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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

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

NCAA: Escamis, Red Robins exact revenge on Jr. Blazers

STANDINGS PERPETUAL 2-0 ARELLANO 1-0 LPU 2-1 JRU 1-1 LSGH 1-1 MAPUA 1-1 SAN SEBASTIAN 1-1 LETRAN 0-1 SAN BEDA 0-1 EAC 0-2 This early in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament, the finalists from a year ago have faced off. It was the same close contest for Mapua High School and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, but the result was definitely different. Clint Escamis did the heavy lifting while Dan Arches and Jonnel Policarpio provided the backup as the Red Robins avenged their Finals loss to the Junior Blazers with a convincing 95-81 victory on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Escamis, who fouled out in his first game in the season, bounced back big-time with 28 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. “Ginawa lang talaga namin yung gameplan namin. Nagbunga naman yung preparations namin so credit talaga sa mga bata,” head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game. The graduating guard also stepped up when it mattered most, dropping 10 of his output in the final frame. It was Escamis’ highlight layup and triple that capped off a massive 32-11 tidal wave bridging the third and fourth quarters that broke open a tied tally of 59 all and built up a 91-70 advantage in favor of Mapua. Arches and Policarpio did their part during that run and the former finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists while the latter ended with 15 markers and four boards to help the Red Robins get into the win column after experiencing an upset to start the season. Last year, CSB-LSGH bested Mapua in three games to capture its first-ever championship. Now, the Red Robins are nothing but determined to reclaim the crown they were wearing before last season. “Siyempre, may gigil, pero dapat composed. Siyempre, ‘di kami papayag na 0-2 kami,” Alcantara said. For the defending champions, Joshua David fronted the effort with 19 points and eight rebounds while Joel Cagulangan had 14 markers, seven assists, and six boards. They suffer their first setback after a tournament-opening win. Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University is now streaking after John Barba lifted them over Jose Rizal University, 88-87. Barba dropped 30 points, including the basket and bonus in the dying seconds that proved to be the difference for the Junior Pirates. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the Junior Pirates’ second straight win in three games. On the other hand, the Light Bombers lost for the first time in two games despite a career-best effort from John Amores who scored 32 points. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 95 – Escamis 28, Arches 16, Policarpio 15, Hernandez 11, Sarias 10, Mariano 10, Dennison 2, Diaz 2, Quimado 1, Smith 0 CSB-LSGH 81 – David 19, Cagulangan 14, Fornilos 14, Mosqueda 12, Calimag 10, Sangco 4, Morales 4, Cortez 2, Natividad 2, Lao 0, Valenzuela 0, Palencia 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-17, 49-39, 72-61, 95-81 SECOND GAME LPU 88 – Barba 30, Guadana 21, Tulabut 10, De Leon 6, Caringal 6, Jugar 5, Omandac 3, Ragasa 3, De Guia 2, Gudmalin 2, Pagdanganan 0, Nocal 0 JRU 87 – Amores 32, Portales 13, Delos Santos 11, Buno 10, Baluyot 9, Vasquez 5, Dionisio 4, Macatangay 3, Icban 0, Mendoza 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-24, 42-44, 65-60, 88-87 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News11 hr. 32 min. ago

NCAA: Blazers flex muscle in takedown of Cardinals

It took until its second game in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, but College of St. Benilde has lived up to all the preseason hype. Drawing contributions from up and down the roster, the Blazers grounded Mapua University, 90-79, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Yankie Haruna turned in his best game in recent memory with 19 points and four rebounds while first-year player Justin Gutang continued opening eyes with 17 points, 10 assists, and three rebounds. Haruna also had the steady hands in the endgame, scoring eight points in the 17-0 run that boosted CSB into evening its standing at 1-1. “All I know is that my role is to give energy to my team on both ends because, of course, we have to play with a lot of energy,” he told reporters post-game. The tally was tied at 71-all inside the seven minutes until Haruna and Gutang got together for the pivotal push. Their defense also held up its end, holding the Cardinals scoreless for five minutes. After an impressive preseason, the Blazers were tagged as the darkhorse of the tournament. However, they suffered a setback in their opener. This time around, they were able to put it all together. “I guess that was just first game jitters. Now, I’m happy with the win,” head coach TY Tang said. For now 1-1 Mapua, Justin Serrano and Noah Lugo paced them with 14 points apiece. BOX SCORES CSB 90 – Haruna 19, Gutang 17, Dixon 13, Leutcheu 8, Pasturan 8, Naboa 6, Domingo 6, Carlos 5, Young 5, Nayve 3, Barnes 0, Velasco 0 MAPUA 79 – Serrano 14, Lugo 14, Bunag 11, Pelayo 8, Bonifacio 8, Jabel 8, Victoria 6, Aguirre 6, Gamboa 3, Salenga 1, Biteng 0, Pajarillo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 15-15, 46-36, 61-59, 90-79 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News11 hr. 32 min. ago

Lions, Cardinals seek 2nd win, share of NCAA lead

Three-peat seeking San Beda and Mapua gun for their second straight victories and a share of the lead with idle Lyceum even as host Perpetual Help braces for a debuting Arellano U side in the 94th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Jaycee Marcelino nabs first NCAA 94 Player of the Week honors

Jaycee Marcelino would be the last person to go down without a fight. With EAC threatening for an upset against the powerhouse Lyceum squad, last season’s Rookie of the Year took it upon himself to avert a meltdown, going down to work in the fourth quarter as he racked 13 of his career-best 24 points in the Pirates’ 106-97 win over the Generals on Friday. “Ayaw ko matalo eh kaya pinag-pursigihan kong magtrabaho sa court para maibalik namin ang lamang namin at manalo kami,” he said, while also collecting eight rebounds, five steals, and two rebounds in the conquest. With those efforts, Marcelino has been cited as the first recipient of the Chooks-to-Go NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week this NCAA Season 94. Not only did the 20-year-old guard average 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.5 steals in the opening week, but he was also key in leading Lyceum to an unbeaten 2-0 record to gain early leadership this season. Marcelino was as stupendous back in opening weekend, unloading 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the Pirates’ 85-80 win against San Sebastian on Saturday as he perfectly complimented the 20-20 game of Cameroonian center Mike Nzeusseu. He bested fellow Pirate CJ Perez, Perpetual’s Edgar Charcos, Mapua’s Laurenz Victoria, San Beda’s Robert Bolick, and San Sebastian’s Michael Calisaan for the weekly plum awarded by scribes from print and online publications covering the beat. But despite the promising start he’s having, Marcelino knows better not to be satisfied as he expects another tough season ahead for Lyceum. “Yung mga ganitong laro, challenge ito sa amin para alam na namin ang dapat naming gawin pag ganito ulit ang nangyari,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

NCAA Juniors: Cagulangan leads Greenies to start title defense on right track

STANDINGS PERPETUAL 2-0 JRU 1-0 LSGH 1-0 SAN SEBASTIAN 1-1 LPU 1-1 ARELLANO 0-0 LETRAN 0-1 EAC 0-1 SAN BEDA 0-1 MAPUA 0-1   Defending champions CSB-La Salle Greenhills Greenies started their title defense on the right track as they defeated the San Sebastian Staglets, 93-80, Friday morning at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Floor general Joel Cagulangan paced the Greenies with  20 points on 58-percent shooting, including two three-pointers. He also dished out nine assists and stole the ball four times. Milo Janao meanwhile led the Staglets in scoring with 16 points for 0-1 San Sebastian.  After a close game in the first half, the Greenies pulled away in the third period after the NCAA Season 93 Juniors' Finals MVP and De La Salle recruit Cagulangan tallied 11 points in the third as his team l led, 71-56. They never looked back and led the rest of the way for their first win of the season. Meanwhile, the Lyceum Junior Pirates earned their first win in two tries as they stymied the EAC Brigadiers, 74-63.  The now 1-1 Jr. Pirates were paced by John Barba's 22 points and 11 rebounds. Marj de Leon meanwhile added 10. The Brigadiers, who lost their season opener, were led by CJ Boado's 16 points, while Adrian Balowa added 10.  It was all LPU most of the way as they led by as much by 18 points. The Perpetual Jr. Altas momentarily rose to the top of the standings as they scored  a wire-to-wire 73-57 victory against the Letran Squires. Perpetual, who improved to 2-0, led by as much as 18 points, and had three players in double-figures in scoring. Yukihiro Kawamura led the way with 18 points coming off the bench, while Mark Gallano and Ezdel Galoy added 14 and 12 markers, respectively. Ralph Yanes meanwhile paced the Squires with 11 points. Action resumes on Tuesday, July 17. BOX SCORES:  1st Game: CSB-LSGH (93) -- Cagulangan 20, Cortez 14, Sangco 13, Calimag 12, Fornilos 11, David 6, Mosqueda 4, Natividad 4, Palencia 4, Lopez 3, Valenzuela 2, Arciaga 0, Lao 0, Lepalam 0, Morales 0. SSC-R (80) -- Janao 16, Are 10, Dela Cruz 10, Baclaan 7, Balo 7, Loristo 6, Austria 6, Pinero 6, Bonalos 4, Timbancaya 4, Cortes 2, Suico 2, Perez 0, Solatorio 0. Quarter Scores: 25-24, 49-43, 71-56, 93-80. 2nd Game: LPU (74) --  Barba 22, De Leon 11, Guadana 9, Jugar 8, Ragasa 7, Gudmalin 5, Omandac 4, Tulabut 4, De Guia 2, Pagdanganan, 2, Caringal 0, Nocal 0, Santos 0. EAC (63) -- Boado 16, Balowa 10, Ilustrisimo 9, Murillo 6, Sumagaysay 6, Lozano 4, Sanosa 4, Encila 3, Papa 2, Rodrin 2, Quebral 1, Calara 0, Pascual 0, Rivera 0. Quarter Scores: 19-14, 41-27, 59-46, 74-63. 3rd Game: PERPETUAL (73)– Kawamura 18, Gallano 14, Galoy 12, Coloma 8, Lauchengco 5, Duka 4, Barcuma 3, Orgo 3, Dela Cruz 2, Nunez 2, Romilla 2, Agbayani 0, Defante 0, Galman 0. LETRAN (57) – Yanes 11, Romenez 9, Argente 7, Santiago 7, Umali 7, Saure 6, Tabajen 6, Tolentino 3, Tibayan 1, Cauguran 0, Culanay 0, Guarino 0, Lontok 0, Miranda 0, Omega 0. Quarter Scores: 21-11, 40-25, 58-40, 73-57.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Mapua dominates on JRU s homecourt in NCAA on Tour

Mapua University picked up its first win in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament after turning back Jose Rizal University, 72-60, at JRU gym on Thursday. JRU were closing in, 65-60,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Ex-high school aces power Cards vs Bombers

Former high school stars Warren Bonifacio and Eric Jabel marked their NCAA seniors debut in impressive fashion as they pooled 19 points to power Mapua past Jose Rizal U, 72-60, in the NCAA on Tour at the JRU gym in Mandaluyong City yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Cardinals hold off Heavy Bombers

  Mapua picked up its first win in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament, holding off a late charge by Jose Rizal University, 72-60, Thursday at JRU gym. Mapua used a seven-point spurt capped by free throws from Justin Serrano with 39.5 ticks to hand the Bombers their second loss in the tournament. Before the Cardinals' finishing kick, JRU had closed in, 65-60, after Jun Silvarez's jumper at the 4:06 mark of the final period. "What I like about this team is that everybody is ready to score," said Mapua coach Atoy Co. "Everybody has to step up because we have no go-to guy on our team this season." Mapua's bench clobbered JRU's bench, 41-25, and was able to...Keep on reading: Cardinals hold off Heavy Bombers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Cardinals in winning start vs Bombers

MAPUA turned to its youth movement to beat Jose Rizal University, 72-60, for a winning start in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last night at the newly-refurbished JRU Gym in Mandaluyong. Rookies Warren Bonifacio and Eric Jabel made an early impression to help the Cardinals prevail in their season-opener. Bonifacio….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Retooled Mapua denies JRU home win

  MANILA, Philippines – Mapua opened its NCAA Season 94 campaign with a victory over Jose Rizal University, 72-60, right in the Heavy Bombers' homecourt at the JRU Gym in Mandaluyong, Thursday, July 12. Stalwart guard Laurenz Victoria led a great team effort from the Cardinals, dropping a team-high 11 points on top of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

NCAA: Coach Vergel says JRU should learn a thing or two from Mapua

Jose Rizal University was silenced as it hosted Mapua University on Thursday. Lacking fire from start to finish, the Heavy Bombers were grounded by the Cardinals, 60-72. For head coach Vergel Meneses, though, that is no longer a surprise. “Actually, ine-expect ko na yan e. We’re a new team, we’re rebuilding,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Ang laging sinasabi ko lang sa kanila, mag-hustle lang kayo.” That hustle was lacking for the home team, however, as they were outrebounded, 44-54, and were unable to take advantage of their opponents’ turnovers. To atone for that, Meneses said his boys need not look far. As he put it, “Yung Mapua, hindi naman parang Lyceum o San Beda, pero they keep on working hard. Ang puhunan nila, effort lang.” Indeed, the Cardinals were quicker to the ball and were more determined in every possession. For JRU to do that, their mentor said it has to start with their team captain. And as a challenge to Jed Mendoza, Meneses said, “Siguro, baka hindi pa niya kayang i-handle yung pressure. ‘Di naman ako nagkukulang ng sabi sa kanya na hindi porke you’re the leader, you will not pass the ball.” He then continued, “I hope after this na talo namin, kailangan ma-realize niya yun.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Comm. Silver, NBPA say competitive imbalance not a problem

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com LAS VEGAS -- First came the backlash. Next, backlash to the backlash. By Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), much of the whipsawing over competitive balance -- or more accurately, imbalance -- as an NBA problem rising to the level of crisis had calmed down. Yet powerful voices from the league’s summer nerve center could not dismiss it entirely as an issue meriting closer inspection. “I'm not here to say we have a problem,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday after the Board of Governors meeting. “And I love where the league is right now. [But] I think we can create a better system.” Neither Silver nor Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, sounded an alarm in their separate news conferences about what many see as a widening gap between the league’s haves and have-nots. Roberts, in fact, seemed to feel that all is well and that talent inequality is in the eye of the beholder. “Competitive balance, it almost depends on what your favorite team is,” said Roberts, who was rehired as head of the players union in another four-year contract announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “I don’t hear anybody in the Bay Area worrying about competitive balance. I also don’t hear the people in Philadelphia worrying about competitive balance, or Houston. “We’ve got great teams. And it’s never been the case, as far as I’m concerned, where I was not able most of the time to predict what teams were going to be in the Finals.” The topic came up in precisely that context before the Finals last month when Silver was asked about Golden State and Cleveland meeting in the championship series for the fourth consecutive year, a first in any of the major professional sports leagues. It reared its head again this month soon after free agency opened on July 1, with events conspiring to make insiders wonder about a growing disparity among teams. LeBron James’ signing with the Los Angeles Lakers was the biggest move in what appeared to be a continuing shift of strength into the league’s Western Conference. That was followed by the news that DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans’ All-Star center, had joined the champion Warriors. That signing sparked the initial backlash, a rich-getting-richer cry that pointed not to Cousins’ one-year deal for $5.3 million in 2018-19 salary but the fact that the Warriors will spend in excess of $20 million for it when luxury taxes are counted. Golden State had the NBA’s fattest payroll in 2017-18 of $137.5 million, despite a $99 million salary cap, thanks to various exceptions in the prevailing “soft cap” system. “I don't necessarily think it's per se bad that the Warriors are so dominant,” Silver told reporters, not long after discussing the “competitive landscape” with the owners. “As I've said before, we're not trying to create some sort of forced parity. What we really focus on is parity of opportunity. And a fair point could be made in the tax system, when certain teams are spending significantly more than others, that that's not parity of opportunity.” The counter-backlash came from folks who rushed to the Warriors’ and Cousins’ defense, correctly noting that neither did anything wrong, conducting their business within the rules as specified by the collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the players. That CBA is the object of endless study and imagined revision, with amendments possible if negotiated prior to the end of the current deal after the 2023-24 season. Shooting for a “hard cap” likely would be a tough sell to players accustomed to the freedom of movement they currently enjoy. “It's not necessarily [Roberts’] issue,” Silver said in response to the union director’s characterization. “I think it's on me and our Labor Relations Committee, ultimately, to sit with the players and their committee and convince them that there may be a better way of doing things.” Silver mentioned Charlotte owner and legendary NBA superstar Michael Jordan, chairman of that Labor Relations Committee, as a valuable resource in addressing owners’ and players’ competition concerns. Both sides have valid arguments. Interest in the NBA never has been higher by almost any metric chosen, from selected TV ratings and licensing revenues to the game’s growth globally. Attendance at the MGM Resorts Las Vegas Summer League keeps pushing higher, with fans eager to see top rookies, second-year players and relative free-agent unknowns chasing their pro hoops’ dreams. The valuations of the 30 NBA franchises, of course, all have soared beyond $1 billion, according to Forbes.com, with the Knicks, the Lakers and the Warriors all estimated to be worth more than $3 billion. Longtime NBA observers such as TNT’s David Aldridge wrote a column this week that argued on behalf of dominant teams, anyway, saying that they actually drive rather than depress fan interest. As for any inability to win games or titles, he laid the blame for that on poor franchise management. The Knicks and the Clippers have all sorts of big-market advantages but haven’t won any championships lately (or at all in the Clippers' case). For Roberts, whose players reap 51 percent of NBA basketball-related income that tops $7 billion annually, business is good, period. “I’m excited about this new season,” she said Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “This free agency, there’s been a lot to write about so we’re all, I think, looking forward to what’s going to happen come October. “To the extent that people are predicting the end of the game, I just don’t think so. I would be surprised if Adam called me to say, ‘What the hell are we going to do?’ I think he’s as happy as I am. ... I think we’re in good shape.” Critics note Golden State’s on-court dominance in winning the last two championships. It only took nine NBA Finals games --one over the minimum -- while facing arguably the league’s best player in LeBron James. But those same critics seem to foget that the Warriors were pushed to the full seven games in the conference finals, and actually faced elimination twice before beating the Rockets. “I recognize what Michele's saying,” Silver said. “But at the same time, if you talk to players in the league, and I've talked to plenty of individual players as well, they want to be in the most competitive league possible too.” For every player on the Warriors' roster -- or the Rockets, the Thunder, the Celtics or the Sixers -- there are five or six on teams that realistically have no chance of chasing a ring or the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Cleveland went to four straight Finals thanks to James; no one envisions the Cavaliers getting back any time soon. “Maybe there are some players who think they’re on a second-class team,” said Sacramento wing Garrett Temple, one of the NBPA vice presidents. “But most players I’ve played with or been around, their thought process is, ‘We’re gonna get our team to become one of those first-class teams.’ It’s more of a challenge. More so than, ‘We need them to disband so we can make everybody equal.’ Because we’re competitors.” That really is the crux of the issue. Silver and some franchises want most of the competition to come on the floor, in games, in full view of fans who believe their teams can sufficiently compete. The league’s current title contenders are fine with a system that allows them to compete all the way to the top, with an owner stroking gargantuan checks to crowd out rivals. “Let me make clear that under the current system we want teams to compete like crazy,” Silver said. “So I think the Warriors within the framework of this deal should be doing everything they can to increase their dominance. That's what you want to see in a league. “You want teams to compete in every way they can within the rules.” Silver addressed a variety of topics that were came from the BOG agenda, including: -- Change is coming on multiple fronts, most notably in the league’s age limit. That seems likely to be re-set back to 18 years old from 19, permitting players to enter the league from high school. It’s a move that the NBA should be better equipped to handle with a near 30-for-30 farm-system affiliation with its G League. It also fits with the findings of an NCAA task force that cites dissatisfaction with “one-and-done” college players. Said Silver: “My personal view is that we’re ready to make that change.” -- The start of free agency, annually triggered at midnight ET on July 1 (12:00pm, July 1, PHL time), will be moved to a daytime or prime time opening bell. It’s one of those traditions that no one thought to change, Silver said. -- The league’s investigation into the Dallas Mavericks’ sexual harassment issues should be completed by the end of the month. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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 NewsJul 12th, 2018

Bombers, Cards clash in NCAA on Tour

Jose Rizal U hopes to cash in on the proverbial home-court edge as it hosts Mapua in the NCAA on Tour today at the JRU gym in Mandaluyong......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

NCAA Jrs: Perps downs San Beda for first time in recent memory

STANDINGS Perpetual 1-0 San Sebastian 1-0 Arellano 0-0 EAC 0-0 JRU 0-0 Letran 0-0 LPU 0-1 LSGH 0-0 Mapua 0-0 San Beda 0-1 University of Perpetual Help accomplished what its seniors counterparts failed to do as it shocked San Beda High School, 72-69, on Sunday at the start of the 94th NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Mark Gallano and Edzel Galoy led the Junior Altas with 16 points apiece and it was the two who made the game-winning plays with the former assisting to the latter in scoring the baskets that broke a 69-all deadlock. Yukihiro Kawamura then split his free throws right after the Red Cubs bungled their last play to seal the deal. “The boys showed heart,” said Perpetual coach Michael Saguiguit in Filipino. It was the Junior Altas' first victory against San Beda in recent memory. Ato Badolato, who coached the Red Cubs for decades but has retired and has turned as athletic director, said he can’t remember the last time San Beda lost to Perpetual. “I can’t remember anymore, maybe in the early 90s,” he said. The Junior Altas also avenged the Altas’ heartbreaking 65-67 defeat to the Red Lions in the league inaugurals last Saturday. In the other game, San Sebastian College-Recoletos edged out Lyceum of the Philippines University, 69-68, to join Perpetual at the helm. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME PERPETUAL 72- Gallano 16, Galoy 16, Kawamura 15, Orgo 11, Barcuma 6, Duka 3, Nunez 3, Coloma 2, Defante 0, dela Cruz 0, Lauchengco 0, Romilla 0 SAN BEDA 69- Estacio 20, Alcantara 12, Pelipel 9, Coyoca 7, Sanchez 7, Ynot 5, Talampas 5, Valencia 4, Compolente 0, Llarena 0, Oliva 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-18; 34-33; 59-48; 72-69 SECOND GAME SAN SEBASTIAN 69- Janao 22, Balo 12, Baclaan 10, Perez 8, dela Cruz 8, Are 4, Timbancaya 3, Solatorio 2, Bonalos 0, Cortes 0, Suico 0, Austria 0 LPU 68- Barba 27, de Leon 14, Jugar 11, Gudmalin 7, Tulabut 4, de Guia 3, Omandac 2, Caringal 0, Dejelo 0, Nocal 0, Pagdanganan 0, Santos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 11-17; 34-42; 53-57; 69-68.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Red-hot Escamis carries Robins over Cubs, onto Filoil title

With the graduation of Will Gozum, Mike Enriquez, and Warren Bonifacio, Clint Escamis is now the main man for Mapua High School. The third-year player proved that much on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, tallying a game-high 30 points to tow the Red Robins right through rival San Beda High School, 78-72. With his team down by one inside the last two minutes, Escamis scored half in the 8-1 finishing kick that pushed Mapua onto the mountaintop of the 2018 Filoil Flying V Centre. It’s that kind of leadership that the 5-foot-11 swingman wants to bring into the looming NCAA 94. “Malaking responsibility to step up ngayong wala na sina Will at Mike at yung iba pa, pero malaking opportunity rin siya,” Escamis, who was also rightfully recognized as Tournament MVP, told reporters post-game. It was definitely not a one-man show for the Red Robins, though, as three of their big men posted double-doubles. Paolo Hernandez had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Joinel Policarpop had 12 points and 10 rebounds of his own, and Grant Dennison had 11 points and 10 rebounds. With that, the 2017 champions of the NCAA Juniors got for themselves a big boost in confidence. “Malaking bagay ‘to para sa amin to prove we can compete in the NCAA,” assistant coach Ian Racela said. The Red Cubs won’t have to wait long for the chance to get back at their rivals as the NCAA 94 tips off a week from now. Jade Talampas showed the way for them in this one with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double while Justine Sanches had his own 16 markers and 19 boards. In the battle for third, Nazareth School of National University got the better of Far Eastern University-Diliman, 97-90. Bacolod recruit Harold Alarcon broke out with 23 points while Reyland Torres and Kevin Quiambao chipped in 15 and 14 markers, respectively. For the Baby Tamaraws, RJ Abarrientos topped the scoring column with 24 points. BOX SCORES FINALS MAPUA 78 — Escamis 30, Hernandez 12, Policarpio 12, Dennison 11, Sarias 6, Mariano 4, Arches 3, Chaves 0, Diaz 0, Lazarte 0, Samonteza 0, Smith 0, Tagal 0. SAN BEDA 72 — Talampas 20, Sanchez 16, Amsali 13, Oliva 7, Valencia 3, Pelipel 3, Calaguin 2, Llarena 2, Ynot 2, Alcantara 0. QUARTER SCORES: 13-18, 35-37, 53-52, 78-72. BATTLE FOR THIRD NU 97 – Alarcon 23, Torres 15, Quiambao 14, Dayrit 12, Abiera 8, Gonzales 6, Enriquez 5, Vinoya 5, Mailim 4, Songcuya 2, Felicilda 2, Buensalida 1, Lantaya 0. FEU 90 – Abarrientos 24, Alforque 21, Ona 13, Anonuevo 9, Torres 6, Armendez 5, San Pablo 3, Bradley 3, Libago 2, Barasi 2, Tolentino 2, Hontiveros 0, Mantua 0. QUARTER SCORES: 17-26, 46-47, 79-64, 97-90. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

JRU’s coach Vergel admits: ‘Now, we’re rebuilding’

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 11-8 overall, third-seed after eliminations, lost in stepladder playoffs to San Sebastian YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: MJ Dela Virgen, Darius Estrella, Jed Mendoza WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Ry Dela Rosa, Andrei Dulalia, Agem Miranda GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Abdul Wahab Abdul Razak, Ervin Grospe, Gio Lasquety, Abdel Poutouochi, Teytey Teodoro WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM JRU? Truth be told, nobody knows anything at all about JRU. “Now, we’re rebuilding. Parang ang naiwan sa aking players, aapat lang from past season. I’m not expecting too much kasi bago nga yung team namin.” – head coach Vergel Meneses Longtime veterans Ervin Grospe and Gio Lasquety have graduated and NCAA 94 was supposed to be the Teytey Teodoro show. Only, Teodoro departed from Shaw Boulevard due to circumstances yet to be disclosed. Now, Jed Mendoza is the only known commodity for head coach Vergel Meneses and it’s high time for him to take the next step into becoming a go-to-guy. “Ang sabi ko sa kanya, let your teammates get involved. I’m not asking you to shoot every time or score 30 points. You need your teammates para ma-open yung floor for you.” – head coach Vergel Meneses But fear not, Heavy Bombers faithful, a ray hope may very well be found in Darius Estrella, a former NCAA Juniors MVP who was having flashes of brilliance before tearing his ACL a year ago. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM JRU? Clearly, JRU’s one and only answer to this question is Mendoza who won the Most Improved Player last year and only looks to improve even more. Much also rests on the shoulders of Estrella who has no time to waste in getting back to his old self. Coach Vergel also has promising pieces coming in in the form of former University of the East do-it-all player Agem Miranda and double-double machine Andrei Dulalia as well as ex-San Beda HS’ solid contributor Ry Dela Rosa. For the first time in years, the Heavy Bombers won’t have a foreign student-athlete so expect the locals to go all-out and all-heart. “Ang sinasabi ko sa mga players ko, just keep working hard, just keep fighting. I’m not asking you for a win, na every game, kailangan tayong manalo. Ang hinahanap ko lang sa kanila at magtatrabaho sila every game.” – head coach Vergel Meneses WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR JRU? Coach Vergel Meneses is the longest-tenured head coach in the NCAA and he has made the Final Four in all but three of his eight years on the coaching chair. “We’ll be there every game, fighting. Yun lang ang masasabi ko. Sa nakikita ko, yung puso ng mga bata compared to last time, maganda.” – head coach Vergel Meneses If, somehow, some way, he gets the Heavy Bombers to the playoffs once more, could anybody even question his coaching credentials? WHERE WOULD JRU BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 94? Unfortunately, as much as everybody loves them some Vergel Meneses, he and his boys would be watching the Final Four at home or at school. As always, JRU could pull off upsets, but those would be few and far between. WHEN IS JRU’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 94? JRU’s first game in the season is a home game in their Shaw Boulevard campus. Visiting them there on July 12 will be Mapua. As always, all of the #GalingNCAA will be on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Whatever happened to two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme?

Alwell Oraeme, without a doubt, dominated in his two years in the NCAA. Averaging 16.3 points, 20.3 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks in Season 91 and 15.8 markers, 19.8 boards, and 2.3 rejections in Season 92, Mapua University’s Nigerian powerhouse was the hands-down MVP in back-to-back years. Early last year, however, Oraeme had a falling out of sorts with Cardinals mentor Atoy Co. “Wala nang Oraeme (sa Mapua),” Co said last April 2017. Since then, the 6-foot-8 center’s whereabouts have been a mystery. Now, however, it looks like somebody finally has an answer to the question, “Where is Allwell Oraeme?” And, ironically, it’s coach Atoy himself who has the answer. “I heard he’s in Florida now,” he told reporters in their visit to their campus in Intramuros on Thursday. According to the always amiable mentor, Oraeme had been sending out feelers that he is hoping to return. As he put it, “Meron siyang mga pasabi, hindi sa akin, pero nakakarating sa akin, na may kinakausap siyang tao rito na gusto niyang bumalik.” For Co, that would be a welcome development for a Mapua side hoping for a return to relevance in the looming NCAA Season 94. “Kung gusto niyang bumalik, wala namang problema. Alam ko namang kailangan ko siya sa team,” he remarked. However, another misunderstanding has emerged in the relationship of coach Atoy and Allwell. “Gusto niya na bayaran namin yung airfare. Sa akin, wala namang problema yun kasi magkano lang ba airfare,” the former shared. He then continued, “Kaya nga lang, kung willing ka talagang bumalik, bumili ka ng sarili mong airfare para ipakita mo na in good (faith) na willing kang bumalik.” In the end, Co said that Oraeme has yet again proven that he does not value their relationship. “Ang gulo niyang kausap. Una sa lahat, hindi makatotohanan yung sinabi niya sa amin. Sabi niya, magpapahinga raw, pero yun pala, may balak siyang iba,” he said. Finally, the Cardinals mentor revealed the real reason for the departure of the two-time NCAA MVP. “In January (2017), he begged off, nakikiusap kung pwede siya mag-rest to heal yung injury sa legs niya. I said we’ll see and kung talagang ‘di ka makaka-recover, I will let you rest,” he said. He then continued, “Pero hindi pala yun ang katotohanan. Meron siyang girlfriend na nabuntis niya. Tamang-tama, yung girlfriend, American citizen na nagwo-work sa US Embassy and that’s why he was able to get a US visa.” If Mapua head coach Atoy Co is to be believed, Allwell Oraeme is in Florida. Until Allwell Oraeme himself comes out of hiding, though, nobody could be certain about that. What’s sure is that Mapua looks like the last of places the Nigerian powerhouse would be in – if ever he surfaces in the Philippines. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

RJ Abarrientos u-turns from plan to play one year in NCAA Jrs.

RJ Abarrientos will remain in Far Eastern University – whether or not he makes it into the Seniors Team A for UAAP Season 81. “Wala naman pong problema sa akin kung mag-Team B muna ako. Napag-usapan din naman kasi namin ni tito na dapat tapusin ko yung paglalaro ko rito sa FEU,” the nephew of Philippine basketball legend and Tamaraw pride Johnny Abarrientos shared. In the last three years, RJ has been starring for the Baby Tamaraws in the UAAP Juniors. Last season, he averaged 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists to help his team make the playoffs before they fell to University of Sto. Tomas in the stepladder. He committed to FEU Seniors early this year, but with a glut of guards already entrenched in Morayta such as speedster Jasper Parker, scorer Wendell Comboy, heady Axel Inigo, versatile RJ Ramirez, and prized recruit L-Jay Gonzales, his place in Team A for the upcoming collegiate wars was yet to be made certain. That is why the now 18-year-old, already over the UAAP Juniors’ age limit, was mulling a short stint in the NCAA Juniors. There, he would have been able to play one more season as the league’s age limit is 19. As reported by Reuben Terrado of spin.ph, Abarrientos had an offer to suit up for powerhouse Mapua High School. As it turns out, though, defending champion and rising power College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills was also in play for his services. However, after much thought, the 5-foot-11 guard has decided to stay put in FEU. “Blessed naman ako kasi maganda na yung nasimulan ko as a Tamaraw. Ito na yung inspirasyon ko going to college,” he said. And whatever happens, he will wear no color other than green and yellow. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018