NCAA 95: CSB seeks to stop slide at expense of Baste

Games on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre 2:00 p.m. - CSB vs San Sebastian 4:00 p.m. - Perpetual vs LPU San Sebastian College-Recoletos and College of St. Benilde are trending in opposite directions in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. The Golden Stags are out to stretch their streak to five wins in a row even as the Blazers are out to get back on track, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Baste and Benilde go at it with a share of second up for grabs starting at 2:00 p.m. As always, all of the action 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. The day will also see a showdown between Lyceum of the Philippines University and University of Perpetual Help at 4:00 p.m. Jrs. action will then pit the CSB-La Salle Green Hills Jr. Blazers against the San Sebastian Staglets at 10:00 a.m. and the LPU Jr. Pirates against the Perpetual Jr. Altas at 12:00 p.m. For the first time ever, the best and brightest young talent in the country will be on livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 12th, 2019

NCAA Season 95: Lady Red Spikers out to stop skid

San Beda University tries to get out of a two-game slump when it takes on winless Emilio Aguinaldo College on Monday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. After a red-hot 3-0 start, the Lady Red Spikers went cold to slide down to fourth spot tied with Letran. Hoping to keep its Final Four hopes alive in a very tight race, San Beda is in a must-win situation in its encounter with the Lady Generals at 12:00 noon that will air via iWant. The Lady Red Spikers suffered losses at the hands of three-time defending champion Arellano University (5-1) and league-leading College of St. Benilde (6-0). EAC, on the other hand, has yet to win a game after dropping its first five matches and is on a 15-game losing skid since Season 93. Meanwhile, Jose Rizal University is also on a mission to stay alive in the semis race in its 2:00 p.m. battle with Mapua University. Carrying a 2-4 win-loss card tied with Lyceum of the Philippines, the Lady Bombers still have a shot at a spot in the Final Four but must sweep all of its remaining games to at least force a playoff for a semis seat. The Lady Cardinals hold a 1-4 mark. In men’s play, EAC (5-0) goes for a tie at the top with reigning two-time champion Perpetual in a showdown with San Beda (3-2) at 10:00 a.m. while battling at 3:30 p.m. are Mapua (2-3) and JRU (1-5). The juniors’ pairings will feature the Brigadiers (5-0) and Red Cubs (3-2) at 8:30 a.m. while marching on court at 5:00 p.m. are winless teams Red Robins (0-5) and Light Bombers (0-6).   ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2020

NCAA Season 95: LPU plucks first win in sweep of JRU

Lyceum of the Philippines University arrested a three-game slide at the expense of skidding Jose Rizal University, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23, on Saturday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. After a string of sorry losses to start their campaign, the Lady Pirates finally claimed victory, but not after some anxious moments in the third frame. Lyceum saw its eight-point lead, 17-9, in the third frame erased by the gritty Lady Bombers, who knotted the count at 17. The Lady Pirates opened a 21-17 cushion only to allow JRU to tie it again at 23. But the breaks of the game favored LPU after JRU’s Jonazel Egera sent her service long followed by an attack error as the Lady Pirates emerged victorious. “Successful kami sa plano namin, sa paghahanda sa kanila. At the same time nagkakaroon ng self-confidence ang mga bata,” said LPU coach Emil Lontoc. Mary Joy Onofre led three other LPU players in double figures with 15 points including five off kill blocks. Skipper Ciamelle Wanta got 14 markers, all from attacks, a d added nine digs while Alexandra Rafael and Jacqueline Acuna scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Intramuros-based squad. In contrast, the Lady Bombers started their season with a win only to nosedive to a three-game skid to tie their tormentors at seventh to eight. Dolly Verzosa finished with 12 points while Mary May Ruiz got eight for JRU.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles           .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2020

THROWBACK: The stunning San Beda-Letran Finals face-off in Season 91

With yet another important milestone in its more than a decade-long dominance in the NCAA, the San Beda University Red Lions seek their fourth straight men’s basketball crown in Season 95. But in their roar to four, San Beda would face not just an old rival, but also a heartbreaking tormentor in the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, which denied them a colossal, record-setting six-peat in Season 91.  While carrying a spotless 18-0 slate behind MVP Calvin Oftana, Evan Nelle, James Canlas-Kwekuteye and coach Boyet Fernandez that forced the stepladder semifinals, wherein Letran emerged as the rightful finals contender, carried by skipper Jerrick Balanza, Fran Yu, Larry Muyang, and coach Bonnie Tan, with victories over San Sebastian and Lyceum, San Beda would dread a repeat of that debacle.  But definitely, the veteran Knight Balanza, moreso AC Soberano and Donald Tankoua of the present San Beda roster, along with the 20,158 individuals inside the venue couldn’t forget that long, grueling championship night on October 29, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Storied nemeses They were already part of their respective varsity rosters, with the Knights coached then by Aldin Ayo and the Red Lions mentored at that time by Jamike Jarin, when the storied nemeses met in Game 3 of the Season 91 Finals that fateful Thursday. In each of their two previous successive Finals meetings in Seasons 88 and 89 with mostly the same lineup, the Knights would bow in three games to the Red Lions, which claimed their third and fourth consecutive titles since 2010. The first San Beda-Letran NCAA Finals match in half a century happened in 2007, with San Beda winning the crown—the Red Lions’ second straight title then after a 28-year title drought. After San Beda took its fifth straight title at the expense of the Arellano Chiefs in 2014, Letran got the chance to face the Red Lions again in the Finals of Season 91, and they would go all-out to stop their bitter rival’s date with history. A six-peat? No way, the Knights would assert in their march onto the Best-of-Three with a more formidable team under the new aggressive young coach Ayo, a former Letran player, in their bid to notch its first NCAA finals victory over the Red Lions since the heydays of the Lauro Mumar vs Carlos Loyzaga duel in the 1950s. And in the Season 91 Finals, Letran took the first game, 94-90, but San Beda emerged victorious in the second, 68-61, arranging the winner-take-all. Moment of truth When that moment of truth came, the Red Lions were reenergized with their Game 2 win and became confident in snagging that sixth straight title. Faced with this, however, the Knights remained solid and unperturbed in their iron-clad “Mayhem” armor. True enough, San Beda was shut out of focus in the beginning, as the Knights romped with a raging run-and-gun, leaving the Red Lions scoreless in a key stretch, 8-0, for a 16-7 early lead. Javee Mocon and Michole Sorela would finally provide the needed stops and lead a spirited comeback for the Red Lions. But Letran’s Rey Nambatac would drop a clutch basket to give the Knights an eight-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, 20-12. JP Calvo would continue Letran’s scorching offense in the second quarter, instigating a 10-0 run in the first minutes. But San Beda will answer a 5-0 spurt of its own behind Tankoua and Soberano’s steady shooting and consistency in the charity lane. The Knights’ high-octane offense held the Red Lions at bay, but the Mendiola dribblers’ 11-of-15 free throws would still keep Muralla cagers within striking distance. By the 1:14 mark, Roldan Sara converted a triple to give San Beda its first taste of the lead, 39-38, but Nambatac provided Letran the marginal lead at halftime with his two free throws, 40-39. See-saw battle The Lions would take over at the start of the third quarter, behind a string of baskets from Mocon and Art dela Cruz. The Knights, however, would answer with a nine-point blitz from Jomari Sollano to wrest the lead back at 51-48. Mocon would extend the see-saw battle with a putback and free throws, 52-51. But a 3-0 spurt, capped off by Kier Quinto’s twinner at the end of the period still placed Letran on top at the end of the third quarter, 54-52. By the first few minutes of the final canto, San Beda seemed frustrated by Letran’s incredible defensive game. And the Knights would dictate the tempo, preventing the Red Lions to wrest control. Letran’s offensive might was also a big factor, with Kevin Racal sinking back-to-back threes, halfway in the fourth.  Graduating players Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun would prevent a Letran pull away, keeping it a manageable four-point deficit, 60-64. But after Racal and Finals MVP Cruz’s assault from three-point land gave Letran what seemed an insurmountable 75-67 lead with 1:53 left, the Knights were silenced by a shocking 8-0 barrage by the Red Lions at the end of regulation, with Amer scoring the equalizer, 13.5 seconds left, to send the game to overtime.  Extended play During the extended play, Amer scored off a gallant incursion to pad an 82-79 lead, 1:28 remaining, setting off wild chants from the San Beda gallery. But these were then muted after four unanswered points coming from Racal’s two charities off an Adeogun foul and Sollano’s midrange jumper after a 24-second violation by the Red Lions, that put Letran in the lead once more, 83-82, with 32.6 seconds left. After successive misses by Amer and Dela Cruz, Adeogun fouled Sollano as the Knights regained possession, and the Letran center marched to the charity lane for two free throws with six seconds left. Sollano would sink the first, and flub the second. In the battle for the rebound, Letran’s McJour Luib and San Beda’s Dela Cruz were then assessed a controversial double-lane violation by referee Nestor Sambrano, who awarded ball possession to the Knights under FIBA rules of “alternating possession.” With 3.7 seconds left to play, and Letran leading at 84-82, Sara had no other choice but to foul Cruz, who would also split his charities.  First title in 10 years, championship steak ended Sorela would then miss a desperation attempt near mid-court as time expired, sending the Letran crowd to a frenzy, with the Knights bagging its first title in 10 years, breaking the hearts of Bedans everywhere as the Red Lions’ five-year championship streak has ended. Racal would top-score for the Knights with 24 markers, most of which in that key stretch in the endgame. Sollano had his career game of 19 points and seven rebounds, Cruz finishing with 14, and Nambatac, 13. Dela Cruz would lead the Red Lions with a near triple-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. He added a steal and two blocks in his incredible all-around game. Adeogun completed his duty in San Beda with a monster double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow outgoing Lion Amer chipped in 14 points, which was similar to the output of the prolific Mocon. Will San Beda avenge this heartbreaking loss in their first Finals rematch against Letran since Season 91 and assert its remarkable dynasty or will the Knights frustrate the Red Lions anew and waylay them in an NCAA men’s basketball championship series for the second time in a row?  Watch Game 1 of the NCAA Season 95 Finals between the San Beda Red Lions and the Letran Knights starting on Tuesday, November 12, at the Mall of Asia Arena and live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183,, TFC, iWant and livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

Rain or Shine snaps 4-game skid at Blackwater s expense

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine rode on a late fourth-quarter surge to stop a four-game slide and pull off a 99-82 victory over Blackwater in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Wednesday, October 23. New import Kwame Alexander finished with 17 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2019

Maroons out to stop skid to boost UAAP semis bid

University of the Philippines seeks to end a two-game slide against University of the East on Saturday in the UAAP men’s basketball competition at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Match is at 4 p.m. with the Maroons, still without coach Bo Perasol for the second time following his three-game suspension, out to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 11th, 2019

Big-time bouts in NCAA 95 as Beda battles Baste, Letran duels CSB

Games on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 p.m. - San Beda vs San Sebastian 2:00 p.m. - CSB vs Letran 4:00 p.m. - Arellano vs Mapua Two games with playoff implications in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament take place in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor, Tuesday. First, first-running San Beda University takes on its latest challenge in the form of fourth-running San Sebastian College-Recoletos while third-running Colegio de San Juan de Letran wages war with fifth-running College of St. Benilde. As always, all of the action 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. The Red Lions will be staking their spotless slate through 12 games against the Golden Stags who are nothing but determined to bounce back into the win column at 12:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the Knights are plotting to be the latest team to make sure the Blazers' downward spiral continues at 2:00 p.m. The day will also see a matchup between resurgent Mapua University and dangerous Arellano University at 4:00 p.m. In Jrs. action, the unbeaten San Beda Red Cubs are pitted opposite the streaking San Sebastian Staglets at 8:00 a.m. while the CSB-La Salle Green Hills Jr. Blazers figure in a tough tiff against the Letran Squires at 10:00 a.m. and the Mapua Red Robins hope to breathe some life to their title defense at the expense of the Arellano Braves at 6:00 p.m. For the first time ever, the best and brightest young talent in the country will be on livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2019

San Beda-LPU, Letran-Baste go to war in NCAA 95

Games on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 p.m. - San Sebastian vs Letran 2:00 p.m. - EAC vs Perpetual 4:00 p.m. - LPU vs San Beda The top two teams in the last two year's finally meet again in the ongoing NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. Defending champion San Beda University puts its perfection on the line against Lyceum of the Philippines University, runner-up of the previous two tournaments, in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor on Tuesday. The highly anticipated Finals rematch tips off at 4:00 p.m. and, as always, all of the action 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. The game day begins with a showdown just as intense when Colegio de San Juan de Letran rekindles its rivalry with San Sebastian College-Recoletos at 12:00 p.m. Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help plays its first game sans head coach Frankie Lim who is said to be on leave at 2:00 p.m. opposite Emilio Aguinaldo College. In Jrs. action, the LPU Jr. Pirates have their sights set on another statement win at the expense of the league-leading San Beda Red Cubs at 6:00 p.m. There will also be matchups between the Letran Squires and the San Sebastian Staglets at 8:00 p.m. and the Perpetual Jr. Altas and the EAC Brigadiers at 10:00 a.m. For the first time ever, the best and brightest young talent in the country will be on livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Lady Chiefs clinch second Final Four seat

strong>Games Friday: /strong> (The Arena, San Juan) 9:00 a.m. --- San Beda vs. Mapua (m) 10:30 a.m. --- San Beda vs. Mapua(w) 12:00 p.m. --- Perpetual vs JRU (w) 2:30 p.m. --- Perpetual vs JRU (m)   Waxing-hot Arellano University occupied the second Final Four seat with its seventh straight win at the expense of the sputtering Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20, Wednesday in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition. The Lady Chiefs took advantage of the Lady Pirates’ 26 errors to exit The Arena in San Juan totting a 7-1 win-loss record behind the unbeaten San Sebastian College (7-0). Jovielyn Prado led Season 90 champion Arellano’s balanced scoring with 12 points anchored on 11 kills while adding 11 digs and nine excellent receptions on the defensive end. Team captain Rialen Sante chipped in nine markers while Andrea Marzan got eight points for the Lady Chiefs, who are in their fifth straight semis stint. Erica Calixto and Mary Anne Esguerra combined for 14 points for Arellano U, which also drew closer to a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage. In case SSC-R sweeps its last two games against LPU and defending champion College of St. Benilde, the Lady Chiefs’ next target is the no. 2 spot with its twice-to-beat advantage in a stepladder format. “Papalapit na kami ng papalapit. Basta lagi ko lang sinasabi sa team ko na hayaan n’yo na ang Baste na mag-no. 1 na sila ang importante ay makuha natin ang advantage ng top two,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier, whose squad will close the elims against Perpetual Help on January 25. “Lagi kong sinasabi na kahit nananalo tayo yung pursige natin dapat nandoon pa rin. Di tayo pwedeng mag-relax.” The Lady Pirates dropped their second game in a row as LPU dipped to 5-3 record tied with San Beda College.  Skipper Cherilyn Sindayen and Czarina Orros scored 11 points each while Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla had 10 markers apiece for the Intramuros-based squad, which is now hanging for dear life for the last two semis seats. In men’s play, the Chiefs secured at least a playoff for a semifinals spot with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-27, 25-19, win over the Pirates. Arellano improved to 6-2 tied with San Beda while booting LPU (3-5) out of the semifinals race. In the junior’s division, the Junior Pirates moved a win closer to sweeping the elimination round and jumping straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage after outlasting the Braves, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19, 15-13. LPU is undefeated in six games while Arellano slid to 4-2 slate.       ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Versatile Justine Sanchez stays home in San Beda Srs. for NCAA 96

San Beda University is nothing but glad to be reaping the rewards of its revitalized high school program. The Red Lions will welcome with open arms Jrs. Mythical Team member Justine Sanchez after he decided to continue donning the red and white for NCAA Season 96. "Nakikita ko pong dito pa rin sa San Beda gaganda ang future ko," he said. "Nakita ko rin po kung paano magmahal ang San Beda community at napamahal na rin sila sa akin." The long-limbed forward was a key cog in the Red Cubs' climb back onto the mountaintop and averaged 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in their first championship since 2015. Sanchez doesn't have an elite skill as of yet, but his all-around game coupled with his non-stop effort and energy will be big-time boosts to the bench of the Red Lions. The 18-year-old, alongside fellow high school standouts Rhayyan Amsali and Tony Ynot, restocks San Beda's coffers that suffered a big blow with the unexpected exit of Evan Nelle as well as the loss of Cameroonian stalwart Donald Tankoua. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

Spurs stop 5-game slide with 114-106 victory over Thunder

Spurs stop 5-game slide with 114-106 victory over Thunder.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Generals clinch first semis seat

Danrich Melad powered unbeaten Emilio Aguinaldo College back to the Final Four after a dominating win over San Sebastian College, 25-20, 25-12, 25-20, Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Melad dropped 23 points with all but one coming off kills for the Generals’ seventh straight win that gave them the first semifinals seat. EAC also took the solo hold of the lead with two-time defending champion University of Perpetual Help sliding to solo second with a 6-0 card. Aeron Daduya and Marvin Romero added six points each for the Generals, who sent the Stags reeling to their sixth defeat in seven games tied with Jose Rizal University. Reynald Honra led SSC-R with eight points. Meanwhile, the Lady Generals finally tasted victory, ending a 16-game losing skid in a span of two years at the expense of San Sebastian College, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 15-8, in women’s play.   EAC barged in the win column after dropping its first six games to tie its victim and Mapua University at the bottom of the standings. Cathrine Almazan dropped a career-best 30 points she collected from 26 attacks, two aces and two kill blocks for the Lady Generals. She added 12 digs and four excellent receptions in a superb all-around showing made sweeter by the morale-boosting win. Helping Almazan out were Krizzia Reyes and Dhariane Gallardez. Reyes finished with 15 points including 13 off kills while Gallarde had 11 spikes and three aces for a 14-point outing for EAC, which last won back in January 31, 2018 in a five-set decision over Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Lady Generals took advantage of the Lady Stags error-plagued game where they committed 40 errors that hastened their downfall. EAC had 36 errors. It was a painful defeat for SSC-R as it failed to capitalize on its previous win that snapped its five-game skid. Jamille Carreon scored 19 points, Shannai Requierme had 12 while Kamille Tan got 11 markers in a lost cause for the Lady Stags.     ---             Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: San Beda back on the right track

Cesca Racraquin dropped 22 points as San Beda University snapped a two-game skid at the expense of hapless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-15, 25-16, 27-25, in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Monday. The seasoned hitter unleashed 18 kills, three aces and a kill block in  the Lady Red Spikers’ bounce back win after bowing down to three-time defending champion Arellano University and unbeaten College of St. Benilde. She laced her all-around performance with nine digs and seven excellent receptions as San Beda moved up to solo fourth spot with a 4-2 win-loss record, strengthening its Final Four bid with just three outings left for the Lady Red Spikers. Helping out Racraquin were Nieza Viray, who got 13 points including 11 from attacks, and the pair of Kim Manzano and Trisha Paras, who combined for 14 markers for San Beda, which will still face University of Perpetual Help, Mapua University and Lyceum of the Philippines University. Lynne Matias tallied 19 excellent sets to help the Lady Red Spikers convert 47 attack points. The Lady Generals dropped their sixth straight game to remain as the only squad that has yet to taste victory. Cathrine Almazan was the only EAC player in double figures with 10 points while Kristine Tesara and Dhariane Gallardez scored six each. Meanwhile, the Generals joined two-time defending champion Perpetual on top of the standings with a 6-0 record after hurdling the Red Spikers, 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-19, in the men’s division. Joshua Mina dropped 24 points off 21 kills, two kill blocks and an ace to lead EAC while Aaron Daduya and Danrich Melad posted 17 and 14 markers, respectively. San Beda slid to a 3-3 slate despite the 16-point effort of Jeffrey Losa. In juniors’ play, the Red Cubs put the Brigadiers five-game winning streak to a screeching halt, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17, behind the 23-point explosion of Zandro Pasayloon. San Beda improved to a 4-2 mark.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Lady Bombers arrest skid

Jose Rizal University arrested an alarming four-game losing skid at the expense of winless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19, on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Dolly Verzosa finished with 16 points and added 12 digs to help the Lady Bombers improve to a 2-4 win-loss record. Mary May Ruiz and Sydney Niegos backed Verzosa with 10 markers each. The win kept JRU, which opened its campaign on a high note before skidding, in the race for a Final Four spot. On the other hand, the Lady Generals’ losing woes extended to five games. Jan Cabrera and Dhariane Gallardez posted 10 points each for EAC, which suffered its 15th straight defeat since Season 93. Meanwhile, the unbeaten Generals added the Heavy Bombers to their list of victims with a straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20, win. Danrich Melad scored 13 points, Joshua Mina got 12 while Aeron Daduya added 11 markers for EAC, which kept its hold of the second spot with 5-0 slate behind two-time champion University of Perpetual Help (6-0). JRU dropped to a 1-5 record.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Lady Knights stay in semis hunt

Letran halted a two-game slide to keep its semifinals hopes alive after beating Mapua University, 27-25, 25-14, 25-16, Wednesday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Knights improved to a 2-2 win-loss record to remain on the right track in the race for a Final Four berth. “Thank You Lord kasi as early as now at least kumbaga sa statistics 50 percent na kami,” said Letran coach Mike Inoferio. “So we only have to maintain our intensity and then 'yung paano maglaro 'yung mga bata at dagdagan pa para mag-improve pa sa standing namin. Although it's early to say pero siyempre gusto namin makapasok sa top four.” Chamberlaine Cunada powered Letran over their Intramuros neighbor with 16 points, all from attacks, and added 18 digs for an all-around performance. Julienne Castro provided support on offense with 12 points while Kathleen Dela Cruz and Charm Simborio combined for 11 markers for the Lady Knights. Letran capitalized on its good service game to land 10 aces including four from Simborio and disrupt Mapua’s offense. The Lady Knights hammered down 37 attack points with the help of Simborio’s 17 excellent sets. Mapua slid to a 1-3 card at the seventh spot. No Lady Cardinal scored in double figures with Jonina Fernandez and Lorraine Barias putting up only seven points each.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Lady Chiefs take share of lead

Three-time defending champion Arellano University absorbed its first set loss in NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition. After getting a mouthful from head coach Obet Javier during the break, the Lady Chiefs responded with a dominating outing in the fourth frame to carve out a 25-17, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13, win Saturday to move up to a share of the lead at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Arellano U collected its fourth straight win to remain unscathed and joined College of St. Benilde on top of the standing. Still, Javier wasn’t all too happy with their win. The Lady Chiefs were just two points away from wrapping up the match 23-19, but a costly service error from setter Sarah Verutiao opened a golden opportunity for the Lady Stags to capitalize to steal the frame. “Kumbaga nag-sub ako ng dalawa para advantage sana sa amin para maging tatlo ang spiker ko. Ang problema ‘yung kapitan ko ay nag-error naman,” said Javier. “’Yun ang laging sinasabi ko na ang service na ‘yan kahit na service lang ‘yan ay napakahalaga ng bola na ‘yun. Pwede ka kasi manalo, pwede ka matalo so yung third set dahil nag-error ang kapitan ko, ang setter ko, kami ang natalo.” Javier then put the Lady Chiefs back to their senses during the lull and Arellano U responded with an early breakout to take the win. Regine Arocha once again was instrumental in the Lady Chiefs’ latest conquest, their sixth win overall since last year’s come-from-behind Finals series victory, tallying a personal-best 24 points she claimed off 19 attacks, four aces and a kill block. The reigning back-to-back Finals MVP added 11 digs and nine excellent sets to further boost her stock in the race for the season’s highest individual award. Season 95 MVP Necole Ebuen finished with 10 points, Princess Bello had nine markers while Mikaela Juanich and Carla Donato combined for 16 points for the Lady Chiefs, who won their sixth head-to-head game against SSC-R since Season 92. The Lady Stags dropped their fourth straight game in as many games. Jamille Carreon got 13 points while Reyann Canete posted 12 markers in a lost cause for SSC-R. Meanwhile, the Chiefs took a share of the lead after outlasting the Stags, 25-23, 16-25, 25-27, 25-19, 16-14, in men’s play. Arellano U kept its unbeaten card intact with its fourth win tied with grand slam-seeking University of Perpetual Help. Christian Dela Paz exploded for 29 points while Jesrael Liberato and Demy Lapuz had 16 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Chiefs. The Stags suffered its third loss in four games despite the 25-point effort of Reynald Honra and Julius Lana’s 20 markers. In juniors play, the unbeaten Braves tied six-peat-seeking Perpetual with their fourth win at the expense of the Staglets, 25-19, 25-13, 25-15.       ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: San Beda, Perpetual in search of back-to-back wins

San Beda University and University of Perpetual Help seek back-to-back victories when they face their respective foes on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Coming off a season-opening win, the Lady Red Spikers look to spark a winning streak in a showdown with San Sebastian College at 2:00 p.m. after the Lady Altas’ duel with Lyceum of the Philippines University at 12:00 noon. Both games will air via iWant. San Beda outlasted Jose Rizal University, 25-17, 22-25, 25-27, 25-14, 15-6, last Saturday to open its campaign on a high note. Veterans Cesca Racraquin and Nieza Viray, who had 24 and 21 points, respectively, the last time out, are again expected to lead the Lady Red Spikers’ drive to climb at second spot to tie defending three-time champion Arellano University (2-0). The Lady Stags, on the other hand, hope to arrest a two-game slide. SSC-R is winless in two games tied with Emilio Aguinaldo College and LPU. Meanwhile, the Lady Altas try to add another win in their card and break off from a four-way tie at 1-1 with Jose Rizal University, Letran and Mapua University. Perpetual defeated the SSC-R in four sets last Saturday. In men’s play, Perpetual will take on LPU at 10:00 a.m. while San Beda and SSC-R clash at 3:30 p.m. Scheduled in the juniors’ division are the 8:30 a.m. encounter of defending five-time champion Perpetual and LPU while San Beda and SSC-R will close the playdate at 5:00 p.m.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: JRU tests San Beda, seeks back-to-back win

Jose Rizal University guns for a share of the lead in a showdown with San Beda University on Saturday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Fresh from a five-set victory over San Sebastian College, the Lady Bombers will try to start a winning run in their 2:00 p.m. to join defending three-time champion Arellano University and College of St. Benilde.        All eyes are on third year hitter Dolly Verzosa, who had 21 points in JRU’s 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 15-8, opening day win last Thursday, as she leads the young Lady Bombers against a well-experienced Lady Red Spikers. Cesca Racraquin, Trisha Paras and the Viray twins Nieza and Ella are back for another tour of duty for the Mendiola-based squad. Meanwhile, opening day losers San Sebastian College and University of Perpetual Help clash at 12:00 noon. Matches will air via on iWant. In men’s play, the three-peat-seeking Altas shoot for their second straight win and a share of the lead with Arellano University when they square off with the Stags at 10:00 a.m. JRU and San Beda clash at 3:30 p.m. In juniors’ play, SSC-R and Perpetual open the playdate at 8:30 a.m. while the Light Bombers and Red Cubs battle at 5:00 p.m.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2020

Must-see sports events for 2020

The sports and the action never stop. That will only continue as we usher in a new year. PBA in January The 44th season of the PBA is far from over as Ginebra and new-age rival Meralco are all-set to go at it for all the glory in the Governors’ Cup Finals. The first and oldest professional league in Asia will then take a two-month break before tipping off its next season in March. There, rookies like Roosevelt Adams and Mike Ayonayon will make their much-anticipated debuts during the Philippine Cup Dubai International Basketball Tournament in January Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano. Kai Sotto. Dave Ildefonso. Jamie Malonzo. Andray Blatche. That is the core Mighty Sports-Pilipinas has come up with for the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament. That young and talented lineup is sure to go all-out as it tries to improve on its third-place finish in the invitational tourney a year ago. NCAA volleyball in January Arellano will protect its throne from several oncomers in the brand new season of NCAA women’s volleyball while Perpetual hopes to do the same over at the men’s side. The Lady Chiefs will follow the lead of Regine Arocha, as always, as they set out for a fourth consecutive championship. UAAP volleyball in February Ateneo ended La Salle’s three-year reign last season and now, the archrivals remain in championship contention in UAAP women’s volleyball alongside UST and FEU. National U is also out to extend its rule in the men’s tournament even as the likes of FEU and Ateneo are ready and raring to put up a new challenge. Gilas Pilipinas in February The Olympic dream is yet to turn into reality for Gilas Pilipinas, but the Philippine national team remains primed for more international action in the first-ever FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. There, the Filipinos will fight over the right for an automatic advance into the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup. NBTC in March The best of the best young talent in the Philippines come together anew in the latest National Basketball Training Centre League National Finals. There, NCAA king San Beda and UAAP title favorite National U are poised to wage war with the other champions from all over the country. And of course, the All-Star game is and will always be a must-watch. NCAA basketball in July For the first time in quite a while, it’s not San Beda that has a target on its back in NCAA basketball. Instead, it will be Letran which will have to fend off the hungrier Red Lions as well as determined LPU, San Sebastian, and Mapua. Tokyo Olympics in July The Olympics are upon us once more and this time, it is closer than ever to home as Japan hosts the world meet in Tokyo. Already headed there while wearing the flag are EJ Obiena for men’s pole vault as well as Carlos Yulo for artistic gymnastics. UAAP basketball in September Ateneo remains on top of UAAP men’s basketball, but will now defend its title without the championship core of Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt. In Women’s action, National U is still the standard, but teams such as UST and FEU keep coming closer and closer. ABL is ongoing A new champion will be crowned in ABL 10 and as of right now, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is at the head of the pack. MPBL is ongoing The Philippines’ only regional league is only getting bigger and better in its third tournament, the Lakan Season, which continues to roll along......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020

2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 1)

The year 2019 was a rollercoaster ride for Filipino athletes and Pinoy sports fans. We saw the highs and the lows, basked in the glory of triumph and felt the agony of defeat. We witnessed history unfold and experienced the best and the worst of Philippine sports. Here’s a look back at the sports news that made the headlines that made the end of the decade a memorable one.   JANUARY Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao opened the year on a high note and retained his WBA welterweight title after a 12-round unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner. The Philippine volleyball community mourned the passing of head coach Nes Pamilar. He was 52. Joshua Pacio lost his One straw weight title belt to Japanese Yosuke Saruta via split decision while Geje Eustaquio also parted ways with his flyweight belt. The 44th season of the PBA opened.   Jett Manuel of Barangay Ginebra announced his retirement in the PBA after one season while Chris Tiu hanged his jersey after six seasons with Rain or Shine. Gilas Pilipinas began its preparation for the sixth and final qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The Azkals finished its historic AFC Asian Cup debut winless after bowing to South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan.    FEBRUARY Gilas Pilipinas clinched a golden ticket to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China after back-to-back wins to close out the qualifiers. Aston Palicte beat erstwhile unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Martinez via TKO in their WBO Superflyweight world championship eliminator while Vic Saludar retained his WBO minimum weight world title. Arellano University completed a three-peat in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball while Perpetual Help won back-to-back titles in the men’s division and five straight in the juniors play. Seventeen year-old Filipino wakeboarder Raphael Trinidad clinched a silver medal in the open category of the IWWF World Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships at Pampa Wake Park, Buenos Aires. The Philippine Sportswriters Association feted the finest Filipino athletes  for the year 2018 in its annual awards night.    MARCH Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas announced the composition of the men’s and women’s seniors national team and women’s U-23 squad. Gilas Pilipinas landed in Group D in the FIBA World Cup with Serbia, Italy and Angola after the draw. San Beda University won its second straight NCAA Season 94 beach volleyball title while Emilio Aguinaldo College completed a men’s division repeat. Kevin Belingon lost his One bantwamweight title to Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes to disqualification from illegal blows while Eduard Folayang surrendered his lightweight belt to Shinya Aoki in a submission loss.   APRIL Hidilyn Diaz pocketed three silver medals in the Asian Weightlifting Championship. EJ Obiena ended the country’s decade-long gold medal drought in the Asian Athletics Championships after ruling the men’s pole vault in record fashion in Doha, Qatar. Nonito Donaire Jr. knocked out Stephon Young in the sixth round to retain his WBA superbantamweight belt and advance to the WBSS bantamweight tournament finals wile John Riel Casimero claimed the WBO interim bantamweight title. The San Juan Knights captured the MPBL Datu Cup in a winner-take-all Game 5 over Davao Occidental Tigers. Team Philippines recorded its best gold haul in Arafura Games in Australia. Marathon star Rafael Poliquit died of complications from subdural empyema. He was 30.   MAY Ateneo de Manila University won the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball title while National University bagged its second straight men’s crown. San Miguel Beer captured its fifth straight Philippine Cup championship at the expense of Magnolia. Petron defeated F2 Logistics in three games to retain its Philippine Superliga Grand Prix throne. Jerwin Ancajas scored a 7th round TKO win over Japanese Ryuichi Funai to keep his IBF super flyweight belt. The UAAP and NCAA collegiate press corps feted the best student-athletes in basketball and for the first time in women’s volleyball. Some athletes and sports personalities tried their luck in the 2019 mid-term elections.   JUNE   Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas stepped down from his post after just 18 months in office. Cignal-Ateneo won the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title.   (To be continued).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2019

2019: To sweep or not to sweep in collegiate basketball

The 2019 collegiate basketball season will always be remembered as the time when all of NCAA defending champion San Beda, UAAP Men’s defending champion Ateneo, and UAAP Women’s defending champion National U were trying for season sweeps. Two of them did it, one of them didn’t. All in all, though, that storyline that had something to do with history defined NCAA 95 and UAAP 82. A tale of two leagues – when it comes to foreign student-athletes NCAA 95 was the last season wherein the Grand Old League’s 10 member-schools were still able to trot out foreign student-athletes. This, after more than a decade of the likes of Sam Ekwe, Sudan Daniel, Allwell Oraeme, Prince Eze, and Mike Nzeusseu setting the bar higher for big men. Over in UAAP 82, Beninese ball of energy Soulemane Chabi Yo and Ivorian tower Ange Kouame jostled throughout the tournament for the recognition as top individual player. In the end, Chabi Yo followed in the footsteps of Cameroon’s Ben Mbala and Nigeria’s Bright Akhuetie as Season MVPs. The NCAA will go local from here on out while the UAAP will still parade promising prospects from overseas – what’s certain is that both leagues will go all-out to ascertain that the action will never stop. Rising stars become shining stars Robert Bolick left San Beda with a big, big hole at point guard – only for Evan Nelle to waste no time proving the Red Lions remain in good hands. UST’s fast and furious attack needed a fast and furious playmaker – and the Growling Tigers got just that in the form of Mark Nonoy. In his first year as FEU’s lead guard, L-Jay Gonzales showed time and time again why he was always seen as the next one in the Tamaraws’ long, long line of great guards. The story of the season in terms of guards, however, has got to be Fran Yu who came out of nowhere to energize Letran to a pleasant surprise of a championship. UP might 2019 was the first time in a long, long while – or maybe even ever – that UP was considered a shoo-in for the Final Four. The Fighting Maroons had just ended a 32-year Finals absence and a 21-year playoff drought last year and came into this season still with Bright Akhuetie, Jun Manzo, and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, but also now with Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero. In all, State U lived up to the hype and made it back-to-back Final Four appearances, but at the same time, fell short of fulfilling the promise of its fully loaded line-up. Still, continued contention is nothing but a welcome development for Diliman which had been experiencing dark, dark days for far too long. Gilas Pilipinas calling With Tab Baldwin overseeing the program, Gilas Pilipinas will try once more to take a long-term, big-picture view – especially with the 2023 FIBA World Cup looming large. With that, the American-Kiwi mentor tapped on five collegiate standouts to form the foundation of the national team – Ateneo’s Isaac Go and Nieto twins Mike and Matt, UE’s Rey Suerte, and San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi. And with that, the Philippines is yet again leaning on the best of the best of collegiate basketball to wear the flag and do the country proud. It’s a new day, it’s a new generation The NCAA hit home runs in each and every one of its coaching changes. Bonnie Tan raised banner no. 18 for Letran in his first year. Randy Alcantara has Mapua prepped and primed to take flight. Louie Gonzalez has given JRU an attitude. Oliver Bunyi and Cholo Martin have EAC and Arellano, respectively, headed in the right direction. The same cannot be said for the UAAP as both of its new head coaches found themselves on the outside looking into the playoff picture. Jermaine Byrd had La Salle fighting, but ultimately failed to find a finishing kick. UE also kept coming with the leadership of Lawrence Chongson, but eventually ended eliminated. Teeth out, claws out, all-out UST has a proud program in basketball, but only had nine wins to show in 42 games from 2016 to 2018 That all came to an end in 2019 as Aldin Ayo had the Growling Tigers, well, growling from the get-go. Bombing away at their opponents and forcing them to keep up, Espana made its mark as a legitimate contender that made it all the way to the Finals. There, they were sent away by Ateneo’s championship-winning machine, but the future remains bright for the black and gold with all of Season MVP Chabi Yo, Rookie of the Year Nonoy, captain CJ Cansino, Brent Paraiso, and Sherwin Concepcion, among others, coming back for more. Fitting farewell for Ateneo’s championship core Thirdy Ravena. Isaac Go. Mike Nieto. Matt Nieto. Adrian Wong. Those five left Ateneo on top of the world – having claimed a three-peat as well as completed a historic season sweep. And without a doubt, those five were also the catalysts in this new golden age for the Blue Eagles – a golden age which has seen them set and then raise the standard for team glory time and time again. Katipunan will have a tough time moving forward from those five, but at the same time, having the likes of Ange Kouame, Will Navarro, Gian Mamuyac, and SJ Belangel just waiting in the wings makes it easier. Who run the world? National U has not lost a game in 2,270 days. National U has not lost a game in 74 months. National U has not lost a game in six years. The last time head coach Pat Aquino had to lift up the spirits of his Lady Bulldogs was back in October 5, 2013 when they bowed to La Salle in the winner-take-all Finals Game 3. Since then, the blue and gold has been the gold standard of women’s basketball all while giving its opponents the blues. That didn’t change this year as behind Jack Animam and Rhena Itesi as well as welcome additions Kelli Hayes and Camille Clarin, National U continued to have all the answers – even for back-to-back Season MVP Grace Irebu and UST. Shock the system Letran was, in no way, given a chance to deny archrival San Beda’s bid for a perfect season – or much more, win the championship altogether. But the Knights didn’t listen and took that chance themselves, catching just everybody by surprise by taking Game 1 and dealing the Red Lions their first defeat in the season. San Beda bounced back in Game 2, but in the decider, Jerrick Balanza, Bonbon Batiller, Larry Muyang, and Yu just willed Letran to the title. Now, the Knights are kings for the 18th time – and indeed, they had no import, but had no problem. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2019