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Meet the BAE of Philippine volleyball

“May bago ng boyband.” Philippine men’s volleyball team star Marck Espejo drew good laugh from his buddies Ranran Abdilla and Bryan Bagunas when asked about their reactions when fans tagged the trio with a playful name. The Nationals made the headlines after their breakthrough podium finish in the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championships in Sisaket a couple of weeks back. But it was the trio of Bagunas, Abdilla and Espejo who took the spotlight. The trio logged in incredible numbers in the tournament and capped it off with a grander performance in the PHI’s come-from-behind five-set win over Saraburi-Thai Denmark in the battle for third. Espejo had 35 points, Bagunas fired 24 while Abdilla, who was converted into a utility, got 19 markers. Some witty fans tagged them as #BAE on social media, taking the first letter of their surnames to create a trend-worthy name for the Nationals’ big three.    “’Yung una kong naisip dun parang nagagawan na kami ng kalokohan so yung men’s team pala nabibigyan na ng pansin ng mga tao,” said Espejo, who was named 2nd Best Wing spiker in the tournament in his return to the national squad since making his debut in 2015. “Hindi lang pala yung eyes ng mga tao sa women’s team yung suporta rin pala meron na sa men’s team,” added the five-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, who played in the Japanese club league last year. Bagunas recalled that it all started when the explosive trio took a picture after their game. “Nag-picture tayong tatlo nun eh na ako, ikaw [Abdilla] saka si Marck, siguro kaya lumabas yung BAE na yun,” said Bagunas, the reigning UAAP MVP who is in his second stint with the national team. Abdilla, who like Bagunas is on his second tour of duty for the Nationals after donning the tricolors in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, at first didn’t get what the acronym meant.     “Nu’ng una akala ko kung ano ‘yung BAE tapos nung binasa ko siya, nung inisip ko siya, ‘Ay oo nga ano’” he said. “Alam mo naman mga Filipino matatalino ‘pag dating sa mga ganyan. Diyan tayo magagaling hindi nawawalan ng kalokohan ‘yan.” Though the tag may bring some sort of pressure on the trio to perform as the face of the team, they also treat it as a morale boost.   “Pampa-good vibes siya, sa amin naman lahat ng mga wingers namin pwede talaga eh,” said Abdilla. Bagunas thought of it as an indication that they are slowly gaining a fan base after being overshadowed by the more popular women’s division.    “Nakikita na ng mga fans ang men’s volleyball team na parang umu-OK na rin yung sitwasyon ngayon. Yung mga players talagang nagkakaisa na, nagsasama-sama lalo na ngayong SEA Games na dito gagawin,” he said. “Sana suportahan talaga ng maraming mga fans ng volleyball. Sana hanggang sa dulo nandoon ang suporta nila. Sana suportahan na lang nila kung anong meron kami ngayon.” Espejo saw their bronze medal finish as a stepping stone not only to earn the respect and support of the fans but to also give the nation something to believe in come the 2019 SEA Games that the country will host on November. “Masarap sa feeling, tho yun nga kahit sabihin pa natin nung natalo kami nung first game nagsilabasan yung mga bashers pinapansin yung mga laro namin,” said Espejo. “Magandang lesson din sa kanila and sa amin na nakapag bronze kami at kung ano muna yung meron ang national team doon muna mag-focus wag muna hanapin yung wala.” As for BAE, they’ll try to live up to the hype. “Papanindigan na yan! Nandyan na yan eh!” said Bagunas.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019

PVL semis: PetroGazz survives Banko Perlas Game 1 threat

MANILA, Philippines – The PetroGazz Angels overcame a tough challenge from Banko Perlas to boost their bid for a 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference finals berth. The Angels looked primed for a straight-set win, but stumbled to win Game 1 of the semifinals in 4 sets, 25-19, 25-15, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

PVL: Bionic Ilongga Gonzaga busy at work

Jovelyn Gonzaga is truly living up to her ‘Bionic Ilongga’ moniker. Just hours after arriving in Manila from an out-of-town game with Cignal in a different club league, Gonzaga suited up for PacificTown Army for Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference best-of-three semifinals against defending champion Creamline on Wednesday. The Lady Troopers may have bowed down to the Cool Smashers, 24-26, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, but Gonzaga’s dedication to fulfill her commitment with the PVL and the Philippine Superliga showed her professionalism.     “‘Yun na ‘yun eh, parang I don’t have a choice. ‘Pag sinasabihan nila ako na, ‘nakakapagod naman ang ginagawa mo’ if I only have a choice, pipiliin ko na magpahinga but I don’t have a choice,” said Gonzaga. The lefty Ilongga, who’s back in competitive volleyball action after almost two years of recovery from a knee injury and military service, played for the HD Spikers in a lost cause against F2 Logistics in the PSL All-Filipino Conference game Tuesday night in Cadiz City in Negros Occidental. She flew back to the Big City Wednesday morning for the PVL semis at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Even after a tiring trip, Gonzaga, who is slowly regaining her old, dangerous form, played a decent game for the Lady Troopers with 12 digs, 11 excellent receptions and four points in four sets of play.    “I’m embracing the situation. ‘Yun na lang ang ginagawa ko ngayon,” said Gonzaga, who will fly back to Negros on Thursday morning for Cignal’s match against Generika-Ayala in Silay City. The former indoor and beach volleyball national team player will return to Manila on Friday morning. Game 2 of the semis is on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. But even with her busy schedule, juggling her stints in two leagues, Gonzaga keeps in mind her health and safety. “Ang goal ko kasi I have to enjoy one game at a time. Every day I have to enjoy,” she said. “Ayoko kasing pressuring ang sarili ko.” “The more ko na pe-pressurin ang sarili ko, the more na magawa ko ang mga bagay beyond may limit, baka ibuwis buhay ko na naman. This time I’m at the point na kung ano lang ang kaya ko yun muna ang ipapakita ko,” Gonzaga added. “I have to overcome each day. Kailangan ko lang ma-survive ang araw. Kailangan ko lang mai-survive ko yung laro ko na I’m safe. Yun na muna ang pina-prioritize ko ngayon.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Army, BanKo dispute No. 3; Motolite seeks playoff

PacificTown Army and BanKo-Perlas collide today for the third spot in the Final Four while Motolite tries to force a playoff for the last semis berth against PetroGazz in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

Army, BanKo dispute No. 3; Motolite seeks playoff

PacificTown Army and BanKo-Perlas collide Saturday for the third spot in the Final Four while Motolite tries to force a playoff for the last semis berth against PetroGazz in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

There’s no stopping Creamline

Creamline slowed down trying to conserve its energy for the gruelling Final Four stretch but still got past PacificTown Army, 16-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-16, to boost its bid for the top seeding in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

BanKo blasts BaliPure to boost Final Four hopes

The Banko Perlas Spikers notched another crucial win after rolling past BaliPure, 25-18, 25-19, 25-21, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Creamline seeks revenge against PetroGazz

Creamline finally gets the chance to get even with PetroGazz as the early semifinalists tangle in what could serve as a preview of the championship in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

PVL: Kailangan talaga siya ng Motolite – Valdez on Pablo

Creamline stars Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado have nothing but high respect for veteran Motolite ace Myla Pablo. Just like the Motolite fans and supporters of Pablo, the Cool Smashers duo are glad to see the two-time Most Valuable Player back in action after a long layoff in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. Pablo started for Motolite in her debut for her new team after missing the squad’s first six games. “Parating sa atin [Creamline] ‘yung may surprise player e. But more than anything, I'm really happy she's back,” said Morado, who tallied 26 excellent sets in the Cool Smashers’ 25-15, 25-20, 25-23, win over Motolite on Wednesday. “It's about time na nakabalik na si bagyong Myla Pablo,” added Morado. Pablo, who was acquired by Motolite in a buyout with Pocari Sweat last year, missed the whole first round and the start of the second round because of a lower back injury. She scored three points in two sets of action, starting in both. Pablo got the green light from her doctors to play days back, but was benched by head coach Air Padda in Motolite’s five-set win over PacificTown Army last Sunday as precautionary measure. “We know Ate Myla, kahit kailan siya gamitin, she'll deliver,” said Valdez, also a two-time conference MVP. “Not only contributing in terms of points but also the leadership.” Valdez added that Pablo’s return is a big boost for Motolite’s campaign for one of the last two semifinals seats. “I think she's one of the veterans in the team na kailangan talaga ng Motolite para mas magkaroon sila ng communication as a team,” Valdez said. Motolite is tied at no. 4 and no. 5 spots with Banko. Unbeaten PetroGazz (7-0) and Creamline are through to the Final Four while PacificTown Army (4-3) is at third.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

Cool Smashers crush Perlas, boost semis bid

Creamline pounded a skidding BanKo-Perlas team trying to feel its way with a new import, scoring a 25-12, 25-19, 25-16 victory yesterday to bolster its semifinal drive in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the University of San Agustin gym in Iloilo yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

PVL: Angels secure at least a playoff for semis spot

Unbeaten PetroGazz picked up from where it left off in the first round as the Angels secured at least a playoff for a Final Four seat after taking down BanKo, 25-23, 25-11, 22-25, 25-20, on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Angels extended their winning streak to six straight – albeit dropping a set for the first time in the import-laden conference – to put a foot inside the semifinals. PetroGazz can formally clinch a Final Four slot with another victory. Imports Wilma Salas of Cuba and American Janisa Johnson carried the Angels to an elims sweep the Perlas Spikers, who showed grit despite playing with an all-Filipino lineup for most of the match with reinforcements American Kia Bright and Yasimin Yildirim logging in limited minutes. Salas finished with a personal league-best 37 points built on 35 attacks and two kill blocks while adding 13 excellent receptions for the Angels. Johnson added 24 markers with all but one coming off spikes laced with 16 digs and 13 excellent receptions for PetroGazz, which punished the Perlas Spikers with 70 attack points with nine kill blocks. Jeanette Panaga had nine markers while Cherry Nunag and Cai Baloaloa combined for 10 points for Angels. BanKo pulled a surprise in the third set as they stunned the Angels early on to build a 15-5 cushion. PetroGazz rallied for a final push in the frame as the Angels saved a set point, 24-22, off a Salas attack but setter Djanel Cheng served short in the next play to surrender the frame. The Perlas Spikers caught PetroGazz off-guard in the opening frame with veterans Nicole Tiamzon, Dzi Gervacio and Sue Roces leading the way to take a 22-17 lead only to see the Angels close it out with an 8-1 blitz. PetroGazz controlled the second frame to cruise to a 2-0 match lead.     The Perlas Spikers suffered their second straight loss for a 2-4 win-loss slate. Tiamzon had 20 points off 16 spikes, three aces and a kill block with 17 digs while Gervacio and Kathy Bersola finished with 13 and nine points, respectively, for BanKo. Yildirim had three points while Bright played for only two sets with only one point under her name for the Perlas Spikers.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

PVL: Angels go for first round sweep

PetroGazz is out to complete a first round sweep on Saturday when the Angels take on PacificTown Army in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Behind power-hitting imports Wilma Salas of Cuba and American Janisa Johnson, PetroGazz steamrolled past its first four opponents. The Angels will try to add the Lady Troopers to their list of victims in their 2:00 p.m. tussle that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Angels head coach Arnold Laniog wants his streaking wards to take this opportunity to further fuel their momentum and strengthen their bid for a spot in the Final Four. “Actually malaking bagay talaga na sa first round mamuhunan kasi like we did last conference sa All-Filipino [Open] doon kami sa last four games kami kumayod na isang talo lang namin, laglag. So napakahirap ng dinaanan namin,” he said. “But this time as much as makakuha kami ng panalo ngayong first round, better, para may puhunan.” Salas and Johnson, who sit at the top two of the scoring list, will have Jeanette Panaga, Cherry Nunag, Jonah Sabete, Jessey De Leon, setter Djanel Cheng and libero Cienne Cruz behind them. On the other hand, the PacificTown Army aims at winning its second straight match after a four-set victory over Motolite a week ago. The Lady Troopers are tied with defending champion Creamline with 2-1 win-loss slate. Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink, American Jenelle Jordan and local stars Jovelyn Gonzaga, Royse Tubino, Nene Bautista and Ging Balse-Pabayo will lead the march of PacificTown Army in its first of back-to-back weekend games.     ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

PVL: I want to win the championship – PacificTown Army import Lymareva

Balik-impot Lena Lymareva hopes for a better showing this time with new team PacificTown Army in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. “I want to show more than what I’ve shown last season,” said the Ukrainian reinforcement, who debuted last year under the PetroGazz Angels banner. Lymareva averaged 8.7 points per game last year as the Angels finished fifth in the eight-team field. After her stint in the PVL, Lymareva played in Finland and helped her club team win the championship. “This year I want to win the championship (in the PVL). I like my team now. I’ve been here for a couple of days now, really nice girls, really good coach,” said Lymareva. “Our coach just came from a university league Finals and it’s good to see him back again in action. I really like everything here and I’m really happy that I got another offer here to play in the Philippines.” Lymareva will add more firepower and depth to the Lady Troopers side composed of grizzled local veterans. And adjusting to her new team is a breeze. “Everything is going really fine. They try to help me in everything and we’re finding this connection with the setter. We play like one team on the court and everything is working well. I think we’re going on the right way,” said Lymareva. Lymareva will be backed by American Jenelle Jordan, who is making her debut in the PVL. “I think we’ll do great. Honestly, I think these girls are prepared for it so I think we’ll do really well with the short schedule and quick games,” said the middle blocker, who is a product of University of California-Berkeley. “I think our practices are really well so we’re really prepared.” Jordan also played in the Finnish league. “When I learned that she’s going to play here with the same team as me I was very happy because I know how she plays,” said Lymareva referring to Jordan. The American is excited to test her mettle in the Philippine style of play. “I know absolutely nothing (about the Philippine style of play) but I just know that there’s really good volleyball and I’ve heard there’s always been good reputation from my friends,” said Jordan. “They say Filipino volleyball is fun and fast and it’s great with good competition.” Helping Lymareva and Jordan are seasoned local stars Jovelyn Gonzaga, Ging Balse-Pabayo, Nene Bautista, Royse Tubino, Dahlia Cruz, Tin Agno, Angela Nunag, Lutgarda Malaluan, Jeannie Delos Reyes, Jem Gutierrez, Sarah Jane Gonzales and young setter Alina Bicar of University of Sto. Tomas with Kungfu Reyes as head coach. PacificTown Army will begin its campaign on Sunday against returning BaliPure.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2019

PVL: May Jia kami – Valdez on Creamline’s advantage

It is fact that Creamline has a really stacked line-up, but prized hitter Alyssa Valdez sees one very important advantage against the competition. Setter Jia Morado. “One of our advantages as a team aside from chemistry is really Jia,” said Valdez as the Cool Smashers gear up to defend their title in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. Valdez and Morado will be back for the import-laden tournament together with a solid local line-up along with Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and Venezuelan veteran Aleoscar Blanco.  “Madami kaming players na magagaling na spikers but I think Jia will play a crucial role and a crucial player in our team because she’s gonna run the plays,” said Valdez, who has been teammates with Morado since their UAAP days with Ateneo de Manila University. “She’s the one who would decide kung kanino niya ibibigay ang bola. With Jia, we’re really (going to) be composed. Hopefully ma-achieve namin ang goal namin.” Morado welcomes the beautiful problem of having a vast arsenal of talent to work with. “Oo naman. It’s hard kasi iba-iba sila ng sets pero parang nakikita ko naman and nakikita rin naman ng coach namin how we can utilize ‘yung strengths ng bawat players sa loob ng court,” said Morado. The playmaker will get a lot of scoring options in Valdez, their imports and local stars in Jema Galanza, newcomer Heather Guino-o, Michele Gumabao, Pau Soriano, Rissa Sato, Coleen Bravo, Rizza Mandapat, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Rose Vargas and Celine Domingo. Setting up the plays will also be an easy task for Morado with reliable liberos in Mel Gohing and Kyla Atienza while she can get a good rest if needed with another veteran playmaker Kyle Negrito coming off the bench. However, Morado down plays their tag as a ‘super team’.    “I don’t think we’re the super team,” she said. “I think all of the teams are equally strong this year. It just boils down to who jells well with their imports.” “Kasi we’re not only looking at all-Filipino line-ups eh, na-up pa ng level with a couple of imports per team,” the three-time Best Setter added. “So dun ang question kung sino ang aabot ng dulo and kung sino ang kayang i-absorb ng import ang system ng team.” Morado points out that the strength of Creamline is not with the names of their stars, but on the roles they are willing play to help the cause.  “We’re still hoping na balance pa rin ang offense namin na we’re not relying too much on our imports, we’re noyt relying on a couple of locals. We’re relying on a balance scoring offense,” said Morado. The Cool Smashers open their campaign on Sunday against PetroGazz.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Financial case a cloud over unprecedented City titles feat

By Rob Harris, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — After the FA Cup was raised aloft by Manchester City's players, the Wembley Stadium pyrotechnics didn't cast a cloud over the team's unprecedented sweep of English soccer's men's trophies. The only shadow came from the investigations by soccer authorities into leaked documents that allegedly show the game's costliest squad was assembled thanks to mechanisms employed to try to circumvent spending regulations. A 6-0 rout of Watford on Saturday, delivered by players who cost more than $200 million in transfer fees, ensured the FA Cup joined the Premier League trophy, League Cup and Community Shield already in City's possession. The only piece of silverware missing is from the competition City could be banned from next season: the Champions League. City arrived at Wembley reeling from UEFA investigators last week sending the governing body's judges a file into how the Abu Dhabi-owned club sought to allegedly dupe the governing body to comply with Financial Fair Play. And the team left the national stadium with manager Pep Guardiola seething to face questions about the cloud over City's feat. "We are not guilty (until) proven," Guardiola said. "Would I say this club makes a step forward from the big investment from Sheikh Mansour? Definitely. Can you do that without top players? No way. That money helps to buy the incredible players we have? Yes. "After that we wait. If we are punished, we will accept it. But I listen to my chairman and my CEO, they give me the arguments for why they are under investigation and I trust them. When they tell me we were fair, we did it absolutely following the rules, I'm sorry, I believe them. If the opponents and contenders believe that's it's just the money ... it is OK they will be a problem." Guardiola is the only City figure publicly responding to questions about the FFP investigation, despite not being a director. Leaving Wembley, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak only gave a thumb's up when asked about the club's potential Champions League ban. Leaks of internal correspondence published by German outlet Der Spiegel last year showed how City used companies linked to the Abu Dhabi ownership to boost revenue in an attempt to curb losses and comply with UEFA regulations. City hasn't disputed the authenticity of the documents. The Football Leaks group also published details showing how Roberto Mancini, who managed City from 2009 to 2013, received more pay from a team Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu Dhabi to work as a consultant than from the Manchester club. Mancini was the last City manager to win the FA Cup in 2012. City hasn't responded to questions sent by The Associated Press in November asking if Guardiola had any similar arrangements to Mancini, and the manager was infuriated to be asked Saturday if he received any payments from Abu Dhabi. "Do you know the question you are asking me — if I receive money from another situation today?" Guardiola said. "Do you think I deserve to make this kind of question ... the day I won the treble, if I received money from another situations?" Guardiola is yet to provide an answer. City did not respond to a follow-up text message on the issue......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2019

Philippines keeper Neil Etheridge named Cardiff City player of the season

Philippines keeper Etheridge wins Cardiff City player of the year South China Morning Post Azkals goalie handed award on same day club are relegated from the English Premier League......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

UP, UE share 2019 s king of recruiting crown

Who was our King of Recruiting in 2018? Find out here. --- Last season, the University of the Philippines, at long last, broke through in the UAAP. Behind the leadership of Paul Desiderio and key contributions from Season MVP Bright Akhuetie and Mythical selection Juan Gomez de Liano, the Fighting Maroons made their first Final Four since 1997 and first Finals in 32 years. Now, even without the iconic Desiderio, State U is nothing but confident it could build on its breakthrough. The reason? Well, because two of the brightest young stars in Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero are now orbiting Diliman. Paras has all the physical tools to take any league by storm and now in maroon and green, he is out to continue the legacy of his father Benjie who delivered the school’s first and only championship. Meanwhile, the Euro-stepping Rivero already knows a thing or two about taking the UAAP by storm, having been chosen for the Mythical Team when he was still playing for De La Salle University in 2017. Add big man J-Boy Gob, another transferee, to that and, indeed, UP is only equipped to keep contending. On the strength of the transfers of Paras and Rivero alone, the Fighting Maroons would have been worthy of the title of 2019 King of Recruiting. Right up there with them, though, in terms of getting a big boost in the offseason is University of the East. Absent from the Final Four in the last decade, the Red Warriors will be heading into the upcoming season with a fully stocked arsenal. Now up front for them – alongside stalwart Philip Manalang, of course – will be 6-foot-9 Senegalese Adama Diakhite, three-time champion and two-time MVP in the CESAFI Rey Suerte, and college-ready Harvey Pagsanjan, the no. 7 high school player in the 2019 NBTC 24. Diakhite is a hulking presence who will prove to be a tough matchup even for the likes of reigning MVP Akhuetie and last year’s Rookie of the year Ange Kouame. Suerte, a gifted scorer from anywhere on the court, fills right into the hole left behind by scoring dynamo Alvin Pasaol while Pagsanjan can continue making all the right plays he had been doing as the longtime beacon of hope for Hope Christian High School. Also flanking them are former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, defensive stopper Neil Tolentino, Filipino-Kiwi swingman Richie Rodger, and Filipino-Australian point guard Jasper Rentoy. And with that, UP and UE will have joint custody of the crown of the 2019 King of Recruiting. They dethrone National University which claimed the crown a year ago behind a big-time recruiting class that included Ildefonso brothers Dave and Shaun, John Lloyd Clemente, and John Galinato. Just like last year, there remains no doubt that the new Fighting Maroons and Red Warriors will make their respective sides forces to reckon with come UAAP 82. Still, several squads also made it a point to be better in the offseason. In fact, the graduating players in the 2019 NBTC 24 have been spread out among eight different teams. From the 2019 NBTC 24, the annual ranking of the best high school players in the country, 14 are moving on up to the Seniors. Adamson University is the biggest winner in terms of recruits from that ranking, with three of the top 15 players now in San Marcelino. Ninth-ranked Aaron Fermin is a double-double machine in the NCAA Jrs. and is nothing but determined to realize his potential as a two-way force under multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren. In CESAFI standout Joshua Yerro and UAAP Jrs. Mythical selection Joem Sabandal, coach Franz also has young blood to bolster the backcourt that will no longer have Koko Pingoy. The Soaring Falcons also scored four other former Baby Falcons in big man Lorenz Capulong and wings Adam and Andrey Doria and AP Manlapaz. When it comes to reaping the rewards of its high school program, though, nobody could still touch Mapua University which again got two keep its Jrs. studs in Clint Escamis and Dan Arches, both of whom made it into the top two-thirds of the 2019 NBTC 24. Escamis and Arches are offensive guards who will give much-needed firepower to a promising core comprised of fellow Mapua HS products Warren Bonifacio, Eric Jabel, Noah Lugo, and Laurenz Victoria. Also, the Cardinals are the favorites to land NCAA 94 Jrs. Finals MVP Paolo Hernandez, another Red Robin. Also bagging two prized prospects from the 2019 NBTC 24 is La Salle which is now the place where the talented tandem of Joel Cagulangan and Joshua David get to work. Cagulangan has long been a star in the making and the NCAA 94 Jrs. MVP is, without question, Taft Avenue’s point guard of the future. The even better news is that he will still have wingman David, a tried and tested glue guy, to grow with. Also set to debut for the Green Archers are Filipino-Americans Jordan Bartlett, a speedster guard; Tyrus Hill, a high-flying forward; and Kurt Lojera, a big-bodied swingman. In all, there are six graduates from the top 10 of the 2019 NBTC 24. All of them would be on different teams in the Srs. Two players from 2019 NBTC 24 are yet to commit to any school, but there is no doubt that Red Robin Hernandez and Greenie Inand Fornilos will be able additions to any collegiate team. For the second straight year, Aldin Ayo will be adding a top three recruit out of high school as incoming sophomore CJ Cansino will now join forces with another triple-doubling talent in Mark Nonoy, a rookie who plays way beyond his years. But wait, there’s more as UST also welcomes with open arms its newest foreign student-athlete in Beninese Soulemane Chabi Yo whose speed and skill will make him a problem for the other foreign student-athletes more used to being powerhouses. Sprinkle in stretch four Sherwin Concepcion as well as versatile forwards Rhenz Abando and Brent Paraiso and there’s a reason why the Growling Tigers are now very much a darkhorse contender. L-Jay Gonzales and RJ Abarrientos remain FEU’s backcourt for tomorrow, but in the meantime, the former is poised for a breakout just as the latter is poised to wrap up his K-12 schooling. Yes, Abarrientos is not yet good to go come UAAP 82, but his steady hand is still the perfect pairing for the burst of energy that is Gonzales. Make no mistake, however, the Tamaraws have gotten help in the form of 6-foot-10 Cameroonian Patrick Tchuente as well as former Baby Tams Daniel Celzo and Jack Gloria. Letran is already the biggest it has ever been up front with NCAA 94 Rookie of the Year Larry Muyang alongside Jeo Ambohot, Christian Balagasay, and Christian Fajarito. Now, the Knights have also beefed up at the wings with Allen Mina and Mark Sangalang as well as former Red Warrior and Growling Tiger Jordan Sta. Ana. LPU will have to prove it could continue contending even without NCAA 93 MVP CJ Perez, but the good news is that now backtopping Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee are former San Sebastian College-Recoletos key cogs Alvin Baetiong, Jayson David, and Renzo Navarro. That’s still a pretty solid lineup in our books. Just like last year, the now two-time UAAP champions are mostly intact, only losing team captain Anton Asistio as well as reserve guard Aaron Black. That doesn’t mean, however, that there are no new faces in Ateneo. Geo Chiu, Kai Sotto’s twin tower, decided to stay in Katipunan just as fellow ex-Blue Eaglets RV Berjay and Jason Credo are now seeing minutes in head coach Tab Baldwin’s rotation. And oh, there is a possibility that double-double machine Fornilos, who placed no. 13 in the 2019 NBTC 24, is bound to be a Blue Eaglet. Perps is nothing but determined to build on the triumphant return to the NCAA of head coach Frankie Lim and to do that, they will be leaning on former San Beda University pillar Ben Adamos as well as ex-Adamson HS workhorse Jefner Egan. Count out the Altas at your own risk. JRU is just on the first phase of a grand rebuild, but there is no doubt that things are looking up for Kalentong. In John Amores, they now have an end-to-end force who is all set to make an immediate impact as a rookie. These are the new names to watch for the teams: Baste CSB National U San Beda --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

UAAP Season 81: Di pwedeng matapos ang season na di ko na-redeem sarili ko -- Permentilla

Chiara Permentilla admitted the she struggled in her second season after a promising debut last year. So heading into Adamson University’s last game in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday, the second year open spiker made sure that she’ll redeem herself. And she did. The Filipino-Italian played her best game of the tournament, scoring 16 points in the Lady Falcons’ 25-20, 25-23, 25-19, drubbing of University of the Philippines that ended their nine-game losing skid for a positive season-ender.      Permentilla had 12 kills, three aces a kill block for Adamson. A performance that she dedicated to her graduating seniors Eli Soyud and Joy Dacoron. The Lipa, Batangas pride thanked head coach Onyok Getigan for his trust. “Sobrang thankful ako kay coach Onyok na kasi nagtiwala talaga siya sa akin na kaya ko, na sabi nga niya ‘Kung magkaka-error ka man, alam ko naman na kaya mong bawiin. Magtiwala ka sa akin kasi kapag nilagay kita dyan may reason,’” she said. “Pinanghawakan ko yung sinabi ni coach Onyok na kung nagtitiwala siya sa akin kailangan mag-perform ako para naman ma-reciprocate ko ang laking tiwala sa akin ni coach.” Permentilla averaged a paltry 7.5 points per game in the Lady Falcons’ first 13 outings.   It was a dip in her performance that she said rooted from a so-so performance in the offseason. “Siguro naka-affect din yung sa offseason namin. Kasi yung PVL (Premier Volleyball League) namin I was seldom used in eliminations and come yung semis namin dun na lang ako nagamit and then yun nga when coach Air (Padda) was with us sobrang taas ng expectations niya sa akin and I wasn’t delivering,” she explained. “So mas nagamit ang kaposisyon ko and then yun sobrang bumaba ang kompiyansa ko, sobrang nagda-doubt na rin ako sa skills ko kung kaya ko bang ibangon ang sarili ko? O kung kaya ko bang pagandahin pa ang magiging performance ko ngayong season?” said Permentilla. Permentilla was also aware that she drew a lot of criticisms for her lackluster game. “It’s not frustrating. Actually, nila-like ko pa na nga ang mga ganoon nila sa akin. Wala people will always say kung ano ang gusto nila. Hindi naman sila makakapagsabi ng ganoon kung hindi naman nila nakikita so tinatanggap ko lahat,” she said. “Tinatanggap ko lahat ng bash, tinatanggap ko lahat ng napupuna nila sa akin kasi nga iniisip ko na hindi nga sila makakapagsabi ng ganyan sa akin kung maganda naman ang nilalaro ko and dadating ang time na sabi ko sa sarili ko na ‘I’m gonna prove myself right na hindi ako ganoong klase ng player.’” Permentilla learned a lot this season and breakout game – albeit a bit late – could be a start of something big next year in her third and last playing eligibility.    “Sobrang sarap sa feeling kasi di ko alam kung makakabawi pa ako this season. Ang iniisip ko na lang na since di niya ako tinanggal sa starting six na ipo-prove ko talaga ang sarili ko na kaya kong makabawi, kaya kong makabangon and ipo-prove ko na di masasayang ang starting spot na ibinibigay sa akin,” she said. “Sabi ko talaga na hindi pwedeng matapos ang season na ‘to na di ko nare-redeem ang sarili ko. Kasi whatever happens toward the end of the season is how people are gonna remember me.” “Gusto ko maganda naman ang isipin nila sa Chiara Permentilla,” Permentilla closed.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2019

Spain's anti-doping agency investigating Nasri

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Spanish club Sevilla says the national anti-doping agency is looking into reports that midfielder Samir Nasri recently had intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic. The clinic, Drip Doctors, posted a photo of Nasri on its Facebook and Twitter accounts on Tuesday, saying it had provided him with a drip 'to help keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season.' It describes the drip as an infusion to boost the immune system and contains 'high dose vitamin C, B vitamins, lysine and zinc combined with specially formulated nutrients.' Sevilla spokesman Jesus Gomez told The Associated Press on Friday that 'the agency has been in contact with the club to ask for information' about the player. A spokesman for the anti-doping agency told the AP that its investigators are checking whether any treatment Nasri may have received had steered clear of the list of prohibited substances. The spokesman spoke anonymously as dictated by agency policy. The 29-year-old Nasri, who is on loan from English Premier League club Manchester City after not fitting into new coach Pep Guardiola's plans, returned with the rest of his teammates from their winter break to start training on Friday. Nasri has proved to be a key player for Jorge Sampaoli's Sevilla, which has reached the Champions League's round-of-16 and sits third in the Spanish league at the winter break. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2016

Guardiola rejects claims Man City was disrespectful in China

HONG KONG (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has rejected claims that the Premier League champions were arrogant and disrespectful during their preseason visit to China last week. China's state-run news agency Xinhua published an editorial in English that criticized the conduct of the team during the Premier League Asia Trophy in Nanjing and Shanghai. The editorial was headlined "Chinese fans' love for Man City goes unreciprocated on home soil" and accused the club of visiting China only to "win wallets, not hearts and minds." It also said City had "an attitude of arrogance" and that while the other clubs involved in the event won "a new-found respect and new fans," City would "leave China with neither." However, Guardiola said those claims were simply "false." "To make a statement like this they have to know exactly what happened here in our club," Guardiola said during a news conference in Hong Kong, where his team will play another friendly on Wednesday. "We had an incredible time in Shanghai. We were committed to the co-operation you have to do here in China. The people from the hotel, all the people, were asking us to do things and we were ready to do that. To come to Asia and experience the culture, the restaurants — it's amazing to get to know other people. That's why I can't understand what people are saying. Maybe one journalist is a bit upset, I don't know why — but it's far away from the reality." City arrived late in Shanghai after its flight was delayed by two days, then traveled by train by Nanjing for a game against West Ham, before playing Wolverhampton in Shanghai last Saturday. It will play Kitchee in Hong Kong on Wednesday before wrapping up its Asian tour with a game in Tokyo on Saturday. City winger Raheem Sterling also insisted the team had a positive experience in China. "Every time we got back from training to the hotel we embraced the fans, we signed signatures, we said our goodbyes. I thought there was a really good connection," Sterling said. "We came a little bit later than we expected to China, the turnaround was a bit faster and a few of us struggled with sleep but I thought China was a great experience. You ask the boys, they all loved it.".....»»

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