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Letran, San Beda-B post wins in Fr. Martin cagefest

Letran, San Beda-B post wins in Fr. Martin cagefest.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

BEST OF 5 PART 4: Credit to coach Boyet Fernandez, says San Beda

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. Read Part 2 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. Read Part 3 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. --- San Beda College has not only had top-tier players through its dynastic 12-year run, it has also had top-level coaches. Of the 10 championships in 12 years they have won, Frankie Lim called the shots for four, Boyet Fernandez led the way for three, and all of Koy Banal, Jamike Jarin, and Ronnie Magsanoc had one apiece. Next year, Fernandez has a chance to match Lim’s total. While that is not yet sure to happen, there is one thing that Fernandez is sure to do: just as he has always had, he will deflect all the praise away from himself. FOR AND AGAINST From then to now and onto the future, reporters are certain to hear the very same first four words in each and every one of Fernandez’s post-game conferences: “Credit to the boys.” From the times of Ola Adeogun and Baser Amer before to Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon now, the Red Lions’ mentor never fails to make it known that all the wins are because of his boys. He will also make it a point to laud the effort of their opponents and his counterpart coach. In fact, just in the most recent season, he had nothing but good words for Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Topex Robinson, San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ Egay Macaraya, and archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Jeff Napa – coaches of teams which have trained their targets on toppling the Mendiola dynasty. BECAUSE OF YOU After steering San Beda to perhaps its most dramatic title since its drought-ending one in 2006, however, the players themselves are saying it’s high time to give Fernandez his due. “Coach Boyet really deserves this championship. I want to thank coach Boyet dahil siya ang nagtulak sa aking mag-grow sa basketball,” Robert Bolick said. “Ginawa niya akong MVP. Kaya na ako ganito dahil sa kanya.” Bolick had a solid first season in red and white under Jarin in 2016, but truly blossomed under the watch of Fernandez in 2017. From a defensive stopper, the heady guard transformed himself into a complete player and had himself recognized as PBA D-League MVP as well as one of the top talents in the NCAA. BELIEVE WHAT I SAY Not only that, Bolick has also proven himself to be one of the most clutch players in all of college. The 21-year-old dropped seven points in the last two minutes in Game 1 of the Finals and then scored seven points in the last five minutes in Game 2. And perhaps there was no shot that defined all they had to overcome than this cold-blooded triple from “Big Shot Bolick.”   Robert Bolick breaks out LeBron celebration after the dagger against LPU. #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/33kzBDvuUC — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 16, 2017   As it turns out, those shots may not have gone in if not for Fernandez. “Since the start of the season kasi, coach Boyet wants us to shoot before and after training. He always tells me na I can shoot from the outside kaya ayan, nakita na nga natin,” Bolick said. WE GOT THIS For that full faith, the Red Lions promised to win the championship for their mentor – even though just about everybody was seeing a historic season from the then league-leading Pirates. “Noong natalo kami (ng LPU) two times, nag-team building kami and I told coach na he’s going to have to trust us. For me, for all of us, the only thing na makakabawi kami for coach for everything he’s done, is with the championship,” Bolick shared. He then continued, “I always told him, ‘I got you.’ Para sa kanya talaga ‘to.” True to form, however, right after they finally won that dramatic title, Fernandez made it a point to mention his predecessor for setting the table for him. “Coach Jamike is a very good coach and he won a championship for San Beda. Kaya nga sabi ko dati pa, I will defend the crown for him,” he said. FOR LIFE Next year, it will be the crown he won himself that he will be defending. By then, there is no doubt whatsoever that Fernandez will be giving credit where credit is due – just not for himself. And for him, there is no place he’d rather be doing that in than Mendiola – for now until the foreseeable future. “Sana I’ll continue to coach San Beda. Of course, it will be up to the bosses and I will respect whatever their decision will be,” he said. He then continued, “But if I will be asked to stay with San Beda, pwede bang lifetime na?” Boyet Fernandez, lifetime head coach of San Beda? Sounds good to us. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Clearly, Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin bring out the best in each other

The game on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum was between De La Salle University and National University. However, the story of that game was the rekindling of the rivalry between champion coaches Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin. From start to finish, the showdown lived up to expectations as the two teams went at it and scored basket after basket after basket. “We have the same system na we keep on running. Siguro, kung titignan niyo, para kayong nanonood ng lawn tennis,” Ayo said post-game. Indeed, everybody was entertained in a back-and-forth affair that saw the Green Archers’ “mayhem” get answered by the Bulldogs’ very own running game. In the end, the two teams combined for the highest scoring output in over a decade with Ayo and the defending champions coming out on top, 115-109. And in the end, the mentor of the Taft-based team was nothing but glad to have been part of a classic contest. “Both of us are very familiar with each other. Grabe yung competition, pero I have so much respect for that coach,” he shared. He then continued, “He always brings (out) the best (in me).” While they may be rivals, Jarin could only say the same about Ayo. “It’s always interesting when you coach against La Salle and Aldin. He’s a really good coach so he brings out the best in me also,” he expressed. Asked just why they bring out the best in each other, he answered, “Probably because we’re just two competitors who bring out the best sa mga players.” The NU mentor was quick to add, however, “Like I’ve said before, coach Jamike is not bigger than the UAAP, Aldin Ayo is not the bigger than the UAAP. We’re not bigger than La Salle, we’re not bigger than NU.” While this was their first meeting in the UAAP, Ayo and Jarin share a colorful history dating back to their days in the NCAA. Then, Ayo was at the forefront for Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Jarin was at the helm of San Beda College. Then, they split their head-to-head matchups at three wins apiece. They just could not find separation from each other even then so much so that Ayo had to say, “I find (coaching against Jarin) very interesting kasi may ginagawa siyang natutuwa ako. Natutuwa ako kasi alam kong ginagawa niya yun dahil galing siya sa grassroots.” He also added, “Ganun din ako. Basically, parehas kami ng ginagawa.” And until now, Ayo is loving the challenge of going up against Jarin. “We have the same system and coach Jamike is a very good coach. Kanina, ‘di ko alam kung ano pa nga ilalabas ko sa bulsa ko kasi malakas siya manggoyo e,” he said. He then continued, “Kung kalaban mo talaga si coach Jamike, talagang pipigain mo yung utak mo e. You have to make sure na nag-e-execute yung mga players.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Letran, San Beda score wins in Fr. Martin Cup

Letran, San Beda score wins in Fr. Martin Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 19th, 2017

Lions, Tams score wins in Fr. Martin cagefest

MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda-A Red Lions and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws repulsed their foes to move in contention for quarterfinal seats last.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2016

Knights, Red Cubs pull thru in Martin Cup

Letran turned back Our Lady of Fatima U, 76-69, in seniors play while San Beda repulsed San Sebastian, 74-70, in juniors division in the 24th Fr. Martin Cup summer basketball tournament at San Beda-Mendiola gym last Tuesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

FILOIL PRESEASON: Desiderio-less UP rallies past Gilas cadets

The University of the Philippines overcame both the absence of Paul Desiderio and a 16-point deficit to score its first winning streak in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. Behind Juan Gomez de Liano and Jun Manzo, the Fighting Maroons battled back from 16 points down in the third quarter before charging through in the final frame for a 78-72 comeback win over Gilas cadets on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Juan GDL was brilliant all game long with 22 points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Manzo fronted the fight in the endgame and had a total of 22 markers of his own. Bright Akhuetie also posted a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double while both Javi GDL and Jerson Prado had key contributions as State U won for the second straight game following a 0-3 start. “This is a big win for us, getting one against the best collegiate players,” a beaming head coach Bo Perasol said post-game. Their efforts were more than enough to make up for the absence of team captain Desiderio whom Perasol opted to sit out to get some rest. Arvin Tolentino topped the scoring column for Gilas cadets with 14 points. Now at 1-4, they need to win out in their remaining assignments just to have a chance of advancing to the next round. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME NU 96 – Mosqueda 18, Clemente 17, S Ildefonso 13, D Ildefonso 11, Gaye 10, Galinato 9, Sinclair 6, Menina 4, Salim 3, Diputado 2, Tibayan 2, Mangayaom 1, Gallego 0, Rangel 0, Oczon 0. EAC 84 – Maguliano 16, Garcia 15, Tampoc 13, Mendoza 12, Diego 10, Corilla 8, Cruz 4, Cadua 2, Bugarin 2, Ling 2, Natividad 0, Gonzales 0, Robin 0, Neri 0, Martin 0, Estacio 0, Altamirano 0. QUARTER SCORES: 24-16, 49-37, 74-63, 96-84. SECOND GAME FEU 87 — Bienes 13, Cani 13, Nunag 13, Parker 12, Tuffin 11, Eboña 7, Tolentino 6, Dulatre 2, Escoto 2, Iñigo 2, Jopia 2, Ramirez 2, Tempra 2, Bayquin 0, Orizu 0, Stockton 0. JRU 85 — Dela Rosa 18, Mendoza 17, Dela Virgen 14, Ramos 13, Estrella 11, Bordon 6, Silvarez 4, Dulalia 2, Esguerra 0, Perez 0, Yu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 28-27, 52-53, 72-68, 87-85. THIRD GAME LETRAN 78 — Muyang 20, Quinto 17, Fajarito 10, Ambohot 9, Balanza 9, Calvo 9, Batiller 2, Galvelo 2, Agbong 0, Balagasay 0, Celis 0, Mandreza 0, Taladua 0, Yu 0. LPU 74 — Remulla 18, Yong 15, Tansingco 11, Pericas 10, Ibañez 6, Mahinay 6, Pretta 4, Cunanan 2, Salo 2, Caduyac 0, Serrano 0. QUARTER SCORES: 17-20, 36-38, 62-59, 78-74. FOURTH GAME UP 78 — Ju. Gomez de Liaño 22, Manzo 22, Akhuetie 16, Ja. Gomez de Liaño 6, Vito 3, Lim 2, Murrell 2, Tungcab 2, Gozum 1, Dario 0, Jaboneta 0, Longa 0. GILAS CADETS 72 — A. Tolentino 14, Go 12, R. Rivero 9, Paras 8, Tamayo 7, V. Tolentino 6, Tuffin 5, Mocon 4, P. Rivero 4, Alejandro 3, Ambohot 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-18, 27-41, 53-58, 78-72. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Perpetual, EAC forge NCAA men s beach volleyball title showdown

University of Perpetual Help duo Rey Taneo and Joebert Almodiel trounced Jhonel Badua and Joeward Presnede twice in the Final Four to clinch a return trip to the championship round against Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Joshua Mina and Paolo Cezar Lim in the 93rd NCAA men’s beach volleyball tournament at the Boardwalk in Subic Bay, Zambales. Needing two wins to advance, Almodiel and Taneo pulled off 21-12, 21-14 and 23-21, 21-9 victories over Badua and Presnede to clinch the last slot to the knockout Final against Mina and Lim, who downed Letran’s Bobby Gatdula and Christopher Cistina, 21-9, 22-20, Saturday. The win thus gave the Las Pinas-based school a chance to claim a second straight title after Taneo and brother Relan won it all a season ago. “We hope to make my last season at Perpetual Help memorable with another championship,” said Taneo, the Finals MVP and one of the vital cogs in the Altas’ title run in NCAA indoor volleyball two weeks ago. For Mina and Lim, they hope to give EAC its very first men’s crown. In the women’s division, San Beda twins Maria Jeziela and Maria Nieza Viray turned back St. Benilde’s Jan Arianne Daguil and Melanie Torres, 21-18, 21-15, and EAC’s Jaylene May Lumbo and Glyka Medina dumped Perpetual Help’s Marijo Medalla and Bianca Tripoli, 21-18, 21-10, to arrange a title clash. The Virays will be looking at finally winning the title after two straight runner-up finishes while Lumbo and Medina aim to deny the former and win the championship themselves......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

Viray twins power San Beda in elims sweep

San Beda University’s Jiezela and Nieza Viray routed Letran’s Miracle Mhae Mendoza and Charm Simborio, 21-15, 21-8, Friday to complete a nine-game elimination round sweep in the 93rd NCAA women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Boardwalk in Subic Bay, Zambales. The Viray twins clinched a twice-to-beat advantage against St. Benilde’s Jan Arianne Daguil and Melanie Torres in the Final Four needing just a win to advance to the one-game championship match. Daguil and Torres made it through by beating San Sebastian’s Alyssa Eroa and Daurene Santos and Jose Rizal’s Shola Alvarez and Dolly Grace Versoza via tiebreak. Tied with 5-4 records, Daguil and Torres garnered 1.227 quotient points as against the 0.990 by Eroa and Santos and 0.817 by Alvarez and Verzosa. Emilio Aguinaldo’s Jaylene May Lumbo and Glyka Mariz Medina sealed the No. 2 seed and the other twice-to-beat edge with an 8-1 card and will play No. 3 University of Perpetual Help’s Marijo Medalla and Bianca Tripoli, who wound up with a 6-3 slate. The league has done away with the rule of a team advancing straight to the finals with an elims sweep. Paulo Cezar Lim and Joshua Mina of Emilio Aguinaldo College also swept the men’s side with nine wins and will play Letran’s Christopher Cistina and Bobby Gatdula, who edged CSB’s Isah Arda and Ruvince Arbot for the last spot to the Final Four. No. 2 and twice-to-beat Perpetual Help’s Joebert Almodiel and Rey Taneo tangle with Lyceum of the Philippines University tandem Jhonel Badua and Joeward Presnede......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

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 KibRee is definitely real. The De La Salle University Green Archers’ ‘man of steal’ has captured the heart of Lady Spiker and UAAP Season 79 Finals MVP Desiree Cheng, and they have been seen cheering and supporting each other through wins and losses.   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.   Jan-Jan Jaboneta and Isa Molde Maroon pride runs deep for Isko and Iska power couple Jan-Jan Jaboneta and Isa Molde. Jaboneta, a sparkplug off the bench for the rising UP Fighting Maroons and Molde, one of the Lady Fighting Maroons' go-to scorers have hit it off, and are probably each others' biggest fans when gametime comes......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Perfect Arellano U stakes sweep bid against CSB

Games Monday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- Letran vs EAC (jrs) 9:30 a.m. –- Letran vs. EAC (m) 11:00 a.m. –- Letran vs. EAC (w) 12:30 p.m. –- CSB vs. AU (w) 2:00 p.m. –- CSB vs. AU (m) 3:30 p.m. –- CSB-LSGH vs. AU (jrs)   Defending champion Arellano University is just two wins away from barging into the best-of-three Finals outright. Unbeaten in seven games and already assured of a semifinals berth, the Lady Chiefs face the inconsistent College of St. Benilde in their second to the last elimination round assignments in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Monday. The rematch of last year’s final stepladder semifinals match is slated at 12:30 p.m. after the 11:00 a.m. duel of Letran and also-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College. Arellano U is coming off a dominating 25-17, 25-10, 25-17 win over erstwhile unbeaten San Beda College last Friday for their seventh win in as many games and 19th straight victory since last year. While the Lady Chiefs are performing consistently, the Lady Blazers are struggling in their campaign for the remaining three semis berths. CSB is currently at sixth spot with a 3-3 win-loss record and is coming off a 21-25, 22-25, 21-25, last week. Another loss will put the Taft-based squad on the brink of elimination.        Meanwhile, Letran looks to fan its flickering semis hopes and snap a two-game skied. The Lady Knights still have an outside chance to advance in the semis but will need to sweep their last three games. Letran holds a 2-4 mark. EAC will play the spoiler’s role as the Lady Generals seek a follow up to its five-set win over Mapua University to barge in the win column after six outings. In men’s play, Arellano U (6-1) shoots for the first Final Four berth against defending champion CSB (5-1), which is on the hunt for at least a semis spot playoff, at 2:00 p.m. EAC (2-4) tries to keep its semis bid alive at 11:00 a.m. in a showdown with winless Letran (0-6). In the juniors division, EAC (4-0) and Letran (4-1) seek to secure at least a semis seat playoff in their 8:00 a.m. clash while CSB-La Salle Greenhills (4-1) and Arellano (2-3) meet at 3:30 p.m.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

SSC-R cruises to third straight win, climbs to a share of third spot

Games Friday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- Arellano U vs San Beda (jrs) 9:30 a.m. –- Arellano U vs. San Beda (m) 11:00 a.m. –- Arellano U vs. San Beda (w)   San Sebastian College fueled its Final Four hopes with its third straight win in a cakewalk, 25-9, 25-22, 25-18 crushing of Letran Thursday in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Stags moved up to a tie with idle University of Perpetual Help at third to fourth spots with their fourth win in six games that put SSC-R on the right track of occupying a spot in the semifinals. “Nasa within firing range pa rin dun sa semis. Nakakatuwa sila ngayon kasi wala masyadong errors,” said SSC-R coach Roger Gorayeb. “At least ‘yung laro na aking sinasabi nagagawa naman nila.” Joyce Sta. Rita, who came fresh from a career-high 28-point explosion Tuesday against Mapua, scored 18 points in an all-around offensive performance that saw her unleash 10 kills, post five kill blocks and pick a couple of service aces for the Lady Stags. Nikka Dalisay added 12 points while Daurene Santos had 11 markers for SSC-R, which still has Lyceum of the Philippines and unbeaten teams San Beda College and Arellano University in its list of assignments. Letran absorbed its second straight defeat to slide back at 2-4 card. Kathleen Barrinuevo and Jaymeleene Parin finished with six points each for the Intramuros-based squad, who sufferedanother sorry loss after a five-set setback to the Lady Red Spikers last Monday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Neymar, Mbappe score as leader PSG wins 4-1 at Rennes

PARIS (AP) — The world's two most expensive soccer stars both scored as Paris Saint-Germain restored its nine-point lead in the French league with a 4-1 win at Rennes on Saturday. Brazil forward Neymar scored twice and turned provider for Kylian Mbappe and striker Edinson Cavani, while Mbappe set up both of Neymar's goals. Neymar put PSG ahead in the fourth minute, turning in Mbappe's cross from the right. Roles were reversed when teenage star Mbappe then netted from Neymar's cross in the 17th. Neymar and Mbappe joined in the summer transfer window, with PSG paying Barcelona a world record 222 million euros ($262 million). Mbappe, who turns 19 next Wednesday, joined from defending champion Monaco in a deal worth 180 million euros ($216 million). Rennes pulled a goal back early in the second half through striker Firmin Mubele, but then had influential midfielder Benjamin Andre sent off in the 63rd minute for a second yellow card following a late challenge on center back Presnel Kimpembe, who was also sent off late on. Andre's red card prompted an angry reaction from Rennes coach Sabri Lamouchi, who argued with referee Antony Gautier. PSG profited from the extra man to make it 3-1 when Cavani ran onto Neymar's pass to brilliantly flick the ball over goalkeeper Tomas Koubek in the 75th for his league-leading 18th goal of the season. A minute later Cavani released Mbappe down the right, he crossed quickly, and Neymar slid in at the back post to grab his 11th of the season. PSG was ruthless in attack but its poor defending — which had also been seen in a recent 2-1 loss at Strasbourg — let Rennes back into the game in the 53rd. From a corner, midfielder Morgan Amalfitano was left unmarked and his header hit the front post. The ball rolled across the goal and presented Mubele with a tap-in. Kimpembe was sent off in the 89th. He was beaten by a pass played behind him and clumsily chopped down midfielder James Lea Siliki. But winger Wahbi Khazri blazed the penalty over the top. Second-place Monaco won 4-0 at Saint-Etienne on Friday night. ___ OTHER MATCHES Despite having one of the smallest budgets in Ligue 1, Strasbourg is up to seventh place after beating Toulouse 2-1 at home. Midfielder Jonas Martin and center half Kader Mangane scored either side of an equalizer from winger Max-Alain Gradel. Striker Wesley Said netted twice as Dijon climbed up to eighth place by beating 18th-place Lille 3-0, with all the goals in the first half. Mid-table Caen and Guingamp drew 0-0. Troyes moved further away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 home win against Amiens. Last-place Metz secured a rare success by winning 3-1 at Montpellier. ___ SUNDAY'S GAMES Third-place Lyon plays at fourth-place Marseille on Sunday night, with both sides three points behind Monaco. Also, fifth-place Nantes takes on Angers, and Nice hosts Bordeaux......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

San Beda, CSB take on winless foes today

Powerhouse teams San Beda College and College of Saint Benilde (CSB) gun for their respective second wins when they take on separate winless opponents today in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 93 seniors football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. The Red Booters collide with Mapua University in the second [...] The post San Beda, CSB take on winless foes today appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 27th, 2017

BEST OF 5 Part 1: The LPU Pirates are knocking on the door of history

The best-ever start to the season in the 93-year history of the NCAA belongs to Lyceum of the Philippines University. Yes, that Pirate crew which has been in the league for only six years. That best-ever start, 18 wins in 18 games, has put LPU straight into the Finals. Meaning, not only have they made their first playoffs, they have also made their first championship round. In doing so, the Pirates were also granted the luxury of a three-week break while watching their challengers in Colegio de San Juan de Letran, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Jose Rizal University, and San Beda College go at it in successive knockout bouts. And for now, their first-ever Finals is far from the minds of the Intramuros-based squad. LOVE. SERVE. CARE. After setting the league on fire through 18 games, their first agenda was to stay true to the three words on the back of their warmup shirts: “Love, Serve, Care.” “We went to White Cross which is a home for kids who were abandoned,” head coach Topex Robinson shared. “It’s a part of letting them know how blessed they are to be in this situation right now.” Last October 26, LPU visited the orphanage in San Juan to spend time with youngsters whom they want to inspire. While that isn’t necessarily the typical preparation for a big game, it does help with the mental aspect of things – specifically, reminding them that they aren’t bigger than anything. “Amongst us, we know how we handle things. They know that our job isn’t done, that we haven’t accomplished anything yet,” Robinson said. “Rather than boast and be proud, we did a lot of community service so again, it’s going back to service. We could be enjoying everything, but it’s always about helping back and giving back.” HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS And so, two-thirds of the Pirates’ three-week break was devoted to both giving back and looking back. According to their mentor, most of the players went back home to their provinces during the Halloween break. “I gave them three days off to go back to their families. Ang reminder ko dun when they went back is to try to remember where they started and how everything has gone for them,” he shared. He then continued, “It’s always about remembering saan sila nanggaling before.” Robinson went on to say how he reminded CJ Perez of how he went from Pangasinan to San Sebastian College-Recoletos and then transferring to Ateneo de Manila University only to find his home inside the Walls of Intramuros. The same goes for Kim Cinco and Ralph Tansingco who floundered in National University and for Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee who found no place in Adamson University. “It’s always about being grateful for where they are now,” the head coach said. READY. SET. GO. All of this means that mentally, LPU is more than prepared as it sees action in its first-ever Finals – which just so happens to also be its first time playing on the floor of the Araneta Coliseum. Now that has been taken care of, they turn their attention to the game itself. “We were pretty much trying to take it lightly because we had three weeks, but we will be playing Alab (Pilipinas) in a tuneup match,” Robinson said. He then continued, “It’s gonna be our first, pretty much, basketball (since October 19).” That is why, on Sunday, the Pirates took on, and closely competed with, Ray Parks Jr.-led and Jimmy Alapag-coached Alab of the Asean Basketball League. After that, they return to practice to re-ignite the flame that had them setting the league on fire for 18 games. Nobody knows exactly what will happen in Game 1 of the NCAA 93 Finals on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. One thing is for sure, though: the LPU Pirates will cherish their first-ever Finals, their first time at the Araneta Coliseum, and their first chance to officially put their school at the top tier of teams. After all, just six seasons ago, that was all but a dream for them. LPU and whoever wins between San Beda and San Sebastian will wage war in Game 1 of the NCAA 93 Finals. All of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/ncaa. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Blue Dragons tame San Beda in Fr. Martin Cup

The Diliman College Blue Dragons fought off the San Beda Red Lions, 58-53, last October 22, to win the senior division honors of the 15th Fr. Martin Cup Division 2 basketball tournament. Cameroonian cager Adama Diakhite struggled for form but still led with 15 points for the Blue Dragons in their winner-take-all showdown at the [...] The post Blue Dragons tame San Beda in Fr. Martin Cup appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 1st, 2017

Chiefs secure playoff for last semis berth

Missing a key player in injured Kent Salado, point guard Levi Dela Cruz stepped up to keep Arellano University in contention for the last 93rd NCAA seniors basketball competition semifinals seat.  The 5-foot-9 Dela Cruz set the pace for the Chiefs' blow out win over the Mapua University Cardinals, 81-64, as Arellano secured a playoff for the last semis seat at the close its elimination round campaign at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Tuesday. Dela Cruz exploded for 20 points on a 7-of-13 field goal clip, including 4-of-5 from the three-point area while adding five assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals for the Legarda-based squad, who ended the elims with a 9-9 win-loss record. The victory assured the Chiefs, whose court general Salado is out for at least a month after sustaining an MCL injury in his right knee, of a playoff for the right to join unbeaten Lyceum of the Philippines University, defending champion San Beda College and Jose Rizal University in the semis.     “Siyempre medyo talagang struggling kami talaga. ‘Yung wins, deceiving ‘yun, nag-struggle kami sa chemistry kasi wala si Kent,” said Chiefs coach Jerry Codinera. “Meron din namang upside kasi may chance ang iba to play in the system na wala si Kent. We still believe in teamwork, maniwala pa rin kayo dun.” Letran (8-9) and San Sebastian College (8-9) are also in contention for the last semis berth. A two-way tie will force a playoff while in case of a three-way logjam at 9-9 there will be a stepladder playoff for the no. 4 spot. Lervin Flores had 14 points while Zach Nicolls finished with 11 for Arellano. Flores gave the Chiefs their biggest lead, 76-55, with 3:06 remaining in the match from an incomplete and-one play. Christian Buñag started out hot, scoring 19 points in the first half but the Mapua big man went quite in the last two quarters to end up with 22 markers and 16 rebounds.   The Cardinals finished their season with a disappointing 3-15 record.      The Scores: ARELLANO (81) - Dela Cruz 20, Flores 14, Nicholls 11, Alcoriza 8, Cañete 6, Enriquez 6, Viloria 5, Meca 4, Taywan 4, Abanes 3, Concepcion 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Filart 0. MAPUA (64) - Buñag 22, Pelayo 9, Victoria 8, Gabo 7, Estrella 6, Orquina 5, Raflores 4, Jimenez 3, Aguirre 0. Quarter scores: 17-13, 39-28, 58-48, 81-64.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Still alive: Teams chasing World Cup spots through playoffs

A look at the lineup of teams in the intercontinental and European playoffs for the 2018 World Cup in Russia: ___ em> strong>EUROPEAN PLAYOFFS (matches to be confirmed) /strong> /em> strong>ITALY /strong> Four-time world champion Italy will be favored to qualify no matter which opponent it faces, yet the Azzurri aren't in top form after four discouraging results — a 3-0 loss to Spain, slim 1-0 wins over Israel and Albania, and a 1-1 draw with Macedonia. However, the expected returns from injury of center forward Andrea Belotti and veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi could provide a boost. The playoff outcome will likely determine the future of Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura. Milan's San Siro or Palermo's Renzo Barbera stadium are being considered to host the home leg of the playoff. strong>CROATIA /strong> Croatia finds itself in familiar territory. Led by playmaker Luka Modric and other high-profile players in Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic, the Croatians faced the same hurdle before the 2014 tournament in Brazil, eliminating Iceland 2-0 on aggregate. In this campaign, Croatia was on course to qualify automatically from the first place before two poor results — a 1-0 loss in Turkey and a 1-1 draw at home to Finland. Those results cost coach Ante Cacic his job. Under new coach Zlatko Dalic, Croatia won a needed 2-0 victory at Ukraine to seal a playoff spot behind Iceland. strong>SWITZERLAND /strong> Switzerland was perfect in World Cup qualifying for more than one year: Nine games, nine wins. Now coach Vladimir Petkovic must lift his players after a 2-0 loss in Portugal on Tuesday sent them to the playoffs, where the best runner-up record counts for little except being seeded. The Swiss have a reputation for being an efficient team in group-stage games that falls just short against good opponents in elimination games. They lost to Argentina at the 2014 World Cup, and Poland at Euro 2016. Their opponents next month are likely to be below that class, and Petkovic can expect that forward Breel Embolo — a substitute in Lisbon — will be fully fit after a one-year injury absence. strong>DENMARK /strong> There's a chance Denmark could face neighbor Sweden, which denied the Danes a spot in the 2016 European Championship by winning their playoff. Christian Eriksen is the undoubted star of the Denmark team, the playmaker having been one of the best players in the English Premier League over the last two years and scoring eight times from midfield in qualifying. Denmark was second to Poland in its group, only missing out on automatic qualification in the final round. strong>GREECE /strong> Reaching the playoffs came as a relief for Greece's players and coach Michael Skibbe following an embarrassing qualification campaign for Euro 2016, when the team was twice beaten by the Faeroe Islands and finished last in the group. An obdurate defense was again the key to earning a runner-up spot, nine points behind Belgium, with Skibbe struggling to find stability in midfield and a strike partner for Kostas Mitroglou. The German coach may look forward to the development of 21-year-old Tassos Donis, who provided some badly needed pace in midfield, as well as the talents of the Portuguese-born Carlos Zeca. strong>SWEDEN /strong> Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist says he'd prefer to not play Italy or Scandinavian archrival Denmark and would rather face Croatia or Switzerland. Sweden, for example, has never beaten Italy in the last 17 years. Sweden finished behind France in its group, but ahead of the Netherlands, in its first qualifying campaign without retired striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Marcus Berg has replaced Ibrahimovic as Sweden's leading striker and scored eight times in the qualifying. strong>IRELAND /strong> This will be Ireland's ninth time in the playoffs for a major tournament. The Irish have progressed on three occasions, with their most high-profile failure coming against France in the playoffs for the 2010 World Cup when Thierry Henry clearly handled the ball in the build-up to the crucial goal. In the final round of group play, Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff in a virtual playoff for the playoffs. Coach Martin O'Neill's counterattacking tactics worked perfectly in that 1-0 win and it would be no surprise if he does the same in the playoffs. strong>NORTHERN IRELAND /strong> After reaching the knockout stage at Euro 2016, the Northern Irish continued their rise in international soccer by finishing runner-up behind Germany in their group. They have never been to back-to-back major tournaments. There's no chance of a potentially spicy match against neighbor Ireland, as both are set to be among the non-seeded teams after the seedings are confirmed on Monday. ___ em> strong>INTERCONTINENTAL PLAYOFFS /strong> /em> strong>HONDURAS vs. AUSTRALIA /strong> Both countries have been regulars in recent World Cups, with Honduras looking to make it for a third straight tournament and Australia seeking a fourth in a row. Los Catrachos — as the Honduras national team is nicknamed — were squeezed out of an automatic place in Russia by Panama, which scored a late winner in a dramatic denouement to qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Asian Cup champion Australia had its chances to qualify directly, but failed to capitalize on a glut of scoring chances in the last group game against Thailand and ended up finishing in third spot behind Japan and Saudi Arabia. The Socceroos then beat Syria 2-1 after extra time to clinch the two-legged Asian playoff, but only after Syria hit the post with a free kick in the last moments of the second leg. The Australians were most recently in an inter-confederation playoff in 2006, when they ousted Uruguay over two legs. strong>PERU vs. NEW ZEALAND /strong> On New Zealand's side is a more recent appearance at the World Cup — going through the group stage in 2010 unbeaten but still being eliminated — and a first taste of Russia by qualifying for the Confederations Cup in June. But more than a 100 places separate New Zealand and Peru in the FIFA rankings. While New Zealand is at No. 113, Peru has surged to 12th as it chases a first visit to the World Cup since 1982. Peru claimed fifth place in the tough South American qualifying group to set up the intercontinental play-off that will be played over two legs on Nov. 6 and 14. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Perfect Pirates, Player of the Week Perez making it look easy

As Lyceum of the Philippines University draws nearer to a historic elimination round sweep in the NCAA Season 93, CJ Perez is starting to make it look easy. Perez was once again at the forefront of the Pirates' attack as they siezed win number 16, 81-69, over Colegio de San Juan de Letran on Friday. Perez scored 10 of his 24 points in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter to repeatedly turn back every rally from the Knights and move his crew two wins away from completing an 18-game elimination round sweep. For his exploits, he once again bagged the Chooks-to-Go NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week Award. Perez' effortless destruction of the Knights earned him the praises of head coach Topex Robinson, but for his longtime mentor it's really the attitude of his prized wingman which truly stands out. 'Conscious siya pag nagkamali siya. He knows na nagkamali siya. One thing I like about him, and I always try to brag about my coaches in Alaska, he will never blame yung kasama,' said Robinson. 'Hindi siya yung, pag hindi pinasahan magagalit. He knows that kumbaga, he knows (he needs) the support of everyone,' he added. It was the second time Perez bagged the weekly award handed out by sports scribes. He was the very first player to be feted the individual recognition this season. To do so, Perez edged out impressive performances from Mapua University's Andoy Estrella, San Beda College's Javee Mocon, Jose Rizal University's Jed Mendoza, and Arellano University's Kent Salado. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2017

Germany, England seal World Cup qualification; Poland close

em>By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press /em> Germany and England booked places at the World Cup in Russia next year, while Poland was made to wait for qualification in Europe despite thrashing Armenia 6-1 on Thursday. Defending champion Germany never looked like missing out as early goals helped it to beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast, maintaining its perfect record with nine wins from nine games in Group C. England qualified in contrasting fashion, scraping past Slovenia 1-0 thanks to Harry Kane's injury-time strike in a poor team performance at Wembley Stadium. Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick in Yerevan, Armenia, to become Poland's all-time highest scorer and put his team on the verge of qualification. A draw later between Montenegro and Denmark would have meant Poland clinched Group E, but Christian Eriksen gave Denmark a 1-0 win in Podgorica to keep alive its slim hope of topping the group. Group winners qualify automatically for the finals in Russia. Here's a closer look at the action across the three groups: strong>GROUP C /strong> Northern Ireland hadn't lost a qualifier in Windsor Park for four years, but it got off to a bad start when Germany's Sebastian Rudy fired the ball inside the top corner from distance in the second minute. Sandro Wagner brought a good save from Michael McGovern and hit the post before he finally scored in the 21st to give Germany a comfortable lead. Joshua Kimmich wrapped it up late, and Josh Magennis got the enthusiastic home fans singing again with the home side's consolation after a corner in injury time. Northern Ireland was already assured of at least second place, but only the top eight runners-up from the nine groups advance to playoffs. Already out of contention, the Czech Republic defeated Azerbaijan 2-1 in Baku to move to third, and Mohamed 'Moi' Elyounoussi scored a hat trick as Norway routed San Marino 8-0. Germany coach Joachim Loew said before his side's game in Belfast that he wants to complete qualifying with 10 wins from 10 games, a feat accomplished previously by only Spain before it won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. strong>GROUP E /strong> With his third hat trick in the campaign, Poland striker Lewandowski became the most prolific scorer in a European qualifying campaign with 15, one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. Lewandowski curled in a free kick to tie Wlodzimierz Lubanski's record as Poland's all-time leading scorer on 48 goals and then added two more to own it outright with 50. Following Denmark's 1-0 win in Montenegro, Poland leads by three points over Denmark, and it needs a point from the last-round match on Sunday against Montenegro in Warsaw to automatically qualify as the group winner. Denmark, which handed Poland its only defeat in the group stage by 4-0, hosts Romania in the last round and must win to top the group. strong>GROUP F /strong> Kane secured England's place in the fourth minute of additional time when he latched onto Kyle Walker's cross and struck under goalkeeper Jan Oblak for the side's flattering win over Slovenia. It was a rare highlight on a dreary and subdued night that highlighted the limitations of Gareth Southgate's Russia-bound team. England, which hasn't missed a World Cup since 1994, could still be joined in Russia next year by neighbor Scotland. Martin Skrtel's own goal gave Scotland a 1-0 victory over 10-man Slovakia in Glasgow. The Scots, missing from the World Cup since 1998, will be guaranteed second place and a potential place in the playoffs if they beat Slovenia in the last round of games on Sunday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

San Beda remains in hot pursuit of CSB-LSGH for second spot

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> Malayan 12-2 br /> CSB-LSGH 11-4 br /> San Beda 10-5 br /> Letran 9-6 br /> San Sebastian 8-6 br /> LPU 7-8 br /> Arellano 6-8 br /> JRU 5-10 br /> Perpetual 4-10 br /> EAC 1-14 Only one playoff incentive remains in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament and four teams have realistic shots at it. Both College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and San Beda High School are still the frontrunners for the twice-to-beat advantage following separate wins on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Pounding on the boards and taking full advantage of their many more shot attempts, the Junior Blazers got the better of Jose Rizal High School, 80-73. Joel Cagulangan, Joshua Marcos, and Mark Sangco each scored 15 points to carry their team back onto the win column now at 11-4. Inand Fornilos proved to be the biggest difference between the two teams, however, and posted a 12-point, 18-rebound double-double. All this, while standing at the forefront of their massive advantage in offensive rebounds, 24-11; second chance points, 17-4; and shot attempts, 89-62. With the bounce back win, CSB-LSGH remains in solo second. Putting more pressure on them are the Red Cubs who mangled University of Perpetual Help, 87-66. The boys from Taytay started strong and never looked back all the way to a third consecutive victory and 10th overall in 15 games. Luke Sese, by his lonesome, outscored all of the Junior Altas in the first quarter alone, 9-2. Behind that 23-8 blitz, San Beda strengthened its stranglehold of the third spot while also staying right behind the second running Junior Blazers. Sese wound up with 12 points while Evan Nelle contributed 16 points, eight assists, three rebounds, and two steals. While the Junior Blazers and the Red Cubs are the frontrunner, 9-6 Colegio de San Juan de Letran and 8-6 San Sebastian College-Recoletos also have a fighting chance for the remaining playoff incentive. Meanwhile, their respective losses dropped the Light Bombers to 5-10 and the Junior Altas to 4-10. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME SAN BEDA 87 – Nelle 16, Alfaro 12, Sese 12, Mahinay 10, Velasquez 9, Garcia 6, Oliva 6, Tagala 4, Obenza 3, Nayve 3, Abu Hijleh 2, Etrata 2, Dela Rosa 2, Lagumen 0 PERPETUAL 66 – Razon 20, Bongay 13, Siegue 9, Rocero 5, Umali 5, Cuevas 4, Inliwan 4, De Leon 3, Gallano 3, Maneze 0, Duka 0, Romilla 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-8, 43-26, 68-46, 87-66 SECOND GAME CSB-LSGH 80 – Cagulangan 15, Marcos 15, Sangco 15, Fornilos 12, David 6, Perez 5, Lao 3, Mosqueda 2, Pedrosa 2, Lepalam 2, Morales 2, Cruz 1 JRU 73 – Camua 21, Tolentino 14, Serrano 10, Caballero 9, Sicat 8, Agustin 5, Buazon 4, Dionisio 2, Amores 0, Vasquez 0, Sabado 0, Delos Santos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-22, 40-40, 63-60, 80-73 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017