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PVL: BaliPure: Ready for the challenge

BaliPure will make its return in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference after skipping last year’s season-ending tournament. New head coach Romel Abella welcomes the new challenge of leading a revamped Water Defenders, who won the 2017 Open Conference title.   “Challenge na rin kasi na puro bago ang mga players namin and at the same time yung mga players namin since bago nga it’s their time to prove na yung skills nila at par sa level ng pagplalaruan namin,” said Abella, who steered former team Pocari Sweat to the throne in the inaugural staging of the import-laden conference. “Challenge sa akin, sa coaching staff and sa mga players na rin. Pero masaya ang challenge,” added Abella. The Water Defenders skipped the 2018 Open Conference after a sixth place finish in the Reinforced contest where BaliPure fielded a core of high school and college standouts from National University. This time, BaliPure will lean on the leadership of veteran player Grazielle Bombita, who played for Iriga last year. Helping Bombita are first-time imports Danijela Dzakovic from Montenegro and Slovakian Alexandra Vajdova. Other local stars looking to prove their mettle in the league are Menchie Tubiera, setter Necelle Gual of Perpetual Help, Vira Guillema and Jewelle Bermillo of San Sebastian College, Sandy Delos Santos, Satrianni Espiritu of San Beda College, Carrie Pronuevo, Miracle Mendoza, Patria Pena and Kat Racelis of Mapua University.   “Masaya ngayon since bago ang tuturuan mo, nandoon ang eagerness na ma-prove ang sarili nila,” said Abella. BaliPure will open its campaign on Sunday against newcomer ParificTown Army. “Nilu-look forward ko kung ano ang ilalabas ng mga players natin, na kung hanggang saan ang maipapakita namin as individuals and a team,” Abella said. “Hopefully, mag-translate yung pina-practice namin sa laro namin.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2019

PVL: I want to win the championship – PacificTown Army import Lymareva

Balik-impot Lena Lymareva hopes for a better showing this time with new team PacificTown Army in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. “I want to show more than what I’ve shown last season,” said the Ukrainian reinforcement, who debuted last year under the PetroGazz Angels banner. Lymareva averaged 8.7 points per game last year as the Angels finished fifth in the eight-team field. After her stint in the PVL, Lymareva played in Finland and helped her club team win the championship. “This year I want to win the championship (in the PVL). I like my team now. I’ve been here for a couple of days now, really nice girls, really good coach,” said Lymareva. “Our coach just came from a university league Finals and it’s good to see him back again in action. I really like everything here and I’m really happy that I got another offer here to play in the Philippines.” Lymareva will add more firepower and depth to the Lady Troopers side composed of grizzled local veterans. And adjusting to her new team is a breeze. “Everything is going really fine. They try to help me in everything and we’re finding this connection with the setter. We play like one team on the court and everything is working well. I think we’re going on the right way,” said Lymareva. Lymareva will be backed by American Jenelle Jordan, who is making her debut in the PVL. “I think we’ll do great. Honestly, I think these girls are prepared for it so I think we’ll do really well with the short schedule and quick games,” said the middle blocker, who is a product of University of California-Berkeley. “I think our practices are really well so we’re really prepared.” Jordan also played in the Finnish league. “When I learned that she’s going to play here with the same team as me I was very happy because I know how she plays,” said Lymareva referring to Jordan. The American is excited to test her mettle in the Philippine style of play. “I know absolutely nothing (about the Philippine style of play) but I just know that there’s really good volleyball and I’ve heard there’s always been good reputation from my friends,” said Jordan. “They say Filipino volleyball is fun and fast and it’s great with good competition.” Helping Lymareva and Jordan are seasoned local stars Jovelyn Gonzaga, Ging Balse-Pabayo, Nene Bautista, Royse Tubino, Dahlia Cruz, Tin Agno, Angela Nunag, Lutgarda Malaluan, Jeannie Delos Reyes, Jem Gutierrez, Sarah Jane Gonzales and young setter Alina Bicar of University of Sto. Tomas with Kungfu Reyes as head coach. PacificTown Army will begin its campaign on Sunday against returning BaliPure.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2019

Joey Antonio, Barlo Nadera pace SEAG chess eliminator

Grandmaster Joey Antonio and International Master Barlo Nadera downed Emmanuel Emperado and IM Ronald Dableo, respectively, to share the lead after five rounds in the rapid division of the First Eugene Torre Chess Cup-Southeast Asian Games Luzon Qualifying Leg 2019 at the Mapua University gym in Intramuros, Manila......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2019

Cards, Generals make win-column

Mapua University used a strong start to hammer out an 85-65 victory over a rebuilding Arellano U and barge into the win-column in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup 2019 at the Filoil Flying V Centre......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

Proud Parent Problems: For Currys, a fraught conference final

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com OAKLAND, Calif. — They are lock-step and lock-arm and also lock-jersey as they enter Oracle Arena in what is their crowning achievement as a basketball mom and dad. Dell and Sonya Curry are in the running for First Couple of the NBA, and in the Western Conference finals, this honor comes with an equal amount of pride and anxiety. “There’s so much emotion involved because you want both to do well, and here they are, on opposite benches,” says the mom. The father agreed, adding: “It’s hard for both of us.” [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] Their sons are, of course, Stephen and Seth Curry, and their dilemma is being played out in front of millions on TV, who see Dell and Sonya sitting in the stands wearing custom-made split jerseys honoring both players. For Game 1, Dell had Steph’s No. 30 Warriors jersey on the front and Seth’s No. 31 Blazers on the back, and vice versa for Sonya. They’ll switch up as the series goes along because the parents never want to show favoritism for any of their children. “Somebody’s going to lose and we’re going to the Finals with one of them and it will be bittersweet,” Dell Curry said. “But whomever doesn’t go to the Finals for his team will be there for his brother.” Aside from this being a sweet story involving a close-knit and stable family, what’s amazing about this is that it's happening at all. Yes, the NBA has had a fair share of siblings before -- do you know how many Plumlees are cashing basketball checks? -- but never in the same conference finals. And what’s more, neither of the Curry boys dropped strong hints, even as far as high school, that they’d be on anybody’s NBA bench. But religion and faith run through all the Currys and the parents, who’ve been married 31 years, must’ve struck the proper chord because they’ve been blessed with a playoff series neither will soon forget, no matter how it turns out. By now, their made-for-reality TV story is a familiar one. Dell was a smooth-shooting guard at Virginia Tech where he met Sonya, who played for the women’s volleyball team. They soon became a couple and delivered Steph while Dell played for the Cavaliers, who drafted him. Seth came a few years later in Charlotte, where Dell by then was one of the game’s best sixth men, dropping shots from distance for the Hornets. Their basketball education started at home and specifically the driveway basketball court where the boys wore Hornets jerseys and pretended to be in the NBA. “They battled each other,” Dell Curry said. “You know, trying to get the game-winning point and arguing whether you got fouled or not. You’re standing there watching them settle it and it never got settled. My wife and I took turns being the referee deciding who won the game.” Understandably, it never got heated, as anger or jealousy doesn’t seem to be in the Curry family DNA. “Steph did a good job with that,” said Dell. “Being the oldest boy, he could’ve beaten up on [Seth] a lot.” The boys became familiar faces around the Hornets’ practice facility and games. They attended small private high schools instead of basketball academies because of academics; their parents didn’t specifically groom them for the NBA. Even if the father’s shooting genetics and mother’s competitive instincts were soon apparent with both boys, they were size challenged. They played like solid basketball players but looked like future accountants. That all changed for Steph not long after he went to Davidson College and for Seth after he transferred from Liberty University to Duke. Steph was an NCAA tournament sensation, and later, Seth became a solid starter who replaced an injured Kyrie Irving at one of the country’s most prestigious programs. And thus began the crazy travel schedule for their parents, each splitting the duties between their sons as best they could; it hasn’t calmed down since. Steph has had the gold-plated path, winning a pair of Kia MVPs and three championships, changing the game from a shooting standpoint and punching an automatic ticket to the Hall of Fame someday. Seth’s career has been nomadic. He wasn’t drafted because teams wondered about his ball-handling skills. The Warriors initially tossed him a lifeline, but Seth didn’t survive training camp and was sent to their G-League team. He’s with his sixth team in five years and seemingly turned the corner last season with the Mavericks, where he started 42 games before injuries intervened. Steph is vested in his younger brother’s career and quietly simmers about how Seth, who’s now 28, lacks a long-term deal and security with one team. Although the younger Curry finished third in three-point shooting percentage this season -- one spot ahead of Stephen -- Seth becomes a free agent this summer. Yet the good news is he should have interest after a breakout season for the Blazers. “They want each other to do well,” said Dell. “They cheer for each other. They watch each other’s games all the time. Steph’s a quiet guy but he roots for his brother and vice-versa.” For the last several years, Seth has been in the stands watching his brother during the postseason, sitting with his parents, marveling at Steph’s talent and fortunes like anyone else. Until now. And here they are, trying to deny each other a championship. There are times when the Curry boys will guard each other and that always puts their parents in a tough spot. When it happened in Game 1, Dell and Sonya just watched, frozen in place. No clapping, no cheering, no nothing. “Coming in here, we didn’t know what to expect or how to react,” Dell said. “This hasn’t happened before. Usually we can go all-in on one team. We don’t know how to cheer or how to respond when one team goes on a run. We can’t totally go on one side.” Sonya said: “It’s hard on my nerves.” These are proud parent problems. There is a solution to the relentless travel, the back-and-forth between two teams and this emotional wringer and the constant wondering about games and victories and losses: Maybe one day, even next season, the boys will be … teammates? Dell Curry’s face suddenly brightens and the stress disappears. “Now that would be great,” he said “Being brothers and teammates, and in this situation where they both win? Let’s see what happens. Both have a lot of years left in the league. Seth’s a free agent. You never know.” Until then, if that ever happens, the parents will keep their travel agent on speed-dial and keep a tailor on stand-by in case they need another set of jerseys stitched together. “It’s been hectic,” Dell Curry said. “But don’t get me wrong, we’re not taking this for granted. We’re just taking it all in. We’re not complaining at all. We know how special this is.” Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Cardinals, Red Cubs crush foes in Filoil hoops

The vengeful Mapua Cardinals took out their frustrations on the rebuilding Arellano University Chiefs, 85-65, for their first win in four outings in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Mapua, EAC barge into win column in Filoil Preseason

Mapua University and Emilio Aguinaldo College both scored convincing victories, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre to break through into the winner's circle of the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. The Cardinals routed Arellano University, 85-65, on the back of a powerful double-double Warren Bonifacio. Bonifacio, their incoming second-year versatile forward, was tireless en route to 14 points and 14 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play. Fellow big men Christian Bunag and Denniel Aguirre brought the backup with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as they got off to a strong 25-4 opening frame and never looked back en route to their first win in four games. Meanwhile, the Generals dug deep and stood strong in the face of a late rally from National University to come away with a 77-73 decision. Jethro Mendoza top-scored with 20 points and five rebounds while JP Maguliano also added 12 markers and five boards of his own for the San Marcelino-based squad which evened its standing to 1-1. For the Chiefs (0-2), returning guard Kent Salado showed the way with 17 points while for the Bulldogs, Dave Ildefonso fronted the effort with 17 markers, six rebounds, and four assists. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 85 -- Bonifacio 15, Bunag 14, Aguirre 13, Lugo 10, Victoria 9, Jabel 8, Garcia 7, Hernandez 6, Pido 3, Nocum 0, Bautista 0. ARELLANO 65 -- Salado 17, Alcoriza 13, Arana 11, Ongolo Ongolo 6, Sablan 5, Espiritu 4, Santos 4, Segura 3, Bayla 2, Concepcion 0, Sunga 0, Loyola 0, Sera Josef 0, Gayosa 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-4, 39-20, 65-41, 85-65. SECOND GAME EAC 77 -- Mendoza 20, Maguliano 12, Taywan 8, Tampoc 8, Martin 7, Estacio 6, Carlos 5, De Guzman 4, Gonzales 3, Luciano 2, Gurtiza 2, Boffa 0, Dayrit 0, Cadua 0. NU 73 -- D. Ildefonso 17, Mosqueda 11, Gaye 10, Clemente 7, Tibayan 7, Gallego 5, Diputado 4, Chatman 4, Oczon 3, S. Ildefonso 3, Yu 2, Abatayo 0, Galinato 0, Minerva 0, Mangayao 0, Sinclair 0, Rangel 0, Salim 0. QUARTER SCORES: 15-16, 41-31, 58-52, 77-73. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Student battling rare cancer seeks help

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Chrislene Tulabing is a 4th year Bachelor of Science Information Technology student of the University of San Jose Recoletos. But Tulabing, has gone through more than a normal child or student has ever been through as she is suffering from Liposarcoma, a rare type of cancer that begins in the fat […] The post Student battling rare cancer seeks help appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Mapua-Arellano, NU-EAC banner Filoil Thursday hoops

The National University Bulldogs shoot for their second win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup when they take on the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals on Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2019

La Salle, Adamson, FEU all bounce back in Filoil Preseason

De La Salle University, Adamson University, and National University all barged back into the winner’s circle of the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament following separate wins, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Encho Serrano made sure the Green Archers moved on from heartbreak, shooting his side to a 68-61 win. The incoming second-year swingman had 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Andrei Caracut and Justine Baltazar brought the backup as the former had 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists and the latter nine markers, 12 boards, and three blocks. That was more than enough for the Taft-based team to bounce back from a heartbreaking overtime loss to the University of the Philippines they suffered last Sunday. For their part, the Soaring Falcons leaned on new foreign student-athlete Lenda Douanga to get the better of College of St. Benilde, 82-75. Congolese Douanga posted a powerful 19-point, 16-rebound double-double and was backstopped by the backcourt of Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jerom Lastimosa who scored 17 and 16 markers, respectively. Those three were on-point from start to finish and ultimately brought their team to a 2-1 standing.   Also scoring a well-earned win are the Bulldogs who rallied by Far Eastern University, 82-77. Dave Ildefonso topped the scoring column with 19 points on top of five rebounds as the Bulldogs rode a 29-9 final frame all the way to their first win after a tournament-opening loss. With their respective losses, the Cardinals remained winless in three tries and the Blazers and Tamaraws both fell to 0-2. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME NU 82 -- D. Ildefonso 19, Minerva 14, Clemente 10, Gaye 9, Mosqueda 7, Oczon 7, Tibayan 6, Rangel 6, Galinato 2, Chatman 2, Abatayo 0, Diputado 0, Mangayao 0, Gallego 0. FEU 77 -- Stockton 15, Comboy 13, Ebona 10, Tuffin 8, Alforque 8, Bienes 6, Flores 6, Nunag 5, Tchuente 4, Gonzales 2, Celzo 0, Gloria 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-28, 36-42, 61-68, 82-77. SECOND GAME ADAMSON 82 -- Douanga 19, Ahanmisi 17, Lastimosa 16, Camacho 9, Bernardo 6, Sabandal 6, Fermin 5, Yerro 2, Capulong 2, Manlapaz 0, Ad. Doria 0, V. Magbuhos 0, An. Doria 0. CSB 75 -- Naboa 12, Pasturan 11, Leutcheu 10, Gutang 8, Dixon 8, Javillonar 6, Haruna 5, Nayve 4, Belgica 4, Carlos 3, Pangalangan 2, Young 2, Flores 0, Lepalam 0. QUARTER SCORES: 13-15, 38-26, 57-55, 82-75. THIRD GAME LA SALLE 68 -- Serrano 15, Caracut 11, Baltazar 9, Cu 6, Lojera 6, Lim 5, Bartlett 4, Melecio 4, Manaytay 4, Manuel 2, Escandor 2, David 0, Bates 0, Bonggay 0. MAPUA 61 -- Victoria 14, Serrano 10, Bunag 8, Aguirre 7, Pido 6, Lugo 5, Bonifacio 4, Gamboa 4, Garcia 3, Hernandez 0, Jabel 0. QUARTER SCORES: 12-15, 31-30, 56-52, 68-61. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

SHE ni Vice Ganda, nauna pa sa LGBT

MAY nasagap kaming kuwento sa isang umpukan ng mga university professor, na kabilang doon ang isa sa kanilang mga estudyante. Ka-batch noon ni Vice Ganda sa FEU (he was taking up AB Political Science) si Bryan a.k.a. Bianca, isang transgender. Magkaklase sina Vice Ganda at Bianca (na BS Psychology naman ang kinukuhang kurso) sa subject na Social Psychology. Taong 1994-1997 ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

Vico Sotto, galing kay Vic ang ginagastos sa pangangampanya

SA ipinamamahaging leaflet bilang campaign materials sa pagka-mayor na may sukat na 8.5 inches’ x 14 inches ni Vico Sotto, nakasulat na lahat ang limang pangunahin niyang plataporma. At dito rin nakasulat na nagtapos si Vico ng Political Science sa Ateneo de Manila University at Master’s Degree in Public Management sa Ateneo School of Government. Ang ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

JC Marcelino captains LPU to smooth sailing start in Filoil Preseason

Even sans CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay, Lyceum of the Philippines University looked formidable as ever in a 70-57 triumph over NCAA rival College of St. Benilde, Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre that commenced its campaign in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. As expected, now-lead guard Jaycee Marcelino did the steering, with his 15 points, three rebounds, and two steals leading the Pirates to victory. Cameroonian powerhouse Mike Nzeusseu brought the backup with a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double while transferee guard Renzo Navarro and second-year forward Enoch Valdez chimed in six markers apiece. It was Marcelino, though, who engineered LPU's big fourth quarter drive which saw them outscore their opponents, 16-7. That was more than enough to be the difference between the two teams, giving the decision to the Intramuros-based squad which has embarked on a new voyage without Perez and Ayaay who are now both playing in the PBA. For the Blazers, sophomore guard Robi Nayve and first-year big man Jay Pangalangan topped the scoring column with 12 points each. Playing without main man Justin Gutang and floor leader Yankie Haruna, however, upstart CSB was unable to keep up with NCAA powerhouse LPU. In the day's other game, Centro Escolar University also breezed to an 84-65 victory versus Mapua University. Senegalese Maodo Malick Diouf was too much for his defenders and pounded in 19 points. Justin Serrano and Denniel Aguirre paced the Cardinals with 17 and 16 points, respectively. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME LPU 70 – Marcelino JC 15, Nzeusseu 12, Navarro 6, Valdez 6, Ibanez 5, Santos 5, Caduyac 4, Remulla 4, Guinto 4, Marcelino JV 3, Tansingco 2, Yong 2, Baetiong 2, Lumbao 0. CSB 57 – Nayve 12, Pangalangan 12, Lepalam 10, Flores 9, Javillonar 5, Carlos 3, Young 2, Mosqueda 2, Sangco 2, Domingo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 42-38, 54-50, 70-57 SECOND GAME CEU 84 – Diouf 19, Formento 16, Fuentes 13, Caballero 8, Uri 6, Diaz 6, Rojas 6, Lisbo 5, Chan 3, Intic 2, Abastillas 0. MAPUA 65 – Serrano 17, Aguirre 16, Bonifacio 10, Bunag 7, Jabel 5, Victoria 2, Lugo 2, Garcia 2, Gamboa 2, Pido 2, Nieles 0 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2019

March for Science in the Philippines highlights protection of reefs, forests

Scientists, environmentalists and advocates commemorated the #MarchForScience in the Philippines, May 4, at University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City. Photos and text by Ronalyn V. Olea/ Bulatlat   The post March for Science in the Philippines highlights protection of reefs, forests appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMay 5th, 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

UAAP: LSGH glue guy Joshua David takes talents to DLSU

Joshua David will keep doing it all in green and white. David, La Salle Green Hills' Swiss army knife in the last three years, has committed to De La Salle University. "Sa La Salle na po ako," he said. The 6-foot swingman had been a key cog in the Greenies best-ever run in school history. He will not wow anybody with what he does, but his all-around game is a much-welcome addition for just about any team. In 2017, he joined forces with Joel Cagulangan and Inand Fornilos to will LSGH to its maiden championship. The following year, as a Mythical selection, he averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals, continuing to do whatever his team needed in their run back to the Finals where they bowed to eventual champion Mapua High School. Now, the 18-year-old will be tasked to help steady a rocky boat for La Salle which had just lost all of Kib Montalbo, Santi Santillan, Jollo Go, Mark Dyke, and Taane Samuel. He will follow the lead of Justine Baltazar and Aljun Melecio as they try to return to the Final Four following a one year absence. The even better news, however, is that David will be re-united with longtime partner-in-crime Joel Cagulangan who had repeated his commitment to the Green Archers a week ago. With those two in the fold, the Taft-based team has a backcourt that has all the chemistry in the world and all the knowledge how to unleash it. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

Pistons planning G League franchise for Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are planning to bring an NBA G League affiliate to Detroit. The Pistons announced Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) their G League team would play in a new arena that Wayne State University is planning to build for its basketball programs. The school’s board of governors has approved the facility. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] It’s not clear when Detroit would begin hosting G League games. The Pistons said there are ongoing discussions with G League officials about an expansion team — and the Pistons’ current G League affiliate, which plays in Grand Rapids. The Pistons and the Grand Rapids Drive have an agreement that runs through the 2020-21 G League season. The G League is the NBA’s developmental league......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

BVR on Tour: San Beda s Viray twins shine in Lingayen Open

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Playing with a lot of pride in front of their provincemates, San Beda University's Nieza and Ella Viray overwhelmed Pangasinan 3's Dada Martin and Jasmin Ocado, 21-7, 21-12, for a winning start in the BVR On Tour: Lingayen Open Tuesday at the Capitol Beachfront here. The Viray twins showcased the stuff that gave their school two NCAA titles to emerge victorious in their Pool A debut. The Virays later secured a spot in the quarterfinals together with Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez after Perlas, seeking to rebound from last weekend's second place finish in Dumaguete, downed Pangasinan 3, 21-12, 21-3. Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo N. Bataoil took the effort to invite BVR in Lingayen to bring in players from the national level and try playing next to the beautiful beach of Lingayen Gulf. He hopes to hone local talents to be part of this national league while promoting sports tourism in the province. Bataoil and Marlon Domalanta of the province's Sports Development Center, representing Gov. Amado Espino, attended the opening ceremony and delivered the ceremonial serve along with the Viray twins to formally open the two-day spikefest. In the men's division, Air Force 1's Jade Becaldo and Mike Abria found Army 2's Jason Uy and Randy Fallorina a tough nut to crack to nut before carving out a 21-23, 21-19, 15-7 victory. Becaldo and Abria, former two-time Boracay beach volleyball champions who were reunited and placed second in Dumaguete over the weekend, are installed as heavy favorites. Bingle Landicho had a successful return in the sand court for NU Boysen 2 with Kath Epa as the duo turned back Rizal Techonological University's Myla Lim and Hannah Patrocenio, 21-13, 21-11, and so is Kly Orillaneda, who joined forces with Roma Joy Doromal in NU Boysen 1's 21-10, 21-8 conquest of Air Force 2's Mikaela Andres and Angel Antipuesto. Despite the loss, Andres and Antipuesto, who bested Pangasinan 2's Tricia Abalos and Abigail Guzman, 21-12, 21-12, in their opening Pool B match, remain in quarterfinals contention. University of the Philippines' alums Pam Legaspi and Aliyah Ong made quick work of Pangasinan 1's Lyka Aquino and Princess Cabalteja, 21-9, 21-15, in the other women's morning match. Other men's games saw Army 2's Jason Uy and Randy Fallorina defeating FEU's Kevin Hadlocon and Ralph Justin Dablo, 22-20, 21-13, Mapua's Jeremy Santos and Benneth Abellada beating Baguio's Jason Salonga and Paul Pangidian, 21-8, 21-9, and Fury's Greg Utupo and Pemie Bagalay prevailing over RTU's Peter Galvan and Cesar Sebastian, 21-10, 21-13. Action resumes Wednesday with the quarterfinals starting at 7 a.m., with the semis and finals to be played in the afternoon......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

‘Hybrid Electric Train’ to Offer Free Ride Starting May 6

Good news! Starting May 6, train passengers will have the chance to ride the first Filipino-made Hybrid Electric Train (HET). According to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the passengers will have free train rides for 19 days as the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will have to complete the 150-hour run time for the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 29th, 2019

Is Philippine Democracy Dying?

In their latest New York Times Bestselling book How Democracies Die, Harvard University political science professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt write about how liberal democracies like ours can turn into autocratic, totalitarian regimes. The authors, point out that democracies don’t all die the same way. Some go out with a bang; a military coup d'etat, with tanks in the streets, bombs exploding, and scores killed in raging battles ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019