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Falcons, Skippers open semis bid vs Revellers, Jawbreakers

Akari-Adamson and Marinerong Pilipino hope to live up to their top billing as they collide with Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian and Zark’s Burgers-Lyceum, respectively, at the start of the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup semifinals at the Pasig City Sports Center today......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarApr 17th, 2018

Jawbreakers, revellers open fire

Game today (Pasig Sports Center) 4 p.m. – Zark’s vs Che’Lu ZARK’S Burgers-Lyceum of the Philippines University and Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, the last teams standing in what has been one of the unpredictable conferences ever, open their best-of-three series today in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup. Tip-off is….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Ateneo s Fab 5: The Fearless Underdogs of UAAP Volleyball

Newly-appointed head coach Roger Gorayeb looked at his line-up heading into UAAP Season 71. A champion mentor of NCAA powerhouse San Sebastian College - Recoletos, Gorayeb had in his hands a gargantuan task of rebuilding Ateneo de Manila University women’s volleyball program. Just a few months before, Ronald Dulay, the mentor before him landed a trio of blue chip recruits who were fresh from a successful stint in the Palarong Pambansa. Angeline "Dzi" Gervacio, Fille Saint Cainglet and Jamenea "Jem" Ferrer just joined the Katipunan-based squad. Gervacio and Cainglet were products of St. Scholastica's College in Manila while Ferrer was a gem from Hope Christian School under girl’s volleyball guru Jerry Yee. Looking at his 15-woman line-up with the season just a few months ahead, Gorayeb knew he needed to do something drastic. The roster just won’t do. Talking to then athletic director Ricky Palou and team manager Tony Boy Liao, the mentor told the team officials that he intended to cut five players from the list. One could just imagine the shock in their faces. “Nakita ko may line-up pero player-playeran lang yung ganoon bang tipo, 15 ata yun. Sabi ko ‘Magtatanggal ako ng lima then magre-recruit ako,’” he said. The three rookies were in. Middle Bea Pascual, Kara Acevedo and libero Steph Gabriel retained their spots. He needed more. “Sa mga tinira kong players, si Kara Acevedo sabi niya, ‘Coach mayroong player ang ICA (Immaculate Conception Academy) na gumraduate naka-exam na rito pasado.’ Sabi ko, ‘Sige papuntahin mo,’” said Gorayeb. It was Gretchen Ho. “Sa akin kasi ang talagang nagyaya sa akin si coach Ron Dulay. Si Kara Acevedo teammate ko and she’s been recruited by Ateneo. So one summer wala akong magawa naki-train lang ako noon tapos nagustuhan nila ang laro ko and then fourth year noong graduate na ako I passed the ACET then niyayaya na nila ako,” she said. “Then nagbago ng coach na si Coach Roger and dun niya ako nakita.”   “Pagdating ko ng March (sa Ateneo) wala na akong way para maka-recruit pa. Ang nangyari yung tatlo accepted na kaagad. Si Gretchen tinanong ko sabi ko, ‘ano ba ang laro mo?’ Sabi niya the usual panggitna, tres,” Gorayeb recalled. “So sinubukan ko pero ang laro niya tres hindi quick. Siya panggitna pero hindi quicker na gusto ko saka yung height niya (maliit). Kaya lang si Gretchen takbo ng takbo, mahilig magtatakbo so sabi ko sige pwede na yan. Wala namang player na during that time. So kinuha ko si Gretchen.” Gorayeb just needed just one more. “Ngayon nagkaroon ng STCAA (Southern Tagalog Calabarzon athletic association) eh kulang pa ako ng isa, wala akong panggitna. Ang gitna ko during that time si Bea lang tapos si Gretchen so wala akong pamalit. So naisipan ko may nakita ako sa STCAA,” he said. He spotted a lanky player from Canossa Academy-Lipa, Aillysse Nacachi. “Sabi ko kay Sir Tony pagtyagaan ko na lang ito kahit hindi naman kalakasan at wala naman na rin akong choice na makapili kasi rush ang pagdating ko dyan. Nakiusap lang sila sa akin na magbuo ako ng team kasi si Ronald nag-resign,” said Gorayeb. Another freshman could’ve had ended up with Ateneo, Hope’s libero Melissa Gohing. But a few obstacles prevented her from fulfilling her promise to join Ferrer in Ateneo. She instead chose to join the ladies in green and white in Taft.    SOMETHING PROMISING December 7, 2008. Far Eastern University Gym. Excitement filled the air. Fans, mostly volleyball purists and some who just came to support their classmates or were just curious to see a new spectacle after the basketball season ended, slowly settled in their seats for the women’s division’s second game. It was Adamson University, the previous year’s runner-up, which just visited the turf of their arch nemesis and defending champion FEU, which was led by that era’s finest and most popular volleybelle Rachel Anne Daquis. Fans wanted to see if the Lady Falcons still had the same firepower they had the previous season with the loss of top setter Janet Serafica and power hitter Sang Laguilles. A rookie-laden Ateneo squad should be easy pickings with Angela Benting, rookie Pau Soriano and libero Lizlee Anne Gata in the roster. Besides the Lady Falcons got the Lady Eagles’ number. Or so they thought. “Naalala ko nu’ng time namin sinasabi sa amin ng seniors namin na, ‘Hay naku ang lakas ng Adamson, never kami nanalo dyan,’” Cainglet, now happily married to film director Lino Cayetano and with three beautiful children, recalled.  But the Lady Eagles stunned Adamson in the opening set. The Lady Falcons took the next two frames. Ateneo stole the fourth.  “Ako naalala ko ano eh, parang alam namin na lahat kasi kami palaban. Nasa amin yun. Tapos binigyan kaming lahat ng chance to be in the first six so parang dream come true,” said Ho, now an ABS-CBN host. “Naalala ko rin na palaban kaming lahat kumbaga nothing to lose eh so ang ano namin, sumasabay kami sa laro and nu’ng nakita na namin na ‘Ay kaya pala natin ‘to guys. Kaya pala naming lumaban.’” Still, Adamson had the upper hand in experience. The Lady Falcons, used to pressure and were steady at crunch time, outlasted Ateneo.           The young Katipunan-based squad fell short, 25-22, 22-25, 15-25, 25-15, 8-15. But for the Fab 5, it was a loss that felt like a resounding victory. “Parang sobrang natutuwa kami and everybody in the crowd, kaya siguro kami natawag na Fab 5 kasi rookies kami pero kahit ganoon palaban kami,” said Ho. “Saka close game. Five sets yun.” However, it was the first of five five-set matches that Ateneo will drop that season including one in the second round against the Manilla Santos-bannered De La Salle University. “Pero ang problema di kami nananalo ng five sets. Parang ilan lang ang naipanalo namin na ganoon. Feeling ko na-overwhelm kami na ‘Uy nananalo tayo.’ May ganoong disbelief ng konti pero alam namin na may ibubuga kami,” said Ho. “Definitely, our rookie season was full of five-set matches. It was tough, we felt like we were so close, but still so far away. At some point, it gave us frustration also. We just couldn't figure out that time what is it that's still lacking because we couldn't win the five-set matches,” according to Nacachi. “People said, it was because the team was still so inexperienced. We still didn't have the tenacity unlike of those more matured teams. But we didn't take it as bad, it was a learning experience for us all at the end. We had to learn how to develop that finishing will to be able to win games like that in the future.” The Fab 5 finished their rookie season with a 6-8 slate at fifth spot.   ‘MAY MEDAL NA TAYO’ Gorayeb remembered on their second year the look on Pascual’s face in their last elimination game match against Adamson. Already wrapping up their first win over the Lady Falcons, Pascual was giddy. “Natatawa nga ako dyan kay Bea kasi papanalo na kami nu’n tapos sumesenyas na siya ng tres. Sabi ko, ‘Hoy anong ginagawa mo?’ Yun pala sobrang saya na niya kasi for the first time in 30 years magkaka-medal na sila,” he said. It was the most important match of the season for the Lady Eagles. With the Fab 5 already in their sophomore year, Ateneo was already making great strides. The Lady Eagles closed that season’s elims with five straight wins capped with a victory over Adamson. Ateneo posted a 10-4 win-loss mark to enter the Final Four legitimately. “Ang nangyari kasi nu’ng time nila Charo (Soriano) kaya sila nakapasok sa semis kasi may nag-squeal na si (Jacq) Alarca di pala naka-enroll nu’n kaya na-forfeit mga laro ng La Salle,” said Gorayeb. The Fab 5 proved that they were not just a bunch of much-hyped up pretty faces. They backed it up with their skills on court. It didn’t matter that Ateneo were swept by eventual champion University of Sto. Tomas in the Final Four.      But the podium finish of Season 72 was short-lived. Adamson got its revenge in the last game of Season 73 elims, bumping off the Lady Eagles in the podium finish. The loss put Ateneo in a collision course with the twice-to-beat DLSU, who could’ve completed an elims sweep if not only for a forfeited match against University of the East after UAAP found out that Carmela Garbin and Clarisse Yeung participated in a ‘ligang labas’ while the season was onoing, in the Final Four. Ateneo gave the Lady Spikers a scare before succumbing in another heartbreaking five-set match. The Lady Eagles finished fourth but that lone semis game gave Ateneo and its maturing Fab 5 enough experience to dream for something big – A ticket into the Finals.      ‘HINOG NA KAYO’ The first three years saw the gradual improvement for Ateneo. But Season 74 proved to be the turning point for the Fab 5. A fresh new recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school, who just completed a year of residency, came into picture and with the Fab 5 armed with years of experience, the Lady Eagles’ fate will forever be changed. Alyssa Valdez, a highly recruited open spiker just like Gervacio, Cainglet-Cayetano and Ferrer years back, gave renewed excitement for the Ateneo faithful. “Alyssa's joining with Ateneo was a great turning point for us. We needed as much support we can get, and Alyssa's entrance to the team was a great boost to the team's morale,” said Nacachi. “The girl is a powerhouse and we felt like with her presence, the team finally became solid.” “We were able to play around with the positions and the rotations, since we had different versatile open players who can also greatly play other roles,” she added. “We were also able to formulate a lot of plays and attacks because Alyssa can generally do all kinds; open, running, quick, name it all. She gave the team the power and the versatility that we previously lacked from the past seasons.” Social media was just gaining traction then but the Lady Eagles were already on the radar of volleyball purists through online forums. For the first time, Ateneo was considered a legitimate contender.   The Fab 5 proved it by winning 11 games in the elimination round, losing only to UST once and dropping two against the Lady Spikers. Valdez’s arrival gave Ferrer an even broader option on offense. It eased the scoring load off the shoulders of Cainglet and Gervacio, who was then moved to an opposite position. “I guess sakto lang din yung dating niya because by that time Kara Acevedo graduated so someone had to fill in her spot so coach Roger decided for me to move to utility or opposite,” said Gervacio. “And then sakto Alyssa naman could fill in the spot na other open spiker.” “So timing din na we had all the pieces put together at the right time,” she added. With a good performance in the elims despite missing a legit middle in Bea Pascual and the entry of Aerieal Patnongon barred by academic problems, Ateneo finished second and for the first-time was armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals. The Lady Eagles faced an experienced Tigresses side in the last stepladder semis stage. UST just came from a hard-fought four-set do-or-die match against FEU and were banking on their four-set win over Ateneo in the second round to force another sudden death. Ateneo’s date with destiny was sealed with a four-set win over the Tigresses, who then bid goodbye to Maika Ortiz and Judy Anne Caballejo. “Pinu-push na rin kami ni Coach Roger noon eh, ‘Hinog na kayo ngayon. Kasi dalawang taon na lang, kailangan makapasok na kayo sa Finals,’” said Ho. “Somehow senior na rin kami,” added Cainglet.  “Season 74 was really the target season for us to be in the finals and target even to win the championship,” according to Nacachi. “During this time, we were already thinking we could not afford to not go in the finals.” “So it was with our mindset and our level of commitment that we were able to finally reach our goal of reaching the finals,” she added. “We had enough experience that time already, and it was really time for us to show the level of game maturity the team had obtained from the past seasons.” But then they had to face an unbeaten team. Unscathed in 14 games, De La Salle University was poised to complete a perfect season. The Lady Eagles spoiled it. Ferrer outplayed DLSU setter Mika Esperanza, 57-42, in excellent sets as Ateneo handed the Lady Spikers its first loss after 25 straight victories in a come-from-behind 23-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17, Finals opener win. Witnessed by 3,002 spectators inside the then The Arena in San Juan, all of the Fab 5 produced points. Cainglet had 19 behind Valdez’s 24, Gervacio scored 12, Ho had 10, Nacachi finished with five while Ferrer had one. Gorayeb made a big gambit and it worked. “Dahil sa wala kong panggitna, yung laro namin ng La Salle, ginawa kong quicker si Alyssa. Kasi si Alyssa nakakapalo. Nagulat si Ramil (de Jesus) dun.” It was a big win. A huge upset. Unfortunately, Ateneo needed to win two more.  DLSU held a thrice-to-beat advantage.   THAT SWAG After Ateneo made a miracle in Game One, fans began to feel a new rivalry born. The attendance spiked. From just 3,000 spectators, the gate attendance more than doubled its size. The interest was there. Fans of traditional powers began to notice the Lady Eagles as a rising team. For the first time, a squad with no previous championship experience except for a title during the Marcos era in a different collegiate league, made a giant jolt. Everybody wanted to see what these girls would do next.    The Lady Eagles, still high on adrenaline after their Game 1 upset, took the opening set in Game 2. But just like in their opener, a well-experienced DLSU squad adjusted to take the next three frames to move a step closer to a repeat crown. With then Rookie of the Year Ara Galang, Season Most Valuable Player Aby Marano, an intimidating Michele Gumabao and a very efficient Finals MVP Cha Cruz teaming up for the kill, the Lady Spikers ripped Ateneo apart in Game 3 in straight sets, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13. “Sabi nga ni Dzi na nadyan na lahat eh. So I guess noong Season 74 nandoon na pero may kulang pa rin,” said Ho. “I guess we we’re able to make it to the Finals pero wala pa kaming championship experience.” Ferrer agreed. "Siguro ang kulang yung championship experience kasi nasa La Salle na ‘yun eh. Ilang years na silang nagpa-finals, nag-champion and for Ateneo doon pa lang namin sinimulan," said the three-time Best Setter. Lacking championship experience is one thing, but Ateneo during that time wasn’t ready for DLSU’s most feared weapon: the Lady Spikers’ swag.  “They have that swag,” said Gervacio. “Everyone knows about it naman. It’s really coach Ramil’s style talaga kasi as I remember when we were first year, four out of six of the players inside the court were rookies and even if we go against the powerhouses UST, FEU, Adamson, hindi sila yung nakikita nyo na kapag championship na rivalry, na swag, angas, stare down. Pero La Salle talaga kahit sino ang kalaban nila they’ll bring that attitude inside the court.” That Finals series cemented a new rivalry that will become one of the most celebrated in the sport. “I think it also helped that Ateneo-La Salle basketball didn’t face also,” said Gervacio. “Siyempre nandoon ang hunger for the rivalry eh and timely din na its been Ateneo-La Salle na rin sa volleyball.”   CLOSING A CHAPTER The Fab 5 were now in their fifth and last year. They wanted to leave a winning legacy. The pieces were already there. Gorayeb had at his disposal five seniors, a rising star in Valdez, a sophomore middle in Amy Ahomiro, a versatile Ella De Jesus, a steady libero in Denden Lazaro and a new kind of weapon – a massive crowd that can turn any venue into a sea of blue.              As expected, the second installment of the Ateneo-DLSU rivalry was set into place. Both sweeping their semis opponents. The Lady Spikers crushed National University while the Lady Eagles shot down Adamson. Game One was a shocker. DLSU heading into the Finals are on a 14-game roll but were stunned in the first two sets with Ateneo stepping on the gas. But a string of miscues, mostly from the service line, did the Lady Eagles in as they allowed the Lady Spikers to force a decider. DLSU, smelling blood, punished Ateneo to eke out a 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6, victory inside the Big Dome witnesses by 17,342-strong gate attendance. Then the series transferred to a newly-built, state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena that drew a crowd of 18,799. The first two frames were frustrating for the Lady Eagles.   Ateneo came back to life in the third set to gain a 9-5 lead. But DLSU easily erased it with Ateneo crumbling under pressure. The Lady Spikers were on an onslaught. Sophomore Galang pushed DLSU at matchpoint with a cold-blooded ace that went in a few inches from the baseline. The score, 24-16. It was a tense moment for the Fab 5. A long rally ensued in the next play. Gervacio, with all her might pounded a kill. Her hand making a great contact on the ball off Ferrer’s backset.     Smack! The ball ricocheted off the hands of DLSU’s Wensh Tiu before falling on the same landing area of Gervacio, who tried to dive for a dig together with Lazaro. DLSU swept Ateneo, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16. Game over.          “Kahit hindi kami nanalo alam naming ibinigay namin ang lahat namin, all-out talaga kaya wala kaming pagsisisi,” said Ho. It was the end of the Fab 5 era, but they left more than what any of them could have imagined. "I remember so many people or fans telling me that they started really watching UAAP Volleyball because of our batch. And that is really touching and fulfilling to know. Knowing that you were able to leave an impact like that to people. We were not able to bring even a single championship to our school, Ateneo, but we were able to touch a lot of people's hearts despite that," Nacachi shared. The Fab 5 closed a colorful chapter of Ateneo volleyball in tears. They were there during the Lady Eagles’ birth pains. They labored. They shed tears, blood and sweat. They laid the foundation for something big. The Fab 5 planted the seeds that would eventually bear fruit and would change the course of Ateneo women’s volleyball program forever. Glory didn’t happen during their time. It started in theirs.    Amidst the roar of the crowd, the falling confetti, banging of drums and the echoing chant of ‘Animo La Salle’ from the sea of green, the Fab 5 hugged each other tight. They found comfort in each other. It was their time to say goodbye. For those who remained – Valdez, Lazaro, Ahomiro, De Jesus – the defeat added fuel to their already blazing desire to bring glory for the blue and white. They were the next in line, heirs to unfinished business. WATCH: FAB 5 Reunion Part 1 and Part 2 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Ilagan’s clutch rally completes Che’Lu comeback vs Gamboa to qualify for semis

MANILA, Philippines – The twice-to-beat Che’lu San Sebastian College Revellers staged an 80-72 comeback victory to eliminate the 5th-seeded Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers at the kick-off of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup playoffs on Tuesday, April 10. With the win, Che’lu now moves on to face the first-seeded Akari-Adamson Falcons, who ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Foes-turned-friends Tratter, Tolentino lead Marinerong Pilipino to D-League semis

MANILA, Philippines – The streaking Marinerong Pilipino Skippers sailed straight to the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup semifinals after blasting the playoff-bound Che’lu-SSC Revellers, 82-67, at the Pasig City Sports Center, Tuesday, April 3. In the crucial clincher game, it was former La Salle big man Abu Tratter and former Ateneo ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Meet FEU's new swag queen Czarina Carandang

Far Eastern University middle Czarina Carandang smacked the ball right at an open spot in the middle of Adamson University’s side in the fourth set of their best-of-three semifinals Game 2 of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Saturday. The third-year player gave a long stare down at the Lady Falcons. “Aba palaban!,” National University setter Jasmine Nabor joked while she and the Lady Bulldogs watched the match near the entrance to FilOil Flying V Centre’s dugouts . During the closing juncture of the fifth set, Carandang gave Adamson scorer Eli Soyud a grin and another dose of stare down after scoring on a kill block. FEU needed an inspiration when its back was against the wall in the semis series. Carandang unleashed her inner Remy Palma, the former FEU skipper known for her swag, as the Lady Tams survived elimination to keep their semifinals hopes alive in a thrilling, 21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11, win that tied the series at 1-1.        “Kasi po kapag crucial point lalo na po ngayon na do-or-die kami kailangan pong ipakita ko ‘yung tapang ko lalo na po’t wala si Ate (Bernadeth) Pons saka si Ate Kyla (Atienza),” said Carandang, who had a breakout night with 20 points. “Parang naisip ko rin po na parang pam-boost din siya ng confidence,” she added.     Carandang had 15 spikes, three kill blocks and two service winners while playing and starting in all five sets. But her swag and antics in her inspired play was something that definitely made Palma, who witnessed the match, proud. “Kanina nga nagkaka-eye to eye kami ni Ate Remy. Gumaganoon siya sa akin na, ‘relax lang Czar, relax lang.’ So sa kanya lang ako tumitingin, ‘na Ate Rem anong gagawin ko?’ said Carandang. The Tanauan, Batangas player looked up to Palma, who exhausted all her five playing years in the UAAP last season, even before. “Kasi ever since noong simula pa lang noong rookie year ko pa lang. Hindi po ako volleyball player talaga eh. May height lang ako talaga pero wala pong skills, si coach Shaq (Delos Santos) po ang kumuha sa akin tapos pinalakas nya po ako,” she said. “Tapos every time na may gagawin, ‘Ate Rem paano po ito? Paano po ang ganito?’ Sa kanya lang po ako nagtatanong lalo na po kung nalilito ako. Kanina po nag-eye to eye lang po kami na parang ‘Ate paano?’ Alam nya na po sa isip niya yun na, ‘Relax lang Czar, kaya mo ‘yan.’” Asked if she’s a Remy Palma in the making, Carandang said that nothing beats the original. “Si Ate Rem po talaga yung parang ‘The Boss’ talaga, paran ako kampon na lang,” she said. “Konting angas lang, low key lang.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2017

Adamson gains semis seat, loses Galanza to ankle injury

Adamson University punched a semifinals ticket in Group B of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, but it came at a high price. The Lady Falcons swept College of St. Benilde, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17, Monday but lost ace player Jema Galanza to a harrowing right ankle injury early in the third set at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. After a disappointing last place finish in the Open Conference, the Lady Falcons entered the best-of-three semis after claiming their fourth win in as many outings. Eli Soyud led the Lady Falcons with 18 points while Chiara Permentilla got 10 markers. Galanza left the game with nine points. The Queen Falcon broke her ankle after a bad landing in a block attempt in the third set with Adamson ahead, 5-0. Galanza was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center. The also-ran Lady Blazers dropped to 0-4 slate. Ranya Musa had 14 points while Rachel Austero had 13 for CSB.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017

PBA: Arwind Santos, Vic Manuel just waiting for Gilas call

ANTIPOLO, RIZAL -- Have no fear, because Arwind and Vic are here? The two opponents may be at war now, but their hearts have agreed on one thing: suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas.  Commissioner Cup semis opponents Arwind Santos and Vic Manuel have put their names into the proverbial hat of possible Gilas replacements during the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers as 10 different players have been suspended by the world's basketball governing body for a different number of games. The San Miguel forward, who had last represented the Philippines with Powerade Team Pilipinas back in 2009, is very open to the possbility of suiting up again for flag and country. He also relished at the possibility of playing with San Miguel teammates June Mar Fajardo, a current Gilas pool member, and Marcio Lassiter, a member of the first batch of Gilas players. "Okay lang naman ako. Wala namang problema. Lalo na't kasama ko sina Marcio, sina June Mar. Okay sa akin. At saka para sa ano natin. Mga nawala natin. Siyempre, sino pa maglalaro sa atin? Kung kailangan, sige. Nandoon lang naman ako," the 37-year old Santos said.  Meanwhile, for Vic Manuel, the conference's revelation, having 'Pilipinas' emblazoned across his jersey has always been a dream for him much like any basketball player, and with it, the probablity of making it has increased as Alaska head honcho Dickie Bachmann has provided his blessings for him to join the squad if called upon. "Kung mabibigyan ng chance, bakit hindi? Siyempre malaking bagay yon. Siyempre ako rin dream ko rin makapaglaro para sa bansa. Siyempre, ayun, gusto ko rin makatulong sa kanila."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

LOOK: PVL Collegiate Conference schedule

Adamson University and University of Perpetual Help will open the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference action on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The promising UAAP squad Lady Falcons face last year’s NCAA semifinalist Lady Altas at 2:00 p.m. UAAP Season 80 Finalist Far Eastern University will take on College of St. Benilde at 4:00 p.m. All opening day matches will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream. The rest of the elimination matches will be available via livestream while live TV broadcast will resume in the Finals. Crowd-favorite Ateneo de Manila University and NCAA champion Arellano University skipped this year’s edition.   Here’s the complete elimination round schedule:    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings destroy no. 1 ROS to start semis

There's still no stopping Ginebra. The Gin Kings rolled past no. 1 Rain or Shine Sunday to start their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series, scoring a nice 102-89 victory at the Big Dome. With Jeff Chan firing at will in the fourth, Ginebra finally pulled away to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. The win was also the eighth straight for the Gin Kings dating back to the elimination round where they had to climb out of a 1-5 hole to make the playoffs as the no. 5 seed. Ginebra got off to a fast start, firing a 22-7 run right out of the gate. Rain or Shine settled down after that initial storm from the Gin Kings, keeping things close until the fourth. However, led by Chan's 10 points in the final 12 minutes, Ginebra managed to break the game wide open again by firing a 16-0 blast to take its largest lead of the night at 24 points, 102-78. "Best part about doing this game tonight was being able to do it without Japeth. He's been out of practice since our last game against Meralco, he got hit in his Achilles so he had some significant swelling in his Achilles tendon area," head coach Tim Cone said. "We don't know exactly how long he'll be out, we're hoping he can suit up in Game 2, but we didn't want to risk him tonight with that swelling. He had an MRI, and the initial reading was a slight tear but after review it was swelling. We're being very cautious. We want to make sure he plays in this series. And also he's a national team player, so we don't want to mess with a national team player as well," he added. Import Justin Brownlee was his usual brilliant self to lead the Gin Kings, scoring 35 points on top of 14 rebounds and nine assists. Chan finished with 21 points for his best game for Ginebra so far while Greg Slaughter added another 20 points in a starting role. For ROS, Reggie Johnson carried the Elasto Painters with 30 points and 13 boards while James Yap scored 15 and had eight rebounds. Game 2 is set for Tuesday also at the Big Dome.   The Scores:  Ginebra (102): Brownlee 35, Chan 21, Slaughter 20, Devance 12, Tenorio 5, Thompson 4, Mercado 3, Aguilar 2, Caperal 0, Manuel 0, Ferrer 0, Mariano 0 Rain or Shine (89): Johnson 30, Yap 15, Daquioag 10, Tiu 7, Washington 6, Ponferada 6, Ahanmisi 6, Belga 4, Nambatac 3, Norwood 2, Almazan 0 Quarterscores: 31-27, 52-45, 76-60, 102-89   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PBA: Yap after Game 1 loss: 'Masaya lahat ng Ginebra fans ngayon'

James Yap loves beating Brgy. Ginebra. That's just a fact. Big Game James relishes in the opportunity to make the legions of Ginebra fans disappointed at least for one night. [Related: PBA: Yap on upcoming semis: "Masarap talunin ang Ginebra"] Sunday is not one of those nights. The Gin Kings demolished Yap's Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to open the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals, scoring a convincing 102-89 decision. As his no. 1 ROS is all of a sudden down in the short best-of-5, Yap will give this night to Ginebra and its fans. "Masarap naman talaga maglaro pag maraming tao. Alam mo naman Ginebra yan eh. Masaya," Yap said on facing an old rival. "I’m sure masaya lahat ng Ginebra fans ngayon," he added. James Yap has had many fierce battles with Ginebra before so you already know he'll be eager to bounce back in Game 2. Yap had a nice 15 points and eight rebounds for ROS in the series opener but obviously, that was not enought. James and the rest of the Elasto Painters have some major adjustments to do in time for Game 2. "Bawi na lang kami next game," Yap said. "Kailangan yung defense namin, yun ang i-adjust namin. Siguro i-execute pa namin yung play namin. Kailangan ma-execute, minsan nagkakanya-kanya kami eh. So medyo walang flow. Yung flow ng offense namin, di masyadong maganda. Sana next game, okay na," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Skippers get back at Revellers

Games Thursday: (Ynares Sports Arena) 11 a.m. – Batangas vs CEU 1 p.m. – Che’Lu vs AMA MARINERONG Pilipino halted Che’Lu Bar and Grill’s five-game winning run, while Go for Gold arrested a two-game slide to gain a share of the lead yesterday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

PVL: Lady Warriors near bronze medal finish

Pocari Sweat-Air Force displayed great teamwork in the absence of injured local hitter Myla Pablo to eke out a rousing come-from-behind, 25-22, 17-25, 16-25, 26-24, 15-11, win over BanKo to inch closer to a bronze medal finish in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Sunday at the MOA Arena. The Lady Warriors drew first blood in best-of-three battle for third behind the superb game of American import Maddie Palmer. Palmer finished with 24 points built on 22 attacks and a pair of aces for Pocari Sweat, which played without Pablo after the open spiker was ruled out for the rest of the conference because of a lower back injury she sustained in the Game 3 semis loss of the dethroned Lady Warriors against Creamline. Game 2 is on Wednesday at the same venue. “We didn’t have our good attitude in the first couple of sets, we played like we’re gonna lose,” said Palmer, who had 17 digs and 10 excellent receptions. “The change is that we played we wanted to win instead of playing not to lose, it’s just a different mindset and I think that was our improvement.” American Ari Love had 17 markers while Del Palomata fimished with 13 markers for the Lady Warriors. Elaine Kasilag punched in eight points including the game-clinching tip to seal the one-hour, 47-minute win.  Pocari Sweat recovered from an 1-2 match deficit and held a 9-5 lead in the deciding frame. The Perlas Spikers closed the gap, 10-9, but the Lady Warriors countered with a 5-2 scoring spurt capped by Kasilag's winner off a misreception. American Kia Bright uncorked 30 attacks in her 33-point performance while Thai import Jutarat Montripila and Amy Ahomiro posted 17 and 14 markers, respectively, for BanKo.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Lions, Blazers, Eagles, Tams seal semis berths

Defending champion San Beda banked on Robert Bolick and Jayvee Mocon’s endgame brilliance as the Lions overcame Sean Manganti’s fourth quarter explosion and foiled the Adamson Falcons, 64-62, yesterday to advance to the semifinals of the Filoil Flying V Pre-Season Cup at the Filoil Center in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Red Lions clip Falcons to book Filoil semis berth

MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda University (SBU) Red Lions escaped the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons, 64-62, in their knockout quarterfinal match in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Thursday, June 28, at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. With the win, the Red Lions will advance to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

San Beda survives Adamson to barge into Filoil semis

Defending champion San Beda secured a spot in the semifinals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup after surviving Adamson in a 64-62 thriller Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Sean Manganti caught fire midway through the payoff period, scoring Adamson's last 18 points to bring the game to as close as 62-63 with 3.4 ticks left but Jose Presbitero's free throw iced the win for the Red Lions. "We know that Adamson is a very strong team so I just reminded my players about our game plan," said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez. The Red Lions held a 37-23 lead in the second quarter, but the Soaring Falcons clawed back with an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to six, 34-...Keep on reading: San Beda survives Adamson to barge into Filoil semis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Landmark win as Djokovic reaches Queen s semis

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic became the 10th man to register 800 victories since the Open Era began in 1968 when he beat France's Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-1 on Friday to reach the Queen's Club semifinals. Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Connors (1,256), Roger Federer (1,156), Ivan Lendl (1,068), Guillermo Vilas (949), Rafael Nadal (903), John McEnroe (881), Andre Agassi (870), Ilie Nastase (846) and Stefan Edberg (801). "It's a great achievement," said the 31-year-old Serb. "I should be happy for it and proud of it. It's still the sport that I love with all my heart. I put in that heart every single day." Djokovic, through to the semifinals for only the second time since last year's Eastbourne International, next meets France's Jeremy Chardy after he defeated American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-4. Top-seeded Marin Cilic also advanced with a 7-6 (3) 6-2 win over 2010 champion Sam Querrey. Cilic now faces Nick Kyrgios, who eliminated defending champion Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3). The Croatian player hit 10 aces and dropped only three points on his first serve against American Querrey. He didn't give him a break point chance, and broke twice. Kyrgios again served 32 aces against Lopez, as he did in beating Kyle Edmund on Thursday, matching his personal best......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Serbia advances to FIBA 3x3 World Cup semis

Defending FIBA 3x3 World Cup champion Serbia dropped four consecutive treys to blow open their quarterfinals match with Mongolia......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Revellers smother Skippers

Jessie Collado and Christopher Bitoon combined in a pivotal fourth quarter surge as Che’Lu Bar and Grill thumped Marinerong Pilipino, 88-71, to bounce back in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

D-League: Skippers take on Revellers

Games today: (Ynares Sports Arena) 1 p.m. – Che’Lu vs Marinerong Pilipino 3 p.m. – Batangas vs CEU MARINERONG Pilipino and Centro Escolar University seek to force a three-way tie for the lead as they play separate foes today in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Davao pair enters semis in BVR International

Davao’s Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario of Davao led the Philippines semifinalists in the CEZA and First Cagayan Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Ana Open yesterday here......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018