NCAA 95: LPU makes history as Staglets, Greenies, Braves don t take of business

STANDINGS San Beda 17-1 (twice-to-beat) LPU 11-7 (twice-to-beat) San Sebastian 10-8 (Final Four) CSB-LSGH 10-8 Arellano 10-8 JRU 9-9 (eliminated) Letran 8-10 (eliminated) Perpetual 7-11 (eliminated) Mapua 5-12 (eliminated) EAC 2-15 (eliminated) Lyceum of the Philippines University was not playing on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. And yet, the Jr. Pirates are the biggest winners as they made history thanks to Mapua High School's triumph over College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills, University of Perpetual Help's victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and Jose Rizal University High School's win against Arellano High School. The Red Robins came from behind to clamp down on the Jr. Blazers, 64-60, and thus, the former prevented the latter from clinching a playoff berth. Dan Parinas and Jonnel Policarpio made their presence felt inside with the former finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds and the latter ending with 13 markers and six boards in the now-dethroned champions' fifth win in 17 games. "Eto yung isa sa pinakamasarap na panalo," head coach Yong Garcia said post-game. "Ang goal naman talaga namin, mag-improve lang nang mag-improve. Parte pa rin nun ito." Megan Galang also had 11 points and nine rebounds as Mapua exacted revenge on its new-age rival in the biggest way possible as, with the win, they forced CSB-LSGH into a tie for one of the remaining spots in the next round. They are tied with the Staglets who themselves, were frustrated by the Jr. Altas earlier in the day, 76-81. Yuki Kawamura waxed hot for 21 points while Kyle Cuevas posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double to help Perps close its campaign at 7-11. With a win in its last game in the season, the Las Pinas-based squad looked like it had complicated matters for Baste. That didn't last long, though, as in the last game of the day, the Light Bombers silenced the Braves, 70-62. Fred Ganut topped the scoring column with 19 points while Celsus Fortuna and Condrad Famaranco chimed in 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Behind a total team effort, JRU ascended to a 9-9 finish while at the same time arranging a three-team logjam for its conquered foes. With their sorry losses, all of CSB-LSGH, San Sebastian, and Arellano ended the elimination round at 10-8, standing on even ground for the third to fifth spots. All of them will now have to go through stepladder playoffs to determine who will complete the cast for the Final Four as well as the seeding there. With the highest quotient among the three teams, the Staglets are assured of playing in the Final Four as they can only wind up either as third- or fourth-seed. The Jr. Blazers and Braves, meanwhile, will figure in a knockout bout on Tuesday for the right to stay alive and challenge Baste for the three-seed. Amidst all these complications, idle LPU sailed to its first-ever Final Four appearance in school history on the strength of those sorry losses for their fellow playoff hopefuls. Sporting an 11-7 slate, the Jr. Pirates are not only assured of a spot in the next round, but are also assured of a twice-to-beat advantage once there. Meanwhile, the Red Robins still have one assignment on their schedule - a game against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday. There, they only hope to close their campaign with three wins in a row. "'Di pa tapos. Dapat ganito pa rin kami sa last game namin," coach Yong said. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME PERPETUAL 81 - Kawamura 21, Orgo 13, Cuevas 12, Galoy 11, Gelsano 8, Manuel 7, Balazuela 5, Banaticla 4, Dela Cruz 0, Angeles 0, Nunez 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 76 - Janao 20, Bulasa 13, Are 8, Barroga 7, Lustina 7, Aguilar 6, Perez 5, Concha 4, Darbin 4, Una 2, Gomez 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-16, 34-38, 57-52, 81-76 SECOND GAME MAPUA 64 - Parinas 13, Policarpio 13, Galang 11, Parial 8, Tadeo 6, Lugo 5, Fransman 4, Mercado 3, Castor 1, Jugo 0, Ejercito 0 CSB-LSGH 60 - Palencia 16, Manansala 12, Calimag 11, Arguelles 9, Macalalag 6, Reyes 3, Dimaunahan 2, Panlilio 1, Valenzuela 0, Quiambao 0, Arciaga 0, Estil 0 QUARTER SCORES: 14-17, 30-35, 49-51, 64-60 THIRD GAME JRU 70 - Ganut 19, Fortuna 11, Famaranco 10, Garcia 7, Icban 6, J. Sy 5, Medina 5, Joson 5, Gentalan 2, Salvacion 0, Lenon 0, W. Sy 0. ARELLANO 62 - Recto 13, Lopez 11, Nepomuceno 11, Salinel 9, Tolentino 5, Sahali 4, Cuenco 4, Javier 3, Tan 2, Lime 0, Sablaon 0, Templonuevo 0, Villarante 0, Rellama 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-13, 31-29, 51-39, 70-62. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 18th, 2019

Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBA

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game. Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse. The numbers show they’re right, and if that isn’t troubling enough race only adds to the complexity of the issue: Most NBA players are black, and it seems like most of those in the closest seats are white. Not every incident is racially motivated, though some clearly are. After high-profile incidents involving Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry and others last season — including ones involving racist taunts — zero tolerance for abusive or hateful behavior is now to become the NBA’s policy going forward. The league is changing and toughening its code of conduct for fans, especially putting those in closest proximity to the players and the court on alert that anything over the line will lead to ejections and possibly more. “We’ve added any sexist language or LGBTQ language, any denigrating language in that way, anything that is non-basketball related,” said Jerome Pickett, the NBA’s executive vice president and chief security officer. “So ‘your mother’ comments, talking about your family, talking about test scores, anything non-basketball related, we’ve added that in as well as being something that we will go and pull a fan out of the seat and investigate what happened.” Westbrook and Cousins were subjected to racist taunts in Salt Lake City and Boston and the fans involved in those incidents were banned by the Jazz and Celtics. Lowry was shoved by a minority partner of the Golden State Warriors’ ownership group, seated courtside during the NBA Finals, and that person was banned from team business for a year by the league. There were more. Those were just the highest-profile ones. The NBA would not release exact numbers — and the totals are believed to be very low — but Pickett said the ejections of fans in the courtside area still more than doubled last season. Westbrook declined comment for this story, saying through a Rockets official that he was not comfortable discussing the matter. But the players’ union insists that the problem is getting bigger and bigger. “Last season, I began to sense even at the games I was attending that there was a certain, I’ll call it absence of civility, that permeated the games,” said Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. “I was seeing more bad-mouthing opposing teams that were not simply ‘you suck,’ which every one of us will tolerate, but really nasty, nasty comments being directed at players.” The Celtics banned a fan for two years for directing racist chants at Cousins. Westbrook was involved in a pair of incidents in Utah that came to light last season; was offended by a fan during the 2018 playoffs by a fan calling him “boy” before a playoff game, and then last season was involved in a back-and-forth shouting match with another fan. The Jazz banned both fans for life, and Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA for threatening the fan involved in last season’s incident. “I try very hard not to have my default answer be, ‘It’s racism.’ I really do because I don’t think that necessarily advances the argument,” Roberts said. “If it’s undoubtedly that, then I’m happy to say it.” It’s not always racism, either — Roberts also said she’s received complaints from many white players about being the subject of nastiness from fans. Amira Davis is an assistant professor at Penn State specializing in 20th Century American History with an emphasis on race, gender, sports and politics. She believes fans feel more emboldened now to say whatever they like, without fear of repercussions. “There have been plenty of sober fans yelling slurs and attacking players in the worst way,” Davis said. “I think it’s a mix of all of those things and when looking at predominantly white spaces like Utah and a largely black labor force, it ratchets it up a little bit more and makes it a lot more intense. Particularly in this political climate in which it’s very easy to project onto high-profile black athletes and pathologies and misconceptions about the black community.” Fan behavior is not just a concern in the NBA. It is being noted everywhere. Racist chants and taunts are a major issue in European soccer, including at a Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England last week. Green Bay and Philadelphia fans fought in the stands at Lambeau Field last month. The Atlanta Braves had fans stop doing their “tomahawk chop” during the playoffs earlier this month. During the AL Championship Series between Houston and New York, Astros manager A.J. Hinch told umpires that he felt the behavior of fans at Yankee Stadium had crossed the line and that it “was becoming a dangerous situation.” “There’s no place for that,” Hinch said, referencing matters like debris being thrown from the stands toward players and taunts directed toward some of the Astros. “Both teams will agree. And it’s really hard to stop fans from doing that. But it’s also very dangerous.” And the athletes are not always just victims, either. Golfer Bio Kim was suspended by the Korean PGA for three years for making an obscene gesture at the crowd during the final round of a tournament that he won, angry because of noise from a cellphone camera. In the NBA, the league is expanding the area in arenas most closely monitored when it comes to player-fan interaction. The top-priority area used to be just those seated with feet on the court itself or maybe the first couple rows of courtside seats; now, that area goes several rows deep in every building, plus the areas where teams and referees enter and exit the court. The fan code of conduct, a standard announcement at every NBA arena for years, is now being shown and promoted more times in each game. Season-ticket holders have been put on notice by teams that they may lose their seats even if they give their tickets to someone who goes over the line and harasses players or officials too vociferously. Fans believed to have been involved in incidents will be removed from seats while officials investigate; many times, when a security guard asks those in a certain area what just happened, no one would volunteer information with the suspected heckler present. “I think players are definitely vulnerable,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said after the Lowry incident. “Any time you’re in a situation where you can do no right, like in defending yourself, you’re vulnerable.” ___ AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower in Boston contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2019

San Sebastian last hurdle between LPU and NCAA 95 second-seed

These are the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament games from October 8 to 11 all of us just CAN NOT miss! TUESDAY, 10:00 a.m., Jr. Pirates vs Staglets LPU’s sail towards its first appearance in playoff history continues and the Jr. Pirates can already see land. To get closer, however, they will need to take care of business against a San Sebastian side which is out to boost its own bid for the Final Four. The Jr. Pirates and the Staglets do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. TUESDAY, 2:00 p.m., LPU vs San Sebastian LPU needs just one more win to wrap up the second-seed and the twice-to-beat advantage it brings for the next round. That’s easier said than done, however, and San Sebastian is sure to go all-out to prevent that from happening while, at the same time, strengthening its stranglehold on the fourth and final playoff berth. The Pirates and the Golden Stags do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. THURSDAY, 10:00 a.m., Jr. Blazers vs Red Cubs At present, San Beda is the only certainty for the next round of the NCAA Jrs. CSB-LSGH wants nothing more than to join them there and the good news for the Jr. Blazers is that they will give themselves a shot in the arm if and when their repeat the feat from the first round when they tamed the Red Cubs. The Jr. Blazers and the Red Cubs do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. THURSDAY, 2:00 p.m., CSB vs San Beda After a school-best 5-0 start to the season, CSB is, in essence, fighting for dear life now in the stretch run of the eliminations. Still, the Blazers have a fighting chance and if they can do the unthinkable, putting the first blemish on San Beda’s spotless slate, then the other playoff hopefuls better watch their backs. The Blazers and the Red Lions do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. THURSDAY, 4:00 p.m., San Sebastian vs Mapua San Sebastian and Mapua have trended in different directions as of late with the former experiencing an untimely slump and the latter enjoying an ideal resurgence. Still, the Golden Stags own the fourth-seed and will do their darndest to keep it away from the fifth-running and oncoming Cardinals. The Golden Stags and the Cardinals do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2019

NCAA: Perfect CSB gets put to the test in must-see match-ups from August 13 to 16

These are the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament games from August 13 to 16 all of us just CAN NOT miss! TUESDAY, 12:00 p.m., Braves vs Jr. Blazers Don’t look now, but Arellano is right up there in the standings of the NCAA Jrs. Still, the Braves need a statement win to announce their arrival and what better way than to take down last year’s runner-up in LSGH. At the same time, though, the Greenies are nothing but determined to bounce back. Something’s gotta give. The Braves and the Jr. Blazers do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. THURSDAY, 12:00 p.m., Jr. Altas vs Red Cubs Perpetual started the season with back-to-back wins against the NCAA Jrs.’s top two teams in recent history – Mapua and then LSGH. Since then, however, the Jr. Altas have struggled and it would be a tall task for them to get one more over another longtime powerhouse in San Beda. The Jr. Altas and the Red Cubs do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. THURSDAY, 2:00 p.m., San Sebastian vs Letran Age-old rivals meet again when fully loaded Letran takes on high-octane San Sebastian. There is no doubt this would be a good game as the two teams are nothing but hungry for a convincing victory that would get them back on track. The stars will be out for this showdown as Jerrick Balanza and Bonbon Batiller get pitted against RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi. The Golden Stags and the Knights do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. THURSDAY, 4:00 p.m., Perpetual vs San Beda Frankie Lim takes on San Beda. That will always be the storyline when daring Perpetual challenges the three-peat champion Red Lions. The Altas and the Red Lions do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. FRIDAY, 12:00 p.m., Jr. Blazers vs Jr. Pirates LPU seems poised to finally break through to its first Final Four in school history, but first, it has to proves it belongs. The Jr. Pirates’ latest opportunity to do that, however, would have to come against an LSGH side which is on a quest of its own to prove it remains a force to reckon with. The Jr. Blazers and the Jr. Pirates do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. FRIDAY, 4:00 p.m., CSB vs LPU CSB has been on a roll in the earlygoing of the NCAA 95, but now standing in its way is an LPU crew which has gone smooth sailing as of late. Two of the top three teams in the tournament go at it in what is certain to be an entertaining matchup between the new-age powerhouse Pirates and the dangerous upstart Blazers. The Blazers and the Pirates do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

NCAA 95: Spotless CSB gets challenged by streaking Letran

Games on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 p.m. - Letran vs CSB 2:00 p.m. - San Beda vs Mapua 4:00 p.m. - Arellano vs San Sebastian College of St. Benilde remains unscathed in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, but coming right for them is stampeding Colegio de San Juan de Letran. The Blazers stake their spotless slate while the Knights put their five-game win run on the line in the clash of titans in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor, Tuesday. Starting at 12:00 p.m., CSB is out to build on its strongest start to the season in school history even as Letran is out for a morale-boosting win ahead of its rivalry game. 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. Also hoping for a morale-boosting win ahead of its rivalry game is San Beda University which will take on luckless Mapua University at 2:00 p.m. even as San Sebastian College-Recoletos is hoping for a bounce back win at the expense of Arellano University at 4:00 p.m. And in Jrs. action, defending champion Mapua Red Robins rekindle their rivalry with longtime powerhouse San Beda Red Cubs at 10:00 a.m. There will also be matchups between the CSB-La Salle Green Hills Jr. Blazers and the Letran Squires at 8:00 a.m. as well as the Arellano Braves and the San Sebastian Staglets 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 NewsAug 5th, 2019

Barba, Guadana take over as Jr. Pirates make history in NCAA 95

Behind John Barba and Mac Guadana, Lyceum of the Philippines University made it to its first-ever Final Four in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Still behind Barba and Guadana, the Jr. Pirates are sailing to their first-ever Finals after scoring a well-earned 78-76 win against very game San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. Barba fired nine of his career-best 36 points in the last two and a half minutes while Guadana was a force at both ends and totaled 14 markers, eight assists, eight rebounds, and two steals. "Lahat naman ng games namin, sila yung nagte-take charge talaga. Ayaw na nilang pakawalan 'to kasi last year na nila," head coach JC Docto said post-game. With the Staglets threatening inside the last three minutes, Guadana found a cutting Barba for an inside basket. The long-limbed swingman was also fouled, but botched his bonus. Barba, however, wound up with the offensive rebound and willed another inside basket while getting fouled once more. The MVP frontrunner made certain to convert his charity this time around and mounted a 74-67 lead for his team. Still, Baste kept coming as Milo Janao's triple pulled them within 76-78 with 2.2 ticks to go. They even had one last shot at a shocker as LPU's Jae Omandac muffed his free throws, but Paeng Are's fullcourt heave was just inches short and only grazed the bottom of the net. On the back of its homegrown tantalizing talents, the Cavite-based squad overcame losing its twice-to-beat advantage and now sets up a best-of-three Finals showdown with San Beda High School that begins on Tuesday at MOA Arena. "Sobrang blessed namin kasi nagkaroon pa kami ng tsansa kahit ang sama ng game namin nung Game 1. Sinabi ko lang sa kanila, wag na naming sayangin yung opportunity at yung mga mali natin nung Game 1, wag na natin ulitn," their mentor said. This is the first time that the Jr. Pirates have made the Final Four and also the first time they have made the Finals since joining the Grand Old League eight years ago. "Sobrang saya namin to make history, pero i-eextend pa namin yung goal namin - manalo ng championship," coach JC said. On the other hand, the Staglets late-season charge just runs out of gas. However, this is still the best finish they have had in seven years. Dylan Darbin topped the scoring column for them in this one with 18 points while Kim Bulasa and Nikko Aguilar chipped in 15 and 14 markers, respectively. BOX SCORES LPU 78 - Barba 36, Guadana 14, Montano 10, Omandac 7, Panganiban 6, Garing 3, Ragasa 2, Gamlanga 0, Garro 0, Santos 0, Caringal 0, Caduyac 0, Gudmalin 0, Dejelo 0. SAN SEBASTIAN 76 - Darbin 18, Bulasa 15, Aguilar 14, Janao 9, Barroga 6, Are 6, Una 4, Perez 2, Concha 2, Brizo 0, Lustina 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-20, 37-44, 56-54, 78-76. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2019

Red Cubs get payback on Greenies; Baste gets big boost to NCAA 95 playoff push

STANDINGS San Beda 16-1 (top-seed) LPU 10-6 Arellano 9-6 CSB-LSGH 9-7 San Sebastian 9-7 JRU 8-7 Letran 7-9 Perpetual 5-10 (eliminated) Mapua 4-12 (eliminated) EAC 2-13 (eliminated) Nothing changed in the standings on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre - nothing at all except for the fact that San Beda High School finally exacted revenge on the one and only team that had defeated it in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The Red Cubs survived RC Calimag's 34-point outburst and sent a statement to first round tormentor College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills via a convincing 94-87 victory. Justine Sanchez scored 22 points on top of nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals, leading three other teammates in double-digits in their 12th win in a row and 16th overall in 17 games. Rhayyan Amsali and Tony Ynot delivered the goods as well with the former finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, and four assists and the latter ending with 14 markers, six dimes, and three boards. Still, San Beda was down by two, 68-70, after three quarters before going on a 15-7 tear to begin the final frame and build up an 85-77 led inside the last five mintues. The Jr. Blazers then fought back to as close as five, 87-92, with 48.4 seconds left only to see Sanchez's layup keep them at bay once and for all. Calimag paced the Jr. Blazers with his red-hot scoring to go along with nine rebounds while JC Macalalag posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double on top of six assists. With their third loss in the last five games, though, they fell to joint fourth in the standings at 9-7. All even with them is San Sebastian College-Recoletos which added to the misery of now-dethroned Mapua High School with a well-earned 74-69 win. Paeng Are stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, five assists, five rebounds, and two steals while Randolph Perez also added 12 markers, six boards, and three dimes. The Staglets were chasing down a seven-point deficit before charging to a 21-9 fourth period all the way to a come-from-behind win that puts them inside the playoff picture. CSB-LSGH and Baste are still within striking distance of second-running and 10-6 Lyceum of the Philippines University as well as third-running and 9-6 Arellano High School. However, they also have 8-7 Jose Rizal University High School and 7-9 Colegio de San Juan de Letran breaking down their necks. Meanwhile, last year's titlists Red Robins lost their sixth in a row and 12th overall in 16 games. Jonnel Policarpio showed the way for them in this one with 16 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME SAN BEDA 94 - Sanchez 22, Amsali 18, Ynot 14, Cabañero 13, Andrada 8, Alcantara 7, Delfino 4, Llarena 3, Alao 3, Nicdao 2, Pascual 0, Perigrina 0. CSB-LSGH 87 -- Calimag 34, Arguelles 13, Macalalag 12, Manansala 7, Palencia 6, Valenzuela 6, Dimaunahan 4, Reyes 3, Arciaga 2, Panlilio 0, Gagate 0, Estil 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-27, 52-45, 68-70, 94-87. SECOND GAME SAN SEBASTIAN 74 -- Are 17, Perez 12, Barroga 10, Darbin 8, Aguilar 6, Concha 5, Lustina 5, Janao 4, Una 4, Bulasa 3, Brizo 0. MAPUA 69 -- Policarpio 16, Castor 14, Fransman 11, Parial 10, Galang 5, Jugo 4, Tadeo 4, Parinas 3, Buenaflor 2, Lugo 0, Ejercito 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-20, 33-39, 53-60, 74-69. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2019

SUPER SHOWDOWN: La Salle s Justine Baltazar v Letran s Larry Muyang

Almost two decades ago, the power of Pinatubo was felt all over the Philippines. Now in 2019, two towers from Pampanga are making their presence felt in the premiere collegiate leagues of the country. De La Salle University's Justine Baltazar and Colegio de San Juan de Letran's Larry Muyang are the undisputed best local big men in the UAAP and in the NCAA, respectively. Baltazar has done a stand up job replacing Cameroonian MVP Ben Mbala while Muyang has made sure the Knights are no longer pushovers in the paint. So what happens when an irresistible force like Baltazar collides with an immovable object like Muyang? That's what we're here to find out in the second edition of the Super Showdown as we pit Philippine collegiate basketball's top Filipino centers against one another - judging them in five categories (post scoring, perimeter scoring, rebounding, defense, and playmaking) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. POST SCORING These two learned from one of the best in the business in so-called big man whisperer Jeff Napa. Napa discovered and then developed Baltazar in Nazareth-NU and then harnessed the potential of Muyang in Letran. When it all boils down to it, though, Muyang's bulk is just perfect for the back to the basket game and he has honed his skills so much that even the likes of Cameroonians Donald Tankoua and Mike Nzeusseu have a tough time bodying him up. Baltazar is no slouch posting up, make no mistake, but his lankier frame is also not that much of a problem for bigger defenders such as Nigerian Bright Akhuetie or Senegalese Alex Diakhite. Letan's big boy has a big body in need of big sustenance - and it just so happens that he can do just that by feasting inside the paint. Advantage, Muyang, 10-9 PERIMETER SCORING Put simply, Baltazar is a threat from outside while Muyang is not - not yet, at the very least. La Salle's versatile center has the touch to take and make shots from long-range as well as mid-range. In fact, he already has five triples to his name in eight games in the season. On the other hand, Letran calls for its hulking center to make a living down low and, as such, he has not had that many chances to show off his shooting. More than that, Baltazar is the prototype for the modern big man - a tall, long-limbed, and agile giant who needs to be defended even when he's standing behind the arc. Advantage, Baltazar, 10-9 REBOUNDING Baltazar just had for himself a 25-point, 25-rebound double-double. In terms of cleaning up the glass in the UAAP, nobody is better aside from the foreign student-athletes, with his norms of 12.5 rebounds the fourth-best in all of the league. Muyang inhales his fair share of rebounds, but also lags behind in terms of cleaning up his teammates' misses. Of course, the simple explanation is that La Salle just has the more athletic big man compared of Letran's more ground-bound behemoth. Advantage, Baltazar, 10-9 DEFENSE Rim protection has always been Baltazar's elite skill - even when he was just a raw prospect as a Bullpup. Now, he has blossomed into a menace patrolling the paint and his mere presence can alter shots, if not swat them away all the way. And because he is more ground-bound, Muyang was never one to host a block party, but he more than holds his own inside thanks to his bulk. Bottom line, though, La Salle can actually boast of having the more well-rounded two-way player. Advantage, Baltazar, 10-9 PLAYMAKING Muyang is such a force down low that he attracts double and triple-teams. As such, he always has a golden opportunity to make plays for his teammates and, more often than not, makes the right plays. After all, it wasn't that long ago that Muyang, along with Jeo Ambohot, Christian Fajarito, and Bong Quinto, all clogged the paint, but still had many, many assists to share among them. This is then the department where Baltazar has the biggest room for improvement as he only has a total of eight assists in the season. Advantage, Muyang 10-9 FINAL SCORE, 48-47 for La Salle's Justine Baltazar.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 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

Red Cubs tighten grip on top spot in NCAA 95

STANDINGS San Beda 11-1 LPU 7-4 CSB-LSGH 6-4 JRU 6-6 Arellano 6-6 San Sebastian 5-5 Perpetual 5-6 Letran 5-6 Mapua 3-7 EAC 1-10 San Beda High School stretched its streak to seven in a row in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament as its balance and depth overwhelmed Jose Rizal University High School, 88-68, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Rhayyan Amsali topped the scoring column with 16 points on top of five rebounds and three assists and four other teammates were with him in double-digits as the Red Cubs strengthened their stranglehold on the top-seed now at 11-1. Yukien Andrada and Cyrus Llarena wound up with 11 points apiece and each scored nine markers in the traditional powerhouse's 51-33 domination of the middle periods that turned a four-point deficit after the opening salvo into a 67-53 advantage heading into the final frame. Tony Ynot also added an all-around 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals while Justine Sanchez chimed in 10 markers and seven boards. While the decision padded San Beda's lead alone atop the leaderboard, it also dragged down the Light Bombers to a tie for fourth-place at 6-6. Raul Gentalan paced them in this one with 20 points as Condrad Famaranco chipped in 15 markers of his own. Holding the same slate as JRU is Arellano High School which took care of business against University of Perpetual Help, 86-62. Mark Cuenco posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double while Ivan Salinel contributed his own 14 markers to go along with six boards and three assists as the Braves finally arrested a five-game skid. On the other hand, the Jr. Altas fell back to a 5-6 standing. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME SAN BEDA 88 - Amsali 16, Ynot 15, Andrada 11, Llarena 11, Sanchez 10, Valencia 9, Oftana 7, Cabanero 3, Pelipel 3, Nicdao 2, Alao 1, Pascual 0, Peregrina 0, Alcantara 0 JRU 68 - Gentalan 20, Famaranco 15, Garcia 9, Joson 7, Sy J 5, Medina 4, Ganut 3, Salvacion 3, Lenon 2, Icban 0, Ramirez 0, Fortuna 0, Sy W 0, Pallares 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-20, 37-35, 67-53, 88-68 SECOND GAME ARELLANO 86 - Cuenco 15, Salinel 14, Recto 11, Nepomuceno 10, Sahali 8, Tolentino 8, Lime 6, Sablaon 5, Lopez 4, Rellama 3, Chiya 2, Templonuevo 0, Tan 0, Javier 0. PERPETUAL 62 - Kawamura 18, Galoy 12, Gelsano 7, Escalante 7, Angeles 6, Ignacio 4, Cuevas 3, Nunez 2, Dela Cruz 2, Galman 1, Orgo 0, Balazuela 0, Banaticla 0, Manuel 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-7, 41-19, 59-36, 86-62 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2019

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pelicans could be in for seamless rebuild

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner,'s Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: New Orleans Pelicans 2018-19 Record: 33-49, did not qualify for the playoffs Key additions: Zion Williamson (Draft), Lonzo Ball (trade), Brandon Ingram (trade), JJ Redick (free agency), Derrick Favors (trade), Josh Hart (trade), Jaxson Hayes (Draft), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Draft) Key departures: Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton The lowdown: There were teams with worst records and teams with more drama. But no team had a combination of both quite like the Pelicans. It all swirled around Davis, the best player in franchise history, who pulled a power move by switching agents to Rich Paul, business partner of LeBron James. Everyone saw what was coming next except Dell Demps, the beleaguered GM who refused to be proactive and instead tried to fight a losing battle. Through Paul, Davis made a private trade request in the fall and then went public a week prior to the trade deadline when Demps hesitated. When the deadline passed, Davis was still in New Orleans and that was a problem. The rest of the season was a disaster, as Davis was in an awkward state of limbo and the Pelicans, anxious to preserve their only true asset, managed his minutes. The fallout was severe: Fan backlash toward Davis, a fractured locker room, a state of emergency within a franchise that wasn’t among the league’s healthiest to begin with, and Demps getting the boot. Everything else about the Pelicans was overshadowed, such as Randle’s solid production in his first (and subsequently only) season in New Orleans and Jrue Holiday’s continued splendid play on both ends. In the end, Davis had long checked out, the Pelicans fell back into the lottery a year after reaching the second round of the playoffs, and a housecleaning was ordered by ownership. Summer summary: History might reflect that the Davis fiasco, in hindsight, was the most important moment in franchise history, and in a positive way. That’s because a much-needed series of changes were forced to happen because of it, and just maybe the Pelicans will be better off for it. It created a change in command, with David Griffin replacing Demps and tackling the Davis situation head-on rather than tiptoeing around it. And because Davis was essentially benched the entire second half of the season, that allowed the Pelicans to fall into the lottery, where they got lucky and landed the first overall pick in one of those drafts that contained a potential game-changer. New Orleans flipped almost overnight, getting an impressive haul for Davis in the long-awaited trade with the Lakers, and adding Zion Williamson, an explosive talent with gate appeal. It was a best-case scenario for the Pelicans, who went from laughingstock to landing a game on Christmas Day this season. Griffin played his hand skillfully, unlike Demps. Griffin didn’t create distrust or burn bridges and instead maintained good communication with Davis and all potential trading partners. He created a robust market for Davis and then negotiated with the one team that needed Davis the most: the Lakers with an aging LeBron James. Not only did Griffin get promising young players in Ball, Ingram and Hart, he also acquired the Lakers’ future with a collection of first-round picks and first-round swaps. Essentially, if the Lakers collapse in the post-LeBron era, the Pelicans will be awash in assets similar to the Boston Celtics when those Brooklyn Nets’ first-rounders turned to gold. Williamson should never have to worry about talent around him in New Orleans as Davis did. And unlike Davis, Williamson won’t be in a hurry to leave in a huff. There’s no reason for the Pelicans to tank, knowing that ample picks are coming their way. With that in mind, Griffin seized the moment to ramp up the rotation, adding some much-needed shooting in Redick and a reliable veteran in Favors. It’s very possible that the Pelicans can compete for a playoff spot in 2019-20, and again, this seemed remote when last season ended. There’s plenty of hope for Ball. He’ll have the relief of playing away from L.A. for the first time in his life and the advantage of suiting up next to Holiday, who can play off the ball if necessary. Ingram will be returning from a health scare related to blood clots that cut short his season but the prognosis is good. In addition to Williamson, the draft also produced Alexander-Walker, who brings good size (6-foot-5) to the backcourt, and Hayes, a raw big man who’ll instantly enroll in the Pelicans’ development school. To make the upcoming season as stress-free as possible, Griffin handed coach Alvin Gentry a one-year extension. The pair once worked together in Phoenix, when Gentry led the Suns to the Western Conference finals. For the first time in his tenure with the Pelicans, Gentry has ample talent and a solid plan. Now it’s up to him to put the right pieces in place. Clearly, though, the big prize is Williamson, who comes with robust talent and also a personality that reflects well on him and the franchise. Williamson can be a savior and, once Drew Brees retires, the face of New Orleans sports. It all depends if he makes good on the immense expectations. Given his knack for making crowd-pleasing plays on both ends, the burly forward has star potential -- which is exactly what a small market needs. There’s a reason why the Draft lottery results caused Gentry to curse with joy and team employees to dance on tables. Perhaps never before has a franchise fallen hard, then rose suddenly, quite like the Pelicans did in a matter of weeks. They’re still partying in New Orleans. 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 NewsSep 10th, 2019

Jr. Pirates scare off Braves to seize solo second in NCAA 95

STANDINGS San Beda 7-1 LPU 6-3 CSB-LSGH 5-3 Arellano 5-3 JRU 4-4 Letran 4-5 Perpetual 4-5 Mapua 3-5 San Sebastian 2-5 EAC 1-7 John Barba and Mac Guadana were not letting Lyceum of the Philippines University get denied a shot at school history in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament and propelled the Jr. Pirates right through Arellano High School, 81-64, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Guadana remained a force with 16 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and two steals while Barba remained on the rise with 19 markers, five boards, and two dimes. Those two remained the fuel for the Jr. Pirates' drive back into the win column now at 6-3. More importantly, those two allowed the Cavite-based squad to register its best first round finish in school history. "Masaya kami kasi first time lang sa history ng Lyceum na second kami sa dulo ng first round," a more than satisfied head coach JC Docto said post-game. Impact rookie Gyle Montano and returning forward Matthew Ragasa also provided a big boost off the bench with the former finishing with 12 points and four rebounds and the latter ending with 10 markers and seven boards. Thanks to that total team effort, LPU wasted no time in moving forward following a close loss to traditional powerhouse San Beda High School last Tuesday. Still, coach JC and his wards know full well they haven't won anything yet. As he put it, "Swak pa rin naman sa goal namin. Ang goal namin, top 1 o top 2 kasi mga nakaraang season, goal namin top 4 tas lagi kaming nabitin." He then continued, "So kailangan pa namin mag-work hard lalo." For the Braves, Adrian Rellama fronted the effort with 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Chris Recto also added 11 markers and six boards. BOX SCORES LPU 81 - Barba 19, Guadana 16, Montano 12, Ragasa 10, Garing 8, Omandac 7, Caduyac 3, Garro 3, Panganiban 3, Dumon 0, Gamlanga 0, Caringal 0, Santos 0, Dejelo 0, Gudmalin 0. ARELLANO 64 - Rellama 13, Recto 11, Nepomuceno 9, Villarante 9, Tolentino 7, Salinel 5, Lopez 4, Lime 2, Sahali 2, Templonuevo 2, Cuenco 0, Sablaon 0, Tan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-14, 37-31, 60-50, 81-64. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2019

NCAA 95: Marcelino-led LPU puts a stop to CSB s best-ever start

Lyceum of the Philippines University still has the number of TY Tang-coached College of St. Benilde - even now in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. With Jaycee Marcelino captaining the wrecking crew, the Pirates powered their way right through the Blazers, 74-71, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. After a tight first half, Marcelino just turned it on in the third, propelling his side to a 68-48 edge after scoring 10 of his 23 points in the quarter. The Taft-based team, however, would battle back to within four, 70-74, inside the last two minutes. "We have to give credit to CSB. They just kept on pursuing us," coach Topex Robinson said post-game. The LPU defense stood strong from that point, however, and allowed no more makes from the field. CSB inched closer to just down three with 3.7 ticks to go on the clock after Chris Flores was sent to the line and sent in his first free throw. Flores intentionally muffed on the second to keep the door open for his side, but it was Mike Nzeusseu who collared the rebound, finishing the job once and for all for the Pirates. In the end, Nzeusseu posted a 17-point, 16-rebound double-double to help the Intramuros-based squad to their fifth win in a row and sixth overall in seven games. "We'll always take this win. I'm happy that the boys got it," coach Topex said. This latest decision keeps LPU undefeated against the TY Tang-coached Blazers. This latest decision also just happened to put the first blemish on the once spotless slate of the green and white. Off to their best-ever start in school history, CSB suffered its first setback as top gun Justin Gutang was held in check, only with six points in 1-of-7 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. In his stead, Cameroonian Clement Leutcheu topped the scoring column with 15 points on top of nine rebounds and two steals. BOX SCORES LPU 74 - Marcelino JC 23, Nzeusseu 17, Santos 7, Caduyac 6, Marcelino JV 6, Tansingco 6, Yong 4, Pretta 3, David 2, Navarro 0, Ibanez 0, Valdez 0, Guinto 0 CSB 71 - Leutcheu 15, Nayve 11, Haruna 9, Gutang 6, Dixon 6, Flores 6, Pasturan 5, Naboa 5, Sangco 4, Lepalam 2, Belgica 2, Young 0, Carlos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-23, 43-36, 68-51, 74-71 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2019

NCAA cancels Srs. games for August 2

The NCAA has postponed all three of its Srs. games for Friday, August 2, 2019. The league has decided to reschedule matchups between San Beda University and College of St. Benilde, San Sebastian College-Recoletos and University of Perpetual Help, and Arellano University and Lyceum of the Philippines University as heavy rains hit Metro Manila all morning. “Due to the late suspension of classes, the games scheduled at 12pm onwards for Friday, 2 August 2019 are CANCELED and shall be played on a date and time to be determined later,” league Management Committee chairman Peter Cayco said in a statement. The third and last Jrs. game of the day inside the Filoil Flying V Centre between the Braves and the Jr. Pirates has also been cancelled. Meanwhile, the morning matchups between the Red Cubs and the Jr. Blazers as well as between the Staglets and the Jr. Altas have pushed through......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

Valenzuela the hero as Greenies hand Red Cubs their first loss in NCAA 95

STANDINGS CSB-LSGH 4-1 San Beda 4-1 Arellano 4-1 JRU 4-3 LPU 3-2 Perpetual 3-3 San Sebastian 2-3 Letran 2-4 Mapua 1-4 EAC 1-5 Lennox Valenzuela's floater over the outstretched arms of two defenders proved to be the difference for College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills in their thrilling 99-98 overtime triumph over San Beda High School in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Jr. Blazers were chasing down a one-point deficit with 6.6 ticks to go on the clock of the extra period and, with top gun RC Calimag covered, Valenzuela took matters into his own hands - driving from behind the arc to the free throw line before rising for a one-hander that went over the heads of Red Cubs Hans Nicdao and Charles Delfino. Not long after, the ball bounced around the ring and then fell into the net, capping off the defensive-minded guard's 23-point, five-rebound, three-steal, two-assist performance. San Beda still had 2.2 seconds to make something happen, but Delfino's halfcourt heave was too strong. That game-winner scored for CSB-LSGH its third win in a row and fourth overall in five games in the season. Along with that, that game-winner also eventually ended as the first blemish on the once spotless slate of the Red Cubs Valenzuela would not have had the chance for that floater, though, if not for the efforts of Calimag who dropped 15 of his 30 points in the final frame which witnessed the Jr. Blazers' furious fightback. Rookies Jiam Quiambao and Jan Manansala were also key as the former finished with 12 points and four rebounds while the latter ended with 10 markers, nine boards, and three blocks. The green and white have now rolled to the front of the pack - with back-to-back wins against defending champion Mapua High School and then erstwhile league-leader San Beda The Red Cubs retained a share of first, also with a 4-1 standing, even after main man Rhayyan Amsali was limited to just six points in 2-of-10 shooting to go along with six assists and four rebounds as well as seven turnovers. In his stead, Yukien Andrada showed the way with a 21-marker, 10-board double-double. Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help arrested its three-game slump via a 67-62 victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos. Emman Galman top-scored with 23 points, but it was Shawn Orgo who came up clutch in the endgame, scoring five of his 12 points in the last two minutes to shoot the Jr. Altas back into the win column now at 3-3. On the other hand, the Staglets suffered their second straight setback and third overall in five games even after Milo Janao's 20 points and Kim Bulasa's 19 markers. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME CSB-LSGH 99 - Calimag 30, Valenzuela 23, Quiambao 12, Manansala 10, Palencia 9, Arciaga 4, Estil 4, Dimaunahan 3, Macalalag 2, Arguelles 1, Torrijos 1 SAN BEDA 98 - Andrada 21, Pelipel 19, Sanchez 17, Delfino 9, Llarena 9, Amsali 6, Oftana 5, Valencia 5, Pascual 3, Alao 2, Nicdao 2, Perigrina 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-23, 45-45, 61-67, 86-86, 99-98 (OT) SECOND GAME PERPETUAL 67 - Galman 23, Orgo 12, Cuevas 9, Gelsano 6, Angeles 6, Kawamura 4, Dela Cruz 3, Escalante 2, Manuel 2, Banaticla 0, Nunez 0, Berwite 0, Balazuela 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 62 - Janao 20, Bulasa 19, Darbin 14, Agular 3, Balo 2, Perez 2, Are 2, Concha 0, Lustina 0, Barroga 0, Brizo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 10-23, 24-35, 46-46, 67-62 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

Steph Curry makes faithful moves through production company

By Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry may be a sharpshooting three-time NBA champion, but he is quickly building a career away from the court to inspire the masses through his burgeoning production company. The Golden State Warriors superstar is strategically producing content that focuses on sports, family and faith through Unanimous Media, which he co-founded with Jeron Smith and Erick Peyton. The newly-formed production company already has several projects under its belt including a major studio film, network television show and a couple documentaries in just a year. Curry, 31, said he wants to “uplift people who need to be uplifted.” “We’ve been very selective about the things we want to bring to our audience,” he said. “In our first year, we really wanted to make people think, feel, laugh, cry and challenge them. When I’m out on the court, I’m all about inspiring people with my faith — win or lose. I try to do it with glory and with a smile on my face. We’re trying to take that same idea to our projects.” One of Curry’s latest projects features himself in his original docuseries “Stephen vs. The Game ” on Facebook Watch, a video-on-demand service. The six-episode series chronicles his journey through this past season, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Curry’s intense training regiment, family life and old videos from his youth basketball career. He and his wife, Ayesha, open up about their first date, and the reasoning behind his ritual of writing the partial Bible verse “I can do all things” on his basketball shoes since his days at Davidson College. The Currys have three children. The upcoming season finale will focus on the Warriors’ injury-riddled playoff run that ended in the back-to-back champs losing the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors this month. “The finish this season was one of the most vulnerable ones,” he said. “Everybody wants the storybook ending where you have all these challenges and bumps in the road, but you end up at the finish line holding up the trophy, but it doesn’t always work out like that. But I learned a lot along the way, and I hope others can learn from watching my walk too.” Smith said it’s all a part of Curry’s plan to impact the world in a positive manner through media. “Everything is definitely by design,” said Smith, a former Nike brand manager and White House deputy of digital strategy during the Obama administration. He is the CEO, and Peyton serves as CCO for the production company. “The first thing executives at Sony told us was that this is a tough business,” he said. “But what has helped us be successful is that everything we’re doing is rooted in purpose. That purpose gives us a point of view as you’re moving forward, as opposed to how a traditional media company would do it.” The docuseries is among a slew of projects from Curry’s Unanimous Media, which is a play off him becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2016. Last year, Unanimous Media struck a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to produce television and film projects. The production company will have its production headquarters on the Sony backlot in Culver City, California. So far, Curry has received executive producer credits with actress Viola Davis for the new documentary “Emanuel,” which explored life after a tragic South Carolina church shooting in 2015, and the inspirational film “Breakthrough,” a modestly budget faith-based movie that opened third at the box office earning $11.1 million in the first week. “It was powerful movie, but it wasn’t just about the money it made,” Curry said. “It was about the people who text, DM and texted me to get their take on life and faith. Those moments are special.” Unanimous is also behind a mini-golf competition show on ABC called “Holey Moley,” which drew 4.87 million viewers after it premiered June 20. The company is working on a docuseries about a storied high school basketball program in New Jersey called “Benedict Men,” which is expected to release when the streaming platform Quibi launches next year, and a documentary “JUMP SHOT,” which tells the story of Kenny Sailors, who developed the modern day jump shot in basketball. Curry is a part of a movement of NBA players who are creating production companies including LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for his animated short “Dear Basketball.” The Warriors point guard said he was inspired to move into the TV and film production space after seeing their success, but he wants to pave his own way with his own message. “Everybody needs examples,” Curry said. “But I’m going to do this my way. They’re doing amazing stuff. This space is big enough for everybody to win. In terms of our projects, we are going to stay true to ourselves. It’s all about changing people’s lives. I never want to get away from inspiring people.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

Rui Hachimura makes history for Japan as No. 9 pick in NBA Draft

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Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

San Beda's Jarin and DLSU's Ayo are Coaches of the Year

Champion coaches Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin are among the top achievers that will be feted on January 26 when the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps holds its annual Collegiate Basketball Awards at the Montgomery Place Social Hall in E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City. The two bench tacticians will receive the Coach of the Year award in the event backed by Smart, Accel, Mighty Sports, and MJM Productions for guiding their respective teams to the championship in the country’s two major varsity leagues. Ayo revived the winning tradition of the De La Salle University Green Archers who captured the UAAP title at the expense of archrival Ateneo de Manila University. This, one year after also steering his alma mater Colegio de San Juan de Letran back to the top of the NCAA. Jarin got his redemption from losing to Ayo and the Knights in 2015 by leading the San Beda College Red Lions to their ninth championship in 11 seasons after sweeping Arellano University in the title series. Ayo is the first coach in the history of the awards night to win the Coach of the Year award in both leagues, while Jarin is receiving the prestigious honor before he makes his coaching debut for National University in the UAAP next season. Other coaches who have won the award in the annual event that honors the top achievers of the UAAP and NCAA are Norman Black, Frankie Lim, Eric Altamirano, Boyet Fernandez, Louie Alas, Nash Racela, Ato Agustin, and Juno Sauler. Also to be handed out are the Smart Player of the Year award and the Collegiate Mythical Five presented by Mighty Sports. Other awards include the Pivotal Player, Impact Player, Super Senior and Mr. Efficiency. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Arellano gets Jalalon replacement in high-scoring Dela Torre

Filling the shoes of the most decorated Chief is the definition of difficult, but if anybody’s up to the task, it may very well be the most decorated Brave. Arellano University has secured the services of high-scoring guard Guilmer Dela Torre to help make up for the loss of court general Jiovani Jalalon. Dela Torre is coming off a Mythical selection in the NCAA Juniors which saw him average 21.6 points, including 47 threes in total, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals. The five-foot-nine hotshot spearheaded back-to-back playoff appearances for the Braves – a breakthrough in the history of their program. As such, he is considered to be the first top prospect the school has produced. For Dela Torre, it was all about giving back. “Sa Arellano ako nagsimula kaya gusto kong lumaban sa Seniors na Arellano pa rin. Gusto kong suklian lahat ng tulong na binigay nila sa akin,” he expressed. Before he could be able to make the same kind of impact he did in the Juniors, the 19-year-old said he knows he needs to put on more bulk. Dela Torre will bolster a new-look backcourt for the Chiefs which will now feature Kent Salado at the forefront. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

Braves wade past Staglets, near first lawn tennis title

Arellano University trounced San Sebastian College, 2-1, Monday to move two wins away from capturing its first ever title in the 92nd NCAA juniors lawn tennis competition at the Rizal Tennis Center. Aljohn Talatayod downed Vincent Anida, 6-3, .....»»

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