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Austin vows Garnett-like intensity for Chooks-Pilipinas

Isaiah Austin is a nice guy, he gives nice answers during interviews and overall, he's just a pretty good person. However, the moment he steps on the basketball, Isaiah Austin is a changed man. Unless you are his teammate, he's coming after you. Actually, even if you're his teammate but he feels like you're not playing on a level that's necessary for winning, Austin is going after you too. 'It's not gonna be a lot of smiles from me except for my teammates when we're playing well,' he said. 'But other than that, I'm trying to go at people's heads, I'm trying to dunk everything, I'm trying to block every shot, get every rebound. I try to be a monster, a beast,' Austin added. Isaiah's incredible passion for the sport is reminiscent of former NBA MVP Kevin Garnett, his favorite player. And KG, who won the NBA title for with the Boston Celtics back in 2008, is a pretty intense dude. 'My whole life, Kevin Garnett has been my favorite player. I feel like I have the same passion that he has, I have the same attitude on the court,' Austin said. 'You guys are gonna see how mean I am on the court, that's just because I'm so competitive and I wanna win,' he added. Despite being only 23 years old, the 7'1' Austin is relied upon to be the leader for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Isaiah is all for it. It's a challenge he's taking head on. 'That's completely fine with me [leadership role]. My whole career, I've been a leader on any team that I have been on judt because I'm very vocal and I'm very passionate about winning,' he said. 'I have a lot of passion for this game, it's given me so much. I feel like everybody needs to give back to it 100 percent. If I see a guy who's slacking, I'm gonna call them out and tell them to pick it up. You can't hang your head if you're missing shots, you can't hang your head if things don't go your way. You can always control your attitude and how hard you're playing,' Austin added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2017

Tams hunt for at least a semis berth playoff

Far Eastern University guns for at least a playoff for a semifinals berth against winless College of St. Benilde Monday in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Tams are riding the crest of their three-game winning run and are looking to add the Blazers in their list of victims when they take center court at 10:00 a.m. FEU is currently at second spot with a 3-1 win-loss record. Unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University occupied the first best-of-three semis slot, parading a 5-0 slate. The Tams swept University of Sto. Tomas, 25-23, 25-23, 26-24, last Wednesday. John Paul Bugaoan, Richard Solis, Jude Garcia and Redijohn Paler will once again banner the Recto-based squad’s campaign against CSB, which has yet to taste victory after three outings. The reigning NCAA champion Blazers suffered a straight sets 13-25, 22-25, 22-25, defeat at the hands of the Blue Eagles last Wednesday. Meanwhile, UST and National University clash to arrest their losing streaks at 8:00 a.m. The Tigers are on a two-game slump after winning their first two assignments while the Bulldogs dropped their last two matches in three outings. NU absorbed a sorry five-set defeat to De La Salle University a week ago.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

Perfectly healthy Isaiah Austin appreciates love from Pinoys

Isaiah Austin is yet to play one game for the Philippines but Filipino fans have already embraced him as one of their own. Maybe because Austin is practically 'Puso personified. After news broke out that the former Baylor star will reinforce Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup with the possibility of him being a naturalized player for the Gilas program for good, the reception has been entirely positive. After all, Isaiah Austin is young at just 23 years old, he's big at 7'1' and a standing reach of almost 10 feet, and he's pretty good as well being a projected top-10 pick in the NBA three years ago before he was unfortunately diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. Speaking of Marfan Syndrome, the genetic disorder basically ended his basketball career in 2014, but he's back at it now three years later because Isaiah is 100 percent healthy. Not 99 percent. 100 percent. One Benjamin. He's good as new. He is practically 'Puso personified. And that's why Pinoys already love him. And he knows that. 'I read a lot of the comments,' Austin said, referring to the flood of messages he has recieved on social media over the past week. 'It's hard for me to get back on everybody just because of the fact that there's thousands of people reaching out to me right now,' he added. Even if he's not able to answer all the messages of love he has received from his now legions of adoring Pinoy fans, Isaiah says he's taking everything in and he is thankful for all of it. 'I appreciate all the love and support and if I don't get back to you, don't take it as me ignoring you. Just know that I really do appreciate the support and I do read all your comments. It definitely means a lot to me,' Austin said. Barely a year since he's been cleared to play after dealing with Marfan Syndrome, one can't help but think just how healthy Isaiah Austin is really. Just to be clear. He's is perfectly healthy. Good as new. 'I'm 100 percent healthy that's why I'm out here playing basketball on the court. If there's any reason for me not to play, if the doctor said I was 99 percent healthy, I won't come out here,' he said. 'Basketball isn't worth my life,' Austin added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Limping Lady Eagles survive tough Lady Pirates

Injury-riddled Ateneo de Manila University survived a gritty stand of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, Saturday to get back on the winning track in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Maddie Madayag and skipper Bea De Leon saw action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ four-set defeat against Far Eastern University last week and delivered nine and eight points, respectively. Jules Samonte and Ponggay Gaston finished with eight markers each for Ateneo, which improved to 2-1 win-loss record. “Definitely, we’re happy about the win. It’s always good to win,” said De Leon, who was unavailable last game to attend an immersion in Capas, Tarlac. Madayag was back in action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ last match due to an ankle sprain. Ana Gopico was present but sat out the game for third straight time because of a hamstring injury, Kim Gequillana was in uniform but was reduced to a mere spectator with an immobilizer strapped on her left leg after suffering a knee injury against FEU while Jho Maraguinot skipped action due to an ankle sprain.          The Lady Eagles started out flat and needed a late set rally to stave off the Lady Pirates. “I think we started out really slow, really, really poorly,” said De Leon. “The energy on the court on the second set was very slow but then we picked it up, in the third set it was still close but I knew my teammates were alive so ‘yun lang.” LPU kept the game close in the next two frames before fizzling out in the end. The Lady Pirates dropped to 1-2 mark. Rocelyn Hongria led LPU with 12 points while skipper Cherilyn Sindayen and Cherry Genova combined for 17 markers.     --- Follow this player on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

International referee Lopez is a stickler for game rules

He may be mild-mannered and soft-spoken, but international referee Jeff Lopez, 45, and a father of two, exudes authority when he officiates. Never one to change a call, the six-foot referee always stands firm in his decisions as chief arbiter of a game. What does he do when his calls get challenged? He throws the book at the complainants. “I usually resolve the complaints by sticking to the application of game rules,” said he, “and explain the contested call in a courteous, professional manner. Referees should stock on a lot of patience, and should not meet angry protests with an equally raised voice.” Lopez explained that as much as possible he refrains from giving a yellow card when the player or coach gets overboard. As far back as he can remember he has never expelled a player yet from the game. As he did in the defunct V League and Spikers’ Turf, the former Roosevelt College varsity player from Sto. Nino, Marikina, acts as assistant of chief referee Nestor Bello in the inaugural staging of the Premier Volleyball League, another big-time tournament organized by Sports Vision with Asics as official league partner and Mikasa as official game ball. Lopez represents a group of referees and line judges who are busy throughout the year officiating, to name a few, the UAAP, NCAA, Inter-collegiate, National Open, the Philippine National Games, Batang Pinoy, and the Palarong Pambansa. Lopez’ international stints include the Asian Men’s Club Championships held in Manila and Taiwan, and  Southeast Asia Games beach volleyball. His involvement in sports extends outside the court. He is simultaneously the sports development officer of Cainta as well as the head trainer of the DepEd and the province of Rizal’s volleyball development program. There’s no surprise there when Jeff Carl, his eight-year-old son, is following in his footsteps. “I am truly delighted that my son is starting to learn volleyball and seems to be enjoying it.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Double-time work delivers goods for Red Lions

“Double time, double time!” That was what surprise San Beda College coach Al Alegro muttered the very moment his Red Lions fell in straight sets to the favored National University Bulldogs, 15-25, 16-25, 18-25, in their first outing in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. The next day coach Alegro, who took over when head coach Nes Pamilar underwent a heart surgery, plunged his players into longer training hours only to be clawed into submission again by the UAAP triple champion Ateneo Blue Eagles. But Alegro took comfort from the way his charges made the Blue Eagles sweat for every point, 23-25, 16-25, 25-27. Finally on Sept. 11, the coach and his team’s staunchest supporters, Atty. Tomas Africa and his wife, breathed a sigh of relief following the Red Lions’ masterful handling of the usually strong University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 25-22, 22-25, 19-25. Newcomer Jomaru Amagan exploded with 14 points and the veteran pair of Mark Christian Enciso and Limuel Patenio combined for 25 points to lead the Red Lions’ rise from a two-game skid. “Nakuha rin sa sipag,” Alegro blurted out as he rose from the bench to applaud his players. Blissful was just the exact word to describe his face as he walked toward the locker; it stayed with him, said middle blocker Adrian Viray long after the game. Inside the dressing room so overjoyed was he that he could not find enough appetite to finish off the home-cooked meals prepared and delivered to Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City by the Africas. He sat on the bench without talking. He was just looking at his players celebrating in the locker, the appetizing food before him untouched for several minutes, reported assistant coach Ariel dela Cruz. “Binubugbog ko sila ngayon sa training. Mas mahabang oras, mas mahirap na drills,” Alegro said of the kind of training he now subjects his players after the stinging loss to the Bulldogs. All his 14 players including rookies Amagan and Angelo Torres in this season-ending tournament of the PVL, a collaboration among organizer Sports Vision, official league partner Asics, and official game ball Mikasa, are eligible for the NCAA, where the Red Lions landed in third place the previous season.   strong>Unofficial team manager /strong> Atty. Africa could only smile in acceptance whenever he is referred to as San Beda’s unofficial team manager in volleyball – and basketball as well, he added. It was his brother, Fr. Eduardo Africa, he said, who started the family’s attachment to the Red Lions and Lionesses in the two sports. “During his time my brother was the sports chaplain of the college on Mendiola. Now that he is away as head of the Bukidnon monastery, the rest of us continue to support the players.” The complete San Beda lineup: Jomaru Amagan, Gian Carlo Genobaten, Angelo Torres, Adrian Viray, Yeshua Manliclic, Limuel Patenio, Rodel Nellas Casin, Bryan James Gonzales, Ferdinand Ulibas, Mark Christian Enciso, Earl Kenneth Gonzales, Mark Lorenze Santos, John Carlo Desuyo, and Gerald Zabala. Alegrio Carpio, head coach; Ariel dela Cruz, assistant coach. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Red Robins, Jr. Blazers still tied for first; San Beda stops skid

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> CSB-LSGH 10-2 br /> Malayan 10-2 br /> Letran 7-4 br /> San Beda 7-5 br /> Arellano 5-6 br /> San Sebastian 5-6 br /> LPU 5-7 br /> Perpetual 4-7 br /> JRU 3-8 br /> EAC 1-10 Defending champion Malayan High School of Science and oncoming College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills still have a score to settle in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The two teams remain in each other’s throats for first-place following separate wins on Thursday and Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The defending champion Red Robins made quick work of the Brigadiers, 82-68, last Thursday. Team captain Warren Bonifacio showed the way with 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks while Clint Escamis also contributed 12 markers, seven boards, and one pilfer. They were never threated all throughout and waltzed their way onto a 10-2 standing. Tying them there once more are the Junior Blazers who rode Joshua Marcos’ career-best 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds past University of Perpetual Help, 82-69, on Friday. Marcos was backstopped by three other teammates in double-digits en route to a share of first. Court general Joel Cagulangan orchestrated the offensive with a total of 10 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. Their respective losses dropped the Junior Altas to 4-7 and the Brigadiers to 1-10. Meanwhile, San Beda High School finally got back on track following a gritty overtime victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 85-78. Evan Nelle was the difference, scoring eight points and assisting on five others in his team’s 13-6 extra period. The Red Cubs lost three in a row before the much-needed win. They now stand at 7-5, still solo fourth. Strengthening their stranglehold of third spot, however, is Colegio de San Juan de Letran which grounded Jose Rizal High School, 91-87. Kurt Reyson had 20 points to lead a total of four Squires in double-digits as they improved to 7-4. Their respective losses dropped the Staglets to 5-6 and the Light Bombers to 3-8. Also still in the running is Lyceum of the Philippines University which added to the woes of Arellano High School, 89-82. Mac Guadana topped the scoring column for the Junior Pirates with 19 points. They rose to 5-7 with the win. At the same time, LPU continued to drag down the Braves who are now 5-6 following back-to-back losses. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME, FRIDAY LPU 89 – Guadana 19, Sandoval 15, Arenal 10, Cunanan 10, De Leon 8, Barba 8, Ruiz 6, Salazar 6, Jungco 4, Caringal 3, Ortiz 0, Cuevas 0, Umpad 0 ARELLANO 82 – Camacho 21, Fermin 18, Bataller 12, Tamayo 7, Segura 5, Espiritu 4, Domingo 4, Fornis 3, Camarillo 3, Rivera 3, Velasco 2, Liangco 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-18, 53-38, 69-67, 89-82 SECOND GAME, FRIDAY CSB-LSGH 82 – Marcos 22, David 14, Fornilos 12, Cagulangan 10, Lao 6, Pedrosa 5, Mosqueda 2, Bordeos 2, Lepalam 2, Perez 2, Cruz 2, Belgica 2, Dela Cruz 1, Sangco 0, Morales 0 PERPETUAL 69 – Razon 17, Siegue 11, Bongay 8, Inliwan 8, Cuevas 6, De Leon 5, Maneze 5, Romilla 4, Umali 2, Rocero 2, Gallano 1, Duka 0, Sta. Teresa 0, Cajayon 0, Jaucian 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-13, 34-27, 63-45, 82-69 THIRD GAME, FRIDAY SAN BEDA 85 – Etrata 14, Nelle 14, Tagala 13, Sese 11, Abu Hijleh 7, Alfaro 6, Garcia 5, Mahinay 4, Obenza 4, Lagumen 3, Velasquez 2, Nayve 2, Oliva 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 78 – Villapando 15, Desoyo 14, Calahat 10, Cuntapay 10, Pelias 9, Sumoda 9, Are 4, Pasamante 3, Aguilar 2, Magbanua 2, Umayao 0, Rodriguez 0 QUARTER SCORES: 7019, 22-29, 50-48, 72-72, 85-75 (OT) FIRST GAME, THURSDAY LETRAN 91 – Reyson 20, Tolentino 16, Cordero 13, Tamayo 12, Valdez 8, Monje 7, Aniban 5, Peralta 3, Guarino 3, Ganapathy 2, Labrador 2, Montes 0, Tabajen 0 JRU 87 – Agustin 36, Caballero 17, Tolentino 10, Serrano 9, Camua 5, Delos Santos 4, Dionisio 3, Buazon 2, Sicat 1, Buno 0, Amores 0, Sumabat 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-16, 43-44, 68-63, 91-87 SECOND GAME, THURSDAY MALAYAN 82 – Bonifacio 19, Escamis 12, Garcia 10, Lacap 8, Jabel 8, Gozum 8, Socias 6, Sarias 5, Enriquez 5, Malaluan 1, Ramos 0, Dennison 0, Arches 0, Sarmiento 0 EAC 68 – Cruz 21, De Quiros 12, Castillo 11, Boado 8, Satillian 5, Dulatre 3, Baliquig 2, Oriondo 2, Tapales 2, Diaz 2, Mananquil 0, Matilde 0, Mostoles 0, Suniga 0, Ligot 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-13, 43-30, 68-51, 82-68 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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