero hindi ko nagawa. So yun rin yung isa sa mga naging kulang ko kanina." Pons, who finished with a game-high 21 points lamented that the team could use a more balanced scoring output, so that the team will benefit more. "Sabi ko nga sa amin noon, noong nag-meeting kami noong last na hindi ko naman kailangan pumuntos ng sobrang dami, kailangan na pumuntos ng sobrang dami ni Chin [Basas], kung puwede tig-sampu lang kami, mas madali, mas maganda, kasi lahat nag-cocontribute." Though FEU had already faced such tough games, the 21-year old mentioned that the experience will benefit the team more than harm, since they experience the same intensity in practice. What is the difference, however, is the execution of set plays in crunch time, which the Lady Tamaraws had come up short for the second straight game. "Kailangan kung kukunin lang rin namin, kukunin na talaga namin yung mismong laro na kasi sayang lang rin yung dalawang set na kinuha namin, tapos talo rin pala sa dulo," the skipper said. "So, kailangan yung decision-making namin, parang isang click, alam mo agad yung gagawin mo kasi pagdating sa fifth set kailangan yung player mo mentally tough na so hindi puwede power ng power, at ang sabi ni coach na pagdating sa fifth set, pagod na. Parehas kayong pagod na. Kailangan, yung decision-making yung pinaka-importante. " -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Castro left dumbfounded as KaTropa face blurry playoff outlook

Don't look now but there's a very real possibility that TNT will miss the Philippine Cup playoffs. Crazy, right? That is the current reality for the KaTropa right now as the flagship MVP franchise dropped to 4-5 in the standings following a terrible loss at the hands of Brgy. Ginebra Sunday at the Big Dome. TNT is currently in eight place and if the playoffs started tomorrow, the KaTropa will barely advance. "Hindi kami sanay nang ganito," star point guard Jayson Castro said. "Siguro yun nga, we need to find ways para makabalik sa winning column. Two straight losses, napaka-bigat na sa amin, especially dikit-dikit yung standings," he added. Asked what's wrong with the KaTropa, Castro gave a very simple answer. "Consistency? Wala kaming ganun eh," the Blur said. "Maganda, pangit, maganda, pangit. Siguro at the same time, yung effort namin within one game kasi bigla na lang nawawala tapos nandoon. Parang yun nga siguro," Castro added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Sobrang hindi ko ma-explain, euphoric ang feeling -- Cesca Racraquin on San Beda earning first Finals trip

San Beda University skipper Cesca Racraquin rehearsed in her mind Thursday how she would react if the Lady Red Spikers booked a historic first Finals ticket in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition. The Season 92 Rookie of the Year could only bellow a loud shout, shed tears, and cover her face as teammate Joycee Baluarte ran towards her for a tight hug after University of Perpetual Help hitter Jowie Albert Verzosa sent her attack straight to the net. The Mendiola-based squad wrote history Friday when it booted the Lady Altas out of the Final Four in dominating fashion, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.  The best-of-three Finals series between San Beda and defending champions Arellano will begin on February 16. “Ecstatic, ecstatic talaga. Kagabi pa lang iniisip ko na anong magigig reaction ko kapag nanalo kami parang kagabi pa lang, actually buong araw kahapon, mina-mindset ko talaga ang game today,” said Racraquin, who scored all but one of her points off attacks while adding 12 excellent receptions. “Sobrang hindi ko ma-explain, euphoric ang feeling sobrang ‘Ahhh, di ako makapaniwala!’ Naiyak nga ako kanina,” added Racraquin, who led San Beda to its first championship stint since its volleyball program started back in 2007. Racraquin proved her leadership inside the court when she rallied her team from a 16-19 deficit to tie the frame at 21.  Nieza Viray, who finished with 16 points, put San Beda up with a through-the-block kill followed by an error by Perpetual that pushed the Lady Red Spikers’ lead to 23-21. The Lady Altas tied the frame at 23 before Satrianni Espiritu scored on a quick kill to put San Beda at match point. The Lady Red Spikers claimed the first championship seat when Verzosa’s attack went low. “Sa amin naman sa loob ng court, hindi na kami bago sa mga crucial na situations kapag naglalaro. So thankful ako na lumabas lahat ng maturity naming, lahat kami,” said Racraquin. “Ang sabi ko lang sa kanila, ‘Guys one at a time lang, kailangan aggressive pa rin tayo hindi porket nanalo tayo sa two sets ibibigay na natin sa kanila ang third,” she added. “Kailangan receive pa rin tayo and depensa, block, lahat. Kailangan maging aggressive pa rin tayo sa lahat ng gagawin natin, hindi pa to tapos meron pa tayong isa pang set."   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Target kong mag-Finals ng beach volley -- JRU hitter Alvarez after falling short in women s indoor volleyball Final Four

After falling short in the Final Four in her last stint in indoor volleyball, Jose Rizal University top hitter Shola Alvarez sets her sights on the Lady Bombers’ campaign in the 93rd NCAA women’s beach volleyball competition starting February 27 in Subic. Alvarez was emotional in her last game for JRU after the Lady Bombers absorbed a 13-25, 20-25, 17-25, loss to defending champion Arellano University in the semifinals of the indoor volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Wednesday. “Noong after ng game wala pa eh, noong nagkamayan, OK pa ako eh,” said the fifth year Alvarez. “Tapos nu’ng pinatugtog na yung himno, parang ito na ‘yung last ko na nakatayo sa court na ito na kinakanta ‘yung himno. “Parang nag-flashback na po lahat ng pinaghirapan ko simula ng pumasok ako ng JRU,” she added. Averaging 21.3 points per game in the elimination round, Alvarez was silenced to only seven points – her lowest this season. The hitter admitted that the team was overwhelmed with excitement and emotion in the school’s first-ever semis stint. JRU finished the elims at fourth spot with a 6-3 win-loss record. “Ano po eh parang masyado po kaming na-excite. Nanggigil din kaming lahat kasi alam kasi namin sa sarili namin na kaya naming lumaban tapos nanggigigil po kami, gusto po naming pumuntos agad,” she said. Pero dahil po doon sa mindset namin, yun po ang naging dahilan kung bakit error po kami ng error, kaya kami natatalo.” With her indoor career with JRU finished, Alvarez is now looking to leave a winning legacy at least in beach volleyball.  “Hindi rin po ako masyado naging emotional, hindi pa po yun kasi naisip ko may beach volley pa eh,” she said. “Sabi ko kayang-kaya naming bumawi roon.” Alvarez will team up with Dolly Verzosa this season. Alvarez and Rosalie Pepito powered JRU to Final Four stint in beach volleyball last year.    “Ngayon ako po sa sarili ko target kong mag-Finals ng beach volley. Kasi ang pinakamahigpit naming kalaban ay yung Beda kasi mga lumaki sa buhangin mga yun eh. Para po silang mga talangka sa buhangin na hindi ko po alam kung bakit kami hirap na hirap tapos sila po hindi,” said Alvarez. “Ang pinakatina-target ko ngayon ay Finals sa beach volley.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

New backer set to support Alab Pilipinas long-term

Alab Pilipinas is 8-1 with Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman as reinforcements. That’s outstanding, but there’s an even better mark for the Filipinos’ representatives in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League – they are undefeated in two games ever since San Miguel stepped in as primary sponsor. Not only that, those two wins have come at the expense of league heavyweights Chong Son of China and the Slingers of Singapore. Team owner Charlie Dy knew only good things were coming from the start of their conversations with their brand new backer. “Noong pumunta ako sa SMB office, bumukas yung elevator tapos nandun agad yung slogan nila na ‘Serbisyo. Malasakit. Buhay SMB,’” he shared. He then continued, “Dun pa lang, alam ko nang may magandang mangyayari.” Dy and the Alab team management were left searching for a new primary sponsor after Tanduay, their initial backer, withdrew its commitment following reported differences with head coach Jimmy Alapag. Fortunately for them San Miguel, which already has a history with the ABL, was only more than willing to step in. “We’re just very happy and thankful sa San Miguel dahil when they heard (the news), nung lumapit kami sa kanila, they really welcomed us. Ayaw nilang ma-disappoint namin yung mga Pilipinong sumusuporta sa team,” Dy said. The even better news is that, apparently, the partnership is not only for the ongoing season. As the Philippine team’s owner put it, “They want a long partnership. They will continue supporting the team not just for this season, but (also) for the coming seasons.” He then continued, “At least ito, long-term na they’re supporting the team. We’re just very grateful talaga to boss Al (Chua) and RSA (Ramon S. Ang).” Indeed, looks like the “GI-NE-BRA! GI-NE-BRA!” chants were a premonition for Alab. Leading scorer Justin Brownlee is also the resident import of Ginebra, which falls under the umbrella of the San Miguel Corporation. He has been showered with cheers of “GI-NE-BRA! GI-NE-BRA!” wherever he plays, even in Singapore. Now, those chants will not only be for the American reinforcement, but indeed, for the entire Philippine team as well. “Siguro nga, nakatulong din yun. I believe kasi na ganun sila (San Miguel) e – hindi nila hahayaan yung players nila,” he said. He then continued, “Nakita nila na Justin came back to support Alab and now, they’re doing the same.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Kailangan hindi kami uuwi na talo -- Nabor

National University star Jaja Santiago and setter Jasmine Nabor gathered their teammates before the start of the fifth set. They will not leave the FilOil Flying V Centre without defeating the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles.      “Nag-usap-usap na lang po kami na kailangan hindi kami uuwi na talo,” said Nabor. The Lady Bulldogs showed nerves of steel and composure down the stretch as NU reasserted its mastery over the Lady Eagles in a tightly contested 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7 victory in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.           Santiago showed the way for NU with 26 points while Nabor delivered at crunch time including the game-clinching three straight aces to seal the Lady Bulldogs’ second straight win in as many outings for a hold of the solo lead. Nabor had 11 points, seven coming off aces, on top of 29 excellent sets. “Noong after ng fourth set ‘yun nga ni-remind kami ni coach na back to basic kami lahat,” said Santiago. “Ni-remind niya kami sa respect, whistle to whistle, communicate kasi kita rin naman natin noong third and fourth sets ‘yun talaga ang nawala sa amin, communication.” “So noong fifth set binalik namin kung ano ‘yung ginawa namin noong first set at saka second set and ‘yung character namin na hindi kami papayag na makuha ng Ateneo ‘yung fifth set na ‘yun,” added Santiago, who pounded 20 attacks, four aces and a couple of aces. NU broke a 4-4 deadlock in the fifth set with a 6-2 spurt to build a 10-6 lead. Jho Maraguinot stopped the bleeding with an attack before Kat Tolentino committed an attack error. Santiago hammered a kill to put the Lady Bulldogs on top 12-7 before Nabor nailed three aces to seal NU’s third straight win against Ateneo since last year.         “Kasi alam naman namin na kaya namin so may mga kulang lang talaga kaya nakuha sa amin ang third and fourth,” said Nabor. “Tapos noong fifth set talaga pinairal namin ang tamang pag-iisip sa loob ng court at teamwork talaga tapos yung focus.” NU will play listless University of the East next on Sunday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: Hindi totoo ang sinasabi nila -- Laure on rumors circulating about her decision to skip Season 80

Injured University of Sto. Tomas star EJ Laure broke her silence two months after her decision to sit out the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. The Season 77 Rookie of the Year watched the Tigresses’ opening-day match against defending back-to-back champion De La Salle University at the MOA Arena from the sidelines with a sling on her right hand. UST dropped a five-setter, 20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15, 8-15, decision. Laure and UST announced last December that Laure will sit out her supposedly fourth playing year to rest and fully recover from a chronic right shoulder injury. But rumors of her absence circulated on social media. Some speculations was that of academic difficulties, some about her intentionally redshirting to be able to play alongside sister Eya for two seasons while a malicious angle of her being pregnant also circulated.         “Siyempre siguro tao din naman sila, meron silang sariling opinyon. Hindi ko naman maiiwasang wag sabihin sa kanila na, 'wag, 'di ganoon. Sa kanila na rin 'yun,” said Laure, who was with rumored boyfriend Kapamilya teen star Bugoy Carino. “Ewan ko kasi parang hindi naman totoo 'yung sinasabi nila and nasa kanila na lang ‘yun, kung ano gusto nilang sabihin,” she added. “Kasi siyempre tao din naman sila, may sarili silang opinyon.” Laure cleared that she has been nursing a shoulder injury since last season and she decided to skip a year to fully recover and heal. “Di ba last year parang nagpa-injection ako. After noon, ilang days pa lang, umalis agad kami for Thailand. So hindi ako nakapag-therapy kasi di ba sa Thailand, sunod-sunod 'yung training namin,” said Laure, who last played for Foton Tornadoes during the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix last December.  “Nu’ng (PSL) AFC (All-Filipino Conference) lang siya sobrang na-feel ko 'yung pain ulit.” For now, Laure has no timetable yet on her return to action. “Depende pa kasi sa sasabihin ng doctor ko kung kelan pwede, kelan niya ako papayagan,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Marc Pingris, the glue that holds Magnolia together

Marc Pingris is the glue that holds Magnolia together. Where Ping goes, the Hotshots follow. With Magnolia in trouble after losing an 18-point lead to Blackwater Friday in the Philippine Cup, Ping came to the rescue again, issuing what was essentially the game-winning assist to Ian Sangalang. And making the little plays and getting the W makes Ping extremely happy. "Laking tuwa ko na mabigyan ko lang ng assist yung mga teammate ko, masaya na ako dun eh. Hindi ko hinahanap yung ako yung magbe-best player o top scorer," he said. "Hindi naman ako swapang. Gusto ko rin tulungan yung mga teammate ko, binibigyan ko rin sila ng confidence sa sarili nila. Hindi porke't kami yung senior dito, kami lang yung i-iskor," Pingris added. True enough, the veteran forward was in giving mode against the Elite. Ping only scored four points, but he dished out eight assists and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Hotshots took their fifth straight victory, taking a half-game lead over San Miguel for first place. Speaking of San Miguel, the Hotshots have the three-time defending champion Beermen on their schedule next, and Ping is looking forward to a Finals-like showdown. "Ang sa akin, kumbaga ibibigay naming yung best namin, kasi parang nasa finals na rin kami kasi kaharap namin yung defending champion eh," he said. "Wala ng ititira pa, bigay na lahat. Hundred percent," Pingris added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Baste-backed Revellers get jump on Titans to get back on track

Che'Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian College-Recoletos banked on its veterans late to pull off an 83-79 victory versus AMA Online Education on Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.   Former pro Samboy de Leon delivered seven of his 21 points in the payoff period, while also collecting six rebounds and two assists as the Revellers’ bounced back from an 82-83 loss to Wangs Basketball-Colegio de San Juan de Letran three days ago.   Michael Calisaan also provided stability in the paint, racking up 12 markers and 10 boards while Alfred Batino had 11 points and 11 rebounds as Che’Lu Bar & Grill -San Sebastian had to battle back from an early 14-point hole, 7-21.   “We’re supposed to lose with the way we played the game,” said coach Stevenson Tiu, who waas obviously disappointed with the Revellers’ slow start.   “Every game, laging slow start kami. Kahit anong adjustment, ganoon pa rin kaya hindi namin makuha yung rhythm namin,” he said. “We just had the decision to go to the veterans. Thankfully, nag-respond naman sila.”   RK Ilagan shot 6-of-11 from threes to top Che’Lu-San Sebastian with 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists.   The Revellers now rise to 2-1 while dropping AMA to 0-3.   Robbie Manalang saw his sensational debut go down the drain as he tallied 28 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the defeat.   Genmar Bragais added 16 markers and 13 boards while Carlo Escalambre had 13 points and five rebounds for the Titans.   BOX SCORES   CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 83 — Ilagan 22, De Leon 21, Calisaan 12, Batino 11, Bulanadi 8, Faundo 6, Jeruta 2, David 1, Costelo 0, Santos 0. AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 79 — R. Manalang 28, Bragais 16, Escalambre 13, Matillano 10, Porter 7, Paras 5, Antonares 0, Carpio 0, Garcia 0, Jordan 0, P. Manalang 0, Salonga 0.   QUARTER SCORES: 18-21, 35-39, 56-58, 83-79......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Trouble brewing at Arellano?

Defending champion Arellano finished the elimination round with a near-flawless campaign, going 8-1 to earn a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four. However, if the playoffs started tomorrow, there's a big chance that the Lady Chiefs will not advance. That is according to their head coach, who was in no mood to celebrate even as the champs dropped San Sebastian in Finals rematch Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 women's volleyball tournament. "Hindi ko na kasi nakikita yung gustong manalo eh, yung gusto talaga magback-to-back," head coach Obet Javier said. "Yun yung nakakatakot. Kasi syempre kung gusto mo talaga, ikaw dapat yung gustong-gusto gumalaw, gumawa ng maganda. Pero nangyayari sami yung mga simpleng bola, nababagsakan kami eh. Nakita ko, kung ganito performance namin sa semis, mukhang mahihirapan kami umusad." he added. With Arellano sitting pretty with a playoff bonus, Javier says the Lady Chiefs have to turn it around fast. The champs lost to CSB earlier in the week, ending a 19-game winning streak. And despite ultimately winning against the Lady Stags, the Lady Chiefs lost the opening set and had to work double time in the second, 36-34, just to tie things u. "Hindi maganda sa isang nagde-defend ng title yung ganung laro," Javier said. "Kailangan sana magkaroon ulit ng paraan para maibalik yun, maibalik ulit yung apoy na nakita natin last year para ma-retain namin yung trophy," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Paolo Pontejos rescues JRU, ruins TY Tang s return to action

Paolo Pontejos was the hero Jose Rizal University needed as he scored the go-ahead layup with 7.2 seconds remaining to secure the 104-103 win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Tuesday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig. The veteran guard provided the quick retort for the Heavy Bombers after returning TY Tang pushed the Scratchers up with a pair of freebies with 16.6 ticks left. Pontejos’ heroics saved MJ Dela Virgen’s stupendous night as the sniper shot 6-of-9 from threes to lead JRU with 28 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals. “Hindi na ako nagulat sa nilalaro niya,” said coach Gio Lasquety. Pontejos also finished with 20 markers, five dimes, and three boards while Jeckster Apinan wound up with 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists to help the Heavy Bombers overcome losing a 99-90 lead in the last 3:41. "Nung nakalamang kami ng malaki, medyo nag-relax yung mga players kaya nakabalik sila. Buti nandoon pa rin ang composure ng veterans," Lasquety said as JRU rose to 2-0. It was a tough defeat for Go for Gold, which drew a huge outing from Justin Gutang who shot 10-of-11 from the field to notch 26 points, six rebounds, and four assists off the bench. Tang, also serving as one of the Scratchers’ assistant coaches, finished with two points, three assists, and a rebound in his 13 minutes of play. BOX SCORES JRU 104 — Dela Virgen 28, Pontejos 20, Apinan 16, Esguerra 11, Mendoza 11, Tayongtong 11, Grospe 3, Yu 3, Mvogo 1, De Guzman 0. GO FOR GOLD 103 — Gutang 26, Salem 25, Dixon 11, Naboa 11, Leutcheu 8, Gaco 7, Alejandro 6, Young 5, Domingo 2, Tang 2, San Juan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-25, 49-53, 79-79, 104-103......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

Kailangan mag-level up siya -- FEU coach Pascua on Pons

Hitter Bernadeth Pons has been a delivering on offense for the past four years for Far Eastern University. A consistent scoring threat and a reliable piece on floor defense, Pons is undeniably the Lady Tamaraws’ do-it-all, go-to-player. But in her last playing year with the Morayta-based squad, head coach George Pascua has one final request to his graduating ward come UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament: assume the leadership role left by Remy Palma last year. Pons was also appointed as team captain of a Lady Tams squad hungry to reclaim the title they last held in 2008.       “Oo 'yun naman ang gusto ko sa kanya kasi siya 'yung captain ball, so gusto ko masanay din siya doon,” said Pascua of his 21-year old ward. His appointment of Pons as skipper is both a challenge and a show of trust to the outgoing player. Pons is known for his offense and decent floor defense but is yet to prove her leadership skills especially after hiding behind the shadows of the more vocal Palma. “Kasi si Pons, hindi ganoon (vocal) sa kasama before eh. Pero ngayon, nagbago na. Kasi dahil andun siguro si Remy. Ngayon, siya na 'yung nasa position ni Remy, nagagawa niya naman,” said Pascua. Pons herself admitted that she’s still adjusting to her new role. “Naga-adjust lang kami kasi ‘yung grumaduate sa amin na si Ate Rem and alam naman natin kung paano siya maglaro and yung angas niya inside the court na nakaka-boost din talaga ng morale ng bawat isa sa amin,” she said. “Konting adjustments lang naman and napag-adjustan naman namin.” FEU parades a veteran and almost intact core with key holdovers Toni Basas, Jerrili Malabanan, Czarina Carandang, Jeannete Villareal and Kyla Atienza and the returning Rosemarie Vargas, who unfortunately will miss the first round due to an injury (muscle strain). But Pascua is pinning his hopes on Pons to lead the team to a successful year. “(Dapat) mag-level up siya ulit, kasi ang laro namang ito para sa kanila eh, 'yung sa mga ga-graduate na,” he said. “So sabi ko nga, magtulungan tayo. Ayusin mo 'yung mga kasama mo, team mo, tapos usap tayo, mag-plano tayo. Para sa inyo 'yung laban.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

Good old friends Grospe, Pontejos are here to help out JRU’s first-year coach Lasquety

Just two months after playing his last game as a Heavy Bomber, Gio Lasquety has coached Jose Rizal University to back-to-back wins to begin the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. Of course, the heir apparent of Vergel Meneses felt weird wearing a coach’s collared shirt rather than a player’s jersey – especially as he had played with each and every one of his wards before. “Siyempre, meron pa rin talagang awkward feeling kasi merong mga mas nauna sa ain like sina Pao (Pontejos),” he said. Still, even though it’s just his very first time calling the shots, Lasquety’s players saw that he was nothing but prepared. “Kahit baguhan siya, nasa ugali na niya yung maging head coach e. Nung nasa JRU kami, parang siya nga yung coach namin pag nasa court kami,” Ervin Grospe said. “Mataas talaga basketball IQ niya. Dati pa lang, nag-iisip-isip na siyang maging magaling na head coach kaysa player.” Grospe and Lasquety played together for four years. Paolo Pontejos, who went to war alongside the rookie mentor for three years as a player, echoed the same sentiment. “May skill talaga siya mag-coach e – mataas basketball IQ niya at yung passion niya para sa coaching, nandyan na talaga,” he said. Fully behind their former teammate turned coach, Pontejos said they will do anything and everything in their power to make sure Lasquety’s first run is as successful as it could be. “Parehas lang naman sila ng system ni coach Vergel. Binigyan siya ni coach Vergel ng opportunity kaya tutulungan namin siyang ma-prove niyang kaya niyang mag-coach,” he said. That is true even though they will have to turn down the fun during practices and games just by a bit. Asked if they still josh around with their good old pal and now bench tactician, he answered, “Hindi e. Strict si Gio e. Pag sa court, sa court talaga.” Grospe could only agree. “Noong una, nakakatawa kasi tropa namin yan tapos ngayon, coach na namin. Pero siyempre, may respeto pa rin,” he said. He then continued, “Deserve talaga niya kaya mapa-practice o mapa-game, sineseryoso namin.” In the end, Grospe said he is only proud of their good old friend. As he put it, “Proud ako sa kanya kasi yung dream niya, unti-unti na niyang natutupad.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

No pressure for Kai despite being surrounded by Gilas stars

For the towering Kai Sotto, widely-regarded as the can't-miss future of Philippine basketball, there is no reason to be shy or nervous even though his young 15-year-old self is already practicing with pretty much a collection of All-Stars in the national team. Kai attended his first Gilas training session for the year Monday. He ran drills with the likes of Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva and posed pictures with June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar. All in the day's work for the 7'2" phenom of Ateneo. "Wala naman," Sotto said when asked if there's pressure for him while in the company of the country's brightest basketball stars. "Di ko naman nilalagay sa utak ko yung mga ganun. Focus lang ako sa ginagawa ko." "Hindi naman," he added when asked was he shy to participate. "Kasi parehas naman kami ng nilalaro kaya di naman kailangan mahiya." One thing Kai will admit though, is getting a little bit starstucked while in the presence of his basketball idols. But that's normal and he says it's on him to learn as much as he can from those who are ahead of him right now. "Siguro lahat naman ng makaka-practice sa kanila may mararamdamang ganun," he said. "Tina-try ko makisama sa kanilang lahat kaya gusto kong matuto ng marami from each and every one of them," Sotto added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Chot clarifies that Abueva is still part of Gilas pool

In case it wasn't clear before, Calvin Abueva is still part of the main pool for Gilas Pilipinas. However, he's not going to play in February against Australia and Japan as punishment for missing the first three practices of the national team to start 2018. So again, Calvin is out for the pool for February but he's still with the national team. Gilas head coach Chot Reyes says so himself. "Calvin has always been part of the pool. He was never dropped from the pool. He is just dropped from the second window," Reyes clarified Monday after the Beast finally showed up to training for the first time. "But he is still part of the team, part of the pool. But he knows he cannot play in the second window," he added. Calvin has made peace with his situation and has vowed to continue supporting the national team. As for Raymond Almazan, the other player dropped from the Gilas pool last week, it remains to be seen. The Rain or Shine star was absent from practice again Monday and Chot has no idea what's going on with him. At least Abueva called in advance before showing up for training. "Hindi ko pa siya nakakausap," Reyes said of Almazan. "They all know it’s very easy to reach me. Calvin called me. Nag usap kami kanina. He asked if he could practice. I said of course he’s welcome. He’s still part of the team, he’s not just gonna be a part of the pool because like I said, it’s unfair to the guys who’ve always been here that never missed. And he understands. Naiintindihan naman niya," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018