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Adamson to test mettle of UST in FilOil Cup

University of Santo Tomas finally nabbed their first win in three matches in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. Now, they're set to build on it. The Growling Tigers defeated the struggling Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 98-88, last Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMay 17th, 2018

UAAP: Defending champ Ateneo doesn t care about all your expectations

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 13-1 after eliminations, 1-1 in Final Four, 2-1 in Finals, champion YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Anton Asistio, Isaac Go, Gian Mamuyac, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Thirdy Ravena WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: SJ Belangel, Matthew Daves, Angelo Kouame, William Navarro, Adrian Wong (returning) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Chibueze Ikeh, Vince Tolentino WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM ATENEO? As it should be, defending champion Ateneo de Manila University is the favorite to repeat. “We recognize the quality of the opposition. Anytime you have a successful season, you not only have to fight your own complacency, but you also have to fight the elevated determination that kind of season creates on your opponents.” – head coach Tab Baldwin While the Blue Eagles’ championship team lost big man Chibueze Ikeh and glue guy Vince Tolentino, they are installing in their places 6-foot-10 Ivorian tower Angelo Kouame, Filipino-Canadian high-flyer Matthew Daves, and former San Beda University sweet-shooter William Navarro And oh, they now also have SJ Belangel of UAAP Juniors champion Ateneo high as well as returning swingman Adrian Wong. Safe to say, the defending champions only got better – and that much was evident in their strong showing in the 2018 William Jones Cup. “We try to make sure that we see each animal distinctly. The summer leagues, each of them was different, but there’s no doubt as to what we really exist for and that’s the UAAP. All of these things are in preparation for the UAAP.” – head coach Tab Baldwin Still, Ateneo is tuning out all the noise from all over and instead, as always, have decided to focus on themselves. “Expectations are irrelevant to us. We have our own expectations and we believe in ourselves. I don’t feel like I have anything to prove, but that doesn’t mean I would accept losing.” – head coach Tab Baldwin WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM ATENEO? Thirdy Ravena has been runner-up to MVP Ben Mbala for two seasons running. Now that Mbala is in Korea, it’s not that farfetched to see Ravena finally hoisting the trophy for top individual player. Matt Nieto and Isaac Go are also still here and even better than ever – especially after gaining valuable experience as Gilas cadets. All eyes are on Kouame who wowed in the Jones Cup as well as the Filoil Preseason. He is as raw as they come right now, but likewise has the potential to be the best foreign student-athlete the school has ever had. “Angelo has very little background in basketball and there are some complexities to our system, but he’s an intelligent kid. He’s very hungry and incredibly willing to do what’s asked of him. We believe in him and his future – both short-term and long-term. I think he has a big upside.” – head coach Tab Baldwin When it all comes down to it, however, Ateneo is still Ateneo and they don’t really have players to watch – just a team to watch. That means that what we can only expect is that there will be different top scorers, different top rebounders, and different top assist-men in each and every game. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR ATENEO? Ateneo is the defending champion and the heavy favorite, but remains grounded on team play, selflessness, and brotherhood. That same balanced offense and disciplined defense is still here – and perhaps, even better than ever. “We just try to continue to grow. There’s so much to learn for these young players in the game of basketball and there’s so much development for them to achieve. We don’t get bored because tomorrow is another day to grow and improve.” – head coach Tab Baldwin And so the Blue Eagles are the team-to-beat for opponents, but also remain the team-to-love for fans. WHERE WOULD ATENEO BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? Ateneo will be in the Finals once more – living up to its billing as favorite to repeat. A season sweep also isn’t out of the question, but even the Blue Eagles know that doing such thing is more difficult than winning the title or going back-to-back. WHEN IS ATENEO’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? Ateneo’s first test in the tournament will be courtesy of another championship contender in Adamson University on September 9. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

UAAP: Adamson believes it s high time to get over the hump

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 9-5, lost to La Salle in the Final Four YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Jerrick Ahanmisi, Jonathan Espeleta, Sean Manganti, Koko Pingoy, Papi Sarr WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: CJ Catapusan, Jed Colonia, Jerom Lastimosa GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Tyrus Hill, Kurt Lojera, Robbie Manalang, Dawn Ochea WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM ADAMSON? In Franz Pumaren’s first year as head coach, Adamson University got the fourth-seed before getting ousted by De La Salle University. In coach Franz’s second season, they got the third-seed before getting ousted anew by La Salle. The Soaring Falcons are believers that third time’s the charm, though – especially as they are bringing back a battle-hardened, title-hungry core that is, on paper, better than what their tormentor Green Archers have. “I think we overachieved during our first season under my watch, but basically, our idea right now is to have a better finish than the previous two seasons.” – head coach Franz Pumaren Jerrick Ahanmisi, Jonathan Espeleta, Sean Manganti, Koko Pingoy, and Papi Sarr make up a fearsome fivesome that is right up there with the league’s best. And even with Robbie Manalang, Dawn Ochea, Tyrus Hill, and Kurt Lojera gone, talented youngsters like Jerom Lastimosa and Magbuhos brothers Vince and Wilfrey have taken their place. “Half of the team are all rookies. Basically, we’re just hoping the young guys can mature quicky.” – head coach Franz Pumaren With that, Adamson is not only targeting getting back at La Salle, but perhaps even a long-awaited, much-wanted Finals berth – and who knows, even the championship? WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM ADAMSON? For Adamson to take the next step, Ahanmisi should also take the next step from star to superstar. That means doing much more than scoring he already has on lockdown. “Jerrick is a very special player. There’s no doubt he can shoot the lights out, but basically, you’ll be seeing a different Jerrick. I’ve talked to him and he knows that for us to reach another level, he has to start asserting himself.” – head coach Franz Pumaren Right beside him should be Manganti and Espeleta who are out to spread their own wings as two-way forwards, The big cloud hovering about the heads of the Soaring Falcons, however, is Pingoy and if he is at full strength. The court general has been dealing with a foot injury that kept him out of the PBA D-League and the Filoil Preseason, but now, says he will be back in action. He admitted he’s not at 100 percent yet, but will play through the pain to help his team. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR ADAMSON? Adamson’s last two seasons ended at the hands of Ben Mbala and La Salle. Those losses have only fueled their fire, though, and now, it’s high time for the Soaring Falcons to finally break through. The darkhorse is a darkhorse no more and, in fact, has an inside track for a twice-to-beat advantage. That is the very definition of slowly, but surely. “We have to outwork everybody for us to be really competitive this season. That’s why (you all) will see these guys work hard to achieve their dreams.” – head coach Franz Pumaren WHERE WOULD ADAMSON BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? The twice-to-beat advantage is Adamson’s to lose. After defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, the Soaring Falcons have the best chances at a top two finish in the elimination round. We can all count on the fact that Ahanmisi and company will go all out to make that happen. Twice-to-beat or not, though, Adamson will be in the Final Four for the third season in a row. WHEN IS ADAMSON’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? Adamson puts up the first tough test for defending champion Ateneo on September 9. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

BVR: UAAP champs test mettle in Manila Open

Defending UAAP champions James Natividad and Bryan Bagunas of National University get a chance to gauge their level of play heading into the collegiate season as they vie for the crown in the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour Manila Open happening this weekend. The Bulldogs and 15 other men’s squads together with 16 women’s entries converge at the Sands SM by the Bay for three days of beach volleyball action starting Friday where a total purse of P60,000 will be at stake. Bagunas and Natividad ruled the UAAP men’s beach volleyball tournament last year at the expense of University of Sto. Tomas and their participation will serve as their final prep up for their UAAP title defense next month. The 16 teams will be divided into four groups that will play in a single round robin format, the top two winners of each pool will advance in the knockout quarterfinals. Playing in the men’s field are James Buytrago and Pol Salvador (NU 2), Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez (Air Force), Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton (UST 1), Ian Lee and Rangel Vergara (UST 2), Jeriel Aperal and AJ Pareja, KR De Guzman and Efraim Dimaculangan, Pemie Bagalay and Greg Utupo, Jude Garcia and Richard Solis (FEU), Joshua Barrica and Joel Villonson (Army), Jayson Ramos and Henry Pecana (PLDT), Clifford Inoferio Alven Ajas (UE), Russel Garcia and Reiven Velera, Jayjay Solamillo and Gilbert Balmores (Perpetual), EJ Ramos and Edmar Bonono (Cignal) and Kenneth Revilla and Judith Calio (RTU). BVR founders Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan lead the women’s field with reigning UAAP back-to-back champion Sisi Rondina and new partner Belove Barbo, Klymince Orilleneda and Antonette Landicho of NU, MJ Ebro and Glen Eslapor (UST 2), Ivana Agudo and Marianne Calinawan (FEU 1), Sheena Gallentes and Jamaica Pascua (FEU 2) and Perpetual’s Princess Estanislao and Janine Padue. Rounding up the women’s field are Manalo and Ritual for UE, Ariane Daguil and Melanie Torres for CSB, Coyah Abanto and Jen Manzano for Air Force, Jessma Ramos and Justine Dorog for UP, Abi Goc and Mikee Osorio for UP 2, Macie Candido and Jona De Lima for RTU, Joy Doromal and Jasmine Nabor for Kempal, Hannah Infante and Gracelchen Ave for Adamson and Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte for Ateneo.     ---               Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

PVL: Tigers stake unblemished card

Undefeated University of Sto. Tomas gets an acid test Saturday in a showdown with another top contender Adamson University in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference men's division at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Action begins at 9:00 a.m. The Tigers sport a perfect 4-0 win-loss record at the top spot tied with National University. The duo of Joshua Umandal and Manuel Medina are playing consistent this conference, leading UST to an incredible winning run including a straight sets victory over College of St. Benilde week. The Falcons, meanwhile, hope to bounce back from a sorry five-set defeat at the hands of surging Far Eastern University last Wednesday. Adamson saw its four-game winning streak snapped to slide back at second place. In other games, University of the Philippines and NCAA champion University of Perpetual Help collide at 11:00 a.m. while CSB and winless Arellano University meet in the nightcap at 6:00 p.m.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

PVL: Lady Maroons start Collegiate Conference campaign

University of the Philippines battles struggling University of Perpetual Help Saturday as the Lady Maroons begin their campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air via livestream. The Lady Maroons will parade a solid lineup with holdovers Isa Molde, Jessma Ramos, Marist Layug, Marian Buitre and Ayel Estranero leading the way. UP will also test the mettle of its new recruits. Tots Carlos will skip the conference as she is still recovering from a shin injury. The Lady Altas are winless in two outings.   ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Ateneo flies to Greece to take training to next level ahead of UAAP

After wrapping up the elimination round of the Filoil Preseason Cup on Tuesday, the Blue Eagles travel to Greece on Thursday where they will test their mettle against stiff competition.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Struggling Bulldogs, Gilas cadets clash; Tams, Blazers stake spotless records

It will be the turn of National University to test the mettle of the Gilas Cadets in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Bulldogs of coach Jamike Jarin sport.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Gilas cadets test mettle vs Archers in Filoil cagefest

The Gilas cadets, led by Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero, face another stern test when they take on the De La Salle Green Archers in the Friday nightcap of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Gilas cadets to join Filoil preseason tilt

Gilas Pilipinas' preparation for the future will begin this summer. Players included in coach Chot Reyes' "23-for-2023" list will comprise one team and will compete in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup. "To kickstart our preparations for the 2023 Fiba World Cup, we will be competing in the Premier Cup," said Reyes. Ricci Rivero, J-Jay Alejandro, and Abu Tratter are expected to spearhead the campaign as they test their mettle against some of the best collegiate teams in the country. Rivero left La Salle last week, while Alejandro and Tratter have already used up all of their playing years for NU and La Salle, respectively. Other members of the pool are expe...Keep on reading: Gilas cadets to join Filoil preseason tilt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Lady Bulldogs secure semis berth, send Lady Eagles on the brink of elimination

National University booked a semifinals ticket and put Ateneo de Manila University in danger of missing the Final Four cut Saturday in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a disastrous second set flop to shoot down the Lady Eagles, 25-21, 13-25, 25-19, 25-22, and occupy the first best-of-three semis berth sporting a clean 5-0 win-loss record. 'Test of wits ito more than anything,' said NU coach Babes Castillo.  “Sa amin importante kasi ito because we’re discovering how are we gonna work together, dini-discover din ng ladies and sistemang ini-introduce,” he added. “Syempre, a win is a win, maganda ‘yan na booster sa spirit nila. 'Yun lang ang sa akin, we can take that and carry it on sa mga susunod na laro.” Energized in the third set by the arrival of their drummers and cheering squad, which came all the way from the Big Dome after the UAAP basketball match of the Bulldogs against the same school, NU overhauled an 8-12 deficit and took an 18-14 lead. With Jaja Santiago, Risa Sato, Jorelle Singh and Aiko Urdas getting good sets from playmaker Jasmine Nabor, the Lady Bulldogs built a 24-18 cushion in the third set. Jho Maraguinot saved a set point for Ateneo only to see the Lady Eagles commit an overreaching error in the next play to go down, 1-2. The Lady Bulldogs raced to an early 11-4 lead in the fourth before the Lady Eagles made a telling run to take a 16-14 advantage. NU countered to erase an 18-20 deficit with three straight points to take a 21-20 lead capped by an ace by Nabor. The Lady Bulldogs went ahead 23-21 before Maraguinot kept Ateneo afloat with a kill. Urdas put NU at match point before Sato sealed the win with a kill block on Maraguinot. Singh finished with 17 points on a balanced offensive outing with 11 coming off attacks, three from kill blocks and three aces for NU. Santiago had 12 with all but one coming off spikes while Sato and Audrey Paran got 11 and 10, respectively, for the Lady Bulldogs. Urdas had eight points while Nabor tallied 41 excellent sets for NU.  Ateneo dropped to 3-2 slate and will need to pray hard for Lyceum of the Philippines University (1-3) to win against Far Eastern University (3-1) on Monday to force a playoff for the last Final Four spot. Adamson University and Arellano University are through to the semis in Group B. Maraguinot finished with 14 points, Kat Tolentino scored 12 while skipper Bea De Leon chipped in with 10 for the Katipunan-based squad.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

Generals test Bulldogs mettle

MANILA, Philippines -  National U sets out against Emilio Aguinaldo College today with the Bulldogs boasting of a crack roster in the Filoil Flying V Premier.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2017

UAAP: Bullpups stake spotless slate against Baby Falcons

Games on Wednesday at the Blue Eagle Gym 9:00 AM – UPIS vs FEU-Diliman 11:00 AM – DLSZ vs UST 1:00 PM – Adamson vs NU 3:00 PM – UE vs Ateneo STANDINGS NU 5-0 Ateneo 4-1 Adamson 3-2 DLSZ 3-2 FEU-Diliman 3-2 UST 2-3 UE 0-5 UPIS 0-5 Nazareth School of National University and Ateneo de Manila High School are on track for a head-on collision to finish the first round of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Before they do so, however, the top two teams thus far in the tournament have one more test to pass. The Bullpups’ obstacle is bigger on Wednesday in the middle of the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City as standing there is resurgent Adamson High School. NU (5-0) hopes its overwhelming depth and balance will once more be enough to shoo away the Joem Sabandal-led Baby Falcons (3-2) at 1:00 PM. On the other hand, Ateneo (4-1) will be opposite still winless University of the East (0-5) at 3:00 PM, but still, Kai Sotto and company are certain to not take their opponents lightly. Meanwhile, Far Eastern University-Diliman (3-2) will be out for a mighty rebound up against luckless University of the Philippines Integrated School (0-5) at 9:00 AM. The day’s other game at 11:00 AM will then feature two upstart teams in De La Salle Zobel (3-2) and University of Sto. Tomas (2-3). --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 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 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: Eaglets eye bounce back vs Jr. Archers; NU out to stay spotless

Games on Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym 9:00 AM – UPIS vs NU 11:00 AM – FEU-Diliman vs Adamson 1:00 PM – UE vs UST 3:00 PM – DLSZ vs Ateneo Nazareth School of National University has grand plans of remaining as the pacesetter in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. To do so, the Bullpups will have to take care of business against an upset-conscious University of the Philippines Integrated School on Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City. NU (3-0) is now the league’s lone undefeated team and all of Carl Tamayo, Terrence Fortea, and Gerry Abadiano will still go all out to pass the test to be put up by the Junior Maroons (0-3) at 9:00 AM. Meanwhile, after suffering its first setback, Ateneo de Manila High School will also go all out to get back on track at the expense of archrival De La Salle Zobel at 3:00 PM. Kai Sotto is expected to have easy pickings for the Blue Eaglets (2-1) who are set to face a Raven Cortez-less frontline of the Junior Archers (2-1). There will also be matchups between two playoff hopefuls in Far Eastern University-Diliman (2-1) and Adamson High School (2-1) at 11:00 AM as well as between University of Sto. Tomas (1-2) and University of the East (0-3) at 1:00 PM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 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

PVL: Perlas Spikers out to extend dominance over Lady Eagles in semis

BanKo will have the psychological advantage over Ateneo-Motolite when the two clash Wednesday to begin their Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference best-of-three Final Four showdown at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. and it will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. The Perlas Spikers closed the two-round eliminations with an 11-3 win-loss record tied with Creamline. The Cool Smashers took the No. 1 seed via higher tiebreak. Led by former Ateneo star Dzi Gervacio, BanKo destroyed the Lady Eagles in their two elims meetings. The Perlas Spikers silenced Ateneo-Motolite, 27-25, 25-19, 25-11, last Oct. 7 before duplicating it last Nov. 10 with another dominating 26–24, 25-22, 25-16 victory. Aside from Gervacio head coach Dong dela Cruz will also bank on Nicole Tiamzon, Kathy Bersola, Amanda Villanueva, Joy Dacoron, Sue Roces and Sasa Devanadera, who scored her personal conference-high 17 points last Saturday as BanKo waylaid Adamson-Akari in straight sets. Ateneo-Motolite will pin its hopes on Bea De Leon, Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino and rookie Vanessa Gandler. Game 2 is on Saturday.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

Petro Gazz books last semis seat in PVL

Petro Gazz booked the last semifinal seat as it thumped Adamson-Akari, 25-21, 25-9, 25-15 in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 19th, 2018

PetroGazz completes PVL semis cast

      MANILA, Philippines – PetroGazz overwhelmed Adamson-Akari, 25-21, 25-9, 25-15, to complete the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference semifinals cast on Sunday, November 18, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Jessey de Leon fired 13 of her 14 points off kills to power the Angels, who put a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2018