Mapua rides Player of the Week Victoria to breakthrough win in NCAA 95

Laurenz Victoria made sure to steal the thunder from the rivalry game between San Beda and Letran. In the NCAA's first game in 11 years at Cuneta Astrodome, a venue that's just 23 minutes away from Mapua, Victoria fired a season-high 29 points to lift the Cardinals to their breakthrough win in the Season 95 Seniors Basketball Tournament last Saturday. "Mahirap kasi talagang kada talo namin, bumababa ang morale namin," Victoria recalled about their horrid 0-5 start. This time around, the Mapua captain did not allow any meltdown to happen against the Arellano Chiefs. Up by just two with 1:09 left, the 22-year-old guard took matters into his own hands, scoring on a fadeaway jumper to give the Cardinals some breathing space. After a defensive stop, Victoria then aggressively drove through the lane, drew a foul, and then knocked down two clutch free throws that halted Arellano's hijack attempt. For his heroics that lifted Mapua to a 73-64 win over Arellano, the 6-foot guard was hailed as the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week. "Kailangan kasi maging aggressive, ito yung chance namin na makuha yung unang panalo. Jumpball pa lang, pagkuha ko pa lang ng bola, inatake ko na talaga," disclosed Victoria, who also tallied eight rebounds, three assists, and a steal. "Wala na akong pakialam basta manalo kami." Victoria bested Lyceum's Mike Nzeusseu and San Beda's Evan Nelle for the weekly honor handed out by scribes covering the beat from print and online......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 11th, 2019

Player of the Week Hernandez making immediate impact for Mapua in NCAA 95

Mapua has finally taken flight in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament - and providing the wind beneath the Cardinals’ wings is a youthful core that has been energized by Paolo Hernandez. The prized rookie has been at the vanguard of Mapua’s impressive week which saw it follow up a breakthrough win against Arellano with back-to-back victories over EAC and JRU. “Siyempre, sabi nga ni coach, saan pa ba kami pupunta? 0-5 na kami e,” said Hernandez, talking about their luckless start to the season. “Wala na kaming ibang pupuntahan kundi panalo.” Heeding the call of head coach Randy Alcantara, the 6-foot-3 versatile forward did the most damage in their recent back-to-back wins wherein he averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals. That effort was more than enough for Hernandez to be recognized as the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week. After dropping 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the Cardinals' 76-66 victory versus the Generals, he turned in a career game with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals in their loudest statement yet in the tournament, an 83-63 rout of the Heavy Bombers. Without a doubt, the 20-year old has only proven worthy of the trust he has been given in his rookie year. “Paolo Hernandez, kahit na isang taon lang sa Jrs., nakita ko agad yung leadership,” said Alcantara, his mentor from the Red Robins and now, the Cardinals. “Nakikita ko after [Laurenz] Victoria, magiging mukha ng Cardinals si Paolo Hernandez.” So far, so good for them as Hernandez follows Victoria in being hailed by scribes from print and online covering the beat as the week's best player - keeping the award in Intramuros. For his part, though, the Finals MVP in last year’s NCAA Jrs. vowed to just get back to work and keep working. “Masaya ako sa tiwala ni coach, pero 'di ko muna iniisip yun. This season muna, tiyaga-tiyaga lang, step-by-step lang,” said Hernandez who bested Mapua teammate Victoria, San Beda’s Donald Tankoua, and the Lyceum pair of Jaycee Marcelino and Mike Nzeusseu......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 18th, 2019

UP, UE share 2019 s king of recruiting crown

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

Player of the Week Salado steers Arellano back on track in NCAA 95

After missing Arellano’s Season 94 campaign due to an ACL tear in his right knee, it is safe to say that Kent Salado is making up for lost time in the NCAA Season 95 Seniors’ Basketball Tournament. The latest evidence of which was last Friday as with his squad down seven in the final frame against Perpetual, Salado put the Chiefs on his back and carried them to a gutsy win. Behind the graduating guard, Arellano overcame its deficit with a 16-1 run for an eight-point lead. Salado's heroics did not end there just yet as when the Altas came knocking to within two, he drove hard to the basket and dished to Dariel Bayla who then converted an and-one play. With 14 seconds left in the match, he once again flaunted his playmaking brilliance by setting up Justin Arana underneath to finally seal Perpetual’s fate. The 5-foot-8 playmaker wound up with 18 points, 12 assists, four steals, three rebounds and, most importantly, the win that arrested the Chiefs' three-game losing skid. With his exceptional performance, Salado earned the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week award. “Sinasabihan ko lang yung teammates ko na kaya pa naman natin kasi kaya nga natin yung malalakas, humahabol nga tayo. Wag lang dapat kami mawalan ng gana,” said the Cagayan de Oro native about 3-9 Arellano's playoff hopes. Salado edged Noah Lugo of Mapua, James Canlas of San Beda, and Jaycee Marcelino of Lyceum for the weekly recognition given by print and online scribes covering the country’s oldest collegiate league......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2019

Mapua gets through EAC to get to greater heights in NCAA 95

Mapua University started slow, but finished fine, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre, to score a 79-76 triumph over Emilio Aguinaldo College and go streaking anew in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Cardinals caught fire in the last eight minutes with Noah Lugo, Laurenz Victoria, and Cyril Gonzales conniving for a 15-2 run that erased a two-point deficit, 60-62, and erected a 75-64 advantage with 4:19 remaining. "Credit sa EAC kasi ready talaga sila. Mas aggressive sila nung start so nung second half, sinabi ko sa kanilang kailangang matapatan namin yung energy nila," head coach Randy Alcantara said. Still, the Generals kept coming and Marwin Taywan’s short stab pulled them within 76-78 with 46.8 ticks to go on the clock only to see Mapua dig deep and stand strong until the final buzzer. In that last possession, they held on for the win after forcing Taywan and JP Maguliano into two forced shots each. Warren Bonifacio finally got the rebound for the Cardinals after the last miss, his 10th of the game to go along with 13 points, and passed the ball to Lugo. Not long after, the veteran guard was sent to the line where he made the first and missed the second. The rebound, though, went to Justin Serrano who sealed the deal in the red and gold's back-to-back wins - which they got even without super rookie Paolo Hernandez who was out due to a knee injury and even after losing Victoria to an apparent foot injury late. Victoria still wound up with 11 points on top of six rebounds and three assists while Lugo had 16 markers, four boards, and two dimes of his own to make sure their side built on its momentum from its big-time double-overtime victory versus Colegio de San Juan de Letran a week ago. More than the latest win run, Mapua has now won five of its last six to ascend to the sixth spot in the standings at 5-6. "One game at a time pa rin kasi kung titingnan mo, kaya naman. Kailangan lang maging consistent kami sa ginagawa namin," coach Randy said. Maguliano topped the scoring column for EAC with 15 points while Taywan also added 13 markers, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Unable to complete the comeback, however, they lost for the 10th time in a row and 11th overall in 12 games. BOX SCORES MAPUA 79 - Lugo 16, Bonifacio 13, Victoria 11, Gonzales 9, Gamboa 7, Bunag 6, Serrano 5, Nieles 4, Nocum 4, Salenga 2, Aguirre 2, Garcia 0. EAC 76 - Maguliano 15, Taywan 13, De Guzman 12, Mendoza 10, Dayrit 8, Cadua 7, Gurtiza 4, Luciano 3, Estacio 2, Martin 2, Gonzales 0. QUARTER SCORES: 17-20, 35-43, 58-56, 79-76. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2019

Impact rookies allow Mapua to gun down EAC, go streaking in NCAA 95

All of a sudden, Mapua University has gone streaking in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, adding Emilio Aguinaldo College to its just recently created list of victims via a 76-66 victory, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Cardinals actually found themselves in a close contest after two quarters and were only up by one, 35-34, early in the third. It was at that point, though, that they unleashed a terrifying 21-0 tear that blew the game wide open in their favor courtesy of a 56-34 lead late in the quarter. The Generals would not be able to threaten the rest of the way. With the double-digit decision, Mapua has now won its last two games. This, after starting the season with five losses in a row. "Hopefully, makatulong itong dalawang sunod na panalo," first lieutenant Yong Garcia said post-game. "Galing kami sa 0-5, down ang mga bata, pero ang focus lang namin is one game at a time." Just like in their breakthrough win just last Saturday, Laurenz Victoria was key in this one, dropping all but three of his 10 points in their massive surge in the third quarter. He was then flanked by prized rookies Cyril Gonzales and Paolo Hernandez with the former finishing with 13 points and three rebounds and the latter ending with 11 markers, three boards, two assists, and two steals. There's bad news for the Cardinals, however, as, with the decision no longer in question, Jasper Salenga incurred a disqualifying foul. That means he will have to serve a one-game suspension in their next outing opposite Jose Rizal University on Friday. "Disappointed si coach Randy sa last part ng game," coach Yong said, also explaining that head coach Randy Alcantara decided to go directly into the locker room to talk to his wards rather than go to the customary post-win interview. " Ginusto niyang bigyan ng chance yung iba para mabigyan ng confidence, pero 'di naging maganda ang resulta." For EAC, JC Luciano topped the scoring column with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds. At the wrong end of that terrifying tear in the third quarter, however, they absorbed their sixth loss in seven games. BOX SCORES MAPUA 76 - Gonzales 13, Hernandez 11, Victoria 10, Bonifacio 8, Serrano 8, Lugo 7, Garcia 5, Gamboa 4, Salenga 4, Bunag 2, Jabel 2, Nieles 2, Aguirre 0, Dela Cruz 0, Nocum 0. EAC 66 - Luciano 12, Maguliano 10, Gonzales 9, Mendoza 7, Dayrit 6, Tampoc 6, Carlos 5, Taywan 4, Martin 3, Cadua 2, Gurtiza 2, Boffa 0, De Guzman 0, Estacio 0. QUARTER SCORES: 15-10, 35-27, 60-39, 76-66. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

NCAA 95: Will third time be the charm for TY Tang-coached CSB?

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 10-8, 5th YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Kendrix Belgica, Justin Gutang, Yankie Haruna, Clement Leutcheu, Unique Naboa WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Ladis Lepalam, Mark Sangco GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Carlo Young WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM CSB? A year ago, CSB came oh so close to finally breaking through to the Final Four. Now in NCAA Season 95, the Blazers are bringing back a mostly intact core that only lost two-way guard Carlo Young. Even so, rising star Justin Gutang remains in green and white alongside tireless workhorse Kendrix Belgica, hard-nosed forward Edward Dixon, pint-sized playmaker Unique Naboa, and Cameroonian center Clement Leutcheu. “We have no doubt Edward Dixon and Kendrix Belgica will be stepping up for us big time.” – head coach TY Tang They will also be joined by a couple of sophomores being eyes to take the next step in Prince Carlos and Robi Nayve as well as a pair of standouts from CSB-La Salle Green Hills in 6-foot-8 raw project Ladis Lepalam and long-limbed wing Mark Sangco. All that may very well be the perfect mix TY Tang has long been looking for now in his third year at the helm – and that elusive playoff berth may very well be within reach for the Taft-based team. “We can always say we are ready but the result will show if we are or we are not. For us, we are just looking forward to again play in the NCAA.” – head coach TY Tang WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM CSB? NCAA Season 95 is Gutang’s time to transform from an impact rookie to a bonafide star. Without a doubt, CSB will go wherever its Filipino-American takes it, but that also means that the do-it-all swingman would need to take on more of a leadership role for his young supporting cast. “In terms of playing inside the court, no doubt na siya talaga ang leader namin, but more than the on-court stuff, it's more of his character, yun ang hinahanap namin sa kanya. When you're a leader, you're supposed to command and earn the respect of your team. That's where we want him to lead. He's still a work-in-progress with his maturity, pero nag-improve naman.” – head coach TY Tang In that light, it’s only a step in the right direction that the Blazers are, at long last, getting to add talent from its thriving high school program. Lepalam and Sangco may be under the radar pickups, but both are more than capable of being key cogs for a contender. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR CSB? CSB has long been longing for another run to the Final Four, or even the Finals, after the school took the league by storm by winning the championship in its early years of membership. In recent history, the Blazers have fallen a win or two short of the playoffs more than a few times. With the field as wide open as it has been in a long while, NCAA Season 95 may just be the opening they need to finally get that Final Four monkey off their backs. “To get to the playoffs is our main goal.” – head coach TY Tang WHERE WOULD CSB BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 95? CSB will be fighting with its all for a place in the Final Four, but it is far from a shoo-in. Coach TY needs even more lucky bounces to go his way if he is to finally accomplish the mission he set out for with the Blazers. WHEN IS CSB’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 95? CSB begins its quest for a breakthrough when it wages war against Emilio Aguinaldo College on July 9 at the Filoil Flying V Centre. As always, the latest season of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE NINE OTHER TEAMS IN NCAA SEASON 95: Young guns to be wind beneath JRU’s wings for NCAA 95 EAC turning over a new leaf for NCAA 95 Kent Salado back in the driver's seat for Arellano in NCAA 95 Mapua Srs. out to reap the rewards of its champion Jrs. team Health only thing standing in way of Baste's best shot at a title --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2019

Mapua makes playoffs again on back of Player of the Week Oraeme

Allwell Oraeme is making a statement for a shot at a second straight NCAA Seniors MVP. By leading Mapua Institute of Technology to another Final Four stint, Oraeme became the unanimous choice for the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2016

Oftana named Player of the Week as San Beda nears NCAA sweep

MANILA, Philippines – San Beda's Calvin Oftana continues to take his game to new heights all while helping the Red Lions in their quest to extend their reign in the NCAA Season 95 men's basketball tournament.  Against a feisty challenge from College of Saint Benilde last week, Oftana submitted another ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2019

Lyceum s Jaycee Marcelino named NCAA Player of the Week

MANILA, Philippines – With the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament entering the deep waters, Jaycee Marcelino needed to gut it out for Lyceum. Days before their battle for the second-seed with Letran, the Pirates' senior guard was stricken with flu and was unable to join practices. But that was not ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

San Beda-Letran rivalry game banners big, big week in NCAA 95

These are the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament games from October 1 to 4 all of us just CAN NOT miss! TUESDAY, 10:00 a.m., Squires vs Red Cubs Rivalry game in the Jrs.! San Beda is, as of right now, the one and only team to be already assured of making it into the next round. Hoping to do the same is Letran, but to give itself a good shot at doing so, it needs to win all of its remaining assignments – and the next one just so happens to be opposite its archrival. The Squires and the Red Cubs do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. TUESDAY, 2:00 p.m., Letran vs San Beda Rivalry game in the Srs.! San Beda remains undefeated, unbeaten, and unchallenged in its quest for a four-peat. Letran is coming off a sorry loss to neighboring and fellow contender LPU, but it also remains one of the biggest, if not the biggest, threats to dethrone its archrival. The Knights and the Red Lions do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. TUESDAY, 4:00 p.m., LPU vs Mapua LPU gained much-needed separation for the second-seed when it downed Letran a week ago. Now, the Pirates are out to build on that momentum by clipping the wings of a Mapua side which has been flying high, all the way inside the playoff picture actually, as of late. The Pirates and the Cardinals do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. TUESDAY, 6:00 p.m., Jr. Pirates vs Red Robins Defending champion Mapua is on the brink of being dethroned and one more loss may very well put an end to its title reign. That golden opportunity rests on the shoulders of upstart LPU which has been struggling in recent weeks, but still believes that a taking the crown off of the head of the Red Robins is just what it needs to get going once more. The Jr. Pirates and the Red Robins do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. FRIDAY, 10:00 a.m., Red Cubs vs Red Robins Whether or not Mapua is still the defending champion when this matchup rolls along is yet to be determined, but whatever it is, a clash between the two teams that has dominated the NCAA Jrs. in the last decade is always a must-watch. The Red Cubs and the Red Robins do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. FRIDAY, 2:00 p.m., San Beda vs Mapua San Beda is yet to find its match in its title defense, but who knows, probably that challenge may very well come from a Mapua side flying high with multi-titled mentor Randy Alcantara calling the shots. At the same time, though, this may very well end up as one more chance for the Red Lions to send a statement. The Red Lions and the Cardinals do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

NCAA 95: Cardinals lock down JRU to boost Final Four bid

Mapua University shackled Jose Rizal University to only eight points in the third quarter before weathering the Heavy Bombers' late game rally to escape with a 72-67 victory Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cardinals improved to a 7-6 win-loss record to strengthen their Final Four bid as they moved within half a game behind no. 4 San Sebastian College. "Natutuwa and masaya kasi one day preparation lang, di namin alam kung paano ipapahinga ang mga players pero still nag-response naman sila," said Mapua coach Randy Alcantara, whose squad won its fourth straight match and second in three days. "Nakakapagod pero kailangan naming gawin. Buti na lang bago sila nakahabol malaki na ang lamang namin."  Laurenz Victoria scored 13 points to lead four other Cardinals in double figures despite Mapua playing without Noah Lugo, who was feeling under the weather. Justin Serrano had 12 markers, JP Nieles and Christian Bunag scored 11 each while Cyril Gonzales finished with 10.    Mapua trailed, 30-31, at the half before clamping down on defense to silence the Heavy Bombers as the Cardinals built a comfortable cushion heading into the payoff period. But JRU refused to go down without a fight, mounting a 15-2 fightback to close in at 63-68 after Agem Miranda completed a three-point play with just 1:25 left. After a Victoria trip to the line for the Cardinals, Marq Dionisio sank his own two foul shots to keep the Heavy Bombers in the game, 70-65, with 21.7 ticks left before Nieles sealed the win for Mapua with a jumper from the wing.       The match got a bit testy midway in the final period with Nieles and John Amores of JRU figuring out in a shoving match that warranted the Cardinal an unsportsmanlike foul and the Heavy Bomber a technical foul. JRU dropped to a 4-9 slate. Dionisio fired 15 points while Miranda and Amores scored 13 and 12 markers, respectively, in a lost cause for the Heavy Bombers.   Box scores:  Mapua (72) -- Victoria 13, Serrano 12, Nieles 11, Bunag 11, Gonzales 10, Bonifacio 8, Aguirre 2, Salenga 2, Nocum 2, Garcia 0, Jabel 0, Gamboa 0. JRU (67) -- Dionisio 15, Miranda 13, Amores 12, Dela Rosa 8, Aguilar 8, Delos Santos 5, Arenal 2, Aboag 2, Jungco 2, Vasquez 0, Macatangay 0. Quarter Scores: 12-15; 30-31; 48-39; 72-67   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2019

NCAA 95: Cardinals rise to joint fifth after ripping Chiefs

Here comes Mapua University - winner of six of its last seven games in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. Behind the three-headed monster at the backcourt of Laurenz Victoria, Cyril Gonzales, and Noah Lugo, the Cardinals swooped onto yet another win, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre, this one at the expense of Arellano University, 93-67. Victoria fueled their strong start with all of his 10 points coming in the first half while Gonzales and Lugo also delivered the goods with the former finishing with 14 points and the latter ending with 11 markers, eight rebounds, and six assists. Everybody else then joined in on the fun in the fourth, with seven different players contributing at least one basket in a 24-point quarter. "First of all, sobrang tinrabaho ito ng mga players on both ends," a more than satisfied head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game. Mapua's lead blew up to as big as 29 twice in the final frame, first courtesy of Jasper Salenga's layup and the second courtesy of Arvin Gamboa's own layup. In the end, they counted six players in double-digits led by Justin Serrano who had points 15 on top of eight rebounds while Warren Bonifacio had his own 11 markers and six boards. After going winless through the first five games of the tournament, the Cardinals have caught fire and have now captured a place alongside likewise 6-6 College of St. Benilde for the fifth and sixth spots. "After nung start namin, nag-extra workout yung players namin kasi nasaktan sila nung start e. Hindi sila pumayag na ganun lang ipapakita namin," coach Randy said. And with crucial contests opposite Jose Rizal University and then Lyceum of the Philippines University coming up, they also get good news in the form of a probable return for prized rookie Paolo Hernandez who has missed the last two games due to a knee injury. Kent Salado paced the Chiefs with 23 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds. Unable to keep up with their opponents, especially in the second half, however, they dropped down to 3-10 in the standings. BOX SCORES MAPUA 93 - Serrano 15, Gonzales 14, Garcia 12, Lugo 11, Bonifacio 11, Victoria 10, Nocum 5, Bunag 4, Aguirre 4, Gamboa 3, Salenga 2, Jabel 2, Nieles 0, Dela Cruz 0 ARELLANO 67 - Salado 23, Alcoriza 14, Espiritu 7, Sunga 6, Concepcion 3, Bayla 3, Arana 4, Sablan 3, Talampas 3, Segura 2, Sacramento 0, De Guzman 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-15, 42-33, 69-52, 93-67 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2019

Arellano s Kent Salado slashes way to NCAA Player of the Week plum

MANILA, Philippines – After missing the Arellano Chiefs' NCAA Season 94 campaign due to an ACL tear in his right knee, Kent Salado seems to be making up for lost time in Season 95. The latest proof of this was last Friday, September 20, when Salado put the Chiefs on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2019

LSGH top gun RC Calimag ascends to NBTC NCAA 24 pole position anew

There's no question this season who the top dog is for La Salle Greenhills. After bidding his time behind his seniors last year, RC Calimag has unleashed his full potential for the Greenies this NCAA Season 95 juniors basketball tournament, as seen through his high-scoring explosions. But the former Gilas Youth member took it to another level in the past two games, averaging 31 points, six rebounds, and two assists for LSGH. Thus, he once again rose to the top spot of the Phenom/NBTC NCAA 24. Though Calimag's 33-point explosion fell short in a shock loss to San Sebastian, he responded with an all-around performance in the Greenies' big win over fellow contender Lyceum to stay at second place with a 7-4 win-loss card. Closely behind is San Beda's do-it-all forward Rhayyan Amsali as he leads three Red Cubs in this week's top five. Also earning their places were Tony Ynot at fourth and Yukien Andrada at fifth. Lyceum's main man Mac Guadana, meanwhile, held firm at no. 3. Rounding out the top 10 are John Barba of Lyceum, Jonnel Policarpio of Mapua, Joshua Ramirez of Letran, Kobe Palencia of LSGH, and last week's no. 1 Justine Sanchez of San Beda. Here is the complete list of the fifth Phenom NBTC/ NCAA 24 rankings: 1. RC Calimag (LSGH) (10) 2. Rhayyan Amsali (SBU) (4) 3. Mac Guadana (LPU) (2) 4. Tony Ynot (SBU) (3) 5. Yukien Andrada (SBU) (6) 6. John Barba (LPU) (7) 7. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (8) 8. Joshua Ramirez (CSJL) (9) 9. Kobe Palencia (LSGH) (5) 10. Justine Sanchez (SBU) (1) 11. Lennox Valenzuela (LSGH) (N/A) 12. Shawn Umali (CSJL) (19) 13. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (12) 14. Nikko Aguilar (SSCR) (N/A) 15. Edzel Galoy (UPHSD) (N/A) 16. Milo Janao (SSCR) (17) 17. Gyle Montano (LPU) (16) 18. Lenard Santiago (CSJL) (18) 19. Jonathan Medina (JRU) (N/A) 20. CJ Saure (CSJL) (N/A) 21. Angelo Gelsano (UPHSD) (N/A) 22. Condrad Famaranco (JRU) (N/A) 23. Marc Cuenco (AU) (N/A) 24. Megan Galang (MU) (14) This year, there will be four separate editions of the NBTC 24 - one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, one for the CESAFI, and one for all the other venues where the most promising prospects in the country also get to showcase their skills. After all four editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2019

EYES ON YOU, KID: NCAA 95 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And with the second round already underway, we’re getting even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: MAC GUADANA – Lyceum of the Philippines University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 18.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.1 steals LPU is on the brink of its first playoff appearance in school history – and throughout its quest to do just that, Mac Guadana has been its constant. For a long time, the 6-foot playmaker has stood as the pillar for the Jr. Pirates, but now, he has taken the leap all the way up there as one of the best players in all of high school. The former Batang Gilas guard has been stuffing the stat sheet and is tops in steals, fourth in scoring, and fifth in assists in the league. Without a doubt, he can and he is doing it all in his fifth and final year in maroon and grey. Most importantly, LPU has only followed his lead all the way to a place well inside the playoff picture. Of course, it remains to be seen if the Jr. Pirates can continue their sail to treasure island. What’s certain, though, is that their 18-year-old homegrown star will keep giving his all for them. RHAYYAN AMSALI – San Beda High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.7 steals For four years running now, Rhayyan Amsali has been one of the most promising prospects in the Jrs. Now in his last year in high school, he has only brought over all the confidence and capabilities he had honed in National U all the way to San Beda. Now donning red and white, the 6-foot-3 forward has unleashed a more well-rounded game as he is actually the league’s best playmaker while at the same time, its third-best pilferer and fifth-best scorer. And if not for a controversial suspension, he would have also been the frontrunner for MVP as he has been a key cog for the league-leading Red Cubs. Still, what matters most for the now 18-year-old is another championship – and at the end of it all, he may very well be in select company of players who have won two titles in two different high schools in two different leagues. JONNEL POLICARPIO – Mapua High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.1 points, 10.6 rebound, 2.6 assists, 1.3 blocks The biggest reason Mapua has found itself in the bottom third of the standings is the inconsistency of main man Jonnel Policarpio. From missing the first three games due to personal problems to getting irregular playing time due to mental lapses, the 6-foot-4 energizer has only proven he has got much room for improvement when it comes to intangibles. Still, whenever he’s on the floor, Policarpio has always made his presence felt and that is very much evident with him being the MVP leader even after only playing seven games. However, the league’s top rebounder needs to prove he can stay on the court and lead his team to victory if he wants to have a hold of that top individual trophy and, more importantly, extend his team’s title reign. JUSTINE SANCHEZ – San Beda High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.5 points, 62.8 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds Justine Sanchez is turning in a career year in his last year for San Beda. From coming off the bench a year ago to claiming a starting spot for himself, the long-limbed forward is on pace to be hailed as the league’s Most Improved Player. All the proof he needs for that is already there as he is an automatic finisher of set-ups by his teammates, with an astounding 62.8 shooting clip from the field. At the same time, though, he has also shown flashes of shooting and playmaking – showing that even the favorite for Most Improved Player looks like he can still keep growing. JOHN BARBA – Lyceum of the Philippines University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 20.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists Mac Guadana does it all, but if and when LPU needs a basket badly, it turns to John Barba. A fearless slasher that boasts of one of the best – if not the best – upper body strengths, the 6-foot-2 swingman can score however he wants once he gets to the paint. That is exactly why he is the league’s second-best scorer. Of course, Barba has to work on his shooting, but as of right now, that hole in his game is only offset by his energy and activity that allow him to haul in offensive rebounds and make good on second chance points. TONY YNOT – San Beda High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals Tony Ynot missed San Beda’s first five games due to a knee injury, but once he was good to go, he did nothing but make an immediate impact. A defensive specialist who made noise in the preseason with a poster block on Jalen Green, the Filipino-American blue-chip recruit in the US NCAA, he is only proving to be more of a two-way force now in his second season in red and white. The 5-foot-11 wing now has the confidence to let it fly from deep or venture inside the paint for a closer look, but when it all boils down to it, defense is and will always be his calling card. RC CALIMAG – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 20.7 points, 23-of-60 from three, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals RC Calimag has always been in love with the midrange shot in his time in DLSZ and now in his second season in LSGH. The 6-foot-2 forward knocks those down at a respectable rate, but his transition into taking more threes this year has unlocked his entire offensive arsenal. Calimag is the league’s top scorer, with a bulk of his output coming from deep where he has hit 23 in total. Without a doubt, he has always been a deadly scorer, but with his outside shot now a legitimate threat, he has become an elite offensive player. JOSHUA RAMIREZ – Colegio de San Juan de Letran ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.1 points, 29-of-90 from three, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists Joshua Ramirez’s game will not blow anybody away at all as he is yet to have a skill that will put him above everybody else. What the 6-foot-3 forward is, however, is an all-around player who will do whatever it takes to help out his team – if Letran needs points, he will be there; if Letran needs playmaking, he will be there; if Letran needs defense, he will be there. No doubt about it, he is the quintessential glue guy that any other team will want to have on their side. EMMAN GALMAN – University of Perpetual Help ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.5 steals One word perfectly encapsulates Emman Galman – gunner. The 6-foot-2 swingman is a volume shooter who has the greenest of green lights to take shots for Perpetual. That’s not a bad thing at all, though, because he actually makes good on many of those and finds himself as the third-best scorer in all of the league. SHAWN UMALI – Colegio de San Juan de Letran ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 9.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.1 steals What Joshua Ramirez is from the perimeter, Shawn Umali is inside the paint for Letran. The undersized big man will not wow everybody, but his do-it-all game has been the engine that has kept the Squires running for two years now. And don’t let his 6-foot-4 height and wide frame fool you, he actually has great timing and is the league’s fifth-best shot blocker. HONORABLE MENTIONS Yukien Andrada – San Beda High School Gholam Garcia – Jose Rizal University High School CJ Saure – Colegio de San Juan de Letran Ezdel Galoy – University of Perpetual Help --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

Red Robin Policarpio frontrunner for NCAA 95 MVP as San Beda s Amsali DQ d

Despite playing only six games, Jonnel Policarpio is at the lead in the MVP race of the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The main man of Mapua High School averaged 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 blocks after missing the first three games of the season due to personal problems. And even though the Red Robins have had a slow start to their title defense, those numbers were still more than enough to give Policarpio a 51.50 Player's Average Value (PAV) - best among eligible candidates. Rhayyan Amsali of San Beda High School is actually no. 1 in terms of PAV at 52.86, but because he was levied a one-game suspension for an "illegal action," as per league rules, he is ineligible to win individual awards. As such, Amsali will not be qualified for MVP, the Mythical Team, and even the Rookie of the Year honor that he is, far and away, the frontrunner for. Still, the top individual award is not Policarpio's to lose as breathing down his neck is the Lyceum of the Philippines duo of Mac Guadana and John Barba. Guadana has posted per game counts of 19.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 steals for a 49.44 PAV while Barba has posted per game counts of 19.0 markers, 9.1 boards, and 2.9 dimes for a 48.13 PAV. Completing the top five are San Beda's Justine Sanchez and Yukien Andrada who have a 46.44 and 45.44 PAV, respectively. With Amsali disqualified, the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, meanwhile, is College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills' Jan Manansala. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2019

NCAA 95’s Round 2 starts with LPU seeking payback vs Arellano

These are the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament games from September 10 to 13 all of us just CAN NOT miss! TUESDAY, 2:00 p.m., LPU vs Arellano LPU was at the wrong end of an upset ax from Arellano back in the first round. Now, Maycelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee and the rest of the Pirates start the second round opposite the very same Chiefs steered by Kent Salado – and, of course, the former wants nothing more than payback. The Pirates and the Chiefs do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. THURSDAY, 2:00 p.m., CSB vs San Sebastian After the first round, there is a four-team logjam for the second spot. To begin Round 2, two teams from that logjam will go at it when suddenly struggling CSB takes on suddenly stampeding San Sebastian. One of those streaks will continue while the other will come to a close when Justin Gutang and Unique Naboa are pitted against Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan. The Blazers and the Golden Stags do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. FRIDAY, 10:00 a.m., Red Robins vs Squires Defending champion Mapua continues to languish at the bottom of the standings, but now in the second round, time is running out for the Red Robins to finally take flight to the playoffs. Standing in their way up next, however, is a Letran side with its own plot to charge into the playoff picture. The Red Robins and the Squires do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. FRIDAY, 2:00 p.m., Mapua vs Letran At long last, Letran got a convincing victory – and now, it can only hope for a convincing win run. To do so, the Knights, behind Jerrick Balanza and Larry Muyang, have to yet again figure out once more dangerous Mapua with Laurenz Victoria and Paolo Hernandez fronting the effort. The Cardinals and the Squires do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2019

NCAA 95 Player of the Week Balanza better than ever a year after brain surgery

A year ago, Jerrick Balanza had to undergo surgery to remove the tumor in his brain, forcing him to celebrate his birthday on a hospital bed. A year after the successful surgery, the senior swingman is playing the best basketball of his young career and making the most of his new lease on life. Balanza celebrated his 23rd birthday last Friday by firing a game-high 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field in just 23 minutes of play to lead Letran's 88-64 thrashing of CSB. With his offensive brilliance that resulted to the Knights' most convincing victory yet in NCAA Season 95, he more than proved to be worthy as the latest Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week. “Ayun nga kasi, nabigyan pa ako ng isang taon, bagong isang taon. So [ngayon], yung sinasabi ko is lahat ng opportunity na dadating sa buhay ko, ima-maximize ko talaga dahil bihira lang yung nabibigyan ng ganito eh,” said Balanza who is currently averaging 17.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 3.0 rebounds after missing all of the second round and the playoffs last season. With their team captain spearheading the charge, Letran was able to arrest a two-game losing skid while also forging a four-way tie for the second-seed with Lyceum, CSB, and San Sebastian. Balanza edged Calvin Oftana of San Beda and Allyn Bulanadi of San Sebastian for the weekly plum handed out by scribes covering the beat from print and online......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2019

PVL: Lady Blazers inch closer to a semis berth

College of St. Benilde swept an undermanned Arellano University, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19, on Saturday to move closer to a Final Four berth in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference Group B at the FilOil Flying V Centre in n San Juan. The Lady Blazers took advantage of the reigning NCAA three-peat champions Lady Chiefs playing without their top two scorers Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen to claim their second straight win for a 3-1 win-loss record behind unbeaten University of Sto. Tomas (3-0). “Siguro kulang sila, yung Arocha di naglaro injured probably or nagre-rest. Tayo prepare lang tayo ng prepare and pagdating ng game laro lang tayo ng laro,” said CSB head coach Jerry Yee, whose wards will wrap the elims next week against TIP. Klarisa Abriam showed the way for the Lady Blazers with 17 points including 14 off attacks while Gayle Pascual got 12 markers all from kills for the Taft-based squad, which landed eight aces and outgunned Arellano U, 39-34. Mycah Go tallied seven points and also contributed on floor defense with 12 digs and 11 excellent receptions for the Lady Blazers. The Lady Chiefs absorbed its second straight defeat and fell to 2-2 slate. Head coach Obet Javier sat out injured Arocha, who is still recovering from a plantar fasciitis operation, while Ebuen was given time to rest. Charmina Dino was the only Arellano U player in double figures with 12 points while Nicole Sasuman had nine. In Group A, Nieza Viray and Cesca Racraquin powered San Beda University to a 25-18, 25-22, 25-17, win over University of Perpetual Help to remain in the race for a Final Four seat in Group A. Viray hammered 11 attacks for 14 points while Racraquin got 12 markers and 10 digs to even the Lady Red Spikers’ record to 2-2. The Lady Altas kissed their semis hopes goodbye after suffering their third straight defeat in four games. Jhona Rosal finished with 11 points to pace Perpetual. Meanwhile, also-ran San Sebastian College bucked the absence of head coach Roger Gorayeb to end Letran’s semifinals hopes in Group A with a 20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 26-24, win. The Lady Stags, who was handled by assistant coach Jewelle Bermillo with Gorayeb unavailable because of personal reasons, barged in the win column for a 1-3 card tied with their victims. Bianca Ordona had 14 points and Shannai Requierme scored 13 markers as the duo combined for 26 of SSC-R’s 50 attack points. Reyann Canete and Kamille Tan posted 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Stags. Charm Simborio finished with 13 points while Kathleen Dela Cruz and Chamberlaine Cunada had 12 and 10 markers, respectively, in a lost cause for the Lady Knights.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

Baste charges into NCAA 95 Round 2 on four-game win run

San Sebastian College-Recoletos has forced its way into a four-team logjam at the second spot in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament after fending off Arellano University, 85-79, Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. After a roller-coaster ride early on at 2-3, the Golden Stags have rung off four wins in a row to stand on even ground with College of St. Benilde, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and Lyceum of the Philippines University for the position right behind league-leader San Beda University. "The key now is everybody is playing together. Everybody contributes knowing their roles," head coach Egay Macaraya said post-game. This latest win was courtesy of JM Calma who willed in the inside basket with 33 ticks to go that quelled the Chiefs’ late rally. It didn’t hurt Baste either that lady luck looked like she was smiling on them as just when Arellano was making its run and was only down by one inside the last two minutes, both short stabs from Kent Salado and Justin Arana rolled out. Then after Calma’s inside basket, Arana only made 1-of-2 from the line and even though the latter got his own miss, their possession still ended with Gelo Sablan muffing on a corner jumper. RK Ilagan and Alex Desoyo then sealed the deal for San Sebastian by making good on all four of their free throws. In the end, Calma posted a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double before fouling out late while Allyn Bulanadi topped the scoring column with 22 markers on top of seven boards and two steals. Ilagan then wound up with 12 points and four assists while fan favorite Amman Cosari also provided a boost off the bench with five markers and five rebounds. "May bonus pa ako ngayon na Ammar Cosari. He was the difference kay Arana," coach Egay said of his backup big man who held his own against the most recent Player of the Week of the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps. On the other hand, Arellano was paced by Kent Salado and Arana with the former finishing with 13 points, six assists, and four rebounds and the latter ending with 13 markers, 10 boards, and three blocks. BOX SCORES SAN SEBASTIAN 85 - Bulanadi 22, Calma 17, Ilagan 12, Desoyo 8, Capobres 6, Cosari 5, Villapando 4, Tero 3, Dela Cruz 2, Sumoda 2, Isidro 2, Calahat 2, Altamirano 0. ARELLANO 79 - Salado 13, Arana 13, Bayla 12, Sablan 9, Oliva 9, Talampas 5, Gayosa 5, Sacramento 5, Concepcion 4, Espiritu 2, De Guzman 2, Alcoriza 0, Segura 0, Sunga 0. QUARTER SCORES: 24-20, 49-37, 64-54, 85-79. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019