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NCAA: Blazers extend unbeaten start to five games

Unbeaten College of St. Benilde extended its best start in history after holding off Arellano University, 82-77, Tuesday in the 95th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource: tempo tempoAug 14th, 2019

SSC-R targets at least a semis playoff

strong>Games Wednesday: /strong> (The Arena, San Juan) 8:30 a.m. --- AU vs. CSB (jrs) 10:00 a.m. --- AU vs. CSB (m) 11:30 a.m. --- AU vs. CSB (w) 12:30 p.m. --- Perpetual vs. SSC-R (w) 2:00 p.m. --- Perpetual vs. SSC-R (m) 3:30 p.m. --- Perpetual vs. SSC-R (jrs)     Unbeaten San Sebastian College goes for at least a playoff for a semifinals spot on Wednesday when the Lady Stags return to action in the 92 sund /su NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan. Carrying an immaculate 6-0 win-loss record, SSC-R looks to remain on top of the standings and plant a foot to the next round when it takes on a dangerous Perpetual Help side in the scheduled 12:30 p.m. clash. Behind reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player winner Grethcel Soltones, who is averaging 16.16 points per game, the Lady Stags won its first six games including a straight sets victory over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals last December 6 before the long holiday break. SSC-R is just three wins away from sweeping the elimination round that will propel them straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. In this scenario, the top three teams after the elims will play in a stepladder semis format with the no. 2 team enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage.    But Lady Stags head coach Roger Gorayeb is concerned with the mentality of his team heading into the crucial stretch of the elims with Perpetual, Lyceum of the Philippines and defending champion College of St. Benilde standing in their way.    “’Yung kasing kilos nila kung oobserbahan ko ngayon, ‘yang kilos nilang ‘yan hindi yan pang-straight (elims sweep) na panalo,” said Gorayeb. “Wala, ang dami pa nilang butas.” The mentor added that facing Perpetual will serve as an acid test for his wards. “Ang iniisip ko ngayon ay yung laro ng team ko at hindi yung laro ng iba,” he said. “Masusubukan kami sa huling tatlong laro namin.” The Lady Altas after a sluggish start won three games in a row for a 3-2 slate with Lourdes Clemente, who is averaging 10.6 points per outing, leading the way. Perpetual is coming off a 29-27, 25-15, 25-21 win over Letran last December 7. Meanwhile, CSB is also gunning for a semis spot playoff against streaking Arellano University at 11:30 a.m. The Lady Blazers sit a solo second with 6-1 slate ahead of the Lady Chiefs and idle LPU, who are tied at third and fourth spots with identical 5-1 cards. In men’s play, the league-leading Blazers (6-1) and Chiefs (5-1) face off at 10:00 a.m. while the Altas (4-1) and Stags’ showdown is slate at 2:00 p.m. In the juniors play, AU (3-2) and CSB (0-4) clash in the 8:00 a.m. opener while Perpetual (3-1) and SSC-R (0-4) collide in the 3:30 p.m. match.     ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Lady Blazers take solo second, near semis spot

strong>Games Wednesday: /strong> (The Arena, San Juan) 8:30 a.m. --- AU vs. CSB (jrs) 10:00 a.m. --- AU vs. CSB (m) 11:30 a.m. --- CSB vs. CSB (w) 12:30 p.m. --- Perpetual vs. CSB (w) 2:00 p.m. --- Perpetual vs. CSB (m) 3:30 p.m. --- Perpetual vs. CSB (jrs)   Defending champion College of St. Benilde recovered from a sluggish start to take down the San Beda Lionesses, 12-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-19, Thursday to move to solo second spot in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan. The Lady Blazers improved to 6-1 win-loss record and inched one step closer for a semifinals seat. Rachel Anne Austerio exploded for 13 points while team captain Jeannette Panaga and Jan Daguil scored all their points from kills for the Taft-based squad. Ranya Musa also had 11 markers for CSB, which won their second straight match after a painful five-set loss to Lyceum of the Philippines University a month ago.  Lady Blazers head coach Macky Carino admitted that his team played too tight and was out of sync in the opening set.  “Sobrang bagal ng first set naming,” he said. “Sa sobran focus ng team ko nakatingin na lang sila sa kabila (San Beda). ‘Yung team namin, ‘yung iginagalaw namin ‘di na namin pinansin.” “So ‘yun ang ni-remind ko sa kanila, na alam natin ang gagalawin ng kabila pero dapat laruin din natin ang laro natin,” Carino added. “So ayun pagdating ng second set buti nagbago.” The Lady Blazers will wrap their elimination round campaign against Arellano University on Wednesday before the Finals rematch against unbeaten San Sebastian College (6-0) on January 25. Francesca Racraquin had 17 points while Nieza Viray scored 14 for the Lionesses, who dropped their third match in eight outings and are in danger of missing the cut in the semifinals race. In the men’s division, the Blazers climbed to solo top spot with a 25-19, 25-23, 25-17, victory over the Red Lions. CSB improved to 6-1 slate to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four ticket behind skipper John Vic De Guzman’s 11 points. Isaah Arda and Francis Basilan scored 10 markers each for the Blazers, who handed San Beda its second loss in eight games. The Red Lions despite the loss are also assured of a semis seat playoff. In the junior’s match, San Beda avoided a shutout after the Red Cubs clawed the Junior Blazers, 25-16, 25-20, 25-15, for a 3-4 card. CSB-La Salle Greenhills remained winless after five games.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

Arellano, LPU seek a share of the second spot

strong>Games Wednesday: /strong> (The Arena, San Juan) 8:30 a.m. --- EAC vs LPU (jrs) 10:00 a.m. --- EAC vs. LPU (m) 11:30 a.m. --- EAC vs LPU (w) 1:00 p.m. --- Arellano vs JRU (w) 2:30 p.m. --- Arellano vs JRU (m)   Action in the 92nd NCAA volleyball competition resumes on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan. Arellano University looks to extend its winning streak to five when the Lady Chiefs take on the struggling Jose Rizal University in the women’s play at 1:00 p.m. Behind the steady games of Jovielyn Prado and Rialen Sante, the Lady Chiefs won four straight after dropping its opening game against unbeaten San Sebastian College. Arellano is coming off a straight sets win over San Beda Lionesses, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14, almost a month ago for a 4-1 win-loss record tied with Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates, who will open 2017 with a clash with listless Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals in the scheduled 11:30 a.m. match. A win by the Lady Chiefs and the Lady Pirates will move them at second place tied with defending champion College of St. Benilde (5-1) behind league-leading Lady Stags (6-0). The Lady Bombers, on the other hand, are on a three-game skid for a 2-4 slate and are on the brink of elimination in the race for a semis spot. JRU absorbed a 15-25, 10-25, 23-25, beating at the hands of SSC-R last December 12. Meanwhile, LPU is on a two-game roll after a big five-set upset over the Lady Blazers and a straight sets dismantling of Mapua to end 2016. The WNCAA multi-titled squad, which joined the league five seasons ago, is just a few steps closer to breaking into its first-ever Final Four appearance. The Intramuros-based Lady Pirates will bank on Cherilyn Sindayen, who is averaging 14.8 points per game, Czarina Orros and La Rainne Fabay against the Lady Generals, who are winless in six games. EAC is at the cellar with other eliminated teams Mapua (0-6) and Letran (0-5). In the men's game LPU takes on EAC at 10:00 a.m while Arellano U face-off with JRU. In the lone juniors game the Brigadiers collide with the Junior Pirates at 8:30 a.m.        ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017

SEA Games: After missing NU’s 6-peat, Jack hopes for gold with Gilas women

MANILA — One of National University’s basketball anchors, Jack Animam missed the Lady Bulldogs’ crowning glory in the UAAP after she was out when her team completed an undefeated 6-peat. Suffering an eye injury during the FIBA Olympic pre-Qualifying tournament in New Zealand, Animam wasn’t around for NU’s 95th and 96th straight victories in the UAAP to extend an unbeaten dynasty. Now fully healthy and back in action for Gilas Pilipinas women, Animam wants to make up by winning a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. She’s certailnly off to a good start after the Philippines beat previous SEA Games tormentor Indonesia Thursday at the MOA Arena, 63-56. “2-3 weeks ago nandito yung collegiate team ko, nag-champion sila without me. Syempre gusto ko rin ma-emulate kung ano yung nagawa nila without me,” Animam said. “But with Gilas women. Gusto ko mag-gold. Gusto ko manalo para sa lahat ng mga taong sumusuporta samin,” she added. Animan has a habit of predicting wins — and she’s right pretty much all the time — but for 5x5 basketball in the SEA Games, she won’t make one. [Related: SEA Games: Animam predicts 3x3 gold for Gilas women] Instead, she says Gilas women will keep their focus as they know winning gold here will not be as easy as just speaking it into existence. Unlike the men’s team, the Philippine national women’s team has never won a gold medal in SEA Games basketball. At least not yet. “Basta ngayon ang masasabi ko lang, one game at a time kami,” Animam said. “Di kami pwede maging complacent, di kami pwede maging relaxed. One game at a time, papakita namin kung bakit yung women’s basketball nandito, and we will stay,” she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

Jamal Crawford on still being a free agent: It s baffling to me

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com In the final game of last season, he scored 51 points -- a rather remarkable distinction just by itself. Today, it carries a degree of historical significance that is rather uncomfortable and maybe unfair for Jamal Crawford. Only one player in NBA history scored more points in Game No. 82 and did not play the following season. In that instance, Kobe Bryant was OK with that as he retired after dropping 60 on the Utah Jazz to close out the 2015-16 season. Meanwhile, Crawford is most definitely not retired, at least not willingly, as he waits to see if that last ballistic game was in fact the last he’ll ever play in the NBA. Officially, he’s currently living in Seattle, where he was raised and always maintained a home throughout his career. But metaphorically he’s residing in a basketball Twilight Zone that annually collects veterans in their, well, twilight. They’re not done playing -- at least in their minds -- and feel fresh enough to extend their careers by another year or two. Yet their fate is being controlled by a season that already began and 30 teams who don’t have an opening for a proven veteran. Unless, of course, there’s an injury or a sudden change in philosophy or, in the case of the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), a twinge of desperation. A 4-8 start prompted the Blazers to reach a deal with one of Crawford’s fellow residents, Carmelo Anthony. He spent the summer and most of the fall waiting by the phone and wondering if his time had passed. Congrats Melo!!!!!!!!!! — ???? Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) November 15, 2019 Yeaaa @imanshumpert , congrats bro! — ???? Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) November 13, 2019 Crawford tweeted out support for ‘Melo and for Iman Shumpert (who signed with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday). In a sense for these veterans, this is like the NBA Draft green room all over again -- you’re happy the room is emptying … but you don’t want to be the last one sitting at the table. “I know I can play,” Crawford told NBA.com, “and I would think my reputation is still solid. It’s baffling to me.” If you go strictly on how he finished with the Phoenix Suns last season, it’s bizarre that not only is Crawford not in the league, but that he’s not prominently in some team’s rotation. Crawford played (as a reserve) in four of the Suns’ five April games last season, scoring 19, 28, 27 and 51 points while shooting at an extremely healthy clip. If this was a showcase for 2019-20, albeit at a small sample size, Crawford proved he had something left even after 19 seasons. But the July free agency period came and went without a text message. The season tipped off in October without Crawford on a roster for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Almost a full month later, the three-time Kia Sixth Man Award winner is still watching from home. It’s the first time since he began playing organized basketball as a kid that he isn’t wearing a uniform in November. This isn’t restricted to Crawford as every year players with NBA experience must watch the basketball world spin without them. Anthony and Shumpert were just lifted off the pile and yet the list of players waiting by the phone, once again, is lengthy enough. “A lot of teams take a wait and see approach, not only for me, but vets in general,” Crawford said. The group includes, among others: Kenneth Faried, Devin Harris, J.R. Smith, Corey Brewer, Jodie Meeks, Joakim Noah, Jonathon Simmons and Dante Cunningham. Most already had their big contracts, so making money is no issue for them. That’s a good thing, too, because team salary-cap space is, for the most part, swallowed up at this point. Of course, the obvious concerns held by teams with most of these players are age and declining skills. The NBA is an unforgiving league that doesn’t give tenure. If the decision to keep a young player or a veteran is a toss-up, some teams -- especially those needing bodies in their player development program -- will lean toward the young. Crawford was caught in between last season as the Suns were yet again rebuilding while also needing solid-character veterans in the locker room. Tyson Chandler, Trevor Ariza and Crawford served those mentor roles until a sudden philosophical shift hit barely a month into the season. Ariza was traded to Washington, Chandler was bought out and the Suns went full-blast young with Crawford averaging 18.9 mpg (his lowest since 17.2 mpg in 2000-01). “I guess everything changed,” he said. The Suns used Crawford at point guard, not his natural two-guard position. As a result, he didn’t average double-digit scoring for the first time since his sophomore season. The silver lining is that he remained fresh and preserved his body for a possible 20th season. And of course, he had the energy for that 51-point game. In that April 9 game against Dallas, he shot 18-for-31 and 7-for-13 on 3-pointers in a 120-109 loss. The game carried no other significance except for it being the last one played by the great Dirk Nowitzki. Crawford’s output was almost forgotten in that sense. But because he’s not on an NBA roster right now, that 51-point performance could become the ultimate trivia answer. “I’m kind of an outlier because you don’t see anyone my age having games like that,” Crawford said. “And I did it off the bench. A year earlier, in my 18th year, I was still averaging double figures. I can bring a multitude of things. I’ll be ready for whatever team decides how I can fit into what they’re trying to do.” At 39, NBA teams will express concerns about his defense, which is usually the first area that suffers when players age. But players at this stage are used in spot situations anyway, and mainly by contending teams looking for depth and experience. The problem for Crawford and others like him is the numbers game; only a few of these spots open every season. “Physically, I feel better than I did last season,” he said. “I’m able to get my body together. My skill set is sharp. I feel that I’m good. My mindset is be patient and hopefully something good comes about it. I’ll be ready for the opportunity.” Until then, Crawford and others must live a surreal experience for them, though not all of it is bad or uncomfortable. There are kids to take to school; Crawford has three and is also afforded the rare chance to watch their youth games, too. “I’ve missed a lot of that,” he said. “And it’s cool because they enjoy that, too. I’m making up for that this time. I’m the Uber driver.” Beyond that, he stays connected to the NBA but only from a distance. “It’s weird watching games and being apart from it but seeing teams that could use you in certain situations,” he said. “You see where you could help different clubs in different ways.” For Crawford, it’s the love of the game, not a need for anything beyond that, which drives him. He’s the ultimate gym rat who not only hosts a pro-am league in Seattle every summer, but he plays in it, too. There are also legendary stories of Crawford randomly showing up at local parks and gyms for pickup games, something you don’t normally see from players, especially those with nearly two decades of NBA tread. The most famous Crawford cameo: Years ago, then with the Bulls and fresh off the team bus, he appeared at his favorite Seattle park and played pickup ball for three hours the day before a game with the Sonics. The next night, he scored 31 points. “I love the game and stay in the gym anyway,” he said. “Whenever I retire, I’ll still be playing the game, whether that’s at an LA Fitness or somewhere else. At this point, the regular players around here are kind of used to seeing me, although sometimes I’ll go to a different gym and people are surprised,” he said. “Like, the other night, I went to new one and played from 10 o’clock to midnight. They did double takes.” Were they surprised Crawford was actually at their gym, or that he’s not somewhere in the NBA instead? The man who scored 51 in his last NBA game laughed at that. “Probably a little of both,” he said. 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 NewsNov 16th, 2019

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.tv, TFC, iWant and livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

NCAA 95: Boyet Fernandez making sure Red Lions remain in shape ahead of Finals

For the second time in three seasons, the NCAA Men’s Basketball semifinals will be decided in a stepladder format. In Season 93, the breakout Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates rampaged through the elimination round, finishing with a perfect 18-0 record to earn an outright Finals spot. Defending champions San Beda University, then the second seed, ultimately defeated LPU in two games in the Finals to retain their titles. Two seasons later, the Red Lions are still the defending champions, but now they’ll be the ones waiting in the wings as San Sebastian, Letran, and Lyceum battle it out to determine who advances to the Finals. Those three schools represent a very tough pool of possible contenders, according to San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez. “Yung tatlong challengers namin going to the stepladder, medyo hindi ka pwede mamili doon sa tatlo dahil malakas din yung teams na yun,” Fernandez told ABS-CBN Sports. “They’re well-coached as well, they have good players na, if they step up the stepladder semis, and they will face us in the Finals, medyo mabigat yung laban na yun.” The more pressing issue for Coach Boyet however, is how to keep his players in game shape, given that they’ll be on the shelf as those three teams duke it out. The Red Lions’ last game was back in October 17th when they defeated Lyceum to complete the eliminations sweep. The next time that they see the court will be on November 12th for Game 1 of the Season 95 Finals. “Ang problema talaga namin is how to  make the team active kasi, that’s approximately 24 days before Game 1 on the 12th, so we’re really trying to prepare our team,” explained Fernandez. “Medyo mahirap dahil siyempre, they’re thinking it’s too long pa, mahirap mag-manage pero we’re trying to really prepare the team, we’re practicing the generic type lang, yung defensive schemes, yung offense namin, we’re more focused right now on conditioning and getting the players prepared well, especially sa weights, nagwe-weights kami. Heavy kami ng kaunti ngayon para naman ready kami sa finals.” To keep the team in condition, Fernandez shared that he hopes to be able to put the them through some practice games prior to the Finals. “It will be a tough one for us due to the fact that we haven’t played for about three weeks by that game, so sana hindi kami maging rusty. We’re looking for practice games next weekend and the following week para ready kami sa 12th.” While the extended break is definitely a breath of fresh air for the team, especially after a long season, not knowing who to prepare for remains a concern, says Fernandez. “We’re concerned about it, kasi mahirap mag-prepare na on the last day of semis, doon mo lang malalaman, and then we only have, if you consider it, three days to prepare for that, kung sino talaga [makakalaban namin]. It will be tough kaya yung ginagawa namin ngayon is we really practice our defensive schemes on a regular basis, [para] kung sino man talaga, at least pagdating namin on November 9th, sa 8th pa lang namin malalaman kung sino kalaban namin, on the 9th, we will just review the things that we have done during the weeks going into the Finals.” “We also have our gameplan for every team that we’re gonna face. We’ve already had that gameplan, it’s just a matter of finalizing it on the 8th, kung sino talaga kalaban namin. For now, we’re just making sure that we know what our adjustments are, we know what our defensive schemes are, we’ll try to practice it with we’re going to play in the practice games, para alam namin kung ano pa deperensiya, and at ano pang kailangan i-adjust namin,” he detailed further. Apart from being out of competition for nearly a month, one more thing that Fernandez needs to manage is his team’s confidence. The Red Lions swept the eliminations, meaning that whoever comes out of the stepladder semifinals, San Beda has already beaten that team twice this season. Fernandez says that he reminds his boys that the eliminations and the Finals are two very different beasts. “I’m just telling them that we’re only as good as our last game, and the other teams are really trying to prepare themselves in order to meet us in the Finals and beat us in the Finals, and you know that the Finals is a different situation than the eliminations, masiyadong mabigat yung pressure doon, masiyadong mataas yung achievement doon if you win a championship.” During the elimination round, the goal was to make it into the post-season and hopefully finish with a top-two seed for a twice-to-beat advantage. San Beda finished unbeaten and earned an outright trip to the Finals. Now that the first goal of the season is done, the focus for the Red Lions now is to capture the title again. San Beda is gunning for their fourth-consecutive crown and their 23rd overall. “Sabi ko ang pinag-lalabanan naman natin pagdating sa Finals is the championship, the NCAA crown, so kailangan hindi tayo magiging over-confident,” said Fernandez. “We’re not denying we won against those three teams that are behind us, but we consider them among the best teams in the league, among the strongest teams in the league.” “Alam naman ng players ko na hindi madali na kunin yung championship, and we always make it sure na yung players narerealize na every game is a very important game, kahit sino pa ang kalaban namin and we always make sure na my players also realize na every game is chance for them to improve and prove themselves that they’re capable of winning a championship,” he continued. As for who he sees coming out of the semifinals, Fernandez says he isn’t really sure who’s the favorite, but sees Lyceum having the edge as they also be waiting in the wings for the winner of the San Sebastian-Letran tussle. “Wala akong tulak-kabigin dun sa tatlo eh. The advantage will be with LPU since they’re waiting in the wings who will be the winner between San Sebastian and Letran, but if you look at it, Letran and San Sebastian are considered two of the top teams before the start of the NCAA.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2019

Barrett falls vs Duke teammate Reddish, and Zion is next

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — RJ Barrett kept misfiring, a rough start to his college reunion week at Madison Square Garden. Barrett did plenty of things well but not shooting, going 4-for-14 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in the New York Knicks’ 100-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Old teammate Cam Reddish left with a victory, but Barrett gets another chance for bragging rights among Duke rookies Friday (Saturday, PHL time), when Zion Williamson comes to town. Williamson, Barrett and Reddish were freshmen at Duke last season who went on to become top-10 NBA draft picks. Barrett, the No. 3 pick, and Reddish, taken 10th, were guarding each other at the start of the game. “Obviously, competing against him was a ton of fun,” Reddish said. “I mean, obviously in college we were together nonstop and we’re here now, so competing against him was definitely a good experience.” While Williamson has been tearing up the NBA in preseason play to the tune of 23.3 points per game on 71.4% shooting for unbeaten New Orleans, Barrett and Reddish have experienced some of the usual rookie struggles. Reddish entered shooting 28.6% at 6-for-21. He was 4-for-7 when the Hawks lost to the Pelicans in their opener, but then went 1-for-7 in each of the next two games, missing all eight three-point attempts. He bounced back with a 4-for-9 performance and nine points, which was good enough the way Trae Young (23 points, nine assists) and Vince Carter (17 points, five three-pointers) played. Barrett averaged 16 points in his first two games and finished with 12 in this one. He did add seven rebounds and a team-high six assists, but his outside shot just wouldn’t fall and his errant pass in the third quarter was scooped up by Reddish and taken for a three-point play that gave Atlanta a 75-69 lead. “He’s always engaged. He’s always trying to win,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said about Barrett. “These are good learning lessons for him right now to go through that and he still made some plays.” SPURS 128, ROCKETS 114 LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting to help visiting San Antonio get its first preseason win, and spoil James Harden’s near triple-double. Dejounte Murray added 20 points, going 8-of-11, for San Antonio (1-3), which shot 57% from the field. The Spurs, who led 65-51 at the half behind Murray’s 15 points and Aldridge’s 14, had six players score in double figures. Harden powered Houston (3-2) with 40 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Russell Westbrook and Eric Gordon each added 14 points. Harden made 13-of-27 from the field and Westbrook was 5-of-13. HAWKS 100, KNICKS 96 Young beat the third-quarter buzzer with a long three-pointer in transition to give Atlanta an 80-71 lead. Carter sank an open three-pointer from the wing for a 97-95 lead with 1:30 remaining, and Young made two free throws at the 16-second mark to make it 99-96. New York was off on a three-pointer and De’Andre Hunter sealed it with a free throw. Hunter, a rookie from Virginia’s national championship team, had 15 points for Atlanta (1-3). Carter scored 14 of Atlanta’s 16 points with four three-pointers late in the second quarter. Julius Randle paced New York (1-2) with 20 points and eight rebounds. PISTONS 116, HORNETS 110 Andre Drummond and Markieff Morris each scored 17 points and visiting Detroit held off Charlotte. Drummond also had 15 rebounds, and Langston Galloway scored a team-high 18 points, with five three-pointers, off the bench. Tim Frazier added 15 points and 12 assists for Detroit (3-2), which was without Blake Griffin. Drummond had 12 points and nine rebounds in the first half as the Pistons led 61-58. Malik Monk led Charlotte (2-3) with 18 points and seven assists. Cody Zeller was one of four Hornets with 12 points. GRIZZLIES 124, THUNDER 119 Former Oregon standout Dillon Brooks scored 30 points, with five three-pointers, and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis in the road victory. Tyus Jones scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half for Memphis (3-1). Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 17 points, Danilo Gallinari had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Steven Adams added 12 points for Oklahoma City (2-2). Devon Hall scored a team-high 19. TRAIL BLAZERS 126, JAZZ 118 At Salt Lake City, CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 53 points and eight three-pointers as Portland’s backcourt outdueled Mike Conley Jr. and Donovan Mitchell. McCollum made five three's and scored 28 points, and Lillard had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes. Mitchell led Utah (1-4) with 27 points and four three-pointers. Conley added 20 points and Rudy Gobert had 13 points and 15 boards. Zach Collins was the only other starter for Portland (2-2) in double-figure scoring with 13 points. Hassan Whiteside grabbed 11 rebounds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2019

PBA: Troy Rosario trey, late breaks lift TNT KaTropa past NorthPort

TNT KaTropa got the needed breaks in the end to slip past NorthPort 103-100 Wednesday and extend its unbeaten start to five games in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 9th, 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

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

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2019

PVL: Lady Blazers inch closer to a semis berth

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

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 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

NCAA 95: Gutang-less CSB shows heart to seize best-ever start

College of St. Benilde overcame the absence of main man Justin Gutang and then overcame fellow contender San Sebastian College-Recoletos in a war of attrition, 77-72, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The backcourt of Jimboy Pasturan and Unique Naboa did damage when it mattered most, with the former hitting the go-ahead triple and the latter hitting the insurance free throws that allowed the Blazers remain unscathed after four games in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. The two teams were going at it in the matchup that featured seven deadlocks and five lead changes. "What's important for us is to stick together and find ways to win. We were playing against a contender and we were able to hold them down so that's good," head coach TY Tang said post-game. A two-point advantage, however, belonged to the Golden Stags inside the last two minutes before Yankie Haruna found Pasturan for a good look at the top of the key. The lead guard did nothing but make good on it and the ball found the bottom of the net, giving the Taft-based team the lead they would never relinquish. Several defensive stops and four free throws by Naboa later and they improved on their best start in school history. This, even though Gutang missed his first game of the tournament due to a left knee injury. In the end, Naboa top-scored with 15 points on top of four rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Pasturan tallied 12 markers, two boards, and two dimes of his own. Cameroonian reinforcement Clement Leutcheu then posted a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double as CSB also got much-welcome contributions from rookies Chris Flores and Mark Sangco with the former finishing with 14 markers and five boards and the latter ending with four markers as well as a whole lot of good defense on Allyn Bulanadi. For Baste, RK Ilagan got his groove back for 24 points while Bulanadi also added 17 markers, albeit in 8-of-21 shooting. Neither scored in the last three minutes, however, to see their squad suffer its third straight setback after back-to-back wins to start the season. BOX SCORES CSB 77 - Naboa 15, Flores 14, Pasturan 12, Leutcheu 12, Haruna 10, Belgica 6, Sangco 4, Dixon 2, Carlos 2, Young 0, Lepalam 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 72 - Ilagan 24, Bulanadi 17, Capobres 7, Calma 7, Sumoda 7, Tero 4, Altamirano 3, Calahat 2, Villapando 1, Dela Cruz 0, Desoyo 0, Loristo 0, Suico 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-18, 30-40, 54-58, 77-72 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019

NCAA 95: CSB blazes to best start since 2005

College of St. Benilde remains unscathed in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament after gutting out a hardfought win against home team Mapua University, 71-67, Thursday in the latter’s school gym in Intramuros, Manila. The Blazers had to overcome a testy last two minutes as well as an injury to Justin Gutang to notch their third win in as many games. The 3-0 start to the season is the Taft-based team’s best since 2005 when they were fronted by Jeff Morial, Paolo Orbeta, and Jay Sagad. Without a doubt, they had to work for this one as the home team was actually in control for majority of the matchup and was up by three entering the final frame. "I like the way we play in terms of our grit and grind throughout the game," head coach TY Tang said post-game. Battling all the way back, CSB owned a six-point edge, 66-60, with under a minute remaining. It was at that point that the two teams got too close with each other as Gutang had a nasty fall following a foul by Noah Lugo. Gutang still made the layup as well as the bonus free throw, but not after the foul almost led to a scuffle between him, Lugo, and Laurenz Victoria. The Cardinals kept coming as Lugo pulled them within two, 67-69, with 3.2 ticks to go only to see Edward Dixon keep them at bay once and for all with a couple of charities. In the end, Gutang top-scored with 12 points on top of five rebounds and three assists while Jimboy Pasturan had 11 markers, six boards, and three dimes of his own. Cameroonian reinforcement Clement Leutcheu then contributed 11 points and five rebounds as Dixon chipped in eight markers and 11 boards. With that, the undefeated Blazers find themselves on level ground with defending champion San Beda University atop the standings. "The experience, the maturity, and the playing their roles and responsibilities, they've come to understand deeper," coach TY said. On the other hand, Mapua remains stuck at the bottom of the leaderboard, now winless in four games. As such, Arvin Gamboa's breakout game with 14 points went to waste. BOX SCORES CSB 71 - Gutang 12, Pasturan 11, Leutcheu 11, Young 9, Dixon 8, Belgica 8, Naboa 4, Flores 4, Carlos 2, Lepalam 2, Velasco 0, Sangco 0 MAPUA 67 - Gamboa 14, Lugo 11, Victoria 9, Nocum 7, Bonifacio 6, Bunag 6, Salenga 4, Gonzales 4, Nieles 3, Hernandez 3, Serrano 0, Garcia 0, Aguirre 0, Jabel 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-17, 27-32, 46-49, 71-67 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

NCAA 95 s must-see matchups for July 16 to 19

These are the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament games from July 16 to 19 all of us just CAN NOT miss! TUESDAY, 2:00 p.m., Mapua vs San Sebastian Mapua pushed Perpetual to the limit in its season opener before just falling short. The Cardinals look to do the same against another playoff hopeful in San Sebastian – but that’s easier said than done with both RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi back in full strength for the Golden Stags. The Cardinals 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. TUESDAY, 6:00 p.m., Jr. Altas vs Jr. Blazers Perpetual lived up to its hype by dominating defending champion Mapua to start the season. Up next in the Jr. Altas’ quest to legitimize themselves is runner-up CSB-LSGH which itself is out to prove that its youth may very well be served sooner than later. The Jr. Altas and the Jr. Blazers do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. THURSDAY, 4:00 p.m., San Beda vs EAC San Beda, with back-to-back wins to open its title defense, travels to San Marcelino to take on EAC, fresh off an upset of LPU, right in its very own home court for Season 95’s very first NCAA on Tour. The Red Lions and the Generals do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. FRIDAY, 10:00 a.m., Jr. Pirates vs Red Robins LPU is, at long last, poised to make a breakthrough in the NCAA Jrs. Mac Guadana, John Barba, and the rest of the Jr. Pirates are eyeing to make their biggest statement yet when they challenge defending champion Mapua. The Jr. Pirates and the Red Robins do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. FRIDAY, 12:00 p.m., Perpetual vs Letran It will be a battle between playoff teams from last season as well as title contenders for this season when Edgar Charcos and Perpetual wage war with Jerrick Balanza and Letran. The Altas 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. FRIDAY, 2:00 p.m., LPU vs Mapua LPU is coming off the first shocker of the season, sinking to EAC. Of course, the Pirates want nothing more than to bounce back, but will have to do it against a Mapua side seeking to make noise with its youthful lineup. The Pirates and the Cardinals do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

10 NCAA players to watch in Season 95

It’s important to note that half of the players who were picked in the first round of the 2018 PBA Draft were products of the country’s first collegiate sports league. CJay Perez and Robert Bolick have immediately become the cornerstones of Columbian Dyip and NorthPort Batang Pier, respectively. Javee Mocon, Jesper Ayaay, Michael Calisaan and JP Calvo have all received high praise from the coaches of their new teams. While last season’s heroes are now living their lifelong dreams in the PBA, new stars are looking to shine as NCAA Season 95 opens on July 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. James Kwekuteye (SBU)   If there is one player worthy enough to succeed Bolick as the King Lion of Mendiola, it’s the 6’3” Fil-Canadian shooting guard, James Kwekuteye. As a rookie, Kwekuteye came off the bench for majority of the season and had limited time to really put his talent on display. But, when he did start, particularly in San Beda’s second round game against LPU, Kwekuteye proved that he could be a major threat as he scored a career-high 18 points for the Red Lions, matching the scoring output of Bolick. In that game, Bolick motivated Kwekuteye by saying, “they can’t stop you.” James Kwekuteye introduces himself to Lyceum with 18 big points! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/OQS5eZBTJL — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 18, 2018 As the new starting shooting guard of Coach Boyet Fernandez, Kwekuteye led San Beda in scoring in the 2019 Fil-Oil Flying V Pre-season Cup averaging 14.1 points per game.    Evan Nelle (SBU)   Another talented player who didn’t see the floor much last year due to the loaded roster of guards on the San Beda lineup was former NCAA Jrs. Finals MVP Evan Nelle. Evan Nelle repays coach Boyet Fernandez' trust by drilling the early three! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/kpfdsnro2i — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 11, 2018 Nelle was the fourth string point guard behind Bolick, Jo Presbitero and Radge Tongco in Season 94. But, with the graduation of all three aforementioned players, the keys to the Red Lions’ offense has fallen straight into Nelle’s hands. While sharing the backcourt with Kwekuteye, Nelle led San Beda to the 2019 FilOil Championship and averaged a league-best 4.7 assists per contest.    Donald Tankoua (SBU)   Aside from capturing the title in the country’s most prestigious pre-season tournament, Kwekuteye and Nelle were also named to the Mythical Five along with their starting center, Donald Tankoua.  Donald Tankoua drops 23 points to help San Beda end the eliminations on a high note. #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/EUFpXnAt8T — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 23, 2018 The 6’6” Cameroonian big man has always been one of the most consistent players, year in and year out in the NCAA and will continue to be as he plays out his final year of eligibility in Season 95. Because he’s a walking double-double, expect Tankoua to be the early favorite to win MVP.   Mike Harry Nzeusseu (LPU)   Now, if there is anybody who possesses the physical attributes and the numbers to challenge Tankoua’s MVP campaign, it’s LPU’s Mike Harry Nzeusseu. Mike Harry Nzeusseu gets NASTY ???? #NCAASeason94 #NCAAFinals pic.twitter.com/yEAr0ywBPd — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 12, 2018 Nzeusseu ended last season without confirming that he would return to play one more year with the Pirates but his participation in the Fil-Oil tournament tells us that he will be back to anchor the defense of Coach Topex Robinson. And without Perez, the 6’6” center from the Republic of Cameroon will also have to do major damage on the offensive end as well.  Jayson David (LPU)   Jayson David picks Robert Bolick's pocket for the transition finish! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/Inl17UZbKq — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 7, 2017 Back in Season 91, the NCAA added a Most Improved Player trophy to their list of awardees for every basketball tournament. Based on the pre-season, former San Sebastian guard Jayson David has emerged as the frontrunner for that award as he has assumed the starting spot of Perez with LPU. David is no “Baby Beast”, but it seems that Robinson trusts him enough to be a critical piece in the Pirates’ quest to capture that elusive NCAA championship. He averaged 7.3 PPG, 6 RPG and 2.1 APG in the Fil-Oil tourney.   Jeo Ambohot (CSJL)   Another player who seems to have earned the trust of his coach is Jeo Ambohot. Under Coach Jeff Napa, the ‘23 for 23’ Gilas World Cup pool member came off the bench and underachieved, only averaging 7.2 PPG and 7.2 RPG for the Knights in Season 94. Jeo Ambohot can hit this all game long! ???? #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/5NCj7tV7Gt — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 9, 2018 However, under new Letran Head Coach Bonnie Tan, Ambohot was being utilized as the starting center with last year’s Rookie of the Year, Larry Muyang coming off the bench in their pre-season games. Nevertheless, a player like Ambohot should not be happy with his dismal outing last year and should come out stronger in Season 95.    Renato Ular (CSJL)   Here’s a guy you probably haven’t heard about before. His name is Renato Ular. Ring a bell? Probably not. The last time he saw action was during his rookie year in Season 92. Actually, he didn’t even do much back then. He only played in four games in did not score a single point in any of those games. After two years as a spectator, Ular has finally rejoined the Letran lineup and was their best player in the Fil-Oil tournament averaging 9.8 PPG and 8.1 RPG. The last left-handed legend from Letran was Rey Nambatac. This lefty’s got a long way to go to get on the Sting Rey’s level, but expect him to be one of the Knights' primary attackers this year.   RK Ilagan (SSC-R)   RK Ilagan was FEELING IT from downtown, dropping a new career-high 2??6?? PTS vs Mapua! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/SDIaVmtzCF — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 12, 2018 Speaking of attacking, one player who will be more relentless than he’s ever been this Season 95 is RK Ilagan. The pride of Barrio Fugoso, Tondo, Manila ranked seventh in scoring last year, averaging 15.2 PPG and was the Golden Stags’ leading scorer despite the presence of Calisaan. Coach Egay Macaraya loves a shooter and will continue to give the green light to Ilagan who made more triples (40) than any player in the NCAA in Season 94.    Kent Salado (AU)   Prior to injuring his right knee on October 10, 2017 in an 85-79 Arellano win over SSC-R in Season 93, Kent Salado was one of the most exciting players in the NCAA. The spitfire point guard from Cagayan de Oro was averaging 19.1 PPG (2nd behind Perez) and 5.0 APG (2nd behind Bolick) for the Chiefs, taking over the driver’s seat that Jiovani Jalalon occupied during their run to the Finals in Season 92. Lervin Flores with a nice block, Kent Salado with an even better finish! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/ohK28fFFhS — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 15, 2017 Now that he’s finally had surgery to repair what was eventually revealed to be a torn ACL, Salado is looking to excite fans anew especially since Arellano University will serve as the host of the NCAA for the first time in league history. Justin Gutang (CSB)   Recently, I asked former Arellano Head Coach Jerry Codi?era who he thought had the makings of a star in the NCAA now that the likes of Perez and Bolick are in the pros. The “Defense Minister” immediately mentioned one name: Justin Gutang. The 6’3” Fil-American forward from San Francisco, California had an impressive rookie season, averaging 13.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 4.3 APG for the Blazers and winning the Slam Dunk contest along the way. Although we haven’t heard much from Gutang in the off-season, the fact that a PBA Legend still has him on his radar means that the kid’s potential cannot be ignored. ?Editor's Note: The list is based on pre-season performances of teams. There are some NCAA teams who have not partcipated in pre-season tournaments nor released line-ups.  ?Catch NCAA Season 95 starting July 7, Sunday, 11:30 am LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD, iWant and via livestream.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

Lionesses eye Final Four spot playoff

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 noon --- Perpetual vs JRU (w) 1:30 p.m. --- Perpetual vs JRU (m)   San Beda College hunts to secure a playoff for a semifinals berth Friday when the Lionesses take on the listless Mapua Lady Cardinals to close their elimination round campaign in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan. Totting a 5-3 win-loss record at fourth to fifth spot tied with idle Lyceum of the Philippines University, San Beda puts its season on the line at the 10:30 a.m. clash with the Cardinals, who remain winless in eight games. A win by the Lionesses will not only give the Mendiola-based squad a playoff for a semifinals slot in case of a tie at 6-3 card but will also put San Beda in a good position to advance in the next round with Perpetual Help and LPU facing tough opponents in their remaining assignments. If San Beda hurdles Mapua and the Lady Altas and Lady Pirates absorbing their fourth loss, the Lionesses will get the last semis spot.   In case the Lionesses lose, SBC will have to wish that LPU drops its last game against San Sebastian College and for Perpetual to at least lose one of its last two remaining games for tie at 5-4 that will also force sa playoff for the last semis seat. Unbeaten SSC-R  (7-1) and Season 90 champion Arellano University secured the first two Final Four berths while defending champion College of St. Benilde (6-2) is assured of at least a semis seat playoff. San Beda is coming off a painful straight sets loss at the hands of the Lady Blazers, 25-12, 17-25, 23-25, 19-25, last week and is looking for a bounce back against the Lady Cardinals, who were swept by Emilio Aguinaldo College 18-25, 13-25, 24-26, last Friday. Meanwhile, the Lady Altas fight for survival when they face upset-conscious Jose Rizal University at 12:00 noon. With a 4-3 card, Perpetual can still make it to the Final Four if the Las Pinas-based squad completes a sweep of its last two games starting with the Lady Bombers. The Lady Altas will end the elims on January 25 against Arellano University. Perpetual survived its first test last week with a sweep of LPU, 25-21, 29-27, 25-23. JRU is out of contention with a 3-5 slate but is looking to play the spoiler’s role. In men’s play, San Beda (6-2) attempts to formally advance in the semis to join CSB (7-1) in a clash against Mapua (5-3) at 9:00 a.m. while defending champion Perpetual (6-1) also seeks a Final Four berth in a faceoff with JRU (1-7) at 1:30 p.m.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017