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Losing Nieto hurt Ateneo

Losing Nieto hurt Ateneo.....»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardOct 12th, 2018

Losing Nieto hurt Ateneo

Losing Nieto hurt Ateneo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Cignal-Ateneo flexes muscle in 28-point beatdown of GFG-CSB

Cignal-Ateneo de Manila Univeristy announced its entry to the 2019 PBA D-League with a rousing 103-75 victory versus Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Isaac Go got the ball rolling for the Blue Eagles as they went on a 24-3 tear in the second quarter that turned a slim 20-16 lead to a commanding 44-17 advantage, capped off by an Ange Kouame lay-up. The versatile forward topscored for the early favorites with 21 points on a sizzling 4-of-6 shooting from threes, to go with his four rebounds as Cignal-Ateneo gained an early headstart in the Aspirants Group. Adrian Wong also had his way from downtown, drilling five long bombs to notch 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists, as Matt Nieto contributed 14 points, seven assists, and three rebounds in the win. It was a sweet-shooting outing for the Blue Eagles as they went on a 55-percent field goal shooting and 45-percent clip from threes, much to the delight of coach Tab Baldwin. "This isn't how we play in the UAAP. We'll press a lot more, we'll do a lot of other things that we really can't do when our numbers are down. So offensively, I was surprised, we played pretty well," he said. "We're not doing a lot really, but the guys played very efficiently and that's a good thing." Ivorian slotman Kouame did his damage inside on his way to 13 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals, including a big rim-rattler to finish the game in the final 81 seconds. Justin Gutang led Foundation Cup champion Go for Gold-CSB with 21 points and three rebounds in the losing effort. Yankie Haruna provided support with his 11 points and three boards for the Scratchers. BOX SCORES CIGNAL-ATENEO 103 -- Go 21, Wong 17, Ma. Nieto 14, Kouame 13, Mi. Nieto 9, Navarro 9, Belangel 9, Daves 6, Credo 5. GO FOR GOLD-CSB 75 -- Gutang 21, Haruna 11, Belgica 9, Pasturan 8, Naboa 7, Young 6, Dixon 6, Carlos 5, Leutcheu 2, Nayve 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-14, 49-26, 80-55, 103-75......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Ateneo slays San Beda to set up date with UV in PCCL Finals

Ateneo de Manila University’s quest to widen the scope of its rule continues. At full strength for the first time in the 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions League, the Blue Eagles tamed San Beda University, 62-56, on Saturday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig to book a ticket to the tournament Finals. Missing Game 2 due to class, UAAP Rookie of the Year Ange Kouame made up for lost time and was a game-long force in the win-or-go-home matchup with a total of 13 points, 18 rebounds, and eight blocks. He definitely wasn’t alone, however, as Thirdy Ravena was right there with him with 14 points and six rebounds. Adrian Wong and BJ Andrade also stepped up with 10 and eight markers, respectively. At halftime, the Red Lions seemed to be still in the game thanks to Evan Nelle’s buzzer-beating triple. Come the third, though, the kings of the UAAP went right to work once more and scored seven unanswered points for a 41-24 lead early in the quarter. Of course, San Beda kept coming and even tied the tally at 55-all inside the last three minutes only to see Kouame and Ravena connive for a 6-1 counter that put them up once more, 61-56. There were 22 ticks to go on the clock by then, but Evan and Ain Obenza muffed on their triple tries while Ravena made good on one of two free throws to seal the deal once and for all With that, Ateneo ultimately got the better of the NCAA champions even after losing Game 1 of the best-of-three series. They won Game 2 with just nine players in uniform before digging deep to come away with Game 3. The Blue Eagles now turn their attention to CESAFI titlist University of Visayas. The Finals tips off on Monday. James Canlas paced the Red Lions with 14 points and six rebounds while Cameroonian powerhouse Donald Tankoua posted his own 10-marker, 12-board double-double. Failing to finish off their opponents after a big-time win in Game 1, however, they bow out of contention. BOX SCORES ATENEO 62 – Ravena 14, Kouame 13, Wong 10, Andrade 8, Ma. Nieto 5, Berjay 3, Mamuyac 3, Navarro 2, Go 2, Mi. Nieto 1, Tio 1, Belangel 0. SAN BEDA 56 – Canlas 14, Tankoua 10, Nelle 9, Doliguez 7, Soberano 5, Etrata 4, Cuntapay 3, Oftana 2, Alfaro 2, Abuda 0, Bahio 0, Carino 0, Visser 0, Obenza 0. QUARTER SCORES: 10-7, 34-24, 53-42, 62-56. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

UAAP: Defending champ Ateneo doesn t care about all your expectations

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 13-1 after eliminations, 1-1 in Final Four, 2-1 in Finals, champion YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Anton Asistio, Isaac Go, Gian Mamuyac, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Thirdy Ravena WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: SJ Belangel, Matthew Daves, Angelo Kouame, William Navarro, Adrian Wong (returning) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Chibueze Ikeh, Vince Tolentino WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM ATENEO? As it should be, defending champion Ateneo de Manila University is the favorite to repeat. “We recognize the quality of the opposition. Anytime you have a successful season, you not only have to fight your own complacency, but you also have to fight the elevated determination that kind of season creates on your opponents.” – head coach Tab Baldwin While the Blue Eagles’ championship team lost big man Chibueze Ikeh and glue guy Vince Tolentino, they are installing in their places 6-foot-10 Ivorian tower Angelo Kouame, Filipino-Canadian high-flyer Matthew Daves, and former San Beda University sweet-shooter William Navarro And oh, they now also have SJ Belangel of UAAP Juniors champion Ateneo high as well as returning swingman Adrian Wong. Safe to say, the defending champions only got better – and that much was evident in their strong showing in the 2018 William Jones Cup. “We try to make sure that we see each animal distinctly. The summer leagues, each of them was different, but there’s no doubt as to what we really exist for and that’s the UAAP. All of these things are in preparation for the UAAP.” – head coach Tab Baldwin Still, Ateneo is tuning out all the noise from all over and instead, as always, have decided to focus on themselves. “Expectations are irrelevant to us. We have our own expectations and we believe in ourselves. I don’t feel like I have anything to prove, but that doesn’t mean I would accept losing.” – head coach Tab Baldwin WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM ATENEO? Thirdy Ravena has been runner-up to MVP Ben Mbala for two seasons running. Now that Mbala is in Korea, it’s not that farfetched to see Ravena finally hoisting the trophy for top individual player. Matt Nieto and Isaac Go are also still here and even better than ever – especially after gaining valuable experience as Gilas cadets. All eyes are on Kouame who wowed in the Jones Cup as well as the Filoil Preseason. He is as raw as they come right now, but likewise has the potential to be the best foreign student-athlete the school has ever had. “Angelo has very little background in basketball and there are some complexities to our system, but he’s an intelligent kid. He’s very hungry and incredibly willing to do what’s asked of him. We believe in him and his future – both short-term and long-term. I think he has a big upside.” – head coach Tab Baldwin When it all comes down to it, however, Ateneo is still Ateneo and they don’t really have players to watch – just a team to watch. That means that what we can only expect is that there will be different top scorers, different top rebounders, and different top assist-men in each and every game. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR ATENEO? Ateneo is the defending champion and the heavy favorite, but remains grounded on team play, selflessness, and brotherhood. That same balanced offense and disciplined defense is still here – and perhaps, even better than ever. “We just try to continue to grow. There’s so much to learn for these young players in the game of basketball and there’s so much development for them to achieve. We don’t get bored because tomorrow is another day to grow and improve.” – head coach Tab Baldwin And so the Blue Eagles are the team-to-beat for opponents, but also remain the team-to-love for fans. WHERE WOULD ATENEO BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? Ateneo will be in the Finals once more – living up to its billing as favorite to repeat. A season sweep also isn’t out of the question, but even the Blue Eagles know that doing such thing is more difficult than winning the title or going back-to-back. WHEN IS ATENEO’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? Ateneo’s first test in the tournament will be courtesy of another championship contender in Adamson University on September 9. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

Jones Cup: Ateneo halts slide, beats Japan

Ateneo stopped its two-game skid and fended off Japan, 80-74, for its second win in the 2018 William Jones Cup Wednesday at Xinzhuang Gymnasium. The Blue Eagles improved to 2-2 after losing two straight games while Japan dropped to 1-3. Angelo Kouame put up 15 points, 14 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks to lead Ateneo, which enjoyed balanced scoring in trumping the Japanese. Thirdy Ravena flirted with a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds to go along three steals while Adrien Wong and Matt Nieto had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Takuma Sato led Japan with 12 points while Koyo Takahashi and Keita Imamura had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Ateneo also...Keep on reading: Jones Cup: Ateneo halts slide, beats Japan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss

After its huge opening day victory, Ateneo succumbed to South Korea, 90-73, in the 2018 Williams Jones Cup Monday in New Taipei City. The Blue Eagles were no match against the South Koreans, who had national team members and former Magnolia import Ricardo Ratliffe, and dropped to 1-1 in the tournament so far. The UAAP champions routed Chinese Taipei-White, 87-64, on Sunday. Rattlife paced the South Korea side with 15 points,Heo Il-young also had 15 while Heo Ung added 12 points. Thirdy Ravena, meanwhile, dropped 14 points for Ateneo in a losing effort while Matt Nieto and Angelo Kouame finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Blue Eagles will return to action agai...Keep on reading: Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

UAAP Finals: 'No one to blame but us' - Nieto twins

Ateneo de Manila University's Mike and Matt Nieto blamed no one else but themselves for blowing a 21-point lead in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball Finals that saw the De La Salle Green Archers force a rubber match on Sunday, 92-83. Mike said that the team lost their composure in the third quarter, the period wherein they only scored a measly eight points, and blamed the Ateneo players as a whole for letting La Salle turn the game a full 180 degrees. The bigger Nieto added that the team played much more individualistic and failed to focus on a team-first style of play in the third, admitting that the team did not follow the system that brought them a league-best 13-1 slate in the eliminations. Matt agreed with his twin brother, further saying that the game began to spell doom for them when Ben Mbala spun around Chibueze Ikeh and slammed the ball with one hand early in the fourth quarter. “Kami ang nagpabaya sa sarili namin. Nawala yung composure namin, yung sa game plan. Binale wala namin kasi akala namin kaya namin hindi nasundan ang system. The blame is on us,” the guard Matt said after the game. Although they were very much hurt by the huge meltdown, Matt could only delve on the positive side after their defeat, stating that the loss gave them more experience for what could be a blockbuster Game 3 on Sunday. For Mike, the team’s inability to hold on to the lead stung hard but added that they have already moved on and discussed the team’s mentality with Vince Tolentino as they head to the deciding game. “It's another opporunity for us to showcase our talent, lalo na it's a do-or-die game for us, Ateneo and La Salle. Ang mananalo dyan may mas gusto makakuha ng championship. We promised you guys we'll fight, we'll get that on Sunday.” As for the team, Matt stated his full, whole-hearted confidence in head coach Tab Baldwin’s system, and poise a huge challenge to the repeat bid of the defending champions. “We know that we're tougher and know we can handle that challenge against La Salle. We know we trust in ourselves, we trust in the team, and of course, we can trust coach Tab. He can lead us to the promised land.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

UAAP: Tab Baldwin prepares Ateneo for second battle against La Salle

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News The physicality of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball finals didn't surprise Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, who expects a similar ball game to play out in Game 2 on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Game 1 saw Ateneo and La Salle combine for 47 fouls, with the most physical moment occurring with less than a minute left in the second quarter. La Salle center Ben Mbala inadvertently hit Ateneo point guard Matt Nieto with his elbow, opening a bloody cut above the Blue Eagle's left eye. Nieto was able to return to the game and played a big role in the Blue Eagles' 76-70 win, but the incident was just one of many that showed the heightened intensity of the game. "We anticipated that," Baldwin said of the physical contest against the Green Archers. According to the veteran mentor, a tough, grind-it-out, overtly physical game is expected whenever Ateneo plays against the defending champions – a team that prides itself on its pressure defense. "It would be silly to think otherwise, because that's their MO, and they're good at it. They push the rules to the limit, the referees to the limit," Baldwin said of La Salle. Baldwin considered it a minor triumph that his big men – Chibueze Ikeh and Isaac Go – were called for a combined nine fouls after playing 38 minutes. This, even as he pointed out that Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter played 57 minutes and combined for eight fouls. "That's crazy to think of that as some kind of victory, but when you play La Salle, it is," he said as he once again highlighted how his big men always seem to be in foul trouble whenever they play against La Salle. As Baldwin said, he and the Blue Eagles are used to this situation and will expect the same kind of physicality when they try to wrap up the best-of-three series on Wednesday. "La Salle won't be any different on Wednesday," he said. "I don't expect we'll have to think any different going to Wednesday's game. It's the second battle of a long war," he added. His players, who say they are not going to back down against the Green Archers, have already accepted this mindset. "Wala, they play like that," shrugged Mike Nieto, whose 11-point second half explosion was partly fueled by the sight of his brother getting hurt by Mbala's accidental elbow. "We'll just cope with it. Kagaya ng sinabi ni coach Tab sa amin, we just gotta cope with it if you want to win a championship." Besides, said Nieto, a physical game is to be expected whenever the two rivals play each other, and that only goes to another level in the finals. "Siyempre hindi magpapatalo yung school namin and at the same time, hindi din naman magpapatalo ang La Salle. So wala, we just have to cope with it especially coming into Game 2," he said.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

No intention to hurt Matt, Ben Mbala tells Nieto’s dad

Ben Mbala’s left elbow came down hard on the right eyebrow of Matt Nieto late in the second quarter on Saturday. And so, Ateneo de Manila University’s point guard was down on the floor and bleeding bad.   Matt Nieto left bloodied after the accidental hit. (⚠️ Warning: Graphic Image) #UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/7RW8Ley8IM — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 25, 2017   Asked about the incident post-game, De La Salle University’s big man answered, “It’s part of basketball. I had the ball and (spun). He was late on the rotation, that’s why he got hit.” Mbala then reiterated that he did not mean for what happened to happen. “I didn’t intend to hit him or hurt him,” he expressed. The Cameroonian powerhouse wanted that message to be heard by Nieto’s father Jett. According to the former, the latter was yelling expletives at him right after the incident. “I don’t know why his dad is cursing at me, threatening me, and telling me I am dead. That is not something you should be doing,” he told reporters. “He’s been (here) for quite some time and we all know things like that happen all the time. I did not intend to hurt his son.” Still, Mbala said he understood where the elder Nieto was coming from. “I don’t wanna mind that. I’ll just say he was probably in the emotion of the game and seeing his son on the floor,” he said. He then continued, “But again, it is just part of the game.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Coach Tab confident Ateneo is a better team compared to last year

Ateneo de Manila University was defeated by Far Eastern University in the first game of their semifinals matchup. And so, the top-seed had to duke it out again with the fourth-seed last Wednesday. There, the Blue Eagles needed overtime to put away the pesky away. And so, they only have three days to rest and then prepare for a best-of-three Finals series against defending champion and archrival De La Salle University – mind you, a De La Salle University that has had a whole week to rest and prepare. More than the rest and preparation, the balance of talent also tilts to the Green Archers. Even Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says so. “It’s going to be tough. La Salle is the defending champion and they’ve got the MVP and they’ve got very good players,” he said. He then continued, “If you look at it man for man, it’s a very big task for us.” Indeed, the Taft-based team boasts of Ben Mbala, the soon-to-be back-to-back MVP, as well as another player tipped to be a Mythical selection in Ricci Rivero. Of course, Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, and Santi Santillan are also there. However, like they have been preaching all season long, the Blue Eagles said they are well aware it will have to be everybody for them. “But we’re not gonna look at it man for man, we’re gonna look at our matchup as a team, the way that we’ve done it every game. We have to approach this as a team and figure out a way to get an upset over La Salle,” Baldwin said. The boys from Katipunan had already done that back in the first round when they enforced their discipline to stymie their opponents’ “mayhem.” That is exactly why unlike a year ago when they were swept by DLSU, Ateneo has a bigger belief in itself this time around. Asked about the difference from then to now, their mentor answered, “We’re a better team, it’s as simple as that. We’ve proven we’re a better team all year long and I think, apart from one big offensive lapse in a period against La Salle, we’ve proven we’re as good as they are.” In the two teams’ second round meeting, the Green Archers used a big final frame to down the Blue Eagles and deny them an elimination round sweep. Since then, however, Baldwin’s boys have only become more determined – especially after a character-defining series against the Tamaraws. As veteran forward Mike Nieto put it, “Lumalabas na rin yung character ng team namin. Losing two straight games and then winning a do-or-die game, nag-mature na rin kami.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

This is Gian Mamuyac and defense is his calling card

Ateneo de Manila University remains unscathed in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament and everybody from Thirdy Ravena to Vince Tolentino and from Matt Nieto to Anton Asistio is contributing. And still, the Blue Eagles have much more to show the rest of the league. Slowly but surely, they are doing that with first-year player Gian Mamuyac who is emerging as a headache for the likes of Paul Desiderio and J-Jay Alejandro. “For me kasi, defense is really my thing so I’m just doing my job. Coming into every game, ang mindset ko, maging aggressive on defense,” he said. “Yung offense, darating na lang yan. Bonus na lang kung maka-shoot or what.” That much was clear on Wednesday as he was called upon to defend perhaps the best all-around offensive player in the league in Alejandro. National University’s main man had 16 points in 5-of-11 shooting in the first two quarters before the long limbs of Mamuyac, as well as the muscle mass of Thirdy Ravena, enveloped him. And so, in the second half, Alejandro only had six points in 2-of-9 shooting. “Thirdy and Gian did a great job on him. You cannot hold him to zero points so six points in the second half was good for us,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. Still, the 18-year-old said it wasn’t easy trying to stay in front of the King Bulldog. “Sobrang galing talaga ni J-Jay kasi he can hurt you in a lot of ways. He can shoot, he can attack, he can create for his teammates,” he shared. He then continued, “I just tried my best to stay in front of him and challenge every shot na ite-take niya.” Of course, it helps that his body and mind alike are ready and raring for his role as Ateneo’s defensive stopper. Already blessed with long limbs ever since his time terrorizing the high school ranks, Mamuyac is now also bulking up. From his playing weight of 147 lbs as an Eaglet, he is now up to 160 lbs as an Eagle. And he only hopes to keep getting bigger. “O ha? 13 pounds na yun! Sana, may dagdag pa,” he expressed through chuckles. The versatile swingman’s maturity was then polished by his one year in Team B. “For me, yung pag-stay ko sa Team B made me more ready for college. Yung pag-Team B ko, I was introduced to college basketball and for me it’s a great thing kasi ang hirap kung isalang na lang ako bigla,” he said. Now, Ateneo has yet another Blue Eaglet who has transformed into a contributing Blue Eagle. Gian Mamuyac, take your place alongside Anton Asistio, Aaron Black, Jolo Mendoza, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, and Thirdy Ravena. You have earned it. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

UE's 49-point man Alvin Pasaol is undisputed Player of the Week

University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol almost scored 50 points over defending champions De La Salle University last Wednesday.   And he did that with a hurt ankle. Rewriting a 15-year-old UAAP record for local cagers, Pasaol is hands down the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. But even with the spotlight beaming brightly over him, the 21-year-old cager said he was simply giving what his mentor and team asked of him. “Nilaro ko lang 'yung talagang best ko na hinihingi ni manong sa akin. Nag-stick lang talaga (ako) sa game plan namin. Salamat din sa mga teammates ko kasi hindi ko naman makukuha 'yung 49 points kung [hindi dahil sa kanila],” he said after registering 49 points on a 20-for-30 shooting clip in a 100-106 stand against the powerhouse Green Archers. The Davao native is the first Filipino to breach the 40 points in a game in over a decade. Jeff Napa, who is now Colegio de San Juan de Letran's head coach, once scored 43 on August 22, 2002. Pasaol, who beat Matt Nieto of Ateneo de Manila University, Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University, and Ben Mbala of DLSU for the weekly plum, also furthered his legend in UE's basketball lore after besting Allan Caidic and James Yap’s personal bests of 46 and 36 points, respectively.   'Alvin is different compared to (Jun) Limpot, Allan (Caidic) [na] nahawakan ko sa amateur. Alvin is like akala mo, hindi nya alam yung play, parang hindi nakikinig pero once you start the play, he knows it,” head coach Derrick Pumaren said of his prized ward. Pasaol would then ride on the momentum of his milestone mark by scoring 32 points just last Sunday to will the UE past University Sto. Tomas, leaving the Growling Tigers the only winless team after the UAAP’s first round hostilities. The stocky forward is currently norming 22.4 points a game. He’s also averaging 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per outing. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2017

Oliver Almadro vows Ateneo will bounce back: ‘They’ve seen our worst, they haven’t seen our best’

MANILA, Philippines---The Oliver Almadro era with Ateneo started off on the wrong beat. Ateneo got crushed in its first game of the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament losing to De La Salle in four sets, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena but Almadro, multiple-time champion coach, said the Lady Eagles have yet to reach peak form. Almadro said the UAAP is a long march and that the team can still fix the wrongs that it did against the Lady Spikers. "They've seen our worst, but they haven't seen our best so we will bounce back from this," said Almadro in Filipino. "We'll have to prepare whatever we need to take care of and whatever strength we hav...Keep on reading: Oliver Almadro vows Ateneo will bounce back: ‘They’ve seen our worst, they haven’t seen our best’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2019

Ravena, Ateneo step up to next level in PBA D-League

Bar none, Ateneo de Manila University is the most formidable collegiate team in all of the country. The Blue Eagles just proved that in the recently concluded 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions Leage where they dispatched NCAA champion San Beda University and then dominated CESAFI titlist University of the Visayas. Now, the kings of the UAAP take on their toughest test yet as they will do battle with 19 other teams in the 2019 PBA D-League. Even so, Thirdy Ravena says that he and Ateneo, backed by Cignal for this tournament, are only looking forward to see how their fare in the next level of competition. “I can't wait for the competition kasi bagong experience yun, bagong level, bagong platform for all of us, not just for me but the whole team,” he said.  He then continued, “I can't wait to play in the D-League.” Ravena, the UAAP 81 Finals MVP, will still have Rookie of the Year Ange Kouame and court general Matt Nieto flanking him. Even more, that championship core lost only Anton Asistio. Still, nobody will be backing down from Cignal-Ateneo, especially as AMA, Batangas-EAC, Che'Lu, Family Mart-Enderun, Go for Gold-CSB, McDavid, Petron-Letran, St. Clare-Virtual Reality, and UST are all nothing but determined to stop them in the Aspirants Group. On the other hand, waging war in the Foundation Group will be CEU, Chadao-FEU, Diliman College-Gerry's Grill, Marinerong Pilipino, Metropac-San Beda, Perpetual, SMDC-National U, The Masterpiece Clothing-Trinity, Valencia Bukidnon-Baste, and Wangs. The biggest PBA D-League tips off on Thursday in Pasig’s Ynares Arena with Cignal-Ateneo taking on Go for Gold-CSB at 2:00 PM and Marineron Pilipino duelling Valencia-Baste at 4:00 PM. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

PBA: Alex Compton s return effectively kills dismissal rumors

Amidst reports that he was dismissed as the Alaska Aces head coach, Alex Compton is back, effectively ending weeks-long speculation. Compton of course, is fresh off his fifth PBA Finals loss, which made the rumors more believable. The coach, who is now sporting a beard just arrived in Manila yesterday after spending time with family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States. In that area of the continental United States, temperatures dipped to as low as -33° Celsius, which is a few degrees lower than the temperature in Antarctica due to a phenomenon as polar vortex.  Compton's arrival was just on time to lead his team to their Philippine Cup debut.  However, they ended the game on the wrong side of the story, losing 85-72 to the red-hot Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. "Last time I checked, I was just coaching the game. But we just lost and shot 29 percent. So I don’t know, I might get a phone call later. So yeah, we just have some work to do. I’ve been gone. That FIBA break’s gonna help us out," quipped the coach. Compton also added that if the news had been true, he would have been contacted first by team owner Wilfed S. Uytengsu and governor Dickie Bachmann.  "He’s awesome to work for. He will sit me down and tell me when it’s time. And then, when it is, if it is, whatever happens, then great. But I know I can trust that. Really, I mean, I read it and I was like, oh wow! But I thought, you know, I was gone for two weeks, and we had a tuneup game and I wasn’t there. And no coaches just leave in the pre-season. So it’s a natural rumor to start. It’s fine, but yeah," the mentor said. In his return, the Aces were given a rude awakening by coach Caloy Garcia's squad, which seemed to emphasized the four starters Alaska was missing. Jvee Casio, Vic Manuel, Simon Enciso, and Kevin Racal were injured, leaving Chris Banchero the only regular starter to face the music. It does not mean that the Aces used it as an excuse though, as Compton shared that the remainder of his roster were indeed talented PBA players. With a two week break after their third game, the approachable American hopes to use the league-mandated FIBA break to get their legs going once more and become that hard-nosed team people are used to. However, he does ask the Alaska fanbase to be patient, as being undermanned could lead to underwhelming results. "It’s probably gonna be a while, I can tell you that. A while doesn’t mean eight more months or something, that’s not what it means. It just means a while. Hopefully, it would be great," Compton said. "I’d be so happy if this conference we got everybody back. And that’s... Libre naman mangarap eh. So hopefully, we’ll get them back this conference. But it’s also not good when guys are really banged up to force them to play when they’re injured, then it gets worse, and then you really ultimately hurt yourself longer."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

Messi has injury scare after scoring 2 goals in Barca draw

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Nothing can silence the Camp Nou crowd like the thought of an injury to Lionel Messi — especially four days before a clash against Real Madrid. So a chill ran through Barcelona's supporters during the Spanish league match against Valencia on Saturday when Messi sat down on the sideline, his right leg stretched before him, and received a massage from a team trainer. Little did it matter that the team's all-time leading scorer had just struck two goals to lead Barcelona back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw. Any hint of Messi being sidelined with the season entering its critical phase with titles on the line immediately overshadowed yet another outstanding performance by the Argentine. Messi may have been hurt when Valencia defender Antonio Lato ran into him. The scare comes before Barcelona hosts Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal. "Please don't let it be anything serious," Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena said. "We hope he will be back in full form on Wednesday." Coach Ernesto Valverde said Messi was undergoing medical exams. "He is bothered by something, but we will have to wait to see what the doctors say," Valverde said. "I imagine that it is not that bad." Messi missed Barcelona's first clasico against Madrid in October due to a broken right arm. His teammates did fine without him, routing their fierce rival 5-1 and sealing the fate of coach Julen Lopetegui. Madrid, however, is playing much better now. It has won four straight before hosting Alaves on Sunday. Before his fitness put a damper on a thrilling match, Messi extended his scoring run to nine straight games across all competitions. His double took his league-leading tally to 21 goals in 22 rounds. Barcelona's winning streak in la Liga ended at eight matches in a row. It leads second-placed Atletico Madrid by six points before its closest title rival visits Real Betis on Sunday. TRADING BLOWS Valencia took advantage of Sergi Roberto playing out of position as a fill-in left back for Jordi Alba. Daniel Wass led several attacks from Roberto's side, starting with a pass for Dani Parejo to test Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Denis Chershev put the rebound off the post. Parejo started a move that produced Kevin Gameiro's opener in the 24th minute when he tackled Messi. That sprung a counterattack led by Rodrigo Moreno, who slipped a pass forward to set up Gameiro. Parejo doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Roberto knocked down Wass trying to dispute a cross. Valencia lost Gameiro to injury shortly after when the striker asked to be substituted after being shaken up when he knocked heads with Gerard Pique. Messi got his first goal from the penalty spot in the 39th after Nelson Semedo was fouled by Lato. Messi struck again in the 64th when Arturo Vidal laid the ball off for him on the edge of the area. Messi quickly unleashed a curling, left-foot strike around two defenders, who impeded goalie Neto from seeing the ball until it was too late to react. "We played at a good pace, counterattacked well, scored twice and could have scored more," Parejo said. "The team's performance was magnificent." SEVILLE SLIDE Celta Vigo broke a five-match losing streak and escaped the relegation zone by beating Sevilla 1-0 at home thanks to Okay Yokuslu's second-half goal. Fourth-place Sevilla has won only one of its last six league games. BASQUE DERBY Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to deal its northern Basque Country rival its first defeat since the arrival of coach Gaizka Garitano. Garitano had kept Bilbao unbeaten through seven league games since replacing Eduardo Berizzo in December. FAN VIOLENCE Getafe's 0-0 draw at Levante was marred by 11 Getafe fans being arrested for provoking a clash with rival supporters outside the stadium in Valencia. Getafe, which condemned the violence, rose to fifth as the small Madrid-based club continued its impressive season on the field......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

Ateneo imposes will on UV to be crowned kings of PCCL

Blue Eagle, the king, in all of the Philippines. At least, that’s what Ateneo de Manila University can now claim after outclassing University of the Visayas, 95-71, on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in the Finals of the 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions League. The UAAP champions still didn’t have their full-force lineup, but, as they have been trained to do in head coach Tab Baldwin’s system, each and every active player did their part in securing the convincing victory. Isaac Go had 15 points to lead four other teammates in double-digits. Brilliant throughout their championship campaign, he was also recognized as the tournament’s MVP. Thirdy Ravena then contributed 12 points, four assists, and three rebounds while youngsters BJ Andrade, RV Berjay, and SJ Belangel chipped in 13, 12, and 10 markers, respectively. The Green Lancers didn’t stop battling until the final buzzer, but just didn’t have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with Ateneo which built up a lead of as much as 33. That was no more evident than in the disparity of bench points which the blue and white dominated, 38-8. The 24-point rout punctuates what has been a in impressive week for the Blue Eagles in the nationwide tourney. Dropping the first game in the best-of-three semifinals series against San Beda University, they won back-to-back to move on to the Finals. There, Ateneo left no doubt that it rules collegiate basketball. This is their first title in the PCCL in nine years and their fourth overall. Rey Suerte showed the way for UV with 26 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists. BOX SCORES ATENEO 95 – Go 15, Andrade 13, Ravena 12, Berjay 12, Belangel 10, Wong 9, Kouame 8, Mamuyac 7, Tio 3, Credo 2,  Ma. Nieto 2, Mi. Nieto 2. UV 71 – Suerte 26, Sackor 16, Segumpan 14, Delator 5, Gahi 5, Maestre 2, Butohan 2, Cabahug 1, Claridad 0, Saga 0, Amistoso 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-8, 52-34, 75-45, 95-71. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

Nieto twins late to San Beda clash due to class

MANILA, Philippines – Better late than never, they always say. The Nieto twins Matt and Mike were noticeably absent from the lineup as UAAP champion Ateneo Blue Eagles faced NCAA kings San Beda Red Lions in Game 1 of the PCCL President's Cup semifinals. Apparently, the twins along with Jolo Mendoza and Tyler Tio were ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

UAAP juniors: Ateneo vents ire on UE, NU blasts UST

    MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eaglets snapped a two-game losing skid with an 82-59 rout of the bottom-dwelling UE Junior Warriors in the UAAP juniors baketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Wednesday, January 16. Undisputed top MVP candidate Kai Sotto rained on an easy 30 points and 8 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Sooners QB, A s pick Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press Kyler Murray, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, declared himself eligible for the NFL draft on Monday. Murray announced his decision in a tweet, ending his brief and storied college career. What's next for the Murray is not yet known. I have declared for the NFL Draft. — Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 14, 2019 The Oakland Athletics made the speedy outfielder the ninth overall selection last June and agreed to $4.66 million signing bonus. The A's agreed to let him continue playing football, and he made the most of it by winning the Heisman in his only season as a starter for the Sooners. He passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in FBS history. As Murray dominated, his draft stock improved. Jim Callis, a senior writer on MLB.com, said the A's couldn't have foreseen that Murray would be a potential first-round NFL draft pick because of his size. Listed at 5-10 and 195 pounds, Murray would be a small quarterback in the NFL by any standard. "The primary risk was, what if he gets hurt on the football field?" Callis said, recalling his conversations with scouts before the season. "I don't think anybody was saying he could be an NFL first-round pick." Once the NFL emerged as a potential option for Murray, the A's took action. Representatives of the A's and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Murray, and the possibility existed that Oakland could offer more money by putting him on the 40-man major league roster. Even with the A's efforts, Murray would have a shot at a bigger payday sooner in football and he wouldn't have to go to the minor leagues. Callis and other observers say it is very unlikely Murray will be able to play both sports because he's a quarterback. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders pulled it off, but Jackson was an outfielder and a running back and Sanders was an outfielder and cornerback. "This isn't Bo Jackson showing up and here, we'll pitch you the ball and you outrun everybody, or Deion Sanders helicoptering in and his great speed, coverage skills," Callis said. "When you're a quarterback, you have to put in hours and hours of study running an offense. ... You can't play both sports when you're a quarterback. I think if he wants to play quarterback, which appears to be his greatest love, there can't be any question that he's 100 percent football." Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said in November that if anyone could play both sports, it's Murray. "I don't want to put it past him," Riley said. " A lot of people would say he can't do what he's done right now — how well he performed for our baseball group here this spring, and how well he's played here for us. So there's certainly some different dynamics with it. Obviously the fact that he would want to play quarterback, if he chooses the football route, is a little different than Deion or Bo or some of those guys. But he athletically is so gifted and can transition between the two." The NFL scouting combine is in late February and early March and could intersect with his spring training — major league camp starts in mid-February and minor league camp begins in early March. If Murray wanted to participate in the combine, the A's would need to allow it and it would need to be reflected on his contract. Murray's road to his NFL draft choice was a winding one from his prep days in suburban Dallas. After a disappointing freshman season in football at Texas A&M in 2015, he transferred to Oklahoma. He sat out a year because of transfer rules, then was the backup during Baker Mayfield's Heisman-winning 2017 season. Murray then had an impressive enough baseball season in 2018 to draw the A's attention. Callis said Murray is somewhat like a faster version of outfielder Andrew McCutchen. After he was drafted, Murray took batting practice at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, greeted by "WELCOME TO OAKLAND" on the big scoreboard with his photo. A's manager Bob Melvin, executive Billy Beane and general manager David Forst closely followed Oklahoma football this season as the Sooners reached the College Football Playoff, losing to Alabama in a semifinal. As recently as last month, the A's said they expected Murray to pursue baseball. Murray had also said multiple times throughout the football season that he plans to focus strictly on baseball after this season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019