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NCAA defers action on 3 coaches

NCAA defers action on 3 coaches.....»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardNov 8th, 2018

Gilas cadet Troy Rike won’t be joining NU in Season 81

Just nearly two months after joining up with National University, Troy Rike said on Thursday that he will not be playing in the looming UAAP Season 81. “Due to factors out of my control, I will not be able to play in UAAP Season 81. The news was devastating to me and I feel great regret that I won’t be able to take the floor with my teammates this season,” the Filipino-American big man said in a statement posted in his Twitter account. It is still unclear what “factors” were “out of his control,” but he made it clear that he remains in NU and remains hopeful to return to action there sooner than later. “It always has been and will always be my dream to play basketball in the Philippines. I hope to be able to pursue that dream here at NU and get back to playing soon,” he said. Rike played for four years for Wake Forest University in the US NCAA before coming back home to the Philippines to suit up for the Gilas cadets in the recently concluded 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. He already holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest, but has enrolled for a master’s degree in NU. As per UAAP rules, a student-athlete from a non-member school who is pursuing graduate studies in a member school shall not be subject to residency. As a post-graduate student, however, the 22-year-old will only have one year of eligibility for the Bulldogs. Now, it looks like that won’t be happening – in the looming Season 81, at least. Still, Rike showed much gratitude to the Sampaloc-based school in his statement. As he put it, “I would first like to thank NU, my coaches, my teammates, and management for welcoming me with open arms into the community the past couple of months. He then continued, “Although I’ve only been at NU for a short time, it really feels like home and I will always be thankful to have been part of the NU family.” The Gilas cadet then ended his statement by saying he will be cheering on the Bulldogs in the looming Season 81 tipping off on September 8. “I’m behind my teammates 100 percent and I’ll be cheering the squad on all season – no matter where the future may take me,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

NCAA: Two wins in one game for coaches Vergel and TY

College of St. Benilde was at the bottom half of the standings before getting two wins in two days. The Blazers were standing below .500 at 3-4 before an NCAA ruling overturned their first loss in the tournament. San Sebastian College-Recoletos has been forced to forfeit two of its wins as the league has decided with finality last Thursday in favor of disciplinary action for RK Ilagan. Ilagan, one of Baste’s top guns, was put under investigation by the league’s management committee for playing in a commercial league in Quezon City in late June. The third-year guard averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in San Sebastian’s first five games – two ending up in wins. With the league’s decision, however, those two wins will have to be overturned and the Golden Stags’ record is now 1-8. Conversely, the two teams Baste beat in those two games will gain a win. That gave CSB a win to put it over .500 at 4-3 and Jose Rizal University its first win in seven games. The Blazers wasted no time in building on that win with another win, this one a victory versus Arellano University on Friday. And with two wins in two days, the Taft-based team rose from seventh in the standings to fourth. That did rapid development did not escape head coach TY Tang. “Sa buong career ko, ngayon lang ata ako nakakita ng two wins in one game,” he candidly told reporters post-game. Likewise, JRU was languishing at the bottom of the standings, losing all of its first seven games before the league’s ruling turned their 0-7 record to 1-6. A day later, the Heavy Bombers then edged out Emilio Aguinaldo College for their first win – on the basketball court, that is. Now, they are three spots out of the bottom of the standings at 2-6. Their win run may be shortlived, however, as their next assignment is defending champion San Beda University. Still, head coach Vergel Meneses said anything could happen. As he put it, “We’ll see. Bilog ang bola, malay mo makatsamba naman kami.” He then continued, “Ganyan lang ang JRU ngayon – tsamba-tsamba lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

NCAA: LPU s Topex Robinson is more at peace with this year s bridesmaid finish

Two consecutive years in the NCAA Finals, two consecutive bridesmaid finishes. Sure, it was heartbreaking for the Lyceum of the Philippines University but according to Coach Topex Robinson, he is much more pleased with their performance this year than last year. It was apparent in Robinsons' demeanor. In Season 93, he was in tears as the Lyceum Alma Mater Hymn played after the Bedan Hymn. But in Season 94, with his smiles and his usual warm aura, he seemed to be more at peace despite the identical disappointing result. "I think because I saw that was really the way we want to fight. So yun yung mahalaga sa amin eh, alam ko na may peace of mind ako na we gave our best," said the Lyceum mentor after their 71-56 loss against eventual three-peat champions San Beda University. "Last year, I feel like we're short, I feel like may hindi ako nagawa. But this time kasi, alam ko talagang yun yun," he added. Choosing not to sulk over the loss, Robinson sees this as another opportunity to grow as a young basketball coach. According to him, coaching against much more experienced basketball minds like San Beda's Boyet Fernandez sharpens his coaching ways. "I told Coach Boyet [Fernandez] nga and the rest of the San Beda coaches na 'Pinapagaling niyo ako kasi nga I'm not gonna stop as long as I know you are there, that is not gonna stop me from learning,'" he said. By Season 95, Lyceum will no longer have the services of superstar CJ Perez, reliable leader MJ Ayaay, and the explosive Mike Nzeusseu. Their next lineup will be composed of lesser known players once again. This will put to test the strength of Lyceum's basketball program. "I always go back to the time na I have no-namers, yung mga ganun ba. That's what exciting about this year kasi wala na dun star player eh so mas maganda kasi obviously hindi na kami target. We're gonna be underdogs now so yun yung excited ako," Robinson said. "As much as I wanna cry about this, I look forward to what's in front of us, what's ahead of us. This is done and over with so nakikita ko yung lineup ko next year. It's gonna be an exciting lineup again," he added. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 38 min. ago

23 for 23 Gilas cadets AJ Edu, Remy Martin shine in early US NCAA action

Gilas Pilipinas cadets AJ Edu and Remy Martin showed off their wares in the early goings of the US National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.  After the first week of action, the Filipino-Nigerian Edu and the Fil-American Martin have each played two solid games for the University of Toledo and Arizona State University, respectively. Edu is norming a respectable 6 points, 5.5 rebounds, in 14.5 minutes off the bench in his first couple of games for the Rockets as a rookie. The 6'10" Edu came off the bench for the Rockets in his debut, scoring three points and grabbing two rebounds in just 10 minutes of action in Toledo's close 87-86 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. In his second game, the 18-year-old big man was more impactful, coming off the bench to flirt with a double-double, going for 9 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes in the Rockets' dominant 99-58 win over the Wilberforce Bulldogs. Martin, meanwhile is coming off a successful rookie year with the Sun Devils where he was recognized as the Pac-12 Co-Sixth Man of the Year. The six-foot point guard has been entrusted more minutes in his sophomore season, and he has been producing in Arizona State's first two matches, averaging 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game in a little over 29 minutes of action. Martin came off the bench in the Sun Devils' first game, filling up the stat sheet with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in 31 minutes as Arizona State survived Cal State Fullerton in double overtime, 102-94.  Remy then started for the Sun Devils in their resounding 80-52 win against McNeese State. He dropped 6 points, 5 assists, and grabbed 3 rebounds in 28 minutes. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Cargo Movers keep tight hold of lead

Aby Marano displayed her vintage form to lead F2 Logistics to a dominating win over Cocolife, 25-13, 25-16, 25-8, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Marano, the skipper of the national squad that saw action in the Asian Games for the first time in 36 years, tallied 10 attacks, three blocks and three aces for game-high 16 points for the Cargo Movers’s third straight win in as many games. The win gave F2 Logistics the much-needed boost to gain momentum before their gigantic battle against Petron on Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan City. Marano’s fellow national team members Kianna Dy and Majoy Baron also shone as they chipped in 12 and 10 markers respectively for the Cargo Movers, who found a way to stop hard-hitting Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau. “They had good exposure with the national team,” said F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus. “That’s why I challenged them. I told them that they can’t afford to have a low performance because your coming off a good finish in the international arena.” Mau, who campaigned for the Arizona Wildcats in the Division I of the US NCAA, was limited to only five points, which is her lowest output since joining this tourney. Despite coming off a major injury, she still managed to post 13 points in their setback to Petron and 20 points in their loss to Cignal in their first two matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

PVL: Nothing to worry about -- Valdez on injury scare

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez assured her teammates and fans that she’s doing fine despite playing through pain on her right ankle in the Cool Smashers’ straight sets win over Tacloban in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. “Siguro kailangan lang ng strengthening and rest. Tomorrow back to regular programming do strengthening. Nothing to worry about,” said Valdez, who led the Cool Smashers to a 25-16, 25-16, 26-24, win over the Fighting Warays Wednesday that hiked their record to 7-2 tied with idle BanKo at second spot. Valdez limped out of the court in the second set and had her right foot bandaged. The Cool Smasher felt some pain after a bad landing in the opening set.    She said that she has been nursing the nagging injury for quite some time. “Hindi ko rin alam sa paa ko pasulpot-sulpot (yung sakit). It’s been going on, matagal na rin. I think matagal na ito talaga,” admitted Valdez, who also had 11 digs. “As much as possible we do a lot of therapy. I mean ginagawan naman ng paraan during trainings but I guess today gusto lang niyang sumulpot. Na-timingan lang siguro,” she added. “Bad landing lang sa first set kaya medyo sumakit din.” Seeing her team trailing in the third set, 10-15, Valdez ignored pain and returned to action. She immediately scored an attack to rally her team to an amazing fightback. Valdez then pounded two straight kills to push her team closer, 22-23. Jovielyn Prado answered with a kill to put the Fighting Warays at match point before Alina Bicar sent her service short that tied the frame at 24. Valdez again smashed consecutive attacks before Jia Morado wrapped up the win with an ace to end the one-hour, 22-minute match. “Very crucial din talaga ang ibinibigay ng mga PTs namin, ng mga coaches namin kapag may mga ganitong instances and I’m just very thankful for them,” said Valdez. “Si coach din kapag tumingin na yun alam mo na heartstrong na, kung kaya naman lumaban lalaban ka for the team.” Creamline will take on Pocari Sweat-Air Force next on Sunday in Legazpi City, Albay.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

NCAA Finals: It could ve been a better Finals -- Robinson

Lyceum of the Philippines University head coach Topex Robinson accepted the fact that San Beda University pushed their backs against the wall after taking Game 1 of the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball Finals. Robinson admitted that they were shooting bricks, committing turnovers and seemed to have lost the energy and drive while allowing the three-peat seeking Red Lions chase them out of the MOA Arena during the match. But what ticked the mentor the most was the event that happened outside of the basketball court just 24 hours before tipoff that put a handicap on LPU in the biggest stage of the season. The Pirates marched into the war without its most important weapon in CJ Perez after the league slapped him with a one-game ban for failing to notify the NCAA that he filed an application for the PBA Draft.     “The reason it's painful for us is because CJ didn't do anything wrong. Hindi naman siya nag-ligang labas. Kung naglarong labas sana siya at nahuli, I would accept that. But I don't know,” said Topex. “The kid didn't do anything wrong.” Without Perez, LPU was deprived of a player that has been averaging 18.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.3 steals per game. San Beda won the game, 73-60, and even Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez did some math and thought that the complexion of the championship rematch opener could be a bit different if Perez was there.  “With CJ there, if you look at it, we only beat them by 13 so idagdag mo 18 ni CJ, talo pa kami,” said Fernandez. Robinson agreed. “It could've been a better Finals,” he said. “It's no guarantee that we're going to win but you want your best player in the game. He deserves to be there. That's just the way I feel.” “I'm speaking on my behalf, not of the school. I'm speaking as a father to a son that lost an opportunity to play in the Finals,” added a disappointed Robinson. “I don't know how you call it but life is really unfair. We have to accept the fact that again, we have a game to play.” Robinson also cited a precedent that happened back 11 years ago when then Red Lion Yousif Aljamal got away with a season ban after being drafted in the PBA as No. 8 overall pick by Air21 while the season was still ongoing. San Beda filed a Temporary Restraining Order and the NCAA retracted from its decision as Aljamal eventually helped the Red Lions win its second title under then mentor Frankie Lim.  “If they had a chance that back in 2007... Kumbaga, if those are the rules, it has to be the rules. Kumbaga, yun lang ako. Wag yung pabago bago. Kung nagawa na yun dati, pinayagan at nagawan ng paraan, yun lang sana,” said Robinson. “I don't want to put the blame on whoever makes those rules. We're just here to follow them I just hope there will be consistency. If there's players at fault, let them face it. “’Wag nilang itago yung mali at gagawan nila ng paraan. Yun lang sa akin. I'm speaking on my behalf again. If they're gonna hate me, so be it,” he continued. “I'm speaking here not as a coach of LPU but as a father to CJ and I just feel about the pain he has to go through.” “He's there helplessly watching the game from wherever. Kung may ginawa sanang mali eh. Kung nag-drugs yan o gumawa ng kalokohan.” LPU will have a week to prepare for a bounce back and Perez will be back in action for Game 2 on Monday. “We're excited to have CJ back. I hope he doesn't enter the draft again,” said Robinson on a lighter note. “He'll be ready for Game Two.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Coaches see bright future in PBA for NCAA stars CJ Perez, Robert Bolick

The past two seasons of the NCAA saw two players define the league under their respective images---San Beda's Robert Bolick and Lyceum's CJ Perez. Both had stellar resumes in Season 93 with Lyceum's Perez winning the MVP with Bolick taking the bigger trophy leading San Beda to the title over the Pirates. And as their two-year rivalry draws to a close in the championship round of Season 94, their respective coaches started to bid farewell to the two stars. "I'm sure these two players will play hard, tough, and both will make sure that his team will win," said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez. "It's just unfortunate that only one team will win." Perez and Bolick also had...Keep on reading: Coaches see bright future in PBA for NCAA stars CJ Perez, Robert Bolick.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

Columbian eyes Jaymar Perez as top draft pick

Jaymar “CJ” Perez, the energetic Fil-Am forward set to see action for a second straight NCAA Finals, is Columbian Dyip’s prospect as top choice in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft slated Dec. 16......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

UAAP: Marvin Lee s routine? 500 shots before every UST practice

Marvin Lee caught fire in the latest victory of University of Santo Tomas over University of the East in UAAP Season 81 action, Sunday afternoon. Scoring 30 points from eight three-pointers, Lee led UST's breakaway in the first half and never looked back. All of Lee's 18 attempts from the field were from beyond the arc and he made eight of them. When UST was prodded about Lee's hot game, it was revealed that he is one of the most hardworking players in the team who do things beyond what is required of him. "Kung titignan niyo si Marvin, call time namin, 12 or 1 o'clock, before mag start yung regular practice namin siguro naka-mahigit 500 shots na ito everyday," head coach Aldin Ayo boasted about his impressive ward. "So kung ano man ginawa ni Marvin, siya gumawa nun. As I've said, coaches should not take credit on the achievements of the playes," Ayo added. Apparently, Lee has been doing a lot of extra work everyday focusing on his shooting range. "Hindi ko rin binibilang eh. Every day, 10-10-10 hanggang sa mapagod na lang ako. 10-10-10, tuloy-tuloy lang ako. Ang gusto kong sinasabi ni Coach [Aldin] lagi sa akin, 'wag akong ma-bored kung ano ginagawa ko," Lee shared. That kind of repetition in Lee's routine resulted to an impressive shooting touch. In the game, Lee did not need even think about his shots. He just takes it, and swish it goes. Muscle memory. "Ine-enjoy ko lang ginagawa ko. Sinunod ko lang yung ginagawa ko everyday," he added. In addition, this is also the first time in the season that Lee's backcourt partner Renzo Subido did not see action. Subido sat out due to injuries on both feet. In their loss against National University seven days ago, it was these two guards that took turns with the offensive burden. But this time, with Lee alone, he felt the need to fill up the charts for his injured teammate. "Naging inspiration ko na rin si Renzo kasi sabi ni Coach [Aldin], big factor sa amin si Renzo kasi isa siya sa umii-score sa amin, so kailangan may mag extra work sa amin. Pupunan lang namin kung ano yung tinatrabaho ni Renzo, dadagdagan lang namin," said the fourth-year guard. --- Follow his writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 28th, 2018

NCAA: With JP Calvo at full strength, would LPU have beaten Letran?

Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s return to the playoffs lasted one game. Unable to keep up with Lyceum of the Philippines University on Friday, the Knights were quickly dispatched just in their first Final Four game since their 2015 championship. Of course, head coach Jeff Napa did nothing but give credit to the Pirates. “Give credit sa Lyceum kasi they gave their best. Kami, medyo nagmalamya kami pumasok,” he told reporters after they were beaten down by 24 points, 85-109. He, however, also added, “Mabigat din kasi yung pagka-down ni Toto e. Dun kami nagkaroon ng problema. Yun yung naging story of the game – we lost our point guard.” Coach Jeff was referring to JP Calvo who suffered an apparent left leg injury early in the third quarter. LPU only exploited his absence and put their opponents inside a pressure cooker and went on a 15-0 tear to turn a one-point deficit into a 70-56 advantage. In the eyes of the Letran head coach, that was the turning point of the game. “Nakakuha na ng kumpyansa yung mga bata nun e. Yung momentum na hinahanap namin, nandun na tapos biglang may nangyaring aksidente na ‘di naman sadya,” he said. Indeed, they were dominated by a score of 38-58 with their court general out of action. And while Calvo was willing to play through the injury, his mentor was not risking doing more damage to his left leg. “Pinu-push niya sarili niya, pero ayaw rin naman naming i-abrupt (end) yung career ni JP dahil actually, siya yung pinakamagaling na point guard ngayon kahit UAAP (or NCAA),” coach Jeff shared. He then continued, “Ayokong sirain yung career niya ngayon. Malaki pa (chance) ni JP sa PBA.” Indeed, the graduating guard only understood their head coach. “Kung ako ang tatanungin, maglalaro pa talaga ako para sa Letran lalo na last year ko na ‘to e. Wala na akong next year pa,” he said. He then continued, “Pero sinabihan ako ni coach Jeff na wag ko na pilitin so tinanggap ko na lang.” And so, Calvo’s last game in blue and red was far from his best – with just nine points in just 19 minutes of play. Now, all he could do is make sure his now-substitutes and future-replacements will do much better than they did on this day. “Sa mga kapalitan ko, sina Fran Yu, [Jason] Celis, [Bonbon] Batiller, sinasabihan ko sila na dapat, wag mag-relax at kung anong dapat nilang i-improve, i-improve nila. Yun ang key sa isang player e,” he said. For his part, coach Jeff also said he will do his all to make sure the point guards he has left will be better prepared without Calvo. “Siguro, kasalanan ko na ‘di ko sila na-ready sa ganung situation, pero nandun na, wala na tayong magagawa. It’s a matter of kailangan kong paghandaan pa siguro,” he said. He then continued, “Siguro, kaya ‘di ako pinalad at saka yung team kasi kailangang magsumikap pa talaga kami.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Eight new stars who have risen in UAAP Season 81

It all begins here. That has been the UAAP theme this year and the names you will see on this list have been embracing their new beginnings and are delivering with promise despite all the pressure. The UAAP’s 81st season has been wild right off the bat with teams pulling wins out of nowhere, impressive individual performances, and lit on-court actions, which everyone has caught live on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, eight names have already shown why they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the season. Let’s take a look at the idols of future ballers and coaches here: 1.) Ange Kouame, Ateneo De Manila University The Ivorian big man is having a great debut with the defending champs in Season 81 and has been announcing his arrival to the league big game after big game, punctuated by his 33-point 27-rebound performance against potential Final Four contender, the FEU Tamaraws. While Thirdy Ravena continues to be the Blue Eagles’ leader on the floor, Kouame is slowly turning himself into a problem on a nightly basis. He’s constantly improving and learning about the college game thanks in part to fellow Ateneo big, who saw his play blossom last year, in Isaac Go.   2.) Sean Manganti, Adamson University Jerrick Ahanmisi is the Falcons’ leading scorer and main attraction. But let it not distract you from the fact that Sean Manganti has improved vastly to be the actual barometer of the team as it continues its stellar season. To prove a point, Manganti has also hit big shots for the Falcons including that game-winning dagger against the UP Fighting Maroons. Part of the reason for his impressive season so far is due to his training with former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, who has been teaching him all the tricks in his bag.   3.) Justine Baltazar, La Salle  Justine Baltazar was a diamond in the rough coming to the Green Archers’ side of the fence after a stellar UAAP Juniors showing for National University. This season, without Ben Mbala up front, people are shocked by the massive improvement of Balti’s game as he has been the Green Archers’ consistent pillar of strength next to Aljun Melecio and Leonard Santillan. Balti is yet to have a bad game this season except when he had to contend with Ateneo’s hulking Ange Kouame, who is way heavier than the lanky center.   4.) Hubert Cani, Far Eastern University What a journey it has been for the former UAAP Juniors Finals MVP Hubert Cani, who went to Ateneo for two years before transferring to FEU and debuting last year. The 5’11” point guard has trimmed down immensely in preparation for Season 81 and it has clearly shown that his deadly Juniors form is back in harness. While FEU has been see-sawing lately in the standings, Cani has been the constant as much as teams prepare to stop FEU’s top scorer Arvin Tolentino.   5.) Juan Gomez De Liano, University of the Philippines Juan’s sophomore year has been anything but a disappointment. The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year recently stopped the UAAP triple double drought when he posted a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist line against the UE Red Warriors last Sunday (October 21). With team captain Paul Desiderio struggling in the start of the season, the former UAAP Juniors MVP stepped up to the plate and show improvement across the board and has become a huge headache for opposing teams alongside prized recruit Bright Akhuetie everytime he steps on the court.    6.) CJ Cansino, University of Sto. Tomas The Growling Tigers rookie is living up to lofty expectations heaped on his shoulders as a UAAP Juniors MVP coming out of the UST Tiger Cubs program. Cansino is already displaying a grown man’s game despite being at the collegiate level. His basketball IQ is off the charts while maximizing the most of his physical tools at hand along with the system new Head Coach Aldin Ayo has put in place. With the keys in his hand, Cansino has responded and what a way for a rookie to, already having an 18-point, 18-rebound game and constantly hovering around a triple-double.   7.) Dave Ildefonso, National University The younger Demolition Brother has been a treat to watch. Along with Cansino, they are both starring for their teams as rookies, leading the way, and leaving fans with jaws on the floor because of the level of talent they are displaying. He has shown great scoring instincts and has been at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ rebuild. 8.) Joe Silva, University of the East We’re giving the last and final spot in the list to UE’s neophyte coach, who’s the driving force behind the rebuilding Red Warriors. Coach Joe maybe younger in terms of age and experience compared to his UAAP counterparts, but he is definitely no pushover with two UAAP Juniors championship under his belt with the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets. So far, he is off to a good start in building a winning culture in the current UE Red Warriors lineup. This is evident in how feisty his team fights game in and game out despite the talent gap they face. These eight guys are not the only impressive names we should all watch out for as you never know who will suddenly come out of the woodwork and starts pumping impressive game after impressive game. Get to see these stars in action every UAAP Season 81 game day during Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD starting at 2 pm. For more sports news, follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

IT S FINAL: No sanctions for Perpetual in ligang labas issue

The NCAA has “sternly warned” University of Perpetual Help about the “infraction” it incurred at the midway mark of the Season 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. “The Policy Board resolves to reprimand and sternly warn (Perpetual) that a similar infraction shall be dealt with severely,” the league said in a memo issued on Friday. #NCAASeason94 Management Committee statement on the issue regarding the residency of some Perpetual players. pic.twitter.com/9L9C1yR59E — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Oktubre 26, 2018 Three weeks ago, a report first broken by Christian Jacinto of spin.ph found out that Perps’ lead guard Edgar Charcos, versatile forward Kim Aurin, and key reserves Kyt Jimenez and Tonton Peralta played in a commercial league last year. The four reportedly played for the Las Pinas Home Defenders in the Metro Basketball Tournament a year ago. According to sources closely monitoring the situation, NCAA rules on residency is understood to be like this – a player undergoing residency is only allowed to see action in another league if he will still be representing the school. After the investigation, however, the league has apparently determined that the Las Pinas Home Defenders is a school-based squad. “The Policy Board resolves that Perpetual has fielded a school-based team in joining a non-NCAA league,” the memo said. As such, the Altas have committed no infraction and will be able to play in the Final Four without any issues from here on out. As of press time, they are dueling with defending champion San Beda University. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

NBA Asia Managing Director Levy: We don t take the Pinoy fanbase lightly

The Philippines is unique, among the countries Scott Levy, NBA Asia Managing Director, handles. Tasked to oversee the development and expansion of the NBA's strategic initiatives in Asia (with the exception of Greater China and India), the Philippines is a different situation for Levy, compared to say, Thailand, or Malaysia. Unlike other countries in the region, basketball is well-engrained in the local Philippine culture, as is the NBA. In that regard, the job is easy. But diehard fans, and this country is full of diehard NBA fans, want different things, and want much more of it. And Levy and the rest of the NBA Asia office know it's important to keep them happy. Speaking to reporters as part of a roundtable Q&A session, Levy admitted that satisfying Philippine demand continues to be the biggest challenge. Citing the league's local TV partners, which include ABS-CBN, Solar, and FOX, as well as the implementation of League Pass via mobile companies Smart and Globe, Levy said, "We want to make sure that there are enough games, and that there are enough outlets [to get those games], that people can continue to interact and really get to know [the NBA] beyond maybe what the scores are. "We want to bring more players here, bring the real experiences. So we bring NBA players during the year, we bring NBA legends (the league directly brings around 3-4 players and legends to the country each year), we have dance teams, we have mascots [so that] people can get very close to the game." This differs very much from other countries in Asia. Whereas in other countries, NBA Asia devotes resources to growing the game, often teaming up with local governments' sports ministries, there's no need to teach the basics here. "That just means we take a higher level approach to coaching and make sure that there's another step that they may [take]," said Levy, who cited the example of bringing in Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat into the Philippines to help impart higher-level coaching techniques. Because the country is further down the line in terms of hoops techniques, the league's Jr. NBA program which is presented in the Philippines by Alaska, has played a huge role in recent years. "Nearly two million kids have come through the program...to improve their skill level. Many of our players have moved on to play in the UAAP, in the NCAA. Some are now in the PBA. So we want to contribute to the existing strength of the basketball community here," Levy said. It hasn't always been smooth sailing though. Recently, ventures like the NBA Cafe and the NBA Stores in the Philippines saw their licenses expire and close. For Levy though, it's similar to the familiar "shoot your shot" maxim in hoops. "We're willing to try things and if they're successful, great, we'll continue them," he said. "But if we think there are better ways to engage, we'll do that." Levy added that while the physical stores may be gone, fans can still purchase NBA merch through NBAStore.com, and other places like Nike, Toby's and Titan. Levy also applauded how knowledgable local fans are with regards to players and teams. While it's often thought that a large chunk of Pinoy fans are Lakers fans, Levy said that when you look at the data, it's winning teams that are able to capture the attention of Filipinos, with the obvious exception of teams in areas with large Filipino communities, such as San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors. "For me, here in the Philippines, we don't have to do much more than just make sure the players and the teams are exposed, because Filipino fans understand great play, and they understand great players. And when teams win, or players do amazing things, they become popular here," he said.   Looking ahead to the future, Levy believes that mobile will still be the way to go, though with a caveat. "As the streaming speeds continue to improve...then we'll be able to deliver more content," Levy said. "We'll continue to adjust the delivery of our product as the speeds improve." He added that the league wants to look into more basketball mobile games, even locally or regionally developed ones, to help educate fans on players and give them more ways to interact. To sum it up, Levy once again reiterated that the Philippines is "incredibly important," to the Association. "It probably is the market with the highest fan affinity for basketball, and that's daunting. To satisfy everybody, that's a full-time job. "We don't take the fanbase here lightly. We are focused on making sure that everybody is happy with what they have available and we're listening for the things that we need to do better."   Without a doubt, that's music to the Philippine fans' ears. SIX SHOTS Here are six other topics Levy touched on during the interview: 1. On the Philippines hosting another NBA Global Games "The challenge with [the Global Games] is always, there's 15,000 people in that building, and there's a hundred million Filipinos that we're trying to engage around the NBA. So while the games are great, we are really spending our time figuring out how we can engage a hundred million Filipinos. "But it's always in consideration and hopefully at some point in the future, we'll be able to bring the game back here again." 2. On the impact of a full-Pinoy player making it in the NBA "That question has always perplexed me, because the fanbase here is so strong already. I mean clearly Jordan Clarkson is very popular here, but he's not the most popular NBA player [in the Philippines]. So would a Filipino player be the most popular player? If he was the best player in the NBA, he'd probably be the most popular player, but if he's not, I think Filipinos will follow that player, and will continue to follow the best players in the NBA because that's the expectation here in the Philippines - 'I'm looking for the best players and the best teams and that's who I want to follow.' "But [by] the number of people who are playing in this country, I think it's just a matter of time before we have multiple local Filipinos playing in the NBA. It's definitely going to happen. The game is getting better, the coaches are getting better, the level of talent in the PBA continues to go up, and there are more Filipino players coming to the US and playing in university [NCAA] so it's definitely going to happen." 3. On the passing of FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann "I personally knew Patrick and there was nobody that spent more time and energy and basically dedicated their life to the sport of basketball and had such a great impact on the sport of basketball around the world. It’s a tragic loss. Personally, I will miss Patrick and he worked very closely with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. They had just seen him in a FIBA conference in Xi’an, China a few days before and typically with Patrick he was off in Argentina in another basketball event. I mean, he just, he was tireless in his efforts and he had tremendous success and it’s a tremendous loss to the entire basketball community." 4. On the NBA expanding the game towards female fans in the Philippines. "[For the Jr. NBA PH program] our goal is always 50-50, boys-girls. We haven’t yet achieved that here in the Philippines but again, working closely with the schools, working with Alaska, working with SM...the percentage continues to increase. I'm not exactly sure what the [numbers are] last year, but it's still too low. "I think that’s why it’s a little bit of frustrating here. In countries like Thailand and Indonesia, where, well Thailand has more than 50 percent girls, and in Vietnam and Indonesia it’s over 40 percent right now. So, again, our goal is 50-50. This sport is gender neutral, we bring WNBA players into market, we’ve done that many times already and now we’re going into schools to really try to encourage young girls to play the game." 5. On giving tips to local leagues to become more successful "We’re not here to dictate how a league should be run. What we’re trying to do is understand where we can be helpful, if they’re looking for assistance in building an arena, we’re happy to help with that. If they’re looking [at] how to enhance ticket sales, how to expand the live in-arena experience. Whatever it is that they may ask for our assistance, we are here to help. We support local basketball in every way we can but we’re not being prescriptive in saying this is how you should run a league in the Philippines. There’s way more knowledge on the ground here in the country than we have about what’s successful here." 6. On sports stars from other leagues interacting with NBA players "Our players are incredible. They are global icons, they’re incredible on social media which continues to grow their fanbase….because our players are active on social and they’re interested, personally interested in fashion and technology and gaming, and music and they have relationships with Jay-Z and with Usher, with every other top performer and other athletes are also interested because they’re fans. So when we do an event in London, we get calls from players on Chelsea, and on Tottenham and on Liverpool and on Man U and say “Hey, we wanna come to the game because we wanna see these athletes play. "So, anytime there is an athlete that is a fan of the NBA we will look to engage them. We work with all other sports leagues and we’re also fans. Our players are fans. There’s an opportunity to go to Camp Nou in Barcelona, our players want to be there. So, this is more driven by the players, their personal interests in other sports and other athletes and luckily our athletes are generally pretty popular around the world, and we’ll encourage that engagement and facilitate some particularly social media moments where Neymar comes into the locker room and exchanges a jersey with Steph Curry. We had Ronaldinho wearing a Carmelo Anthony jersey, dribbling a basketball on his head. All these moments are really special for the crossover fans from one sport to another. But it’s really driven by our players’ personal interest or other athletes’ personal interest in basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

No. 14 Florida rallies to beat Vanderbilt after near brawl

Florida head coach Dan Mullen, center, is restrained during a verbal confrontation with Vanderbilt coaches and players in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Jr. Altas now featuring their new super scorer in Emman Galman

After a 3-0 start in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament, University of Perpetual Help lost nine of its next 11 games. Still, they remain in contention after a much-needed victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Thursday. That wouldn’t have been so, however, if not for the efforts of rookie Emman Galman who scattered a career-best 30 points. “Ni-motivate lang po ako ni coach na tumira lang nang tumira,” he said about his breakout game. All throughout, Galman showcased all of his scoring skills – drilling threes, doing damage inside, and going to the line and converting his chances there. A long-limbed, 6-foot-2 swingman, he is now taking full advantage of all the chances granted to him – especially as he has now been thrust into the spotlight following the forcing out of former main man Joshua Gallano. “Mahirap din po nung nawala sila, pero unti-unti, naka-adjust din po ako, naka-adjust din po kami,” he shared. Gallano had per game counts of 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 29.2 minutes of action before being let go due to a disciplinary action. From there, the Junior Altas put the scoring load on the shoulders of 16-year-old Galman – a responsibility he only welcomed with open arms. “Kailangan po naming mag-step up. Kailangan po naming magtiwala pa rin sa isa’t-isa,” he said. After all, it wasn’t that too long ago when he was far from the NCAA – and therefore, far from his dream. Galman was just a tantalizing talent playing in the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLARAA) when Perps assistant coach Ferdinand Ali-Ali found him and offered him a roster spot. The Bulacan native did nothing but grab the opportunity – not only for himself, but also for his family. As he put it, “Gusto ko rin po kasi matupad pangarap ko tsaka makatulong sa pamilya ko balang-araw. Mahirap lang yung buhay namin dun (sa Bulacan) – driver papa ko at housewife mama ko.” He then continued, “Nagba-basketball pa nga po ako para magkapera lang at makatulong sa mama ko.” Now, Galman is shining bright under the bright lights and on the big stage of the NCAA. And while he and Perpetual only have a boxer’s chance at the next round, he has vowed to just keep going. “Tuloy-tuloy na po ‘to,” he remarked. Even better for Las Pinas? That statement may be not just for this season, but also for the next two seasons he is still eligible to play. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Cardinals, Generals dispute morale-boosting win in NCAA 94

Games on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 PM – EAC vs Mapua 2:00 PM – JRU vs Arellano 4:00 PM – Letran vs LPU Both Mapua University and Emilio Aguinaldo College are already eliminated in the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Still, both the Cardinals and the Generals are out for a much-welcome win when they face off in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor on Friday. Mapua and EAC, both 4-11, do battle for win number five starting at 12:00 PM and of course, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. Meanwhile, Arellano University (4-10) is out to give its new coach his first win at the expense of also-ran Jose Rizal University (2-13) at 2:00 PM and Lyceum of the Philippines University (14-1) and Colegio de San Juan de Letran (10-4) wage war in a crucial contest at 4:00 PM. In Juniors action, the JRU Light Bombers (9-6) and the Arellano Braves (6-8) go at it in an important matchup at 10:00 AM. There will also be matchups between the Mapua Red Robins (11-4) and the EAC Brigadiers (3-12) at 8:00 AM and between the LPU Junior Pirates (8-7) and the Letran Squires (3-11) at 6:00 PM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Arellano out to give new coach his first win in NCAA 94

Games on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 PM – EAC vs Mapua 2:00 PM – JRU vs Arellano 4:00 PM – Letran vs LPU Arellano University is yet to win in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament with Junjie Ablan calling the shots. The Chiefs are hoping that Friday is finally the day to do just that as they take on also-ran Jose Rizal University at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Arellano (4-10) is out for win number one in the post-Jerry Codinera era even as the Heavy Bombers (2-13) have other plans at 2:00 PM. Of course, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. Meanwhile, Mapua University and Emilio Aguinaldo College, both 4-11, try for a morale-boosting win at 12:00 PM and Lyceum of the Philippines University (14-1) and Colegio de San Juan de Letran (10-4) wage war in a crucial contest at 4:00 PM. In Juniors action, the JRU Light Bombers (9-6) and the Arellano Braves (6-8) go at it in an important matchup at 10:00 AM. There will also be matchups between the Mapua Red Robins (11-4) and the EAC Brigadiers (3-12) at 8:00 AM and between the LPU Junior Pirates (8-7) and the Letran Squires (3-11) at 6:00 PM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

NCAA: LPU, Letran wage war in crucial contest

Games on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 PM – EAC vs Mapua 2:00 PM – JRU vs Arellano 4:00 PM – Letran vs LPU The last time Lyceum of the Philippines University and Colegio de San Juan de Letran met in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the former was oh so close to falling to the latter. Now in their meeting in Round 2 of the tournament on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the Pirates are determined that there will be no repeat even as the Knights are determined to finish the job. LPU (14-1) looks to close in on a playoff incentive while Letran (10-4) looks to pull them away from it for now starting at 4:00 PM. Of course, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. Meanwhile, Mapua University and Emilio Aguinaldo College, both 4-11, try for a morale-boosting win at 12:00 PM and Arellano University (4-10) is out to give its new coach his first win at the expense of also-ran Jose Rizal University (2-13) at 2:00 PM. In Juniors action, the JRU Light Bombers (9-6) and the Arellano Braves (6-8) go at it in an important matchup at 10:00 AM. There will also be matchups between the Mapua Red Robins (11-4) and the EAC Brigadiers (3-12) at 8:00 AM and between the LPU Junior Pirates (8-7) and the Letran Squires (3-11) at 6:00 PM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018