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ABL: Paul Zamar hit a dagger right through the hearts of Filipinos

BANGKOK, THAILAND – As if the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals needed even more of it, Ray Parks Jr. and Paul Zamar have even more evidence to prove just how equally matched Alab Pilipinas and Mono Vampire are. In Game 4 on Saturday, Zamar swished a floater over the outstretched arms of Parks Jr. to put out the fire in Alab’s comeback and push Mono to an 88-83 win. This, coming from two days earlier when Parks Jr. hit a fadeaway jumper over the outstretched arms of Zamar to keep Mono at bay and claim for Alab a 99-93 win. Filipino head coach Jimmy Alapag could only marvel at the parallelism of those shots. “Down the stretch, Zamar hit a big one-legged shot similar to Ray’s the other night. That was a big shot,” he told reporters. For Zamar, his clutch shot wasn’t answer to Parks Jr.’s clutch shot. “I didn’t look at it as redemption. I looked at is as survival because our season was on the line,” he said. Indeed, the Thais needed to win Game 4 to level the best-of-five championship series at 2-2 and schedule a winner-take-all Game 5. Good thing then that their Filipino import came through with, in his own eyes, one of the biggest shots of his career. “Coach was stressing before the game that it’s not gonna be easy so we have to find other ways to win. We pushed especially in the end when we needed it the most the most,” he said. In the end, staying true to how he has long known to be, Zamar remained modest and deflected all credit to his teammates. “That clutch shot, it’s team effort that gave me the opportunity. We were trading blows with them (Alab) and I made it,” he said. He then continued, “I’m thankful and relieved I made it.” Zamar and Mono Vampire hope for the same result when they travel to the Philippines for Game 5 on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. That final showdown of the season tips off at 8:00 PM and will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 30th, 2018

ABL: Alab fails to slay Vampire in Game 4 thanks to Brickman, Zamar

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Alab Pilipinas was on the brink of a championship in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. Mono’s Filipino imports Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar weren’t going to let them have it just yet, however, and took charge in the last three minutes and took for Vampire an 88-83 triumph over Alab on Monday at the Stadium 29 here. Brickman had two points and one assist and Zamar also had two points of his own in the endgame to ward off their oncoming kababayans and seize the series-levelling Game 4 win for the home team. Mono built up an eight-point lead early in the final frame only to see Ray Parks Jr. get hot and shoot the Filipinos to within five, 77-82, with 3:13 remaining. It was at that point, however, that Brickman set up Darongpan Apiromvilaichai for a corner three and then followed that up with a layup to re-establish an 86-79 advantage in Vampire’s favor. Lo Domingo and Justin Brownlee again let the visitors threaten at 83-86, but Zamar closed the door on them once and for all with a floater over the outstretched arms of Parks Jr. In the end, Brickman totaled 13 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, and four steals while Zamar wound up with 11 markers, five dimes, four boards, and two pilfers. The Filipino imports proved to be the difference for Vampire as both Mike Singletary and Sam Deguara failed to make an impact in the endgame. Still the former had 20 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and five steals while the latter had a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double. The two teams will now head back to the Philippines for the winner-take-all Game 5 set for Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. For Alab, Parks Jr. showed the way with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. In the first of their two chances to take the title, both Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman were frustrated into substandard showings with the former posting 18 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists and the latter posting 18 markers, 13 rebounds, and five dimes. The two reinforcements combined for 15 turnovers. In all, the Filipinos turned the ball over 26 times leading to 24 points for their opponents. BOX SCORES MONO VAMPIRE 88 – Singletary 20, Deguara 20, Brickman 13, Zamar 11, Apiromvilaichai 9, Chanthachon 6, Ananti 6, Klahan 3 SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 83 – Parks Jr. 21, Brownlee 18, Balkman 18, Domingo 14, Raymundo 5, Sumalinog 3, Urbiztondo 2, Javelona 2, Alabanza 0, Hontiveros 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-18, 45-42, 69-69, 88-83 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Mixed emotions for Zamar as he nails dagger freethrows vs PH team

STA. ROSA --- Paul Zamar admitted it wasn't easy draining the crucial freethrows which gave Mono Vampire the 103-100 victory over San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in Game 2 of the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League Finals. "I had mixed emotions, especially playing against your fellow countrymen. You have to throw away all those emotions," he said. "Of course, I still have a job to do. It's basketball. Zamar went perfect from the foul line with 15.4 seconds remaining and gave the Thai side the three-point lead en route to Mono Vampire's first win against the Filipino team this season. Playing in front of a sold-out crowd at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex brought back a lot of memories from ...Keep on reading: Mixed emotions for Zamar as he nails dagger freethrows vs PH team.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

ABL: Alab has no answer for 7-5 Deguara as Mono evens Finals series

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA - Sam Deguara has been, literally, the biggest difference in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball Finals. Fouling out in the endgame the last time around, the 7-foot-5 made sure to wreak havoc all game long in this one to tow Thailand’s Mono Vampire to a gritty 103-100 victory versus Alab Pilipinas on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex. Deguara towered above all of Renaldo Balkman, Lo Domingo, and JR Alabanza to pound in 30 points, 20 rebounds, and five blocks and ultimately lifted the Thais into evening the best-of-five series at 1-1. It was also the reinforcement from Malta who made good on the basket and bonus that broke off a tied tally of 98-all and built up a 101-98 advantage in his team’s favor with 1:10 remaining. Balkman came right back with a short stab in the next possession, but that would be the last bucket the Filipinos would hit as Ray Parks Jr. and Justin Brownlee botched their attempts in the dying moments. Deguara had backup as American import Mike Singletary and Filipino import Paul Zamar scored 26 and 12 points, respectively. Filipino-American Jason Brickman also masterfully quarterbacked their offense and totaled 15 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, and two steals. Now, both momentum and homecourt advantage are with Mono as the series swings to Bangkok. Nonetheless, the Philippines will go all out to overcome the odds. Freshly-crowned Defensive Player of the Year Balkman showed the way for Alab with 37 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and two steals while newly-minted Local MVP Parks Jr. contributed 21 markers, eight boards, four dimes, three pilfers, and two rejections. Brownlee got off to a strong start with 11 points in the first quarter, but only wound up with 14. He also battled an apparent leg injury that forced him to the bench near the end of the third quarter. He missed majority of the final frame and was clearly not 100 percent when he launched his triple tries in the last 15 seconds that would have forced overtime. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

ABL: Alab eyeing 2-0 lead before Finals series swings to Thailand

Game on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex 8:00 PM – Alab Pilipinas vs Mono Vampire Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman came to the rescue as Alab Pilipinas took Game 1 of the Finals in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. The Filipinos are hoping they wouldn’t need any more heroics as they try to push Mono Vampire to the brink on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. The Philippines goes for a 2-0 lead while Thailand goes for an equalizer in the best-of-five series starting at 8:00 PM. As always, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. Brownlee’s heads-up play led to a Balkman putback that tied the tally at the end of regulation and the two continued to show the way for Alab in overtime as they ultimately prevailed, 143-130, in the series opener. Of course, the Filipinos have their sights set on another win, but want that win to come in a contest where they will be the ones setting the pace. Again about to go full-speed ahead, on the other hand, is Mono which will ride Sam Deguara and Mike Singletary and Filipino imports Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar in trying to get momentum just in time for when the series swings over to Bangkok. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

ABL: Alab eyeing 2-0 lead before Finals series swings to Thailand

Game on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex 8:00 PM – Alab Pilipinas vs Mono Vampire Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman came to the rescue as Alab Pilipinas took Game 1 of the Finals in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. The Filipinos are hoping they wouldn’t need any more heroics as they try to push Mono Vampire to the brink on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. The Philippines goes for a 2-0 lead while Thailand goes for an equalizer in the best-of-five series starting at 8:00 PM. As always, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. Brownlee’s heads-up play led to a Balkman putback that tied the tally at the end of regulation and the two continued to show the way for Alab in overtime as they ultimately prevailed, 143-130, in the series opener. Of course, the Filipinos have their sights set on another win, but want that win to come in a contest where they will be the ones setting the pace. Again about to go full-speed ahead, on the other hand, is Mono which will ride Sam Deguara and Mike Singletary and Filipino imports Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar in trying to get momentum just in time for when the series swings over to Bangkok. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Paul Zamar proving full-blooded Filipinos can be world-class reinforcements

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Paul Zamar was playing with a black eye in Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals. And yet, he turned in one of his best games of the season, scoring 25 points and helping Thailand’s Mono Vampire almost steal homecourt advantage. Zamar, Mono’s Asean Heritage import from the Philippines, had his right eye all black now, four days after it got up close and personal with the elbow of Chong Son Kung Fu slotman Justin Howard. “Ang liit kasi niya e,” the Mono guard jokes now. That didn’t stop him, or even slow him down, in Game 1 of the championship round, though. “Hindi ko iniinda. Pinoy tayo, hindi tayo aatras sa laban,” he said. Of course, the fact that he was playing in his native land and with his family, including coach Boycie Zamar, in attendance also motivated Zamar. “Inspired lang ako kasi nandito yung family ko. Tapos siyempre, nandito tayo sa Pilipinas,” he shared. He then continued, “Taga-rito ako e so itotodo ko.” The now 29-year-old has been pushing it to the limit all throughout the season and not just whenever he is in the Philippines. He, along with Filipino-American Jason Brickman, have formed a potent backcourt that has been a big part of Vampire’s surprising Finals run. For him, it’s all about living up to the Filipino fighting spirit. “Hindi ko lang nire-represent yung Mono at Thailand. Nire-represent ko rito yung lahat ng Pilipino,” he said. He then continued, “Pinapatunayan natin na pang-world class tayo. ‘Di lang tayo pang-Pilipinas, kaya nating mag-import sa ibang bansa as pure Filipino.” Well aware of that Filipino fighting spirit, however, Zamar also saw Alab Pilipinas erase a two-point lead in the last two four seconds of regulation and ultimately come away with a 143-130 overtime win in Game 1. “Never say die talaga e. (Ang) Pilipino, ‘di titigil hanggang mag-buzzer,” he said post-game, after he and the rest of Vampire now find themselves in a 0-1 hole in the best-of-five series. He then continued, “Pero siyempre, lesson learned na sa amin. Dapat matuto kaming mag-concentrate lalo na sa dying moments.” Nonetheless, the former University of the East star is relishing facing off with his kababayans for all the glory in the ABL. Asked about how it feels to playing in the Philippines again, he answered, “Ang sarap. Ito yung the best feeling ever.” And along with that, spending time with the family whom he hadn’t been with for almost half a year now. “May team policy kami na siyempre, dapat magkakasama kami sa hotel (in Alabang), pero during free time, umuuwi ako sa amin (sa Paranaque),” he shared. With his family still behind him and his kababayans still proud of him even though he’s at the opposing side, Zamar vowed to only be better as the series goes along. “I can still be better in the coming games. As a basketball player, hindi ka dapat makukuntento sa laro mo kasi you can always do better,” he said. He then continued, “And as a team, alam naming we came up short this game, but we can also do better. Of course, they’re (Alab) also gonna do better, may the best team win na lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Paul Zamar proving full-flooded Filipinos can be world-class reinforcements

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Paul Zamar was playing with a black eye in Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals. And yet, he turned in one of his best games of the season, scoring 25 points and helping Thailand’s Mono Vampire almost steal homecourt advantage. Zamar, Mono’s Asean Heritage import from the Philippines, had his right eye all black now, four days after it got up close and personal with the elbow of Chong Son Kung Fu slotman Justin Howard. “Ang liit kasi niya e,” the Mono guard jokes now. That didn’t stop him, or even slow him down, in Game 1 of the championship round, though. “Hindi ko iniinda. Pinoy tayo, hindi tayo aatras sa laban,” he said. Of course, the fact that he was playing in his native land and with his family, including coach Boycie Zamar, in attendance also motivated Zamar. “Inspired lang ako kasi nandito yung family ko. Tapos siyempre, nandito tayo sa Pilipinas,” he shared. He then continued, “Taga-rito ako e so itotodo ko.” The now 29-year-old has been pushing it to the limit all throughout the season and not just whenever he is in the Philippines. He, along with Filipino-American Jason Brickman, have formed a potent backcourt that has been a big part of Vampire’s surprising Finals run. For him, it’s all about living up to the Filipino fighting spirit. “Hindi ko lang nire-represent yung Mono at Thailand. Nire-represent ko rito yung lahat ng Pilipino,” he said. He then continued, “Pinapatunayan natin na pang-world class tayo. ‘Di lang tayo pang-Pilipinas, kaya nating mag-import sa ibang bansa as pure Filipino.” Well aware of that Filipino fighting spirit, however, Zamar also saw Alab Pilipinas erase a two-point lead in the last two four seconds of regulation and ultimately come away with a 143-130 overtime win in Game 1. “Never say die talaga e. (Ang) Pilipino, ‘di titigil hanggang mag-buzzer,” he said post-game, after he and the rest of Vampire now find themselves in a 0-1 hole in the best-of-five series. He then continued, “Pero siyempre, lesson learned na sa amin. Dapat matuto kaming mag-concentrate lalo na sa dying moments.” Nonetheless, the former University of the East star is relishing facing off with his kababayans for all the glory in the ABL. Asked about how it feels to playing in the Philippines again, he answered, “Ang sarap. Ito yung the best feeling ever.” And along with that, spending time with the family whom he hadn’t been with for almost half a year now. “May team policy kami na siyempre, dapat magkakasama kami sa hotel (in Alabang), pero during free time, umuuwi ako sa amin (sa Paranaque),” he shared. With his family still behind him and his kababayans still proud of him even though he’s at the opposing side, Zamar vowed to only be better as the series goes along. “I can still be better in the coming games. As a basketball player, hindi ka dapat makukuntento sa laro mo kasi you can always do better,” he said. He then continued, “And as a team, alam naming we came up short this game, but we can also do better. Of course, they’re (Alab) also gonna do better, may the best team win na lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

ABL Finals: Brownlee never says die as Alab fights off Mono in Game 1

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Justin Brownlee missed a crucial free throw, but also made the heads-up play that kept the fire burning for Alab Pilipinas in regulation in Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals. Brownlee’s intentionally botched free throw ended up as a putback for Renaldo Balkman and the two would just keep going in overtime as the Filipinos pulled off an incredible 143-130 come-from-behind victory versus Thailand’s Mono Vampire on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex. The two reinforcements didn’t stop battling no matter what and willed the Philippines a step closer to its first championship since 2013. They now lead the best-of-five series, 1-0. Brownlee dropped 10 of his 46 points in the extra period on top of a total of 11 rebounds and nine assists. His scoring output set the record for most points scored in a Finals game by a player. His biggest play, though, was an intentionally botched free throw. The Philippines was chasing down a two-point deficit with four ticks to go and Brownlee fished a foul that sent him to the line. Once there, he muffed his first free throw before making sure his second attempt just grazed enough of the rim. It did and it was again the American import who got the rebound. While his short stab didn’t go in, Balkman was there to clean it up and ultimately forced overtime. There was no stopping the Alab reinforcements in the extra period as they just turned it on, outscoring all of Mono, 18-9, by their lonesome. Brownlee was the star of the show, but his Puerto Rican running mate was not that far behind with 39 points and 15 rebounds of his own. Locals Ray Parks Jr. and Lo Domingo also added 27 and 14 points, respectively, to help the Filipinos overcome a four-point disadvantage with under 20 seconds remaining. They hope to stand at the winning end anew in Game 2 on Wednesday still at the same venue. Of course, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/abl. Conversely, Vampire is hopeful  for a different outcome. However, they are also hoping Mike Singletary could build on his 42-point outburst and Filipino reinforcement Paul Zamar could stay hot after pouring in 25 markers. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 143 — Brownlee 46, Balkman 39, Parks 27, Domingo 14, Raymundo 9, Javelona 8, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Sumalinog 0, Urbiztondo 0. MONO VAMPIRE 130 — Singletary 42, Zamar 25, Deguara 21, Brickman 15, Apiromvilaichai 14, Chanthachon 7, Klahan 6, Boonyai 0, Khukhandin 0, Phuangla 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-32, 59-58, 87-87, 121-121, 143-130. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Paul the apostle | Inquirer Sports

The heartache hits hardest at 3 a.m., when a sudden surge of sleeplessness startles Paul Zamar into surveying the empty spaces around him. The post Paul the apostle appeared first on Inquirer Sports ......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

OPINION: Abstinence, not condom is best for HIV prevention

SAINT PAUL: "Yourbody is the temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19).   In 2017, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)narrated a very sad story that told us that men having sex with other men (MSM) is the principal cause of HIV epidemic in Asia-Pacific.   Moreover, the Philippines registered the fastest increase in the spread of HIV in Asia-Pacific, which means that male Filipinos who get infected every day are 15 to 24 years old. In the United States, youngest are 13 years of age.   15 to 24 years old   In early 2018, the PH National Youth Commission (NYC) was extremely alarmed of the worsening situation, admittin...Keep on reading: OPINION: Abstinence, not condom is best for HIV prevention.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

UAAP: What it feels like to be with 21,000 UP-Adamson fans in the Araneta Coliseum

After the University of the Philippines forced a do-or-die game versus Adamson University last Saturday, Paul Desiderio expressed how much he loved the support of the UP community present at the Mall of Asia Arena. To him, the cheers and the chants pumped him up for every play. When asked if Saturday's crowd was the biggest crowd he has ever played in front of, he had this to say. "Hindi pa ito, mayroon pa sa Wednesday," said the team captain. With his 'Atin 'To' promise from last season came another prophecy fulfilled from Desiderio. Come Wednesday, this time in the Araneta Coliseum, nearly 21,000 fans clad either in blue or maroon filled the coliseum to the brim. The blue side came earlier than the maroon side. At least 45 minutes before the tipoff, a jam-packed Adamson side was already belting out their signature cheers while waving their blue and white balloons. Crowd check at 2:40, around an hour before the tipoff. First photo, Adamson. Second photo, UP. #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/MEGxmP1S6R — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 Adamsonians' show of force 45 mins before tipoff. #UAAPSeason80 #UAAPFinalFour pic.twitter.com/dwzTJHmnJ2 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 It was a powerful show of force from the Adamson community, which exhausted all efforts to show up for the Soaring Falcons. Classes were suspended and bus services were provided. The Adamson supporters consisted mostly of current students and youthful fans. Bright Akhuetie shared hearing those cheers while he was still in the locker room preparing for the match. "When I was in the dugout I actually asked someone if there was a game going on. Seriously, I asked, 'Who's playing out there? Are we playing after that game?' and they were like 'No, nobody's playing,' then I said 'Why are they shouting?," said the Fighting Maroon in between laughs. As the tip-off neared, the UP community composed of students, middle-aged alumni, and even senior citizens caught up and started filling their side of the coliseum. Team captain Paul Desiderio made a quick eye test of their crowd and deduced a funny observation which head coach Bo Perasol revealed after the game. "Sabi ni Paul pagbalik niya, sabi niya 'Coach talo tayo sa crowd.' Sabi ko, 'Bakit?' Sabi niya, 'Matatanda 'yung crowd natin, mga bata 'yung Adamson. Napaka-energetic, sigaw ng sigaw.' 'Eh 'yung atin?' 'Nakatunganga doon, matatanda.' Sabi ko, 'Mga alumni natin 'yan!," said Perasol beside a laughing Desiderio. "[Adamson] got kids and they hyped! They were super hyped but wow," Akhuetie added. When the game started, it was pandemonium. All game long, both jam-packed sides were screaming out loud with their cheers. There was rarely a moment that neither "UP Fight" nor "Unawakanahimo" was heard. One can literally feel the magnitude of every shot courtesy of the fans' jumping in the stands. Desiderio's observation that Adamson's crowd was more youthful can be validated by the fun gimmicks the blue-and-white supporters did during timeouts. There were times that Adamson supporters raised flashlights from their smart phones and there were also times that they would do waves around their half of the venue. The Maroons on the other hand just did the classic variations of their cheers -- the UP Fight callbacks and the U-nibersidad verse complete with actions. The usual trash talk between both sides was also present. The boos, the lutos, the iyakins were all there. The mood of the crowd was telling. Something spectacular was really about to happen. Jun Manzo's spin move and scoop shot in regulation happened. Jerom Lastimosa's game-tying triple to force an overtime happened. Then the crazy back-and-forth extra five minutes happened. Then Desiderio's jumper that provided to be marginal basket happened. The final buzzer sounded and it signalled the end of the Finals drought for the Maroons. After 32 years, UP is back in the biggest stage of the UAAP. It was UP's turn to raise their flashlights. "I saw a lot of maroon. All I saw was flashlights. Everywhere. I was like, 'Oh my God, these people, they came out ready," Akhuetie shared. The supporters who Desiderio referred to as young once screamed and jumped their hearts out. "Eh ngayon naman, tumayo din kahit matanda. Umingay na rin, namaos na rin ang mga alumni namin from the ages," Perasol narrated. Tears of joy and screams of relief were heard from the maroon side while sighs of frustration and exasperation creeped through the blue side. But everyone still went home with a warm heart and a memory of their school cheer sung by the whole coliseum. As per UAAP tradition, the UP Pep Squad Drummers played the A-D-A-M-S-O-N cheer as the whole 360-degrees of the venue joined screaming every letter and syllabication of the name of the school that just gave them the toughest yet sweetest game. UP fans pay tribute to the Adamson University after the do-or-die thriller. #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/IUvWQQ6ai8 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 The Adamson Drummers paid the favor back and hit the U-nibersidad cheer as everyone regardless of color celebrated the victory of a history-seeking team. Adamson University's turn to sing U-nibersidad after the close game. #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/vFD73yIvLy — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 It was sportsmanship at its finest.  After the high of that instant classic match, one thing is for sure -- UP and Adamson just gave the fans the most complete UAAP basketball experience. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2018

PVL: Bersola, Tiamzon show ‘Atin ‘to’ version in semis win

Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola need not look far for inspiration in BanKo’s best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference Final Four series opener against Ateneo-Motolite. An hour before their match Wednesday night, the University of the Philippines products repeatedly peeked inside the pressroom of the FilOil Flying V Centre to take a glimpse at then ongoing UAAP basketball match. It was the do-or-die Final Four duel between UP and Adamson for the right to face defending champion Ateneo de Manila University for the crown. With time winding down, Paul Desiderio, the guard best known for coining the now UP mantra of ‘Atin ‘to’, delivered the winning basket in overtime as the Maroons marched into the Finals for the first time in 32 years.          Pity the duo didn’t get a chance to watch that winning moment for their alma mater albeit in the arena’s small and grainy TV set. It was an inspiration, so to say, as the Perlas Spikers veterans made their own version of it in San Juan. The duo played their hearts out especially in the deciding set to power BanKo to a marathon, 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 19-25, 15-6, victory to move a step closer for the clubs breakthrough championship round stint.   “Siyempre gusto talaga namin kunin ‘to eh. Di pa kami nakakapasok sa Finals before,” said Bersola, who together with Tiamzon tried to downplay the influence of the Maroons historic Finals appearance. “Laro lang talaga. Gusto lang namin maglaro and siyempre manalo talaga not just for ourselves but for the team,” said Tiamzon. Bersola and Tiamzon scored four points each in the BanKo’s blazing 13-5 burst that took the fight out of the Lady Eagles in the fifth set. Tiamzon posted 25 points with 21 coming off attacks, while Bersola had 16 points, seven off kill blocks, to pace the Perlas Spikers, who reasserted their mastery over the Lady Eagles. After a third place finish in the Reinforced Conference, BanKo is now knocking on the door of their first-ever Finals stint. And they will not stop until they get it – may it be on Saturday in Game 2 or on Sunday in the decider, if necessary. “Ito malaking chance namin ngayon, we’re here in this position,” said Bersola. “Kuha lang ng kuha. Laro lang ng laro hanggang sa makarating doon (sa Finals).”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

Adamson out to spoil UP s fun in UAAP 81 Final Four

Game on Saturday at the MOA Arena 3:30 PM – Adamson vs UP The University of the Philippines has finally made it past the elimination round for the first time since 1997. Only, opposite them in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four is second-seed and twice-to-beat Adamson University. The Soaring Falcons are determined to yet again break the hearts of the Fighting Maroons when they meet in the middle of the MOA Arena floor on Saturday. This year’s Final Four commences with a highly anticipated showdown between Adamson and UP at 3:30 PM. Of course, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, livestream, and iWant. The Soaring Falcons won both meetings of the two teams in the elimination round – and Sean Manganti had a big hand in that. Still, the Fighting Maroons are nothing but confident they could pull off an upset with Season MVP Bright Akhuetie, Mythical selection Juan Gomez de Liano, and team captain Paul Desiderio leading the charge. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

HOAX: US Senator Richard Black calls Duterte a ‘druglord’

Claim: US Senator Richard Black from Virginia supposedly criticized Filipinos for electing President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he called a “very powerful druglord.” Facebook user Paul John posted the claim to group “Freedom Wall (original)" on November 8. The full quote, as placed in a meme graphic with a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

LOOK: Heartbreaker Sean Manganti gets bashed by UP fans again

MANILA, Philippines – After Adamson captain Sean Manganti broke the hearts of University of the Philippines (UP) fans for two straight seasons , everyone was expecting the Katipunan-based squad to get even.  But, surprise! Manganti shattered their hearts again, this time by hitting a dagger corner triple off a pass from Jerrick ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 28th, 2018

Eight new stars who have risen in UAAP Season 81

It all begins here. That has been the UAAP theme this year and the names you will see on this list have been embracing their new beginnings and are delivering with promise despite all the pressure. The UAAP’s 81st season has been wild right off the bat with teams pulling wins out of nowhere, impressive individual performances, and lit on-court actions, which everyone has caught live on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, eight names have already shown why they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the season. Let’s take a look at the idols of future ballers and coaches here: 1.) Ange Kouame, Ateneo De Manila University The Ivorian big man is having a great debut with the defending champs in Season 81 and has been announcing his arrival to the league big game after big game, punctuated by his 33-point 27-rebound performance against potential Final Four contender, the FEU Tamaraws. While Thirdy Ravena continues to be the Blue Eagles’ leader on the floor, Kouame is slowly turning himself into a problem on a nightly basis. He’s constantly improving and learning about the college game thanks in part to fellow Ateneo big, who saw his play blossom last year, in Isaac Go.   2.) Sean Manganti, Adamson University Jerrick Ahanmisi is the Falcons’ leading scorer and main attraction. But let it not distract you from the fact that Sean Manganti has improved vastly to be the actual barometer of the team as it continues its stellar season. To prove a point, Manganti has also hit big shots for the Falcons including that game-winning dagger against the UP Fighting Maroons. Part of the reason for his impressive season so far is due to his training with former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, who has been teaching him all the tricks in his bag.   3.) Justine Baltazar, La Salle  Justine Baltazar was a diamond in the rough coming to the Green Archers’ side of the fence after a stellar UAAP Juniors showing for National University. This season, without Ben Mbala up front, people are shocked by the massive improvement of Balti’s game as he has been the Green Archers’ consistent pillar of strength next to Aljun Melecio and Leonard Santillan. Balti is yet to have a bad game this season except when he had to contend with Ateneo’s hulking Ange Kouame, who is way heavier than the lanky center.   4.) Hubert Cani, Far Eastern University What a journey it has been for the former UAAP Juniors Finals MVP Hubert Cani, who went to Ateneo for two years before transferring to FEU and debuting last year. The 5’11” point guard has trimmed down immensely in preparation for Season 81 and it has clearly shown that his deadly Juniors form is back in harness. While FEU has been see-sawing lately in the standings, Cani has been the constant as much as teams prepare to stop FEU’s top scorer Arvin Tolentino.   5.) Juan Gomez De Liano, University of the Philippines Juan’s sophomore year has been anything but a disappointment. The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year recently stopped the UAAP triple double drought when he posted a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist line against the UE Red Warriors last Sunday (October 21). With team captain Paul Desiderio struggling in the start of the season, the former UAAP Juniors MVP stepped up to the plate and show improvement across the board and has become a huge headache for opposing teams alongside prized recruit Bright Akhuetie everytime he steps on the court.    6.) CJ Cansino, University of Sto. Tomas The Growling Tigers rookie is living up to lofty expectations heaped on his shoulders as a UAAP Juniors MVP coming out of the UST Tiger Cubs program. Cansino is already displaying a grown man’s game despite being at the collegiate level. His basketball IQ is off the charts while maximizing the most of his physical tools at hand along with the system new Head Coach Aldin Ayo has put in place. With the keys in his hand, Cansino has responded and what a way for a rookie to, already having an 18-point, 18-rebound game and constantly hovering around a triple-double.   7.) Dave Ildefonso, National University The younger Demolition Brother has been a treat to watch. Along with Cansino, they are both starring for their teams as rookies, leading the way, and leaving fans with jaws on the floor because of the level of talent they are displaying. He has shown great scoring instincts and has been at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ rebuild. 8.) Joe Silva, University of the East We’re giving the last and final spot in the list to UE’s neophyte coach, who’s the driving force behind the rebuilding Red Warriors. Coach Joe maybe younger in terms of age and experience compared to his UAAP counterparts, but he is definitely no pushover with two UAAP Juniors championship under his belt with the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets. So far, he is off to a good start in building a winning culture in the current UE Red Warriors lineup. This is evident in how feisty his team fights game in and game out despite the talent gap they face. These eight guys are not the only impressive names we should all watch out for as you never know who will suddenly come out of the woodwork and starts pumping impressive game after impressive game. Get to see these stars in action every UAAP Season 81 game day during Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD starting at 2 pm. For more sports news, follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Paul Syjuco seeks inspiration from female jewelry designers

  In the wake of Celine-gate, when the outcry over Hedi Slimane's decimation of Phoebe Philo's legacy generated probably more angry-mournful tweets than the last celebrity cheating scandal, everyone is now asking themselves: What next?   Everyone is looking to female designers to fill the Philo-shaped void in their hearts. And to seek refuge in the body-friendly, womanly sensibility of the former Celine director.   Now, people are turning to other female design voices and perspectives.   In the case of jewelry designer Paul Syjuco, he found himself inspired by the work of two women artists of the golden age of the Art Deco period: Suzanne Belp...Keep on reading: Paul Syjuco seeks inspiration from female jewelry designers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Player of the Week: Paul Zamar proving worth for Blackwater

Paul Zamar is making a name for himself for Blackwater after being a fourth round draft pick by Barangay Ginebra in 2012 and left unsigned that had him spending the last several years playing outside the PBA. Zamar is having the best stretch of his PBA career in the 2018 Governors' Cup and being named Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week is a testament to his impressive play. The 30-year-old guard averaged 12 points and five rebounds the past week to help Blackwater remain as one of the conference's top squads with a 6-1 record. He came up big late in the Elite's 94-91 victory over the Meralco Bolts on Friday where he buried 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, in...Keep on reading: Player of the Week: Paul Zamar proving worth for Blackwater.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Blackwater s Zamar legitimizes PBA stardom with weekly citation

Just last May, Paul Zamar realized his dream of playing in the PBA. On Monday, the Blackwater guard got a bonus after being named the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of October 1-7 in the 2018 Governors’ Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa

NARIRINIG pa ba ninyo ang matandang ka­sabihang ito? Sa hard earned victory ng Blackwater kontra sa Meralco, 94-90, noong Miyerkoles, mu­ling sinariwa ito ni coach Bong Ramos. “We got favor from the Lord,” salubong na salita ni Ramos pag-upo niya sa loob ng press room sa post game interview. “I have to decide between Zamar (Paul)… link: Nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018