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Blazers sink Tams, wrest Filoil lead

St. Benilde continued to impress as it upended Far Eastern U, 80-73, stretching its win run to three even as UST snapped a two-game skid with a 98-88 victory over Jose Rizal U in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMay 15th, 2018

Tamaraws clinch semis berth, boot out Maroons

Far Eastern University earned a semifinals ticket on Monday after booting out University of the Philippines from contention, 25-22, 23-25, 26-24, 25-14, in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. National team member Peter Quiel and John Paul Bugaoan each had 15 points to lead the Tamaraws’ charge and deliver FEU’s fifth straight win in six games. FEU joined unbeaten Ateneo De Manila University (6-0) in the best-of-three semis. Quiel, who donned the national colors in the 29th Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asian Games, hammered 13 spikes while Bugaoan showcased his all-around offensive prowess with 10 attacks, four kill blocks and a service ace for the Tams, who will close the elims on Monday against San Beda College. Redijohn Paler scored 13 and chipped in eight digs and eight excellent receptions for the Morayta-based squad. The Fighting Maroons dropped their fourth straight match and kissed their semis hopes goodbye after sliding to down to a 1-5 slate. John Millete had 17 points while Wendel Miguel scored 12 for UP. Meanwhile, the Red Spikers swept the also-ran NCAA defending champion College of St. Benilde, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22, and improved their record to 2-3 tied with idle University of Sto. Tomas. Mark Enciso led SBC with 14 points while Limuel Patenio had 10.  The Blazers remained winless in five games despite the 13 points of skipper Isaah Arda and 10 by Ruvince Abrot.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017

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

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

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

CSB tops FEU for Filoil Group B lead

The Blazers showed great composure and a mania for execution as they outplayed and outhustled FEU throughout the game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Archers, Blazers stay unscathed

De La Salle University unveiled its latest crop of recruits and an unforgiving defense in trouncing Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-51, to move into a tie for the lead with Ateneo at the 12th Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Hot Espejo tows Eagles to 5th final over Tams

Marck Espejo picked up from where he left off, punching in 37 big hits to lead Ateneo to a 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18 win over higher-ranked Far Eastern that sent the four-peat-seeking Blue Eagles into their fifth straight UAAP men’s volleyball finals yesterday at Filoil Flying V Center......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Espejo records 55 points, Ateneo forces decider

Marck Espejo is a monster. With the three-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University’s back against the wall, Espejo rose to the occasion with a record-setting display of his offensive prowess, helping the Blue Eagles extend the Final Four series with a hard-earned 18-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9, win over twice-to-beat Far Eastern University Saturday in the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.    The graduating four-time Most Valuable Player Espejo scored a jaw-dropping 55 points including 11 in the fifth set to break his previous high of 39 markers in a second round five-set loss to the Tamaraws, who swept the Katipunan-based squad in the elims.    Espejo had 47 attacks, six kill blocks and a pair of aces for Ateneo. John Rivera scored eight, Gian Glorioso got six while Chumason Njigha and Ron Medalla combined for 10 points for the Blue Eagles.  Game 2 is on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Espejo wreaked havoc in the fifth set and gave Ateneo an 8-5 lead. FEU closed the gap 8-9 before the Blue Eagles extended their advantage to 11-8 off an off the block kill by Espejo.  The Ateneo star finished off FEU with a thunderous spike to cap the Blue Eagles' closing 4-1 assault.  Espejo brought the Blue Eagles back into life in the fourth set with his powerful smashes as Ateneo overhauled an early 8-11 deficit. Ateneo went ahead 23-20 before FEU scored two straight to draw close, 23-22.  Espejo put the Blue Eagles at set point off a spike before the Tams saved a point but the Ateneo ace hammered an attack to put the match into a decider.       FEU took a 2-1 match lead after hanging tough late in the third frame. The Tams after a disappointing second set trailed early in the frame before making a run for a 20-20 deadlock. Redijohn Paler broke a 23-23 tie with a hit off a combination play before Espejo forced an extension with a kill of his own. Jude Garcia scored on an attack before Ateneo’s John Rivera sent his attack straight to the net as the Blue Eagles surrendered the third set.                        JP Bugaoan and Garcia each had 15 points while Paler had 12 markers for the Tams.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU spoils Espejo s 39, snaps Ateneo s win streak

Far Eastern University clawed its way back from a two-point deficit in the fifth set before surviving a furious rally by three-time defending champion Ateneo De Manila University, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 16-14, Saturday in the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Tamaraws snapped the Blue Eagles’ eight-game winning streak and spoiled four-time Marck Espejo’s career-best 39 points to improve to 7-2 win-loss record. Jude Garcia and Redijohn Paler finished with 17 points each while JP Bugaoan and Richard Solis, who scored the game-clinching cross court hit, posted 15 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Morayta-based squad.      Up, 6-3, to open the fifth frame, FEU saw its lead evaporate and trailed Ateneo, 11-9, after Chumason Njigha scored on a quick attack. The Tams countered with a scoring barrage to move at match point, 14-11, on a Paler kill. FEU committed three straight errors that tied the deciding frame at 14. Raymond Bautista made his relief stint count with a down the line hit before Paler finished the two-hour, 25-minute match with a booming hit to complete the Tams’ elims sweep of Ateneo. Espejo scored all but one of his points off attacks and had 22 excellent receptions and 10 digs in a lost cause for the Blue Eagles, which fell to 8-2 slate. Skipper Karl Baysa got 11 markers while Ron Medalla and Njigha finished with eight points each for Ateneo.   ---              Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU puts spotless record on the line

Far Eastern University returns to action Wednesday with its unbeaten record at stake when the Tamaraws face De La Salle University in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Tams are off to a good start, rolling past their first two assignments for a perfect 2-0 record and the solo hold of the lead. FEU will again be tested at 8:00 a.m. in a match that will air live on LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. Jude Garcia and JP Bugaoan powered the Tams to a 25-19, 27-29, 25-19, 25-19, win over the Adamson University Falcons last Saturday. After a five-set loss to open their campaign, the Green Spikers bounced back mightily with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19, demolition of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons. DLSU and UP are tied at fifth to sixth spots with 1-1 slates. Meanwhile, the Fighting Maroons and winless Falcons (0-2) clash at 10:00 a.m. The duel 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.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU wants share of lead, Adamson seeks rebound

Far Eastern University coach George Pascua wants his wards to ride the momentum of their opening day win when they meet an equally dangerous Adamson University side Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Tams outlasted Ateneo de Manila University, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9, for the first time after five seasons last week behind the 14 points each of graduating hitter Bernadeth Pons and Toni Basas.     “Sa amin it’s ano ‘to pampa-high morale sa mga players kasi knowing Ateneo ang tinalo namin,” said Pascua, who will try to lead his team to its second straight win for a share of the lead with idle National University. 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.       The Lady Falcons, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back from a 15-25, 23-25, 25-16, 13-25, defeat at the hands of NU. Returning veteran Mylene Paat and rookie Chiara Permentilla scored in double figures last game, but will need to get more support from Eli Soyud, Joy Dacoron and graduating hitter Jema Galanza. The trio combined for only 22 points the last time out.               --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

CSB keeps title-retention bid alive, boots out San Beda

Repeat-seeking College of St. Benilde needed the late game heroics of Isaah Arda to survive the claws of San Beda University, 25-16, 24-26, 25-19, 20-25, 20-18, Friday in the first phase of the knockout stepladder semifinals of the 93rd NCAA men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Hanging by their fingernails in their breakthrough crown they won via series sweep last year, the Blazers showed grit in the closing stretch of the fifth frame to save six match points before Arda took matters on his own hands with the closing off the block kill over Red Spikers’ Mark Enciso and John Carlo Santos. “Ipinakita namin yung mental toughness namin na kapag tumutok talaga kami sa game makukuha talaga namin yung goal namin. At the same time ipinakita rin namin ang heart of the champion,” said CSB coach Arnold Lanios, whose wards will take on Arellano University on Tuesday in a sudden death for the right to challenge unbeaten Perpetual Help in the best-of-three Finals. Arda scored all but one of his 23 points off attacks while Francis Basilan and Mark Orian added 19 and 16 markers, respectively, for the Taft-based squad. Setter Kevin Magsino had 51 excellent sets while birthday boy Aljan Dy had 22 excellent receptions and 14 digs, including the save on Adrian Viray’s attack that led to Arda’s winner. CSB squandered an 8-5 lead in the fifth set as San Beda University pushed at match point, 14-12. Orian scored on a runner before Basilan scored an ace to tie the frame at 14. The Red Spikers pushed at match point advantage five more times with their last at 18-17 on a kill by Enciso. Basilan tied it on an attack before Enciso committed a crucial attack error when he sent his kill wide to give CSB the match point advantage. Arda sealed it with his off the block hit. Enciso finished with 22 points all coming of kills, Limuel Patenio got 14 while Santos had 13 for the Mendiola-based squad. Meanwhile, Letran defeated CSB-La Salle Greenhills, 13-25, 25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12, in their playoff match for the no. 4 spot. The Squires will face top seed and twice-to-beat defending champion Perpetual in the Final Four. No. 2 seed Emilio Aguinaldo College and Arellano U will meet in the other semis pairing.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

San Beda shoots for fifth straight win, share of lead

Games Monday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. – EAC vs. CSB (jrs) 9:30 a.m. -- EAC vs. CSB (m) 11:00 a.m. –- EAC vs. CSB (w) 12:30 p.m. –- San Beda vs. Letran (w) 2:00 p.m. –- San Beda vs. Letran (m) 3:30 p.m. –- San Beda vs. Letran (jrs)   San Beda College returns to action on Monday seeking to move up to a share of the lead against Letran in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The unbeaten Lady Red Spikers behind the duo of Nieza Viray and Cesca Racraquin are on a four-game winning romp. The Mendiola-based squad looks to join repeat-seeking Arellano University at the top spot when the Lady Red Spikers troop to center court at 12:30 p.m. San Beda is coming off a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15, win over Mapua University last Friday. Viray and Racraquin, who are averaging 16.5 and 15.5 points per game, respectively, will spearhead the Lady Red Spikers’ fight against the Lady Knights, who are fresh off a 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-22 victory over Lyceum of the Philippines University last Thursday for a 2-2 win-loss record tied with San Sebastian College and College of St. Benilde. Meanwhile, CSB and Emilio Aguinaldo College clash at 11:00 a.m. The Lady Blazers are out to regain their winning ways after absorbing a four-set loss to the Lady Stags the last time out. The Lady Generals, on the other hand, are still on the hunt for the elusive first win this season. EAC and Mapua are the only remaining winless teams in the tournament, losing all of their previous four games. In men’s division, defending champion CSB (3-1) and EAC (2-2) meet at 9:30 a.m. while San Beda (3-1) and Letran (0-4) cross paths at 2:00 p.m. CSB-La Salle Greenhills and EAC open the playdate with their 9:00 a.m. match while San Beda and Letran will cap the day at 3:30 p.m. in the juniors division.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Eaglets survive scare from Baby Tams to seize playoff berth

STANDINGS Ateneo 10-0 NU 7-2 UST 5-4 FEU-Diliman 5-5 Adamson 4-5 DLSZ 3-6 UPIS 2-7 UE 1-8 For the first time in the 80th Season of the UAAP Juniors Basketball Tournament, Ateneo de Manila High School’s matchup went down the wire. Far Eastern University-Diliman put up the best fight the undefeated league-leaders have faced thus far, but team captain SJ Belangel and Joaqui Manuel came up big in a 68-65 decision, still in favor of the Blue Eaglets on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The three-point margin is the smallest the kids from Katipunan have registered after 10 games. It is also the first and only time their winning margin was not in double-digits. Dominant throughout the tournament, Ateneo was under siege after the first half and was down by eight before their team captain got together with Dave Ildefonso to outscore their opponents in the third, 15-10. Behind that 21-point quarter, they mounted a three-point lead heading into the final frame. There, last year’s Finals MVP L-Jay Gonzales came alive with all but two of his 12 points, but was quickly responded to by Belangel. In the endgame, it was then Manuel who took charge. In all, he had eight of his 12 points in the last seven minutes. He also had a total of 14 rebounds and four assists. Ildefonso chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds while Kai Sotto contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. While it was their first game that didn’t end in a rout, head coach Joe Silva said the close contest was actually good for them as it showed their character. Indeed, Ateneo is gladly taking the hardfought win as it already guarantees them a spot in the playoffs. At 10-0, they are also four more wins away from an elimination round sweep that automatically advances them into the Finals. On the other hand, the defending champions remain winless up against the three other contenders above of them in the standings in Ateneo, Nazareth School of National University, and University of Sto. Tomas. This, despite a strong showing from RJ Abarrientos who had 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. At 5-5, FEU-Diliman is in need to get a win run going as Adamson High School continues to lurk behind them. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME ATENEO 68 – Belangel 20, Sotto 16, Manuel 12, Ildefonso 11, Credo 9, Escalona 0, Chiu 0, Angeles 0, David 0, Jaymalin 0, Lopa 0 FEU-DILIMAN 65 – Abarrientos 16, Alforque 12, Gonzales 12, Torres 12, Sajonia 10, Celzo 0, Ona 1, Boc 0, Tolentino 0, Mariano 0 QUARTER SCORES: 10-20, 25-33, 46-43, 68-65 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Arellano U stakes unbeaten record vs. dangerous JRU

Games Tuesday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 9:30 a.m. -- AU vs. JRU (m) 11:00 a.m. –- AU vs. JRU (w) 12:30 p.m. –- SBC vs. CSB (w) 2:00 p.m. –- SBC vs. CSB (m) 3:30 p.m. –- SBC vs. CSB (jrs)   Defending champion Arellano University stakes its unbeaten record and hold of the solo lead against the surging Jose Rizal University Tuesday in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 11:00 a.m. before the clash of other unbeaten teams San Beda College and College of St. Benilde at 12:30 p.m. The Lady Chiefs are on a roll after three games in a share of the top spot with the Lady Red Spikers and Lady Blazers. Arellano U is coming off a quick work of Letran, 25-17, 25-17, 25-12, last Friday for their third win in a row and 15th straight since last year. Rookie Necole Ebuen has been solid in her debut season, averaging 10.6 points per game and adding depth to an already stacked lineup of head coach Obet Javier. Veterans Regine Arocha, Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan and skipper Mary Ann Esguerra are also expected to provide firepower for the Lady Chiefs with setter Sarah Verutiao orchestrating the flow of offense. But Arellano U is facing a team looking to ride the momentum of its two-game winnings streak. The Lady Bombers defeated Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-20, 25-16, 25-16, last Friday behind league-leading scorer Shola Alvarez’s 24 points. Alvarez is averaging 23 points per game for JRU, which sport a 2-1 slate tied with University of Perpetual Help. But aside from Alvarez, the Lady Bombers also have reliable scorers in Dolly Versoza and Karen Montojo. Meanwhile, San Beda College is fresh from a 28-26, 25-18, 29-27, win over Perpetual while CSB survived a five-set showdown against Lyceum of the Philippines University last Thursday. In men’s division, Arellano U (2-0) challenges JRU (0-3) at 9:00 a.m. while repeat-seeking CSB (2-0) meets SBC (1-1) at 2:00 p.m.   ---          Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Perpetual, St. Benilde volleybelles eye share of lead

  Perpetual Help and St. Benilde shoot for a share of the lead with defending champion Arellano University as the two tackle San Beda and Lyceum respectively today in the 93rd NCAA volleyball tournament at Filoil Arena in San Juan City. The Lady Altas got off to an impressive start as they downed the Lady Pirates, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22, Sunday while the Lady Blazers trounced the Letran Lady Knights, 25-22, 25-11, 25-20, last week to likewise jump-start their campaign. The Perpetual-SBC duel is set at 2 p.m. while the LPU-CSB showdown is at 12:30 p.m. Macky Carino of Perpetual and Arnold Laniog of St. Benilde were also impressive in their coaching debuts. "We've set ...Keep on reading: Perpetual, St. Benilde volleybelles eye share of lead.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Perpetual, San Beda dispute share of early lead

Games Thursday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. – LPU vs CSB (jrs) 9:30 a.m. -- LPU vs. CSB (m) 11:00 a.m. –- LPU vs. CSB (w) 12:30 p.m. -- Perpetual vs. San Beda (w) 2:00 p.m. -- Perpetual vs. San Beda (m) 3:30 p.m. –- Perpetual vs. San Beda (jrs)   University of Perpetual Help and San Beda College clash for a share of the lead in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Thursday. Coming off contrasting seasoning-opening victories in their respective debuts, the Lady Altas and Lady Red Spikers look to join defending champion Arellano University (2-0) on top of the standings. Game time is at 12:30 p.m. after the 11:00 a.m. match between College of St. Benilde and Lyceum of the Philippines University. Perpetual, which is looking to make a comeback in the Final Four after falling short last year, drubbed LPU, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22, Sunday with fourth year player Lourdes Clemente tallying 14 points to lead the Lady Altas. Cindy Imbo and Bianca Tripoli added 13 and 10 markers each for the Las Pinas-based squad.    “Sa susunod na game namin, kung ano ‘yung na-showcase na talent ng mga players ngayon sa first game, siguro pagdating sa second game mas magiging iba kami sa kung paano namin pinaghandaan ang first game namin,” said Perpetual coach Macky Carino. “Mas lalong mataas ang desire naming manalo.” The Lady Red Spikers, on the other hand, needed to comeback from a 2-1 match deficit to escape Jose Rizal University’s upset attempt, 23-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-19, 15-9, last Friday. San Beda will bank on Cesca Racraquin, Sattriani Espiritu and Viray sisters Nieza and Jiezela. CSB is also eyeing to join the Lady Chiefs at the lead. The Season 91 champions Lady Blazers made short work of Letran, 25-22, 25-11, 25-20, last Friday. Veterans Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero and new recruits Marites Pablo and Klarissa Abriam will carry the fight for the Arnold Laniog-mentored squad against the Lady Pirates led by Christine Miralles, Bien Juanillo and Monica Sevilla. In men’s play, the repeat-seeking Blazers and Season 91 champion Altas face separate foes as they shoot for a share of the lead with the Chiefs. Perpetual takes on the Lions, who also won in their opening day assignment, at 2:00 p.m. while the Blazers square off with the Pirates at 9:00 a.m.   ---        Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

CSB sweeps Letran

Games Sunday: (FilOil Flying V Centre) 8:00 a.m. –- LPU vs. Perpetual (jrs) 9:30 a.m. -- LPU vs. Perpetual (m) 11 a.m. –- LPU vs. Perpetual (w) 12:30 p.m. -- EAC vs. Arellano (w) 2:00 p.m. -- EAC vs Arellano (m) 3:30 p.m. – EAC vs. Arellano (jrs)   College of St. Benilde bucked a slow start and a sloppy outing in the third set to eke out a straight-set 25-22, 25-11, 25-20, victory over Letran Friday in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Graduating veteran Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero led the Lady Blazers with 14 points each while transferees Marites Pablo and Klarisa Abriam, who both came from National University, combined for 17 markers in their debut game. Musa scored 10 off attacks while Austero smashed nine spikes and nailed four of the Taft-based squad’s 12 service aces. New Lady Blazers head coach Arnold Laniog was far from satisfied with his wards’ performance in their 69-minute rout.        “Naka-adapt na sila sa sistema pero hindi pa nila totally ma-run yung gusto naming mangyari,” said new Lady Blazers head coach Arnold Laniog. The mentor was disappointed specifically with the numbers of errors they committed. CSB, who ruled the tournament in Season 91, gave away 30 points off errors, more than half of the total markers earned by the Lady Knights in their 53-point game total. “Like kanina sa first set medyo struggle tapos nakita ko sa mukha nila na, ‘Oh teka anong problema, anong nangyari?’ Eh ang usapan namin as much as possible on the start of the first set makuha kaagad namin ang momentum,” said Laniog. “Kanina nakita ko na parang nag-aanatayan kung sino magi-initiate o sino magpu-push para gumalaw. Eventually naka-adjust na.” “After the second set sinabi ko na nananalo tayo pero once na nanalo tayo doon natatapos. Ipinakita ko yun stats and nagulat sila na on the first set 19 points ang kalaban binigyan namin sila ng 18 points. So 18 points came from our errors,” added the mentor, who steered the CSB men’s team to its breakthrough title last year before taking the Lady Blazers’ coaching position left by Macky Carino. “Sinabi ko sa kanila na mas mataas yung binibigay nating puntos kaysa sa ini-earn nila. Thankful na lang kami na hindi sila ganoon ka-aggressive gumawa ng puntos and at the same time yung service namin naging threat na kanina.” After a dominating second set, CSB went down 1-6 to open the third frame. The Lady Blazers were down 9-11 before mounting a five-point blitz to overtake Letran, 14-11. CSB went up, 21-16, the Lady Knights closed the gap 23-20 before the Lady Blazers sealed the match with back-to-back hits capped by Arianne Daguil smash. Miracle Mendoza led Letran with five points while Glayssa Torres and Marie Simborio added four each. Meanwhile, defending champion CSB defeated Letran, 25-12, 25-21, 25-18, in men’s play while the CSB-La Salle Greenhills Junior Blazers outplayed the Squires, 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 25-20, to complete the school’s sweep over the Intramuros-based rival. Isaah Arda and Mark Orian scored 17 and 13 points, respectively, for the Blazers while Christian Antonio exploded with 24 to lead the Junior Blazers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Knights live to fight another day

Rey Nambatac isn’t ready to hang his Letran jersey up just yet. With the Knights clinging on a precarious two-point lead with less than 20 seconds left in the game, the graduating player completed a crucial three-point play to keep Letran in the thick of the battle for the remaining 93rd NCAA seniors basketball competition semifinals berth. The Intramuros-based squad escaped with a 66–60 win against an upset-conscious College of St. Benilde to secure a playoff for the remaining semis ticket, Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Nambatac gave Letran a 64-59 lead with 18.1 seconds remaining on a put-back after JP Calvo missed on a fastbreak layup attempt before calmly sinking the bonus freethrow. Calvo sealed the game with two more shots at the foul line as Letran equaled its Season 92 win-loss record of 9-9 tied with Arellano University. The two teams will face each other in a playoff for the last semis berth on Friday or for the first playoff stepladder match in case San Sebastian College (8-9) defeats also-ran Perpetual Help on Thursday. “A win is a win pero hindi kami pwedeng lumaro ng ganito sa coming playoff,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa. “Hindi kami pwedeng lumaro ng ganito kasi Arellano is very dangerous.” “Kung gusto naming mag-succeed at umabot kami sa next phase ng tournament, kailangan lahat kami maglaro ng A-game,” he added. Nambatac finished with 18 points while grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out five assists and a steal for the Knights. Calvo had 16 while Jerick Balanza and Jeo Ambohot scored 13 and 10, respectively. CSB closed its season with a 4-14 slate. Clement Leutcheu had 18 points to lead the Blazers.       The Scores: LETRAN (66) - Nambatac 18, Calvo 16, Balanza 13, Ambohot 10, Quinto 7, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0, Caralipio 0, Gedaria 0, Mandreza 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Taladua 0, Vacaro 0. ST. BENILDE (60) - Leutcheu 18, Pili 16, Sta. Maria 6, Castor 4, Dixon 4, Mercado 4, Domingo 3, San Juan 3, Velasco 2, Johnson 0, Naboa 0, Suarez 0, Young 0. Quarter scores: 20-11, 28-28, 48-43, 66-60.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles                .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

'Yung mindset nag-collapse -- Pascua on FEU loss

More than the absence of ace spiker Bernadeth Pons, it was the atrocious amount of errors that killed Far Eastern University in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference best-of-three Finals series. Head coach George Pascua lamented the number of miscues committed by the Lady Tamaraws in their 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 24-26, loss to National University Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. FEU threw away 27 points off errors, none bigger than the back-to-back miscues in the tight fourth set that costed them the match. It was the Lady Tams' second defeat at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs after bowing to NU in four sets in the elimination round.     “Sabi ko sa kanila nu’ng last naming kalaban NU, errors namin 35,” said FEU coach George Pascua, who opted to sit out Pons and libero Kyla Atienza to reserve their energy for an all-important match against University of Sto. Tomas in the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament Thursday. “Without Pons, errors namin 27.”  Down, 1-2, in the match, the Lady Tams mounted a rally to overhaul a 15-21 deficit that tied the frame at 22. NU reclaimed the lead and moved at match point, 24-23, but Celine Domingo forced a deuce with a crosscourt hit. But FEU surrendered the match when Heather Guino-o threw away a point after sending her service long followed by Domingo’s cross that went out.  “Crucial point na service error dapat sa amin ‘yon,” said Pascua. “Siguro ‘yung mindset ‘yun siguro nag-collapse.” The Lady Tams will try to regroup in Game 2 on Saturday to force a series decider scheduled, if needed, on Monday.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017

Lady Bulldogs draw first blood, near tournament sweep

National University kept its hot winning streak burning and could be heading into completing a tournament sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. With Jaja Santiago at the helm, the Lady Bulldogs drew first blood, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, Wednesday night against Bernadeth Pons-less Far Eastern University in the best-of-three Finals while stretching their winning streak to eight at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Santiago had 15 kills, four kill blocks and four aces for a 23-point output fot NU while Risa Sato got 12 markers. Audrey Paran delivered 11 points, Jorelle Singh got nine, while Aiko Urdas finished with eight points and 16 digs for the Lady Bulldogs, who survived FEU's crisp 14-ace outing.   Setter Jasmine Nabor tallied 46 excellent sets in NU's 51 attacks. The third year playmaker scored six, half coming off blocks for the Lady Bulldogs, who had 12 kill blocks. NU, which won the last two Collegiate Conference crowns of the defunct V-League, can close the series on Saturday. Game 3, if needed, is on Monday. The Lady Bulldogs built a 21-15 lead in the fourth set only to see the Lady Tamaraws comeback and tie the frame at 22. NU again went up, 24-23, but Celine Domingo saved a match point with a cross court kill.  But back-to-back errors coming off a service error by Jeanette Villareal and a long cross court hit by Domingo surrendered the match to NU. 'Kanina may mga nakita tayong mga rallies that we could've controlled right away but like I said hindi pa nila makuha ang balance on being relaxed and assertive,' said NU coach Babes Castillo of his wards.    Czarina Carandang got 17 points off 13 atatcks and four aces, Villareal posted 15 while Toni Rose Basas dropped 10 for FEU, which played without Pons and libero Kyla Atienza. Lady Tams coach George Pascua opted to sit out Pons and Atienza to reserve their energy for  the all-important match against University of Sto. Tomas in the 80th UAAP women's beach volleyball tournament on Thursday.          --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017

Blue Eagles trample Tams, a win away from the title

Ateneo de Manila University inched closer to claiming the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division title after sweeping Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19, in Game 1 of their best-of-three Finals series Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blue Eagles started out slow but found their rhythm just in time for quick work of the Tamaraws, who dropped a four-set decision against Ateneo in their elimination round meeting. Game 2 is on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and will air via livestream. Game 3, if needed, is on Monday. “Sabi ko nga naman yung energy ng FEU yun ang bread and butter nila. They live and die with their energy, with their intensity,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “So if we will match up with that intensity magkakaroon ng magandang game. I guess yun na muna ang sinabi ko sa mga players ko.” Gian Glorioso led the three-time UAAP champions with 15 points while four-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo was all over the stat sheet with 14 points off 11 attacks, two aces and a kill block while adding 12 excellent receptions and five digs. FEU kept the game close in each set, using fast plays to disrupt the defense of Ateneo. But the Blue Eagles were able to adjust in time to silence the Tams.    “We have to level up with their intensity and nu’ng lumevel up kami medyo gumanda-ganda ang galaw and they tried to force fast plays sa amin,” Almadro said. “Noong una medyo nanibago but of course through little rallies nakukuha naman. But what’s important ay naka-level kami sa intensity ng FEU.”   The Tams were able to take a 13-11 lead in the third set only to see the Blue Eagles mount a rally to control the frame, 23-18, after Chumason Njigha’s service ace. FEU saved a match point before team captain Karl Baysa scored on an off the block hit capped by a kill block of Espejo off Peter Quiel to seal the victory. John Paul Bugaoan finished with 13 points while Redijohn Paler got 11 markers for FEU. Meanwhile, University of Sto. Tomas survived a marathon, 17-25, 28-26, 20-25, 25-21, 27-25, win over National University in their best-of-three battle for third series opener. Joshua Umandal dropped 28 points while Arnold Bautista and Juren Buro combined for 19 markers for the Tigers. The Bulldogs, who sat out UAAP beach volleyball bet Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad, got 25 points from Madzlan Gampong and 20 markers from Fauzi Ismail.   ---          Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017