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Yeng drops the hammer, hints at player movement for NLEX

Yeng Guiao has had enough. His transition to NLEX has been off to an awful start with the Road Warriors slumping to a 2-7 record in the Philippine Cup. Worse, all seven of their defeats are by double digits. With their latest setback to Phoenix Wednesday, Guiao dropped the hammer on his squad, delivering his final 'sermon' for the conference. 'Sabi ko nga, ito na yung huling sabon ko for this conference eh, kaya tinagalan ko na. Tsaka yung pag-sabon ko, baka mga isang linggo siguro sila nagbabanlaw dyan para maalis yung sabon na yan. At least magtanda sila,' Guiao said. 'I think that’s always been part of the gauntlet that they have to go through with our culture. We’re trying to establish a culture, and mayroon talagang masasala,' the fiery mentor added. Putting together nothing in the Philppine Cup, Guiao also hinted at possible player movement for NLEX. Players that can take his unconventional methods are obviously a priority. 'Itong mga players na ‘to, tinitingnan ko kung sino yung may puso na kaya yung pressure talaga na magpe-peform sila under pressure with the expectations that are put on their shoulders,' Guiao said. 'And at the same time with me yelling and cursing at them, they should be able to perform. So pagkanakapag-perform sila nun, that means karapat-dapat silang ma-retain sa team,' he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Lazaro, Gumabao to star in a new team

A week after Michele Gumabao left Pocari Sweat, the former De La Salle star is set to banner a team that is expected to break the barrier between two of local volleyball’s most heated rivalry. Gumabao will team up with former Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagle star libero Denden Lazaro as the main stars of new team United VC that will see action in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference. Though sponsorship of the squad is yet to be ironed out, team manager Joshua Ylaya said that the team will definitely play in the tournament.        Gumabao left the V-League two-time champion Lady Warriors after some issues with the management last week while Lazaro last played for BaliPure in the same league.  For the longest time Gumabao and Lazaro has been on rivals starting from their UAAP days. Gumabao won three straight UAAP titles from Season 73 to 75 while Lazaro got two UAAP crowns from Season 76 to 77. The two faced each other in two UAAP Finals series with Gumabao winning both.   “The main reason why we called the team ‘united’ is because we wanted to show that we can play together despite our differences in the past,” said Ylaya, who represented the team in the league’s team owners’ meeting Tuesday. “At the end of the day, it’s just one sport and we can play competitively together.” Angeli Tabaquero, an Adamson co-assistant coach of Gumabao, former DLSU player Wensh Tiu and another ex-Pocari Sweat volleybelle Erika Alkuino are all expected to join the squad while there are reports that Mae Tajima and setter Jem Ferrer will also suit up for the team.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Jordan Clarkson and this Basketball Crazy Nation

The Philippines was not always a basketball nation. After World War II, all Filipino boys would get out in the fields and play baseball. In fact, we hosted the World Baseball Championships once. It was only in the 70’s when PBA came along and when the country became the basketball crazy country that it is. Now, the Philippines is at the epicenter of the basketball diaspora. It hosted the FIBA World Basketball Championships. Almost every boy grew up playing pickup basketball and anyone and everyone had their own signature ‘bali’ move. There was a time that fathers and sons (and of course, daughters) watched games together, either cheering for the same teams or making jabs at each other because they rooted for rivals. It has the oldest basketball league in the Asia and now, it has a player of Filipino descent playing for one of the greatest basketball franchises in the world – Jordan Clarkson, playing a vital role as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Clarkson was raised aware of his Filipino heritage. Annette, Clarkson’s mother, hails from Pampanga but moved to America with her mother Marcelina Tullao at a very young age. Annette then met Jordan’s father, Mike Clarkson, while serving as a reservist in the Air Force. Jordan, like many young Filipino-Americans, professes a love for lumpia and chicken adobo. As a high school student at Metzger Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, he wore an ornate Barong Tagalog, the Philippines' national costume, while posing in front of the Philippine exhibit. He has been to the Philippines multiple times, even playing some pickup basketball in one of the courts that dot the landscape of the Philippines.   And as of this writing, a little more than a day and a half a way, Filipinos are trying to get Jordan into the biggest event of the basketball world – the NBA All-Stars. It all started from a call on the internet to start voting and using the hashtag 'NBAVOTE Jordan Clarkson on posts and tweets and the Filipinos heard that call. 'NBAVOTE Jordan Clarkson began circulating around the internet, snowballing into a call not just for Jordan Clarkson, but a call for unity in a country that is also known as a social media powerhouse – and the world is starting to take notice. Jordan Clarkson has also taken notice of the efforts, posting on his Facebook account a short video saying, “Hey Facebook fans just want to say thank so much for all your votes. I am so humbled. Please keep posting 'NBAVOTE Jordan Clarkson. Salamat salamat po. Mahal ko kayo.” As of the latest NBA All-Star Voting Returns, Jordan still has not cracked the top 10 of Western Conference guards. Last year’s unanimous MVP, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, leads with 990,390 votes. Close behind are Houston’s James Harden and Oklahoma’s Russell Westbrook with 961,185 and 899,024, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 are Golden State’s Klay Thompson with 555,430, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul with 379,076, Portland’s Damian Lillard with 208,171, Houston’s Eric Gordon with 191,407, Golden State’s Andre Igoudala with 130,224, San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili with 122,333 and Minnesota’s Zach Levine with 94,867. However, signs are looking good for Jordan as Scott notes the strong push coming from social media. “There is a significant increase from Jan. 9 when fans launched the campaign and Jordan’s mentions are much higher than the bottom three players,” she said. “On Jan. 12, Jordan had 53,020 posts while Ginobili had 10,078, Lavine 781 and Igoudala 731. Jordan’s volume shows a spiked upward trend.” The call right now is for every Filipino with access to the internet to vote at least once in the next two days (Monday all day and Tuesday early morning before lunch) and to make every vote count for Clarkson. Fans can vote through the NBA.com and the NBA App wherein fans can submit a ballot of two guards and three frontcourt players, once per day. On social media, using the hashtag 'NBAVOTE Jordan Clarkson also counts as votes, whether as personal posts or comments on another post on Facebook (just as long as the post is public) or tweeting and retweeting the same on Twitter. On Google, fans may also use the search team “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote Los Angeles Lakers” to select Jordan Clarkson. The Philippines, a basketball crazy nation, is at the cusp of history. The challenge is now being sent to every Filipino all over the world to make a difference. Every vote counts to bring Clarkson into the NBA All-Stars. And maybe, just maybe, basketball will unite Filipinos again. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

PBA Finals: 5-peat is forever for San Miguel Beer

In the PBA, San Miguel Beer’s All-Filipino dynasty will come to an end at some point. The Beermen will eventually lose and they don’t even have to be in the Finals to do so. Nothing in the world lasts forever. Except for San Miguel’s unprecedented record of five straight Philippine Cup titles. The Beermen can never win an All-Filipino title ever but their streak of five straight titles may never get matched much less broken. “This championship is really special because a lot of people thought na the dynasty will be broken. Sabi nga nila, there’s no forever at itong dynasty will not be forever eh,” head coach Leo Austria said. “But we’re so thankful to get this 5-peat. This is the legacy of our team. I cannot explain how happy we are,” he added. The Beermen’s huge feat will be hard to match and surpass but it’s totally not impossible. However, it could take a while and this San Miguel team is perfectly happy to take in all the bragging rights of being a five-peat champion until they  do it again next year and become a 6-peat champ. “Anything could be possible, alam naman natin miracles could happen anytime and I think happened [in Game 7] is really for us,” Austria said. “I don’t think this will be broken in the near future but sabi ko nga eh, a record is there to be broken. But I hope na habang nabubuhay kami, huwag na muna,” Coach Leo added with a laugh.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

PBA Finals: Hotshots stay positive after latest Philippine Cup loss

Magnolia was so close to ending the greatest All-Filipino dynasty of all-time. The Hotshots were up 17 points against San Miguel Beer in Game 7 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday. Unfortunately, Magnolia failed to close things out and ended up losing by a point to the now five-time champion Beermen. They gave up the marginal basket with 57 seconds to go and the Hotshots never got to answer back. “Of course sa start medyo malungkot kami, syempre kahit papaano sayang,” head coach Chito Victolero said. “But you know after that, I explained and they understand na di binigay samin ngayon, maybe next conference, sa third conference, or next Philippine Cup. Basta we stay positive,” he added. After a five-game debacle in the 2018 Finals, the Hotshots recovered to take the Beermen to Game 7 in 2019. Magnolia wanted that chance and they got it. The team really just couldn’t finish it off this time. “It’s just breaks of the game. When we started the series, it’s our goal to go to Game 7, do-or-die game,” Victolero said. “We had a chance. We had opportunities to win the game but you know, it’s the breaks of the game,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

PBA Finals By the Numbers: FIVE OF EM!

How about that 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals game Wednesday right? Game 7 between San Miguel and Magnolia was an instant classic, with the Beermen surviving in the end to score a one-point win for the title. To wrap up these Finals and before starting the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup, a last By the Numbers look for the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.   31 Total rebounds for June Mar Fajardo. The league’s five-time MVP broke the longest standing individual record in Game 7 by grabbing a total of 31 boards. It’s the most by a local since 7-Up’s Marcelo Simbulan grabbed 29 in 1975. 5 Consecutive Philippine Cup titles for San Miguel Beer. Another record obviously was the Beermen’s incredible 5-peat in the All-Filipino. Literally no team has done that ever and San Miguel is now one championship away from winning a second Perpetual Trophy. That would be another record if the Beermen can accomplish it next year. 17 San Miguel was down 17 in the third quarter of Game 7 to Magnolia and the Beermen had to rally just to make it a game by the time the fourth quarter starter. In the last 12 minutes, San Miguel came through and several key baskets late by the team’s star players were good enough to hold off the Hotshots for the title. 5 Total points for San Miguel Beer in the second quarter of Game 7. The Beermen’s problems in Game 7 can be traced in the second quarter when the Magnolia defense shut down San Miguel’s usually high-powered offense. SMB’s five points in the second quarter was the lowest ever in any quarter for a PBA Finals Game 7. 26 Total PBA championships for San Miguel Beer. That’s it, that’s the entry. See you all after Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals!     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

PBA Finals: 5-peat hardest title to win since Beeracle says Arwind

San Miguel Beer’s 2019 PBA Philippine Cup conquest is special for a lot of things. One, it’s the Beermen’s fifth straight Philippine Cup crown. That’s a league record and it pretty much established San Miguel’s status as the greatest All-Filipino dynasty of all time. Two, the seven-game series win against Magnolia is pretty much the hardest and most fulfilling title for the Beermen since the incredible “Beeracle” run in 2016. “Maliban sa Beeracle, ito na yung pinaka-mahirap naming kunin na championship,” Arwind Santos on their 4-3 Finals win against the Hotshots to complete the 5-peat. “Sobrang nakakakaba pero dito pa rin nasubukan yung tiwala namin sa bawa’t isa,” he added. In 2016, San Miguel was down 0-3 to the Alaska Aces before the Beermen went on to make the greatest comeback in basketball history to win back-to-back titles. In 2019, San Miguel was down 0-1, 1-2, 2-3 in the series and was trailing by 17 in the second half of Game 7 to Magnolia before rallying in the fourth to win by one point in the decider. The Beermen simply refused to let go and now their place in history s secured. “Sa totoo lang, para akong lalagnatin. Pagod na pagod ako,” Arwind said. “Ang hirap bumitaw kasi ang lapit lang eh. Kung kumurap ka, puwede ka pa manalo. Yun na lang nasa isip namin nun. Sige lang, tiwala lang sa bawa’t isa,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

PBA Finals: All-Filipino champs to be crowned in Game 7

The All-Filipino champion will be decided Wednesday. Four-time defending champion San Miguel and Magnolia will fight for the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup in a Game 7 and stakes won’t be any higher than this one. The Beermen forced this decisive showdown with a Game 6 win Sunday, saving their All-Filipino dynasty in the process as well. No team has won back-to-back games in this series and if San Miguel does it now, they win the whole thing and become the first team ever to win five straight Philippine Cup titles. After a five-game debacle in last year’s Finals, the Hotshots have come as far as they con go in this year and the only thing left to do is to actually win. If Magnolia does take this one, it’s the second straight PBA title and first in the All-Filipino since 2014, the year of the team’s Grand Slam. Tip off for the decisive Game 7 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals will be at 7:00 p.m. live from the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

PBA Finals: Victolero positive of their chances in Game 7

On Wednesday, Magnolia will play its second straight Game 7 in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. However, this time the Hotshots will have a lot more to gain if they win. Magnolia has the chance to end the greatest All-Filipino dynasty ever Wednesday, with a win against the Beermen meaning that the Hotshots will put themselves in the history books as the team that stopped an unprecedented 5-peat. That’s some overwhelming pressure right there but that also sounds like a lot of fun. “We just try to stay positive. Lahat ng Xs and Os will be secondary. I told my players let’s just enjoy the game,” head coach Chito Victolero said. “Lahat ng players grabe. San Miguel side, side namin. I think the PBA fans will enjoy this Game 7,” he added. Losing a 3-2 lead again, Victolero is fortunate to get another chance in Game 7. That’s the whole point of getting a 3-2 lead anyway, you get two chances to close things out. After missing out on the first, Magnolia hopes to cash in on this second try. “It boilds down to one game, do-or-die game on Wednesday,” Victolero said after the Game 6 loss Sunday. “We’re still positive. Alam naman namin na hindi magiging madali. Good thing is we have another opportunity. It’s going to be a different story next game although hindi natin alam kung anong mangyayari,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

PBA Finals: San Miguel saves dynasty and forces Game 7

San Miguel Beer’s All-Filipino dynasty lives on. The Beermen saved their championship Sunday, scoring an all-important 98-86 win over Magnolia in Game 6 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at the Big Dome. Needing a win to stay alive, San Miguel was focused from the jump, pounding the Hotshots to tie this series at three games each. The Philippine Cup will now go to a decisive Game 7, the first in a PBA Finals in four years or since TNT beat ROS in double overtime for the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2019

PBA Finals: No excuses on Game 7 says Ross

San Miguel Beer is one win away from history. After winning Game 6 to send the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals to a Game 7, the Beermen are close to extending their own record with five straight All-Filipino titles. With a shot at immortality at hand, the Beermen don’t need any special reason to try and go for yet another title. They know for themselves what they need to do to get the job done and the desire to win is always there. “A lot of people have been doubting us throughout this series and throughout the last couple of years, saying a lot of things about us. We hear all of it, but we're all self-motivated,” guard Chris Ross said. “In our locker room, we keep ourself motivated, and any of the outside talk doesn't really get to us,” he added. After never leading in this series, the Beermen get a golden opportunity by way of a one-game playoff for the title. All of the team’s struggles from earlier in these Finals won’t matter if they pull off a deciding win in Game 7. “I mean Game 7, there's no excuses. People say you're tired, people say this or that, there's no excuses. It's Game 7. It's everything you worked for in the offseason, everything you worked for in the eliminations, every practice, it all boils down to this,” Ross said. “It's one game, winner-take-all. In the Finals, you can't ask for anything better than that,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2019

PBA Finals: Barroca was going for the win all the way

Lost in the craziness that was “Spider-Man” storming the court late in Game 5 of the Philippine Cup Finals was the fact the game actually ended on an incredible game-winning shot. Tied at 86 all, Mark Barroca faked Christian Standhardinger in the corner and drilled a baseline jumper as time expired for the win. The shot, which gave Barroca 22 points for the game, also gave the Magnolia Hotshots a crucial 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series for the Philippine Cup title. Magnolia is now on the verge of ending the greatest All-Filipino dynasty the league has ever seen. “Kung mag-overtime pa yun, mahihirapan na kami,” Barroca said. “Baka marami pang mangyari. Sabi nga namin, last shot nakuha namin, kukunin na talaga namin [yung panalo],” he added. After getting only one win in last year’s Philippine Cup Finals, the Hotshots are now just one win away from winning the whole thing. Barroca says that they’ve been believing each other since day 1 and that belief is what drives the team now. “Ganun talaga eh. Powerhouse na team to eh, underdog kami lagi Going this conference namin, underdog talga kami,” he said. “Quarterfinals, semifinals. Kami lang talga sa grupo namin naniniwala kami, basta naniwala kami maraming nangyayari. Kaya nga battle cry namin, We Believe eh,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2019

PBA Finals: June Mar dominates as Beermen take Game 4

Faced with a must-win situation in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, San Miguel Beer turned to June Mar Fajardo. The GOAT delivered. June Mar, who earlier in the night won a 6th sraight All-Filipino Best Player of the Conference award, was dominant for the Beermen, leading the four-time champions to a strong 114-98 Game 4 win over Magnolia Wednesday at the Big Dome. Fajardo shot 13/14 from the field for 31 points on top of 14 rebounds, leading San Miguel to a series-tying win in these Finals. “This is the kind of game we are looking for from out team. From start to finish, we’re able to sustain our energy,” head coach Leo Austra said. “What I like from our team is our energy, our focus, and our pride. Yun yung umiiral ngayon,” he added. A very focused Beermen already dropped 54 points at the break as they tried to not fall into a defensive struggle against the Hotshots like in Game 3. Then in the third, with Fajardo scoring 14 points, San Miguel built its largest lead of the night at 17 which would be more than enough to hold off Magnolia in the fourth. After June Mar, Terrence Romeo shot 50 percent for 18 points to go along with five assists.  Four others finished in double figures for the Beermen with Chris Ross scoring 15 and Christian Standhardinger posting 13 points. Magnolia gave up 87 points through three quarters, which was five more than the output they allowed in all of Game 3. It was a top-heavy offense for the Hotshots in the loss with Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon scoring 22 each. Ian Sangalang added 19 points but the next highest scorer after was Rafi Reavis with just nine. The Scores: San Miguel 114 - Fajardo 31, Romeo 18, Ross 15, Standhardinger 13, Santos 12, Cabagnot 11, Lassiter 6, Rosser 3, Pessumal 3, Nabong 2. Magnolia 98 - Barroca 22, Jalalon 22, Sangalang 19, Reavis 9, Lee 7, Herndon 6, Dela Rosa 5, Calisaan 4, Melton 2, Brondial 2, Ramos 0, Pascual 0. Quarters: 25-27, 56-47, 87-77, 114-98. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

PBA Finals: BPC June Mar wants that title: “Maraming championships... mas masaya”

By now, everyone knows that June Mar Fajardo’s only concern in basketball is how to win more championships. Still, Fajardo is such an incredible force that the individual awards just keep on piling up. Wednesday before Game 4 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, June Mar won his sixth straight Best Player of the Conference award in the All-Filipino, his 8th overall. Both numbers are league records by the way, he’s just padding his own lead against everyone else. Fajardo is naturally thankful but for him, it’s championship or bust. “Thankful ako na nakuha ko BPC pero hindi naman yun yung goal ko. Pero sobrang blessed ako,” he said. “Ang gusto namin yung championship, and alam namin na hindi kadaling makuha yon,” he added. Indeed, the defending champion Beermen were down to Magnolia entering Game 4 of the Finals. But 31 points and 14 rebounds later from June Mar in Game 4 and San Miguel has tied the best-of-7 series at two games each. Now, Fajardo and the rest of the Beermen are halfway into winning a record fifth straight Philippine Cup. “Basta maraming championships sana para mas masaya,” June Mar said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

PBA Finals: Hotshots have no reason to be down despite Game 4 beating

Magnolia wanted a long series against defending champion San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals to have a chance. Now, the Hotshots got that long series but whether or not the development will favor them remains to be seen. Following Wednesday’s Game 4, Magnolia has lost its 2-1 series lead and the All-Filipino Finals will now go for at least six games, one more than last year featuring the same two teams. “Sana ganun no, yun naman hinihiling ni Coach Chito [Victolero] samin. Habang tumatagal yung series, feeling niya okay para samin,” guard Paul Lee said. Sana lahat umayon samin. Pero hindi pa naman matatapos, kailangan talaga namin paghirapan. San Miguel they’ll show championship character,” he added. Despite taking a beating in Game 4, the Hotshots are still only staring at a tied series. Magnolia has never been actually down in these Finals and there’s no reason for them to do so now even though they just lost by 16 tio the Beermen. “Wala naman reason para ma-down kami ngayon. Isipin na lang namin kung saan galing yung team namin, kung paano nag-start yung team namin dito sa conference,” Lee said, noting on the adversity Magnolia has gone through before actually making the Finals. “I think wala na dahilan para maging down samin,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

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Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

PBA Finals: Magnolia grinds out crucial Game 3 win over SMB

It’s time to forget about the 2018 All-Filipino Finals now. Magnolia is charting its own path in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, regaining the series lead after grinding out an impressive 86-82 Game 3 win over four-time champion San Miguel Beer Sunday at the Big Dome. The Hotshots won the first game of the 2018 Finals before losing four straight Beermen. That will not happen now as Magnolia got that elusive second win for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7. Going back to its signature defense, Magnolia stymied the San Miguel from the second quarter onwards. Some much-needed offense then came from Ian Sangalang, Mark Barroca, and Rafi Reavis as the Hosthots picked up this crucial victory.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019

UAAP Season 81 Final Four: De Jesus wishes UST, Reyes good luck in title quest

University of Sto. Tomas head coach Kungfu Reyes has high respect and admiration for legendary De La Salle University mentor Ramil De Jesus. The fourth year Tigresses tactician considered De Jesus as one of the best coaches in the country with an impressive resume in his 21-year career with the Lady Spikers. As a volleyball player himself during his days as member of the Tigers, Reyes saw how De Jesus turned DLSU into one of the most successful volleyball programs in the UAAP for the past two decades, producing 11 titles. “Kasi syempre living legend na natin sa Philippine volleyball ‘yan, sa generation nila na ito,” said Reyes. So it’s not surprising for Reyes to feel overwhelmed when one of his coaching inspirations wished him good luck in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Finals. “Ganoon pala ang pakiramdam kapag ginu-good luck ka ni Coach Ramil,” said Reyes following the Tigresses’ 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-10 victory over the dethroned Lady Spikers in the Final Four on Sunday that ended the Espana-based squad’s eight-year wait for a championship berth. Gracious in defeat, De Jesus shook the hands of Reyes, accepting the ill-fated third try of the Lady Spikers for a historic four-peat.     “Ngayon lang nagsi-sink in sa akin ‘yung ano [usapan] namin kanina, marami man siyang gustong sabihin talagang medyo maingay na,” Reyes said, who then dropped another of his usual postgame jokes, “Gusto ko man yakapin siya baka sabihin nagro-romance na kaming dalawa kanina.” The Tigresses ended DLSU’s three-year reign as they made their first Finals appearance since finishing second to the Lady Spikers in Season 73.   “So ‘yun lang, ‘yung mga natutunan ko kay Coach Ramil during magkalaban kami malaking bagay tapos malaking pagkakataon sa akin na ‘yung champion coach, ako ang ginu-good luck para sa taon na to, para sa Finals,” said Reyes, who will try to steer UST back to the throne since winning it all back in Season 72.     “Pero ‘yun nga, ‘yung sabihan ka ni Coach Ramil ng good luck na dati sila ang nandoon [sa finals], iba rin ang pakiramdam,” added Reyes. The Tigresses will face the winner between Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University in the best-of-three championship series. Game 1 of the Finals is on Saturday.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019

PBA Finals: Magnolia defense can still improve says Barroca

There’s always room for improvement for Magnolia as the team looks to take down the San Miguel dynasty in the All-Filipino. Playing a pretty strong defensive game Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Mark Barroca says that the Hotshots’ most important weapon could still use some polishing. Up 81-74 with 1:34 to go, a Game 3 win looked like a lock for the Hotshots but the Magnolia defense somehow allowed eight points for the Beermen in pretty much just 16 seconds. Magnolia had to be perfect from the line late just to make sure there was no sudden collapse. “Nainis nga kami nung huli eh, kasi up by seven akala namin panalo na kami. Pero champion team yan eh [SMB], yung mistake ngayon dapat matutunan na for next game, di ka dapat makampante hanggang di pa nag-buzzer,” guard Mark Barroca said. “Grabe tong team na to eh, may chance pa rin talaga sila. Kami dapat next game, kung wala pang buzzer dapat yung depensa namin nandun,” he added. Getting that elusive second win for a 2-1 series lead, Barroca says that these Finals are far from over. The goal for Magnolia now is to keep extending the series and see where they will end up with. “Sabi nga namin, best-of-5. Syemrpe importante yung Game 1 nun. Wala pa, ang layo pa. Hindi naman titignan na matatapos kaagad to,” Barroca said. “Basta kami, one game at a time lang. Tignan namin kung hanggang saan kami,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019

PBA Finals: Reavis standing up to June Mar key for Magnolia

In Game 3 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Rafi Reavis totally outplayed five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. Well not totally but the veteran Magnolia center sure made the San Miguel star work for his double-double. Add the fact that Reavis almost matched Fajardo’s double-double and he pretty much surpassed all expectations for Game 3. “Just respecting who he is. He's a great player and you just have to do you best and live with the outcome,” Reavis said of his Game 3 defense on June Mar. The result of that was 17 points and 14 rebounds for the MVP. The keys though were June Mar’s six turnovers and only 36 percent total shooting from the field. “Maybe, he just had an off night tonight. I don't know but you just try to do your best,” Reavis added. Aside from playing some tough defense, Rafi also shot 57 percent for 16 points on top of 15 rebounds. But regardless if he leads the team in scoring or posts no points at all, Reavis is more concerned with getting the win. On Sunday, the Hotshots got that win and they now lead the All-Filipino Finals, 2-1. “My thoughts? I dont really have any to tell you the truth. I’m just trying to do my job. I’m just trying to take what comes with it, and also hoping its a W,” he said. “The thing with me one point, 15 points, two rebounds, or 10 rebounds, nothing, it's all the same to me. The only difference is the W and that's all I care about,” Reavis added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019