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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

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

These UAAP athletes took flight and now glide in the skies

Following former UST, PBA, and ABL skipper's Jeric Fortuna's exit from the basketball court to pursue a dream in becoming a pilot, he now follows several athletes who also have decided to venture in the aviation industry.  The former Growling Tigers captain may soon be called captain twice, once he completes his training and required flight hours to become a licensed pilot, following former teammates Khasim Mirza and AC Marquez.     First flight with capt @odlanyer_p ✈️ #pinaikot #nakakahilo A post shared by Jeric Fortuna (@jericfortuna_) on Dec 1, 2017 at 11:09pm PST Much like Fortuna, Udoy Belmonte, a key member of the UST championship teams in the early 1990s and a former PBA player with San Miguel Beer, became a pilot for Philippine Airlines a few years back and had never thought twice since.     Former UP Lady Maroon Southlyn Ramos meanwhile took to the skies as a flight attendant for Philippine Airlines.  Ramos applied for the job in 2014, took a couple of months training as was already in the skies by 2015. She said that she just decided to give the job a try, since she had already played her last volleyball game. Despite the arduous application process, she added that she was thankful she passed. "I have been enjoying seeing new places and meeting new people everyday," Ramos said in an online interview.   💯K.I.L.I.G 😍 #parangmayspark 🤩 A post shared by Southlyn Legaspi Ramos ✈️ (@southramos) on Nov 15, 2017 at 9:16pm PST   One of the more recent entries to the aviation industry is former Lady Archer Cyd Demecillo who played with De La Salle from 2010-16. She now works as a flight attendant for Qatar Airways.     We are ready for you ✈️🌍 A post shared by Cydthealee Demecillo (@theadidit) on Oct 17, 2017 at 6:54am PDT Demecillo was merely following the footsteps of Meriam Santiago-Abueva, and Erika Castillo, who were key players in Ramil de Jesus' first championship squad with the Lady Archers in Season 62.  Abueva works for the country's flag carrier, while Castillo serves Qatar Airways.     Haaaaa most awesome-balls cake ever 👍🏽👍🏽❤❤🤙🏽🤙🏽🥂🥂 most grateful to my girls ✈️✈️ #flyers #grateful #sandboxdiaries #goodvibes #weekendvibes #theperksofteaching A post shared by Bam Cas (@bambina1014) on Apr 13, 2017 at 4:58am PDT Special thanks to Myk Pulgar for helping make this article possible......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

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

Novak Djokovic out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Six-time champion Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open, beaten 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the fourth round by Hyeon Chung, a 21-year-old South Korean ranked 58th. The point of the match came in the third-set tiebreaker when Chung hit a cross-court passing shot to put him within two points of victory. It ended minutes later when Djokovic hit a backhand wide. Djokovic, who trailed the first set 4-1 but fought back to 5-5 before losing the tiebreaker, took a medical timeout to have his right arm massaged before the start of the second set. He spent six months off the tour last year with a right elbow injury and said he waited until just before the tournament began to decide if he was fit enough to play. Chung will now play another relatively unknown player in the quarterfinals — Tennys Sandgren, a 97th-ranked American who beat No. 5-seeded Dominic Thiem earlier Monday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 43 min. ago

Malanday leads Go Hard winners

BARANGAY Malanday, Madam Tess, PLMAr-LCM, St. Luke-Sto. Nino, Mang Domeng’s Bibingka Sta. Elena and RVN shared the limelight in the 2018 Go Hard Basketball League- Kap. Tatang Basketball Invitationals at the Simeona Village covered court in Concepcion Uno and Parang playground in Marikina last Jan.20. Bgy. Malanday rode on Jerome….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News8 hr. 30 min. ago

WATCH: Alyssa Valdez ready to play, learn alongside “champions” Gumabao, Gohing

Filipino volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez can’t wait to play with the Creamline Cool Smashers’ newest additions, opposite spiker Michele Gumabao, and libero Melissa Gohing. In an exclusive video interview with ABS-CBN Sports, Valdez revealed that playing with the veteran duo of Gumabao and Gohing, a tandem she used to play against, is an enticing idea, as they can add experience and a winning mentality to a stacked team that has star setter Jia Morado. “Sobrang nakakaexcite at the same time siyempre parang bago samin lahat kasi sabi mo nga, first time ko magiging teammates yung dalawang MG na very well-known sa UAAP also and sa ibang professional league, commercial league sa natin dito sa Pilipinas,” Valdez said. “I’m really excited to team up with them kasi alam natin yung talent and alam natin din talaga yung madadala nila sa team namin,” she continued. Valdez is quick to ensure fans, however, that even with the bevy of go-to stars now on the stacked team, everyone in the squad still has equal footing, and should learn from one another to be successful in the PVL. “Pinaniniwalaan ko talaga na everyone is really equal inside and outside of the court and marami rin experiences si Michele and Mel na siyempre hindi ko rin napagdaanan, and sila lang din nakakaalam kung pano,” Valdez said. “We’re really happy na sana, matutunan namin and makuha namin yung madaming learnings also from them,” she continued. Valdez touches upon Morado and Gohing's pivotral roles on the team, Gumabao's championship experience, and more in the FULL VIDEO below:  The inclusion of Gumabao and Gohing creates an interesting mix, as they will team up with Valdez and another former Ateneo star in setter Jia Morado in Creamline. #PVLonABSCBN pic.twitter.com/yF0lBai4ip — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 20, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Go willing to face accusers in Congress, courtroom even basketball court

MANILA, Philippines — Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go said on Friday that he was willing to attend any congressional probe into the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Go willing to face accusers in Congress, courtroom even basketball court

MANILA, Philippines — Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said on Friday that he was willing to attend any congressional probe into the Source link link: Go willing to face accusers in 'Congress, courtroom even basketball court'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Elliott tallies triple-double as Hong Kong takes out frustrations on Formosa

Coming off their first loss in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League, Christian Standhardinger and Hong Kong were nothing but determined to get back on track. They did just that on Thursday at the Souhorn Stadium in Hong Kong, waking up Formosa from dreaming of an upset, 99-79. The Filipino-German again proved to be a force with a team-high 25 points, but it was reigning and defending World MVP Marcus Elliott who showed the home team the way back onto the win column. Elliott was all over the court and collected 19 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season. With him fronting the charge, the Dreamers just had no chance from start to finish. The rout is much welcome for Hong Kong which was downed for the very first time in the season more than a week ago by Saigon. Now at 8-1, they continue to pace the tournament. The exact opposite goes for Formosa which fell for the eighth time in nine games. Lenny Daniel led them in the losing effort with 19 points. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Aces rout Picanto, 102-65

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter THE Alaska Aces booked their second straight victory in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup after pounding on the hapless Kia Picanto, 102-65, yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Channeling a juggernaut on both ends of the court in the third quarter, Alaska, which opened the season-opening Philippine Basketball […] The post Aces rout Picanto, 102-65 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

1ST GANZON CUP: USA-ILOPRISAA captures first victory

THE University of San Agustin (USA)-Iloilo Private Schools Athletic Association (ILOPRISAA) basketball team rediscovered their usual brand of play in the ongoing 1st Ganzon Cup Basketball Championships as they pulled off their first victory over Star V.A. Sports Asialink, 102-78, at the Brgy. Katilingban covered court in Molo, Iloilo City, Jan. 11, 2018. After struggling […] The post 1ST GANZON CUP: USA-ILOPRISAA captures first victory appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

LACUAA volleyball unwraps

BUOYED by the tremendous success of its basketball competitions last year, the Laguna Colleges Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) looks for a fitting follow-up with the staging of its volleyball tournament starting today (Jan. 13) at the San Sebastian College-Recoletos covered courts in Canlubang, Laguna. Four games -- three in the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Kailangan natin lumaban kasi pride natin to -- Racraquin

Games Friday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- AU vs Letran (jrs) 9:30 a.m. -- AU vs. Letran (m) 11:00 a.m. –- AU vs. Letran (w) 12:30 p.m. -- EAC vs. JRU (w) 2:00 p.m. -- EAC vs. JRU (m)   San Beda College team captain Cesca Racraquin gathered her teammates moments before the Lady Spikers took center court to face University of Perpetual Help Thursday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Narrowly escaping Jose Rizal University in a five-set opening day duel, the team captain gave her team a short pep talk. She reminded them of San Beda pride. They will leave the arena with nothing but victory “Sabi ko sa kanila before mag-start, sabi ko talaga, 'Guys kailangan nating maging aggressive sa lahat ng gagawin natin sa game today, sa offense, sa defense, sa lahat, kasi kailangan nating lumaban kasi pride natin ito,'” said the Queen Lady Red Spiker. And SBC responded with a resounding 28-26, 25-18, 29-27, win for their second straight win in as many games and a share of the lead with repeat-seeking Arellano University and College of St. Benilde in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition.   The Lady Red Spikers showed composure down the stretch in the third set to stave off the comeback attempt of Perpetual. Racraquin had an all-around performance for the Mendiola-based squad with 10 attacks, including the match-clinching back-to-back hits, two aces a kill block for 13 points. She spiced it up with 11 excellent receptions and eight digs. But it was her leadership in crunch time that fueled the Lady Red Spikers to victory.    "Kasi napansin ko noong first game namin sa JRU, medyo malamya 'yung mga teammates ko. Hindi lang sila, pati ako,” said Racraquin of SBC’s 23-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-19, 15-9, win over JRU last Friday. “And alam naman natin na Perpetual, malaking dagok din sa amin 'yun. Malaking bump din sa road na dapat nating pagdaanan,” added the Season 92 rookie of the year, who also finished with 13 points in her season debut. “We went through that, nalagpasan namin 'yun, I'm so happy.” Nieza Viray posted 20 points, Sattriani Espiritu got 11 while Nieza’s twin sister Jiezela had nine for SBC.   “Iba 'yung level ng play na ginawa namin as a team today,” said Racraquin. “As a team, hindi lang kami umasa sa isang tao. Hindi kami individual today, we played as a whole.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Worry not, Perpetual, you have a homegrown hope in Jielo Razon

University of Perpetual Help will be undergoing some sort of rebuild. Following five straight winning seasons from 2012 to 2016, the Altas posted their first losing record in recent history a year ago. With a standing of just 4-14, they found themselves ninth out of 10 teams. The Las Pinas-based squad wasted no time in taking action by bringing in multi-titled mentor Frankie Lim as consultant. However, the cupboard remains bare in terms of talent with all of AJ Coronel, Gab Dagangon, and GJ Ylagan having graduated. That means that only Nigerian Prince Eze and court general Keith Pido remain from that core. Good thing then that Perpetual just so happens to have a promising prospect coming out of its high school. And it’s an even better thing that said promising prospect has committed to remain an Alta. “Sa Perpetual pa rin po ako mag-Seniors,” Jielo Razon told ABS-CBN Sports, adding that he has already been practicing with the team since January 4. In Razon, Lim is getting a confident player who can score from all over the floor while seemingly not getting tired. The five-foot-11 guard averaged 17.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals. He was the second-leading scorer in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament. While none of his three years in Las Pinas ended up in the playoffs, his talent alone kept his team competitive. It doesn’t hurt either that he is the definition of homegrown – having been born and then having grown up in Las Pinas. “Kaya nga po ‘di na rin ako aalis dito. Dito ako nagsimula kaya gusto ko, dito na rin ako ga-graduate,” he said. He then continued, “Kung ‘di naman po ako nila kinuha, wala pong mangyayari sa akin kaya malaki po ang utang na loob ko sa school.” Razon’s commitment marks the first time a well-regarded Junior Alta will become an Alta as former stars Gelo Alolino and Joseph Eriobu bolted for National University and Mapua University, respectively. While he is a Perpetualite through and through, the 18-year-old said his basketball idols are Jiovani Jalalon of Arellano University and Rey Nambatac and Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Don’t make the mistake of thinking, though, that he has forgotten about Alta legend Scottie Thompson. “Sana po, magawa ko yung nagawa ni kuya Scottie,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Let Sisi Rondina give you 10 explosive reasons to get hyped for UAAP 80

UST hitter Cherry "Sisi" Rondina has a Herculean task ahead of her in the upcoming UAAP season 80 women's volleyball tournament. Aside from having the responsibility to lead a relatively young, yet hardened Golden Tigress squad to the wars, she'll have to do it without running mate EJ Laure who was sidelined due to a lingering shoulder injury. With one half of the Espana hitters gone, Rondina's workload will be doubled.  Last season, the two spikers both placed high on the scoring list, with Laure finishing 3rd (192 points), and Sisi immediately behind at 4th (191 points). Still, it's not all bad for UST, because it means more room for the other Tigresses to develop, and of course, more touches for the incoming fourth-year player Rondina. As one of the most electrifying scorers in the league, the diminutive 5'6" hitter stands tall every time she takes off for a kill, and with an increased number of touches, Rondina can wreak havoc on the court. Ahead of season 80, let's take a look back at the Cherry Bomb's 10 most explosive hits from last season. UST hitter Sisi Rondina cherry-bombed her way to 191 points this season! Here are 10 of her most explosive hits in #UAAPSeason79! 🍒💣 pic.twitter.com/TlTGf0OueV — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 21, 2017.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

MVP: Present and future Gilas players in one court ‘a sight to behold’

Seeing the highs and lows of Philippine basketball in the last decade, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan couldn't help but smile knowing that the future is in good hands. "Just looking at the cream of Philippine basketball, both the mature ones and the younger ones in one court is simply a sight to behold. It's a very heartening experience for me and I'd like to think that the future of Philippine basketball is very bright. So I'm quite optimistic about the future," Pangilinan said on Monday. Watching the Gilas Pilipinas resume its weekly evening practices at Meralco Gym together with members of coach Chot Reyes' "23-for-23" pool, Pangi...Keep on reading: MVP: Present and future Gilas players in one court ‘a sight to behold’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

REPORT: Gumabao among 2018 Bb. Pilipinas aspirants

From wearing rubber shoes and playing on the volleyball court, Creamline hitter Michele Gumabao will try her luck strutting on stage in heels as an aspiring Binibining Pilipinas candidate. PowerhousePH posted on its Instagram account a picture of the 5-foot-10 Gumabao on Saturday supposedly submitting her form for the prestigious beauty pageant.   Check out some of the applicants for Bb. Pilipinas 2018 earlier today. 😊 Aces & Queens (first photo): Rhona Aileen Arcilla, MJ De Castro, Kayesha Chua, Michelle Gumabao, Danica Reyes, Trixia Marie Maraña KF (second photo): Vickie Marie Rushton, unknown girl (please let us know if you know her), Eva Psychee Patalinjug #BbPilipinas2018 #BbPilipinas #powerhousePH 📸 @forthephilippines A post shared by powerhousePH (@powerhouseph_) on Jan 6, 2018 at 5:52am PST The 25-year old volleybelle won three UAAP titles for De La Salle University, was a former national team member and played in different commercial leagues. Outside of her flourishing volleyball career, Gumabao is an entrepreneur and a commercial model. She also joined Pinoy Big Brother: All In back in 2014.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018