Ateneo takes Game 1

Isaac Go is turning out to be Ateneo de Manila University’s “Mr. Clutch.” The six-foot-seven center once again completed a crucial play in the closing seconds to lift the Blue Eagles to a tension-filled 76-70 victory over defending champion De La Salle University in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals of the University Athletic Association [...] The post Ateneo takes Game 1 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes manilatimesNov 25th, 2017

Game 3 hero SJ Belangel takes inspiration from Mike Nieto

In the buildup to Game 3 of the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball Finals, Mike Nieto reminded SJ Belangel that all the struggles will be worth it. Ateneo was on the heels of blowing its chance for a perfect season after succumbing to National U, 70-67 last Tuesday, and the Blue Eaglets only had three days to refocus in hopes of replicating the success the Nietos did back in Season 77. "Kuya Mike told me that once we win, all the memories from the start, the struggles that we had to endure, it will all feel great in the end," he said. That fateful talk played repeatedly in Belangel's head when he trooped to the foul line with 9.8 seconds remaining. Ateneo was holding on to a...Keep on reading: Game 3 hero SJ Belangel takes inspiration from Mike Nieto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

Will Louie Gonzalez be able to prove himself as head coach with DLSU?

De La Salle University did not waste time in moving forward from champion coach Aldin Ayo. The Green Archers will now have longtime assistant Louie Gonzalez calling the shots. According to fan account Archers’ Clubhouse, he was appointed as head coach of the Taft-based team right before the year 2017 ended. Several sources within the team confirmed the development. The post went on to say that team patron Danding Cojuangco himself appointed Gonzalez. He takes over for Ayo who has transferred from DLSU to University of Sto. Tomas. This brings to an end a longtime partnership between the two starting from Kia in the PBA to Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the NCAA and then onto the Green Archers. Twice in that longtime partnership, Ayo was suspended for one game and Gonzalez was thrust into the role of acting coach – giving us a little taste of his capabilities as shot-caller. Mentoring the Knights in 2015, he lost to Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-69. That was their first loss in the season following a 7-0 start. Mentoring DLSU in 2016, he won against archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 97-81. That completed a sweep of the first round. For that small sample size, without a doubt, Gonzalez’ appointment didn’t set the world on fire Still, he brings with him years and years of experience that could prove valuable for a Taft-based team looking for much-needed stability with all that has happened recently. As per Reuben Terrado of, Gonzalez started his coaching career under the tutelage of then Letran mentor Binky Favis in the ‘90s. From there, he had an assistant coaching stint in Far Eastern University from 2007 to 2010. He was then part of the Globalport bench from 2012 to 2014 and then the Kia staff from 2014 to 2015. It was in 2015 that he, serving as first lietenant, and Ayo led the Knights to a magical championship. A year later, the two guided the Green Archers a dominant title. Also, having had years and years of experience, former colleagues had nothing but good words for Gonzalez. One such former colleague is now FEU athletic director Mark Molina who had this to say:   Congrats to former FEU assistant Louie Gonzales. Louie was a vital part of Glenn Capacio's staff with the Tamaraws then. I'm sure my good friend Tanny Gonzales is smiling in heaven. — Mark Molina (@marqmolina) Enero 1, 2018   However, Gonzalez will still have a tall task ahead of him as he tries to fill the big shoes of two-time collegiate champion coach Ayo. He will also be missing the services of back-to-back MVP Ben Mbala who has elected to take his talents to Mexico. Helping their new head coach with this tall task will now be Mythical Team member Ricci Rivero, team captain Kib Montalbo, and former Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo,.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 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

Ateneo takes Game 1

Isaac Go is turning out to be Ateneo de Manila University’s “Mr. Clutch.” The six-foot-seven center once again completed a crucial play in the closing seconds to lift the Blue Eagles to a tension-filled 76-70 victory over defending champion De La Salle University in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals of the University Athletic Association [...] The post Ateneo takes Game 1 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Coach Aldin says DLSU peaking at the right time

De La Salle University will be well-rested and well-prepared when it takes on archrival Ateneo de Manila University in the Finals of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Having dispatched of Adamson University last Saturday, the Green Archers have had a whole week to rest and prepare. All this, while watching the Blue Eagles have to go through the eye of the needle against fighting Far Eastern University. Along with the rest and preparation, the Taft-based team believes that momentum is on their side – having rang off eight consecutive victories heading into the Finals. “I think we’re in a very good spot because we’re peaking at the right time. The players have been very, very responsible in terms of their commitment to our goal,” head coach Aldin Ayo said. They last lost on October 8, falling by one point to Ateneo. Since then, however, the defending champions have dominated. Asked about the difference from then to now, Ayo answered, “We’re focused. We’re just focused on the game plan especially on defense.” He then continued, “When we were in the first round, there were lots of distractions. In the second round, they just surrendered to the system so we overcame those distractions.” The head coach went on to mention how he considered Ben Mbala’s stint with the Cameroonian national team and Aljun Melecio’s bout with dengue to be distractions. Now, however, Mbala, Melecio, and all of DLSU are all focused in going back-to-back. With that, they need no more motivation. As Ayo put it, “Wala namang motivation kundi championship e. yun lang.” He then continued, “Wala nang kung ano-anong mga hugot. Championship, yun lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

UST coach Sablan: It takes at least three years to rebuild

Since UST Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan took the helm in June 2016, he was aware of the monumental task of taking a squad depleted of star players to victories in the UAAP. Thus far, he has only registered three victories against 24 losses. With a rag-tag squad of players, the Growling Tigers are facing history as the first team to finish a season undefeated, only to go winless later.  Not given the luck of having star players in his squad, Sablan said that the team is still in a state of rebuild after the departure of star players Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul, and Ed Daquioag. “Sabi ng isang kataas-taasang pari sa amin, rebuilding process, it takes three years, at least. Noong nag-assume ako last year, noong June, tapon, kasi wala akong time,” Sablan said after the game. In his second season with the team, with much more preparation, the UST tactician added that the players are more experienced, in terms of maturity and exposure.  "Sabi nga ng [UST Alumni Association President], si Mr. Henry Tenedero, sabi niya, there is winning in losing. Ang interpretation sa sarili ko panalo ako sa mga players na ito, dahil wala naman sila a few years back." In the second-to-the-last game of the season, where the Tigers came close against the immaculate Ateneo Blue Eagles, Sablan pointed out the strides of improvement the players have made, with the help of his coaching.  The former Glowing Goldie also said that the team, which will be mostly intact next season, will only get better. “Ang interpretation sa sarili ko panalo ako sa mga players na ito, dahil wala naman sila a few years back. Yung development nila, maganda, siguro yun ang nagawa kong maganda. Panalo ako sa kanila.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Ricci Rivero takes center stage for DLSU as Player of the Week

De La Salle University swingman Ricci Rivero stood out among his peers and earned this week's UAAP Press Corps Chooks-to-Go Player of the Week award of the UAAP Season 80 Men's Basketball Tournament.  Rivero helped the defending champions steady their ship this week after ending their first round on a sour note, losing to archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 76-75.  The Green Archers tacked two straight wins this week to improve to a 6-2 slate with Rivero averaging 20 points, three assists, and 3.5 steals.  Rivero said he just tried to play straight defense and trusted that his offense will follow through as long as he got to the right spots.  "At first I always think of ways of helping the team and the coaches just told me to just stick to the game plan and they will find me on offense," said Rivero.  "I'll just do my job and they'll help me get my offense going." Rivero's more impactful game of the week came in the Green Archers' 75-73 victory over Far Eastern University.  The second-year guard carried the offensive responsibilities for DLSU with 20 points, on 9-of-15 shooting, when Ben Mbala struggled the offensive floor on 5-of-16 shooting.  Rivero beat teammate Mbala, Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo, and Mark Olayon of University of the East for the weekly plum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Chibueze Ikeh punctuates breakout with nod as Player of the Week

Ateneo de Manila University’s Chibueze Ikeh is slowly but surely proving his worth with the Blue Eagles in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tourney. Now playing in his third year with the team, Ikeh has emerged as one of the key cogs in the Katipunan-based five's bid to reach the Promised Land anew, best typified by his impressive performance in the last two games. For leading Ateneo to a league-best 6-0 record and for showing he has what it takes, Ikeh earned his first UAAP Press Corps Chooks-to-Go Player of the Week award. Ikeh beat Adamson University’s Papi Sarr and the Far Eastern University pair of Ron Dennison and Arvin Tolentino for the weekly individual plum. Using his height and heft advantage to the hilt, the 6-foot-7 Ikeh averaged 12.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 1.5 bpg last week. Against University of Sto. Tomas last Wednesday, Ikeh scored seven points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and had three assists and two steals as the Eagles subdued the Growling Tigers, 94-84. Three days later, Ikeh scattered a career-high 18 points to go with 11 caroms, one dime, and two blocks in Ateneo's 96-83 drubbing of National University. Ikeh, a native of Nigeria, has also showcased a new facet of his game when he took—and—buried two three pointers against the Bulldogs last Saturday. “Coaches have been teaching me other facets of the game such as shooting, dribbling. I just found myself open and I just had to shoot it and went in,” Ikeh said. “I’m not feeling any pressure. It’s just a game. If I miss, that’s okay. Coaches are teaching me every aspect of the game and that’s giving me the confidence I need,' he added. Ateneo's coaching staff was not surprised when Ikeh tried to extend his range because they were giving him the go-signal to do so. “We weren’t surprised. The coaches have been giving him (Ikeh) the green light to shoot if he has a good rhythm to shoot it,” assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2017

La Salle finally ends dry spell vs Ateneo, takes Game 1

MANILA, Philippines — It took them three tries, but the De La Salle University Lady Spikers finally had their archrivals' numbers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2017

Ateneo, Adamson collide; Santo Tomas takes on UP

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. – UP vs UST 4 p.m. – Ateneo vs Adamson Young teams Ateneo and Adamson hope to start playing like grown men today as they face off in the featured game of the UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 16th, 2016

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Streaking Ateneo clashes with UE

Ateneo de Manila University hunts for its third straight win and a step closer to a Final Four berth in a duel with University of the East Wednesday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. After closing the first round with a four-set loss against grand slam-seeking De La Salle University, the Lady Eagles are now on a roll. The Loyola-based squad exacted revenge on their first round tormentors Far Eastern University and National University in straight sets. Ateneo’s last victim were the Lady Bulldogs, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17, last Saturday as the Lady Eagles tied NU with 6-3 win-loss record. The Lady Eagles are looking to make a repeat over the Lady Warriors, who are coming off a 25-19, 11-25, 25-16, 16-25, 12-15, loss to Adamson University Sunday that saw their two-game win streak snapped. UE holds a 2-7 slate at the bottom of the standings.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News8 hr. 24 min. ago

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: NU, Adamson collide in crucial showdown

Skidding National University and Adamson University face off in an all-important match Wednesday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Both in the thick of the race for a Final Four spot, expect an exciting action when the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Falcons meet at center court in their scheduled 4:00 p.m. duel. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. After a topping the opening round with only one loss, the Lady Bulldogs are now skidding after two matches in the second half of the eliminations and are yet to win a set. NU was swept by two-time defending champion De La Salle University to open the second round before suffering a 22-25, 16-25, 17-25, defeat at the hands of Ateneo de Manila University Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Eagles are tied at 6-3 win-loss slate. The Lady Falcons are fresh from a 19-25, 25-11, 16-25, 25-16, 15-12, revenge win over University of the East Sunday. Adamson is at solo fifth spot with a 4-5 record. The Lady Falcons are looking to avenge a four-set loss to NU in the season opener but might sit out rookie hitter Chiara Permentilla for the second straight game after sustaining a left ankle sprain last week.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News8 hr. 24 min. ago

In Harvey Pagsanjan, there is hope in Hope Christian

Harvey Pagsanjan and Hope Christian High School finally ran out of gas in their campaign in the first-ever National Basketball Training Center Madness in MOA. After back-to-back rumbling rallies in the seeding round and then the Top 32, the Manila-based school finally bowed out at the hands of Visayas powerhouse Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu on Tuesday at the MOA Arena. Having to come from behind two straight days, they seemed tired as the Magis Eagles imposed their will en route to a 70-63 win. In the end, Pagsanjan only scored 16 points on 28 percent shooting on top of five rebounds and two steals. Still, the loss does not take away the fact that the six-foot-one guard put on one of the most memorable, if not the most memorable, individual performances in back-to-back nights. On Sunday, he dropped 27 of his 33 points in the second half to lift his team over Australia’s AusPinoy. A day later, he then poured in 35 points, 25 in the final frame, in his team’s victory versus St. Benilde International School of Calamba, Laguna. And while Pagsanjan and his team are no longer in the tournament proper, he will still represent them in the 2018 NBTC All-Star Game on Friday. There, he gets his third crack at playing alongside the best of the best Filipinos. “Ang sarap po sa feeling na kasama pa rin ako sa top players. Ang sarap po sa pakiramdam na lahat ng paghihirap, nandito na,” he shared. For all those golden opportunities, he is nothing but grateful. “Ang laking tulong po para sa akin kasi yung coaches ng college, sa UAAP at NCAA lang nagi-scout. Mas madali po para sa akin na makita kung nandito,” he said. When this edition of the NBTC is over, the 19-year-old will keep representing Hope for one more year. And for that one more year, Pagsanjan vows to keep making his alma mater proud. “Ako po, naglalaro bilang team player. Kung anong nagagawa ko, nagpapasalamat din po ako sa teammates ko kasi kung ‘di rin naman dahil sa kanila, ‘di mabubuo yung Harvey Pagsanjan,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Jarvey Gayoso’s biggest critic? His dad Jayvee

In just his third season in the UAAP, Ateneo Football’s Jarvey Gayoso has already bagged three straight Best Striker nods, an MVP trophy, and a men’s championship. The star striker has come up big for his team on countless occasions and has emerged as the team’s go-to-guy, even more so now as the young Blue Eagles continue their quest for repeat titles. This year, Gayoso is on pace for another Best Striker nod with 13 goals in eleven matches played, and the defending champion Blue Eagles are second in the league, one point behind top-seeded University of the Philippines. With the way things are going, it may be hard to criticize Gayoso’s play… …that depends, of course, who you ask. Sunday afternoon, Ateneo avenged their first round loss to University of Santo Tomas with a 2-0 win, and Gayoso again had his hand on the win, scoring one of the goals. Watching from the stands was Jarvey’s dad Jayvee. In fact, it was Jayvee’s first time to see Jarvey and the Blue Eagles win a match in the UAAP live, and the younger Gayoso jokingly said that maybe his dad was a bringer of bad luck. “Honestly, this is his first game to watch na we won. I think he’s watched three games na one draw, tapos dalawang talo. After a while I was feeling na baka malas, alam mo naman mga Pinoy, superstitious,” Jarvey said with a laugh. “But then after today, of course, I’m blessed to have him here, he’s a busy guy, and my father drives all the way from Laguna to watch me, along with my mom and my siblings, it’s a nice experience to have him,” While most parents are their child’s biggest fan, Jayvee will be the first to tell you that he isn’t like that. Being a former athlete himself, the former Ateneo basketball star and PBA standout will always see areas of improvement, especially in his son. “I have every reason to be proud of what Jarvey does, but because of my knowledge on sports and how I’ve handled so many players before, Jarvey knows that I’m always tough, I’m here to criticize him, I’m always here to point out the wrong things he does, I always stress to him that without his teammates, his greatness is just 50 percent.” “I’m not the typical type of dad who will, you know, I’m more of the critic rather than, but at the end of the day, of course, my heart, I’m trying to do things to help him out even more, for his life.” Jayvee added. And for Jarvey, it becomes a source of motivation and a different perspective on his growth as a player. “Because my dad’s also an athlete, he’ll always see the things that I can improve on, which is good for me, because I’ll be able to understand what I can’t see and what he sees, and I’ll be able to know what I can further work on.” So far, it seems to be working. As for finally getting to see his son get a win in the UAAP, Jayvee was of course happy, but that doesn’t mean it’s a reason to stop working to get better. “I’m happy of course that they won, I’m happy he was able to score, ako kasi defensive player ako nung ako’y player, so I’m always…I fight him all the time, Jarv, help on defense! Pero nakikita ko nakakapagod din yung ginagawa niyang pagtatakbo ano, but of course I’ll never stop.” “Even if I’m content with what he does, at the end of the day, I am still gonna criticize, like I said, and tell him, may kulang pa din, Jarv. Never be satisfied. Never be satisfied.” Jayvee continued. The win over UST was of course a sweet one, especially for Gayoso, who was visibly down after their first round loss to the Growling Tigers. It was sweeter more so, having his dad around to see it happen. “Nakaka-kaba, siyempre, because your biggest critic is here, but at the same time I love it when he watches, I love doing well and and being able to know that he’s in a good mood because of the way I played, because it’s fulfilling.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018


The league table of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament has been nothing short of confusing. After Sunday’s action, there are two teams who share the second seed and another set of two teams who are the sixth seed but that doesn’t mean the third and fifth seeds are in stable ground. Far Eastern University, the no. 3 team, and no. 5 Adamson University can both either go up or down in the standings on one simple whim. Amid the confusion, however, is a glaring constant and it’s the defending champion De La Salle. The Lady Spikers were perfect this week and remained atop the league with an 8-2 record securing themselves of at least a playoff for one of the spots in the Final Four. And in the middle of that perfection is Kim Kianna Dy. La Salle’s belle of an opposite hitter was the offensive focal point in both of the Lady Spikers’ victories against University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University, on her way to winning the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. And although the wins against the Lady Maroons and the Lady Tamaraws are as far apart as Diliman and Sampaloc, Dy seemed to be a delicate pendulum in the middle of the chaos. Dy was solid in the Lady Spikers’ three-set sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, with 14 points, five of which were aces and four were blocks, in an uneventful game La Salle easily shrugged off. It was against the Lady Tamaraws’ however that Dy showed a little more of her magic when she put up 18 points in a five-set win, 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5. Dy, despite starting dormant against FEU, rose up like a lotus in the middle of the dirge and scored four of La Salle’s 10 points, five came from the Lady Tamaraws’ errors, in the fifth set. “Yung mindset namin coming into the fifth set was dapat mauna kami, kasi FEU is very aggressive so pag dumikit mahihirapan kami,” said Dy. “So game plan talaga is unahan sila.” Dy’s scoring may not be considered outrageous as compared to Cherry Rondina, Jaja Santiago, and Diana Carlos—all three of which average more than 18 points per game with Rondina putting up 21.2 a game—but her elegant style saw her climb the scoring table in an impressive way. After scoring a total of 32 points this week, Dy went from 11th in the total points list to sixth leapfrogging Ateneo’s Jhoanna Maraguinot, teammate Majoy Baron, Adamson’s Jema Galanza and Mylene Paat, and University of the East’s Mary Ann Mendrez......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Kai Sotto towers over foes, then takes selfies with them

Top-seeded Ateneo de Manila High School made quick work of New Ormoc City High School, 98-47, to open its campaign in the 2018 National Basketball Training Center League. Kai Sotto had his way inside anew and wound up with 15 points, six rebounds, and three blocks. As he always does, the 7-foot-1, 15-year-old towered over the competition. That did nothing but inspire admiration from his opponents, however. Just look at all those happy faces from the young talent from Leyte after getting photos with the so-called future of Philippine basketball. Kai Sotto was literally head & shoulder above everyone else vs. Ormoc H.S. 15 Pts 7/10 FG 6 Reb 3 Blk #NBTC2018 — Pong Ducanes (@ompongski) Marso 19, 2018 Clearly, Sotto’s growth is just starting – growth in terms of basketball and growth in terms of popularity......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

No upsets as Ateneo, other top teams advance in NBTC Sweet 16

All the higher seeds in the First Round of the 2018 Exped Socks National Basketball Training Centre National Finals advanced to the Sweet 16, Monday evening. Behind the towering Kai Sotto, UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eaglets dominated the New Ormoc City Eagles, 98-47. The UAAP Season 80 Finals Most Valuable Player had 15 points on 70 percent shooting to go along with six rebounds and three blocks in just 16 minutes of game time. The Blue Eaglets will face the 16th seeded Australia Pinoy Selection as AusPinoy was able to eke out an 86-79 win over Aussumption Montessori of Cagayan de Oro. It was also a smooth sailing first round for the other top seeded teams. Second-ranked La Salle Green Hills Greenies walloped Jesus the Loving Sheperd of Naga, 85-46, while the third-seeded Chiang Kai Shek College pounced on St. Columban College of Pagadian, 68-44. Reigning CESAFI champions University of Visayas Baby Lancers routed the University of Luzon of Dagupan, 100-73. UAAP runners-up NU Bullpups survived an early scare before blasting the Tay Tung High School of Bacolod, 81-63. The team B of the number 7 San Beda Red Cubs scored the biggest blowout of the day, notching a 105-40 victory over the St. Louis-Don Bosco of Dumaguete. One of the top performers of the day was Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian High School. After dropping 33 markers during the first eight showdown on Sunday, the gunslinging guard rallied Hope from 15 down to pick up an 84-77 win over St. Benilde International School of Calamba.  Pagsanjan finished the game with 35 big points on 13-of-26 shooting Outside of Camp David of New Zealand, as they lost to the Lyceum-Cavite Junior Pirates 85-59, the three other international teams made it to the next round. Number 11 Durham Crossover of Canada escaped University of Baguio 80-75; number 13 FilAm Sports pounded De La Salle-Lipa, 92-59;and number 16 AusPinoy triumphed over Assumption-Cagayan de Oro, 86-79. Completing the Sweet 16 are #6 Mapua Red Robins, #8 Sacred Heart Magis Eagles, #10 San Sebastian Staglets, #12 Adamson Baby Falcons, #14 Letran Squires......»»

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Olsen Racela sees a lot of Danny I in Dave Ildefonso

Ildefonso and Racela were together again in the 2018 SLAM Rising Stars. The circumstances were different, however, last Sunday at the Gatorade Hoops Center. Olsen Racela now called the shots from the sidelines while instead of Danny, it was Dave Ildefonso on the floor. It was just like the good old times, though, as Racela called out a play that led to Ildefonso’s miracle shot forcing overtime. This ain’t over yet, says Dave Ildefonso who hits a difficult shot over Ateneo teammate Jason Credo. #SLAMRisingStars — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 18, 2018 There, Racela, Ildefonso, and Team Punks pulled away from Team Hype for an eight-point win. For the younger Ildefonso, who had just experienced winning a UAAP Juniors championship with Ateneo de Manila High School, playing for his godfather was something special. “Si coach Olsen, ninong ko yun e. I saw him play with tatay and alam naman natin na he’s really a smart player and good guy on and off the court,” he said. He then continued, “Ngayon, getting a chance to be able to play (for) him, parang full circle na rin ang nangyari.” Olsen Racela and Danny Ildefonso were together for around a dozen years and won several titles for San Miguel. And for Racela, Danny’s second son is as talented a player as he has seen coming out of high school. “Grabe yung skill level ni Dave. He can play multiple and he has the right mindset,” he said. He then continued, “Napakaganda ng future ni Dave.” Of course, “Rah-Rah" Racela knows full well that much of that has to do with his good friend who just so happened to be a back-to-back MVP. “Grabe rin kasi magsumikap yan just like his dad. Kaya rin alam kong maganda yung future ni Dave.” With the exhibition game now over and done with, though, Racela goes back to head coaching duties for Far Eastern University while Ildefonso now turns his attention to his first year suiting up for National University. And when their first meeting comes, Dave will be nothing but excited for matching up with ninong Olsen. “I’m definitely looking forward to battling him and his team,” he remarked. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

League-leading UP reaping rewards of JB Borlongan’s breakout season

When University of the Philippines opened the men’s football tournament of UAAP Season 80, they did so by handing defending champions Ateneo de Manila their first and so far only un-avenged loss of the season. Third-year forward JB Borlongan was the difference-maker as he scored late to give UP the opening day win. As it turns out, that first match would be an indication of how Borlongan’s season would be going, as the Cagayan de Oro native has been having a breakout year in terms of offense, and the league-leading Fighting Maroons are enjoying every bit of it. While Borlongan has already been showing flashes of his goal scoring capabilities his first two seasons in the UAAP, he’s taken it to another level this year. With a team-high nine goals in nine matches, Borlongan is the league’s second-best striker, and with UP already clinching a seat in the Final Four, it’s highly likely that he isn’t done scoring. Along with fellow third-year striker King Miyagi, who’s netted eight goals of his own this season, Borlongan is on the forefront of UP’s attack, and the significant jump in terms of scoring output was the product of the need to step up, especially with the departure of key players, including former skipper Daniel Gadia. “Coach told King and I na since sila Gadia aren’t here anymore on the team, it should be us stepping up already, since we’re the seniors on the attacking line.” Borlongan told ABS-CBN Sports. “So that’s what we did, in training we made sure that we worked on our finshing drills so that we’ll be able to convert our goals.” With even more veterans set to call it a UAAP career at season’s end, Borlongan knows that it’s up to them to take the reins and make sure that UP remains competitive in the coming seasons. “That’s also what we’re trying to do, because after this season, next season, sila Ian Clarino, our captain, wala na. It’s gonna be our batch na, King’s batch and my batch that’s gonna lead the team.” So far, so good. “I think it’s a good sign naman, we’ve been scoring goals naman diba, so next season we hope we can do the same.” Borlongan added. His coach Anto Gonzales hopes so too. “I think with JB, he’s more focused this season, and he’s been working very hard. During our first four games, he was our best performer, medyo nag-dip after that, but he came back very strongly in the last two games. I hope he continues playing that way.” Ten matches into the season, the Fighting Maroons own the best record in the league at eight wins and two draws. They’re also the only team in the league that hasn’t suffered a loss. When asked what’s fueling this impressive Maroons run, Borlongan shares that it’s the same thing that helped fuel them to men’s and women’s titles two seasons ago. “Our fight. Every game, we make sure we really wanna win, and we wanna do it for Rogie and the UP community.” In 2016, Rogie Maglinas, a member of the UP men’s football team, passed away after a battle against a rare form of cancer. Maglinas’ passing became the emotional spark that helped UP claim men’s and women’s football titles back in UAAP Season 78. Two years later, UP hopes to once again find themselves at the top of the UAAP men’s football mountain, and Borlongan is helping lead the fight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018