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Flood, illness could not stop Robert Bolick from getting his well-deserved trophy

Until the very end, Robert Bolick had to work for his first-ever individual trophy in the collegiate ranks. The undisputed leader of NCAA champion San Beda University was all set to be recognized as the Player of the Year in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards held last Thursday at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros. Three hours before the event organized by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps, however, he had bad news. As it turns out, Bolick was not feeling well and his stomach flu had him on the verge of going to the hospital. “Masakit talaga. Two days na nga akong hindi nakapag-practice (with San Beda),” his message read. And so, it appeared that the 5-foot-11 lead guard would not be able to hoist his first-ever individual trophy. With that, the air became heavy inside the venue as, aside from Bolick, also absent from the event were four awardees from Ateneo de Manila University, who were in Greece for tuneup games, and two awardees from Lyceum of the Philippines University, who were in Calatagan, Batangas for team-building. The downpour of rain and, of course the sudden flooding it entailed, didn’t help either as several representatives of the awardees were regrettably forced to miss the awards night as well. And then, right in the middle of the heavy rain, Bolick told the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps that he was willing his way to the event. “Sirs, pupunta (na) ako, for sure. Para sa inyo, sirs, kakayanin ko ‘to,” his message read. Not only that, he was going to Intramuros from Sta. Ana in Manila by booking an Angkas. “Sarap pala mag-Angkas no? Traffic lang saka natakot ako sa mga truck,” he shared. And so, until the very end, the now 21-year-old had to work for his first-ever individual trophy in the collegiate ranks. Whatever it was, though, he said that finally holding the Player of the Year was well worth it. “Ang sarap. Meaning lang nito, mahal niyo ako,” he said, joshing with reporters. True to form, however, he was also quick to add, “Pero sa akin wala talaga yung individual. All I want is a championship.” Along with the trophy, event backer Chooks-to-Go also rewarded all of Bolick’s efforts with PhP 15, 000 in cash. In the end, the stomach flu, the heavy rain, and the flood he had to overcome were no match for the well-deserved recognition as well as pocket money to celebrate it. After all, the pride of Ormoc, Leyte had already proven that he could persevere through the longer, harder route just to get to his destination. While he was the hands-down King Lion, coming through when his team needed him the most, he was left out of any individual hardware after being disqualified for the Mythical Team due to a controversial ejection in an elimination round game and after being edged out by teammate Donald Tankoua for Finals MVP. And so, even with two team championships, Bolick was yet to receive individual honors – from his time as a reserve in De La Salle University to his time as main man of San Beda. Not anymore, as the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps set up the stage for, at long last, his one shining moment. And just like he always does, Robert Bolick, finished it all with a flourish. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 22nd, 2018

Player of the Week Tankoua put San Beda on his shoulders vs Letran

In what could be his final San Beda-Letran rivalry game, Donald Tankoua made sure that he and the Red Lions would come out on top. Last Tuesday, San Beda held an imposing 22-point lead, 67-45, on archrival Letran with 6:19 left in the game. The Red Lions forgot one thing, however, and let their guards down and saw the Knights storm back with a 19-0 blast. "If we lost this game, I should probably blame myself for that because I gave everybody a chance to play and the other guys who came in just simply didn’t want to really step up," lamented head coach Boyet Fernandez. "They thought it was already a won game for us." With Robert Bolick fouling out with less than a minute left, San Beda needed someone it could lean on to stop the bleeding. It was Tankoua who heeded the call, knocking down a clutch basket that eventually gave the Red Lions a 74-68 win. Because of his herculean effort that saw him finish with 19 points and nine rebounds, the 6-foot-6 Cameroonian was hailed as the Chooks-to-Go/NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week. Though getting the victory, last season's Finals MVP hopes that this serves as a wake up call for his teammates that they could never sleep on anyone the rest of the way. "What happened happened and I think that we should realize that we really have to work hard in every game," the 23-year-old big man said. Tankoua bested Lyceum's Jaycee Marcelino, Mapua's Laurenz Victoria, and San Sebastian's Michael Calisaan for the weekly citation handed out by print and online sportswriters covering the beat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

NCAA: Coaches describe Robert Bolick as unique, unstoppable

Robert Bolick is the first player to score 50 points in the NCAA in three decades. Without a doubt, San Beda University main man’s 50-point explosion last Friday is rare as the last time the league has seen such occurrence was in 1979 when Lim Eng Beng fired 55 points for De La Salle University. That means that Bolick is just the second player in the 94-year history of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country to score 50 points or more. That is exactly why, for Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez, his main man is nothing but special. “Maraming players na magagaling, pero nag-iisa lang ang Robert Bolick. You cannot compare other players to him,” he told reporters. That, coming after Bolick destroyed Arellano University by dropping 50 points in efficient 18-of-25 shooting from the field and perfect 9-of-9 shooting from the free throw line. Even after being on the receiving end of such destruction, Chiefs tactician Jerry Codinera could only also marvel at the masterpiece by the graduating guard. “Magaling, magusay naman talaga yan, no doubt. He’s a good two-guard, may character lumaro, relentless, ‘di siya nakukuntento,” he said. He then continued, “For me, there’s no collegiate player (who) can stop him.” With that, coach Jerry, a Philippine basketball legend, has no qualms about saying that Bolick will take the PBA by storm once he gets there. “Very promising yan. Watch out, PBA – there’s a new kid on the block,” he said. More than the scoring spree, however, coach Boyet said his graduating guard can do it all – even in the PBA. As he put it, “Robert is an all-around player. ‘Di niya iniisip yung scoring kasi he’s a facilitator for our team and a leader for our defense.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

NCAA: Coach Frankie on Perps’ loss San Beda: ‘They have to admit, kinabahan sila’

University of Perpetual Help was a good pass and a good shot away from taking down defending champion San Beda University. Still threatening at 65-67 with 9.8 ticks to go, the Altas sent Red Lion Joe Presbitero to the stripe. Presbitero muffed on both of his free throws and Perps had a shot at a game-tying, or even game-winning basket, but Edgar Charcos’ pass to Prince Eze was intercepted by Robert Bolick. Not long after, San Beda’s 67-65 squeaker of a win was cemented. While, of course, a win would have been better, new Perpetual mentor Frankie Lim still only had good words to say about their effort. “It could’ve been better if we won, but we were there. I felt we had full control of the game,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “’Di sila lumayo and their biggest lead was six points. It went down to our last play and we threw the ball (away). Sh*t happens. Ganun talaga.” Lim then went on to say that he could not ask for more from his boys – especially as it’s just his first year on the job and he has more first-year players than veterans. “We had a good stop and outlet kami kay Charcos, but Charcos lost the ball. What can I do? Wala ka nang magagawa dun,” he said. Instead, the multi-titled mentor said he prefers to focus on how the Altas pushed the Red Lions to the limit. As he put it, “I’d rather look at all the positives. Minsan nga, nagugulat ako with the way we executed, the way we took our shots.” He then continued, “Tsaka yung tapang, kitang-kita ko, matapang ang mga bata ko. I’m proud of them.” And with how they played, Lim said Perps has done nothing but send a statement – right at dynastic San Beda, no less. “They have to admit, kinabahan sila,” he candidly remarked. Even though they fell short of getting their first win, Lim said that the ending is only a morale-booster for Perpetual. “Sabi ko sa kanila, you can go out of this place with their heads held up high and nothing to be ashamed of. Ang kalaban namin, defending champion, intact lineup, pero you gave it your all,” he shared. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Real Madrid beats PSG 2-1 to reach Champions League quarters

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain's dream of joining Europe's elite with a Champions League trophy will have to wait another season, as Real Madrid delivered a brutal reality check by cruising through to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night. Cristiano Ronaldo's powerful header — his 12th goal of the competition — and a deflected effort from midfielder Casemiro either side of a close-range finish from PSG's Edinson Cavani sent Madrid through 5-2 on aggregate. Peaking at the right time, Madrid can be confident of challenging for a third straight title and 13th overall. PSG still has not reached the semifinals since its lone appearance in 1995. PSG's ambitious club motto of "Dream Bigger" should perhaps now be revised. On this evidence, and last season's humiliation at the hands of Barcelona, PSG remains a club more hopeful than convincing. Despite huge investment from cash-rich Qatari owners QSI since 2011, PSG has not been past the quarterfinals in that time. "We needed our heads and our hearts today. But we didn't have both, we didn't play as well as Real Madrid," dejected PSG coach Unai Emery said. "Madrid deserved to go through. I think they controlled 60 percent of the game and we didn't do enough with the 40 percent we had. Losing to Real Madrid itself isn't a disappointment, but being knocked out in the last 16 is." Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, PSG's fragile defense crumbled and its attack offered little threat without the injured Neymar. The biggest bang from this PSG side was from the fireworks constantly let off by a section of fans behind one goal. Cavani's goal gave PSG some hope with 20 minutes left. But with midfielder Marco Verratti already sent off, scoring two more to force extra time was beyond a lackluster PSG side. Instead, midfielder Casemiro's deflected shot looped past stranded goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the 80th. He was gifted the ball after midfielder Adrien Rabiot dealt poorly with Lucas Vazquez's cross. To compound a miserable night for PSG fans, who so badly want to believe this side can conquer Europe, Verratti showed terrible composure to in getting sent off midway through the second half. He got a second yellow card, having protested vehemently with referee Felix Brych after not getting a free kick. "Our fans got behind us, I apologize to them," Rabiot said. "We tried but we couldn't do it." Ronaldo had already done his usual damage. The Champions League's all-time leading scorer was given far too much space and leapt triumphantly to beat Areola with a downward header in the 51st minute. He had netted twice in the first leg. Ronaldo is hitting top form at a crucial time and has scored in nine Champions League games in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy's record. This was a huge test for a PSG side desperate to prove it belongs among Europe's elite, especially after spectacularly failing last year — becoming the first team eliminated after winning the first leg 4-0. Barcelona won the return 6-1. "Maybe tonight they weren't so good, but it's also because we played very well," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "Obviously it became harder for them when we scored the second goal." In the night's other match, five-time champion Liverpool eased into the last eight, drawing 0-0 at home to two-time winner Porto after winning the away leg 5-0. The atmosphere was electric at Parc des Princes in Paris, with thick smoke engulfing the stadium a pre-match pyrotechnics were set off. PSG's exuberant fans were asked to "stop letting off flares" over the stadium loud speaker just after the interval. This was all part of a concerted effort to motivate the players. The club's communications department had released a video, urging fans to rally behind the team seemingly as a matter of urgency for the city itself. Neymar also posted a video on Twitter, with the words "Vous allez le Faire" (You will do it). Banners around the ground encouraged the team and some fans had already taken matters into their own hands. Late into the night before the game, a small group of PSG Ultras let off bangers, chanted "Paris" and banged a drum outside the Real Madrid team hotel. But all this bluster seemed more like bluff. After a fairly even first half, Ronaldo headed wide early in the second half — a warning sign. Moments later he headed home Vazquez's pinpoint cross from the left after a quick break down the left from the impressive Marco Asensio, astutely selected ahead of Gareth Bale by Zidane. "Tactically we played the right way, we believe in what we're doing," Zidane said. "We closed them down high up the pitch." Madrid could have had further goals breaking forward on counterattacks, with Asensio and Ronaldo hitting the post......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

LeBron James helps spark new All-Star Game era

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES -- Before tipoff at the 2018 All-Star Game, LeBron James took the courtside mic and thanked the fans and the city for showing out. Two hours later, when he accepted the Kia All-Star MVP trophy, he was barely audible, his throat too scratchy to explain what just happened. Well: To quote an ex-All-Star and noted philosopher Rasheed Wallace, both teams played hard. Those words were never used to describe recent All-Star Games, especially the last two, when defense (196 and 192 points for the winning teams) and the competitive spirit took an extended break, embarrassingly so. The league’s midseason showcase absorbed a rather well-deserved thrashing from fans and even players themselves. Nobody was fooled. Something had to change and someone had to volunteer to be the game-changer. And so, on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), the NBA season took on an 83rd game, as in a real game, thanks to commissioner Adam Silver’s willingness to fix what was broken and LeBron’s desire to set the tone for the most meaningful All-Star Game in years. The players gave the Staples Center crowd the usual acrobatic thrills associated with the game, naturally, but also some spills. As in, bodies on the floor. Every player who checked in did so with a strut and a mission to make a February game feel like June, or close enough, and not just during the close finish, either. Virtually from the start, when LeBron soared and swatted a cross-course pass just minutes into the game, this atmosphere had an edge. As Kevin Durant said: “We just wanted to change the narrative of the All-Star Game being a joke.” It was Team LeBron 148, Team Stephen 145 in the new format where sides were chosen regardless of conference and captains were assigned by fan vote. This created a new and fresh mix of players, intriguing tandems and raised overall interest for the game. It also helped that prize money, $100,000 to each winning player, was increased and lent a financial incentive. Yet it wouldn’t have mattered if layups went unchecked and jumpers were uncontested. Everything had to fall in line, and everyone had to cooperate. And that’s what led to this, a game decided by defense when it truly mattered, with LeBron and Durant swamping Stephen Curry beyond the three-point line on the final possession, keeping Curry and his team from getting a potential game-tying shot off as time expired. This is what the NBA needed, a more representative effort and result from the collection of the game’s finest players. It was a much cleaner look and it’s not a stretch to say the format and intensity rescued the All-Star Game from itself. “The hope is that, as we go forward, it gets even better than this,” said Kyrie Irving. “The game started to get away and we took it personally.” It’s hardly a surprise that LeBron was the force of change. His 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the win earned him his third Kia All-Star MVP trophy, yet those numbers didn’t accurately reflect how involved he was for four quarters. He lost his voice because of constant yelling and instructing and prodding his teammates to finish the job. He actually influenced both teams; his own by motivating them to play harder, and Team Stephen’s by issuing a challenge. Here’s the final sequence, dictated by LeBron: - His step-back three-pointer tied the score at 144; - He switched onto James Harden and forced the league’s scoring leader to badly miss a 3-pointer; - He put his team up for good on a driving layup on a give-and-go, thanks to a pair of timely passes from Irving and Russell Westbrook; - His double-team with Durant on Curry deep in the corner was the finishing touch. LeBron encouraged his team to apply a full-court press to end the first half -- has that ever been used in an NBA Game, let alone an All-Star Game? -- and simply took charge throughout. It was a personal mission to keep folks intrigued and interested. This was his game, his tempo, his personality taking over. “I believe I can make an impact and make a difference,” he said. At 33, and winning his first All-Star MVP in a decade, LeBron helped launch a standard that the game badly needed and, if this spirit holds true in the coming years, he’ll serve as the torch-bearer for a new age All-Star Game. Just one more productive layer to his lengthy legacy. “We all know how great a player he is,” said Team LeBron coach Dwane Casey. “I’m jealous of [Cavs coach Ty Lue] that he has someone like that. But tonight, he was on our team. He’s a joy to coach. He reiterates exactly what should be said, the right things. No BS. In the huddle, defensively, he got the guys jacked up and juiced as far as wanting to get a stop.” There was help; Durant was LeBron’s teammate for the first time in an NBA-sanctioned game and scored 19 points (the two were Olympic teammates in 2012). Irving rejoined LeBron after bolting from the Cavs last summer and they connected on the game-winning shot. Paul George was terrific defensively and chipped in 16 points. If not for Team LeBron winning, the MVP could have gone to DeMar DeRozan, who returned to his hometown and dropped 21 points (but threw an errant pass in the final seconds). Or maybe Damian Lillard, who matched DeRozan’s 21. Or Joel Embiid, a first-timer who supplied a big blocked shot right before LeBron’s layup. Therefore, an exhibition game that had grown stale and suffered from lapses and a lack of energy suddenly has a new beginning. East vs. West doesn’t exist anymore, and players purposely feeding a specific player so he can win MVP, and maybe no more matador defense, either, at least not for 48 minutes. It’s a small sample size, and the game must prove itself each year, but this is a push from LeBron and Silver into the right direction. The only possible tweak, perhaps next year, will be with televising the team selection. But that’s a nit-pick. This worked out well. “The format was great,” James said. “I think the fans did a great job of reacting to it in a positive way. It definitely worked out for everyone., not only for the players, not only for the league, but for the fans, everybody. It was a great weekend and we capped it off the right way.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Ronaldo goal gives Real Madrid its 3rd Club World Cup title

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a free-kick as Real Madrid claimed its third Club World Cup title after beating Brazilian team Gremio 1-0 Saturday. The Ballon d'Or winner fired his right-footed shot between two players in Gremio's defensive wall, leaving goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe no hope of reaching the ball before it bounced inside the post in the 53rd minute. "(Ronaldo) is always there at the key moments," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "Nobody can do what he does." Madrid became the first team to retain the FIFA Club World Cup title, and collected its fifth trophy of 2017, along with the Champions League, Spanish league, European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup. Ronaldo celebrated the goal by rushing to Madrid's dugout where he was embraced by his teammates. The goal increased Ronaldo's record to seven goals in the competition. He also scored in Madrid's 2-1 comeback win over Al Jazira in the semifinals. "What am I going to say? The numbers speak for themselves. I am very happy. The team played fantastically well and it has won another title," Ronaldo said. "We played a very good game and deserved the victory." Madrid equaled Barcelona's record of three titles for the short knockout tournament between the champions of FIFA's six continental confederations and the host nation's league winner. European clubs have won 10 of the last 11 Club World Cups, with only Brazil's Corinthians interrupting that streak in 2012 when it defeated Chelsea. Zidane played the same starting 11 from last season's Champions League final in June, when Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 — led by Ronaldo's double. The European champions outclassed Gremio throughout the match, but the closest they got to scoring in the first half was Dani Carvajal's goal-bound volley in the 20th that was cleared by Pedro Geromel. Gremio had to scramble on several occasions to stop Madrid inside its own area. At the other end, a free-kick by Edilson for the South American champions swerved onto the top netting near the half-hour mark. Geromel had tried to set the tone early on with a hard tackle that left Ronaldo writhing in pain, and hoping for a booking that never came. Ronaldo had a poor first half. He twice erred in short passes with his back heel that failed to reach his teammates, and he squandered a good opportunity when he took too long to shoot when a loose ball fell to him close to the net. All that changed after the interval. Ronaldo baited Jailson into fouling him outside the area with some fancy dribbling, setting up his winner. Ronaldo thought he had another goal moments later, but Karim Benzema was ruled offside before he passed the ball back to Ronaldo. Marcelo Grohe kept his side in the game by pushing Luka Modric's shot onto his post and denied Ronaldo a second goal, but Gremio never mounted a serious response to get the equalizer. Mexico's Pachuca beat Al Jazira 4-1 in the third-place match earlier Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Temperature check at 20-game mark of 17-18 NBA season

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com Twenty games is not a small sample size. At 20 games, much of what an NBA team is -- and much of what it will become -- is mostly well-established. Fourteen, 16, even 18 games into an 82-game schedule, it might be easy to understate and/or overstate a season. That round number of 20, though -- the closest a team can get in whole games to 25 percent of the regular season (24.39, actually) -- resonates. As our man John Schuhmann notes annually in his Power Rankings, what qualifies as one-fourth of the season carries a certain heft, in terms of who’s good, who’s not and who’s headed where over the remaining 60-62 games. The teams that are likely to be in the playoffs largely are known by now -- 14 of the 16 qualifiers in 2016-17 were above the lottery cutoff by Dec. 5, last season’s quarter mark -- as are those that are racing toward the bottom or merely churning about. Twenty games is no joke, in other words, which is why numerous NBA teams do some serious evaluating at this point each season. Those at or near the top (and those committed to the cellar) may not make course-altering decisions. The teams in the yawning middle might be particularly engaged right about now -- all 30 teams will have played at least 20 games by Friday morning -- in either fishing or cutting bait. The Miami Heat, at 10-9, will hit 20 at Cleveland tonight. They’re especially known for the so-called Rule of 20 owing to team president Pat Riley’s ways dating back to his New York and Los Angeles days. The thinking is, 82 games is too vast and ill-defined, splayed across six months or so, to allow for clear, concise judgments along the way. By the time you get a feel for where your team is headed, you’ve either already gotten there or been sidetracked. At 20 games -- and then again at 40 and 60 -- there’s an opportunity to correct one’s course or adjust one’s objectives. Lock into a starting lineup, pursue a trade, fire a coach, opt for Plan B or hitch up the shorts for a stretch drive, it’s only doable if the right markers are heeded. Some coaches will talk about “continuous improvement” as their overriding mission, but there are so many tiny variables from one game to the next: travel, schedule quirks, minor ailments. Better to go with a block of games. And to know when you can’t. “You have a pretty good idea of your general feel and context of your team,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But that’s not always in cement. Just look at us last year. We didn’t really understand where we were. But you have an idea of what direction, usually, that your team is going in.” The Heat in 2016-17 had one of the most unusual seasons in league annals, going 11-30 after a Jan. 13 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and then 30-11 in to finish the season. They were 7-13 after 20 games, then wound up barely missing a playoff berth on the season’s final night. This time around, the Heat seem to be a blend of last season’s good and bad, and their mediocre mark shows it. Spoelstra has rolled back a lot of the work between games to fundamentals and essentials, with the focus on building good habits. “We’ve got a ways to go,” he said. ‘We’re building habits. We’re building better behavior, all the little things that lead to winning, so hopefully we’ll be a much different team every 20-game block from here on out.” (Some even think 20 games is too many, too diffused and vague for the short attention spans players almost necessarily have to have when uploading mass quantities of opponent research for a homestand’s worth of foes. Hall of Fame coach Hubie Brown preferred to mentally break the season into eight-game chunks. Go 5-3 in enough of those, you’re almost assured of being a playoff team.) Twenty games in is a fragile time for coaches, as far as job security, as the Memphis Grizzlies’ David Fizdale found out Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). At 7-12, he and the Grizzlies had been given enough rope that management obviously felt a determination could be made. Memphis’ quick start, winning five of its first six, didn’t resonate nearly as much as its eight consecutive losses did. Not every franchise hits 20, 40 or 60 games on the nose before doing something dramatic. Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough felt he needed to see only three games to fire coach Earl Watson. In 2015-16, the Houston Rockets pulled the plug on Kevin McHale after 11 games. But the last time Miami made a coaching change in season, Riley sent home Stan Van Gundy at 11-10 in 2005-06 and took over for the final 61 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers fired David Blatt 41 games into the 2015-16 season. And the last time each of these organizations -- Washington, Toronto, San Antonio, Minnesota, Golden State, Philadelphia, Sacramento and Chicago -- made coaching changes during the season, they did so after 17, 17, 18, 19, 23, 23, 24 and 25 games respectively. What have we learned about the league this season, with 20 games coming sooner than usual? * Boston’s acquisition of Kyrie Irving, its young starting forwards and a more tenacious defense than expected have more than made up for Gordon Hayward’s loss. * The day Philadelphia coach Brett Brown longed for finally has arrived. * Detroit, Indiana and New York might manage to overachieve their way into lower-seed possibilities. Washington’s window is closing before its eyes, and Milwaukee has flaws at both ends that won’t be solved if and when Jabari Parker returns. * Houston’s James Harden might snag the Kia MVP trophy many thought he deserved last spring. * Minnesota, Denver and Portland are for real in the West, while it’s getting late early in Oklahoma City. Carmelo Anthony was supposed to have left his sub-.500 records back with the Knicks. * The next man Memphis owner Robert Pera offers a full-time coaching position is going to speed-dial Lionel Hollins, Dave Joerger and Fizdale in some order. * A strong field of Kia Rookie of the Year candidates at least six deep from the Draft class of 2017 all might wind up slotting in behind the Sixers’ Ben Simmons. * The drama of the draft lottery might be greater than that of the playoffs decided several weeks later. * LeBron James still moves the Earth and the league when he firmly puts his foot down. Then there’s the best thing about the NBA season at 20 games: That means 62 more to go. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

‘He made me into an MVP’: Bolick repays Fernandez’ trust with NCAA crown

San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez putimmense trust on Robert Bolick in leading the Red Lions, and when it mattered the most the mustachioed guard delivered and repaid his mentor with the championship. Bolick finished with 18 points, five rebounds, six assists, and a dagger that embedded itself to the collective heart of Lyceum. With San Beda holding an 86-82 lead with a minute remaining, Bolick took his spot at the top of the key and launched a triple in the face of Mike Nzeusseu that gave the Red Lions an 89-82 lead with 50.9 seconds left. San Beda eventually won 92-82 to clinch its 21st NCAA seniors basketball title and that championship trophy was Bolick's payment ...Keep on reading: ‘He made me into an MVP’: Bolick repays Fernandez’ trust with NCAA crown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Game 2 loss spoils MVP Bolick’s day

MANILA, Philippines - Cignal-San Beda’s Robert Bolick would have traded his MVP trophy for a championship any time......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 4th, 2017

San Beda now 20-0 against EAC in NCAA

No doubt about it, San Beda University still has the number of Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Robert Bolick stuffed the stat sheet to show the way, but all of the Red Lions were also on-point as they overwhelmed the Generals in the second half en route to a 76-57 decision on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Bolick scored 20 points while also collecting 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals in the defending champions’ sixth win in a row and 12th overall in 13 games. Javee Mocon chipped in 11 points, seven rebounds, and two assists and six different players scored either six or five points for streaking San Beda. More than the current win run, however, the decision let the Red Lions remain undefeated against EAC through 20 games in the first and oldest collegiate league in the country. “Natiyempuhan lang siguro na nananalo kami sa EAC. They are really improving right now,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said post-game. The Generals joined the NCAA in 2009 and ever since then, have been unable to solve the riddle that is San Beda. That didn’t change in this one as even though the two teams were neck-and-neck at halftime, the Red Lions roared in the third quarter and outscored their opponents, 21-9. “We are happy we got this win versus EAC because we started flat in the first half,” coach Boyet said. They would not look back from there and moved closer to a playoff berth. “Credit to the players because we stepped up our defense in the second half,” their mentor said. EAC was paced by Hamadou Laminou who had 15 points and 10 rebounds. JP Maguliano also added 12 markers and nine boards, but they still saw their team drop to 2-10 in the standings. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 76 – Bolick 20, Mocon 11, Tankoua 6, Oftana 6, Soberano 6, Doliguez 5, Canlas 5, Tongco 5, Nelle 4, Presbitero 3, Carino 3, Cuntapay 2, Abuda 0, Cabanag 0, Toba 0 EAC 57 – Laminou 15, Maguliano 12, Mendoza 10, Garcia 9, Bautista 4, Cadua 3, Cruz 2, Bugarin 2, Gonzalez 0, Fuentes 0,Natividad 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-17, 38-36, 59-45, 76-57 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

NCAA: San Beda digs deep to withstand Letran rally

Just when San Beda University thought it had an easy win on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran came storming right back. The Red Lions blasted off in a 25-point quarter and built up a 22-point lead before banking on their championship experience to fight off the hard-charging Knights, 74-68, and sweep their archrivals in the elimination round in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The defending champions were up, 67-45, early in the final frame before getting complacent and letting Letran back into the game. “It was really tough to give up 28 points in the fourth quarter,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said post-game. Behind Bong Quinto, JP Calvo, and a 23-2 onslaught, the Knights rallied to as near as 68-69 with 16.8 ticks to go. Sent to the line, Franz Abuda then made the first to grant San Beda a two-point lead, but missed the second. Donald Tankoua was there, however, to tip the ball into the hands of Joe Presbitero who made good on the next four free throws to seal the deal in the Red Lions’ 11th win in 12 games. In the end, Tankoua had with 19 points and nine rebounds while Javee Mocon had his own 12-point, 11-rebound double-double. Presbitero wound up with four points, also his team’s last four points, to make sure San Beda overcame the loss of Robert Bolick who fouled out with under a minute remaining. Bolick still had 13 points, five assists, and three rebounds. Coach Boyet, though, wants much more from his wards. “When we were up by 22, they thought the game was over. That’s not acceptable. We’re not like that,” he said. He then continued, “I hope they realize what’s happening right now that the game is not yet over until the final buzzer sounds.” On a more personal note, the Red Lions have now gone 6-0 up against their archrivals since 2015. The Knights’ last win in the rivalry was in Game 3 of the Season 91 Finals. For Letran, Quinto led the charge with 19 points, all but six coming inside the last six minutes. He also added five rebounds, four assists, and three steals while JP Calvo chipped in 16 markers, seven dimes, five boards, and two steals. Taking too long to get going, however, they dropped to 7-4. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 74 -- Tankoua 19, Bolick 13, Mocon 12, Abuda 7, Doliguez 7, Oftana 4, Presbitero 4, Cuntapay 3, Nelle 3, Soberano 2, Cabanag 0, Canlas 0, Carino 0, Tongco 0. LETRAN 68 -- Quinto 19, Calvo 16, Muyang 11, Fajarito 10, Batiller 6, Ambohot 3, Taladua 3, Agbong 0, Balagasay 0, Celis 0, Galvelo 0, Mandreza 0, Yu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-15, 35-32, 60-42, 74-68. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

NCAA: San Beda not happy with that victory vs Letran

San Beda University re-asserted its mastery over archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran on Tuesday. With a 74-68 win, the Red Lions have now triumphed over the Knights in the last six times the two teams have met. However, there were no smiles on the faces of the defending champions after the final buzzer sounded. That was also the case throughout head coach Boyet Fernandez and big man Donald Tankoua’s post-win interview. “First three quarters, we were San Beda. Fourth quarter, I don’t know who’s that team,” the mentor, usually cool and collected, told reporters inside the press room. He then continued, “I’m really pissed off with the way we played in the fourth quarter.” Indeed, San Beda mounted a lead of as much as 22 early in the final frame only to see its archrival come storming right back. Behind a 23-2 run, Letran pulled to as near as one point, 68-69, with 16.8 ticks to go. “(My players) thought it was already a won game for us so I think and I hope that they realize what (happened) right now. The game is not yet over until the final buzzer sounds,” coach Boyet said. It was only through Tankoua’s hustle and Joe Presbitero’s steady hands that the Red Lions finally came away with the win. To them, their mentor gave all the credit in saying, “I do thank the guys who played the last one minute – Joe, AC [Soberano], Franz [Abuda], Donald, and Javee Mocon – for really stepping up.” He then continued, “Medyo nag-foul out lang (kasi) si Robert [Bolick]. I hope Robert could take good care of his fouls.” With under a minute remaining, Bolick picked up his fifth and final foul in the game. For coach Boyet, that cannot be a sustainable recipe for success even though they have now won four in a row. As he put it, “I’m happy that somebody stepped up, but as what I’ve said (before), wherever Robert goes, we go.” He then continued, “Muntik na kaming matalo ngayon. I’m sure Robert will be back on Friday.” —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

NCAA: Streaking San Beda wages war on inspired Letran

Games on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 2:00 PM – Letran vs San Beda 4:00 PM – CSB vs San Sebastian In the first round of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Colegio de San Juan de Letran was oh so close to giving head coach Jeff Napa his very first triumph over San Beda University. Only, the Red Lions, as they always have, found a way to win. Now, the Knights have even more reason to want that victory versus their archrivals as they hope to continue rallying around ailing Jerrick Balanza when they meet defending champion San Beda in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor on Tuesday. The bell rings on Round 2 of San Beda-Letran at 2:00 PM and as always, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. In the first round, the Red Lions (10-1) were three seconds away from a loss before Donald Tankoua and Robert Bolick came through for an 80-76 decision over their archrival Knights (7-3) Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde (7-3) is looking to stay hot against dangerous San Sebastian College-Recoletos (2-9) at 4:00 PM. In the Juniors division, the CSB-La Salle Greenhills Junior Blazers (9-1) defend their top spot opposite the hard-charging San Sebastian Staglets (4-7) at 12:00 PM and the San Beda Red Cubs (7-4) seek a bounce back win at the expense of fierce foe Letran Squires (3-7) at 10:00 AM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

NCAA: Deja vu as San Beda destroys JRU anew

In two games in the span of a week in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, San Beda University has destroyed Jose Rizal University by 32.5 points. The Red Lions didn’t get to repeat their 37-point beatdown a week ago, but they still made quick work of the Heavy Bombers to the tune of a 28-point rout, 73-45, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Robert Bolick imposed his will all over with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists and the defending champions were not threatened en route to rising to 9-1. Last Tuesday, San Beda also demolished JRU by a score of 77-40. Just continuing their great form from a week ago, Javee Mocon’s triple capped off a 13-0 burst right out of the gates for them in this one. In the end, Mocon had six points, seven rebounds, and four assists to his name while Jeramer Cabanag and AC Soberano chipped in nine and eight markers, respectively. As always, Jed Mendoza was the lone bright spot for the Heavy Bombers with 13 points. With back-to-back losses to the defending champions, the now stand at 2-8. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 73 – Bolick 14, Cabanag 9, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Carino 6, Eugene 6, Mocon 6, Doliguez 5, Cuntapay 4, Oftana 4, Abuda 2, Canlas 2, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0. JRU 45 – Mendoza 13, Dela Virgen 8, Esguerra 5, Aguilar 4, Padua 4, Silvarez 4, Mallari 3, Bordon 2, Dela Rosa 2, Miranda 0, Santos 0. QUARTER SCORES: 15-4, 32-21, 49-37, 73-45. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Saints, Heroes clash in NCAA All-Star

Leading MVP candidates Robert Bolick of San Beda and Bong Quinto of Letran banner the Saints team slugging it out with a depleted Heroes side in today’s NCAA Season 94 All-Star Game at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Lions blast Bombers, close in on Pirates

San Beda overpowered a hapless Jose Rizal U side despite drawing just four points from Robert Bolick as Calvin Oftana and AC Soberano combined for 27 markers that gave the Lions a 77-40 romp over the Heavy Bombers in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

NCAA: Oftana, Soberano lead San Beda in rout of JRU

Even with limited action from Robert Bolick, San Beda still dominated Jose Rizal University, 77-44, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament. Bolick scored four points in just.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Lions feast on bombers

DEFENDING champion San Beda hardly needed Robert Bolick in a 77-40 dismantling of Jose Rizal University to cap its first round campaign on a high note in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The spotlight was on the other players, as Calvin Oftana took….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Robert Bolick marked man as Lions face Bombers

San Beda hopes to ride on Robert Bolick’s hot hands anew as it faces struggling Jose Rizal U today even as Perpetual Help eyes a share of third against Arellano U in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

All eyes on Bolick as SBU plays JRU

Games today: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 2 p.m. -- UPHSD vs. Arellano (M) 4 p.m.- San Beda vs. JRU (M) ALL eyes will be on Robert Bolick as San Beda guns for its eighth victory against Jose Rizal University in the NCAA men's basketball tournament today at the Filoil Flying….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018