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NU Bulldogs unleash late rally in FilOil, eliminate Gilas from contention

MANILA, Philippines – New game, same old story. The National University (NU) Bulldogs stole a win from the Gilas Pilipinas 2023 cadets, 86-81, eliminating them from contention in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup in San Juan, Tuesday, May 15. After giving up a 14-2 run, 72-77, on the heels of a ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMay 15th, 2018

NU kicks Gilas cadets out of playoff race in Filoil

National University eliminated Gilas Pilipinas from playoff contention with an 86-81 escape in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. John Lloyd Clemente unleashed 23 points, including the dagger basket that gave the Bulldogs an 85-79 cushion with 12.9 seconds left. Clemente also finished with seven rebounds and three assists. Clemente also got ample support with rookie John Galinato adding 20 points and three assists, while Enzo Joson tallying 14 points, seven assists, and four boards. Shaun Ildefonso also contributed 13 points and five rebounds to help NU improve to 2-3 in Group A. "We're maturing right n...Keep on reading: NU kicks Gilas cadets out of playoff race in Filoil.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Gilas cadets crash anew in FilOil Cup, give up late rally to UP Maroons

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons kept rolling in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup, dropping the reeling Gilas Pilipinas 2023 cadets, 78-72, in San Juan, Tuesday, May 8. Although the collegiate all-star squad entered the 4th quarter up 5, 58-53, the gutsy Maroons rode the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

San Beda dismantles Gilas Cadets in 21-point blowout

San Beda University ripped apart a disorganized Gilas Cadets side with a punishing 91-70 blowout win Sunday to bounce back from a previous setback in Group A of the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Red Lions bared their teeth right from the get-go to bury the Asian Games-bound national team early and cruised to their second win in three outings. “My boys played today. I challenged them today that the character of the team will be tested, on how we will comeback after that loss against Ateneo,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose wards played their last game before flying to Miami, Florida next week for their US training. James Canlas led the Red Lions, who will back in the tournament on June 1 against University of the Philippines, with 16 points while Jeramer Cabanag had 15. Donald Tankoua finished with a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds while Javee Mocon had eight markers and 10 boards for San Beda.          The Red Lions ballooned their lead to 78-47 off a fastbreak layup from Calvin Oftana with 6:28 left in the game. Gilas tried to mount a rally that came a little too late, bringing their deficit down to 80-62 with 4:01 left off a Ricci Rivero slam dunk. But San Beda answered with a couple of baskets to quell the run and walk away with a morale-boosting win. National University Bullpup Carl Tamayo spearheaded the Gilas Cadets with 13 points while Kobe Paras and JJ Alejandro chipped in with 11 markers each.   Box scores: San Beda (91) – Canlas 16, Cabanag 15, Tankoua 13, Mocon 8, Soberano 8, Oftana 7, Carino 5, Tongco 5, Presbitero 4, Eugene 4, Abuda 2, Cuntapay 2, Mocon Ju 2, Bahio 0, Burri 0, Abadeza 0. Gilas  (70) – Tamayo 13, Paras 11, Alejandro 11, Rivero Ri 9, Tolentino Ar 7, Ambohot 7, Tuffin 4, Gozum 4, Tratter 2, Desiderio 2, Gomez de Liano Ju 0, Rivero Pr 0, Tolentino Vi 0.   Quarter scores: 20-15; 45-30; 67-43; 91-70.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Cocolife, Foton book last semis seats

Cocolife weathered a furious late rally by an undermanned Cignal squad to eke out a 25-22, 25-21, 28-26 victory in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Serbian imports Marta Drpa and Sara Klisura were impressive while Erika Alkuino delivered the match-clinching block that sent the Asset Managers to the semifinals. Cocolife will face Petron in the best-of-three semifinal battle next week. Meanwhile, Channon Thompson made her presence felt as she towed Foton to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Sta. Lucia Realty to grab the last remaining semifinal seat in the second game. Thompson, who starred for Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team in various international tournaments, tallied 24 of the Tornadoes’ 46 total attacks to finish with 26 points in a furious battle that lasted for 80 minutes. Dindin Manabat chipped in 11 hits while Elizabeth Wendel and CJ Rosario combined for 14 markers for Foton, which will face reigning champion F2 Logistics in the best-of-three semifinals. “I told the team that we should want it more than them,” said Foton coach Rommel Abella, who paraded two new players in Diana Carlos and Isa Molde. “I commend the ladies for following our game plan. They showed that they are hungrier than Sta. Lucia.” Ukrainian Bohdana Anisova drilled 11 kills and two blocks for 14 points while MJ Philips had eight for the Lady Realtors, who bombed out of contention after making a strong run in the latter stretch of the tourney. Coming in as a replacement for American Taylor Milton, Drpa delivered 11 digs and four of the Asset Managers’ eight total blocks on top of 15 kills to finish with game-high 19 points. Klisura, on the other hand, chipped in 14 kills and two aces for 16 points while providing the defensive muscle down the stretch together with Alkuino, who came up with a booming block off Rachel Anne Daquis that sealed the victory for the Asset Managers. It was such a sorry loss for the HD Spikers, who marched into the battle without injured import Sonja Milanovic and head coach Edgar Barroga, who is calling the shots for the National University boys’ volleyball squad in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa in Vigan City. They also lost spiker Janine Navarro midway through the third set due to injury. Jeane Horton tallied 17 points while Daquis chipped in 12 markers for Cignal, who still managed to come up with a very good fight despite opening its campaign without a handful of players like Jovelyn Gonzaga and Janine Marciano, who crashed with a knee injury last year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Bulldogs maturing under Jarin s watch

Head coach Jamike Jarin said that National University's (NU) 86-81 stunner over Gilas Pilipinas Cadets in the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday night at the FilOil Flying V Center.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Struggling Bulldogs, Gilas cadets clash; Tams, Blazers stake spotless records

It will be the turn of National University to test the mettle of the Gilas Cadets in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Bulldogs of coach Jamike Jarin sport.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

NU seeks to build momentum, tests reeling Gilas cadets

The Gilas cadets and the young, talented and hungry National University Bulldogs are coming your way in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Tamaraws remain unbeaten; Bulldogs finally score

Far Eastern University won a third straight game in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday after surviving Jose Rizal University's late charge, 87-85, even as National University finally.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Perasol always ready to lend UP stars Desiderio, Gomez de Liaño to Gilas

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons just won their first game in 4 tries at the expense of the National University (NU) Bulldogs, 73-57, last Friday, May 4, at the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup in San Juan. Team captain and Gilas Pilipinas cadet Paul ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Filoil Pre-season Cup: Ateneo holds off San Beda in battle of collegiate champs

UAAP champion Ateneo Blue Eagles survived a late run by NCAA titleholders San Beda Red Lions, 69-68 to remain unscathed in the 12th Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.  The Blue Eagles were up five points with 15.8 ticks remaining, 69-64, before AC Soberano launched and swished a corner triple which cut the lead to two, 67-69. Ateneo then turned the ball over, as San Beda fed the rock in the hands of their shooter Soberano, drove to the basket and got fouled inside with 10.2 left. However, Soberano missed the game-tying free throw, but the boys fro  Mendiola were able to get the ball back. Red Lion James Canlas got trapped in the corner, but passed it to the open Jayvee Mocon for the one-handed push shot, but missed it.  NCAA Season 93 Finals MVP Donald Tankoua got the rebound, but was not able to hit inside as Ateneo earns their second win in as many tries. San Beda meanwhile fell to an even 1-1 slate.  Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin clearly was not satisfied with the UAAP champion's effort, as they were sloppy throughout the contest, turning the ball over 20 times. "Well, it's only two games in but I'm kind of disappointed. Again, we are not worried about wins but our composure was poor. I think we reacted too slowly. San Beda was prepared for us and I understand that because their season is about to begin," the former Gilas Pilipinas head coach said after the game. Baldwin also ripped through his team's lackadaisical approach in the first quarter, ending up tied with their opponents at 11-apiece at the conclusion of the first ten minutes. "We played selfish in the first quarter. I think we were affected by the TV cameras. Cameras are good but we didn't do well. I'm very disappointed right now." Isaac Go was the highest scorer for Ateneo with 14 points, while new import Angelo Kouame tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds. Thirdy Ravena meanwhile recorded nine markers and 10 caroms.  Mocon led San Beda's offense with 17 points, and six rebounds, while Tankoua added 13 markers and 13 boards.  In the first game of the day, the LPU Pirates notched their first win in Group B, as they thrashed the JRU Heavy Bombers, 90-69. Four Pirates finished in double-figures, with Casper Pericas leading the way with 16 markers. Yancy Remulla tallied 15. Jarvy Ramos paced the Heavy Bombers with 12 points. In the second game, Arellano, also of Group B, got their first win at the expense of the San Sebastian Stags, 68-61.  Michael Canete scored 12 points in 31 minutes of action, while Levi Dela Cruz added 9 markers. Arjan Dela Cruz topscored for the Stags with 17 points.   THE SCORES: 1st Game: LPU (90) -- Pericas 16, Remulla 15, Pretta 11, Guinto 11, Mahinay 8, Liwag 8, Ibanes 7, Garing 6, Salo 6, Barbero 3. JRU (69) -- Ramos 12, Mendoza 9, Steinl 9, Estrella 7, Dela Virgen 7, Silvarez 6, Dulalia 6, De Guzman 5, Bordon 3, Butcon 3, Dela Rosa 2, Serafica 0, Ocay 0, Yu, 0. 2nd Game: AU (68) -- Canete 12, Dela Cruz 9, Concepcion 9, Dela Tore 8, Meca 6, Villoria 4, Alcoriza 4, Alban 3, Dumagan 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Cahigas 2, Codinera 1, Abanes 0, Sacramento 0, Chavez 0, Taywan 0, Camacho 0. SSC-R (61) -- Dela Cruz 17, Mercado 10, Sumoda 8, Villapando 7, Calma 6, Baytan 5, Cossari 3, Valdez 2, Baetiong 1, Calahat 0, Isidro 0, Risma 0, Abella 0. 3rd Game: ADMU 69 - Go 14, Kouame 12, Ravena 9, Nieto Mi. 8, Nieto Ma. 7, Navarro 6, Credo 6, Asistio 3, Mamuyac 32, Maagdenberg 2, Belangal 0, Mallillin 0. SBU 68 - Mocon Ja. 17, Tankoua 13, Soberano 7, Doliguez 6, Nelle 4, Oftana 4, Toba 4, Cuntapay 4, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Canlas 2, Tongco 0, Abadeza 0, Cabanag 0, Mocon Ju. 0. --   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Cocolife downs Cignal, sets semifinal showdown vs Petron

MANILA, Philippines - Cocolife weathered a furious late rally by an undermanned Cignal squad to eke out a 25-22, 25-21, 28-26 victory in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Tuesday, April 17, at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Serbian ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: FIVE FOR (FINAL FOUR) FIGHTING

A couple more games in and the elimination round will soon come to a close. Even up to this point, the women’s volleyball tournament of UAAP Season 80 continues to prove to be the most unpredictable year in recent UAAP history. While the top two seeds, the DLSU Lady Spikers and the Ateneo Lady Eagles have already secured spots in the Final Four, it’s still an on-going Battle Royale for the remaining two spots among teams gunning for a chance at either redemption or ascendancy.  With the FEU Lady Tamaraws, NU Lady Bulldogs, Adamson Lady Falcons, UP Lady Maroons, and the UST Golden Tigresses still slugging it out to prove their worth, the last few games of the eliminations couldn’t be more exciting and interesting at the same time. FEU Lady Tamaraws (7 – 4) Numerically speaking, the Lady Tamaraws have the best chances of booking the 3rd spot based on their team’s performance in the different skill departments. Despite being 7th overall in spiking, the Lady Tamaraws have shown consistency in the more crucial departments such as serve (2nd), receive (4th), and setting (3rd). At a relatively more comfortable standing of 7 – 4, FEU just needs one win to seal their Final Four spot or 2 to guarantee at least a 3rd rank finish. In their upcoming game against their 1st round tormentors, the Adamson Lady Falcons, the Lady Tamaraws’ services would definitely be challenged by the resurgent passing and commendable first point conversion of the Lady Falcons. Likewise, FEU would be expected to capitalize on the relatively less aggressive serving of Adamson to run their bread and butter combination plays. A revenge win against Adamson, avoiding an upset against a confident UE Lady Warriors squad and a repeat over skidding NU will enable the Lady Tamaraws to bag the best possible ranking at the end of eliminations. NU Lady Bulldogs (6 – 6) Despite the downward spiral that the Lady Bulldogs have found themselves in this second round, their stellar performance during the first round could still be enough of a cushion for them to keep their Final Four dreams alive. In their recent matchup with the Lady Maroons, Queen Bulldog Jaja Santiago was being maximized with her relatively more unstoppable attack from the right wing and back row. At times that the team was able to go for a high enough dig or pass, despite the location quality, a safety set to Santiago proved to be much needed relief. However, despite this dominance by Santiago, the team still sorely lacks output from the left wing as a much needed support. Had the left wing been more successful in attempt-to-point ratio, the match would have had a different tone. But moving forward, now that the team has had some positional adjustments that ensures libero Gayle Valdez’s stint is fully utilized, a few adjustments in passing formation is needed to ensure that Valdez has the best coverage. With the current struggles in their floor defense, the Lady Bulldogs will benefit more with slowing the rally down will high first balls regardless if on a perfect location just so setter Jasmine Nabor can better shoot to the wings. Adamson Lady Falcons (5 – 6) With a recent commanding win against the NU Lady Bulldogs and an almost statement win versus the Ateneo Lady Eagles, the Adamson Lady Falcons have found a much needed momentum boost amidst a slow second round start. In recent games, the Lady Falcons have seen a resurgence in their receiving prowess which has enabled them to beat powerhouses like DLSU and FEU in the first round. In their recent outings, the Lady Falcons have shown that they have superior side-out game as they have relatively higher first point conversion coming from a serve but have had some struggles in earning points off the transition. In addition, perhaps the most significant limiting factor for Adamson is their serving, which is notably the least aggressive in the league. Though successful in their first encounters against DLSU and FEU, the Lady Falcons’ upcoming rematch against these two teams would be their toughest challenge yet as they would heavily rely in their steady passing against the top two serving teams. To increase their chances of a first round repeat against these two teams, serving adjustments should also be made to ensure that they can limit the DLSU’s Majoy Baron from the middle as well as FEU setter Kyle Negrito from setting up their combination plays. UST Golden Tigresses (4 – 8) Despite a rough and disheartening initial run in this season, the UST Golden Tigresses have started to show what they are seriously capable of achieving. Albeit a too little too late with their current resurgence, a fully intact team is not to be discredited yet. Although much like the UP Lady Maroons in that their fate relies on the succeeding outcome for both NU and Adamson, UST still has a slightly better chance given that they can ensure a win against the Lady Falcons. Able to stretch out the Lady Eagles into a five-set thriller recently is much of a testament that UST is indeed final four material given a fully functioning roster. Much like how Adamson capitalized on Ateneo’s passing, UST proved to be one of the leagues better serving team, but also felt quite short when it came to transition play compared to the Lady Eagles. In line with that, the Golden Tigresses will also have to rely on their serving for their match against the Lady Spikers to ensure easier transition when the middle is eliminated from the attack. Interestingly enough, UST’s situation is mirrored by the Adamson Lady Falcons and their fate relies on each other as both teams are yet to face off against top seed DLSU and are set to face each other for their last elimination match. UP Lady Maroons (4 – 8) Despite a rough start early on in the league that casted some doubts on the inclusion of new coach Godfrey Okumu, the Lady Maroons have slowly found their groove as well as their identity. Though the hopes of a Final Four finish are not as feasible as their fate relies on the further performance of both NU and Adamson, the Lady Maroons are in a good position to prepare for the next season. With all the rotational adjustments Okumu has utilized throughout the season, the current setup is perhaps their best bet to build on. Perhaps the main challenge UP has faced the entire season is that with the short stint under a new coach, the tournament has been more of an unlearning process first before Okumu’s new system, a more scientific one as he claims, is infused. For their upcoming match against the Lady Eagles, the Lady Maroons will find much benefit in aggressive serving to take opportunity of the less threatening passing proficiency of their opponent but at the same time, the challenge is ensuring they convert every possession since the Ateneo has shown much skill in winning the point the longer the transition rally progresses. Final Four Probabilities As with the standings in UAAP History, the elusive 7th win is always the magic number to strive for to get an assurance of a Final Four spot. At this point, FEU is almost guaranteed of that spot given that they just win another game. Should NU finally get out of their slump and manage their first win in the second round, they can guarantee an extension in their stint which would be enough time to at least familiarize their new rotation. Adamson undeniably has the best chances based on numbers as they still have 3 more games but these last elimination games will be relatively challenging as they will have to perform a repeat of their first round win against the top seeded teams FEU and DLSU. Finally, both UP and UST should ensure a win for their last 2 games and hope for upsets against NU and Adamson to at least be within striking distance for the last Final Four spot.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: Breaking Down the Lady Bulldogs Struggles

From a 6 - 1 start in the first round to a current 0-4 record in the second round, the National University Lady Bulldogs are in peril of falling out of the Final Four. Ending the first round on a high note, but eventually struggling in the second round is not exclusive to the Lady Bulldogs in recent UAAP Volleyball history. Downward Spiral I remember quite well our very own journey way back in Season 70 when my team, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, also had what seemed to be a budding collapse after a stellar first round. It was the maiden year of current head coach Oliver Almadro and he had the gargantuan task of bringing a perennial cellar dweller team to the Final Four.   To everybody’s surprise, we steamrolled the first round, ending it at 6-1, second only to the former powerhouse line-up of the UST Growling Tigers. Not only we were gunning for the Final Four spot at this point, but we set up hopes of actually making the podium. The second round quelled those hopes as that 7th win which could assure us a Final Four spot proved too elusive until the latter part of the round. We finished the second round of the eliminations at 2-5, which still qualified us for the semi-finals but eventually bowed out to top-seeded UST, which we could have avoided if not for the second round collapse. Though exactly not the same, our scenario is highly comparable to the NU Lady Bulldogs currently as they struggle to beat the teams they have beaten in dominant fashion during the first round. The difference lies in the fact that NU has still three more games to turn things around while we didn’t make any adjustments during our time. Muffled Bark The Lady Bulldogs were suiting up for a sweep of the first round until they were silenced by the FEU Lady Tamaraws towards the mid-season break. Not only were the Lady Tamaraws responsible for the elimination of the step-ladder possibility, but they exposed one glaring weakness in the Lady Bulldogs as well as started the team’s current downward spiral. From the aforementioned match to the recent meltdown at the hands of the UST Golden Tigresses, one trend is highly noticeable which is the correlation between NU’s passing and scoring output most especially from Queen Bulldog Jaja Santiago. Team Passing Percentage Spiking Percentage (Team) Spiking Percentage (Santiago) FEU 22.35 25.79 27.78 DLSU 17.65 28.57 33.33 ADMU 16.42 25.23 38.24 ADU 38.20 24.48 40.48 UST 34.09 30.77 47.92 Fig 1.1 – NU correlation of Passing and Spiking efficiency Based on the numbers alone, it can easily be deduced that tough serving has been the crucial factor to limit Jaja from making significant output. Being a middle, a team passing efficiency below 30-40% would prove problematic as quick attacks rely heavily on consistent reception. Against the top 3 serving teams (FEU, DLSU, ADMU), it can be deduced that Santiago (and co-middle Rissa Sato) only had less than 20% chance to wind up for a quick attack. In most cases, NU’s middles are relegated to mere decoys which rarely prove threatening to opposing blockers.   Due to low output from middle attacks, an adjustment employed is to leave Santiago attacking from zone 6 at the expense of the utilization of their libero Gayle Valdez. In some instances, Sato also doesn’t get switched out due to her reliable floor defense. Though this adjustment has contributed to Santiago providing output from the pipe attack, her position in the back proves to have more costs than benefits. Since Santiago is not switched out, their best passer (Valdez) is underutilized. In addition, instead of just focusing on the back row attack, Santiago is also burdened with passing responsibilities which significantly hamper her capability to wind up for the perfect approach. In certain instances as well, Santiago takes the second ball during transition coverage instead of just focusing on approaching for the attack. Last Minute Adjustments Going by the numbers alone, perhaps the best adjustment the Lady Bulldogs can utilize is to fully commit Santiago in the opposite position. In terms of passing and digging, this rotation would ensure that Valdez is still fully utilized as a defense specialist at the same time still enabling Santiago to contribute from the back row. In line with that, a shift into the opposite position would eliminate any passing burden for Santiago, letting her just focus on approaching for the attack. With regards to attack, a concern perhaps is if the shift to opposite would still provide the same output for Santiago. With the current disposition in the Lady Bulldogs’ floor efficiency, the shift would definitely be beneficial more than costly. First off, a middle attack relies heavily on several interlinked factors such as the pass consistency, the speed of the toss, the location of the attacker, and the height of the ball. On the other hand, attacks from the right wing, be it from the front or back row, relies less on pass consistency and attacker position. Santiago committing to the right wing would ensure that NU Setter Jasmine Nabor will always have a threatening safety net regardless of the quality of the pass. In addition, attacks from the wings would be easier for Nabor to exploit Santiago’s high attack reach as compared to quick hits. Another concern perhaps would be the trade off for blocking since Santiago would be focused on one area. Going by the numbers once more, the six leading scorers in the league (excluding Santiago) are open hitters. It would definitely prove beneficial to pit the team’s best blocker against the position with the highest scorers in the league. Though it may not guarantee kill blocks all the time, the towering presence of Santiago from the right wing would significantly alter the spiking tendencies of open hitters from other teams. In terms of a replacement blocker to fill in Santiago’s spot, NU need not be concerned with making kill blocks as well. As exemplified by Adamson’s middle Lea Ann Perez, a decent sized middle with good lateral movement can significantly contribute to the rotation through one-touch blocks that slow the ball’s momentum. High Risk High Reward Though the numbers right now logically point to the aforementioned adjustment, a practical application of such strategy is a whole different story. Perhaps the best testament of this strategy would be the masterful risk by Russian men’s volleyball coach Vladimir Alekno in none other than the Gold Medal Match of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Severely struggling in passing and defense against the Brazilian assault, the Russians’ backs were up against the wall 0 sets to 2 as they failed to utilize their strongest asset, the 7’2” giant Dimitriy Muserskiy from the middle. With Muserskiy out of the attacking equation in most cases, Brazil was able to close in on their block to the wings. With what could be considered as the riskiest yet smartest adjustment in volleyball history, Alekno fielded in Muserskiy as the opposite while putting his ace opposite Maxim Mikhaylov in the open position. Russian setter Sergey Grankin just went all out in feeding Muserskiy from the right wing with high and off the net tosses. The switch proved to be a masterstroke as the towering Muserskiy just went all out with height and strength to plow through the Brazilian net and floor defense. In addition, the adjustment did not only alter the defense dynamic of Brazil but the attack as well with Brazilian setter Bruno Rezende setting the right side more to avoid Muserskiy’s wall in the left. The last minute adjustment by the Russians caught the Brazilians off guard as they stretch out the match to a decider and eventually dealt a disheartening loss to their opponents. Going back, with Jaja Santiago inarguably comparable to Muserskiy in terms of capability to attack high from the wings, a shift into the opposite position would be a noteworthy consideration. Not only will it maximize and put more value on Santiago, such a shift can also contribute significantly in the passing woes of the Lady Bulldogs as it will ensure that their best passer will still be fielded in and utilized more. With three more upcoming matches to try out a new strategy, all might not be too late for the Lady Bulldogs to get back on the right path to the crown.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

Goldwin Monteverde staying with Bullpups; UE still without a coach

Coming from a loss in the UAAP Juniors Finals to Ateneo de Manila High School, Nazareth School of National University will be back next season bigger, brighter, and better than ever. While Michael Malonzo, Robert Minerva, and Migs Oczon will be graduating, the Bullpups will be welcoming with open arms 23 for ’23 Gilas cadet Carl Tamayo, heady guard Gerry Abadiano, and mobile big Kevin Quiambao. Add to that battle-tested returnees in versatile wing Rhayyan Amsali and scoring dynamo Terrence Fortea. More importantly, however, the boys from Sampaloc will still have the head coach who made it all happen. Asked if he’s staying on with NU Juniors, Goldwin Monteverde answered, “Yes.” He then continued, “Mag-stay ako rito kasi may commitment ako rito. Kailangang tapusin kasi mahirap naman yung biglang aalis.” This is the first time the so-called master recruiter spoke about his job status with the Bullpups. A month ago, reports broke out that Monteverde was leaving and heading to University of the East. The development, and later clarification, was first reported by Reuben Terrado of spin.ph. With this categorical statement, however, the NU faithful can rest assured that their high school program remains in good hands. Monteverde made his name in the high school ranks, leading Chiang Kai Shek to multiple titles as well Adamson High School and NU to contention. Along with his on-court results, he also has an impressive track record in terms of player recruitment and development with the likes of Gerry Abadiano, John Galinato, Migs Oczon, Encho Serrano, Carl Tamayo, and Jonas Tibayan having blossomed under his tutelage. Meanwhile, the development also means that the Red Warriors are still without a head coach. UE has been searching for a new head coach after former mentor Derrick Pumaren handed in his resignation late last year. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Tatak ng La Salle na kapag natalo, bumabawi -- Dy

Let this serve as a warning. Two-time defending champion De La Salle University is out to exact revenge on its first round tormentors. The Lady Spikers destroyed National University in straight sets payback, 27-25, 27-25, 25-16, on Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan. DLSU handed the Lady Bulldogs their second loss as the Lady Spikers tied their victim at the top spot with 6-2 win-loss slate.     “One week ‘yung training namin so may added motivation na, ‘Uy natalo tayo dito sa first round.’ So siguro naging motivation din namin ‘yun coming into this game,” said Kianna Kim Dy, who had 14 points to lead the Taft-based squad. NU defeated DLSU, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, last February 18 in the Lady Spikers’ first of two losses in their last four games to end the first round. DLSU also dropped a four-set match against Adamson University before closing the opening round with a four-set win over archrival Ateneo de Manila University last week.  “Syempre naging tatak ng La Salle na kapag natalo babawi kami,” said Dy. “‘Yun rin ang sinasabi ni coach na malapit na kami manalo tapos bibitaw, siguro ‘yun ‘yung pina-practice namin na panapos lagi kasi sayang eh nandoon na.” The Lady Spikers made their revenge even sweeter – or colder if you’re NU – by taking the win in a come-from-behind fashion in the first two sets. DLSU went down, 14-21, in the opening set before the Lady Spiker blasted a 9-2 rally capped by reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron’s service ace. NU and DLSU traded errors in the next play that tied it at 24. The Lady Bulldogs took a second set point advantage but Jaja Santiago committed two of NU’s last three errors to surrender the frame to DLSU.   The Lady Bulldogs again buried the Lady Spikers to a 17-10 hole only to allow the Taft-based squad to mount a comeback to steal the frame.  With momentum on their side, the Lady Spikers built a 22-13 lead on their way to completing the sweep. “So I think maganda sa team na pinakita ang maturity kasi we were down by ilang points tapos hinabol namin parang nagkakumpyansa din kami,” Dy said. DLSU will face University of the Philippines on Wednesday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

La Salle eyes revenge vs NU

DEFENDING champion La Salle seeks to avenge one of its two first round losses in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament against league-leading National University today before an expected jampacked crowd at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Lady Bulldogs rallied from four points down late in the deciding set to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Lady Bulldogs win streak now at 5

With everything hanging in the balance, National University, as always, counted on Jaja Santiago to tilt the scale in its favor. The 6-foot-6 Santiago unloaded five of her 19 points late in the fourth set as NU drubbed University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 28-26, to remain unbeaten in the UAAP women's volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The 22-year-old Santiago, veteran of many international battles even before she finishes college, provided the ballast for the Lady Bulldogs who improved to 5-0. The Tigresses, through heavy hitter Cherry Rondina's 25 points, led 12-7 in the fourth only to see the Lady Bulldogs bite their way up to within two match points....Keep on reading: Lady Bulldogs win streak now at 5.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

Castro saves Gilas Pilipinas from Japanese invasion

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas is perfect at home so far despite yet another terrible start. The Philippines frustrated the visiting Japanase Sunday at the MOA Arena, scoring a hard-fought 89-84 win in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas bounced back from a previous loss to Australia to improve to 3-1, good for solo second place in Group B behind the Boomers. The win also allowed the Philippines to move on to the second round. The Akatsuki Five are still winless after four games. The Japanese were within two points, 84-86, with 31 seconds to go before Jayson Castro saved the Philippines once again, hitting a floater under duress to give Gilas a four-point lead in the final 10 seconds. Andray Blatche hit one of two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to complete the win for the Filipinos. "That's why we have Jayson. That's why we made sure Jayson is in this line-up," head coach Chot Reyes said. "We rested him the last game to make sure he was ready for tonight because he's our premier closer. He came through tonight," he added. Andray Blatche played his best game in these Asian Qualifiers, scoring a team-high 18 points on top of 16 rebounds to lead the Philippine attack in the second half. Blatche did his best work in the third period, pouring seven points and six rebounds as Gilas took an 11-point lead into the final 10 minutes. The Philippines needed every bit of that cushion as Japan fought until the very end, making sure Gilas worked for its second-straight home win. After Blatche, the returning Troy Rosario was the high man for Gilas, scoring 14 points in just 11 and a half minutes. Troy, playing his first game since his bad fall against Phoenix in the PBA that caused him to be confined to the hospital, drilled 10 points in the second period, leading the Philippines' bench mob. Speaking of the bench mob, Kiefer Ravena played a reserve role and added 13 points for Gilas while Castro finished with eight points, all in the second half. The Blur's "game winner" was his only make in the fourth quarter. Makoto Hiejima led the Japanese offense with 23 points while Ira Brown finished with 16. Daiki Tanaka, crucial to Japan's late fourth-quarter rally, ended up with 12 points. For the second straight game, the Philippines failed to start strong at home as the Japanese opened up an early 20-4 lead. And for the second straight home game, it was Ravena that sparked a quick rally for Gilas Pilipinas. The Phenom drilled two triples to ignite a 17-2 run for the Philippines to close the opening period, cutting the deficit to one, 21-22, after 10 minutes. Behind its bench, Gilas pounded the Akatsuki Five in the second quarter, scoring 18 straight points. The Philippines was leading by as many as 15 points after team captian Gabe Norwood buried a triple on the break, 41-26, before Japan responded with a blitz of its own to come to within two points, 41-43. Castro found TNT teammate Troy Rosario for a corner triple as Gilas took a five-point lead back to the locker room. Gilas will take a break now and will start the third and final window of the first round in June on the road against Chinese Taipei. The national team will then host the Boomers in a rematch at the Philippine Arena on July 2.     The Scores: PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18,Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0. JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0. Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: NU survives UE scare for 3-0 card

National University found University of the East as one tough customer. The Lady Bulldogs needed to recover from a second set collapse and a third frame scare to eke out a 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, win over the Lady Warriors to remain unscathed in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Jaja Santiago was as sharp as always and delivered at crunch time to push NU at solo lead with a 3-0 win-loss record.      The Lady Bulldogs extended their winning streak over UE to 16 straight since Season 72 as they sent the Lady Warriors to 0-3 slate. UE is on a 10-game losing slump since last year.  NU was ahead 18-17 in the second frame but a string of miscues and reception woes gave UE a chance to steal the set with a closing 8-0 rally. The Lady Bulldogs were again put to the test in the third frame, going down 20-22 before setter Jasmine Nabor’s service winners sparked the fight back to take the set capped by a thunderous attack by Santiago at the middle.      NU cruised in the fourth to finish off the Lady Warriors.     (to be updated) --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Cobb stars as La Salle halts late UP rally to stay unbeaten

  Sophomore Michelle Cobb played heroine for De La Salle as she helped the defending champion finish off University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. With La Salle trailing 24-23, Cobb scored three straight service aces ending the Lady Maroons' rebellion and sending the Lady Spikers to a 2-0 card. UP built a 23-19 buffer and looked to force a fifth set after Diana Carlos and Clarice Ramos teamed up for a block. Desiree Cheng would score off UP's blockade and Aduke Ogunsanya followed it up with a service ace that trimmed the margin to two, 23-21. After UP got the 24-21 se...Keep on reading: Cobb stars as La Salle halts late UP rally to stay unbeaten.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018