Best yet to come for Eagles after dominant win over Maroons

MANILA, Philippines — Two games. Two blowout wins......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

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

LPU clamps down on UP to come away with Got Skills title

Running and gunning all tournament long, Lyceum is the last team standing in the 2017 Milcu Got Skills Elite Basketball Showcase. Putting the University of the Philippines inside a pressure cooker for the all of the knockout Finals last Sunday at the Buddha Care Gym in Quezon City, the Pirates came away with an 89-81 decision that crowned them as kings. Carl Lumbao and Greco Magbuhos showed the way in terms of scoring with 14 and 13 points, respectively, but there wasn’t any doubt that the entire LPU crew did their part. Tirelessly executing full-court pressure, they squeezed out 32 turnovers from the Fighting Maroons which were then quickly converted to 37 big points. Those were more than enough to offset Filipino-American David Murell’s 30-point explosion as well as Bright Akhuetie’s 19-point, 24-rebound double-double for State U. Lyceum was one of the top teams throughout the tournament and entered the championship round after routing overachieving De Ocampo Memorial College. Now, the once overlooked team had made its mark with a well-earned championship. On the other hand, UP settles for a runner-up finish following a dominant preliminary round and then a convincing victory versus Letran in the semifinals. Still, Akhuetie and company have proven there is indeed reason for hope in Diliman......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2017

UAAP Finals Flashback: The last time an Ateneo-La Salle championship series went the distance

The UAAP season 80 men’s basketball tournament will boil down to one final game. The Ateneo Blue Eagles, then armed with a 1-0 Finals lead, looked poised to win the title in Game 2 when they took a commanding 21-point lead over the De La Salle Green Archers early in the first half. But the defending champion Green Archers, sparked by a feisty Kib Montalbo, an inspired Ricci Rivero, a dominant Ben Mbala, and a resurgent Andrei Caracut, rallied past the Blue Eagles to tie the series and force a winner-take-all game slated this Sunday, December 3.  And now, we’re faced with the two sweetest words in UAAP basketball: Game Three. The last two times an Ateneo-La Salle Finals clash was pushed to a deciding game was back in 2001, and 2002, more than 15 years ago, with both schools splitting the spoils.  Let’s look back at the epic clash between the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers in the 64th and 65th season of the UAAP men’s basketball Finals that went the distance, as a preview of the upcoming chapter of this historic rivalry. -- 2001: A DLSU Odyssey Since Ateneo and La Salle’s last Finals clash back in 1988, the two squads went on separate paths before rekindling their storied rivalry. The Blue Eagles took home the title back in ’88, but the Green Archers scored back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990 before UST and FEU burst into the UAAP basketball scene for much of the decade. Behind sweet-shooting guard Ren-Ren Ritualo, and the crafty Don Allado powering the Franz Pumaren-led Green Archers, La Salle was fast becoming a dynasty, scoring a three-peat from 1998-2000. Meanwhile, Ateneo was deep into its so-called “dark ages”, with their title drought stretching into 13 years, but the best was yet to come heading into season 64. UAAP 2001 FINALS, GAME 1: La Salle 74, Ateneo 68 With DLSU focused on extending its dominance by claiming its fourth straight championship, the rebirth of the rivalry was on. Ateneo, with its best collection of players in a long time, had the best possible chance to put an end to the dark ages. The Green Archers proved why they were three-time defending champs, showing their championship poise by going on a huge fourth quarter run to down the Blue Eagles and to move one win away from their four-peat. UAAP 2001 FINALS, GAME 2: Ateneo 76, La Salle 72 With their backs against the wall, Ateneo forced a deciding match behind a masterful 22-point performance. by blossoming big man Enrico Villanueva.  It was also Villanueva who found Magnum Membrere for a three-pointer to put the game away and to keep the Blue Eagles alive. The victory also marked Ateneo’s first win over DLSU that season, after three attempts. UAAP 2001 FINALS, GAME 3: La Salle 93, Ateneo 88 The deciding game was a shootout between DLSU’s Carlo Sharma and Ateneo’s LA Tenorio, who dropped 22 points, and 30 points respectively. Sharma’s production was a career-high for him, and it came at the best possible time. He made 11 of his 22 markers in the fourth quarter, helping the DLSU Green Archers claim their fourth straight UAAP championship. It was a fitting end to Ritualo’s collegiate career, who got his number 4 jersey retired after leading La Salle to a rare four-peat.   -- 2002: Ateneo's Great Revenge Revenge was the main storyline in the UAAP season 65 Finals. For Ateneo, it was redemption for the previous season’s devastating loss at the hands of De La Salle.  Meanwhile, the Green Archers wanted to exact revenge to the Blue Eagles, who stained their undefeated record at the final game of the elimination round, to deny a sweep, and an outright Finals berth for DLSU in a  shocking 83-71 win. UAAP 2002 FINALS, GAME 1: Ateneo 72, La Salle 70 With unfinished business from last year, Enrico Villanueva took over late in the game, scoring Ateneo’s final ten points to seal Game 1 for the blue side. This game served as a huge statement not just for the Blue Eagles, but also for Larry Fonacier whose iconic block on Mark Cardona proved to be the difference maker to help move Ateneo one win away from redemption. UAAP 2002 FINALS, GAME 2: La Salle 85, Ateneo 77 Again, championship poise proved to be La Salle’s edge against an Ateneo squad that was deemed as “tense” in Game 2. After struggling in the first game, Mike Cortez was sat down by Coach Franz to have a talk, reminding his ward that as a veteran, he should lead his teammates by example. Facing elimination, the Green Archers, and Cortez were on fire to start the second game, taking a commanding 18-point lead over Ateneo by the end of the first half, 50-32. Cortez finished with 21 points as De La Salle evened up the series to force a deciding Game 3. UAAP 2002 FINALS, Game 3: Ateneo 77, La Salle 70 With DLSU gaining momentum from a convincing Game 2 win, a five-peat looked imminent heading into the third and final game of the season. Timely baskets from Wesley Gonzales and then-rookie LA Tenorio early on helped the Blue Eagles take the lead, however slim, over La Salle heading into the payoff period, 56-52 for the first time in the Finals series. Enrico Villanueva, the season MVP, put on a career-defining performance in final game as a Blue Eagle, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, capped off by four assists, and two steals as they hold off a fierce rally by DLSU to bring home the title back to Katipunan for the first time since 1988. The win was an apt send-off for Villanueva, who helped Ateneo halt fierce rival La Salle’s consecutive championship run to four titles......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

Redemption, revenge not on the minds of returning UP Pep

The UP Pep Squad will be back in the UAAP 80 Cheerdance Competition. And they are all set to go all-out to reclaim the crown they have not worn for four years. Or not. According to State U’s pride, their return in what has become one of the most awaited events in the UAAP calendaris not about them, but all about their faithful over in Diliman. “Nakaka-miss din naman na mag-perform for UP. We’re doing this for the UP community,” assistant coach Pio Opinaldo said. He then continued, “We’re joining not because we have to win. We’re joining because we want the UP community to be happy.” The Fighting Maroons pulled out of the 2016 iteration of the event as a form of protest. Then, they were still adamant that the results of the 2015 edition of the event “did not genuinely reflect adherence to the competition guidelines and criteria.” In 2015, the NU Pep Squad reigned supreme with a total score of 668. UST then snatched second-place with 651.5 points while the Diliman-based squad ranked third with 610.5 points. Now, UP Pep is not thinking about rules or results. As Opinaldo put it, “We just want to clarify na we’re not coming back dahil may gusto kaming patunayan or whatever. We’re coming back because we’re here to make the UP community happy and proud again.” Indeed, what matters for them is the reception of the UP community. “Always naman, we do this for the UP community. Winning for us is just additional basta sa performance, we just do our very best,” team captain Thea Obanil said. Obanil then reiterated that State U is not concerning themselves with the fact that the NU Pep Squad has taken their place as the most dominant squad in the tournament or the fact that they didn’t place in the podium for only the fourth time ever. “We’re just back. No revenge, no beating NU, we’re just back, UP Pep is back,” she said. With that goal in mind, Diliman’s pride is eagerly looking forward to taking the cheerdance mat once more. “Personally, I’m very excited and siyempre, ganun din naman yung buong squad. Iba talaga yung feeling ng UAAP lalo na yung makikita mo yung buong arenang punong-puno ng UP,” their team captain shared. A week before they officially make their return, UP Pep is still hard at work at bettering themselves. “I guess, we’re at 80 percent right now. For me kasi, every day is a chance for progress, a chance for us to beat our yesterday,” Obanil said. She then continued, “Ang mindset lang namin dito is yung competition namin, yung sarili namin. Every day, kailangang may space for improvement.” And when that time for their return finally comes, the winningest team in the tournament is not worrying about winning. Instead, they just want to put on a show for the enjoyment of the UP community – and everybody else, for that matter. “Ang mapa-promise namin is to give a performance na makaka-relate talaga sila. Sobrang magiging proud (ang UP community) dun sa ipapakita namin – routine na galing sa puso, routine na pinaghirapan, routine na UP yung tatak,” Opinaldo said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 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

Eagles go 13-0

ATENEO zeroed in on an outright championship berth but not without weathering a gritty University of the Philippines side, 96-82, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Blue Eagles built a 79-68 lead on back-to-back triples by Isaac Go when the Fighting Maroons… Source link link: Eagles go 13-0.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Eagles ward off Maroons to preserve unbeaten record

MANILA, Philippines — They were not undefeated for nothing. Source link link: Eagles ward off Maroons to preserve unbeaten record.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Coach Bo rallies UP for last shot at Final Four

With the UP Fighting Maroons’ Final Four chances hanging in the balance with their 96-82 loss against the Ateneo Blue Eagles, UP head coach Bo Perasol said that the team must find ways to keep the team’s energy going and stay the course in what could be their most crucial match against the NU Bulldogs on Sunday.  “Tinanong ko nga sa kanila, kailan ba tayo nagkaroon ng playoffs para sa Final Four? Palagay ko 'di pa for the longest time. What's in our hands right now is to have a victory against NU,” Perasol said after the game. “It's not going to help us if we're going to lose.” Although it was a very positive sign that rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño led the way in scoring with 21 points and six rebounds, the UP tactician hopes that his other players step up for their next game on both ends of the floor. While Perasol cited the team’s overall defensive effort against Ateneo, he also praised the effort made by Ateneo’s deep bench, particularly Isaac Go and Gian Mamuyac who were instrumental in the crucial run in the tail end of the game that sealed Ateneo’s 13th victory.  “Kapos talaga. Sayang because, well because that's a mark of a very good team. Very good, especially in the end. Their composure is there. It's not just their composure, but the depth, yung depth nila.” In what was the defining call of the game, officials may have missed an eight-second call on Ateneo and instead called a foul on Maroon Jun Manzo. From there, Jolo Mendoza was awarded two free throws to break the 79-all deadlock. Perasol downplayed the missed call, instead requesting the referees to make better judgment in making crucial calls. “That's something they decided on, and can't reverse that, we have to find a way on how we can play through that, but then again I'm hoping the officials will have a better job, because we exert a way to find the win.” While UP might be missing the Final Four again for the 20th straight time, the former Maroon expressed his elation on his young team’s effort and confidence, which even led to a 12-point lead against the Blue Eagles in the third quarter. However, with the effort and confidence that comes with young players, the same goes with their immaturity and inexperience in crunch time. “[The effort] is what I wanted. But I told them, that the lesson there, it's not enough. We want to get ahead, we need to beat the best teams, and if we beat the best teams, we have to beat them in the end game.  And I think that's where we failed in the end.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Manzo on crucial call: ‘Kung sa amin yung bola, siguro mag-iiba yung laro’

The University of the Philippines had a 12-point lead in the third quarter against Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. The Fighting Maroons were unable to sustain their hot shooting, however, and saw the Blue Eagles battle back and then build up a 79-68 advantage inside the last six minutes. Still, State U kept fighting and went on an 11-0 run to tie the tally at 79-all with 4:19 remaining. In the ensuing possession, Jolo Mendoza was pressured in the backcourt but was able to get a foul from Jun Manzo. For Manzo, that should not have been a foul. “Ang labo (nung tawag) kasi siyempre, nawala na yug bola sa kanya so ni-dive ko. Feeling ko bad call talaga dahil eight seconds na rin,” he told reporters post-game, after UP lost to Ateneo, 96-82. Indeed, replays showed that Mendoza was in the backcourt for nine seconds and could have also been called for an eight-second violation. Instead, as the Fighting Maroons were already in the penalty, Mendoza was granted two free throws and made both. From there, both the lead and the momentum stayed with the Blue Eagles. Looking back at what happened, Manzo said that was, most likely, the most crucial call in the contest. “Kung sa amin yung bola, siguro mag-iiba yung laro. Nung nakuha nila yung bola, naka-shoot sila e kaya tuloy-tuloy yung momentum nila,” he said. The State U point guard, however, was quick to point out that he respected the referees’ decision. As he put it, “Wala tayong magagawa kasi ganun yung tawag e. Breaks of the game e.” For his part, head coach Bo Perasol also said that not one call decides a game. “Sobrang crucial yun, but it happens. You cannot delve into that,” he said. He then continued, “It’s something they decided on and they can’t reverse that. We have to find a way to play through that.” Perasol also added, however, that there is much room for improvement when it comes to officiating. “Then again, I’m hoping the officials will do a better job kasi nage-exert kami ng effort to find a way to win,” he expressed. In the end, UP only acknowledged that it was them who failed to close out the win. “Parang yun talaga yung sakit namin e, pag sa dulo na, bumibitaw kami. Kailangan naming makabawi dun,” Manzo said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Blue Eagles lock down the Fighting Maroons to remain undefeated

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Ateneo Blue Eagles are still unbeaten in the league as they triumphed over the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 96-82, on Wednesday, November 8, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Javi Gomez de Liano tied the game at 79-all with 4:11 left in the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Eagles ward off Maroons to preserve unbeaten record

MANILA, Philippines — They were not undefeated for nothing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Blue Eagles fend off Maroons, close in on UAAP elims sweep

Ateneo moved a win away from an elimination round sweep after holding off University of the Philippines, 96-82, in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The No. 1 Blue Eagles, who will shoot for a 14-0 record against defending champion De La Salle on Sunday, went on a 17-3 run in the final four minutes and 11 seconds to break away from a 79-deadlock. "We showed a lot of character in the end. It was a tough game, we were challenged from the start and I'm happy that the players stepped up to the challenge," said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga. READ:Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni: 'It pressure us to deliver' M...Keep on reading: Blue Eagles fend off Maroons, close in on UAAP elims sweep.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go

University of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol admitted that the missed 8-second violation late in the fourth quarter of the Fighting Maroons loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles was crucial. The referees failed to call an 8-second infraction on Ateneo point guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court near the four-minute mark with the game tied at 79. Instead, UP playmaker Jun Manzo was whistled for a foul. It was an obvious head-scratcher but Perasol isn't the type to cry over spilled milk. "It was really [crucial]. But it happens and I can't delve on that," Perasol told reporters after the Maroons' 96-82 loss. "It's something they've decided on and th...Keep on reading: Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Eagles go 13-0

ATENEO zeroed in on an outright championship berth but not without weathering a gritty University of the Philippines side, 96-82, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Blue Eagles built a 79-68 lead on back-to-back triples by Isaac Go when the Fighting Maroons….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Dominant Sarr a sight to see for Adamson fan Justin Brownlee

For the first time in quite a while, Justin Brownlee was at the Araneta Coliseum and he didn't have to drain multiple clutch shots to save Brgy. Ginebra from trouble. The two-time PBA champion with the Gin Kings was with his agent Sunday at the Big Dome, taking time to watch the UAAP Season 80 showdown between the Adamson Falcons and the UP Fighting Maroons. And just like in the pros, Brownlee walked away from the Big Dome with a win as the Falcons locked up the no. 3 seed by handing the Maroons a sound beating. You see, Brownlee is a fan of the Falcons. There is legit connection here but we'll let you, our readers, figure it out. "I'm actually a fan of Adamson and Papi," Brownlee said, talking about Franz Pumaren's crew and Papi Sarr in particular. With a crucial game at hand, Adamson played like a true Final Four team and Sarr didn't disappoint. The towering reinforcement was good for 25 points and 17 rebounds in the Falcons' statement victory. Brownlee was impressed, of course. "I like him [Papi] as a player. I think he's an incredible rebounder and when he gets the ball around the basket, you might as well say it's two points," the Ginebra import said. While it wasn't the first time Brownlee watched a Philippine collegiate game live, he still marveled at the incredible atmosphere the games have. "Comparing to the US, it's a lot similar. The college atmosphere, for me it's a lot of excitement especially with the band playing and the fans they get really into it," he said. "I'm familiar with it and it's exciting," Brownlee added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Coach Bo on UP vs Ateneo: Malay mo, malasin sila

Although caught between a rock and a hard place in their final two matchups against Ateneo and FEU, the UP Fighting Maroons are entering both games with a very positive mindset, according to head coach Bo Perasol. Perasol, referring the herculean task of giving the 12-0 Ateneo Blue Eagles their first loss, said that whatever happens, the Fighting Maroons must be aware of their ongoing experiences in order to utilize them for the future.  "What a way for us to end our season with a win against a team without a loss. That's a very tall order, but then again, lalaruin pa rin namin eh. Malay mo, malasin sila," Perasol said on his team's mindset for the next two games. Though they have an uphill climb in qualifying for the Final Four for the first time since 1997, the UP tactician mentioned that each and every game this season has been a learning experience for the young and feisty Fighting Maroons. "Ang importante is we have to be conscious, we have to be aware of what's happening so that kung ano man ang matutunan namin sa mga games na ito, sa mga crucial games na ito, baka mai-share namin sa mga susunod na seasons. Matuto kami (how to play) collectively, playing with pressure, playing with so much at stake."  The former Powerade coach was not satisfied with UP's performance on Sunday, which he called not worthy for the postseason. Though the UP crowd had blamed officiating for the crucial Adamson run in the third quarter, Perasol did not agree with their opinion. Instead, he pointed out that his young players were not defending properly, particularly against MVP candidate Papi Sarr who dominated the paint and finished the game with 25 points and 14 rebounds. "...We had to field in people who are really not defensive players, but are offensive players. We cannot score eh. We can't score. That was really our dilemma at the time. Nahirapan kami sa rotation namin." The Maroons, who have a mixture of very young players and several veterans, got the worse of the chippiness in the game which had several stoppages due to flaring emotions. "In a way, nagkaroon din kami ng konting run, but it wasn't enough. Kasi konting girian, sila 'yung nakaka-shoot eh. Doon kami nadadali nang todo. We have to be better and we have to take something out of that." Though the injury bug had bitten UP, sidelining star rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño with an ankle sprain and hampering starters Jun Manzo and Ibrahim Ouatarra, the former Maroon expects his players to be available for their biggest game of the season thus far. "Sabi ko nga we cannot fight if we're not complete. We have to fight complete and we have to finish this season na todo ang aming force. "  -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Ateneo rules men's, women's swimming

Ateneo de Manila University tankers ruled the 80th UAAP swimming tournament after completing a clean sweep of the men’s and women’s divisions after four days of action at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool. The Blue Eagles led by two-time Olympian and Most Valuable Player Jessie Khing Lacuna completed a four-peat Sunday after accumulating 567 points. Trailing far behind Ateneo, which bagged its fifth overall men’s crown, at second place was De La Salle University with 328 points while University of the Philippines completed the podium cast with 191 points. University of Sto. Tomas placed fourth (84) followed by National University (38), University of the East (27) and Adamson University (18). Ateneo’s Miguel Karlo Barlisan snatched the Rookie of the Year recognition. In the distaff side, the Lady Eagles reclaimed the throne they ceded last year to the Lady Maroons after collecting 483 points. UP was close behind with 437 points for a silver medal finish while University of Sto. Tomas finished third with 105 points. DLSU landed at fourth (92) while National University took the last spot (28). Ateneo’s Kirsten Chloe Daos of Ateneo was named Rookie of the Year and MVP.        In the juniors division, UST brought home its second straight boys division title while DLSU completed a repeat in the girls division. UST earned 405 points just six points ahead of closest pursuer and boys second placer DLSU-Zobel (399) while Ateneo bagged third (191) followed by NU (110), UE, (97) and UP (58). Maurice Sacho Ilustre of DLSU was named MVP while UE’s Terrence Delvo bagged Rookie of the Year.  DLSU collected 419 points to beat UST (298). UP (234) took the third spot (234) followed by Ateneo (137), NU (92) and UE (21). Nicole Pamintuan of DLSU captured her second straight girls MVP award while UP Integrated School’s Maria Consuelo Neri, daughter of ABS-CBN S+A director Al Neri and executive producer Malou Neri, was awarded Rookie of the Year.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

UP shocks Ateneo, sets up badminton Finals date versus NU

University of the Philippines ended Ateneo's streak of five consecutive men's championship appearances with a 3-1 victory in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Friday.        The Fighting Maroons also solved the Blue Eagles' puzzle in the last three playoffs, going 0-4 including last year where they lost twice despite having a twice-to-beat semifinals incentive.               Up next for UP is a best-of-three championship date with four-peat seeking National University starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.        JM Bernardo defeated Keoni Asuncion, 21-14, 21-18, in the first singles to put the Maroons ahead.        Ateneo's leveled after Carlo Remo made quick work of Vincent Rafael Manuel, 21-15, 21-19, in the second singles.         UP then swept doubles matches, as CK Clemente and JM Bernardo rout Clarence Filart and Sean Chan, 21-7, 21-11, and Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales nipped Asuncion and Remo, 21-18, 21-18.        The last time the Eagles missed the men's badminton Finals was in 2011, where they placed fifth. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Rondina, Viray power UST to outright finals berth in UAAP beach Volleyball

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas' Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray hacked out a 22-20, 17-21, 15-13 win over Far Eastern University's Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza in a back-and-forth clash to claim the outright championship berth in the women's division yesterday in the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM By The Bay. With Rondina playing second fiddle in the endgame, Viray scored her team's last three points to send the Tigresses back to the best-of-three title round via a 7-0 elimination round.        The Lady Tamaraws rallied from a 2-6 hole in the deciding set to grab the lead briefly at 8-7 and last took the upperhand at 10-9 on a Viray error. FEU was trailing 10-12 before taking advantage of UST's errors to force the game's last deadlock at 12-12. The Lady Tamaraws wound up second in the elims with a 6-1 card and will hold the twice-to-beat advantage in the second step-ladder semifinals. De La Salle's Tin Tiamzon and May Luna, meanwhile, made quick work of Ateneo's Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-10, 21-9, to clinch the remaining semis berth and will face Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero of University of the Philippines in the first step-ladder.    The Lady Maroons ended up third at 5-2 following a 21-12, 21-18 win over National University's Roma Doromal and Audrey Paran. 'Siyempre mas maganda kung makuha namin ang gold,' said Rondina, who had all praises on her first time partner Viray. 'Kinakailangan pang trabahuin.' The UST-FEU clash featuring two of the best players in the sand court in Rondina and Pons truly lived up to the hype. It was a back-and-forth first frame as the Lady Tamaraws came back from a 7-14 hole to move closer to set point, 20-19, before the Tigresses scored the next three points capped by a Pons net touch to claim the set. UST rallied a 5-10 second set deficit and closed in at 15-16 on Viray's back-to-back kills before FEU displayed tremendous composure to tie the game at one set apiece.  The Lady Spikers finished the elims at 4-3, while the Lady Eagles bowed out with their fifth loss against two wins.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Ateneo, UP stake titles as UAAP 80 swimming begins

Ateneo de Manila seeks a fourth straight men's title, while University of the Philippines eyes a back-to-back women's crown at the start of the four-day UAAP Season 80 swimming competitions today at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool. Behind season MVP Aldo Batungbacal, the Blue Eagles dominated last year, collecting 603 points for a fourth championship overall. De La Salle was in far second with 340 points while UP came through in third place with 194 points.     The Eagles failed to complete a championship double as their women's team yielded the throne to the Lady Maroons, who captured their 15th tiara overall.        UP came from behind to finish with 444 points, defeating Ateneo, which settled for second place with 411, and La Salle, which has 129 points in third place.       As a consolation for the Lady Eagles, Hannah Dato bagged her third straight MVP award after winning six golds. Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle-Zobel stake their championship in the boys and girls divisions.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017