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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: inquirer inquirerMay 15th, 2018

UAAP champion Ateneo to represent Philippines in 2018 Jones Cup

If winning the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup and figuring in a tour against the national teams of Greece are not enough, UAAP defending champion Ateneo de Manila University is also set to be the Philippines' representatives in the 40th William Jones Cup. This will be the first time in a while that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will be sending over a collegiate team to represent the country in the invitational tournament. "We wish the Ateneo Blue Eagles good luck in this endeavor. They will be representing our country to the best of their will," SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said. The tournament will begin on July 14 at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The Blue Eagles will be composed of Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Aaron Black, Raffy Verano, Adrian Wong, Anton Asistio, Gian Mamuyac, Jolo Mendoza, Angelo Kouame, Tyler Tio, William Navarro, Patrick Maagdenberg, Jawuan White, and SJ Belangel. The team's chief tactician will be Tab Baldwin and he will be joined by Sandy Arespacochaga, Gene Afable, Gabby Severino, Yuri Escueta, Ford Arao, Alton Lister, and Jon Jacinto. Last year, the Gilas cadets finished in fourth place in the 10-nation meet, finishing with a 6-3 record. And just like last year, Ateneo will also be backed by Chooks-to-Go this time around. "Of course, we are elated that are brand will be supporting this team. We will do our best to support the Blue Eagles in this journey," company president Ronald Mascariñas said. The Philippines has won the tournament five times. The last time the country topped the Jones Cup was back in 2016 with the import-laden Mighty Sports-Philippines......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Gilas cadet Troy Rike to go one and done for fully loaded NU

National University is piling on one more piece to its already stacked roster for looming UAAP Season 81. Manning the Bulldogs’ frontcourt alongside Issa Gaye, Matt Aquino, and Jonas Tibayan will be Gilas cadet Troy Rike. Rike himself reported the news in a tweet posted on Thursday evening. Season 81 🦅🏹🐯🦅🐶🐃🗡 ? pic.twitter.com/lOww5Aremq — Troy Rike (@troyrike) Hulyo 5, 2018 The Filipino-American big man played for four years for Wake Forest University in the US NCAA before coming back home to the Philippines to suit up for the Gilas cadets in the recently concluded 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. Rike already holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest, but has enrolled for a master’s degree in NU. As per UAAP rules, a student-athlete from a non-member school who is pursuing graduate studies in a member school shall not be subject to residency. As a post-graduate student, however, the 22-year-old will only have one year of eligibility for the Bulldogs. Nonetheless, Rike said he plans to make the most out of the opportunity. “The most important thing for me is to get as many game reps as I can over here (so I can) get accustomed to the Filipino style of play,” he said. Just a day ago, the Gilas cadet turned NU Bulldog also grabbed headlines by continuing to extend a helping hand to Australia. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Oh, how big have the Letran Knights become

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 10-10 overall, fifth, lost to San Sebastian in battle for fourth-seed YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Jeo Ambohot, Jerrick Balanza, JP Calvo, Bong Quinto WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: EJ Agbong, Bonbon Batiller, Christian Fajarito, Larry Muyang, Fran Yu GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Rey Nambatac WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM LETRAN? Even before CSB opened eyes and became the trendy pick as the darkhorse in the oncoming NCAA Season 94, Letran was the league’s most underrated team since last year. With strong showings in several preseason leagues this year ranging from championships and playoff appearances, though, the Knights have already proven themselves to be more than a darkhorse. “’Di na kami pwede biruin ng teams na makakalaban namin.” – head coach Jeff Napa Letran will bank on the same core that got it one win short of the playoffs a season ago – only now, that same core is better than ever. Bong Quinto is the prototype point forward for modern basketball, JP Calvo is as steady and as reliable as they come, Jerrick Balanza looks like he has matured, and Jeo Ambohot has gone from two-way force to, well, Gilas cadet. “Yung mga leaders namin, nandyan pa rin like si Jerrick, si Bong, si JP, at si Ambohot.” – head coach Jeff Napa Yes, Letran lifer Rey Nambatac is no longer here, but replacing him will be a couple of capable wings in former University of the East stud Bonbon Batiller and ex-Adamson High School and Chiang Kai Shek do-it-all player EJ Agbong. However, the biggest – and we mean that literally – change for the Knights is their big, big frontline now composed of Ambohot, Larry Muyang, Christian Fajarito, and Christian Balagasay. None of those big men are shorter than 6-foot-4 and with the four of them taking turns manning the post, Letran’s size problem is now a thing of the past. “Last year talaga, masyaong nag-rely ako sa veterans e. Ngayon, ‘di na kailangang ganun masyado kasi yung mga bago namin, nagko-compliment sa kanila.” – head coach Jeff Napa WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM LETRAN? We can no longer call Letran a darkhorse, but what we can do is call Quinto a darkhorse for MVP. Mark my words, the graduating forward will be right there alongside CJ Perez and Prince Eze in putting up numbers for his team. Aside from Quinto, we will see that the Knights are now truly Jeff Napa’s team – meaning a team built on interior dominance and physical defense. Napa built up a UAAP Juniors dynasty in Nazareth School of National University by discovering and then developing bigs such as Mark Dyke and Justine Baltazar. In Quinto, Ambohot, and the rest of that big, big Letran frontline, he has the materials to do that in the NCAA Seniors. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR LETRAN? It wasn’t that too long ago when Letran made a magical run all the way to a championship. In fact, that was just in 2015. That magical run can happen again for Intramuros, but only this time, the Knights will not be using size as their advantage instead of speed. WHERE WOULD LETRAN BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 94? Book a playoff return for Letran. Book it. There’s even a possibility that they can creep into the Finals – if somehow, some way, they figure out either San Beda or LPU. “Very confident ako ngayon kasi last year, kulang talaga kami sa tao. Ngayon, naging maganda na yung composition ng team. That’s why magiging maganda ang performance namin ngayong taon.” – head coach Jeff Napa What’s certain is that the Knights complete the three surefire contenders for NCAA Season 94. WHEN IS LETRAN’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 94? Letran unleashes its big bad lineup to the rest of the NCAA on July 10 at the Filoil Flying V Centre. First up for them will be rebuilding Emilio Aguinaldo College. 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 NewsJul 1st, 2018

PVL: Perlas Spikers secure at least a Final Four berth playoff

BanKo American import Kia Bright punished the defense of BaliPure-National University with her blinding attacks as the unbeaten Perlas Spikers secured at least a playoff for a Final Four seat with a 25-19, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19, win Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Perlas Spikers claimed their fourth straight win in the quarterfinals and sixth overall since the preliminary round.          Bright exploded with 24 points with all but one coming off attacks for the Perlas Spikers. Thai import Jutarat Montripila finished with 14 points while Amy Ahomiro had nine. "My goal is to try to find ways to motivate them to play their best," said Bright. "No matter how hard I play, or how many points I make, I still need my teammates. I realized that that really pumps them up and fires them up so I try to go the extra mile." BanKo sent the Water Defenders marching towards the exit door that narrowed the semis berth race to three teams. The Perlas Spikers, Petro Gazz and defending champion Pocari Sweat are all in the running for best-of-three Final Four seats to join Creamline and PayMaya. BaliPure dropped to 1-3 slate. American import Alexis Matthews had 17 point while Jannisa Johnson scored 13 for the Water Defenders.    ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Crucial game for Pocari

BANKO-Perlas and Pocari Sweat-Air Force try to assure themselves of a playoff for a Final Four berth while Petro Gazz seeks to complicate further the race for the last two Final Four seats in a key PVL Reinforced Conference tripleheader today at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The unbeaten Perlas….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Vital PVL games on the line

BANKO-Perlas and Pocari Sweat-Air Force try to assure themselves of a playoff for a Final Four berth while Petro Gazz seeks to complicate further the race for the last two Final Four seats in a key PVL Reinforced Conference tripleheader today at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The unbeaten Perlas….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Gilas last Filoil game leaves Uichico disappointed: We didn t play hard enough

Gilas Pilipinas cadets ended an up-and-down campaign in the Filoil Preseason Cup on a winning note after beating Emilio Aguinaldo College, 82-69, on Tuesday night.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Gilas Cadets end FilOil campaign with win over EAC

MANILA, Philippines - The Gilas cadets downed the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals, 82-69, to end on a high note their campaign in the 12th FIlOil Preseason Cup Tuesday, June 12, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Matt Nieto topscored for the Cadets with 15 points ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Gilas cadets close out Filoil Cup campaign with blowout of Mapua

MANILA, Philippines – Already-ran Gilas cadets ended their 12th Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on a high note with a 97-78 romp of the Mapua University Cardinals at the San Juan Arena on Monday, June 4.  Robert Bolick fired 13 points with 3 assists and Kobe Pares chipped in 12 points, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Gilas coach Uichico praises debuting system player Troy Rike

MANILA, Philippines – Better late than never. After taking care of his school requirements in the US, 6-foot-7 banger Troy Rike finally debuted for the Gilas Pilipinas 2023 cadets in their very last game for the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup on Monday, June 4. The cadets finished their campaign ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Gilas Cadets crush Cardinals for third win

Robert Bolick debuted with a bang as he led the beefed up Gilas Pilipinas Cadets, 97-78, over Mapua University on Monday in Group A of the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The San Beda University star scored 13 points in his first game for the national squad, which won its third game in eight outings. Aside from Bolick, Fil-American Troy Rike and Ateneo stars Matt Nieto and Thirdy Ravena saw action for the Gilas Cadets for the first time. Rike, a recruit from Wake Forest, finished with 11 points and eight rebounds while Nieto and Ravena, who played for the Blue Eagles earlier in a 108-44 blowout win over Emilio Aguinaldo College, chipped in with nine and eight points, respectively, for the Gilas Cadets. Kobe Paras had 12.      “We’re just experimenting on some things. We played three bigs, it’s all experimental. You know it worked. We’re just trying to see how we can make use of all the Cadets players,” said head coach Jong Uichico. The Gilas Cadets went off to a good start to take control of the match early before closing it out with stronger finish. Cedric Pelayo and Eric Jabel scored 14 each while Lawrence Victoria and Daniel Aguirre posted 12 and 11 markers, respectively, for the 3-3 Cardinals. Meanwhile, the Red Lions banked on their crucial defensive stops by Donald Tankoua and the steady hands of Javee Mocon at the foul line in the last 50 seconds of the game to put a dent on De La Salle University's erswhile unbeaten record, 72-70, in the night cap. Mocon finished with 20 points while Tankoua had nine markers for SBU, which improved to 3-2 slate. Mocon broke a 68-68 deadlock with 48.8 seconds remaining with three free throws off a foul from Kira Samuel, who tied the game in the previous play. Tankoua made two defensive stops in the Green Archers' possesion - a block oon Samuel and a steal off an inbound pass.  Tankoua split his free throws with 21.5 ticks left to give the Red Lions a four-point cushion. DLSU saw its six-game winning streak snapped. Andrei Caracut finished with 20 points while Justine Baltazar and Samuel had 13 each for the Green Archers.              Box score: GILAS (97) –- Bolick 13, Paras 12, Rike 11, Nieto 9, Ravena 8, Tuffin 8, Tamayo 6, Alejandro 5, Sotto 5, Gozum 5, Tratter 4, Go 4, Tolentino 4, Mocon 3, Tolentino Vi 0. MAPUA (78) –- Pelayo 14, Jabel 14, Victoria 12, Aguirre 11, Lugo 9, Biteng 6, Bonifacio 5, Bunag 5, Gamboa 2, Nocum 0, Pajarillo 0, Serrano 0. Quarter scores: 25-21, 49-38, 72-64, 97-78.   SAN BEDA (72) -- Mocon 20, Tankoua 9, Eugene 8, Carino 8, Nelle 7, Tongco 6, Bolick 4, Soberano 4, Presbitero 2, Bahio 2, Cuntapay 2, Abuda 0, Doliguez 0, Cabanag 0. DLSU (70) -- Caracut 20, Baltazar 13, Samuel 13, Melecio 8, Santillan 6, Lim 6, Manaytay 2, Corteza 2, Go 0, Bates 0, Tolentino 0, Capacio 0, Dyke 0, Manuel 0. Quarter scores: 14-16, 37-30, 55-55, 72-70.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Ricci Rivero shows love to his fans in the south

After taking his talents north to the University of the Philippines, Ricci Rivero showed love for the south. Newest Fighting Maroon Rivero took time out of his schedule to meet and greet his loyal faithful on Saturday inside SM Dasmarinas in Cavite. “Maraming-maraming salamat sa kanilang lahat sa pagpunta rito,” he said. “Sila rin naman yung dahilan kaya gusto ko ipagpatuloy pa yung ginagawa ko.” All of them were there to celebrate with birthday boy Rivero who just celebrated his 20th year of life a day ago. All of them also sang him a happy birthday in unison. Maligayang bati raw sayo, @_ricciiirivero! pic.twitter.com/VVbrDNPeSY — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) May 26, 2018 Rivero is currently playing for the Gilas cadets in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup and he urged his fans present in the mall’s activity center to also troop to San Juan’s Filoil Flying V Centre. “Sana makapunta rin kayo dun para suportahan hindi lang ako, kundi pati yung Gilas,” he said. And now he has found where he will be continuing his collegiate career, UAAP Season 80 Mythical selection Rivero urged his fans to be one with UP’s fight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Gilas Cadets thrive under pressure

Head coach Jong Uichico has tested his wards capacity under pressure in Gilas Pilipinas Cadets’ slim 63-61 win over University of the East (UE) in the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday night at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City. “I saw who can play. I saw who’s going to [...] The post Gilas Cadets thrive under pressure appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Smart Kai Sotto impresses coach in Gilas win

Kai Sotto makes Gilas debut in the Filoil Preseason cup. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Kai Sotto made his much-awaited preseason debut and the Gilas cadets escaped University of the East, 63.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Gilas 2023 halts FilOil losing streak with late-rally win over UE Warriors

MANILA, Philippines – At last the tables were turned. The Gilas Pilipinas 2023 cadets finally snapped out of their losing streak by beating the tenacious UE Red Warriors, 63-61, at the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup in San Juan, Tuesday, May 22. UE started the 4th up 11, 61-50, after back-to-back ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

‘Smart’ Kai Sotto impresses coach in Gilas win

Kai Sotto made his much-awaited preseason debut and the Gilas cadets escaped University of the East, 63-61, for a rare win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Tuesday night. Sotto was the center of attention and did not disappoint with a couple of dunks and blocks to finish with five points, three rebounds and two blocks, making the most out of his 13 minutes of action. The 7-foot Sotto may not have produced eye-catching numbers, but his stats did not show how big of a role he played for the young Nationals. "Isn't it great to be a 7-footer. Aside from his frail body, I think he's a smart player. He knows what's happening. For a 17-year-old, I think he knows what's happenin...Keep on reading: ‘Smart’ Kai Sotto impresses coach in Gilas win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Kai debuts for Gilas cadets, delivers much-needed win

Nothing much was going right for the Gilas cadets in their matchup against University of the East on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. That was until Kai Sotto entered the court. Sotto was a difference-maker on both ends in the last nine minutes while Ricci Rivero and Juan Gomez de Liano came through in the endgame as the national team rallied from 11 points down for a 63-61 triumph over the Red Warriors. The UAAP Juniors Finals MVP just had five points, three rebounds, and two blocks to his name, but it was during his time on the floor when the Gilas cadets went on a 13-0 run that erased an 11-point deficit and eventually ended as a much-needed two-point win in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. “It’s good to be a seven-footer, no,” head coach Jong Uichico joshed with reporters post-game, referring to their towering teen. UE was up, 61-50, early in the final frame until Uichico sent Sotto and Vince Tolentino back into the game. The two did nothing but stifle the Red Warriors as Sotto protected the paint while Tolentino clamped down on Pasaol. In all, the Gilas cadets only allowed four points in the pivotal period. That, coupled with their scoring burst capped off by short stabs from Rivero and GDL, was more than enough to hike their standing to 2-5. While he was scoreless in the fourth, Pasaol still topped the scoring column for now 1-2 UE with 22 points to go along with seven rebounds. In a heavyweight bout between UAAP powerhouses, Far Eastern University topped Adamson University, 75-64. Prince Orizu showed the way for the Tamaraws with 12 points and he was backstopped by Arvin Tolentino and Barkley Ebona who scored eight points each..  FEU improved to 4-1 with the win while also dealing the first defeat in three games to the Soaring Falcons. Sean Manganti paced Adamson with 20 points. Papi Sarr also had 13 markers to his name. Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde kept its slate spotless after powering through University of Sto. Tomas, 99-87. Clement Leutcheu had 22 points and 15 rebounds while Edward Dixon contributed his own 16 markers in the Blazers’ fifth win in a row to begin the tournament. UST dropped to 1-5 with the loss. Kenenth Zamora and Zachy Huang topped the scoring column for them with 22 and 21 points, respectively. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME CSB 99 – Leutcheu 22, Dixon 16, Domingo 14, Naboa 11, Young 9, Pasturan 7, Haruna 6, Belgica 5, Carlos 3, Velasco 3, Pagulayan 3, Nayve 0 UST 87 – Zamora 22, Huang 21, Lee 19, Agustin 13, Cansino 8, Cosejo 4, Caunan 0, Bataller 0, Marcos 0, Asuncion 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-14, 33-31, 63-55, 99-87 SECOND GAME FEU 75 – Orizu 12, Parker 9, Tolentino 8, Ebona 8, Tuffin 7, Comboy 6, Inigo 6, Escoto 6, Ramirez 5, Cani 3, Stockton 3, Bayquin 2, Bienes 0, Gonzales 0, Tempra 0 ADAMSON 64 – Manganti 20, Sarr 13, Lastimosa 8, Colonia 4, Camacho 4, Espeleta 4, Magbuhos 4, Ahanmisi 3, Orquez 2, Zaldivar 2, Macion 0, Bernardo 0, Maata 0, Magbuhos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-12, 34-23, 53-44, 75-64 THIRD GAME GILAS CADETS 63 – Tratter 13, Paras 11, Tolentino V. 8, Rivero 8, Tamayo 8, Gomez de Liano 5, Sotto 5, Alejandro 3, Tolentino A. 2, Gozum 0. UE 61 – Pasaol 22, Starit 8, Manalang 7, Bartolome 6, Varilla 5, Gagate 4, Antiporda 3, Cullar 3, Conner 2, Acuno 1, Gallardo 0, Sobrevega 0, Lacap 0, Maloles 0, Beltran 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-18, 34-40, 50-57, 63-61. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 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

No abandoning ship: Disappointed Gilas Cadets stay focused on buildup

MANILA, Philippines – After a woeful showing in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, the Gilas Cadets still vie to stay focused on their goal of developing the team’s chemistry.  The Cadets – the young national pool formed for the 2023 FIBA World Cup – absorbed their ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

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:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018