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NCAA 94 wind-up: Letran, Lyceum, Perpetual

This is going to be one heckuva of Final Four battle. It isn’t too one-sided as in years past and that is what makes this NCAA Season 94 one of the most interesting in years. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarOct 12th, 2018

NCAA Season 94: Almodiel, Ebuen bag MVP honors

Necole Ebuen of two-time defending champion Arellano University bested the rest of the field with her impressive performance during the elimination round to bag the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball Most Valuable Player award. The Lady Chiefs sophomore, who claimed the rookie of the year award last year, received her recognition Friday before Game 2 of the women’s best-of-three Finals between Arellano U and University of Perpetual Help at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Ebuen averaged 13.6 points per game and was a consistent contributor both on offense and defense as she helped the Lady Chiefs win their first eight games and eventually advance into the championship round for the third straight year. The hitter also stepped up bit time with veteran Regine Arocha struggling with her form throughout the elims. Ebuen also claimed the Best Opposite Spiker award as the only Arellano U player to make the list of individual awardees this year. Other winners were Cindy Imbo of University of Perpetual Help (1st Best Outside Spiker); San Beda University’s Cesca Racraquin (2nd Best Outside Spiker), Daryl Racraquin (Best Libero) and Lynne Matias (Best Setter and Rookie of the Year); Rachel Austero of College of St. Benilde (1st Best Middle Blocker) and Bien Juanillo of Lyceum of the Philippines University (2nd Best Middle Blocker).   Meanwhile, outside hitter Joebert Almodiel of repeat-seeking Perpetual continued his dominance in the men’s division by pocketing his second straight MVP recognition. The sophomore, who was named Rookie of the Year last season, also received the 1st Best Outside Spiker award. Ruvince Abrot of College of St. Benilde got the RoY award this season.         Altas star Ronniel Rosales got the 1st Best Middle Blocker award while Joshua Mina (2nd Best Outside Spiker) and Joshua Magadan (Best Libero) of Emilio Aguinaldo College; CSB’s Francis Basilan (2nd Best Middle Blocker) and Kevin Magsino (Best Setter) and Jesrael Liberato (Best Opposite Spiker) of Arellano U wrap up the rest of the awardees. In the juniors division, Letran’s Christian Dela Cruz snatched the MVP and 1st Best Outside Spiker honors. Perpetual’s Noel Kampton and Kirth Rosos got the 2nd Best Outside Spiker and 2nd Best Middle Blocker, respectively. LPU’s Yoj Pabiton (1st Best Middle Blocker) and Michael Escallar (Best Setter); Lance de Castro of San Beda (Best Libero) and John Paolo Lorenzo of Letran (Best Opposite Spiker) also pocketed individual recognitions. Eljie Jaballa of San Beda was named RoY.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Blazers head back to the Finals

College of St. Benilde marched back into the Finals after submitting Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-18, 25-23, 25-20, Tuesday in the closing phase of the NCAA Season 94 men’s volleyball stepladder semifinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The no. 2 seed Blazers forged a rematch of the championship series two years ago against unbeaten reigning titlist University of Perpetual Help, which advanced straight into the best-of-three Finals after sweeping the elimination round. Game 1 of the championship is on Friday.   CSB, which won it all in Season 92 behind the leadership of national team captain John Vic De Guzman, relied on its experience to control most of the match to complete the sweep against a young but very feisty Generals.  “Natyaga ng mga players ko on the last part and pagdating doon sa end game sabi ko, ‘mas mananaig pa rin ang beterano kasi siyempre sanay sila sa ganoong sitwasyon.’ ‘Yun lang siguro ang ikinalamang din namin bukod sa mas lamang kami doon sa ibang area siguro yung pagiging veteran ng team,” said CSB coach Arnold Laniog, who steered the Blazers to its breakthrough title two seasons ago. Ruvince Abrot scored 12 points to lead CSB while Joshua De Sequera and skipper Francis Basilan finished with nine points each. After easily taking the opening set, the Blazers needed to come back from two points down in the second frame. EAC took a 22-20 lead only to see it evaporate after a Basilan hit followed by back-to-back attacks by Abrot. The Generals tied it at 23 but a Ralph Pitogo error followed by a De Sequera quick attack gave the frame to CSB.   It was all Blazers in the third set. Joshua Mina and Joshua Ramilo posted 13 and 10 points, respectively, for EAC, which defeated Arellano University in the first phase of the stepladder. In the juniors division, Letran set up a championship date with reigning four-time champion Perpetual after knocking out no. 2 seed Lyceum of the Philippines University, 30-28, 25-21, 25-20. Christian Dela Cruz had a 21-point explosion with 19 coming off attacks while Mark Denver Omega and Cedric Lim scored 13 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Squires. Letran, which defeated EAC in the first phase of the semis, and Perpetual will face of in Game 1 of the best-of-three title series on Friday.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Lady Chiefs punch third straight Finals ticket

Grand slam-seeking Arellano University secured the first championship seat after an emphatic sweep of San Beda University, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Regine Arocha powered the Lady Chiefs’s comeback from a five-point deficit in the third set. Down 15-20 in the frame, Arocha sparked Arellano U’s 6-0 fight back to take a 21-20 lead. San Beda countered to take a 23-22 lead off Sattriani Espiritu’s quick attack. Arocha answered with an off the block kill followed by a cross court hit by Alyana San Gregorio before sophomore Necole Ebuen sealed the win with an off speed attack to boot out last year’s runner-up and the same team that denied Arellano U an outright Finals berth last week at the end of the elimination round.       The Lady Chiefs erased a 15-19 deficit in the second frame with a 5-1 scoring spurt to take the helm, 21-20. San Beda tied it at 21 before Arocha sparked a closing 4-0 barrage she capped with a hit to seal the frame. Arellano U started the match slow but recovered their bearing just in time to capture the opening set.          Meanwhile, fourth seed Emilio Aguinaldo College survived the first stage of the men’s stepladder semifinals after outlasting last year’s runner-up Arellano U, 24-26, 8-25, 25-20, 25-18, 21-19. Joshua Ramilo pounded 21 attacks in his 23-point explosion while Joshua Mina had 20 markers for the Generals, who will take on College of St. Benilde in another knockout match on Tuesday for the right to face outright finalist defending champion University of Perpetual Help. Aeron Daduya and Ralph Pitogo posted 10 points each for EAC. Vincent Tan and Christian Segovia finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Chiefs. In the juniors’ division, Letran crushed EAC, 29-27, 25-16, 19-25, 25-21, to advance in the second phase of the knockout stepladder semis. The Squires will face Lyceum of the Philippines University on Tuesday. Already waiting in the best-of-three Finals is defending champion Perpetual.          --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

NCAA Season 94: Letran snaps skid

Letran escaped Mapua University by the skin of its teeth,14-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-17, 15-13, Thursday to snap a six-game losing slump in the NCAA Season 94 women's volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Already out of contention for a semis berth, the Lady Knights salvaged some sense of pride by staving off a determined Lady Cardinals side to notch their second win in eight games. Miracle Mendoza provided the offensive spark for Letran after dropping 21 points built on 18 attacks, two aces and a kill block. Kathleen Dela Cruz backed Mendoza up with 18 points including 16 spikes while Mariel Larioque and Rhosselle Urriza chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Letran reasserted its mastery over Mapua for the third straight year. The Lady Knights will close their elimination round campaign next week against Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Lady Cardinals slid to 1-7 card. Jan Morano posted 15 points while Angelie Magundayao and Jonina Fernandez had 14 markers each for Mapua, which will close its elims journey on Monday against College of St. Benilde. Meanwhile, the Knights swept the Cardinals, 25-15, 25-22, 25-20, to for a four-way tie with their victims and idle San Beda University and Jose Rizal University with 2-6 cards in the men's division. Mhel Gabuyo finished with 14 points while Christopher Cistina and Angel Canzana added 11 markers each for Letran. Angelbert Navas and Alfredo Pagulong scored 11 and nine markers, respectively, for Mapua. In juniors play, the Squires completed Letran's sweep in all divisions after rolling past the Red Robins, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22. The Squires improved to 6-2 card to join defending champion University of Perpetual Help and Lyceum of the Philippines University in the Final Four. Mapua slid to 2-6 mark.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Lady Bombers barge in win column

Mary May Ruiz displayed an all-around effort to power Jose Rizal University to its first win at the expense of Letran, 25-23, 14-25, 25-15, 25-16, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Ruiz smashed 17 kills for 18 points as the Lady Bombers snapped a two-game skid to tie their victim at 1-2 win-loss slate together with University of Perpetual Help and Lyceum of the Philippines University. Ruiz also led JRU on floor defense with 20 digs and six excellent receptions. Dolly Versoza also showed her all-around game with 13 points anchored on 11 attacks while playing superb floor defense with 25 digs for JRU. Sydney Niegos added 12 markers while Karen Montojo got eight for the Lady Bombers. JRU got a scare in the fourth set after the Lady Knights chopped the Lady Bombers five-point lead to only one, 17-16. But JRU countered with a closing 8-0 blast to finish off Letran. Chamberlaine Cunada had 14 points – all off attacks – while Miracle Mendoza and Rhoselle Urriza posted 12 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Lady Bombers.   ----         Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Letran’s coach Jeff: Ngayon pa lang, we re ready sa NCAA 95

Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s strong season ended with a whimper at the hands of rampaging Lyceum of the Philippines University last Friday. All throughout the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Knights proved that they are a playoff team – and even more, a title contender. While that didn’t necessarily show in their loss to the Pirates, they nonetheless remain upbeat that they could do all of that all over again next year. In fact, even now, Letran is already talking like a favorite. “Ngayon pa lang, we’re ready sa Season 95,” head coach Jeff Napa said right after their elimination in the ongoing season. With triple-double threat Bong Quinto and steady leader JP Calvo already graduating, it will be a tall task for coach Jeff to back up his claim. Still, he has nothing but full faith on those who will be returning. “Next year, definitely, Jerrick will be 100 percent. I think, January (next year), good to go na siya,” the mentor said, talking about starting off-guard Jerrick Balanza who was forced to undergo brain surgery just two months ago. He then continued, “Nandyan pa naman si Bonbon, si Larry, si Christian, si Jeo so pretty confident talaga ako dun sa maiiwan.” Indeed, Quinto and Calvo were the shining stars, but the likes of Jeo Ambohot, Bonbon Batiller, Christian Fajarito, Koy Galvelo, and Larry Muyang turned the Knights into a force to reckon with. For his part, recovering Balanza gave off the same sort of confidence. “Buo pa rin kaming makakapasok sa Final Four next year. Masasabi ko ngayon pa lang na ramdam na namin kung gaano kahirap sa Final Four so alam na namin kung paano namin tatagusin ito next year,” he said. He then continued, “Expect ninto na magfa-Finals ang Letran next year.” And in the same light, coach Jeff and Balanza have nothing but full faith on those who will be coming in. As the former put it, “Next year is a different story. A lot of guys are coming in from our Team B so actually, pinagpreparahan na rin namin yung pagkawala ni (Bong, JP, Alex Mandreza, at Jeremiah Taladua),” he said. He then continued, “Team B namin, binugbog na namin sa Team A para at least, ma-experience na nila kung ano yung level of competitiveness. It’s a matter of kailangan lang namin i-polish at saka i-jell together yung mga naiwan.” Who are those players on the Knights’ Team B? Former University of Sto. Tomas swingman Jordan Sta. Ana, former Nazareth School of National University versatile forward Allen Mina, and former Squire stud guard Kiefer Cordero, just to name a few. Without a doubt, Letran is adamant that it will still be stacked for next season. As for the rest of the NCAA, though? “At the same time, yung mga kalaban namin, marami rin naman silang mawawala. Problema na nila yun kung paano kami haharapin next year na mas malakas,” coach Jeff said, alluding to the departures of CJ Perez from LPU, Robert Bolick from San Beda University, and Prince Eze from University of Perpetual Help. He then continued, “Mas malakas, tapos mas sugatan ngayon kaya babawi kami next year.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Lions, Pirates send off rivals, stage title duel

San Beda outlasted Perpetual Help, 83-72, and Lyceum of the Philippines University routed Letran, 109-85, yesterday to arrange a title re-match in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

LPU runs roughshod on Letran to rush into NCAA 94 Finals

Lyceum of the Philippines will be vying for the championship for the second straight season in the 94th NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Pirates officially booked a return trip to the Finals after running away from and then gunning down Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 109-85, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Head coach Topex Robinson got contributions from up and down the lineup in their first-ever Final Four game in history. However, it wasn’t until Knights’ court general JP Calvo went down with an injury that LPU broke free. Calvo suffered an apparent left leg injury early in the third. Still, Letran was able to rally around him for a while as Koy Galvelo’s corner three actually granted them their first lead of the game, 56-55, at the 6:05 mark of the quarter. It was at that point, however, that the Pirates exploited Calvo’s absence and put their opponents in a pressure cooker. From there, they went on a 15-0 tear built on turnover points for a 70-56 edge. The Knights would never recover from that point as main man Bong Quinto was also shackled down. In the end, Mike Nzeusseu topped the scoring column for LPU with a 23-point, 17-rebound double-double while CJ Perez made a mark all over with 19 markers, five boards, four steals, and three assists. Jaycee Marcelino and Spencer Pretta also added 15 points apiece as second-seed LPU aced its first-ever test in the playoffs. They now turn their attention to either defending champion San Beda University or upstart University of Perpetual Help in the Finals. For Letran, Larry Muyang showed the way with 21-point, 12-rebound double-double. Quinto, playing in his last game, struggled for his standards with just 12 markers in 6-of-17 shooting from the field to go along with seven assists and six boards. Calvo, also graduating, scored nine points in just 19 minutes of play. Without him there, his team was unable to replicate its sinking of the Pirates in the second round. BOX SCORES LPU 109 — Nzeusseu 23, Perez 19, Marcelino JC 15, Pretta 15, Ayaay 11, Santos 9, Caduyac 8, Tansingco 3, Ibanez 2, Serrano 2, Yong 2, Cinco 0, Lumbao 0, Marcelino JV 0, Valdez 0 LETRAN 85 — Muyang 21, Quinto 12, Fajarito 11, Taladua 10, Ambohot 9, Calvo 9, Batiller 6, Celis 4, Galvelo 3, Agbong 0, Mandreza 0, Yu 0, Pambid 0 QUARTER SCORES: 29-16, 51-47, 81-64, 109-85 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

NCAA Final Four: Lyceum vs Letran

     MANILA, Philippines – If San Beda versus Perpetual in the NCAA Season 94 Final Four is all about dominance, then the matchup between the Lyceum Pirates and the Letran Knights is all about last chances.  Sure, Bong Quinto already won one title in 2015 when Letran under head coach Aldin Ayo ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Red Lions, Pirates seek outright final

San Beda and Lyceum of the Philippines University try to forge a title showdown for the second straight year as they take on Perpetual Help and Letran, respectively, today in the Final Four of the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

San Beda now NCAA 94 top-seed after imposing will on LPU

San Beda University has had to wait a long time just to get back at Lyceum of the Philippines University in the elimination round. The Red Lions finally exacted their revenge on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, forcing the Pirates to play at their pace for majority of the matchup before falling back on their championship experience in the endgame for a well-earned 75-68 win. Robert Bolick, of course, spearheaded the attack and had running mate Javee Mocon as well as promising rookie James Canlas right beside him as the defending champions seized the top-seed for the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Baskeball Tournament. As the top-seed, they will be facing off with fourth-seed University of Perpetual Help in the next round. “I’m happy that the guys played well today. Hopefully, we play more consistent in our next games,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said. It was Canlas’ layup that punctuated the 17-9 run that broke the game open and built up a 35-24 San Beda lead in the second quarter. Bolick and Mocon then joined in on the fun in the third, conspiring for a 12-2 rush that boosted their team in front, 51-33, at the midway mark of the quarter. The Pirates didn’t quit and ramped up the pressure in the final frame with MJ Ayaay’s fastbreak layup pulling them within 68-73 with 36.8 ticks to go. After Spencer Pretta turned the ball over, though, the Red Lions’ graduating guard made good on two free throws to put the game away. This is the first time in the last two years that Bolick and company have triumphed over their new challengers in the eliminations. “We’re happy we got this one and that the monkey is finally off our backs. Ang daming nagsasabing we cannot beat them,” their mentor said. In the end, the King Lion had 18 points, five rebounds, and two assists while Canlas had his own 18 markers and six boards. Mocon and Donald Tankoua both contributed double-doubles as well with the former finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds and the latter ending with 15 markers and 14 boards. More than that, however, it was the defense that keyed the defending champions’ big-time win. Indeed, the best defense in the league suffocated LPU to way below their 87.6 points per game and CJ Perez to way below his 19.2 markers per game. Perez only had nine points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals in this one while Mike Nzeusseu topped the scoring column with 16 markers and six boards. Unable to break free from their opponents’ suffocating defense, the Pirates sank to 15-3 and settled for the second-seed. They will be matchup up opposite Colegio de San Juan de Letran. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 75 – Bolick 18, Canlas 18, Tankoua 15, Mocon 13, Oftana 3, Presbitero 2, Soberano 2, Nelle 2, Carino 2, Doliguez 0, Abuda 0, Eugene 0, Tongco 0, Cuntapay 0 LPU 68 – Nzeusseu 16, Marcelino JC 14, Ayaay 11, Perez 9, Pretta 6, Marcelino JV 4, Caduyac 2, Tansingco 2, Santos 2, Valdez 2, Ibanez 0, Serrano 0, Lumbao 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-13, 39-31, 59-46, 75-68 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

NCAA: Perez, LPU excited to play in their first-ever Final Four

Last year, Lyceum of the Philippines University went straight to the Finals in the NCAA after sweeping the elimination rounds. This Season 94, after dropping three games against University of Perpetual Help, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and San Beda University, the Pirates will have to go through the tough Final Four format before they get the chance to avenge their heartbreaking bridesmaid run last season. Second-seed Lyceum's situation may not look as pristine as last year's, but CJ Perez thinks going through the eye of the needle will be better for them. "Sa aming lahat, excited kami maglaro sa Final Four. And yun nga, mas maganda itong ganito kasi kailangan mong dumaan sa mga adversities na kailangan mo lagpasan ang Letran muna," said Perez as they are set to face the third-seed Letran on October 26 for the semifinals. This, even though in their game against San Beda on Thursday, the Pirates struggled with the Red Lions' zone defense. Perez who usually scores 19.1 points per game was limited to only nine points. When asked about it, Perez bared that he was not feeling good about his game right from the get-go. "Actually 'di yung sila yung naka-stop sa akin. Feeling ko sarili ko yung nai-stop ko kasi yun nga, pagpasok pa lang ng game, parang 'di ko ramdam na magaan yung katawan ko today. Feeling ko ang tight ko ngayon so parang pumasok sa utak ko tapos nawala ako sa focus," said Perez after playing his last eliminations game in his college career. San Beda led by as much as 20 points late in the third quarter, but Lyceum was able to inch within five points with less than a minute to go in the game. Ultimately, however, things didn't go their way as turnovers got the best of them. Still, Perez didn't point fingers at anyone. "Sa mga ganitong talo hindi kami nagsisisihan, wala kaming excuses. Siguro yun yung na build na culture sa Lyceum. Kahit na nagtatalo, walang nagsisisihan, walang excuses, kaya mas maganda mag move forward kung yun yung na build na culture sa amin," he shared. "Pero may bawi naman yan eh, 'di naman every game talaga Pasko eh. 'Di naman laging Pasko," he added. His game today may have been uncharacteristic, but he assures that come the semifinals, the CJ Perez that fans all know of will be back. "Andito naman yung tunay na CJ Perez. 'Di ko naman talaga mabubuhat yung team kung ako lang talaga. So kailangan lang mag work together. Siguro sabihin natin bad day siguro kaya ganun pero I'm okay naman," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Finally, that LPU monkey is off of San Beda s back in NCAA 94

The last time San Beda University defeated Lyceum of the Philippines University in the elimination round was in 2016. Since that time, the Pirates have had the number of the Red Lions – again, in the elimination round. The traditional powerhouse finally got one over the upstart contenders on Thursday, imposing its will en route to a well-earned 75-68 win. This is the first time in the last two years that they have triumphed over their new challengers in the eliminations. For that, of course, San Beda is nothing but glad. “We’re happy we got this one and that the monkey is finally off our backs,” head coach Boyet Fernandez told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Everybody’s been saying that we cannot beat LPU so that was really our motto for today. Naging barometer namin yun and I’m happy the guys stepped up today.” Humble as always, coach Boyet deflected credit for the win to his boys. “I salute the boys and sana, we continue playing this well,” he said. In fact, the always amiable mentor even gave credit to other coaches. As he put it, “I do thank the coaches from other teams because I watch their games. I say how the two teams beat Lyceum so I think we got the cue from that.” Coach Boyet was referring to University of Perpetual Help and Colegio de San Juan de Letran, which both beat LPU before the Red Lions. “Ayan naman ang trabaho at saka ng scouting,” he said. Nonetheless, the defending champions still had nothing but respect for the felled foes. “It’s a tough game, they’re a really tough team. Good job to coach Topex [Robinson] and the rest of the LPU team,” their head coach said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

LSGH dominates this week s NBTC NCAA 24

With still two games left in the elimination round, the CSB-LSGH Junior Blazers were the first to secure a twice-to-beat advantage as the Final Four draws near.  It was the first time in school history they achieved the incentive, proving that they are still the team to beat in the NCAA Juniors Division.  Led by Inand Fornilos and Joshua David, CSB-LSGH bested Lyceum, 80-75, on Thursday, to notch their 14th win in 16 games. Fornilos was a man on a mission as he poured in 12 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks. His stellar play earned him the number one spot in the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 weekly high school rankings.  David was equally superb with his 20-point production, placing him right behind Fornilos for the second spot. David also made a significant impact on the defensive end as he challenged the 3-point attempt by John Barba in the closing moments, helping his team get the win.  At third in the weekly rankings is JRU's John Amores. The versatile swingman put up 12 points, six boards, and three steals in a semis-securing win over EAC that puts them back in the Final Four for the first time since 2014. Completing the top five are standout guard Joel Cagulangan of the Junior Blazers and Jonnel Policarpio of the Mapua Red Robins.  Perpetual Help's Ezdel Galoy crashes into the sixth spot after a pair of solid outings. He first put up 19 points and 14 rebounds in a win over EAC then followed it up with another double-double of 21 points and 10 boards vs Letran.  Rounding up the top ten are Mapua's Dan Arches, Arellano's Aaron Fermin, Lyceum's Mac Guadana, and Mapua's Clint Escamis.  Here are the complete Week 14 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (4) 2. Joshua David (CSB) (15) 3. John Amores (JRU) (3) 4. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (2) 5. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (7) 6. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (N/A) 7. Dan Arches (MU) (13) 8. Aaron Fermin (AU) (6) 9. Mac Guadana (LPU) (1) 10. Clint Escamis (MU) (8) 11. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (11) 12. Penny Estacio (SBU) (N/A) 13. Marwin Dionisio (JRU) (N/A) 14. Rom Junsay (AU) (10) 15. John Barba (LPU) (9) 16. Tony Ynot (SBU) (N/A) 17. Milo Janao (SSC) (24) 18. Justine Sanchez (SBU) (N/A) 19. John Delos Santos (JRU) (5) 20. Ronald Bucoy (JRU) (N/A) 21. RC Calimag (CSB) (14) 22. Kean Baclaan (SSC) (12) 23. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (N/A) 24. Shawn Argente (CSJL) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three 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 NewsOct 16th, 2018

NCAA Season 94: Handa at palaban kami ngayon –- Napa

Letran just secured a spot in the Final Four and is in the right path to vie for the last semifinals twice-to-beat advantage in the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball competition. The Knights’ chances for the Final Four bonus now depends on their next two assignments and a little help from fate. “’Yung tadhana na ang magsasabi kung aabot ba kami o hindi,” said Napa moments after Letran destroyed San Sebastian College, 79-61, Tuesday for its fifth straight win at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Sporting a 12-4 win-loss record at solo third, the Intramuros-based squad now needs to sweep their last two outings against College of St. Benilde and University of Perpetual Help and pray hard for Lyceum of the Philippines University (14-2) or three-peat-seeking San Beda University (14-1) not to reach 15 wins to force a playoff for the semis incentive. But Napa’s focus right now is not about the semifinals scenario but on building his team’s momentum. “Pero hindi na namin iniisip yun eh (twice-to-beat),” he said. “Kung di namin makuha ang twice-to-beat o makuha namin ang twice-to-beat magtatrabaho pa rin kami.” His concern is to make sure that his squad will be ready for the Final Four -- with or without an incentive.   “Kung sino man ang makakatapat namin ay talagang paghahadaan namin dahil kaming Letran handa kami at palaban kami ngayon,” he said. Letran just gave a fair warning.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

NCAA Season 94: Knights secure Final Four berth

Letran fought off the third quarter outburst of San Sebastian College - Recoletos with a scoring barrage in the payoff period for a 79-61 win to clinch a spot in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 94 men's seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. After squandering a 17-point lead at the half when the Stags cut down their deficit to seven heading into the fourth quarter, the Knights dropped a 13-2 blitz to widen the gap to 72-54 with just four minutes left in the game. From there Letran cruised to its 12th win in 16 games and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since winning it all back in Season 91. "Thankful kami kasi umabot kami sa ganitong sitwasyon pero di pa rin naman ito ang gusto naming mangyari. Mayroon pa kaming last two games na kailangang trabahuhin before we look forward doon sa Final Four," said Letran coach Jeff Napa, whose squad will wrap the elimination round against University of Perpetual Help and College of St. Benilde. Larry Muyang finished with a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds while Bonbon Batiller and Nico Galvelo added 15 and 14 markers, respectively, for the Knights. Chris Fajarito got 11 markers in Letran's fifth straight win. A sweep by the Intramuros-based squad in its last two outings coupled by either Lyceum of the Philippines University (14-2) or San Beda University (14-1) not reaching 15 wins will force a playoff for a semis twice-to-beat bonus.   Letran built a 42-25 lead after the first half but SSC-R poured 27 points in the third period to cut down its deficit to 59-52 heading into the payoff period.  The Knights were able to counter at the start of the fourth to build enough cushion for the win. Letran limited the Stags to only nine points in the final 10 minutes of the ballgame. SSC-R dropped to 4-12 win-loss record. Michael Calisaan had 19 points, Regile Ilagan added 12 markers while Jesse Sumoda chipped in 12 in a lost cause for the Stags.   Box score: Letran (79) --- Muyang 15, Batiller 15, Galvelo 14, Fajarito 11, Ambohot 8, Calvo 7, Quinto 4, Celis 3, Yu 2, Taladua 0, Balagasay 0, Banez 0, Agbong 0, Mandreza 0. SSC-R (61) --- Calisaan 16, Ilagan 13, Sumoda 12, Bulanadi 7, Capobres 7, Dela Cruz 4, Valdez 2, Calma 0, Desoyo 0, Villapando 0, Are 0, Baytan 0. Quarterscores: 19-10, 42-25, 59-52, 79-61.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Knights seek Final Four entry; Altas shoot for playoff berth

Letran seeks to join San Beda and Lyceum in the Final Four as it tangles with San Sebastian today even as Perpetual Help guns for at least a playoff for the last semis seat against Emilio Aguinaldo College in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan. Source link link: Knights seek Final Four entry; Altas shoot for playoff berth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Knights seek Final Four entry; Altas shoot for playoff berth

Letran seeks to join San Beda and Lyceum in the Final Four as it tangles with San Sebastian today even as Perpetual Help guns for at least a playoff for the last semis seat against Emilio Aguinaldo College in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

LSGH denies San Beda s entry into NCAA 94 Final Four

STANDINGS LSGH 13-2 (Final Four) MAPUA 11-4 SAN BEDA 10-5 JRU 9-6 LPU 8-7 ARELLANO 6-8 PERPETUAL 6-9 SAN SEBASTIAN 5-10 (eliminated) LETRAN 3-11 (eliminated) EAC 3-12 (eliminated) College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills remains the first and only team assured of a place in the next round of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. San Beda High School tried its best to get that as well on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, but was instead resoundingly rejected by the Junior Blazers who registered a 91-78 come-from-behind win. Main man Joel Cagulangan topped the scoring column with 24 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists, but only made 9-of-22 shots from the field In the endgame, it was Sydney Mosqueda who came through, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the tight final frame. “We’re happy with the win because our boys showed resiliency,” head coach Marvin Bienvenida said post-game. The defending champions were down by five points inside the last four minutes until Mosqueda went on a 5-0 run to tie the tally. The Red Cubs again took the lead, 75-72, and even had a chance to increase it, but Inand Fornilos stole the ball and the possession from them. At the other end, Mosqueda then set up Fornilos for an easy look inside that proved to be the go-ahead basket. San Beda would keep coming from that point, but Cagulangan had all the answers for CSB-LSGH which strengthened its stranglehold on the top-seed. Now at 13-2, they are one win away from clinching the twice-to-beat advantage. “We are still taking it one game at a time. We are not done proving to ourselves that we are getting better each and every game,” coach Marvin said. For the now 10-5 Red Cubs, Zach Estacio showed the way with 13 points while Joshua Lazaro also had a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double. A win would have assured them of at least a playoff for a Final Four spot. Instead, they now find themselves still behind 11-4 Mapua High School and barely ahead of 9-6 Jose Rizal High School and 8-7 Lyceum of the Philippines University. In the day’s other game, University of Perpetual Help stayed alive after beating down San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 82-67. Emman Galman was on fire all game long and wound up with a career-best 30 points and was backstopped by Tony Ogunsanya who posted a 20-point, 14-rebound double-double. Just at halftime, Galman already had 17 markers to his name, almost matching the output of their opponents at 22. At 6-9, the Junior Altas still have a boxer’s chance at snatching a playoff berth. On the other hand, now at 5-10, the Staglets are no longer in contention for the Final Four. Kean Baclaan fronted their effort in this one with 24 points, six rebounds, five steals, and four assists. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME PERPETUAL 82 – Galman 30, Ogunsanya 20, Galoy 12, Kawamura 8, Orgo 3, Duka 3, Barcuma 2, Nunez 2, Defante 2, Romilla 0, Lauchengo 0, Dela Cruz 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 67 – Baclaan 24, Pinero 13, Are 10, Cortes 4, Cruz 4, Dela Cruz 4, Timbancaya 2, Janao 2, Balo 2, Perez 0, Loristo 0, Solatorio 0, Suico 0, Gomez 0, Austria 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-10, 43-22, 60-53, 82-67 SECOND GAME CSB-LSGH 81 – Cagulangan 24, Mosqueda 19, Calimag 11, Fornilos 7, Palencia 6, David 5, Sangco 3, Lepalam 2, Morales 2, Valenzuela 2, Cortez 0, Lopez 0. SAN BEDA 78 – Estacio 13, Coyoca 12, Lazaro 10, Llarena 10, Talampas 10, Oliva 9, Sanchez 9, Ynot 2, Andrada 2, Pelipel 1, Alcantara 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-23, 41-36, 59-57, 81-78. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

NCAA: Letran stands ground at third, stomps down on JRU

Bong Quinto and JP Calvo both had bounce back games even as Koy Galvelo continued stepping up for Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Quinto stuffed the stat sheet anew, Calvo swished the nets, and Galvelo and Yu scored at will in the Knights’ 89-79 romp through already-eliminated Jose Rizal University on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The team captain flirted with another triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists while his running mate contributed 13 markers, six dimes, and five boards to lead Letran to a 10-4 standing. “Good thing, naga-guide (yung bench) ng mga leaders at yung mga leaders, willing mag-sacrifice,” head coach Jeff Napa said post-game. Galvelo only continued his hot shooting and had 16 points build on four triples in this one. From a close contest after the first period, the Knights rampaged to a 35-point second quartet to turn the game into a blowout. They would not be threatened the rest of the way. With the win, they kept their distance from fourth-running 9-5 University of Perpetual Help and now fifth-running 8-6 College of St. Benilde. The third-seed is far from a lock for Letran, however, especially with showdowns with top team Lyceum of the Philippines University and dangerous San Sebastian College-Recoletos up next. “Next week, mabigat na yung laban na papasukin namin. Hindi kami pwedeng mag-relax so mabuti naman, nag-step up yung shock troopers,” coach Jeff said. For the Heavy Bombers, Jed Mendoza showed the way as always with 25 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Overpowered by their dominant opponents, though, they dropped to 2-13 in the standings. BOX SCORES LETRAN 89 – Galvelo 16, Quinto 14, Calvo 13, Muyang 11, Taladua 11, Fajarito 8, Ambohot 7, Yu 5, Celis 2, Mandreza 2, Agbong 0, Balagasay 0 JRU 79 – Mendoza 25, Dela Virgen 16, Esguerra 11, Aguilar 9, Silvarez 7, Mallari 4, Santos 4, Estrella 3, David 0, Padua 0, Doromal 0, Dela Rosa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-19, 57-38, 73-54, 89-79 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018