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Lady Warriors go streaking; Ateneo falls for first time

With De La Salle University plagued by injury, University of the East is now the closest challenger to National University’s throne in the UAAP 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament. And after a season-opening defeat, the Lady Warriors now look the part, going on a win run at the expense of hapless University of the Philippines, 52-42, on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Playing their third game in a week, the girls of head coach Aileen Lebornio still showed much sense of urgency in this one. Bienca Ramos and Joyce Francisco provided a big boost, conniving for all but four in UE’s 19-point third quarter that increased a three-point cushion into a 48-31 lead heading into the final frame. “Nung third quarter, buti nag-respond sila sa sinabi ko at nakuha na namin gusto namin,” Lebornio said. Love Sto. Domingo then hammered down the final nail in the coffin and eventually ended with a 15-point, 17-rebound double-double. Ramos and Francisco also contributed 12 markers apiece. Lebornio’s defense was stout as always, limiting the Lady Maroons into an abysmal 21 percent shooting. And so, after falling to NU in their first assignment, the Lady Warriors are now on a two-game win run. They are now in three-way tie for third after erstwhile undefeated Ateneo de Manila University suffered its first setback in the season. Valerie Mamaril and Precious Arellado scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, and Far Eastern University made another statement, taking down the Lady Eagles, 64-58. Katrina Guytingco’s back-to-back hits kept things interesting for Ateneo in the last 20 seconds before Mamaril kept them at bay once and for all by converting three charities. “At least, meron na kaming help ngayon kasi si Arellado lang last year e. Nag-improve na rin talaga yung Mamaril,” head coach Bert Flores said after his girls bounced back onto a 2-1 standing. Also at 2-1 are the Lady Eagles who were led by Hazelle Yam’s 20 points. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME UE 52 – Sto. Domingo 15, Ramos 12, Francisco 12, Chan 6, Tacula 4, Nama 3, Gayacao 0, Cortizano 0, Requiron 0, Strachan 0, Pedregosa 0, Bobis 0, Borromeo 0. UP 42 – Esplana 16, Domingo 13, Isip 5, Ordoveza 4, Rodas 4, Cruz 0, Pesquera 0, Tan S. 0, Lapid 0, Ongsiako 0, Bascon 0, Viray 0, Gatpatan 0, Tan K. 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-9, 29-26, 48-31, 52-42. SECOND GAME FEU 64 – Mamaril 16, Arellado 15, Taguiam 11, Jumuad 7, Gerner 5, Antiola 3, Bastatas 2, Balleser 2, Okunlola 0, Ouano 0, De Guzman 0. ATENEO 58 – Yam 20, Deacon 11, Guytingco 10, Buendia 6, Go 4, Joson 4, Newsome 3, Uy De Ong 0, Cancio 0, Villamor 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-21, 30-33, 43-39, 64-58. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 17th, 2017

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Six standout local volleybelles of 2017

We’ve seen them shine this year whether in the collegiate stage, in the club leagues or even in the international scene. These six Pinay volleyball players took the sport’s limelight in the year that’s about to end.     DESIREE CHENG Desiree Cheng came into De La Salle University during the time bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University got the Lady Spikers’ number. From Seasons 76 to 77, Cheng saw her team fall prey to the might of the Lady Eagles in the UAAP Finals. Then redemption came in Season 78. Unfortunately, the 5-foot-8 spiker was forced to watch from the sidelines with an ACL tear as her crew reclaimed the crown. A year after, Cheng got her biggest break. DLSU lost most of its veteran core after Season 78 and needed another scoring option. Cheng heeded the call. Though Cheng struggled at the start of the eliminations, the hitter slowly got her groove back and delivered when DLSU needed offense in their sixth straight championship showdown against Ateneo. Cheng was the X-factor for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad during the series. Her contributions both on offense and floor defense played a huge part in the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles for the school’s 10th title. Cheng also helped F2 Logistics claim the Cargo Movers’ breakthrough Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title and a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.   ALYSSA VALDEZ Although Alyssa Valdez failed to claim a crown in the Premier Volleyball League this year and a continued title drought since 2016, the Phenom’s magic remains. She can still fill up game venues whenever she takes the court and 2017 proved as the former Queen Eagles’ biggest year in terms of her flourishing volleyball career. Valdez brought her talents abroad, landing a stint with 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League and in the Thai-Denmark Superleague where her team finished third in both tournaments. After her appearance in Thailand, Valdez donned the Creamline jersey and led the Rebisco franchise to a bronze medal finish both in the PVL Reinforced and Open conferences. Valdez also had another tour of duty, playing for the national team in the AVC Asian Women’s Senior Volleyball Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 24-year old hitter got another international gig when she was tapped by Attack Line to play in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League.          Outside volleyball, Valdez has a blooming relationship with basketball star Kiefer Ravena. If she’s not busy with her volleyball and other commitments, Valdez also drew attention as one of the newest member of the so-called PBA players’ WAGS (wives and girlfriends) cheering for Ravena and the NLEX Road Warriors.      DAWN MACANDILI She may be only 5-foot tall but Dawn Macandili stood alongside Asia’s volleyball giants this year. The De La Salle University libero was the catalyst in the Lady Spikers’ back-to-back UAAP championship run. Her pesky floor defense frustrated DLSU’s rivals while giving her teammates a good first ball to operate their lethal offense.  But her biggest showing was when she landed a spot in the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. A first-timer donning the national colors, Macandili did not disappoint as she earned the respect and admiration of Japanese coaches and trainers during the Nationals’ training camp in Japan. She performed even better when the PHI hosted the AVC Asian Seniors. Ms. Everywhere gave teams like Asian powerhouse Vietnam, Kazakhstan, South Korea and Thailand a hard time with her floor defense. All her efforts caught the eyes of the AVC tournament officials and she was rewarded with the historic 2nd Best Libero award. She made the final list of in the national team that participated in the SEA Games. Back in the local scene, Macandili helped F2 Logistics to runner-up finish in the PSL All-Filipino Conference and a breakthrough crown in the Grand Prix.    JAJA SANTIAGO Tall, powerful and versatile, Jaja Santiago is a force to reckon with.  At 6-foot-5, Santiago dominated the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference as she led the National University Lady Bulldogs to a perfect championship run. She also bagged the conference’s Most Valuable Player award. Though NU failed to make it in the Final Four of UAAP for the second straight year, Santiago’s effort for the Lady Bulldogs was rewarded with a third straight Best Attacker award to go with the Best Scorer and Best Blocker recognitions. In the PSL, Santiago was a consistent scorer for the Foton Tornadoes in the All-Filipino Conference and the Grand Prix. Under the tutelage of Serbian import Moro Branislav, Santiago became an even more dangerous and versatile player. Aside from her natural position as a middle blocker, she can now wreak havoc on both wings the puts her height advantage to good use. She made it into the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Seniors and SEA Games and was the Nationals’ scoring ace. Santiago received an offer from Thai powerhouse Bangkok Glass but declined the offer to play in her last year with the Lady Bulldogs.             KIM FAJARDO Setter Kim Fajardo left winning legacy when she played her swan song for DLSU. It took her a few months to decide to play her fifth year with the Lady Spikers. Leading a young crew after the departure of the core of the Season 78 championship squad, Fajardo faced a tough challenge in the Taft-based squad’s title-retention bid. But the Batanguena proved her worth as a leader and the skipper rallied the Lady Spikers back into the Finals in a sixth straight collision against bitter rival Ateneo. Fajardo’s composure carried DLSU in a tough Game 1 match and again in the five-set title-clincher to complete the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles. She earned a spot in the national team as a starting setter. Fajardo steered F2 Logistics to its first PSL Grand Prix crown bagged the conference’s Best Setter award. She helped the Cargo Movers to a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.     JOVIELYN PRADO Silent but deadly. Jovielyn Prado may not be the typical vocal leader but her presence inside the court is enough to rally the Arellano University Lady Chiefs to meet their goals. The outside hitter proved her worth to the Lady Chiefs when she led the Legarda-based squad back on the NCAA women’s volleyball throne. A year removed from the title, Arellano U turned to Prado to provide the spark the Lady Chiefs needed to make another shot at the crown. Consistent, efficient and effective, Prado delivered for the Obet Javier-mentored squad. Arellano U advanced in the stepladder semifinals and dethroned College of St. Benilde to set up a date with thrice-to-beat, three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones-led San Sebastian College. Undaunted even with a great series disadvantage, Prado played her best three games of the season to power the Lady Chiefs to an impressive sweep of the Lady Stags. Prado continued her great performance in the PVL Reinforced and Open Conference playing for the Power Smashers. She then bannered the Lady Chiefs to a bronze medal finish in the Collegiate Conference at the expense of UAAP team Adamson University.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

NU claims breakthrough men s taekwondo crown

National University virtually clinched its first-ever men's title with a 6-1 win over traditional powerhouse University of Sto. Tomas Friday in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.        Undefeated in five bouts, the Bulldogs will still emerge as champions even if they drop their final elimination round assignment. NU is still fighting Far Eastern University as of posting time.      University of the Philippines wound up with a 4-2 record following a 7-0 blanking of a shorthanded University of the East side.      The Fighting Maroons can still savage second place if the Bulldogs beat the Tamaraws in their final elims bout.  The Growling Tigers fell at 3-2 with one bout remaining against the Red Warriors.  Even with a win over UE and ends up in joint second with UP, UST will finish third by virtue of winner-over-the-other rule.      The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, moved closer in claiming a back-to-back crown after a 6-1 victory over the Tigresses.      Also sporting a spotless 5-0 card, NU can wrap up the crown with a victory over UP.      The Lady Maroons, who hold a 4-1 card, will clinch the title if they topple the Lady Bulldogs, while a loss will give the Diliman-based jins a runner-up finish.      UST fell in a tie with Ateneo, a 6-1 winner over FEU, at 3-2, as the Tigresses and the Lady Eagles were fighting for third place. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

UST shares men s judo title with Ateneo, rules women s division

The University of Santo Tomas produced a golden double but its men’s team had to share the title with Ateneo de Manila University at the end of the UAAP Season 80 judo competitions Sunday at the Sports Pavilion inside the De La Salle-Zobel campus in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa. The Growling Tigers and the Blue Eagles became co-champions after posting identical 30 points in the two-day event. UST had an easier time in ruling the women’s division for the fourth straight season with 45 points, 13 ahead of its closest pursuer University of the East. Extra lightweight Daryl John Mercado and Sherwin De Rosa made a 1-2 finish for the Tigers, while half middleweight Renzo Cazeñas and heavyweight Dither Joshua Tablan won golds. Also achieving podium finishes for UST were half middleweight Luis San Diego (silver), featherweight Russel Rhey Lorenzo (bronze), lightweight Jeunesse Nikole Ong (bronze), and half heavyweight George Kim (bronze). The Eagles captured golds courtesy of featherweight Isaiah Anthony Tuazon, lightweight Eric Timothy Uy and half middleweight Harmon Anthony Tuazon. Half lightweights Michael John Isidro (silver) and Christian Dominic Clemente (bronze), heavyweight Rafael Angelo Cadiente (silver), half middleweight Hermogenes Arayata IV (bronze), and middleweight Alfred Benjamin Querubin also delivered medals for Ateneo. The new scoring system implemented for judo is seven points for first place, three points for second place and a point for joint third placers. The Tigers won a league-best 13th crown, while the Eagles took their seventh championship overall.    Khrizzie Pabulayan (extra lightweight), Almira Ruiz (lightweight), Jamaika Ponciano (half heavyweight) and Renielyn Castillo (heavyweight) spearheaded UST’s four-gold haul in the distaff side. The Tigresses also contributed four silvers and five bronzes to annex their 10th title. The Lady Warriors also had four golds behind Ma. Jeanalane Lopez (featherweight), Claudine Nargatan (half lightweight), Patricia Nicole Rosario (half middleweight) and Bianca Mae Estrella (middleweight), but the Recto-based judokas could only muster a silver and a bronze to settle for the runner-up honors anew. In the juniors division, UST retained the boys title, while UE became the new girls champions.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Lady Bulldogs remain unscathed; UE moves into joint second

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> NU 4-0 br /> UE 3-1 br /> UST 3-1 br /> Ateneo 2-2 br /> FEU 2-2 br /> Adamson 1-3 br /> DLSU 1-3 br /> UP 0-4 One after the other, National University has defeated the other three semifinalists from a year ago. This time on Sunday, the Lady Bulldogs’ victims was Adamson University which was ran out of the MOA Arena with a 44-point rout, 82-38. The win was the defending champions’ fourth in a row in the UAAP 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Two of the previous three have come against University of the East and De La Salle University who both made the Final Four a year ago. Also, the win was their 52nd in a row dating back to 2014. There was no doubt about in in this one as Rhena Itesi and Ria Nabalan got NU to the strongest of starts. By halftime, their lead was 34, 41-17. They would be in cruise control for the remainder of the game. In the end, Itesi had 18 points and 22 rebounds while Nabalan also posted a double-double of her own with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs’ dominance was most evident in the rebounding department where they tallied a massive 69-42 advantage. “We just dominated the boards. By controlling the boards, we can do other things like controlling the tempo of the game and that’s we did,” a satisfied head coach Pat Aquino said. Meanwhile, following a season-opening loss to NU, University of the East is now on a three-game winning streak as they prevailed over Ateneo de Manila University, 62-51. Ruthlaine Tacula fired half of her 20 points in the final frame while Eunique Chan contributed a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double. “Every game naman talaga, si Tacula, binubuhos niya ang lahat,” head coach Aileen Lebornio said. Indeed, it was Tacula who scored six points in the Lady Warriors’ 12-1 run to close the contest. Now, UE is at 3-1, tied for the second spot with University of Sto. Tomas. Their respective losses dropped the Lady Eagles to 2-2 and the Lady Falcons to 1-3. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME UE 62 – Tacula 20, Chan 17, Francisco 9, Sto. Domingo 8, Ramos 4, Gayacao 3, Cortizano 1, Requiron 1, Strachan 0. ATENEO 51 – Go 13, Guytingco 11, Uy De Ong 8, Joson 6, Deacon 4, Newsome 4, Buendia 3, Yam 2, Payac 0, Morelos 0, Cancio 0. QUARTER SCORES: 12-13, 24-18, 42-43, 62-51. SECOND GAME NU 88 – Itesi 18, Nabalan 14, Camelo 11, Del Carmen 7, Ano-os 6, Sison 6, Ceno 6, Antiquera 6, Animam 4, Harada 4, Cacho 0, Layug 0, Lopez 0, Tanesa 0. ADAMSON 38 – Camacho 10, Prado 6, Araja 6, Razalo 6, Alcoy 4, Cabug 2, Aciro 2, Cacho 2, Lacson 0, Rosario 0, Villanueva 0, Ramiliano 0, Tacitac 0, Gaite 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-6, 41-17, 64-24, 82-38. --- Follow this writer, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Laborte returns to volleyball with Sta. Lucia

A veteran presence is set to take the center spot for Sta. Lucia in the Philippine Superliga with Micmic Laborte returning to volleyball for the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix. Laborte, a two-time Best Blocker for Ateneo back in the first four years of the Premier Volleyball League, then called Shakey's V-League, was the latest addition to the Lady Realtors. Sta. Lucia has slowly brought in a mixture of veterans and youngsters to compete in the PSL under head coach George Pascua. Laborte, who sat out 2017, will join Rubie De Leon, who was a three-time Best Setter and two-time Best Server in the PVL, as Sta. Lucia's veteran guidance. Also with Sta. Lucia are Jonah Sabete...Keep on reading: Laborte returns to volleyball with Sta. Lucia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Gumabao announces official transfer to Creamline

Michele Gumabao officially announced her commitment with Creamline on her Instagram post Thursday evening.   2018 just got a whole lot sweeter ♥️ playing for Creamline Cool Smashers, plus reunited with lil mg once again! Happy New Year everybody!!! @gohingmelissa @coolsmashers_ A post shared by Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Jan 11, 2018 at 4:41am PST The opposite spiker’s post came hours after the Rebisco franchise revealed on their Facebook page the addition of Gumabao and another De La Salle University product libero Melissa Gohing as the Cool Smashers shore up their roster to capture the elusive Premier Volleyball League crown. This will mark the return of Gumabao, a three-time UAAP champion, to the Sports Vision-organized volleyball league after bolting out of Pocari Sweat following the Lady Warriors’ victorious campaign in the V-League that saw them capture the Open and Reinforced conferences back in 2016. She transferred to Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga the following year before deciding to return in the PVL under the Creamline banner. Gumabao, who is also a 2018 Binibining Pilipinas aspirant, joined a stacked Cool Smashers lineup where she will team up for the first time in a commercial squad with Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado. Creamline settled for bronze medal finishes in the Open and Reinforced conferences of PVL's inaugural season last year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Creamline brings in Gumabao, Gohing

Creamline is building up a powerhouse team months before the start of the 2018 Premier Volleyball League. After securing the services of volleyball stars Alyssa Valdez and Risa Sato, who played for BaliPure last year, the Rebisco franchise in its Facebook page announced the addition of former De La Salle University teammates Michele Gumabao and Melissa Gohing. In a ‘Guess Who?’ post by Creamline Thursday and Friday, there were clues about the two new players that the Cool Smashers tapped to beef up their roster – all were pointing at Gohing and Gumabao. Gohing won the UAAP Season 71 Rookie of the Year award and collected four titles with DLSU. Gumabao is a three-time UAAP champion, two-time Best Blocker winner and Finals Most Valuable Player back in Season 75 before foregoing her last playing year the following season.   This will mark the return of Gumabao to the Sports Vision-organized volleyball league after bolting out of Pocari Sweat last year. She transferred to Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga. Gohing, on the other hand, left the Lady Warriors after three years with the Federated Distributors, Inc. franchise. The multi-awarded libero played with Gumabao in the PSL back in 2015 when they left the DLSU core-led Generika Lifesavers to transfer to FDI’s club Philips Gold Lady Slammers. The two gave the Lady Slammers a couple of bronze medal finishes that year in the All-Filipino and Grand Prix before the club bolted out the following year to join the V-League.   With Gumabao, Gohing and Myla Pablo at the helm, the Pocari Sweat dominated the tournament winning the Open Conference and Reinforced Conference titles at the expense of Air Force and the Valdez-led Bureau of Customs, respectively. Creamline despite having collegiate aces Valdez and top setter Jia Morado settled for a third place finish in the PVL’s inaugural Reinforced and Open conferences. The PVL is tentatively scheduled to open April......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena s Christmas Day debut was made even more special with Alyssa Valdez watching

On Christmas Day, PBA rookie and emerging NLEX Road Warriors star Kiefer Ravena put on a show at the Philippine Arena, putting up 20 points to go along with five assists and four steals and a W over Globalport. It was Ravena’s second-straight impressive outing as he helped lead the Road Warriors to a 2-0 start to the 43rd PBA season, and it earned him Player of the Week honors. Being that it was his first Christmas Day game at the Philippine Arena, it was already set to be a special night for the second-overall pick, but it became even more special with a special someone in sitting in the crowd. In attendance was Ravena’s girlfriend, Philippine volleyball star Alyssa Valdez, who was home for the holidays from her stint in Taiwan with club team Attack Line. “It feels nice to have her around. It’s always like that whenever she’s here.” Ravena said. And by home for the holidays, we mean three days. Valdez landed on Christmas Eve and then flew back out to Taiwan on December 26th. While her time with Attack Line is coming to an end and Valdez heading back to Philippine soil to play for the Premier Volleyball League's Creamline club in 2018, Ravena knows that it still won’t be a given that Valdez will be at all his games. “Being a professional, it comes with a lot of responsibilities, and knowing that sometimes, she’s not gonna be around with games, but we both know how to handle it.” “Ito na yung buhay namin eh.” Ravena added. While it surely won’t be the last time that Valdez gets to see Ravena play in the PBA, it was still a special moment for the former Ateneo Blue Eagle to have his special someone around for his best performance in the pros so far. “For now, having her around, it’s always nice to play when she’s watching, when your family and your loved ones are around supporting you.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

NCAA Season 93: women s volleyball preview

Exciting volleyball action starts early this year as NCAA opens its 93rd season on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Arellano University will try to retain its women’s crown against a field filled with squad’s raring to sit on the throne. Let’s take a quick peek at the competing teams.   MAPUA UNIVERSITY LADY CARDINALS   Winless last year, can Mapua University finally put a stop on their skid?  Season 92 record: 0-9 Titles: none  Key players: Danielle Ramilo, Shaira Hermano, Katrina Racelis, Dianne Latayan This team has nowhere to go but up after a forgettable season last year. The Lady Cardinals lost four of their games in straight sets, three in four frames and a couple of matches in five. Mapua’s last victory was against Letran in five sets back in Season 91 (January 7, 2016).   EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE LADY GENERALS   Emilio Aguinaldo College needs to be consistent to add more Ws in their record this season.  Season 92 record: 1-8 Titles: none Players to watch: Iona Yongco and Yvette Tongco EAC’s lone win last season came at the expense of Mapua in straight sets before closing their campaign with a five-set loss against Letran.   LETRAN LADY KNIGHTS   Can Letran contend for a spot in the Final Four this year? Season 92 record: 2-7 Titles: 8 (last title: 1999) Players to watch: Glayssa Faith Torres and Jaymeleene Parin Letran finished at eighth spot last year. They won only two games, against Mapua and EAC, but gave Lyceum, College of St. Benilde and San Sebastian College a scare before bowing down to these powerhouse teams in five sets.   JOSE RIZAL U LADY BOMBERS   Shola Alvarez is expected to carry Jose Rizal University on her shoulders but will need to get support from her teammates. Season 92 record: 3-6 Titles: none Players to watch: Shola Alvarez, Dolly Versoza, Karen Montojo (Season 92 Best Opposite Spiker) JRU is a young and vertically challenged team, mostly banking on Shola Alvarez for point production. The Lady Bombers joined the PVL’s Collegiate Conference during the offseason but lost all of their five matches.    LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES U LADY PIRATES   Lyeum of the Philippines University is considered as a darkhorse this season.  Season 92 record: 5-4 Titles: none Players to watch: Cherilyn Sindayen, Christine Miralles, Bien Juanillo An intact and veteran-laden team. But will the Lady Pirates’ exposure in the PVL Collegiate Conference be enough for them to contend for a spot in the Final Four?     UNIVERSITY OF PERPETUAL HELP LADY ALTAS   Veteran Lourdes Clemente will be one of Perpetual Help's vital cogs in their campaign to reclaim the throne.   Season 92 record: 5-4 Titles: 3 (last title: 2014) Players to watch: Lourdes Clemente, Necelle Gual, Marijo Medalla Former CSB coach Macky Carino replaced long-time mentor Sammy Acaylar but the Lady Altas lost a solid middle in Coleen Bravo and hitter Jamela Suyat. After its three-peat (2012-14), Perpetual has yet to return to the Finals.     SAN BEDA COLLEGE LADY RED SPIKERS   All eyes will be on Cesca Racraquin when San Beda College makes a run for the crown. Season 92 record: 6-3 Titles: none Players to watch: Cesca Racraquin, Satrianni Espiritu, Nieza and Jiezela Viray Season 92 Rookie of the Year Cesca Racraquin will be the go-to guy of the Lady Red Spikers, who made it into the stepladder semis last year. SBC participated in the PVL Collegiate Conference while Racraquin had good stints in the PVL Reinforced and Open conferences for Creamline.      COLLEGE OF ST. BENILDE LADY BLAZERS   Ranya Musa (left) and Rachel Austero are the players to watch for a beefed up College of St. Benilde. Season 92 record: 6-3 Titles: 1 (2016) Players to watch: Ranya Musa, Rachel Austero, Maritess Pablo, Felicia Cui Expectations are high for this team with the arrival of transferees Maritess Pablo (NU) and Felicia Cui (Ateneo) to help Rachel Austero and graduating player Ranya Musa.     Leadership will be a tough challenge for this team after the departure of ace scorer Jeanette Panaga as well as adapting to a new system under interim head coach Arnold Laniog, who replaced Macky Carino.     SAN SEBASTIAN COLLEGE LADY STAGS   San Sebastian College is looking at a rough and bumpy road ahead this season. Season 92 record: 9-0 elims, defeated thrice in the Finals Titles: 23 (last title: 2011) Players to watch: Joyce Sta. Rita, Alyssa Eroa, Nikka Dalisay The most-decorated volleyball program in the NCAA will be facing its toughest season yet. If losing scorers three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones and Kat Villegas weren’t enough, head coach Roger Goreyab will have at his disposal a very short rotation on nine players. But his available players could even go down entering the season after Julie Anne Tiangco suffered a knee injury recently. Scarcity of players even forced SSC-R to field a swimmer to fill in the required minimun of nine players to be able to participate in the tournament.       ARELLANO UNIVERSITY LADY CHIEFS   Who will stop Arellano University from its back-to-back bid? Season 92 record: 8-1, won thrice in a row in the Finals Titles: 2 (last title: 2017) Players to watch: Jovielyn Prado, Regine Arocha, Andrea Marzan The Lady Chiefs lost Rialen Sante and veteran libero Eunice Galang, who both graduated, after last season but will still parade a grizzled core. Fueled by their stints in the PVL including a third place finish in the Collegiate League at the expense of UAAP team Adamson University, Arellano U is expected to make a return trip into the Finals. With SSC-R, the only team to defeat the Obet Javier-mentored squad last year, weakened after the departure of Soltones, the only question now is who will stop the Lady Chiefs’ impending rampage?       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Inquirer 7: Best moments in Philippine volleyball in 2017

In just a couple of days, the world will usher in 2018, but before the fireworks go off and the clock hits midnight allow Inquirer to set you up for some reminiscing in the world of sports. After counting down the best basketball moments of 2017, this time let's talk about Philippine volleyball, which reached greater heights this year. 1. La Salle repeats It's pretty safe to say that it has been a decade of dominance for De La Salle. And in 2017 the Lady Spikers made sure that the UAAP volleyball landscape would still be covered in green-and-white ribbons after sweeping rival Ateneo in two games. The Lady Spikers traded blows with the Lady Eagles in the second game of ...Keep on reading: Inquirer 7: Best moments in Philippine volleyball in 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Superteams and superpowers: Basketball in 2017

The common theme in basketball as of late is rather simple: build yourself a superteam and see where it goes. 2017 saw a bunch of superteams take the court in all levels. Some panned out and some did not. Nevertheless, we live in a world of superteams. Either your favorite basketball team is one or it's not.   Warriors World For the 2016-2017 NBA Season, the 73-win Golden State Warriors, a superteam in their own right, added former Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant. Oh my goodness. The Dubs then proceeded to decimate the NBA, winning 67 games in the regular season. Golden State was even better in the playoffs, making a serious play for a postseason sweep before finishing with a 16-1 record and a second title in three seasons.   Seriously, it's a Warriors World that we live in Golden State's success has prompted other teams to try and create their own superteam. Houston snatched Chris Paul away from the Los Angeles Clippers and now the Rockets have a potent backcourt combo that also feature MVP contender James Harden. Oklahoma City completed two incredible trades that made Paul George and Carmelo Anthony members of the Thunder. Oh, OKC also has MVP winner Russell Westbrook running point. The Timberwolves also have something going on in Minnesota as Jimmy Butler joined Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins for a young and intriguing Big 3. The Eastern Conference landscape changed when Cleveland traded Kyrie Irving to Boston. The Celtics previously signed Gordon Hayward and all of a sudden, the winningest NBA franchise is in position to take over the East now and the forseeable future. Speaking of Cleveland, LeBron James is still with the Cavs and they've added Dwyane Wade of all people to join an aging but still scary superteam. The King started this whole superteam craze. Golden State just happened to perfect. We all live in a Warriors World.   Feer the Beer Over in the PBA, the Philippines' premier superteam is still pretty effective despite its stars each playing almost 40 minutes per game. A year removed from the "Beeracle Run," San Miguel made history by being only the second team to capture the Perpetual Trophy following three straight Philippine Cup titles. Then the Beermen, with the top-3 MVP candidates in June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, and Chris Ross, plus Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter, ended the franchise's 16-year championship drought in the Commissioner's Cup. With the help of import Charles Rhodes of course. San Miguel had legitimate chances to win the Grand Slam of course, but the team ultimately fell short in the Governors' Cup. However, the Beermen did add 6'8" Fil-German Christian Standhardinger to the fold. Superteam.   Return of the Kings It was the perfect set up. Meralco earned the number 1 seed and was rolling all the way to the Finals. Meanwhile, the Gink Kings had to go through yet another emotional and heated series against rival TNT in the semifinals in order to have a chance to properly defend their title. The series before that? The Gin Kings had to end San Miguel's Grand Slam dreams. In the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, Meralco was in perfect position to take The Rematch and allow the birth of a new PBA rivalry. After seven games, none of that happened and Ginebra won back-to-back titles by virtue of their quote unquote superteam. Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Justin Brownlee, LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado, and Scottie Thompson. How is that not a superteam? The Kangkong jokes sure died a slow death.   Systematic Mayhem Even in college hoops, superteams are the way to go. However, in the amatuers, you just have to recruit your way into building one. La Salle has perfected this method and the Green Archers are certainly the biggest --- and loudest and most aggressive ---- recruiters. The Taft superteam featuring Ben Mbala and co. got the Green Archers to two UAAP Finals and one championship. Only one championship because another superteam, quietly built in Katipunan with surgical, perhaps even robotic, precision, beat them this year. That's right, Big Bad Blue is once again on top of the UAAP as the Ateneo Blue Eagles scored a sensational, near-sweep of UAAP Season 80. Coach Tab Baldwin has a collection of incredible players that may not look like it on first glance but they do certainly qualify for superteam status. Dom't believe it? Maybe you will after they complete a five-peat. It could happen.   Sweep In the other collegiate league, two superteams dominated the NCAA for two separate periods in one season. First, Lyceum, the surprise superteam, made history by completing an 18-game sweep of the elimination round. However, the Pirates ran into the league's decade-old superteam in San Beda and the Red Lions ended up sweeping the Finals for yet another title. Most of the major characters from both squads will return for a new season and if a San Beda-Lyceum rematch does not happen, well, that's just disappointing isn't it?   OVERTIME 2017 also saw the rise and fall and rise of the Gilas Pilipinas program. Well sort of. The Philippines got off to a great star this year by absolutely dominating the SEABA Championships. Then, disaster struck in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup when Gilas was embarassed by an old foe in South Korea. To end the year, the Philippine national team recovered, albeit in an ugly fashion, to take an early lead in the 2019 World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas is more than capable of forming a Pinoy superteam that could compete, and even beat, the best of Asia. Let's hope we get that in 2018. Finally, 2017 also saw the Civil War PBA edition. It wasn't funny and it wasn't good. Fortunately, it seems that bright and peacuful days are ahead of our beloved league. Let's hope that's the case and let's just leave the bad memories behind this year. Time to move on and forget about that stuff. There are basketball games to be played.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

These volleyball-playing sisters prove great things come in pairs

With the rise of volleyball in the Philippines, 2017 saw an even bigger growth among the youth who'll end up loving the sport even more as the years go by. And as a kid with humble volleyball dreams, what's better than having a sister you can play with? Aside from being each other's closest buddy on and off the court, these sets of spiking siblings prove that great things come in pairs. Kim and Candice Gequillana   happy birthday manang! sml 💕 A post shared by cacee ❁ (@caceegequillana) on Jul 7, 2017 at 7:56pm PDT Kim Gequillana has long been the Ateneo Lady Eagles' "Magic Bunot", providing much-needed contributions be it with her timely service aces or her wide smile beaming from the bench. Kim's sister Candice, or Cacee, as she is fondly called, is a newcomer for the Heartstrong team, and beside her ate, she's expected to have that signature Gequillana energy to help keep the Lady Eagles in form after a number of veteran departures.   Desiree and Djanel Cheng   Proud of you achi 💚❤️ A post shared by Desiree Wynea Cheng (@chengcherengcheng) on Jan 29, 2016 at 10:26pm PST Des Cheng's renaissance season came last year, when she was a key part of the DLSU Lady Spikers' repeat championship. Coming from an injury, Des showed incredible heart in bouncing back, even leading the Lady Spikers as the season 79 Finals MVP in their win against Ateneo. On another collegiate league, Djanel has been a steady presence for another Green team. She was a part of the College of St. Benilde's historic NCAA volleyball title back in season 91.  They've been a great part of each others' success, and they're a great example to sisters and athlete-siblings, everywhere.    Myla and Marites Pablo Sister 👭👭👭 pic.twitter.com/41w77d57Ec — myla pablo (@iamMylaPablo) January 23, 2016   Myla Pablo needs no introduction. She's been a constant in Philippine volleyball since her days as a National University Lady Bulldog, up to her current stint with the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors. Her younger sister Marites, a former Lady Bulldog herself, has transfered to Benilde in the hopes of making a name for herself. With a mentor like Myla, Marites would have no problems doing so.   Therese and Ponggay Gaston Therese may not be playing for Ateneo anymore, but the Gaston lineage in the Lady Eagles continues through the bubbly and athletic Ponggay. Daughters of former PBA player Fritz Gaston, they've always had sports in their genes, but more than that, their dad instilled a sense of competitiveness on the siblings early in their lives. "So, high school pa lang, we were very dedicated to volleyball and it was very serious for us," Therse shared in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports last 2016.   Jaja and Dindin Santiago   Nice outfit, Nice Bagsss... #kambal #twintowers #nikebagpack #nikeslingbag #dress #passion haha. A post shared by Alyja Daphne Santiago (@alyjasantiago3) on Jun 20, 2014 at 4:19am PDT National University's twin towers have been tearing it up since their UAAP days. From bright prospects as high school players back in UST, to their collegiate careers as towering players at the net, able to deliver lethal hits, or thunderous blocks. With Jaja standing at 6'6", and older sister Dindin reaching a still-impressive 6'2", it's safe to say that the Santiago sisters are strong by themselves. But together? Unstoppable.  Dindin may be nursing an injury at the moment, but Jaja is proudly representing the Santiago clan with her stellar outing as a member of the Philippine team for the AVC and SEA Games, and now back in NU in the Premier Volleyball League.   Jiezela and Nieza Viray From one set of "twins", to a legit pair, Jiezela and Nieza Viray are both currently playing for San Beda College. From Pangasinan to Mendiola, the Viray twins' exploints aren't limited to indoor volleyball.  They also compete regulary in the NCAA beach volleyball tournament, and in the Beach Volleyball Republic. As you would expect from twins, Jiezela and Nieza are dangerous weapons for the Lady Red Spikers with their high-flying hits and a connection that has been going strong since Day 1.    EJ and Eya Laure Daughters of former PBA player Eddie Laure, Ennajie or EJ, and Ejiya or Eya, definitely carry the stamp of their father. From their athleticism to their first name, which both start with the letter "E", and they're certainly making waves for UST as a formidable duo seen in the previous V-League season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Cross Court: Basketball-volleyball power couples

Aside from titles won, awards garnered and lessons learned this year, a handful of Filipino athletes have found, and nurtured love between another fellow sports star. One could just imagine how two hearts meet in the harsh battlefield of sports especially coming from different fronts. Fate led some of the stars from the country’s top two sports – basketball and volleyball – to cross paths and develop a blooming romance. Here are some of the power couples coming from the said sports.   Bong and Mozzy Ravena The perfect example in this list. Bong was a successful basketball star during his UAAP days with University of the East, the PBA and MBA while Mozzy donned the University of Sto. Tomas jersey as a volleyball varsity player. The union produced three kids who followed their footsteps. Kiefer and Thirdy are making their own mark as basketball standouts while their sister Dani has a budding career as a rookie setter for Ateneo de Manila University.         Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez What is a King Phenom without a Queen Phenom? Arguably, the most popular sports couple of this generation, former Ateneo de Manila University King Eagle Kiefer Ravena and ex-Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez are the equivalent of the country’s best teleserye loveteams.       LA Revilla and Denden Lazaro   I love you past the moon and beyond the stars, baby ❤️ Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️ . @larevilla A post shared by Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) on Feb 14, 2017 at 4:05am PST Whoever said that blue and green won’t mix has been living under a rock. Say that to this sweet couple of ex-De La Salle University and current Kia guard LA Revilla and former Ateneo de Manila University and current Cocolife libero Denden Lazaro.   Philip Manalang and Cesca Racraquin   Walo ❤️ A post shared by Cesca Racraquin (@cescarac) on Aug 25, 2017 at 11:17pm PDT Red is the color of love. Well, at least for this couple Cesca Racraquin of San Beda College Lady Red Spikers and University of the East Red Warrior Philip Manalang.   Alfren Gayosa and Grethcel Soltones Home 🏡 bound with this one ❤🌹👑💏💍👣 @ladybeast05 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/Kq0un7HjkM — Alfren Gayosa (@eeeeerjordan15) June 24, 2017 Fun, bubbly, sweet and chill. San Sebastian College cager Alfren Gayosa and former Lady Stags spiker and three-time NCAA MVP Grethcel Soltones’ relationship is simply described that way.   Myla Pablo and Patrick Aquino As the old saying goes, in love ‘age doesn’t matter.’ National University women’s basketball team coach Patrick Aquino and former Lady Bulldogs spiker Myla Pablo proved that. Some say that it is a May-December love affair but hey who are we to judge? Oh by the way, we’ll be hearing wedding bells soon.   Aby Marano and Robert Bolick The last time Aby Marano visited ABS-CBN Sports’ Down the Line, the former De La Salle University middle readily answered that if her boyfriend Robert Bolick of San Beda College asks her hand right that very moment, without second thought, she’ll say ‘yes’.   Kib Montalbo and Desiree Cheng   ❤️ A post shared by Kib Montalbo (@kibmontalbo) on Aug 20, 2017 at 6:12am PDT Is KibRee for real? Let’s just hope that the De La Salle University Green Archers’ ‘man of steal’ will capture the heart of Lady Spiker and UAAP Season 79 Finals MVP Desiree Cheng to officially put that question to rest.   Arvin Tolentino and Brandy Kramer   There's no place I'd rather be A post shared by Arvin Tolentino (@arvintolentino5) on Jul 5, 2017 at 3:43am PDT Three years and counting. Judging from this picture, there’s no letting go between Far Eastern University cager Arvin Tolentino and former San Beda College Lady Red Spiker Brandy Kramer, who is the younger sister of cager Doug.   Chico Manabat and Dindin Santiago - Manabat   First!🤗🤣 A post shared by Dindin Santiago Manabat (@dindinquickermanabat) on Aug 14, 2017 at 8:41am PDT Two years of marriage and an adorable daughter, National University Bullpups assistant coach Chico Manabat and Foton middle Dindin are a picture of a happy family.     Junemar Fajardo and Aeriael Patnongon Saturdate ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pniFpWnEC2 — Aerieal Patnongon (@iamaeriealituh) April 8, 2017 San Miguel Beer center Junemar Fajaro is one big, tall and tough man. Only Creamline middle Aerieal Patnongon can make this big, tall and tough man’s heart skip a beat.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Pablo to stay with Pocari Sweat amid rumors of jumping ship

Myla Pablo will honor her contract with the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors. Pablo’s fiancé National University women’s basketball coach Patrick Aquino cleared speculations of the Lady Warriors ace hitter jumping fence from the Premier Volleyball League back to rival league Philippine Superliga. But Aquino, who also serves as Pablo’s manager, admitted that there were offers from PSL teams to buy-out her contract with the Lady Warriors. “Sa Pocari pa rin siya,” said Aquino, who added that Pablo will finish the remainder of her 5-year contract that started last year. “Yes, there were offers pero we decided to stay in Pocari this year.” Pablo posted on Twitter late Tuesday a picture of her while donning Philips Gold uniform back when the Federated Distributors, Inc. franchise was still playing in the PSL. Her post led fans to speculate that she might make a return to her former league. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/JSbpB6XTJj — myla pablo (@iamMylaPablo) December 19, 2017 ABS-CBN Sports tried to take Pablo’s side on the issue but the former NU open hitter has yet to give a statement as of posting time. Pablo and Philips Gold left PSL after the 2015 season when the Lady Slammers finished third both in the All-Filipino Conference and the Grand Prix. They joined the V-League, later renamed PVL, in 2016 carrying the Pocari Sweat banner. Pablo signed a lucrative 5-year contract, which included a car, last year.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

How will the Spurs meld Aldridge, Leonard?

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com A top-three team in the Western Conference is ready to get its best player back from injury. He's someone who, last season, made first-team All-NBA, had a seat at the MVP roundtable and nearly chopped down the champion Golden State Warriors in a playoff game (before being chopped down himself). And this will be good for the San Antonio Spurs, most would agree. What’s less certain is what Kawhi Leonard’s return from an achy quadricep means for LaMarcus Aldridge, who looks comfortable playing the lead right now without his co-star, yet squirmed to find peace when he had to ride shotgun. The Spurs star could make his season debut on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) against the Mavericks. The Spurs’ season rides on a happy balance between the two and a way to once again lurk as the team that gives the Warriors a severe case of the creeps, more than any other in the West. Despite all the fuss made over Chris Paul joining James Harden in Houston, and the star-infused Thunder in Oklahoma City, it’s the same-old Spurs who spooked Golden State in Game 1 before losing the Western Conference finals. They were also the last non-Warriors team to reach the NBA Finals. And look who’s sitting a bounce pass from the top of the West, despite missing Kawhi all season? That opening playoff game last May against Golden State was a flash point for San Antonio. The series of events that followed managed to put Leonard in a bad place physically, saw Aldridge melt epically the rest of that series and generate trade talk in the off-season, forced a major sit-down/showdown between coach Gregg Popovich and Aldridge and then, out of seemingly nowhere and somewhat surprisingly, a peaceful resolution was reached and wins followed. “As you can see, based on the evidence,” said Aldridge the other day, “everything’s good.” Yes, it appears so. With Kawhi out of the lineup, the Spurs are doing what they usually do, using disciplined basketball to stamp themselves as a contender. Some nights, Aldridge has been a force, ripping double-doubles and looming large in close games. The ball is finding him in a greedy groove; Aldridge is taking almost 17 1/2 shots a game and the Spurs’ No. 2 shooter, Rudy Gay, is getting nine. As a result, his scoring average is up from a year ago, from 17.3 points per game to 22.6 ppg, matching his best production during his peak with the Portland Trail Blazers. Now in his third season with the Spurs, Aldridge has never felt this frisky and once again is leaning on his money maker: the floating 18-foot jumper. Most important, the Spurs are winning because of him, and Popovich is gloating over him. “Are you kidding?” Popovich said. “We’d be in the toilet if it wasn’t for L.A. He’s been a complete basketball player at both ends of the floor, great rebounding, defensively, running the floor, scoring. What’s really been great is his leadership. And him bringing it every night.” It’s a short sample size after 25 games, but Popovich and the Spurs are cautiously encouraged by this. The Spurs veered from their usual draft-and-develop ways when they signed Aldridge to a big free-agent contract three summers ago. Because of that, Aldridge was considered an outsider, someone who wasn’t a true Spur, but who was needed by a team that craved proven talent to remain a contender in the post-Tim Duncan era. But it’s been a learning process for Aldridge, Popovich and the Spurs. He came from the Blazers anxious to break free of a team that began to orbit around Damian Lillard, but wouldn’t you know it, Leonard turned into a superstar almost overnight after Aldridge arrived. The timing was good for the Spurs ... and awkward for Aldridge, who was forced to adjust his game with prodding from Popovich. Aldridge bit his tongue last season when he averaged his lowest point total since his rookie season. When Leonard suffered his ankle sprain against the Warriors, Aldridge suddenly had the burden of carrying the load, and he failed spectacularly for the rest of that series. He averaged just 11.3 points in the final three games and became low hanging fruit for critics. Popovich was asked the other day if Aldridge had to atone for that this season and the coach came to his player’s defense. “I don’t know if the word ‘atone’ is accurate,” Popovich said. “If your leading scorer and also your point guard (Tony Parker, who was also out against the Warriors) isn’t there, then it falls on someone else. If you take away the two top players from any playoff team, it’s probably going to be tough to move on. I don’t think he has anything to atone for.” Still, something wasn’t right; anyone could see that. Aldridge requested a summertime meeting with Popovich and came with demands. On the surface, that might seem a risky strategy, given the coach’s credentials vs. someone without a single title, and Aldridge knew he was walking on eggshells. “I didn’t know how it would go because he’s Gregg Popovich. I didn’t know how he’d take me saying things. I didn’t know what to expect, with me coming at a person a different way but I was very honest and I think he could tell this was maybe different from what he was used to. But I was not disrespectful. I was trying to express how I was feeling and he was very receptive to it. We kept talking and things got better. I was pleasantly surprised.” For anyone who thought one of the game’s greatest coaches didn’t have a humble side, guess again. Popovich said: “We broke bread a few times, talked about it, laughed about it, discussed what we thought needed to happen, and frankly 95 percent of it fell on me because I made an error in trying to change him too much. That might sound odd, but he’d been in the league nine years and there’s one way he plays on the offensive end and feels comfortable with. I tried to turn him into Jack Sikma, told him I was going to teach you how to play on the elbow, go on the wing, face up. It was confusing for him. It really didn’t fit his style of play. I was guilty of over coaching in a sense. “We came to an agreement on what had to happen. Well, on defense, I told him ‘I’m going to get on you like I do everyone else. But on offense, I don’t even want to talk to you. When they double you, kick it. Other than that, you be LaMarcus Aldridge.’ You see the result right now. He’s happy, confident and kicking everybody’s butt.” Every star player’s ego needs a degree of pampering, and Popovich did admit that dealing with Aldridge was different than any player he’s ever had, yet says there’s a reason for that. “When guys like Kawhi and Tony Parker and others came to me, they were young kids. When a guy’s been in a league nine years and is used to doing something and I try to take it away, that’s not right. That wasn’t very wise on my part.” Popovich didn’t pull rank in the meeting with Aldridge and if anything, he put his ego in check, something you see from coaches who haven’t accomplished one-fourth of what he’s done. But Pop has never strayed from the first rule in coaching players, especially the good ones: Keep them happy by any means necessary. “You gotta look at things and make it better as a coach,” he said. “It’s your responsibility. This was mostly me.” Here’s Aldridge this season so far: Back-to-back 33- and-41-point games a few weeks ago, sharper court awareness, better rebounding and passing than a year ago. Aldridge: “I was frustrated. I just wanted to help more and I think he understood that. Now I feel as confident as I was in Portland. I’m definitely being myself and playing my game and not overthinking and not worried about what’s going to happen if I don’t play well. I’m not a face-up guy. I like to have my back to the basket more. Pop’s given me the freedom to be myself again and that has shown itself on the court.” The issue, both say, wasn’t necessary the number of shots, though that was certainly one of the issues. It also was about the spot on the floor, when those shots needed to be taken. Aldridge said he has no problem with Leonard as the core -- he called Kawhi “our main guy” -- but wanted the same amount of comforts within the system. “He’s a go-to guy also,” said Aldridge. “The plan is to have him be the guy he is, and I be who I am now.” And there’s the key word: now. Leonard was bothered by the quad all last season and it didn’t respond quickly to offseason treatment. But now he’s nearly 100 percent and hopes a quick return to the level of last season when he jacked his scoring and finished third in the MVP voting, one spot ahead of LeBron James. Count Parker among the teammates who’ve said the obvious about Aldridge and how the power forward, in Leonard’s absence, has looked All-Star quality. “Everything’s going through him right now and he’s doing a better job knowing when to score and when to pass,” Parker said, “along with reading double teams and playing good defense.” But then Parker, the most senior Spur after Manu Ginobili, stressed that everyone, including Aldridge, must sacrifice for Leonard and not vice-versa, for the sake of the system and ultimately, wins. “When you play for the Spurs you don’t get a lot of big stats,” Parker said. “Now that Kawhi is out, he obviously has the ball more and he’s going to shoot more shots.” Then he added the kicker: “When Kawhi comes back we will share” -- Parker said while smiling -- “like we always do here.” 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 NewsDec 9th, 2017

Lady Warriors advance to Finals despite bench-clearing brawl

The UE Lady Warriors advance to the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball tournament for the first time as they came back and downed the UST Tigresses, 69-62 at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday afternoon.  With the game at hand for UE, UST's Larosa threw a punch at Love Sto. Domingo after the former split her charities, leading to a bench-clearing brawl which resulted in the ejection of Larosa and for UE players Marieny Requiron, Erica Ebeza, and Princess Pedregosa.  UE head coach Aileen Lebornio also was assessed a technical foul for letting her players enter the court during the scrum. The Lady Warriors had erased a nine-point UST lead at the beginning of the payoff period with an 11-0 blitz capped by a Joyce Francisco corner triple with 5:56 left. UST responded with a Kikay Gandalla three to regain the lead, 59-58, however UE banked in on their stifling defense to force errant turnovers and timely free throws to erect a 64-59 lead with 1:30 left in the game. The Tigresses had control for much of the three quarters, even leading by as much as 14 points early in the first half 26-12, and were led by Anjel Anies’ 16 first-half points. Anies however did not score for UST in the final 20 minutes. Jhenn Angeles, in her final game for UST, had an all-around game of seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Also playing their final games donning the gold are Anies, Tata Jerez, Bettina Peñaflor, and Marielle Isanan. Larosa also scored 15 for UST and grabbed eight boards. Sto. Domingo paced UE’s offense with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Eunique Chan added 16 markers and 12 boards.  UE had a big advantage at the foul line with 35 free throw attempts to UST’s 19. The Lady Warriors may miss the services of Pedregosa, Requiron, and Ebeza as they will face idle NU, who hold a 62-game win streak on Wednesday, Nov. 29, for Game 1 of the best-of-three finals starting Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. "Doon ko nakita ‘yung five years na pinaghirapan namin. Sabi ko sa kanila nga noong natalo kami against UST noong Game 1 namin, sabi ko, masakit pero kailangan nating bumangon, isipin natin ‘yung goal natin kasi limang taon na tayo magkakasama tayo dito, hindi tayo pwedeng paatras, kailangan ang Warriors puro pasulong," UE head coach Aileen Lebornio said after the game. UST head coach Haydee Ong meanwhile was very much happy with their overachieving season, though was critical of the way how their season ended. "May mga fouls na hinahatak na yung mga player ko, hinahawakan yung jersey and they were not calling pero sa amin manipis. Kumbaga sa ano, kinontrol ng referee yung game," Ong said. "Kung pinaglaro lang kami ng mga referees dito, sana it would be a different outcome." The scores: UE (69) – Sto. Domingo 18, Chan 16, Francisco 14, Tacula 8, Cortizano 7, Ramos 4, Requiron 2, Gayacao 0, Antonio 0, Nama 0. UST (62) – Anies 16, Larosa 16, Gandalla 9, Angeles 9, Rivera 7, Peñaflor 3, Jerez 3, Sanggalang 2, Isanan 2, Aujero 2, Portillo 0, Manuel 0, Magat 0, Valera 0. Quarter Scores: 10-16, 27-35, 47-56, 69-62......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Tigresses forge sudden death with UE

The UST Tigresses forced a do-or-die match as they dispatched the UE Lady Warriors, 63-53, in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday morning.  UST, who defeated the FEU Lady Tamaraws in the first stepladder semifinals match, was the more focused team from the get-go, establishing an 18-point lead, 31-13, midway through the second quarter.  The Tigresses cruised through the game and led by 16 in the payoff period, 56-40, before the Lady Warriors fought back and almost ran away with it. UE forced UST to turn over the ball several times in the late stages of the game. and hit timely baskets which cut the lead to six, 59-53, following a Ruthlaine Tacula steal and layup with 1:29 left. Kikay Gandalla then responded with the dagger for UST with a booming triple from the right wing with 11.9 seconds left to nullify the twice-to-beat advantage enjoyed by the second-place Lady Warriors. Anjel Anies topscored for UST, scoring 21, including four triples. Jhenn Angeles meanwhile almost finished with a triple-double, recording 12 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Tacula meanwhile paced UE’s offense with 14 points before fouling out late in the game. Love Sto. Domingo added 12 markers and 12 boards. “We’re one step away from the finals and I know UE will be right back on Saturday so we have to be prepared and ready to counter whatever adjustment they will make,” UST head coach Haydee Ong said after the game. Though UST won the game, the Tigresses committed 25 turnovers, leading to 12 points. UE meanwhile had a forgettable shooting clip of 21 percent. On facing the Lady Warriors a second time around, Ong said that the team’s mindset has already been primed, as they already went through a do-or-die match against the Lady Tamaraws. UST and UE will battle for a trip to the Finals against idle NU on Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 am, at the same venue. THE SCORES: UST (63): Anies 21, Angeles 12, Larosa 12, Jerez 10, Gandalla 6, Aujero 1, Capilit 1, Portillo 0, Sanggalang 0, Rivera 0, Penaflor 0, Isanan 0, Magat 0 UE (53): Tacula 14, Sto. Domingo 12, Requiron 11, Chan 5, Gayacao 4, Cortizano 4, Ramos 0, Francisco 0, Antonio 0. Quarterscores: 17-9, 33-21, 47-35, 63-53.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Kiefer inks max rookie deal with NLEX

Big-time players make big-time money. Kiefer Ravena, the no. 2 overall pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, has officially signed a maximum rookie deal for the NLEX Road Warriors Thursday, well over a month before the 43rd PBA season takes off. Kiefer Ravena officially signs a maximum deal for his first professional contract in the PBA! pic.twitter.com/jN356DRjHs — The Score (@TheScorePH) November 9, 2017 Ravena, the former two-time UAAP MVP and champion from Ateneo de Manila University, will receive a deal worth P8.5 million over three years for his first PBA contract. Kiefer was drafted second overall by NLEX last Oct. 29 behind Fil-German Christian Standhardinger.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Happy ending to ‘ALEserye’

Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. Jett Villarin S.J. on Monday announced that head coach Tai Bundit and the Lady Eagles will continue to ‘work together’ to make their campaign in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament successful. Villarin posted a memo on his Facebook page saying that he met with Bundit and the players separately and listened to their thoughts and concerns regarding the issues surrounding the team just three months before the start of the UAAP wars. “The meetings have not been in vain since a number of valid concerns were raised and will be addressed systematically by the Ateneo de Manila,” according to Villarin’s post. Last October 29, team manager Tony Boy Liao confirmed that Bundit, who handled for the Lady Eagles for four seasons and steered the Katipunan-based squad to four straight championship appearances including back-to-back titles in Season 76 and 77, was asked by the school’s athletics department to not report anymore as head coach of the team. He cited that the team has been dealing with internal problems for quite some time now and that some players were complaining about the Thai mentor’s ‘difficult’ training program and their limited playing time. On October 30, the Ateneo athletics office, the university’s management, and the Lady Eagles coaching staff had a meeting and announced that Bundit will remain with the team. “One important common denominator in these gatherings is what I saw to be the shared desire of both Coach Tai and the Lady Eagles to apply themselves wholeheartedly to representing our school and doing their best to play for the championship,” said Villarin. “And to achieve this, they know that they have to make the needed adjustments and mutual accommodation in their preparations.” “In view of all this, I am happy to announce that both Coach Tai and the Ateneo Women’s Team will continue to work together to make this season’s campaign successful.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017