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Ateneo s Kai Sotto towers above all as UAAP 81 Jrs. MVP

Kai Sotto is now a champion as well as an MVP. Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen is the undisputed best player in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament after registering 97 Statistical Points (SPs). With that, the MVP race ended with him way ahead of his closest competitor – 15 SPs in front, to be exact. Sotto did all this by posting per game counts of 25.1 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.6 blocks and powering his team to a 11-3 record at the elimination round as well as the second-seed in the Final Four. He also did heavier lifting in terms of leadership, making sure the defending champions did not skip a beat even after the graduation of all of SJ Belangel, Jason Credo, Dave Ildefonso, and Joaqui Manuel. While he’s already assured of his first MVP, the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old will still go all-out as Ateneo tries for back-to-back championships. “Ang main goal ko at ng team is mag-champion ulit. Dun lang ako nagfo-focus,” he said. Asked if another title means more than his first MVP, he answered, “Siyempre.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnFeb 11th, 2019

Ateneo s Kai Sotto towers above all as UAAP 81 Jrs. MVP

Kai Sotto is now a champion as well as an MVP. Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen is the undisputed best player in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament after registering 97 Statistical Points (SPs). With that, the MVP race ended with him way ahead of his closest competitor – 15 SPs in front, to be exact. Sotto did all this by posting per game counts of 25.1 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.6 blocks and powering his team to a 11-3 record at the elimination round as well as the second-seed in the Final Four. He also did heavier lifting in terms of leadership, making sure the defending champions did not skip a beat even after the graduation of all of SJ Belangel, Jason Credo, Dave Ildefonso, and Joaqui Manuel. While he’s already assured of his first MVP, the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old will still go all-out as Ateneo tries for back-to-back championships. “Ang main goal ko at ng team is mag-champion ulit. Dun lang ako nagfo-focus,” he said. Asked if another title means more than his first MVP, he answered, “Siyempre.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

Twin towers Chiu, Sotto lift Ateneo to UAAP 81 Jrs. twice-to-beat

STANDINGS NU 12-1 (twice-to-beat) Ateneo 11-3 (twice-to-beat) FEU-Diliman 9-4 (Final Four) Adamson 9-5 (Final Four) UST 7-7 DLSZ 4-10 UE 2-12 UPIS 1-13 Kai Sotto wanted no complications as Ateneo de Manila High School enters the next round of UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. And so, the towering teen put up another double-double and partnered with Geo Chiu as the Blue Eaglets put away Adamson High School, 72-59, on Sunday at the FIloil Flying V Centre. Just at halftime, Sotto already had 11 points, seven rebounds, and three assists and also powered the defending champions to a strong surge in the second quarter. “I’d like to give credit to our bigs. They were fighting for it the whole time,” head coach Reggie Varilla said. The 7-foot-1, 16-year-old and five other teammates got together for a 17-3 tear that turned a two-point edge early in the second quarter to a 42-26 lead at halftime. The Blue Eaglets would only keep their foot on the gas pedal for the remainder of the game en route to their 11th win in 14 games. In the end, Sotto had 17 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks while Chiu had his best game yet with 18 markers, 10 boards, and four rejections. Forthsky Padrigao also added six points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and three steals as they clinched the second-seed and the remaining twice-to-beat advantage for the playoffs. The win also crystallized the Final Four matchups to be twice-to-beat Nazareth School of National University against twice-to-beat Adamson and Ateneo against Far Eartern University-Diliman. For the 9-5 Baby Falcons, Joshua Barcelona was the lone bright spot with 14 points and eight rebounds. Main man Joem Sabandal was limited to just eight markers, six boards, and five assists. BOX SCORES ATENEO 72 – Chiu 18, Sotto 17, Diaz 10, Padrigao 6, Jaymalin 6, Fetalvero 6, David 5, Espinosa 2, De Ayre 2, Narciso 0, Salandanan 0. ADAMSON 59 – Barcelona 14, Engbino 12, An. Doria 9, Sabandal 8, Ad. Doria 6, Hanapi 5, Prodigo 2, Tulabut 2, Capulong 1, Santos 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-16, 42-26, 58-42, 72-59. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

Kai Sotto towers above all with 22-point lead in UAAP 81 Jrs. MVP race

Unsurprisingly, Kai Sotto has been putting up the most impressive numbers after the first round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen has been posting per game counts of 25.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.7 assists. He is the league’s best scorer, rebounder and blocker. Those numbers have been more than enough to thrust Sotto onto the very top of the MVP leaderboard with 93.3 Statistical Points (SPs). Not only that, he has a 22-point edge over his closest competitor in Mark Nonoy of University of Sto. Tomas who has 70.9 SPs to his name. More impressive, however, is that with the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old fronting the effort, the Blue Eaglets have not skipped a beat as they are in joint second heading into the second round. This, even after losing all of SJ Belangel, Jason Credo, Dave Ildefonso, and Joaqui Manuel. Nonoy is doing his best to chase down Sotto with averages of 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.7 steals – nothing short of impressive especially for a first-year player. At third in the MVP race is Ateneo’s Forthsky Padrigao with 70.0 SPs, but his place there is tenuous as he has only suited up for one game in the season. Not counting Padrigao, rounding out the top five are Far Eastern University-Diliman’s do-it-all guard RJ Abarrientos, Adamson High School’s revelation at forward in AP Manlapaz, and Nazareth School of National University’s versatile big man Carl Tamayo. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

UAAP juniors finals: Blue Eaglets ‘outworked’ by Bullpups in Game 1 loss

There's nothing technical about why Ateneo lost to National University in Game 1 of their best-of-three title series on Monday. Blue Eaglets head coach Reggie Varilla said his team was simply "outworked" by the Bullpups, who gained an all-important 1-0 edge in the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball finals. "i think we need to give credit to NU. They really outworked us today," Varilla, who is in his first year as shot-caller, admitted. "It was obvious the number of times they got the rebounds and 50-50 balls. We played solid defense but we couldn't close it out with a defensive rebound," he added. Despite Ateneo's glaring size advantage in the frontcourt with 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto and ...Keep on reading: UAAP juniors finals: Blue Eaglets ‘outworked’ by Bullpups in Game 1 loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News2 hr. 45 min. ago

NU bigs on facing Kai: Di pwedeng isiping mas magaling siya

Kai Sotto has found no match in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. That is, except each and every time he’s up against Nazareth School of National University and its endless supply of bigs to throw at him – from Carl Tamayo to Pao Javillonar, from Kevin Quiambao to Aaron Buensalida, and even from Reyland Torres to Dom Dayrit. In their first meeting, Sotto had 23 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals only to be outdone by Tamayo who had his own 13-marker, 10-board double-double all while keying the Bullpups’ win. Come Round 2, Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen posted 24 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks, but was again bested by Tamayo who only had seven markers to go along with nine boards, but dropped the dagger in the endgame With that, NU completed an elimination round sweep of Sotto and company. Afterward, though, the Season MVP did nothing but will his team into the Finals. Only, waiting for them there were the very same Bullpups. And in the opener of the three-game Finals series, the story was the same. Sotto muscled his way to a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double and had twin tower Geo Chiu, standing at 6-foot-8, backing him up with 12 markers and 11 boards of his own. Tamayo, also at 6-foot-8, and Quiambao, an agile 6-foot-7, went toe-to-toe with them, however, with the former finishing with a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double and the latter ending with 14 markers and 13 boards of his own. In the end, it was the Tamayo-Quiambao connection which got the win at the expense of the Sorto-Chiu pairing. And for those two, matching up with the Blue Eaglets’ talented tower is pretty simple – it’s all in the mind. “‘Di pwedeng isipin naming mas magaling siya sa amin. Ang pinaka-mindset talaga namin is ma-stop siya,” Tamayo said. Quiambao can only agree, noting that NU’s game plan starts with them as Sotto is the end-all and be-all for Ateneo. As he put it, “Ako po, one at a time lang. Iniisip ko lang talagang i-stop si Kai kasi siya ang main scorer nila.” With its bigs having that mindset, NU has time and again proven to be the biggest speed bump thus far in Sotto’s promising career. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News7 hr. 58 min. ago

UAAP: Kai calls on Eaglets to fight Bullpups fire with their own fire

Ateneo de Manila High School got swept in the elimination round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament by modern-day rival Nazareth School of National University. However, the Blue Eaglets got a golden opportunity to get back at the Bullpups as the two teams were pitted against one another for all the glory in the Finals. There, Sotto expected one thing and one thing only – for the challengers to their throne to keep bringing it to them. “Alam naman natin na yung NU, talagang physical maglaro,” he said. And that is exactly why, in the Season 81 MVP’s eyes, the defending champions had to bring it right back. “Dapat kami, ‘di kami mag-back down. Talagang i-aaccept namin yung challenge,” he said. He then continued, “Kung maging physical sila, magiging physical din kami. Lalaban din kami.” In the first half and early third quarter of Game 1, Ateneo did just that. Sotto teamed up with twin tower Geo Chiu to power their side to a five-point lead. Only, the Blue Eaglets took their foot off the pedal the rest of the way and never recovered. And in the end, NU took a well-earned 70-58 win and took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. For the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old, it was clear that they fell short of sustaining the physicality needed to match up with the Bullpups. As he put it, “Nandun yung effort, kaso may times na nawawala. Inconsistent kami.” That is exactly what they will be working on as they head into a must-win Game 2 on Friday. There, Sotto had but one promise. “’Di namin basta-basta ibibigay yung championship,” he said, full of confidence. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News7 hr. 58 min. ago

NU, Ateneo reignite rivalry for all the glory in UAAP 81 Jrs.

Game on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 3:00 PM – NU vs Ateneo For the second season in a row, it will be Nazareth School of National University and Ateneo de Manila High School disputing the championship. Hostilities between the Bullpups and the Blue Eaglets erupt once more on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the bell rings on the title bout between the two heavyweights in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. NU, last year’s runners-up, and defending champion Ateneo go at it in Game 1 of the best-of-three series tipping off at 3:00 PM. All of the action will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE over on S+A and S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, iWant as well as on streaming. The Bullpups have had the Blue Eaglets’ number this year. Gerry Abadiano, Terrence Fortea, and Carl Tamayo have all taken turns to make sure the Jocson ballers swept their two meetings thus far. Still, it was just last year when Ateneo took home the title at NU’s expense. This time around, they will have Season MVP Kai Sotto as well as feisty playmakers Forthsky Padrigao and Ian Espinosa leading the way. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 23 min. ago

UAAP Jrs: Suspension fuels Terrence Fortea s hot hands

The NU Bullpups are in the UAAP Juniors' Basketball Finals for the eighth straight time, thanks primarily to the scintillating shooting display of guard Terrence Fortea. Fortea made the game look like target practice, scoring a career-high 30 points, all coming in the first three quarters.  He was also efficient at it, hitting 9 of his 17 attempts, including 7 of 14 from beyond three-point distance in the Bullpups' 94-72 win over the Adamson Baby Falcons. Terrence Fortea drops a career-high 30 points to tow NU to the #UAAPSeason81Jrs Finals! pic.twitter.com/NkGxulNzXT — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 15, 2019 Coach Goldwin Monteverde praised Fortea for a tireless effort every time he steps on the floor, whether in practice or in the actual game. "He really played well talaga. kumbaga day in day out naman talaga he really tries his best to play his best," said the second-year coach of the squad. "Ang maganda sa kanya yung attitude niya towards practice, attitude everyday, he always gives his best. So no doubt," he added. But for the 18-year-old, his lights-out performance would not have been possible if not for the confidence his teammates bring day in and day out. "Sa team namin... kasi yung tiwala ng teammates ko nandoon naman eh. So bale, wala akong kailangan isipin na baka mawala sila ng kumpyansa pag sumasablay ako. Nandun naman yung tiwala," shared the 5'11" sharpshooter. Fortea was in fact handed a one-game suspension for a disqualifying foul he committed against De La Salle-Zobel a few weeks back, and it had served as a springboard for him to become a more accurate shooter. "Meron din talaga kasi yung, dun sa nangyari. Suspension ako tas parang sobrang daming na-realize rin. 'Yung maturity na realize ko para sa akin," Fortea exclaimed. With NU targeting its first title for the first time since 2016, all eyes will be set on a very stacked NU squad, now enjoying the services of fellow national team mainstays Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano, who were redshirted in the loss against Kai Sotto and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets last year. Fortea will be expected to lead the way, and shared his motivation for his teammates. "Gusto naming bumawi talaga. Kasi two straight loss na sa finals eh. Parang ngayon sobrang motivated talaga kami. Prepare lang kami lagi. Kung sino man makalaban sa finals bibigay lang namin yung lahat." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

UAAP: Sotto too much for FEU as Ateneo sets up Finals date with NU

As expected, Kai Sotto and Ateneo de Manila High School were pushed to the limit by Far Eastern University-Diliman. Only, Sotto and the Blue Eaglets did nothing but push back as they got the better of the Baby Tamaraws for a 90-82 decision on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The runaway Season MVP remained a force in this one, posting a 22 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. “Na-(mild) sprain ako nung first halk so nung time na wala akong ginagawa, nag-isip akong mabuti paano ako mag-bounce back sa second half,” he told reporters post-game. None of Cedrick Ona, Chiolo Anonuevo, and Mario Barasi had an answer for him, especially in the second half where he dropped 19 points. Right there with him was rookie playmaker Ian Espinosa who had 19 points, four assists, and three rebounds as well as second-year swingman Joaqs Jaymalin who had 17 markers of his own. The defending champions were in complete command for majority of the matchup, but FEU-Diliman didn’t quit and pulled to just within seven, 80-87, with 42.6 ticks to go. “With only five guys coming back from our championship team, kitang-kita naman sa endgame na kailangan pa namin ng experience,” coach Reggie said. It was at that point, though, that Sotto and Geo Chiu made good on three of four free throws to seal the deal for their team. And so, just as top-seed Nazareth School of National University took care of business earlier, so did Ateneo. With that, the Blue Eaglets will clash with the Bullpups once more for all the glory beginning on Monday. For the Baby Tamaraws, RR Tolentino topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds while main man RJ Abarrientos also added 17 markers, eight boards, and five assists. BOX SCORES ATENEO 90 – Sotto 22, Espinosa 19, Jaymalin 17, Chiu 11, David 7, Fetalvero 6, Padrigao 4, Diaz 4, De Ayre 0, Coo 0, Lechoncito 0. FEU-DILIMAN 82 – Tolentino 19, Abarrientos 17, Torres 14, Alforque 12, J. Bautista 7, Sajonia 6, Barasi 4, Anonuevo 3, Ona 0, Armendez 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 39-29, 66-52, 90-82. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Bullpups, Eaglets set out to set up Finals rematch in UAAP 81

Games on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 1:00 PM – NU (twice-to-beat) vs Adamson 3:00 PM – Ateneo (twice-to-beat) vs FEU-Diliman Nazareth School of National University and Ateneo de Manila High School are on a collision course to clash once more for all the glory now in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Not if Adamson High School and Far Eastern University-Diliman have their way, however, as they challenge the twice-to-beat Bullpups and Blue Eaglets, respectively, as the Final Four commences on Friday at the FIloil Flying V Centre. First, top-seed NU looks to get the better of the Baby Falcons, the only team to have downed them, at 1:00 PM. Team captain Gerry Abadiano, scoring dynamo Terrence Fortea, and versatile big Carl Tamayo will front the effort for the Bullpups who are hoping to return to the Finals and finish what they fell short of doing a year ago. Hoping to meet them there is defending champion Ateneo which will go all-out to take care of business opposite the Baby Tamaraws at 3:00 PM. The two teams split their meetings in the elimination round. The Blue Eaglets will follow the lead of runaway MVP Kai Sotto as they continue their quest for back-to-back titles. For the first time ever, the Juniors Final Four will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on S+A and S+A HD as well as livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

NU tower Carl Tamayo rises to number one in NBTC UAAP 24

Carl Tamayo hasn't had the best of years this UAAP Season 81 Juniors' Basketball Tournament. The NU slotman has been on-and-off all season long, which hampered his candidacy to stake his case among the league's elite. But on the final week of the eliminations, Tamayo showed his true colors and dropped 11 points and nine rebounds, showing the way for the Bullpups as they swept the second round with a big 81-75 victory over FEU-Diliman. And thus, at long last, the 6-foot-8 former Batang Gilas stud has snared the pole position in the Chooks-to-Go NBTC UAAP 24 high school rankings as NU finished the eliminations on top at 13-1. Tamayo put an end to Kai Sotto's three-week run at the top of the standings, forcing the runaway MVP from Ateneo to settle for no. 2 this week despite his 17-point, 15-rebound, and 2-block effort over Adamson. UST senior guard Mark Nonoy finished at third after ending his high school career with a solid win over De La Salle Zobel, as NU guard Gerry Abadiano earned the no. 4 spot. FEU-Diliman sniper RJ Abarrientos completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 are Ateneo's Geo Chiu, NU's Terrence Fortea, Ateneo's Forthsky Padrigao, Adamson's Joem Sabandal, and UST's Bismarck Lina. Here are the complete Week 11 rankings of the Chooks-to-GoNBTC UAAP 24: 1.            Carl Tamayo (NU) (10) 2.            Kai Sotto (ADMU) (1) 3.            Mark Nonoy (UST) (2) 4.            Gerry Abadiano (NU) (5) 5.            RJ Abarrientos (FEU) (9) 6.            Geo Chiu (ADMU) (12) 7.            Terrence Fortea (NU) (3) 8.            Forthsky Padrigao (ADMU) (7) 9.            Joem Sabandal (AdU) (6) 10.          Bismarck Lina (UST) (4) 11.          Adam Doria (AdU) (23) 12.          Ian Espinosa (ADMU) (15) 13.          Royce Alforque (FEU) (11) 14.          Andrey Doria (AdU) (16) 15.          Jesse Sullano (UE) (24) 16.          Bryan Sajonia (FEU) (N/A) 17.          Jomar Amador (UST) (18) 18.          Jacob Estrera (UPIS) (N/A) 19.          Xyrus Torres (FEU) (13) 20.          Mike Flores (UE) (N/A) 21.          Shane Dichoso (UE) (21) 22.          Joshua Barcelona (AdU) (N/A) 23.          Nat Sevilla (DLSZ) (N/A) 24.          AP Manlapaz (AdU) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Kai Sotto to Be Named UAAP Juniors MVP

Kai Sotto will be named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) juniors basketball tournament. The towering seven-foot-two center of Ateneo dominated everyone as far as the statistical points (SP) is concerned. Sotto got a total of 97 average SPs, way ahead of runner-up Mark Nonoy of University […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Erik Spoelstra on Kai Sotto: 'It s all about development'

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is just as excited as any other Pinoy basketball fan about the continued growth of Gilas Cadet Kai Sotto. Speaking to ABS-CBN North America correspondent TJ Manotoc, Spoelstra described Sotto's emergence on the international scene as "exciting," and added, "I hope it's a sign of great things to come. "You know, basketball is so big in the Philippines, and I just want everyone to be able to see that and to experience the passion," the Heat mentor added. "The thing that would help that quickest would be getting an NBA player." While Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson continues to be productive as a reserve for the Cleveland Cavaliers, most Pinoys are still looking for a homegrown talent to reach the Association, and many feel the 7'1" Sotto represents the country's best bet thus far. "Hopefully he's getting the right guidance, people that have purity about it and [are] not trying to get something out of it" said Spoelstra. "It's about development, wherever that may be. Over there [in the Philippines] is great, but eventually, if he's going to make a dream of coming over here, it probably helps that at some point, whenever that is, to come over here [the US] and get a little more exposure." The Ateneo Blue Eaglet is set to be named the UAAP Juniors Division's MVP, behind per-game averages of 25.1 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.6 blocks. The defending champs have an 11-3 record, good for the second seed and a twice-to-beat advantage, as the tournament's Final Four kicks off on Saturday. The 16-year-old 7'1" center is also a fixture near the top of the NBTC UAAP 24, and has taken part in scrimmages against international teams with the Gilas Pilipinas national squad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Kai Sotto cruises to UAAP juniors MVP award

MANILA, Philippines – There was never any doubt, but now it's official: Ateneo Blue Eaglets star big man Kai Sotto is the UAAP Season 81 Juniors MVP. The 7-foot-1 unicorn finished with 97 statistical points (SPs) – a full 15 points ahead of UST Tiger Cubs' one-and-done rookie Mark Nonoy ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

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

UAAP juniors: Ateneo vents ire on UE, NU blasts UST

    MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eaglets snapped a two-game losing skid with an 82-59 rout of the bottom-dwelling UE Junior Warriors in the UAAP juniors baketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Wednesday, January 16. Undisputed top MVP candidate Kai Sotto rained on an easy 30 points and 8 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Balanced Bullpups sweep Sotto-led Eaglets in UAAP Jrs. eliminations

STANDINGS NU 7-1 FEU-Diliman 6-2 Ateneo 5-3 Adamson 5-3 UST 4-4 DLSZ 3-5 UE 1-7 UPIS 1-7 Yet again, Carl Tamayo came up big for Nazareth School of National University in its heavyweight bout against Ateneo de Manila High School in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Tamayo’s basket and bonus quelled the Blue Eaglets’ late uprising and carried the Bullpups to a hard fought 78-71 decision on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The versatile big man only had seven points to go along with nine rebounds, but it was his offensive board and ensuing short stab that re-increased his team’s slim one-point margin into a 73-69 lead. “Good thing he converted it kasi he was in and out kanina,” head coach Goldwin Monteverde said post-game. Still, the defending champions had 46.3 ticks to go and Forthsky Padrigao’s scoop shot was able to pull them within two points. It was at that point, however, that Ernest Felicilda’s steady hands from the line joined forces with a stout defense to put the game away for NU. Felicilda wound up with 14 points, four coming from the free throw line in the last 27 seconds, on top of six assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea also added 16 points apiece as the Bullpups started the second round by downing Ateneo – the same story from how they finished the first round. Now at 7-1, they have also widened the distance between them and now second-running Far Eastern University-Diliman. Nonetheless, coach Gold said they haven’t won anything just yet. “It’s just part of the war. We still have six games to go in the eliminations and ang importante ngayon, our next game,” he said. Sotto paced the Blue Eaglets with 24 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. He was well-defended in the endgame, however, and saw his side fall to their rivals for the second straight time. In the day’s other game, the University of the Philippines Integrated School finally got a taste of victory after downing De La Salle Zobel, 64-56. Rookie Allen Torres scored 22 points, including a pair of booming threes inside the last five minutes, while graduating guard Polo Labao did it all with 18 markers, nine rebounds, six assists, and five steals to make sure the Junior Maroons improved to 1-7. On the other hand, the Junior Archers dropped to 3-5 following the shock loss. BOX SCORES THIRD GAME UPIS 64 – Torres 22, Labao 18, Tuazon 12, Estrera 4, Vergeire 4, Gomez de Liano 4, Galotera 0, Cordero 0, Lopez 0 DLSZ 56 – Macasaet 18, Jomalesa 15, Pingol 5, Subido 4, Sevilla 4, Milan 3, Villarin 3, Cudiamat 2, Buncayo 2, Luna 0, Unisa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 15-12, 23-24, 50-41, 64-56 FOURTH GAME NU 78 – Abadiano 16, Fortea 16, Felicida 14, Quiambao 10, Gonzales 8, Tamayo 7, Torres 5, Javilonar 2, Dayrit 0, Mailim 0, Alarcon 0, Enriquez 0. ATENEO 71 – Sotto 24, Chiu 12, Padrigao 12, Espinosa 8, David 6, Jaymalin 3, Diaz 2, Fetalvero 2, Salandanan 2, Coo 0, Zyrus 0. QUARTER SCORES: 11-13, 36-35, 57-52, 78-71. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

KAI-vals Series: NU s counter Carl Tamayo

It has become some sort of a cliché now that Kai Sotto is not yet done growing. Indeed, Ateneo de Manila High School’s 7-foot-1, 16-year-old still has three more years, including this one, to tower over the competition in high school. That doesn’t mean, however, that the rest of the competition will just take that lying down. Here, we take a look at the players who are more than capable of challenging Sotto’s dominance – now and even onto the future. --- Carl Tamayo has only played four games in his first year for Nazareth School of National University no thanks to a nagging right ankle sprain. There was one game he wasn’t going to miss no matter what, however – the Bullpups rematch with Ateneo de Manila High School which bested them for last year’s championship. “Yung pagmamahal ko sa team, siyempre, kailangan nila ako so I played through the pain,” he said. Not only did he play through the pain, he actually lived up to the hype of being a match for Kai Sotto, the Blue Eaglets’ 7-foot-1, 16-year-old. Sotto had 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in their head-to-head matchup, but it was Tamayo who came away with the win on top of a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double. For NU’s own towering teen, though, it wasn’t the prospect of facing off with the Philippines’ biggest hope in basketball that motivated him. Rather, it was being on the floor and doing battle alongside his teammates. “Naging motivation ko, yung teammates ko kasi kailangan nila ako,” he shared afterward. “Kasi nga, malaki si Kai so pag nandun ako, alam kong magiging malaki rin contributions ko.” Indeed, for two years, Sotto is yet to find his match in the UAAP Juniors where only Raven Cortez comes close to his talent and potential. Most of the country’s young prospects have risen over in the NCAA Juniors in the likes of Warren Bonifacio, Aaron Fermin, and Will Gozum. Enter Tamayo, the UAAP Juniors’ Rookie of the Year right before Sotto was hailed as the top newcomer. Tamayo won Rookie of the Year while displaying an inside-outside game that was still quite rare for a big man. Now, he is only continuing to develop the all-around game he already has. This continued development is made even more impressive by the fact that the now 17-year-old has only been playing basketball for around five years. Yes, back in his hometown of Cebu, he was a tall kid, but nobody will find him in basketball courts and instead, he was most often playing billiards. “Hindi pa talaga ako naglalaro (ng basketball) nun. Bilyar talaga ako,” he said, recalling his time as a 12-year-old who already stood 5-foot-10. That was until coach Goldwin Monteverde came over to Cebu and ultimately convinced him to put his height to good use. “Meron kasi kaming kapitbahay, player nina coach Gold dati, tapos kinausap niya yung ball boy na may malaki nga raw siyang kapitbahay. Yung ball boy naman, kinausap si coach Gold tapos timing, pumunta sila sa Cebu, ayun, kinuha nila ako,” he shared. Of course, a little encouragement in the form of a ticket to watch San Miguel and idol June Mar Fajardo played a part in convincing Tamayo to move to Manila. From there, not only did the now 6-foot-8 versatile big man prove to be a prized prospect, he would also turn out to be a big piece for the Bullpups as they try to put a stop to Ateneo’s dynasty in the UAAP Juniors. “Nung una, ‘di ko alam paano maglaro so ensayo lang nang ensayo,” he shared. He then continued, “Kahit papaano, nag-improve naman nang nag-improve.” And now, Tamayo only vows to keep doing what he had always done – get better and better. In particular, he wants nothing more than to weaponize his outside shot to that Sotto and other opposing big men will be forced to go with him to the perimeter, leaving the paint open for slashers such as Gerry Abadiano and Cyril Gonzales to attack. As he put it, “Ang tine-train namin ngayon, to play outside. Magiging malaking tulong sa teammates ko yun kung na-develop ko yun.” --- Tamayo and Sotto will go head-to-head for three seasons, including this one, in the UAAP Juniors. They go at it once more just as NU and Ateneo will go at it once more as the second round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament begins on January 13 at the Filoil Flying V Centre. And for the first time ever, that matchup will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD and via livestream. Tip-off is at 3:00 PM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2019

EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 81 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And we can’t wait for the second round to get started just so we could get even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: KAI SOTTO – Ateneo de Manila High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 25.3 points, 62.1 shooting, 12.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 2.7 assists For the first time in his three years in Ateneo, Kai Sotto is, bar none, the most dominant force in the UAAP. In his first year, he took a backseat to Juan Gomez de Liano and SJ Belangel then as a sophomore, he was overtaken by CJ Cansino. Now, however, there is no doubt that the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old is the best player in the league – tops in scoring, rebounding, and blocking. And for good measure, just as he is a sure shot inside the paint, he also has the soft touch to make jumpers. Don’t send him to the line either as he makes good on 70.8 percent of his shots from there. Yes, Sotto is an end-to-end force that nobody could match not only in the UAAP, but in all of high school. RJ ABARRIENTOS – Far Eastern University-Diliman ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds RJ Abarrientos had already committed to FEU’s Seniors squad, but later backtracked to use up his last year of eligibility in the UAAP Juniors. Safe to say, FEU-Diliman only welcomed him back with open arms and then proceeded to provide him the stage to shine the brightest he has ever been. A complementary player to the likes of Kenji Roman and L-Jay Gonzales before him, the nephew of Philippine basketball legend Johnny now runs the show for the Baby Tamaraws to the tune of a scoring clip and an assist total both third-best in the league. And even as he is now the primary playmaker for the green and gold, Abarrientos remains a dead shot as the league’s top marksman from three. All in all, the 5-foot-11 stocky guard is the most college-ready player in high school (of course, we’re not counting Kai Sotto who’s not only looks like he's college-ready, but pro-ready as well). CARL TAMAYO – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.5 points, 54.3 percent shooting, 9.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks Due to various injuries, Carl Tamayo has only seen action in four out of seven games NU has played thus far in the tournament. Each and every time he’s on the court, however, the 6-foot-7 only delivers the goods on offense as a paint presence as well as a threat from the perimeter. At the other end, Tamayo also stands strong inside and outside and is actually third-best in terms of blocks. The Cebuano has all the tools to go toe-to-toe with Kai Sotto, but will need to work on his strength and conditioning so that he may leave the injury bug that has been biting him far behind. MARK NONOY – University of Sto. Tomas ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.7 steals UST looked like it had hit the jackpot in unearthing CJ Cansino and then unveiling him as a dominant force in Season 80. Only, the Tiger Cubs look like they have hit the jackpot again in discovering Mark Nonoy out of Negros Occidental and then developing him into their new all-around shining star in Season 81. In just his first game in the UAAP Juniors, Nonoy dropped 31 points. Just two games later, he tallied a triple-double of 17 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists. Now, he is second-best in points and assists and third-best in steals in all of the league. More importantly, with their 5-foot-8 playmaker fronting the effort, UST has stayed in the conversation of playoff hopefuls in the ongoing season. GERRY ABADIANO – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 13.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists Nothing about Gerry Abadiano’s game will jump out at anybody. In fact, nobody will be able to find him in the top five of any statistical category. In the same light, however, he also does not have any weaknesses that will jump out at anybody. The 5-foot-9 lead guard just does whatever his team needs from him and he does it well. That is exactly why he has become to be heart and soul of a Bullpup side with championship aspirations. More than that, Abadiano’s biggest contribution will not be seen in any stat sheet as he has turned out to be the leader that the blue and gold deserves. JOEM SABANDAL – Adamson High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals Joem Sabandal can make difficult shots with the best of them – whether that be willing a layup through defenders or willing a jumper in the face of a contest. That ability has thrust him into the role of being the main man for upstart Adamson and into the recognition as the fifth-best scorer in the UAAP Juniors. Make no mistake, however, the 5-foot-11 guard is not a score-first, second, and third player as he also contributes in the rebounds, assists, and steals departments for the Baby Falcons. Just like any young player, shot selection is a point for improvement for Sabandal, but the fact of the matter is, he’s already well on his way into being a dynamic scorer. TERRENCE FORTEA – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists Looks like all Terrences have a scorer’s mentality as NU’s Fortea wants to get buckets just as much as San Miguel’s Romeo. The good news for the Bullpups is that Terrence Romeo is just one of the hopeful trajectories 18-year-old Terrence Fortea’s career can take. Like Romeo, Fortea is a sniper from deep (second-most triple total with 20) and an even better shot from the line (best free throw clip at 82.6 percent). He also has that handy floater that can frustrate defenses that close out on him. Best of all, though, the 5-foot-10 Batang Gilas stalwart is still learning the ropes on being more of a facilitator. And when he masters that, he may very well exceed his namesake. AP MANLAPAZ – Adamson High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 10.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 steals While Joem Sabandal is Adamson’s go-to-guy, it’s actually little-known teammate AP Manlapaz who is in the top five of the MVP race. And with a closer look, there’s every reason for him to be there as he, put simply, stuffs the stat sheet for the Baby Falcons – averaging a points-rebounds double-double to go along with marks from assists, blocks, and steals. Safe to say, long-limbed forward Manlapaz has been anonymous before the season, but without a doubt, will only keep making noise on both ends. BISMARCK LINA – University of Sto. Tomas ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist Bismarck Lina is one of only three players to be averaging a double-double in the UAAP Juniors. As their man in the middle, the cousin of school legend Kevin Ferrer sees to it that UST does not get bullied in the interior as whether it be offense or defense, he is a threat at the rim. Most of all, the 6-foot-6 Lina, the second-best rebounder in the league, is always at the right place, at the right time to complete defensive stops or to clean up a teammates’ miss with a rebound. JORDI GOMEZ DE LIAÑO – University of the Philippines Integrated School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist Jordi is the best-shooting Gomez de Liano – or so he says. Of course, numbers do back him up as at just 15-years-old, he already has the third-best triple total in all of the UAAP Juniors. At the same time, however, the younger brother of Javi and Juan has a long ways to go as while he already stands at 6-foot-5, he is also reed thin and can get muscled through by anybody and everybody. More than that, his team is winless in the season. Nonetheless, it’s good to know that both the shooting and the confidence, both GDL trademarks, are already there – and it’s just a matter of time before Jordi grows into his body. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

10 can’t-miss moments in sports for 2019

2018 is already in the books. Now, we look forward to the next chapters we’re all about to read in 2019. Laban Azkals in AFC Asian Cup – January The Azkals will enter historic grounds as early as January as they play for the first time in the AFC Asian Cup in 2019. Their ticket was booked after crushing Tajikistan in a 2-1 home victory early in 2018. With a world-renowned mentored on their side in Sven-Goran Eriksson and veteran national players, the Azkals will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the continental showdown. The Azkals kick off their 2019 AFC Cup Campaign on January 7th against South Korea, followed by a match against China PR on January 11th, before closing out the Group Stage on January 16th against Kyrgyzstan.  Newest season of the oldest professional league in Asia – January After just roughly a month of break from basketball action, the oldest professional league in Asia is back. The PBA will be kicking off its 44th season on January 13 with San Miguel defending its Philippine Cup title. Aside from that, marquee rookies such as CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Paul Desiderio are all set to play their first professional games with their respective teams. Up next on Pacman’s list – January The Filipinos will be treated to quality boxing as early as January 19 when Manny Pacquiao defends his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship against challenger American Adrien Broner. After two years of fighting outside the US, Pacquiao will be back in Las Vegas to defend his title against a tough challenger in Broner. Just like old times, Freddie Roach will be back in Pacquiao's corner, this time serving as a consultant. Fanning the flames for a place in FIBA World Cup 2019 – February For the Philippines to be back in the FIBA World Cup, these are the things that need to happen: we must sweep out last two games then Japan must lose at least one of its last two games – giving us the third spot in Group F. Alternatively, we can pin our hopes on China winding up in the top four of its group – giving Groups E and F four berths apiece. Gilas Pilipinas begins its trek through that long and winding road away from home up against Qatar. All teams are teams-to-beat in UAAP 81 Volleyball – February The exciting and highly entertaining collegiate volleyball league is back on February 16. Things to watch out for? La Salle's bid for their fourth consecutive title, Ateneo's face post-Tai Bundit era, UP's confident aura coming off two major preseason championships, and UST's game-changing rookies. Eaglets-Bullpups Finals rematch or not – March Without a doubt, Ateneo and NU, the very same two teams that battled in the Finals last year, are the favorites to go all the way back to the champipnship round in the ongoing season. After all, the Blue Eaglets still have 7-foot-1, 16-year-old Kai Sotto and the Bullpups boast of the deepest roster in all of high school. After the first round of eliminations, however, it’s also clear that RJ Abarrientos-led FEU-Diliman and Joem Sabandal-fronted Adamson have other plans. For sure, something’s gotta give. Alab Pilipinas’ shot at history – April In the almost decade-long history of the Asean Basketball League, no team has won back-to-back championships. Alab Pilipinas is here to change that with the Puerto Rican pair of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos showing the way alongside two-time Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. No doubt, this is the most talented team in franchise history and as such, nothing but a second straight title will be an acceptable outcome. The NCAA is five years away from its centennial celebration – July The first collegiate league in the country is approaching rarified air. Set to open its milestone mark 95th Season, the same old intensity is to be expected in the NCAA. The protagonists, however, may very well be different as all of last year’s Final Four teams will now be missing their main men – Robert Bolick for San Beda, CJ Perez for LPU, Bong Quinto for Letran, and Prince Eze for Perpetual. Is the UAAP 82 Basketball crown Katipunan’s to keep – September In Season 82, all teams will be seeking to nip the dynasty that the Ateneo Blue Eagles are trying to build. After going for back-two-back last season, all eyes will still be on them as their enter the season with an intact core. However, just like Season 81 it will not be a walk in the park with all contenders striving to match their caliber through massive recruitment, coach changes, and tough training camps. Filipino hospitality in SEA Games 2019 – November For the first time since 2005, the SEA Games will be played in Manila. That means that, at long last, our regional neighbors will yet again experience that world-renowned warmth of the Philippines and its people. Make no mistake, however, the Filipinos are all set to go all-out and dominate the medal tally – whether that be basketball in Manila or athletics and aquatics in Clark......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018