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NCAA: Mapua flies higher than JRU for first win

Leaning on its newfound size advantage as well as the clutch makes of its backcourt, Mapua University is a winner in its first outing in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Skipper Christian Bunag and prized rookie Warren Bonifacio took care of the inside while Laurenz Victoria and Eric Jabel took care of the shooting as the Cardinals grounded home team Jose Rizal University, 72-60, on Thursday at the JRU Gym in Mandaluyong. The revitalized visitors took control of the contest from the get-go and didn’t give the Heavy Bombers a taste of the lead or the momentum. “Ang overall assessment ko, I’m happy that we were able to do kung ano yung mga ni-practice namin,” a satisfied head coach Atoy Co said post-game. However, the home team was still able to pull to as close as 47-50 early in the final frame before Bonifacio’s and-one capped off a 5-0 spurt that re-increased the Mapua lead to 55-47. They wouldn’t look back from there en route to a wire-to-wire win to start the season. In the end, Victoria scored 11 points on top of seven rebounds and four assists while Jabel chipped in nine markers, all but two coming in the final frame. Twin towers Bunag and Bonifacio then combined for 14 points and 19 rebounds as the Cardinals showed that they will no longer be pushovers on the inside. “Defense, defense, defense, yun talaga,” coach Atoy said. For JRU, RJ David was the lone bright spot with 12 points and three rebounds. BOX SCORES MAPUA 72 – Victoria 11, Bonifacio 10, Jabel 9, Pelayo 8, Serrano 8, Biteng 8, Lugo 6, Gamboa 6, Bunag 4, Aguirre 2, Salenga 0, Garcia 0 JRU 60 – David 12, Mendoza 11, Bordon 9, Esguerra 6, Silvarez 6, Dela Virgen 5, Santos 4, Padua 4, Miranda 3, Estrella 0, Mallari 0, Aguilar 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-14, 34-31, 52-47, 72-60 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 12th, 2018

Escamis flies high in NCAA NBTC 24 for third straight week

Clint Escamis of the Mapua Red Robins remained in top form as he conquered the Chooks-to-Go /NBTC 24 NCAA edition for the third straight week.  Escamis led the Red Robins to an emphatic 33-point blowout of the San Beda Red Cubs last Friday.  The spitfire shooting guard put up 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, and added three steals in Mapua’s 91-58 statement win.  La Salle Green Hill’s Joel Cagulangan rose back to number two in the rankings after a near triple-double of nine points, 12 rebounds, and 11 dimes in a win over Perpetual. Rounding out the top five are then teammates of Escamis and Cagulangan. Inand Fornillos and RC Calimag stand in the third and fifth spots while Jonnel Policarpio rose to fourth after his 10-point, 12-rebound performance against San Beda.  John Amores moved up ten spots to number six with his strong outing of 17 points, six boards, and three assists in JRU Light Bombers’ win over the LPU Junior Pirates. Mapua’s Dan Arches, LPU’s John Barba, JRU’s John Delos Santos, and CSB’s Joshua David complete this week’s top ten players.  Here are the complete Week 9 rankings:  1. Clint Escamis (MU) (1)  2. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (4)  3. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (5)  4. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (6)  5. RC Calimag (CSB) (3)  6. John Amores (JRU) (16)  7. Dan Arches (MU) (7)  8. John Barba (LPU) (18)  9. John Delos Santos (JRU) (17)  10. Joshua David (CSB) (2)  11. Aaron Fermin (AU) (11)  12. Mac Guadana (LPU) (15)  13. Rom Junsay (AU) (14)  14. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (20)  15. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (10)  16. John Tabajen (CSJL) (N/A)  17. Roseler Sarias (MU) (N/A)  18. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (13)  19. Milo Janao (SSCR) (9)  20. Kai Oliva (SBU) (N/A)  21. CJ Saure (CSJL) (N/A)  22. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (8)  23. Cjay Boado (EAC) (N/A)  24. Michael Diaz (MU) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

NCAA: No LeBron, no Steph, but Mapua believes balance should be enough

Mapua University is off to a strong start in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Cardinals flew higher than home team Jose Rizal University, 72-60, on Thursday even though their top scorer only had 11 points to his name. That top scorer was Laurenz Victoria and the only other player in double-digits was Warren Bonifacio who had 10 markers. For head coach Atoy Co, that just proves what he has been saying in the preseason – that Mapua is a starless squad. “Wala naman talaga kaming player na superstar, ‘di ba? Lahat kami, average lang yung player,” he shared with reporters post-game. That’s just the way the Cardinals want it, though. “I’ve been telling them na talagang everybody has to score. Ayaw ko ng role player na dedepensa lang kaya pag nalibre ka, you should know how to score,” coach Atoy said. He then continued, “Wala naman tayong LeBron James, ‘di ba? Sana meron tayong Steph Curry, pero that’s what I like about this team, talagang everybody contributes even on defense.” In the end, that’s just what he got from his boys as they had six players contributing anywhere between eight to 11 points in the scoring column. And in the end, that’s just the reason why Mapua has a share of the league lead. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Belangel dislodges Ateneo teammate Sotto out of top spot in NBTC 24

The UAAP Season 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament closed out its elimination round with a bang, but as the day ended, one student-athlete stood head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. Ateneo de Manila High School's senior floor general SJ Belangel dropped a whopping 31 points against Nazareth School of National University, leading the Blue Eaglets to an immaculate 14-0 record en route to an automatic Finals berth. With this outing and the consistency he showed during the preliminaries, Belangel took over the top spot as the best high school prospect in Week 5 of the National Basketball Training Center Chooks-to-Go 24. The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition. Ateneo big man and 23 for 2023 cadet Kai Sotto dropped to second after sitting atop the ladder for the last four weeks. Rounding out the top five are La Salle Greenhills' Joel Cagulangan, Mapua University's Will Gozum, and Far Eastern University-Diliman's L-Jay Gonzales. For dragging University of Sto. Tomas to a playoff match against Adamson High School, CJ Cansino, who is bound to win the UAAP Jrs. MVP, went up to seven.  On the other hand, Baby Falcons ace Joem Sabandal also rose in the weekly rankings, going up to 16. Making the biggest leap this week is CESAFI MVP Alex Visser. Visser rose to 17th, four spots higher than a week ago.  The biggest loser this week is Baby Tamaraws off-guard RJ Abarrientos. The FEU-commit was a non-factor during his team's loss to the Tiger Cubs last Sunday resulting to a drop from eighth to 14th. Here is the complete rankings after Week 5: 1. SJ Belangel, ADMU (2) 2. Kai Sotto, ADMU (1) 3. Joel Cagulangan, LSGH (3) 4. Will Gozum, MU (4) 5. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU (5) 6. Rhayann Amsali, NU (6) 7. CJ Cansino, UST (9) 8. Dave Ildefonso, ADMU (7) 9. Aaron Fermin, AU (10) 10. Clint Escamis, MU (11) 11. John Galinato, CKSC (12) 12. Inand Fornilos, LSGH (13) 13. Warren Bonifacio, MU (14) 14. RJ Abarrientos, FEU (8) 15. Evan Nelle, SBC (15) 16. Joem Sabandal, ADU (17) 17. Alex Visser, SHS Cebu (21) 18. Terrence Fortea, NU (16) 19. Raven Cortez, DLSZ (18) 20. Beirn Laurente, UV (20) 21. Mac Guadana, LPU (22) 22. Joaqui Manuel, ADMU (19) 23. Harvey Pagsanjan, HCHS (23) 24. Maui Cruz, EAC (24) The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition. These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

History repeats itself for Mapua Red Robins

It was a sweet victory for Mapua, which not only avenged their loss to LSGH last season, but also tied the San Beda Red Cubs for the most NCAA Juniors titles with 22 crowns......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

22 titles in a nest of Red Robins

Mapua leaned on a career effort by Paolo Hernandez and fourth quarter heroics by Dan Arches as it edged La Salle-Greenhills, 77-74, yesterday to join San Beda as the most titled high school team in league history in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Mapua reclaims NCAA juniors crown

Mapua edged La Salle-Greenhills, 77-74, on Thursday to rejoin San Beda as the league’s winningest high school team in the NCAA Season 94 juniors basketball tournament at the MOA Arena in Pasay…READ The post Mapua reclaims NCAA juniors crown appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

NCAA: Mapua gets revenge on LSGH, grabs second title in three years

Mapua High School now has the most number of championships in NCAA Juniors Basketball – and its record-setting title could not have come in more dramatic fashion. Dan Arches finished what Paolo Hernandez started as the Red Robins stood strong in the face of a furious fightback from now-dethroned champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 77-74, on Thursday at the MOA Arena. Mapua was well on its way to a win, up 69-53 late in the third quarter before being at the wrong end of a 19-5 Junior Blazer rally that tied the tally at 74-all inside the last two minutes. “Credit sa lahat ng players na walang ginawa kundi sumunod sa game plan namin,” a beaming head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game. It was at that point, however, that Arches scored from a split from the stripe and then an inside basket to put his team back on top, 77-74. CSB-LSGH had 66 ticks to go to make something happen, but was unable to find the hole the rest of the way. Up until the last moment, however, the game wasn’t over as the Junior Blazers had the ball with 0.5 on the clock. The inbound went to Joshua David at the top of the key and he had an open look that had the ball finding the bottom of the net. Only, he wasn’t able to release the ball before time expired – therefore, preserving the three-point win for the Red Robins. With that, Mapua claimed its second championship in the last three years and 22nd overall – tying it with San Beda High School as the winningest program in the Juniors. At the same time, they have gotten back at the same Junior Blazers who dethroned them a season ago. Hernandez was the firestarter for it all with a career-best 33 points on top of 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two steals. Arches then brought the finishing kick with 22 markers, including all six of his team’s points in the final frame, to go along with five boards. “Thank you nagkaroon ako ng ganitong klaseng mga players. Sila talaga ‘to e,” coach Randy said. For CSB-LSGH, Inand Fornilos topped the scoring column with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Joel Cagulangan, though, was silent for his standards with just 10 markers, six boards, and four assists after incurring an apparent right ankle injury early in the game. BOX SCORES MAPUA 77 – Hernandez 33, Arches 22, Sarias 5, Smith 5. Quimado 4, Policarpio 4, Mariano 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 0, Diaz 0. CSB-LSGH 74 – Fornilos 18, David 13, Cagulangan 10, Palencia 8, Natividad 7, Calimag 6, Sangco 4, Lao 3, Mosqueda 3, Valenzuela 2, Lepalam 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-15, 42-34, 71-56, 77-74. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

La Salle, Mapua duel for NCAA jr cage crown

La Salle-Greenhills shoots for a back-to-back title while Mapua seeks to join San Beda as the league’s most titled high school team as the two go at it one final time in the 94th NCAA juniors basketball tournament at the MOA Arena in Pasay City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

LSGH, Mapua play for all the marbles in NCAA juniors finals

La Salle-Greenhills shoots for a second-straight title while Mapua seeks to join San Beda as the league’s most titled high team as the two go at it one final time in the 94th NCAA juniors basketball tournament......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Dagger Dan Arches wills Mapua to winner-take-all vs LSGH in NCAA 94

Mapua High School and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills will figure in another winner-take-all matchup now in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Dan Arches made sure of that, putting the Red Robins on his back over the defending champion Junior Blazers, 85-76, on Monday at the MOA Arena. The graduating guard scored 19 points, including six straight in the run that effectively turned the tides in favor of his team. “Si Dan naman, siya na talaga magli-lead ngayong wala si Clint,” head coach Randy Alcantara, referring to main man Clint Escamis who did not play still due to his ailing left knee. Mapua trailed, 36-39, late in the second quarter after Lennox Valenzuela drew unsportsmanlike and technical fouls from them. It was at that point, though, that Arches settled down the troops before burning Valenzuela with three baskets in a row to put his squad on top, 42-39, at halftime. That was just the wakeup call that that the Red Robins needed to impose their will in what was a must-win matchup for them following a loss in Game 1. “Sinabi ko lang talaga sa kanila na natalo tayo ng Game 1, pero hindi pa sila champion. Kailangan lang nating makuha ‘tong Game 2 kahit gaano kahirap,” coach Randy said. Briedyn Smith, Jonnel Policarpio, and Paolo Hernanez only joined in on the fun in the third and got together for an 11-3 run that increased their advantage to 70-61 in the middle of the quarter. In the end, Arches had 22 points and five rebounds while Policarpio and Hernandez both had double-doubles with the former having 14 markers and 14 boards and the latter having 13 points and 10 rebounds. Thanks to them, Mapua is now one win away from a second championship in the last three years. Arches and company try to do that in the winner-take-all Game 3 on Thursday. Of course, CSB-LSGH would also be going all-out for what would be their own back-to-back titles. Joel Cagulangan topped the scoring column for them in this one with 17 points, but hard to work for all of those, just shooting 4-of-17. Inand Fornilos also had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double. They would need much more from Joshua David, however, who had a substandard game with just five points in 1-of-15 shooting. BOX SCORES MAPUA 85 – Arches 22, Policarpio 14, Hernandez 13, Mariano 11, Smith 8, Sarias 6, Lazarte 3, Fransman 3, Quimado 2, Dennison 2, Diaz 1. CSB-LSGH 76 – Cagulangan 17, Fornilos 13, Sangco 13, Valenzuela 13, David 5, Lepalam 4, Palencia 4, Calimag 4, Mosqueda 3, Morales 0, Lao 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-25, 42-39, 59-56, 85-76. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

NCAA: The grassroots have become greener for LSGH

College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills joined the NCAA in 1998 and didn’t win a championship for two decades. Last year, they finally broke through, triumphing over then defending champion Mapua High School and taking their first-ever title. Now, the Junior Blazers have a golden opportunity for back-to-back championships as they are set to meet the Red Robins once more for all the glory. For head coach Marvin Bienvenida, the past two years have just proven that recruiting tantalizing talents is not the only way to win. “We didn’t really end up having a good set of players. This is all about developing players straight from the grassroots,” he said. Indeed, in the past three years, the boys from Greenhills have not had a shining stars in the mold of Rivero brothers Prince and Ricci. Instead, they have featured hardworking players like Troy Mallillin, Joel Cagulangan, and Inand Fornilos who improved year in and year out. Mallillin worked his way to an MVP just like Cagulangan is en route to working his way to the award for the top individual player. Fornilos’ motor, meanwhile, never stopped chugging and he is well on track to a second straight Mythical selection Even key cogs such as Joshua David, Makoy Marcos, and Unique Naboa came from out of nowhere. And so, the fact that it was Cagulangan and David who showed the way in their knockout bout against Jose Rizal University High School means that they have developed into the leaders that CSB-LSGH needs. “The stats show they played well, but the contributions they give in leadership, camaraderie, experience, yun ang mabigat,” coach Marvin said. With that, the Junior Blazers are nothing but confident they can work their way into another championship. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

NCAA: Dagger Dan Arches does not let Escamis, Red Robins down

No longer with all of Warren Bonifacio, Mike Enriquez, Will Gozum, the spotlight shone on Clint Escamis to lead Mapua High School in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Only, Escamis was not at full strength to lead the Red Robins in their biggest game thus far. Still slowed down by his ailing left leg, the graduating guard was not on the floor as his team was protecting a four-point lead against modern-day rival San Beda High School in their knockout bout last Monday. And so, another player had to step up to shoot Mapua to the Finals. Like he had already proven many, many times in the tournament, Dan Arches was more than up to the challenge. “Wala kasi si Clint e. Kung nandyan siya, siya tumitira nang mga ganun. So kinuha ko na lang kasi nasa game plan pa rin naman siya,” he said. With the shot clock winding down and with bigger Red Cub Tony Ynot right in front of him, Arches squared up and launched a triple try. The ball soared through the air before falling into the net – and ultimately, transformed into a dagger that struck the heart of San Beda. “Yung confidence ko po sa sarili ko, galing po kay coach [Randy Alcantara]. Yung kumpyansa na binibigay niya, ‘di ko talaga sinasayang,” he said after the win for him and the Red Robins. Indeed, the 18-year-old is just giving back to the head coach who discovered him in Roxas City, Capiz and then developed him in Intramuros. “Galing po akong probinsya tapos na-scout at na-recruit ni coach Randy. Tinanggap ko na po kasi sayang yung opportunity,” he shared. He then continued, “Maraming batang gustong maglaro sa Maynila at pinapangarap maglaro sa NCAA.” It wasn’t always this way, however, as in his rookie season a year ago, Arches played sparingly and only had per game counts of 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.1 minutes. “Dumating po sa point na na-down ako, pero sabi po ng magulang ko, lumaban lang. Ginawa ko po silang motivation,” he said. From there, he just kept working and working. “Pinapakita ko lang po lagi sa training yung kaya ko kasi alam ko sa sarili ko na may ibubuga ako,” he said. The wait finally came to an end this year as, with the graduation of Bonifacio, Enriquez, and Gozum, Mapua needed new weapons to wield. The 6-foot-1 guard has been just that for them, averaging 17.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.5 steals in a team-high 29.4 minutes. And if not for the even more meteoric rise of Jose Rizal University High School’s John Amores, he may have very well been the league’s Most Improved Player. For now, though, all that matters for Arches is the championship – making sure the Red Robins get back at College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and making sure that he and good pal Escamis go out on a high. Main man @EscamisClint still not at full strength for Mapua? Dagger Dan Arches gotchu. #NCAASeason94 pic.twitter.com/MkMAJc8rtk — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Oktubre 29, 2018 Asked about that moment, he answered, “Nagpasalamat lang siya sa akin kasi (last Sunday), sa training, humingi siya ng favor na makapasok ulit ng Finals kasi gusto pa niya maglaro.” And while it’s yet to be determined if Escamis will now be at full strength come Game 1 of the championship round on Tuesday, Mapua need not worry. After all, they still have “Dagger” Dan Arches. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogog......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Looking at the NCAA juniors finals: LSGH vs Mapua

For the second straight year in the NCAA juniors basketball tournament, it will be the La Salle Greenhills Junior Blazers versus the Mapua Red Robins......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 31st, 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

Mapua, MSU-Iligan join Philippines universities in Asia rankings

Two Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs) have joined the country’s top universities in the Asian rankings released by education information provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

NCAA: LSGH wraps up best elims finish in school history

STANDINGS LSGH 16-2 (twice-to-beat) MAPUA 14-4 (twice-to-beat) SAN BEDA 12-6 (Final Four) JRU 11-7 (Final Four) LPU 9-9 (eliminated) PERPETUAL 9-9 (eliminated) ARELLANO 7-11 (eliminated) SAN SEBASTIAN 5-13 (eliminated) LETRAN 4-14 (eliminated) EAC 3-15 (eliminated) For the first time in school history, College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills will be entering the Final Four of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament with a twice-to-beat advantage. More than that, also for the first time in school history, they will be moving on to the next round as the top-seed. The Junior Blazers remained red-hot at the end of the eliminations after burning down Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 65-62, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Already assured of the top-seed, the defending champions elected to rest key cogs Joel Cagulangan, Joshua David, and Inand Fornilos. In Cagulangan’s stead, it was Jacob Cortez who brought the heroics as his late triple proved to be the difference. With that, CSB-LSGH put the finishing touches on a dominant 16-2 elims campaign – bar none, the most elims wins it has had in school history. Only one team has defeated the Junior Blazers thus far in the tournament, that being second-seed Mapua High School. The next possible matchup between the two teams would be in the Finals. Meanwhile, upstart University of Perpetual Help completed a season sweep of traditional powerhouse San Beda High School, 71-67. Super scorer Emman Galman did his thing with 26 points to shoot the Junior Altas to a 9-9 standing. Shawn Orgo also added 10 markers and eight rebounds to help his team go 2-0 on the traditional powerhouse The Red Cubs, already locked into the third-seed, were paced by Penny Estacio with 14 points. They end the elims at 12-6 and now turn their attention to their modern-day rival Red Robins. In the day’s other game, Arellano High School rallied by San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 75-73. Graduating big man Aaron Fermin remained a force with a 15-point, 21-rebound double-double while fellow seniors Lars Sunga and Rom Junsay contributed 12 and 11 markers, respectively. Coming from as much as 13 points behind, they wrap up what was a disappointing season at 7-11. Their losses dropped the Staglets to 5-13 and the Squires to 4-14. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME ARELLANO 75 – Fermin 15, Recto 13, Sunga 12, Junsay 11, Fornis 9, Espiritu 5, Nepomuceno 3, Javier 3, Tolentino 2, Templonuevo 2, Liangco 0, Sahali 0, Cabili 0. SAN SEBASTIAN 73 – Janao 14, Gomez 14, Balo 11, Pinero 9, Dela Cruz 7, Loristo 6, Perez 4, Are 2, Cruz 2, Timbancaya 2, Cortes 2, Suico 0, Solatorio 0. QUARTER SCORES: 12-18, 30-38, 52-57, 75-73. SECOND GAME PERPETUAL 71 – Galman 26, Ogunsanya 12, Orgo 10, Kawamura 9, Romilla 8, Galoy 4, Duka 1, Nunez 1, Barcuma 0, Defante 0. SAN BEDA 67 – Estacio 14, Ynot 10, Oliva 7, Alcantara 7, Lazaro 5, Andrada 5, Talampas 4, Sanchez 4, Coyoca 4, Pelipel 3, Calibo 2, Valencia 2, Llarena 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-13, 36-31, 52-59, 71-67. THIRD GAME CSB-LSGH 65 — Morales 12, Cortez 8, Natividad 8, Valenzuela 7, Lepalam 6, Lao 5, Sangco 5, Calimag 5, Mosqueda 4, Palencia 3, Arciaga 2, Lopez 0 LETRAN 62 — Romenez 10, Argente 10, Saure 10, Umali 7, Guarino 5, Santiago 5, Lontok 4, Culanay 3, Omega 3, Tabajen 2, Tolentino 2, Caugiran 1, Cabal 0, Yanes 0 QUARTER SCORES: 11-12, 28-27, 42-51, 65-62 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

NCAA: St. Benilde scores, Mapua ends season on high note

College of St. Benilde banked on a big third quarter run to dump Jose Rizal University, 84-68, in theNCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blazers turned a three-point halftime lead into a commanding 67-46 buffer after they outscored the Heavy Bombers, 32-14, in the pivotal third period. Yankie Haruna and Unique Naboa fired eight points apiece in that key stretch for CSB, which improved to 9-8. In the second game, Mapua clobbered Arellano University, 91-78, to end its season on a winning note. Cedric Pelayo set a career-high 21 points while Noah Lugo also had 21 for the Cardinals (6-12). Haruna finished with 18 points and sev...Keep on reading: NCAA: St. Benilde scores, Mapua ends season on high note.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

NCAA: Atoy Co s stint with Mapua in jeopardy as contract expires

Mapua Cardinals head coach Atoy Co is really not sure whether he'll return to the team as his contract is set to expire in November. The 67-year old Co has coached his alma mater since taking over from Chito Victolero back in 2012 has compiled a 40-72 record, winning 36 percent of his outings. He has also led the Cardinals to two Final Four appearances in back-to-back seasons, in Season 91 and 92. This season, the Fortune Cookie steered Mapua to a respectable 6-12 slate, but is not enough for a post-season berth, finishing sixth out of ten teams in the standings.  "I really don't know yet. I'm (sic) expiring this November. I do not know yet. Actually, ayoko matapos sa ganito," Co said after the game.  He has seen players come and go, including two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme, who suddenly abandoned the team back in Season 93 and left the Cardinals reeling. "Malaking bagay pag nandun si Allwell, nakakakuha siya ng 20 points, 20 rebounds. Hindi rin nakakalusot yung kalaban. Sad to say na inalisan ako." As the Management Committe barred teams to get more foreign athletes, Co admits that he has one realization in six years with the team. "Sana pala kumuha na ko ng tatlo dati. Isa ako sa hindi pabor sa foreign players. Kailangan din ako ma-develop yung atin," he shared.   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

LSGH dominates this week s NBTC NCAA 24

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

NCAA: Also-rans San Sebastian, JRU triumph over respective foes

Eliminated San Sebastian scored a dominating win over Mapua, 86-64, in the battle of also-rans in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center. The Golden Stags chalked up their fifth win against 12 losses and tied the Cardinals, who also have a 5-12 record, at the seventh spot of the standings. RK Ilagan lit up for San Sebastian with 26 points and six rebounds while Michael Calisaan added 16 points and five boards. Warren Bonifacio led the Heavy Bombers with 14 points and 15 rebounds. In the other game, Jose Rizal University used a strong fourth quarter surge to cut down Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-78. The Heavy Bombers outscored th...Keep on reading: NCAA: Also-rans San Sebastian, JRU triumph over respective foes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018