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4 points from UAAP Wednesday: DLSU, Adamson, UE, NU

Here are four takeaways from the Wednesday (October 17), matches in the 81st UAAP men’s basketball tournament......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarOct 18th, 2018

4 points from UAAP Wednesday: DLSU, Adamson, UE, NU

Here are four takeaways from the Wednesday (October 17), matches in the 81st UAAP men’s basketball tournament......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

PVL: Bulldogs, Falcons share lead

Madzlan Gampong took over the scoring role as top hitter Bryan Bagunas took a backseat in National University’s 25-16, 25-22, 25-22, sweep of College of St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference men’s division at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Wednesday.       Gampong scored 18 points coming off 16 kills and two kill blocks to lead the Bulldogs to their second straight win in as many outings. The graduating player added eight digs and stepped up for NU as Bagunas saw limited action. Meanwhile, Adamson University joined NU in the lead after a four-set 25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20, win over De La Salle University. Skipper Paolo Pablico showed the way with 17 points while George Labang and Geoffrey Alicando finished with 14 markers each for the Falcons. Bagunas, who scored 24 points in their opener, played only in the third set, producing five markers. Bagunas, the PVL Reinforced Conference Finals MVP, and James Natividad, who sat out the match, are already preparing for the coming UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball competition where they will try to defend their crown. Rookie Angelo Almendres had 10 points while Kim Malabunga and Banjo Mondero combined for eight markers for the reigning UAAP champions. The Blazers dropped to 1-1 slate while the Green Spikers slid to 0-2.              Ruvince Abrot scored nine points for CSB. Kiefer Reyes had 15 points while Cris Dumago and Ashberry Aquino finished with 14 and 10 markers, respectively, for DLSU.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU earns twice-to-beat advantage

Far Eastern University claimed the first twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four after edging De La Salle University, 23-25, 25-16, 28-26, 25-20, Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. The Tamaraws closed the elimination round with a 12-2 win-loss record  and booted out the Green Spikers in the race for the last semis seat. FEU landed at the top two after the elims for the first time since a runner-up finish in Season 75.  JP Bugaoan led the way for the Morayta-based squad with 15 points highlighted by nailing five of FEU’s 14 kill blocks. Skipper Richard Solis got 13 markers while Jude Garcia and Redijohn Paler added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Tams. FEU will have to wait for the result of the ongoing Ateneo-National University match to determine its final placing and opponent in the semis. Battling for the no. 4 seed are University of Sto. Tomas and Adamson University on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. On his last game donning the green and white, Arjay Onia scored 16 points off 14 kills and two aces while another graduating player Raymark Woo ended his collegiate career with 11 markers. Kieffer Reyes chipped in with 12 points for the Green Spikers, which finished their season with 5-9 slate. Aside from Onia and Woo, other DLSU players who played their last collegiate match were Mike Frey, libero Jopet Movido and Levin Dimayuga.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: De Jesus not worried about DLSU peaking too soon

De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus is not worried about his team peaking too early in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. The grand slam-seeking Lady Spikers are on a seven-game winning streak heading into the closing playdate of the elimination round and are already assured of a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage. “Well um, nasa tamang pacing lang kami, so hindi pa siguro,” said De Jesus on Wednesday after DLSU defeated Adamson University, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18 at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Spikers locked the top seed in the Final Four after improving their win-loss record to 11-2.    “Kung magpi-peak man, kaya pang pigilan,” added De Jesus. Just like her mentor, graduating opposite hitter Kim Kianna Dy believes that their hard work and focus on playing their game resulted in their blistering winning romp.     “’Di naman, we don’t think of it na nag-peak na kami. It’s just that every game we just have to play our game,” said Dy, who had 17 points on 13 attacks, three aces and a kill block while adding 10 digs on defense.  The Lady Spikers will close the eliminations on Sunday against archrival Ateneo de Manila University in a much-anticipated rematch at the MOA Arena. A victory by DLSU coupled by a Far Eastern University win over National University will hand the Lady Tamaraws the last Final Four incentive. The Taft-based squad will face the Lady Bulldogs in the semis while Ateneo and FEU will clash in the other Final Four pairing.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU secures at least a playoff for a semis twice-to-beat advantage

Two-time defending champion De La Salle University secured at least a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage after taking down an also-ran but pesky University of Sto. Tomas side, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22, Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Spikers kept a tight grip of the top spot with a 10-2 win-loss record despite a rusty start brought by a long layoff. Kim Kianna Dy and Majoy Baron led the way for the Taft-based squad, which completed an elims sweep of the Tigresses.  Dy finished with 12 points anchored on eight spikes and four kill blocks and added six digs while Baron hammered six kills in her nine-point performance for DLSU. Aduke Ogunsanya scored eight while setter Michelle Cobb tallied 33 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers, whose last assignments are against Adamson University on Wednesday and Ateneo de Manila University on April 15. “Well ito 'yung isang sakit ng La Salle eh. Pagka long break, pag balik dito medyo kinakalawang,” said DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus. “So ito nga 'yung palagi kong nire-remind 'yung team na pagka ganitong mahabang bakasyon, pagbalik medyo hindi tama, maraming mga unforced error na ginagalaw. Parang hindi magkakakilala sa loob. “At least, ang importante ay yung result, naka-survive kami ng straight sets, pero medyo close 'yung laro,” he added. UST, which before the game were already booted out of the semis race picture following National University’s sweep of University of the East in the earlier match, dropped to 4-9 record. Sisi Rondina registered 23 points on 21 attacks, an ace and a block for the Tigresses while Fil-Italian Milena Alessandrini got 10 markers.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Tatak ng La Salle na kapag natalo, bumabawi -- Dy

Let this serve as a warning. Two-time defending champion De La Salle University is out to exact revenge on its first round tormentors. The Lady Spikers destroyed National University in straight sets payback, 27-25, 27-25, 25-16, on Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan. DLSU handed the Lady Bulldogs their second loss as the Lady Spikers tied their victim at the top spot with 6-2 win-loss slate.     “One week ‘yung training namin so may added motivation na, ‘Uy natalo tayo dito sa first round.’ So siguro naging motivation din namin ‘yun coming into this game,” said Kianna Kim Dy, who had 14 points to lead the Taft-based squad. NU defeated DLSU, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, last February 18 in the Lady Spikers’ first of two losses in their last four games to end the first round. DLSU also dropped a four-set match against Adamson University before closing the opening round with a four-set win over archrival Ateneo de Manila University last week.  “Syempre naging tatak ng La Salle na kapag natalo babawi kami,” said Dy. “‘Yun rin ang sinasabi ni coach na malapit na kami manalo tapos bibitaw, siguro ‘yun ‘yung pina-practice namin na panapos lagi kasi sayang eh nandoon na.” The Lady Spikers made their revenge even sweeter – or colder if you’re NU – by taking the win in a come-from-behind fashion in the first two sets. DLSU went down, 14-21, in the opening set before the Lady Spiker blasted a 9-2 rally capped by reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron’s service ace. NU and DLSU traded errors in the next play that tied it at 24. The Lady Bulldogs took a second set point advantage but Jaja Santiago committed two of NU’s last three errors to surrender the frame to DLSU.   The Lady Bulldogs again buried the Lady Spikers to a 17-10 hole only to allow the Taft-based squad to mount a comeback to steal the frame.  With momentum on their side, the Lady Spikers built a 22-13 lead on their way to completing the sweep. “So I think maganda sa team na pinakita ang maturity kasi we were down by ilang points tapos hinabol namin parang nagkakumpyansa din kami,” Dy said. DLSU will face University of the Philippines on Wednesday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Ateneo seeks sixth straight win to end the first round

After starting its campaign on a sour note, three-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University looks headed into the second half of the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament with an active winning streak. The Blue Eagles will be riding the crest of their blistering five-game rampage after an opening day setback against Far Eastern University on their return to the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday. Standing in the way of Ateneo is De La Salle University in the 10:00 a.m. tussle that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. The Blue Eagles, who in the season-opener bowed down in straight sets to FEU and ended a 30-game winning streak, are on a three-way tie at first to third spots fashioning a 5-1 win-loss slate with the Tamaraws and archrival National University. Four-time Most Valuable Player and recently-awarded Philippine Sportswriters Association’s Mr. Volleyball Marck Espejo unleashed a season-best 30 points to power the Katipunan-based squad to a 25-21, 23-25, 27-25, 25-21 victory over University of the Philippines Sunday. The Blue Eagles will face a squad that is coming off back-to-back victories. DLSU is tied with University of Sto. Tomas at fourth to fifth spots with an even 3-3 slate. The Green Spikers defeated University of the East in four sets before taking down Adamson University, 25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, last Saturday. Meanwhile, FEU and UST collide at 8:00 a.m. The game will air live on LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. The Tams are out to rebound from its first setback of the season brought by the Bulldogs, 25-22, 20-25, 16-25, 17-25, on Wednesday while the Tigers are on a two-game slump including a sorry, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 12-15, loss to University of the Philippines. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

MVP Mbala joined by teammate Rivero, rival Ravena in Mythical 5

For the second straight season, De La Salle University’s Ben Mbala is first and Ateneo de Manila University’s Thirdy Ravena is second in terms of Statistical Points (SPs). That means that Mbala will be hoisting his second straight MVP award before Game 2 of the Finals of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. The Green Archers’ main man proved he is still, far and away, the top individual player in the league with per game counts of 26 points in 52 percent shooting, 13.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals. He has also powered the Taft-based team to a 12-2 finish in the elimination round and back onto the Finals. In all, those combined for 96.58 SPs – 30 better than his closest competitor. That closest competitor is Ravena whose 63.86 SPs places him as the runner-up again to the Cameroonian powerhouse. The Blue Eagles’ first among equals averaged 14.6 points in 44.6 percent shooting, 8.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He was a big part of their 13-1 record in the eliminations as well as their return to the championship round. Joining them in the Mythical Team is another DLSU player is Ricci Rivero. The second-year stud had norms of 13.8 points in 48 percent shooting, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals for 56.29 SPs. That put him eighth in the MVP race. However, league rules only allow one foreign student-athlete in the Mythical Team. As such, Adamson University’s Papi Sarr (fifth with 63.15 SPs), National University’s Issa Gaye (57.57 SPs), and University of Sto. Tomas’ Steve Akomo (56.77 SPs) were all ineligible due to Mbala’s inclusion. Rounding out the Mythical selections are NU’s J-Jay Alejandro and University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2017

UE's 49-point man Alvin Pasaol is undisputed Player of the Week

University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol almost scored 50 points over defending champions De La Salle University last Wednesday.   And he did that with a hurt ankle. Rewriting a 15-year-old UAAP record for local cagers, Pasaol is hands down the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. But even with the spotlight beaming brightly over him, the 21-year-old cager said he was simply giving what his mentor and team asked of him. “Nilaro ko lang 'yung talagang best ko na hinihingi ni manong sa akin. Nag-stick lang talaga (ako) sa game plan namin. Salamat din sa mga teammates ko kasi hindi ko naman makukuha 'yung 49 points kung [hindi dahil sa kanila],” he said after registering 49 points on a 20-for-30 shooting clip in a 100-106 stand against the powerhouse Green Archers. The Davao native is the first Filipino to breach the 40 points in a game in over a decade. Jeff Napa, who is now Colegio de San Juan de Letran's head coach, once scored 43 on August 22, 2002. Pasaol, who beat Matt Nieto of Ateneo de Manila University, Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University, and Ben Mbala of DLSU for the weekly plum, also furthered his legend in UE's basketball lore after besting Allan Caidic and James Yap’s personal bests of 46 and 36 points, respectively.   'Alvin is different compared to (Jun) Limpot, Allan (Caidic) [na] nahawakan ko sa amateur. Alvin is like akala mo, hindi nya alam yung play, parang hindi nakikinig pero once you start the play, he knows it,” head coach Derrick Pumaren said of his prized ward. Pasaol would then ride on the momentum of his milestone mark by scoring 32 points just last Sunday to will the UE past University Sto. Tomas, leaving the Growling Tigers the only winless team after the UAAP’s first round hostilities. The stocky forward is currently norming 22.4 points a game. He’s also averaging 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per outing. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2017

Yung composure ko nadala ko pa rin dito sa Adamson -- Soyud

With veteran Jema Galanza out of commission after a tournament-ending right ankle injury, Eli Soyud is assuming the role as leader and top scoring option of Adamson University. And it helps that the transferee is bringing the playoffs composure she gained while playing with perennial UAAP championship contender De La Salle University. Soyud showed a superb scoring explosion, dropping 23 points as the Falcons inched closer to a Finals berth after outlasting Far Eastern University, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8, Wednesday in the best-of-three inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference semifinals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “Oo (nakatulong) in terms na ‘yung composure ko nadadala ko pa rin dito sa Adamson,” said Soyud, who will suit up for the San Marcelino-based squad this coming UAAP season after transferring from DLSU last year. “Siyempre yung kompiyansa na rin ng mga teammates ko para sa akin and sa kanila rin.” Soyud, who played for the Lady Spikers for two years including a championship run in 2016 before leaving the Taft-based squad, is averaging 17.6 points per game. Against FEU, she had 18 kills, four kill blocks and an ace. Soyud's presence kept Adamson together during the crucial stretch of the pivotal match, considering that these Lady Falcons - aside from herself, Galanza and Fenela Emnas, are composed of players have never set foot in the Final Four before.  “’Yun na rin ang sinasabi ni coach Air (Padda) na maging leader every time na kung anuman ang dapat gawin sa loob,” said the opposite spiker. “And para na rin i-lead ang mga bata.” Realizing the need for a leader to fill in the shoes left by the injured Galanza, Soyud willingly accepted the responsibility and she proved that she can play the role. “’Yun ang nagmo-motivate sa akin,” she said. “Hindi ko naman iniisip ang score ko basta magawa ko lang ang role ko sa team at mapunan ang dapat punan.” Adamson looks to seal the series on Saturday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2017

Lady Bulldogs outclass Lady Tams for 5-0 start to season

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> NU 5-0 br /> UST 4-1 br /> UE 3-1 br /> Ateneo 2-3 br /> FEU 2-3 br /> Adamson 1-3 br /> DLSU 1-3 br /> UP 0-4 Brand new big three, same old positive outcome for National University in the UAAP 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Yet again riding the more than capable shoulders of Jack Animam, Rhena Itesi, and Ria Nabalan, the Lady Bulldogs stamped their class on upstart Far Eastern University, 71-48, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Jack Animam remained a force with 11 points and 23 rebounds while Rhena Itesi had her own 14-point, 14-rebound double-double as the three-time defending champions cemented a 5-0 beginning in their title defense. “It’s (Animam and Itesi’s) job to do that,” a more than satisfied head coach Pat Aquino said. “They’re really working hard for all those stats that they make.” It wasn’t until the third quarter, however, that NU turned the game into a laugher as Nabalan’s five unanswered points punctuated their 14-3 run leading to a score of 67-45. They would not be threatened the rest of the way. Nabalan wound up with 15 points and six rebounds to make sure her team her team’s winning streak dating back to 2014 remains intact. They have now won 53 wins in a row. On the other hand, the Lady Tamaraws suffered a second straight setback to get dragged down to a 2-3 standing. Precious Arellado led them in the losing effort with 15 points. Meanwhile, University of Sto. Tomas moved into solo second after dispatching Ateneo de Manila University, 71-65. Jhenn Angeles showed the Tigresses the way to 4-1 by firing nine of her 20 points in the final frame. “Jhenn is playing in her last year and she’s more mature now. She knows how to take care of the ball so I guess she’s my ace,” mentor Haydee Ong said of her prized ward who also had six rebounds and two steals. Sai Larosa contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for the Espana-based squad’s third consecutive victory. For the lady Eagles, Jollina Go topped the scoring column with 26 points on top of eight rebounds and three steals. Without much help, however, she saw her team drop back-to-back games and drop to a 2-3 standing. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME NU 71 – Nabalan 15, Itesi 14, Animam 11, Sison 10, Antiquera 8, Harada 7, Del Carmen 2, Ano-os 2, Cacho 2, Camelo 0. FEU 48 – Arellado 15, Mamaril 9, Gerner 8, Quiapo 4, Taguiam 3, Ouano 3, Bastatas 2, Jumuad 2, Balleser 2, Antiola 0, Okunlola 0, Payado 0, De Guzman 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-18, 38-29, 53-42, 71-48. SECOND GAME UST 71 – Angeles 20, Larosa 14, Penaflor 9, Anies 8, Rivera 8, Portillo 7, Aujero 2, Magat 2, Jerez 1, Isanan 0, Capilit 0, Gandalla 0. ATENEO 65 – Go 26, Yam 10, Deacon 10, Villamor 7, Buendia 4, Newsome 4, Cancio 4, Uy De Ong 0, Joson 0, Payac 0, Veloso 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-9, 38-28, 51-43, 71-65. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Kay coach Franz ako -- Cardona on Adamson-DLSU game

Macmac Cardona got a chance to watch the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball duel between his former team De La Salle University and Adamson University handled by his college mentor Franz Pumaren. Asked by ABS-CBN Sports, who he was rooting for in the match Wednesday at the MOA Arena, the GlobalPort guard had a quick answer. “Siyempre, I have to support 'yun taong tumulong sa akin, si coach Franz,” said Cardona, who was wearing a dark blue collared shirt and was seated at the back of the Falcons’ bench where DLSU alumni Renren Ritualo and Don Allado serve as Pumaren’s deputies.  Cardona just wanted to give his support to the coach that molded him into a dangerous scorer back in his college days when he led the Green Archers to two titles (including the forfeited Season 67 crown). “Alam ko sa La Salle ako galing pero ang support ko kay coach Franz,” said the UAAP rookie of the year back in 2001. “Kasi di naman ako magiging Macmac, Captain Hook kung hindi naman kay coach Franz. So ayun I support him.” Unfortunately, Pumaren’s squad bowed down to the Ben Mbala-led DLSU, 73-85, for their second loss in three matches.  The Falcons had no answer to the rampaging Mbala, who scored 32 points in an 11-of-16 field goal clip and grabbed 10 boards in his first match with DLSU after fulfilling his duties with the Cameroon national team.    Adamson went behind, 12-36, after the first 10 minutes of action before mounting a comeback, 66-73, with nine minutes remaining in the duel before fading.   “Di ko alam bakit ganoon? Parang natatakot sila (Adamson). Siguro may factor ‘yun kasi kapag La Salle ang kalaban mo matatakot ka eh,” said Cardona. But Cardona’s confident that Pumaren will eventually mold the Falcons into a title contender.  “Siguro kaya naman. Magagawa naman niya ‘yan gaya ng sa amin,” he said. “Basta I support coach Franz.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Lady Bulldogs win 51st straight even as DLSU remains winless

New stars continue to shine for National University as it registered its 51st win in a row dating back to 2014 on Wednesday at the MOA Arena. Trixie Antiquerra fired a career-high 27 points, Jack Daniel Animam turned in her best performance thus far, and Ria Nabalan flirted with a triple-double as the Lady Bulldogs pounded on University of Sto. Tomas, 95-65, for a strong 3-0 start in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Antiquerra waxed hot right from the start and had 21 of her career-high in the first two quarters alone. Still, the Tigresses were keeping close and were only behind by three at halftime. “The players just settled down. I told them at halftime that they’re rushing things too much,” head coach Pat Aquino said post-game. Indeed, the third quarter was a different story as the three-time defending champions turned it on and outscored their opponents, 25-14. “Again, it has to be teamwork in the end for a team like this,” Aquino said. In the final frame, Animam and Nabalan then took over and combined for 17 of their team’s 29 points. By themselves, the two outdid UST which only mustered 13. Animam wound up with a 23-point, 18-rebound double-double while Nabalan stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, and five steals. By taking down the Tigresses, NU is now the only undefeated team in the tournament. Anjel Anies topped the scoring column for UST with 18 points. Suffering their first setback in three tries, they find themselves in a three-way tie for the second spot with Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern Univeristy. Meanwhile, Adamson University scored its first win of the tournament, edging out De La Salle University, 88-84. Nathalia Prado scored a career-best 26 points to lift the Lady Falcons onto the win column now at 1-2. At the same time, they added to the woes of the Lady Archers who remained winless after three games. Ana Castillo paced last year’s runners-up with 19 points. Without a doubt, they continue to miss the services of ace scorer Camille Claro and bigs Susan Al-Mohamen and Benette Revillosa who are all out for the season due to injury. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME NU 95 – Antiquerra 27, Animam 23, Nabalan 17, Itesi 13, Camelo 6, Del Carmen 5, Ano-os 4, Harada 0, Cacho 0, Sison 0, Ceno 0 UST 65 – Anies 18, Penaflor 14, Angeles 13, Tortillo 8, Jerez 3, Magat 3, Larosa 2, Gandalla 2, Isanan 2, Sanggalang 0, Manuel 0, Capilit 0, Valera 0, Aujero 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-15, 41-38, 66-52, 95-65 SECOND GAME ADAMSON 88 – Prado 26, Alcoy 13, Rosario 13, Cabug 11, Araja 7, Camacho 6, Lacson 2, Villanueva 2, Razalo 2, Cacho 2, Tacitac 2, Gaite 2, Aciro 0 DLSU 84 – Castillo 19, Dagdagan 10, Torres 9, Vergara 8, Arciga 8, Del Campo 8, Nunez 7, Jimenez 7, Paraiso 6, Javier 2, Figueroa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-26, 44-42, 66-64, 88-84 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

UAAP: Sotto, Ateneo drop 44 points in first quarter to destroy UPIS

STANDINGS NU 9-1 Ateneo 8-3 FEU-Diliman 8-3 Adamson 7-4 UST 5-6 DLSZ 4-6 UE 1-10 UPIS 1-10 Ateneo de Manila High School has flown higher even as other playoff hopefuls Far Eastern University-Diliman and Adamson High School have bounced back in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The Blue Eaglets got it going from the get-go and buried the University of the Philippines Integrated School in a 44-point first quarter hole it could never get out of in a 115-68 domination on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Of course, Kai Sotto towered over the competition with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists while frontcourt partner Geo Chiu had his own 16-marker, 11-board double-double. The backcourt also did damage with Forthsky Padrigao collecting 17points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. With everybody clicking, the defending champions scored 11 unanswered points to begin the game before going on to total 44 points in the first quarter. In the same timeframe, the Junior Maroons would only be able to muster 15 points. From that point, the Ateneo lead would only grow as big as 51 en route to a third win in a row and eighth overall in 11 games. “I think we’re growing up already. Batang team ‘to and now, they got experience and hopefully, we can peak at the right time,” a beaming head coach Reggie Varilla said post-game. The Blue Eaglets took care of business just as the Baby Tamaraws levelled with them in the standings following a 99-82 rout of University of the East. Xyrus Torres and Bryan Sajonia were on fire for the green and yellow with 24 and 22 points, respectively, while RJ Abarrientos chipped in 13 markers and seven rebounds. Coming off their worst loss in the season, FEU-Diliman is now just one win away from clinching a playoff berth – just like the defending champions. Also getting a mighty rebound from their worst loss in the season are the Baby Falcons who weathered the storm brought about by University of Sto. Tomas, 69-67. Joem Sabandal turned in his most complete game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and four steals while big men Lorenz Capulong and AP Manlapaz combined for 19 markers and 10 boards. Adamson only scored eight points in the final frame, but the cushion it had from a 28-point third period proved to be more than enough for them to rise to 7-4. This was an important win for them as a loss would have tied them in the standings with the Tiger Cubs. For UST, Mark Nonoy stuffed the stat sheet anew with 27 points, seven rebounds, seven steals, and four assists while Bismarck Lina posted a 13-marker, 12-board double-double. With their rally falling short, however, they fall to 5-5 in the standings. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME FEU-DILIMAN 99 – Torres 24, Sajonia 22, Abarrientos 15, Barasi 10, Bautista J. 9, Balaga 8, Tolentino 5, Ona 2, Alforque 2, Bradley 2, Anonuevo 0, Armendez 0, Bautista S. 0, Bagunu 0, Libago 0, Sicat 0. UE 82 – Dichoso 31, Sullano 19, Flores 14, Alinsoring 5, Agbas 5, Almacen 4, Tan 2, Tajonera 2, Gatdula 0, Lima 0, Santos 0, Villarta 0. QUARTER SCORES: 28-13, 52-31, 71-57, 99-82 SECOND GAME ADAMSON 69 – Sabandal 23, Doria Ad. 10, Capulong 10, Manlapaz 9, Prodigo 6, Doria An. 6, Santos 3, Barcelona 1, Tulabut 1, Dominguez 0, Engbino 0, Hanapi 0, Nitura 0. UST 67 – Nonoy 27, Lina 13, Amador 8, Benzonan 6, Manabat 5, Casingcasing 3, Estrella 2, Oliva 2, Marzan 1, Dolendo 0, Dumlao 0, Barranco 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-19, 33-35, 61-51, 69-67 THIRD GAME ATENEO 115 – Sotto 18, Padrigao 17, David 16, Chiu 16, Jaymalin 9, Fetalvero 9, Ladimo 8, Diaz 7, Espinosa 6, Salandanan 4, Narciso 3, Lechoncito 2, Pangilinan 0, Corral 0, Coo 0 UPIS 68 – Labao 14, Tuazon 12, Vergeire 11, Torres 11, Estrera 10, Gomez de Liano 10, Armamento 0, Lopez 0, VIllaverde 0, Napalang 0, Galotera 0 QUARTER SCORES: 44-18, 65-37, 95-53, 115-68 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Top sports headliners in the year that was

From the FIFA World Cup to the NBA, the PBA to the UAAP and NCAA, the Asian Games to Manny Pacquiao, volleyball to MMA, the past 12 months truly was a great year for Filipino sports fans.   Here are some of the most memorable sports headliners that bannered the year that was.    San Miguel Corporation dominates PBA San Miguel Corporation owned 2018. For the first time in the history of the Asia’s first professional basketball league one company dominated all three conferences of the PBA. The San Miguel Beermen annexed their fourth straight Philippine Cup title against sister team Magnolia last May, while Ginebra rode on undersized do-it-all forward Justin Brownlee to the Commissioner's Cup title at the expense of San Miguel last August. Then it was Magnolia's time to shine in December. The Hotshots dismantled Alaska in six games to complete SMC’s domination of PBA 2018. Outside of basketball, SMC also made its presence felt in volleyball as Petron bagged the Grand Prix, Challenge Cup (beach volleyball) and the All-Filipino Conference in the Philippine Superliga.   Kai Sotto stands tall as Ateneo takes title vs NU Kai Sotto became a household name in 2018 as the 7'1" wunderkind showed off in the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball tournament. The eventual Finals MVP was a beast in Game 1 of the Finals against the NU Bullpups, tallying a triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks in the 86-70 win, the first of its kind since 2003. Ateneo finished the season almost unscathed at 16-1, with their lone loss in Game 2 of the series, a very chippy one to say the least. In Game 3, Sotto came up clutch, scoring the go-ahead basket, 60-58, with about 30 seconds left as Ateneo came away with the 63-58 win to take the title.  SJ Belangel, Joaqui Manuel, Dave Ildefonso and Jason Credo, and coach Joe Silva all appeared in their last games for the Blue Eaglets.   DLSU completes three-peat; NU dethrones Ateneo  The UAAP Season 80 volleyball tournament was filled with lasting memories that will surely be remembered for a long time. Numerous upsets in the eliminations, great games, and much more were the name of the game for the women's tournament. However, a long-time rivalry was rekindled when two-time defending champs De La Salle Lady Spikers met 29-time title holders FEU Lady Tamaraws for all the marbles last May. Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, and Dawn Macandili all ended their careers on a high note as they swept graduating Bernadeth Pons and the Lady Tamaraws in two straight games to win their third straight title. Graduating libero Macandili was named Finals MVP for the first and final time in her collegiate career.  Behind their magnificent floor defense and some stellar play from Finals MVP Bryan Bagunas, the NU Bulldogs also swept three-time defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles to reclaim a title they last enjoyed in Season 76. Espejo, a five-time UAAP MVP, had an awesome performance for the world's record books, scoring a record-55 points to force the FEU Tamaraws to a do-or-die Final Four. The Blue Eagle legend had played his last, and has since suited up for a semi-pro team in Japan's topflight volleyball league.   Alab fends off Mono Vampire to claim ABL title San Miguel-backed Alab Pilipinas were such a glorious sight to see in the eighth season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) last March. Coached by perennial fan favorite Jimmy Alapag in his very first season, the trio of Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee, and Local and Finals MVP Bobby Ray Parks to their first title in home soil. Alab faced Thailand-based Mono Vampire, who were led by Mike Singletary, towering Sam Deguara, Fil-Am Jason Brickman and Pinoy Paul Zamar. In the very same day as the coronation of the UAAP volleyball championships, Alab took home the crown in a rousing 102-92 victory in Sta. Rosa, much to the delight of the home crowd. Balkman, the league's Defensive Player of the Year led Alab in scoring with 32, while Brownlee added 24 of his own. Parks added 13 markers. The two imports played in the PBA for the Commissioner's Cup, where Balkman (San Miguel) and Brownlee (Ginebra) would face each other in the Finals.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Warriors send LeBron packing to Los Angeles The Golden St. Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers locked horns in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season after the two teams were pushed to the brink in the Conference Finals. Both teams were down 3-2 and won Game 7 on the road to win their respective conferences, with both teams banking on experience to forge another bout in the championship series. Game 1 was undoubtedly the most exciting game in the series as LeBron James had an epic performance of 51 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.  However, JR Smith's blunder at the end of regulation became the lasting image of that game, as he dribbled out the clock with the score tied at 107-all. The defending champions rode the surge and took the opening game, 124-114. Stephen Curry's brillant performance throughout the series was overshadowed by Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3, a few feet away from the spot where he launched the go-ahead three in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Durant was named as the Bill Russell Finals MVP after norming 28.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 7.5 apg in the four-game sweep, demolishing the Cavs 108-85 in the series finale last June. It would also be the last game LeBron James had in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, as he bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers almost a month later.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) France rules 2018 FIFA World Cup The most-coveted title of the beautiful game returned to France after two decades. The youthful French squad celebrated their conquest soaked in a downpour in Moscow after a 4-2 victory over first-time finalist Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup last July. Teenager Kylian Mbappe stood out in the French team composed of a bunch of 25 and under players. Speed, strength and youth became France’s biggest asset during the quadrennial football spectacle watched by almost 3.5 billion viewers around the world.  The 19-year-old migrant scored one of the four goals in the championship match to become the second teen to score a goal in the Finals after the legendary Pele back in 1958. France defeated Belgium in the semifinal, 1-0, while Croatia outlasted the favored Russians in penalty shootout, 4-3 (2-2). The French team also displayed diversity, with players born of migrant parents including Alphonse Areola, whose parents are both Filipinos working in France.   Pac on top, The Filipino Flash returns The most-celebrated Filipino athlete continued make the headlines this year. Manny Pacquaio stripped Lucas Matthysse of his WBA welterweight world championship belt with a seventh round technical knockout win in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July. Pacquiao split with long-time trainer Freddie Roach during his build up for the Matthysse bout back in April but confirmed their partnership once again for the 40-year old boxer’s title defense against Adrien Broner next year. Nonito Donaire Jr. announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight after a loss to Carl Frampton in April for the interim WBO Featherweight belt and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury to snatch the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.           Pinay power in the Asian Games   The Philippines participated in the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia that ran from August 18 to September 2. A total of 272 athletes that participated in 31 sports represented the country in the quadrennial meet with Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and medalist Margielyn Didal marching as flagbearers in the opening and closing ceremonies, respectively. Rio Olympian Hidilyn Diaz gave the PHI its first gold medal in women’s -53 kg. weightlifting. Five days after Diaz’s victory, the trio of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go accounted for the women’s golf team mint. Saso also bagged the individual gold. In Palembang, Didal rolled her way into winning the women’s street skateboard gold. The celebrated men’s basketball team started out strong after routing Kazakhstan but lost by two-points to China in the group stage. The Gilas Pilipinas squad advanced in the quarterfinals but bowed down to South Korea by nine points eventually settling for a fifth spot in the classification phase after wins over Japan and Syria. The PHI finished with a 4-2-15 gold-silver-bronze haul and landed at 19th spot, three places higher that its 2014 finish in Incheon, South Korea.      Red Lions roar, Blue Eagles soar San Beda University continued its mastery over the NCAA as it annexed its third straight title and 22nd overall. The Red Lions grabbed its 11th crown in 13 years at the expense of Lyceum of the Philippines University. It was one-sided championship series – just like in their Finals meeting last year – with the San Beda ripping the Pirates apart in Game One with LPU playing sans its best player in CJ Perez, who was banned for one game after failing to notify the league of his intention to join the PBA Draft. Perez returned in Game 2 but even his presence didn’t stop the Red Lions from painting the NCAA red once again. In probably one of the most memorable UAAP season in recent years, Ateneo de Manila University won its second straight crown. Ivorian tower and Rookie of the Year 6-foot-11 Ange Kouame made an immediate impact for the Blue Eagles complementing the already stacked Ateneo squad led by Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena. But the glory of Ateneo was overshadowed by the Cinderalla story of the team it vanquished in the Finals. Climbing up from the cellar in the past years, University of the Philippines made history by making it in the Finals for the first time since winning it all in 1986. But before their championship stint, the Fighting Maroons ended a two-decade Final Four drought. UP then shocked twice-to-beat Adamson University with both games decided by game-winners. Ateneo came in the series as the title favorites but overwhelming support from a very hungry UP community and underdogs fans backed the Fighting Maroons. But in the end, it was the Blue Eagles championship experience that prevailed.       Pinoys make wave in MMA Fighters under Team Lakay flexed their muscles in One Championship. Flyweight star Geje Eustaquio opened the year with an interim championship win over former champion Kairat Akhmetov in Manila back in January. Eustaquio then defeated two-time champion Adriano Moraes in Macau last July to become the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.  Joshua Pacio earned the ONE Strawweight World Championship last September after a unanimous decision win over two-time champion Japanese Yoshitaka Naito. Kevin Belingon dropped former world title challenger Andrew Leone with a now-famous spinning back kick in April. He followed it up with a dominating win over then-two division world champion Martin Nguyen to capture the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion. Belingon ended the five-year reign and seven-year winning streak of of long-time bantamweight king Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes in November via split decision.  Eduard Folayang outclassed Singaporean contender Amir Khan at ONE: Conquest of Champions in Manila in early December to bag the ONE Lightweight World Championship for the second time in his storied career.  BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen Loman successfully defended his title twice in 2018.  Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera needed only 64 seconds to knockout hard-hitting Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli in Manila early December to remain the king of the ONE Championship heavyweight kingdom.    Petron, Creamline rule respective club leagues Creamline claimed its breakthrough championship in the Premier Volleyball League by sweeping PayMaya in the Reinforced Conference Finals series last July. Alyssa Valdez finally ended a two-year title drought with the Cool Smashers' victory. Creamline opposite hitter Michele Gumabao was named Miss Globe-Philippines during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 last March. Gumabao represented the country in the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania last October and won the Miss Social Media and Dream Girl awards while landing a spot in the Top 15.     The Cool Smashers completed a sweep of the PVL’s Season 2 after claiming the Open Conference crown at the expense of Ateneo-Motolite via an emphatic series sweep this month. In the Philippine Superliga, Petron reigned supreme in the Grand Prix after taking down archrival F2 Logistics last May. Petron extended its supremacy in the sands after the tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadethn Pons defeated Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackielyn Estoquia of Sta. Lucia in the Challenge Cup final last May. The Cargo Movers got its revenge in the Invitational Cup, toppling the Blaze Spikers in a series sweep last July. Petron wrapped the year with the All-Filipino Conference in its pocket. The Blaze Spikers won its first 14 games before dropping Game 2 of the Finals. Petron swept F2 Logistics in Game 3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

UAAP Season 81 volleyball: DLS-Z brings girls title back to Alabang

De La Salle-Zobel brought the crown back to Alabang after completing a Finals series sweep of dethroned National University, 25-21, 25-23, 15-25, 16-25, 15-8, Sunday to rule the UAAP Season 81 girls volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Just like in the series opener, the Junior Lady Spikers squandered a two-set lead but made up for their miscues with a strong start in the fifth frame to knock the Bullpups off the throne after a four-year reign. Season Most Valuable Player Angel Canino fired 19 attacks and had two kill blocks in her 21-point outing while Alleiah Malaluan added 15 points for the Alabang-based squad’s 10th title overall and first since Season 75 during the senior year of Dawn Macandili and Kim Kianna Dy.    “Lahat ng hirap ng mga bata yun talaga ang gusto kong bigyan ng appreciation. Kung hindi naman dahil sa kanila, yung tulong nila, yung sakripisyo nila hindi namin magagawa ito,” said sophomore DLS-Z coach Tina Salak, who herself was a two-time UAAP champion as setter for Far Eastern University in the mid-90s.  The Junior Lady Spikers opened the match on the right foot, taking the first two sets but Bullpups behind the trio of Faith Nisperos, Jimy Jamili and Erin Pangilinan fought back to force another five-set affair. DLS-Z zapped the energy away from NU with a devastating 8-0 barrage that saw Malauan land three of her four aces in the that telling opening run. The Bullpups were able to cut their deficit to 9-6 only to see the Junior Lady Spikers take the crown off their heads.   “Super happy (sa championship). Super happy rin po ako sa mga seniors kasi para sa kanila po yun (title), for the seniors po yun,” said second year hitter Canino. “Hindi ko rin po ini-expect na ganito ang lalaruin namin and super happy ako sa kilabasan na laro namin.” Finals MVP and outgoing captain Justine Nazareno had nine markers while Theo Bonafe got seven for DLS-Z, which will part ways with other graduating players Jewel Encarnacion, Giovannah Macavinta, Alyssa Cruz and Bea Bonafe. Nisperos finished with 21 points while Jamili and Pangilinan had 16 and 14 markers, respectively, for NU. Earlier, Canino received the season MVP award to go with her Best 1st Outside Spiker plum in a short ceremony. Malaluan was the Best 2nd Outside Spiker and Best Server winner. Other awardees were Adamson's May Ann Nique (Best 1st Middle Blocker) and Ayesha Juegos (Best Opposite Spiker), FEU-Diliman's Alexis Miner (Best 2nd Middle Blocker), NU's Camille Lamina (Best Setter) and University of Santo Tomas' Det Pepito (Best Libero). Meanwhile, the Bullpups inched closer to claiming the boys crown after taking down Far Eastern University-Diliman, 25-19, 22-25, 25-8, 25-13, in their best-of-three series opener. Game 2 of the Finals is on Wednesday.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

UAAP: Ria Nabalan graduates undefeated after 80 games

As the ladies of National University were jumping up and down to celebrate their fifth straight championship in the UAAP Women's Basketball tournament Wednesday morning, Ria Nabalan was fixing all of the five gold medals that she earned in her five playing years around her neck. Ngiting 80-0, ngiting never pa natatalo sa UAAP. Ria Nabalan with her five championship medals! pic.twitter.com/nBBA7VvcyD — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) December 5, 2018 It was a spectacular sight. The bubbly sharp shooter was wearing five medals from different seasons, but all five say the same thing: "CHAMPION". Plus, from Seasons 77 to 81, she has never been on the losing column in all the 80 games she played. All she knows is the taste of victory. Looking back at her beginnings as a rookie from Chiang Kai Shek College in 2014, Nabalan never thought she would end up this successful. "Hindi [ko naisip ito] syempre, may mga times siguro na madodown kami, marami kami struggles and bilog yung bola, pero hindi ngayon," she said. Aside from joining an elite list of UAAP athletes who graduated undefeated, she is also part of another historic group of players who have scored 40-points in a single game. She notched this milestone on October 20, 2018 versus De La Salle University. Anchored on Ria Nabalan's career-high of 40 points, the National University Lady Bulldogs notch their 72nd straight win in the UAAP. They are just one game away from matching the league record for the longest winning streak set by the Adamson Softball team. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/1dh21RB9gP — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) October 20, 2018 She is also a pivotal part of NU's record-breaking run, wherein the Lady Bulldogs snatched the record for the longest winning streak in UAAP history back in October 27, 2018. Still, it was just in her very final game wearing the NU jersey that she considered herself as a history-maker. As she described, "Masaya syempre, at least ngayon masasabi ko na naging part na ako ng history." From her record-setting performances to her spunk on and off the court, Nabalan leaves a lasting impression on the Lady Bulldogs' program. She is one who always expresses confidence in her team. When asked if she remembers any point in her UAAP career that she thought she was going to lose, she had a ready answer. "Wala. Andyan naman mga teammates ko at coaches namin eh. Wala. Hindi kami pwede matakot kasi alam naming nasa likod namin ang isa’t isa," she said with full conviction. "One day siguro matatalo kami pero hindi pa ngayon," she added. After a stellar UAAP career, the Sports and Wellness Management major shared that she plans on serving the nation either through Philippine Navy or the women's national team Perlas Pilipinas next. "Siguro magtatry ako mag Navy kasama yung mga seniors ko. Depende pa kung anong mangyayari sa akin. Hoping din sana for RP team," she said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

UAAP Season 81 volleyball: Bullpups clinch Finals seat; Tigercubs force decider

National University advanced to the best-of-three championship series but will have to wait for its opponent after University of Sto. Tomas forced a winner-take-all semis showdown against Far Eastern University Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 boys volleyball tournament. The top seed Bullpups cruised into the Finals after rolling past Adamson University, 25-17, 25-15, 25-11, in their Final Four pairing at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Mac Arvin Bandola and Michael Fortuna teamed up on offense to submit the Baby Falcons in just 61 minutes of action. Bandola wreaked havoc at the net after scoring eight kill blocks in his 15-point production while Fortuna got nine kills, two kill blocks and an ace for NU. Pol Salvador posted eight of his nine markers off attacks while adding 12 digs for the Bullpups. Meanwhile, defending champion UST lived to fight another day with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-15 win over twice-to-beat FEU. Skipper Jhun Senoron displayed his scoring prowess with 20 points off 12 kills, seven aces and a kill block for 20 points for the Tigercubs. Jaycon Adeva and Rey De Vega added 12 and 10 markers, respectively, for UST, which landed 13 aces. The do-or-die match for the last championship seat is on Wednesday.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

UAAP: Clutch knows clutch as Cabagnot gives props to Desiderio

Without a doubt, Paul Desiderio is the most clutch player in all of the University of the Philippines. It shouldn’t be forgotten, however, that not far from him, there’s somebody who could very well out-clutch him. Only, that somebody is not a teammate. Rather, it’s Fighting Maroons assistant coach Alex Cabagnot – currently the point guard for San Miguel Beer who has been called “The Crunchman” for all his heroics throughout a 13-year playing career. That is exactly why, when State U needed a shot to make history, Cabagnot knew whose hands the ball should be in. “He hit a couple of huge shots. Actually, even before that shot, I wanted him to shoot it and we just looked at each other,” he shared, talking about Desiderio. He then continued, “He knew that I wanted him to take that. I’m blessed that he made it.” That shot the Beerman was referring to? Why, it’s just the biggest shot that has gone in for Diliman in the last 32 years. Paul Desderio delivers the final five points for UP. What a finish. #AtinToPapasokTo #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/wWlYNSG0jQ — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 28, 2018 And, apparently, the shot was what it looked like – a shot made possible by UP’s team captain and UP’s team captain alone. “Walang play yun. Nasa kanya lang talaga yun. Gusto niya lang talagang akuin,” head coach Bo Perasol said, confirming that he did not call any play with his team all even with Adamson University in their knockout bout last Wednesday. He then continued, “Makapal lang talaga mukha nito. Nakita mo naman na ang dami niyang mintis before that, pero alam niya na for the win, aakuin niya talaga.” Indeed, Desiderio was 2-of-18 from the field before hitting a triple and then that midrange jumper over the outstretched arms of Sean Manganti which proved to be the game-winner. That never-give-up mentality is just the proof that he has that clutch gene. “He’s very happy-go-lucky, but when it’s crunch time, he’s assertive. That’s the only thing I could as for,” Cabagnot said. He then continued, “Hindi niya tinataguan yung bola and we don’t have to tell him to shoot or to make a stop. He just knows it.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

UAAP: Sean Manganti, the man who gave his all for Adamson

After three years of service for Adamson University, Sean Manganti took his final bow for the blue and white, Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum. It was a tearful exit for the team captain as the Soaring Falcons lost to fellow history-seeking University of the Philippines, 89-87, in a do-or-die semifinals thriller in front of nearly 21,000 fans. Take a bow, Sean Manganti. @WCSPM #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/PgQVQO8bLa — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 Manganti was inconsolable after the final buzzer. Teammates and friends took turns in hugging the 6-foot-5 forward, but tears kept falling. Even during the Adamson University Hymn, he could not fight back his tears as he trembled, singing the song for the last time. The heartbroken reaction was understandable from the 24-year-old athlete. From being a mere athletic dunker in Season 79, he evolved to a clutch shot maker in Season 80, to the team leader that was now in Season 81. It was one wild ride for Manganti. In all those seasons, his team had been part of the top four cast, but they have yet to break through to the Finals.  Season 81 was supposed to be different. It was the first year under Pumaren's mentorship that they finished the eliminations as the second-seeded team, and the first time that they were enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage. This season was their strongest in the Pumaren era. This was also Manganti's best year. He delivered two clutch baskets versus UP in the eliminations that earned him the reputation for being a 'UP killer.' He also posted a career-high 27 points versus University of the East, and he ended his college career with averages of 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals. But as the dust settled, this season was still not Manganti's. It still wasn't Adamson's. Regardless of the heartbreaking finish, Manganti expressed that hopefully, the Adamson community will still remember him as a winner. "I just hope I can be remembered as one that left it all on the floor, one that gave his life to Adamson, one that gave his heart to Adamson, and sacrificed everything for Adamson no matter what," he said while fighting back tears. "And hopefully as a winner and a competitor," he added. Manganti is still nursing this heartbreak but he hinted that this is not the last time Filipino basketball fans will see him. "I'm looking at the [PBA] Draft. Either this year or next year," shared the Fil-Am athlete. His UAAP exit may not be as rosy as he wanted it to be, but at least he ended his career in front of a massively supportive Adamson community -- the community he treated as his home for three years. "I love you forever. That's all I can keep saying. I love Adamson forever. They'll always be a big part of me. They are the reason who I am today, they have shaped me into the man I am today. And I hope the feeling is mutual," Manganti said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018