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Ateneo still spotless after shutting down MVP leader Cansino

STANDINGS Ateneo 8-0 NU 6-2 UST 5-3 FEU-Diliman 4-4 Adamson 3-4 DLSZ 2-5 UPIS 1-6 UE 1-6 On Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Ateneo de Manila High School showed that second, third, and fourth combined is better than first all by himself. Kai Sotto, SJ Belangel, and Dave Ildefonso all together to power Ateneo de Manila High School right through MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino and University of Sto. Tomas, 78-54. Sotto is second, Belangel is third, and Ildefonso is fourth to first-place Cansino in the MVP leaderboard of the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Together, however, they again proved to be too much for one of the other contenders in the tournament. “Kahit ganito, marami pa rin kaming kailangang ayusin. We still have lots to improve,” head coach Joe Silva said. Ildefonso had 20 points, seven assists, and three assists; Belangel had 13 points, six assists, and six rebounds; and Sotto had 11 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks to make sure Ateneo remained undefeated through eight games. The Tiger Cubs actually got off to a strong start and owned an eight-point lead in the early going before the league-leaders settled down. Just trailing by one late in the second quarter, Belangel then orchestrated a 9-0 run that put the Blue Eaglets on top, 35-27, at the half. They would only keep their foot on the gas pedal from there and in all, crushed their opponents, 65-36, in the last three quarters. The offense took some time to get going, but the defense was on-point from the get-go as the kids from Katipunan frustrated Cansino to only 16 points, seven coming when the game was already over, in 6-of-20 shooting along with three turnovers. “Actually, we were expecing a shaky start sa offense kaya second quarter, we locked it down,” Silva said. He then continued, “The boys were proud enough to lock Cansino down.” With another convincing victory, they have now defeated UST twice, Far Eastern University-Diliman once, and Nazareth School of National University once all by double-digits. On the other hand, the Tiger Cubs dropped to third in the standings now at 5-3. With the MVP frontrunner struggling, nobody else stepped up as Vince Dolendo was the only other one in double-digits with 10 points BOX SCORES ATENEO 78 – Ildefonso 20, Belangel 13, Credo 12, Manuel 11, Sotto 11, Jaymalin 3, Chiu 2, Escalona 2, Tandeo 2, Diaz 2, David 0, Lopa 0, Gusi 0, Ong 0 UST 54 – Canaino 16, Dolendo 10, Benzonan 9, Villapando 8, Lina 6, Narvasa 3, Baquial 2, Anunciacion 0, Dea Cruz 0, Palencia 0, Esplana 0, Manabat 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-18, 35-27, 58-41, 78-54 —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 13th, 2018

Jrs. MVP leader Cansino already in touch with new UST coach Ayo

Aldin Ayo’s first-ever recruit in for De La Salle University was its high school star. Now with University of Sto Tomas, Ayo is looking to do the same. The new head coach of the Growling Tigers was present at the Filoil Flying V Centre on Saturday for the Tiger Cubs’ matchup with league-leader Ateneo de Manila High School. Of course, Ayo was there to scout the Juniors program of his new school – which just so happens to have the frontrunner in the MVP race in CJ Cansino. While the two-time collegiate champion coach declined interviews from media, he was seen chatting with Cansino’s mother after the game. Asked about it, the King Tiger Cub himself answered, “Opo, nagkausap na sila kanina.” He then continued, “Sabi raw po ni coach na gusto nila akong kunin sa UST. Sobrang saya po naming ganun na nga po ang nangyayari.” In earlier interviews, Cansino has already stated that he wants to stay in Espana for college. “Sana nga po, tumuloy rin ako sa Seniors para bigyan din ako ng pagkakataon na iangat yung Growling Tigers. Gusto ko ring i-prove sa Seniors na may magagawa ako for UST,” he said then. Now, it looks like his wish may just be granted as a source said UST is on the lookout for talent at the wings. Last year, the Growling Tigers trotted out the likes of Jordan Sta. Ana, Reggie Boy Basibas, and Christian Garcia at the wings. Said to be coming back to bolster that weakness is Embons Bonleon. Still, getting the six-foot-two swingman will be a coup for the rebuilding squad as they will be getting a blue-chip recruit who fills a need. Also, Ayo has some sort of success with his first-ever recruit being his program’s high school star. Two years ago, he got the commitment of DLS Zobel star and Juniors MVP Aljun Melecio. That partnership proved to be a big part of the Green Archers’ championship. —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 80 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the UAAP 80 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: CJ CANSINO – University of Sto. Tomas (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 27.6 points, 43.5 percent shooting, 14.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 steals (yellow jersey number 27) CJ Cansino has single-handedly made University of Sto. Tomas matter again – and that’s not an exaggeration. Through his sheer will, the Tiger Cubs find themselves well inside the playoff picture at the end of the first round. The long-limbed forward is an all-around weapon who can get his shots inside the paint, from the perimeter, and even from the charity stripe where he has already scored a mind-boggling 60 points – that’s out of 76 attempts, giving him a 78.9 percent shooting clip from there. It’s not just scoring where he makes an impact, though, as he also can also make plays for teammates like scoring guard Kobe Palencia as well as disrupt plays for opponents. And oh, the six-foot-two graduating player is also tops in the league in rebounding – yes, he has more rebounds than the next kid on our list. The even better news for UST? Cansino wants to stay for college. KAI SOTTO – Ateneo de Manila High School (blue jersey number 11) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.9 points, 52.5 percent shooting, 12.7 rebounds, 4.9 blocks (blue jersey number 11) All eyes have been on Kai Sotto ever since he was discovered in the Jr. NBA. Now in his second season for currently league-leading Ateneo de Manila University, he has given all of us more than enough reason to never take our eyes off of him and all of his now 7-foot 1-inch stature. A legitimate inside presence the likes of which the high school ranks have never seen before, Sotto is unstoppable in getting points near the basket and collaring rebounds from anywhere inside the paint. And yeah, the kid atop our list has more rebounds than him, but nobody in the Juniors can touch the 15-year-old’s rim protecting ability. 34 blocks through seven games? That’s unheard of! The even better news for Ateneo? He’s just in Grade 9, that’s three more seasons of eligibility after this one. SJ BELANGEL – Ateneo de Manila High School (white jersey number 0) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.3 points, 50.6 percent shooting, 5.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals (blue jersey number 0) Sotto has been getting all the attention, but just like a year ago, Ateneo has been SJ Belangel’s show to run. The kid who famously scored 99 points back in his hometown of Bacolod is now a complete player. The scoring has always been there for Belangel, but it’s his now pinpoint passing that is the more welcome development for the still undefeated Blue Eaglets. It doesn’t hurt either that the 18-year-old is doing nothing but living up to being a floor leader. L-JAY GONZALES – Far Eastern University-Diliman (yellow jersey number 0) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.6 steals (yellow jersey number 0) No doubt, the shots have yet to fall for L-Jay Gonzales as he is only shooting 32.4 percent from the field. Just like what he showed in his starmaking stint in last season’s Finals, however, it has again become clear that he doesn’t have to score to make an impact. In all of the league, Far Eastern University-Diliman’s main man is first in steals, second in assists, and fifth in rebounds. And there’s one thing we all learned last season, it’s never to count out the Baby Tamaraws and their do-it-all guard. DAVE ILDEFONSO – Ateneo de Manila High School (white jersey number 10) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.9 points, 42.7 percent shooting, 8.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals (white jersey number 10) Dave Ildefonso is not top five in the league in anything – he is well inside the top 10 in many things, though. With Sotto, Belangel, and the rest of Ateneo’s stacked lineup, it’s easy to forget that they have a versatile player who can score from all over the floor while also defending the opposing team’s forwards and guards. And among all of high school, the son of Philippine basketball legend Danny Ildefonso has one of the most college-ready bodies – he can bump with the best of them and he can move with the best of them. That is exactly why make no mistake about it, Dave Ildefonso has been a key cog in the Blue Eaglets’ ascent to the top of the leaderboard. RHAYYAN AMSALI – Nazareth School of National University (blue jersey number 13) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 13.0 points, 43.2 percent shooting, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.1 steals As expected, there has been an adjustment period for Nazareth School of National University and new head coach Goldwyn Monteverde. That hasn’t stopped Rhayyan Amsali from producing as expected, though. Already having proven himself as an all-around offensive weapon, the third-year forward is now displaying the development of his defense to the tune of a third-best steals total. RJ ABARRIENTOS – Far Eastern University-Diliman (green jersey number 17) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals FEU-Diliman is already fortunate to have somebody like L-Jay Gonzales and yet, they actually have two of that kind of player on their roster. RJ Abarrientos can do the very same things his Finals MVP teammate can, but when focused, has proven himself to be an impactful 3-and-D swingman. The nephew of “Flying A” Johnny Abarrientos will never have the ball in his hands all that much, but when he does, good things happen more often than not. JOEM SABANDAL – Adamson High School (blue jersey number 21) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.3 points, 45.9 percent shooting, 6.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.2 steals A new day has dawned upon Adamson High School and serving as the brightest ray of light is Joem Sabandal. The heady guard is best in the league in assists, second in steals, and third in points – doing anything and everything in his power to keep his team afloat. The journey back to the heights they once reached is far and long, but the Baby Falcons are nothing but glad that they already have the person to steer them there. AGEM MIRANDA – University of the East (white jersey number 4) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.9 points, 41.1 percent shooting, 8.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.1 steals University of the East remains winless Round 1, but unlike a year ago, there is reason to watch and there is reason to hope. Agem Miranda has made the most out of his opportunities on a talent-lacking squad and has opened eyes on how his all-around game will translate if given more help. The one-and-done guard will have to find that out on some other team, but at the very least, he has energized the Junior Warriors back on track. RAVEN CORTEZ – De La Salle Zobel (green jersey number 6) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.6 points, 64.2 percent shooting, 10.9 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 1.1 assists It looks like Boris Aldeguer, the mentor who molded Joshua Webb and Arnold Van Opstal into promising big men, has finally gotten his hands on his next project. There is no doubt that Raven Cortez is raw, even rawer than Ateneo’s Sotto, but his size and skill give him all the potential in the world, much like Ateneo’s Sotto. The Batang Gilas member may not have an outside shot just yet, but he has already put his 6-foot 7-inch frame to good use as the second-best blocker and fourth-best rebounder in the league......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

UST’s CJ Cansino leads Ateneo’s Kai Sotto by 26 points in MVP race

All eyes have been on Ateneo de Manila High School’s Kai Sotto in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament – but perhaps, most, it not all, of them should be on CJ Cansino. University of Sto. Tomas’ shining star is, far and away, the frontrunner for MVP after the first round of eliminations. Cansino has tallied 100.57 Statistical Points (SPs) built on per game counts of 27.6 points in 43.5 percent shooting, 14.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.7 steals. With that, the Tiger Cub swingman leads the tally for top individual player by a whopping 26 points. This, even though it has been Ateneo, and not UST, which remains undefeated and stands as title favorite. A distant second is Sotto who registered 74.43 SPs on averages of 12.9 points in 52.5 percent shooting, 12.7 rebounds, and 4.9 blocks. The 7-foot-1 towering teen has been the apple of the eye for many Filipinos, but most probably is one or two years away from being the standard for MVP. Two other Blue Eaglets are behind him with SJ Belangel at third (69.00 SPs) and Dave Ildefonso (67.00 SPs) at fourth. Rounding out the top five is first-year player Agem Miranda of University of the East whose award bid has been boosted by Nazareth School of National University’s forfeiture. Also in the top 10 are Far Eastern University-Diliman’s L-Jay Gonzales and RJ Abarrientos, Adamson High School’s Jorem Sabandal, De La Salle Zobel’s Raven Cortez, and Bullpup Rhayyan Amsali. —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

NBTC to release weekly rankings of 24 best high school players in PH

Spicing up the seventh edition of the High School All-Star Game, the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) is introducing a new innovation to determine who are the best high school players in the country. The official grassroots arm of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will release weekly power rankings naming the top 24 high school players from the UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments in the buildup for the much-anticipated All-Star exposition this March. Every week, a selection committee made up of reputable sportswriters, coaches, and a statisticians will convene to make the list. Ateneo's Kai Sotto and SJ Belangel, UST's CJ Cansino, and NCAA MV...Keep on reading: NBTC to release weekly rankings of 24 best high school players in PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Kai Sotto, Will Gozum, high school standouts to be ranked in NBTC 24

The SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) is already gearing up for the seventh High School All-Star Game this coming March. In doing so, the SM-NBTC will release weekly rankings for high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition.   Every week, a selection committee composed of several reputable sportswriters covering the various high school tourneys including two coaches and one statistician will meet to rank the top 24 players around the country. As such, for the first time ever, players like Ateneo de Manila High School’s SJ Belangel and Kai Sotto, Mapua University’s Will Gozum, La Salle Greenhills’ Joel Cagulangan, and University of Sto. Tomas’ CJ Cansino will be ranked on a weekly leaderboard that may or may not change based on their performance. Criteria for judging includes the following: offense, defense, team record, statisics, impact on team, and level of competition. The eighth and final of these rankings will then be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena.   For program director Eric Altamirano, this is nothing but a step forward for all of Philippine basketball. “SM-NBTC believes that these rankings will make the race to be part of the top 24 high school players more exciting while also making more of people aware of the abundance of talent that’s at hand in the high school level,” he said. The SM-NBTC 24 will be announced every Monday from January 15 to March 5......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Awra, Thirdy, and the the funniest lookalikes in sports

Everyone out here is unique, don't ever let other people tell you otherwise. However, there are 7 billion people on planet Earth, sometimes you just can't help but find someone that looks eerily similar like you. In sports, it happens more than you think. Which is funnier not only for the sports star but for his lookalike and for us normal people as well. Mga Kapamilya, marvel at the best doppelgängers in the land.   LA Tenorio and "LA Tenorio" The most recent of course is LA Tenorio meeting his well... older brother. Related: Tenorio meets "Tenorio" at the Philippine Arena] At the end of Christmas Clasico this year, the Ginebra leader got the shock of his life when he met Lando Pormento Bago. It was so great even Marc Pingris joined in on the fun and had to take a photo with not one, but two, LA Tenorios.   The Spark Ginebra players have a lot of doppelgangers, tbh. [Related: Caguioa look-alike cherishes end of Ginebra's title drought] After the Gin Kings won their first of back-to-back Governors' Cup titles, the long-lost member of the Fast and the Furious showed up. Alvin Corpuz looks and dresses like Mark Caugioa, He also claims that he plays like Caguioa too. Well, okay then.   Biiiiiimb! First of all, Bimby is a national treasure. You can tell that Ms. Kris Aquino is doing a fantastic job of raising him as a single parent. Second of all, Bimby looks like Thomas Torres. Plain and simple. Come on now, how can you not scream "Biiiiiimb!" everytime you see Torres.   The long-lost Ravena Joke all you want about Awra and Thirdy Ravena being lookalikes but what do you know, the high-flying Blue Eagle knows that too and he more or less thinks the same way. Oh yes he does. Even Awra Briguela is hyped for Game 2 of the #UAAPSeason80 Finals! He wishes Ateneo, La Salle, and especially @ThirdyRavenaaa good luck 😂 pic.twitter.com/V10fRZ9tvc — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 28, 2017 And no, he does not look like Marlou and/or Xander Ford. Come on now.   Mr. President or Hip-hop star? It's amazing how the nickname "Mr. President" stuck with Gabe Norwood just because he looked a lot like Barack Obama when he first came to the PBA. But guess what, Gabe is no longer rocking the same hairstyle as Obama and they don't really look alike nowadays. If you didn't know much about basketball but you appreciate music, you might wonder my J. Cole is playing for Gilas Pilipinas and Rain or Shine. The resemblance is uncanny right?   Do you know any more sports doppelgangers out there? Come @ us.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Six standout local volleybelles of 2017

We’ve seen them shine this year whether in the collegiate stage, in the club leagues or even in the international scene. These six Pinay volleyball players took the sport’s limelight in the year that’s about to end.     DESIREE CHENG Desiree Cheng came into De La Salle University during the time bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University got the Lady Spikers’ number. From Seasons 76 to 77, Cheng saw her team fall prey to the might of the Lady Eagles in the UAAP Finals. Then redemption came in Season 78. Unfortunately, the 5-foot-8 spiker was forced to watch from the sidelines with an ACL tear as her crew reclaimed the crown. A year after, Cheng got her biggest break. DLSU lost most of its veteran core after Season 78 and needed another scoring option. Cheng heeded the call. Though Cheng struggled at the start of the eliminations, the hitter slowly got her groove back and delivered when DLSU needed offense in their sixth straight championship showdown against Ateneo. Cheng was the X-factor for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad during the series. Her contributions both on offense and floor defense played a huge part in the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles for the school’s 10th title. Cheng also helped F2 Logistics claim the Cargo Movers’ breakthrough Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title and a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.   ALYSSA VALDEZ Although Alyssa Valdez failed to claim a crown in the Premier Volleyball League this year and a continued title drought since 2016, the Phenom’s magic remains. She can still fill up game venues whenever she takes the court and 2017 proved as the former Queen Eagles’ biggest year in terms of her flourishing volleyball career. Valdez brought her talents abroad, landing a stint with 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League and in the Thai-Denmark Superleague where her team finished third in both tournaments. After her appearance in Thailand, Valdez donned the Creamline jersey and led the Rebisco franchise to a bronze medal finish both in the PVL Reinforced and Open conferences. Valdez also had another tour of duty, playing for the national team in the AVC Asian Women’s Senior Volleyball Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 24-year old hitter got another international gig when she was tapped by Attack Line to play in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League.          Outside volleyball, Valdez has a blooming relationship with basketball star Kiefer Ravena. If she’s not busy with her volleyball and other commitments, Valdez also drew attention as one of the newest member of the so-called PBA players’ WAGS (wives and girlfriends) cheering for Ravena and the NLEX Road Warriors.      DAWN MACANDILI She may be only 5-foot tall but Dawn Macandili stood alongside Asia’s volleyball giants this year. The De La Salle University libero was the catalyst in the Lady Spikers’ back-to-back UAAP championship run. Her pesky floor defense frustrated DLSU’s rivals while giving her teammates a good first ball to operate their lethal offense.  But her biggest showing was when she landed a spot in the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. A first-timer donning the national colors, Macandili did not disappoint as she earned the respect and admiration of Japanese coaches and trainers during the Nationals’ training camp in Japan. She performed even better when the PHI hosted the AVC Asian Seniors. Ms. Everywhere gave teams like Asian powerhouse Vietnam, Kazakhstan, South Korea and Thailand a hard time with her floor defense. All her efforts caught the eyes of the AVC tournament officials and she was rewarded with the historic 2nd Best Libero award. She made the final list of in the national team that participated in the SEA Games. Back in the local scene, Macandili helped F2 Logistics to runner-up finish in the PSL All-Filipino Conference and a breakthrough crown in the Grand Prix.    JAJA SANTIAGO Tall, powerful and versatile, Jaja Santiago is a force to reckon with.  At 6-foot-5, Santiago dominated the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference as she led the National University Lady Bulldogs to a perfect championship run. She also bagged the conference’s Most Valuable Player award. Though NU failed to make it in the Final Four of UAAP for the second straight year, Santiago’s effort for the Lady Bulldogs was rewarded with a third straight Best Attacker award to go with the Best Scorer and Best Blocker recognitions. In the PSL, Santiago was a consistent scorer for the Foton Tornadoes in the All-Filipino Conference and the Grand Prix. Under the tutelage of Serbian import Moro Branislav, Santiago became an even more dangerous and versatile player. Aside from her natural position as a middle blocker, she can now wreak havoc on both wings the puts her height advantage to good use. She made it into the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Seniors and SEA Games and was the Nationals’ scoring ace. Santiago received an offer from Thai powerhouse Bangkok Glass but declined the offer to play in her last year with the Lady Bulldogs.             KIM FAJARDO Setter Kim Fajardo left winning legacy when she played her swan song for DLSU. It took her a few months to decide to play her fifth year with the Lady Spikers. Leading a young crew after the departure of the core of the Season 78 championship squad, Fajardo faced a tough challenge in the Taft-based squad’s title-retention bid. But the Batanguena proved her worth as a leader and the skipper rallied the Lady Spikers back into the Finals in a sixth straight collision against bitter rival Ateneo. Fajardo’s composure carried DLSU in a tough Game 1 match and again in the five-set title-clincher to complete the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles. She earned a spot in the national team as a starting setter. Fajardo steered F2 Logistics to its first PSL Grand Prix crown bagged the conference’s Best Setter award. She helped the Cargo Movers to a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.     JOVIELYN PRADO Silent but deadly. Jovielyn Prado may not be the typical vocal leader but her presence inside the court is enough to rally the Arellano University Lady Chiefs to meet their goals. The outside hitter proved her worth to the Lady Chiefs when she led the Legarda-based squad back on the NCAA women’s volleyball throne. A year removed from the title, Arellano U turned to Prado to provide the spark the Lady Chiefs needed to make another shot at the crown. Consistent, efficient and effective, Prado delivered for the Obet Javier-mentored squad. Arellano U advanced in the stepladder semifinals and dethroned College of St. Benilde to set up a date with thrice-to-beat, three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones-led San Sebastian College. Undaunted even with a great series disadvantage, Prado played her best three games of the season to power the Lady Chiefs to an impressive sweep of the Lady Stags. Prado continued her great performance in the PVL Reinforced and Open Conference playing for the Power Smashers. She then bannered the Lady Chiefs to a bronze medal finish in the Collegiate Conference at the expense of UAAP team Adamson University.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Belangel does it all against Bullpups as Blue Eaglets remain unscathed

Ateneo de Manila High School remains the lone unbeaten team in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. And following a 64-49 dismantling of Nazareth School of National University on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the Blue Eaglets now have convincing victories versus all other contenders. SJ Belangel spearheaded the Katipunan blitz to begin the game which had them racing to a 19-5 edge after the first quarter. It was also the graduating guard’s back-to-back assists to Angelo David and then to Jason Credo that capped off a 7-0 burst that built up the biggest lead of the game for Ateneo, 36-13, late in the second quarter. By halftime, the Blue Eaglets were still ahead thanks to Belangel’s 13 points, six assists, three steals, and two rebounds as well as the rim protection of Kai Sotto who had six blocks and five boards. With the 7-foot-1 Sotto patrolling the paint, Rhayyan Amsali, Terrence Fortea, and Paul Manalang could not get going and combined for 0-of-13 shooting. Still, the Bullpups didn’t quit and neared to 48-58 inside the last four minutes only to see two dishes from the Ateneo captain again lead to two baskets. That kept Belangel – who wound up with 14 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and four steals – and company ahead for good and also kept their perfect record intact after six games. “We’re talking it one game at a time. We want to stay focused,” head coach Joe Silva said Dave Ildefonso also added a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double while Sotto chipped in 12 rebounds and eight blocks on top of six points. Without a doubt, though, it was defense that won the game for the Blue Eaglets as they stymied their opponents into missing 59 of their 78 attempts. “Again, it’s all about defense. Dun talaga kami naka-focus this year,” Silva sais. This latest win adds erstwhile undefeated NU to Ateneo’s list of fallen contenders that already included Far Eastern University-Diliman and University of Sto. Tomas. No Bullpup was in double-digits as they suffered their first setback. In the first game, UST got for itself a mighty rebound, throttling De La Salle Zobel, 83-72. CJ Cansino kept his double-double-streak in the season going with 23 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists in this one. Kobe Palencia also had 16 markers, five boards, and five dimes to help the Tiger Cubs improve to 4-2. The Junior Archers had their two-game win run get snapped as they drop to 2-4. RC Calimag showed the way for them with 14 points. Defending champion FEU-Diliman also got a bounce back win by pounding on University of the Philippines Integrated School, 90-63. L-Jay Gonzales had 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals in just 20 minutes to show the Baby Tamaraws the way to 3-3. RJ Abarrientos contributed 12 markers, nine dimes, and six boards of his own. Matt Santiago’s career-high 23 points, on the other hand, were all for naught as the Junior Maroons dropped to 1-5. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME UST 83 – Cansino 23, Palencia 16, Baquial 11, Benzonan 9, Dolendo 8, Lina 5, Anunciacion 5, Manabat 4, Dela Cruz 2, Co 0, Biag 0 DLSZ 72 – Calimag 14, Santos 13, Pascual 11, Cortez 10, Bonalos 7, Vesagas 6, Damiles 5, Terrado 3, Cosejo 3, Buncayo 0, Carlos 0, Escandor 0, Barcuma 0, Udal 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-10, 44-23, 65-51, 83-72 SECOND GAME ATENEO 64 – Belangel 14, Ildefonso 12, Manuel 10, Credo 9, Sotto 6, Angeles 6, David 4, Diaz 2, Chiu 1, Jaymalin 0, Santos 0, Gusi 0, Lopa 0 NU 49 – Fortea 9, Oczon 8, Minerva 7, Pradella 8, Amsali 6, Javillonar 4, Gonzales 3, Malonzo 2, Felicida 2, Pangilinan 1, Manalang 0, Coyoca 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-5, 36-17, 50-34, 64-49 THIRD GAME FEU-DILIMAN 90 – Gonzales 15, Abarrientos 12, Alforque 10, Armendez 10, Ona 10, Tolentino 7, Celso 6, Bautista 6, Sajonia 6, Boc 4, Escoto 2, Escarda 2, Torres 0, Barasi 0, Mariano 0, Libago 0 UPIS 63 – Santiago 23, Vergiere 11, Labao Ral 8, Tupaz 7, Labao Raf 5, Estrera 3, Gregorio 3, Dimaculangan 3, Villa-real 0, Condalor 0, Gomez de Liano 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-9, 50-21, 70-37, 90-63 —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2017

UAAP Finals: Graduating Ikeh and Tolentino write storybook ending to collegiate career

Nothing could have made the final game of Chibueze Ikeh and Vince Tolentino any sweeter than a victory against the De La Salle Green Archers in Game 3 of the UAAP Finals. They just wanted to exact revenge on their crushing Game 2 loss, which saw them give away a 21-point advantage and a delayed chance to win the championship. Recovering from such a brutal fall was a monumental task, but it was a task they were willing to accomplish. “For us, it wasn't over. The motto of this team is always to believe, and even though we didn't finish the job in Game 2 and La Salle gave us a really good fight, we never stopped believing,” Tolentino said after their celebration.  As their coach Tab Baldwin said, the Blue Eagles left their inner demons in the locker room after the Game 2 loss and already moved on. “We were ready come next day to get into the gym and listen to what Coach Tab has to say. Listen to our mistakes, because that's who we are, that's what we're willing to do. We just had the mentality that it's not over.” As for playing for such a seasoned coach as Baldwin, Tolentino could not have picked a better coach in steering their ship, keeping them on track, and made sure that they would not sink, calling the former Gilas Pilipinas coach amazing, and one of his best mentors. Baldwin in return praised the graduating forward for being a voice on the locker room, a thing which Baldwin admitted was an integral part in the team’s “leadership by committee.” “[Tolentino] said to me, ‘Coach, I don’t know if I could be an upfront leader for you but I’ll do everything what you’ll ask me to do and I’ll lead by example.,” Baldwin said. As for Ikeh, who finished wirh 12 points and 13 rebounds, he could only relish the love of the crowd, as they serenaded his last name during the closing minutes of the game, calling the Ateneo community “one of a kind.” In the moment Thirdy Ravena was awarded Finals MVP, the third-year guard shared a moment with his graduating center, calling him during the awarding. “I wasn't expecting that, but he's been one of a kind. For him to share that moment with me, it feels so great. I really appreciate that." ---- follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

UAAP Juniors Basketball: Kai Sotto leads Ateneo to 4-0 record

Kai Sotto led the way for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets as they demolished the previously undefeated UST Tiger Cubs, 94-63, in the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday. Sotto made his interior presence felt with 20 points on an efficient 10/14 shooting clip, 13 rebounds, and seven blocks, as Ateneo won their fourth straight game to start the season. Sean Ildefonso added 19 points while SJ Belangel registered 15 markers. The Tiger Cubs, who fall to a 3-1 record, led at the end of the first quarter from a buzzer-beating triple by Vince Dolendo, 18-15.  However, it would be the final time UST would take control of the game as the Blue Eaglets suddenly shifted to a higher gear and launched a 21-5 blitz that gave Ateneo a 36-20 lead. The Tiger Cubs then lost the guidance of head coach Chris Cantonjos immediately after the huge Ateneo run as he was ejected for storming the court. Things never got in UST's way again as the Blue Eaglets cruised through the rest of the game, leading by as much as 33 points in the payoff period, 94-61. John Cansino paced UST's scoring with a 20-point performance. Bismark Lina was the only other Tiger Cub in double figures with 10. "If we let UST hung around, we knew it would have been a close game," Blue Eaglets head coach Joe Silva said. "I just told my team to play defense. Defense is really the team's identity." In the second game, the Adamson Baby Falcons defeated the UPIS Junior Maroons in a wire-to-wire victory, score. Jose Sabandal had an all-around game for Adamson, scoring 19, grabbing four rebounds, and dishing six assists. Andrey Doria added 17 points and six rebounds. Jacob Estrera meanwhile led the way for the FIghting Maroons with 13 points. Matt Santiago and Rafael Labao contributed 12 points apiece. It was all Adamson in the game as the Baby Falcons soared from the get-go and never looked back, leading by as much as 35, 81-46, in the fourth quarter. Adamson improved to a 2-3 slate while the Junior Maroons fall to 1-4. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME ADMU (93) - Sotto 20, Ildefonso 19, Belangel 15, Jaymalin 14, Manuel 10,  Diaz 6, David 4, Credo 2, Chiu 2, Escalona 2, Lopa 0, Ong 0. UST (63) - Cansino 20, Lina 10, Manabat 9, Dolendo 6, Bayquial 6, Palencia 4, Dela Cruz 3, Anunciacion 2, Estrella 2, Biag 1, Co, 0, Relucio 0, Narvasa 0, Villapando 0. Quarter Scores: 15-18, 45-35, 74-49, 94-63. SECOND GAME ADU (86) - Sabandal 19, Doria An 17, Padilla 9, Doria Ad 6, Manlapaz 6, Baculio 5, Engbino 5, Santos P 5, Santos R 5, Perez 4, Padilla 3, Sevilla 2, Canoy 0, Prodigo 0, Bantiles 0. UPIS (55) - Estrera 13, Santiago 12, Labao Raf 12, Tupaz 9, Gregorio 3, Lopez 3, Labao Ral 1, Vill-Real 0, Vergeire 0, Dimaculangan 0, Colandor 0. Quarter Scores: 28-16, 46-25, 62-40, 86-55......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

Bullpups survive Cansino’s 35-point outburst to stay spotless

CJ Cansino could not be stopped whenever he had the ball on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. And so, Nazareth School of National University made sure the ball didn’t go to him. Turning on the pressure cooker in the last eight minutes, the Bullpups battled back from a 15-point deficit to come away with an 89-85 well-earned win against vastly-improved University of Sto. Tomas. On the back of a massive 32-point final frame, the Sampaloc-based squad remained undefeated after three games in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. That didn’t look like it was going to be the case early on, however, as Cansino went online right from tip-off. It was also the second-year forward’s personal 6-0 run that put up the biggest lead of the game for the Tiger Cubs, 75-60, early in the final frame. Coming off a timeout, however, NU’s full-court press went into full effect and did not allow any of the opposing guards to cross the ball over to their side of the court. Terrence Fortea then waxed hot and dropped three long-range missiles in the 21-5 blast that, all of a sudden, boosted them ahead, 81-80. Cansino and Bismarck Lina made good on three of four free throws to take the lead back for UST only to see the Bullpups force three turnovers in a row and convert three baskets in a row for an 86-83 advantage. Still, Kobe Palencia kept the boys from Espana coming, but another turnover finalized their fate once and for all. In all, NU stymied their opponents to the tune of 26 turnovers that were quickly converted into 28 points. They counted four players in double-digits led by Rhayyan Amsali who had 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five steals, and two assists. Fortea and Migs Oczon also added 16 and 12 points, respectively. Those were more than enough to overcome a big day from the Tiger Cubs’ do-it-all wing who had a career-high 35 points on top of 12 rebounds, five assists, and two steals. With players not named Cansino only combining for five points in the payoff period, however, they suffered their first setback after a 2-0 start to the season. BOX SCORES THIRD GAME NU 89 – Amsali 17, Fortea 16, Oczon 12, Gonzales 12, Manalang 8, Javillonar 7, Malonzo 4, Minerva 4, Coyoca 3, Felicida 2, Pangilinan 2, Dayrit 2 UST 85 – Cansino 35, Lina 10, Narvasa 10, Co 8, Baquial 6, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 6, Manabat 3, Biag 1, Esplana 0, Villapando 0, Dolendo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-22, 39-47, 57-69, 89-85 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

FEU’s Dennison: ‘Ayoko matapos UAAP career ko na talo’

Ron Dennison has had quite the career in the UAAP. With one championship to go along with five playoff appearances, he has been the constant in Far Eastern University’s consistent contention in recent memory. And in his fifth and final year, the now 23-year-old has posted his best individual numbers with per game counts of 11.6 points in 46.9 percent shooting to go along with 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals. Still, Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum could have been his last game in the UAAP as the fourth-seeded Tamaraws had a tall task in front of them – down erstwhile league-leading and twice-to-beat Ateneo de Manila University to remain in the running. For Dennison, the goal for his last game is plain and simple. “Sa akin, yung pagpunta ko pa lang dito sa game, ang mindset ko ay itong larong ito ay para sa pamilya ko,” he said. Indeed, the recruit from Cebu was only going to continue showcasing his skills so that he could also continue giving his family a brighter future. Still, he said that he wanted to keep wearing the green and gold just a little longer. As he put it, “Ayoko matapos yung UAAP career ko na talo kami. Gusto ko pa maglaro sa Finals.” And so, even during practices, Dennison urged his teammates to step up so that all of them would breathe more life into their campaign. “Sa practices namin last week, kinausap ko silang dapat ibigay na namin lahat. Yung takot namin, iniwanan na namin sa practice at puro lakas nang loob ang dinala namin sa game,” he shared. That much was evident as all of FEU just seemed more determined than the Blue Eagles in their matchup. “Buong game, sinasabi kong tulungan nila ako kasi ‘di ko rin naman kaya mag-isa,” he said. Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani were only more than willing to heed the call of their floor leader with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Another graduating player, big man Prince Orizu, also made his presence felt with 10 points and five rebounds while energy guy Richard Escoto made an impact as well with nine markers and seven boards. And in the end, the Tamaraws downed Ateneo, 80-67. And in the end, Ron Dennison will have one more game, at the very least, to play in the UAAP. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

NU claims breakthrough men s taekwondo crown

National University virtually clinched its first-ever men's title with a 6-1 win over traditional powerhouse University of Sto. Tomas Friday in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.        Undefeated in five bouts, the Bulldogs will still emerge as champions even if they drop their final elimination round assignment. NU is still fighting Far Eastern University as of posting time.      University of the Philippines wound up with a 4-2 record following a 7-0 blanking of a shorthanded University of the East side.      The Fighting Maroons can still savage second place if the Bulldogs beat the Tamaraws in their final elims bout.  The Growling Tigers fell at 3-2 with one bout remaining against the Red Warriors.  Even with a win over UE and ends up in joint second with UP, UST will finish third by virtue of winner-over-the-other rule.      The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, moved closer in claiming a back-to-back crown after a 6-1 victory over the Tigresses.      Also sporting a spotless 5-0 card, NU can wrap up the crown with a victory over UP.      The Lady Maroons, who hold a 4-1 card, will clinch the title if they topple the Lady Bulldogs, while a loss will give the Diliman-based jins a runner-up finish.      UST fell in a tie with Ateneo, a 6-1 winner over FEU, at 3-2, as the Tigresses and the Lady Eagles were fighting for third place. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Archers deny Blue Eagles sweep, outright finals slot

MANILA, Philippines — Last year, it was Ateneo that derailed then spotless La Salle from a possible sweep with a huge upset in the 13th game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo

J-Jay Alejandro on Wednesday walked out of Mall of Asia Arena a different man compared to when he left Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday. National University's veteran wingman was frustrated, to say the least, at his teammates after their 90-77 loss to University of the East last Saturday in UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament. And although the Bulldogs lost again, this time to league leader Ateneo 85-72, Alejandro was spritely and couldn't help but applaud his teammates' efforts. "I'm still okay, and we fought earlier," said Alejandro. "It just so happens that we lost by the breaks of the game, those went to Ateneo. But I'm still proud of my teammates because I saw ...Keep on reading: Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

PVL title a stepping stone to UAAP 4-peat -- Almadro

Ateneo de Manila University once again proved their dominance after capturing the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division title. But the Blue Eagles, who lost only once in the tournament, are not going to rest on their laurels as they prepare for a bigger battle ahead when Ateneo guns for a four-peat in the UAAP Season 80 starting early next year. “This is not 100% the gauge of what we will be performing during the UAAP, but this is a stepping stone,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro, whose squad completed a best-of-three Finals series sweep of Far Eastern University, 25-21, 25-22, 25-16, Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “This is a great opportunity para malaman namin kung ano ang kaya naming gawin,” added the mentor, who completed a grand slam in the tournament after steering Cignal to the Reinforced and Open Conference titles. This is also the Katipunan-based squad's third straight Collegiate Conference title since winning the defunct V-League's championships in 2015 and 2016. With the departure of seasoned players Rex Intal and Josh Villanueva last UAAP season, Almadro used their participation in the conference as a chance to discover their flaws, fine tune and experiment on his rotation. “What we are trying to do here in the PVL is for my team to be exposed and malaman namin kung ano ang kaya naming gawin coming into this UAAP season,” he said. Marck Espejo, who won the conference and Finals Most Valuable Players awards and Best Open Spiker citation, and setter Ish Polvorosa stepped up as vocal leaders inside the court while John Rivera, Gian Glorioso and Chumason Njigha played consistently for the Blue Eagles.    “Ang maganda kay Marck ngayon he’s stepping up, hindi mo na siya kailangan sabihan. Siya na ang nagsasalita sa team ganoon din si Ish eh,” said Almadro. “Silang dalawa na ang namumuno sa team even si (Manuel) Sumanguid now is stepping up as a leader even si John Rivera.”        The Blue Eagles swept the seven-game elimination round and won Game 1 of the semifinals series against University of Sto. Tomas. Ateneo saw its eight-game winning streak snapped in Game 2 before advancing to the Finals with an escape in the series decider. Ateneo defeated the Tams in straight sets in the championship series opener.      “Hats off pa rin sa FEU, UST at NU na nasa Final Four,” said Almadro. “Maganda rin naman ang nilalaro nila talagang struggle lang sa schedule and of course hats off din sa mga players ko sa resiliency nila and ‘yung willingness nila na mag-perform ng tama day in and day out.” The Blue Eagles are scheduled to train abroad, one in Thailand and one in a yet to be decided country, as part of their prep up for UAAP.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2017

Ateneo stays spotless ahead of rivalry game with DLSU

With its depth being displayed each and every game, it was no longer a surprise that it was Vince Tolentino’s time to shine and Chibueze Ikeh’s chance to re-assert himself for Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday at the Araneta Colisuem. Getting together to outplay their counterparts in Matt Salem and Issa Gaye, Tolentino and Ikeh propelled the Blue Eagles past dogged National University, 96-83, for their sixth win in a row to start the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. On the back of their two big men, coach Sandy Arespacochaga saw his wards keep hold of the top spot in the leaderboard. It was also Tolentino and Ikeh who combined for 20 points and five rebounds in the first two quarters alone as Ateneo took command of a 47-43 edge at the half. J-Jay Alejandro wasn’t letting his Bulldogs go away that easily, however, and sparked their fightback to as close as 55-59 in the middle of the third period. It was at that point that Ikeh had five points, including a pleasant surprise of a triple, in the 7-2 counter that re-established a 66-57 advantage in favor of the Blue Eagles. The lead would only grow to as big as 13, 83-70, in the final frame. Now at 6-0, the Katipunan-based squad is one win away from sweeping the first round. They try to accomplish that feat up against archrival De La Salle University on September 8. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

Yes, undefeated league-leader Ateneo can still get better

Ateneo de Manila University blasted Adamson University, 85-65, for its first win in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Ateneo then outclassed University of the Philippines, 92-71, for back-to-back wins to begin its campaign Ateneo then schooled Far Eastern University, 94-82, for a 3-0 start to the season. And on Sunday, Ateneo routed University of the East, 83-65, to move into a place alone atop the leaderboard. That’s a 17.8-point winning margin for the Blue Eagles. However, the four double-digit wins in a row is far, far away from their minds. “We’re not really looking at the outcome of the game in terms of points. I’m not saying I’m surprised, I’m not saying I’m not,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. What matters for the pacesetters is being consistent whatever the result of their assignments may be. “We’re looking at the game in detail and if we happen to win by a lot, thank you. But the most important thing that we want to see from our team is we’ll be consistent,” Arespacochaga said. He then continued, “And hopefully, the wins will come – whether it be by two points or a big lead.” So far, so good for Ateneo as Thirdy Ravena has been doing it all each and every game while players from rookie Tyler Tio to veteran Aaron Black have also been contributing. Still, the Blue Eagles believe they can get better. As the mentor put it, “After this game, we’re gonna take a look at film and see the things that we did correct, but more importantly, we’re also gonna look at things. There are a lot of things that we can still improve on.” Indeed, the Katipunan-based squad can do a lot better in assists where it ranks sixth, steals where it ranks eighth, and fastbreak points where it ranks seventh. Also, guys like Mike Nieto and Isaac Go, who both made big strides a season ago, are bound make more impact as well. And when that happens, the league-leaders will, without a doubt, only be better – a much welcome thought for an Ateneo side that knows full well their 4-0 record doesn’t mean anything just yet. “In this league, you really can’t take any team for granted. We can’t be complacent and think na okay nang 4-0 kami,” Arespacochaga said. He then continued, “We can’t afford to think like that. We can’t fall into the trap of looking (at) and enjoying our record. We’ve got to stay focused on our next game.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017

Yes, undefeated league-leader Ateneo can still get better

Ateneo de Manila University blasted Adamson University, 85-65, for its first win in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Ateneo then outclassed University of the Philippines, 92-71, for back-to-back wins to begin its campaign Ateneo then schooled Far Eastern University, 94-82, for a 3-0 start to the season. And on Sunday, Ateneo routed University of the East, 83-65, to move into a place alone atop the leaderboard. That’s a 17.8-point winning margin for the Blue Eagles. However, the four double-digit wins in a row is far, far away from their minds. “We’re not really looking at the outcome of the game in terms of points. I’m not saying I’m surprised, I’m not saying I’m not,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. What matters for the pacesetters is being consistent whatever the result of their assignments may be. “We’re looking at the game in detail and if we happen to win by a lot, thank you. But the most important thing that we want to see from our team is we’ll be consistent,” Arespacochaga said. He then continued, “And hopefully, the wins will come – whether it be by two points or a big lead.” So far, so good for Ateneo as Thirdy Ravena has been doing it all each and every game while players from rookie Tyler Tio to veteran Aaron Black have also been contributing. Still, the Blue Eagles believe they can get better. As the mentor put it, “After this game, we’re gonna take a look at film and see the things that we did correct, but more importantly, we’re also gonna look at things. There are a lot of things that we can still improve on.” Indeed, the Katipunan-based squad can do a lot better in assists where it ranks sixth, steals where it ranks eighth, and fastbreak points where it ranks seventh. Also, guys like Mike Nieto and Isaac Go, who both made big strides a season ago, are bound make more impact as well. And when that happens, the league-leaders will, without a doubt, only be better – a much welcome thought for an Ateneo side that knows full well their 4-0 record doesn’t mean anything just yet. “In this league, you really can’t take any team for granted. We can’t be complacent and think na okay nang 4-0 kami,” Arespacochaga said. He then continued, “We can’t afford to think like that. We can’t fall into the trap of looking (at) and enjoying our record. We’ve got to stay focused on our next game.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Blue Eagles keep flying high, keep hold of top spot

Ateneo de Manila University is now the lone league-leader in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Thirdy Ravena had another all-around performance and the Blue Eagles had another field day from long distance as they dominated University of the East from start to finish for an 83-65 decision on Sunday at the MOA Arena. In command for all but the first two minutes of the game, the Katipunan-based squad has now begun its campaign with four consecutive victories. And with erstwhile undefeated De La Salle University’s loss to University of the Philippines last Saturday, Ateneo is now alone atop the leaderboard. Ravena’s two-handed dunk proved to be the catalyst for the 18-6 blast that blew the game wide open. From a three-point lead early in the third, the Blue Eagles’ edge grew to 52-37 late in the quarter. The Red Warriors would not threaten the rest of the way. Ravena wound up with 21 points, eight rebounds, and two assists while Nieto twins Matt and Mike flanked him with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Aaron Black also provided a big boost off the bench with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal to his name. As always, Ateneo showed off its range with a total of eight triples. And as always, they showed off their depth and balance as those threes came from five different sets of hands. For UE, Alvin Pasaol topped the scoring column with 22 points. Without much help, however, he saw his team remain winless after four tries. BOX SCORES ATENEO 83 - Ravena 21, Nieto Ma. 11, Black 10, Nieto Mi. 10, Tolentino 9, Asistio 8, Verano 4, Porter 3, Ikeh 2, Go 2, Mendoza 2, Tio 1, White 0, Mallillin 0, Mamuyac 0, Andrade 0. UE 65 - Pasaol 22, Abanto 10, Maloles 9, Derige 6, Acuno 5, Bartolome 4, Olayon 4, Conner 3, Varilla 2, Manalang 0, Cullar 0, Armenion 0, Gagate 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-11, 32-23, 60-52, 83-65. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017