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PBA D-League: Paraiso helps UST ward off NAASCU champ St. Clare

Ironcon-UST boosted its 2019 PBA D-League playoff hopes with a cardiac 78-75 win over St. Clare College Virtual Reality Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Dave Ando buried the go-ahead undergoal stab with 20.4 seconds remaining, before Brent Paraiso sealed the win with two free throws in the final 4.3. Junjie Hallare tried to heave a hail mary three to force overtime, but his shot went way short as time expired Paraiso scored 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists for Ironcon-UST, while Mark Nonoy and Rhenz Abando chipped in 13 points in the victory. "We just executed the game plan and the players did not deviate from the game plan kasi yun yung tendency ng mga bata. They just executed," said coach Aldin Ayo. Ando and Renzo Subido also combined for 20 to improve the Growling Tigers' slate to a 6-2 record in the Aspirants Group. They missed the services Beninese forward Soulemane Chabi Yo, who is down with a flu. Ironcon-UST survived a late spurt from Irven Palencia, who scored all of his eight points as St. Clare rallied back from a 73-67 deficit. Joshua Fontanilla top-scored for St. Clare (5-3) with 19 points, as Rojay Santos got 16 points built on five triples. Meanwhile, Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian remained in the hunt for the Foundation Group top spot, dismantling CD14 Designs-Trinity, 105-82. Emmanuel Bonleon stepped up for the Golden Harvest, uncorking 20 of his 23 points in the first half as his side took the 36-23 lead at the end of the first period. Allyn Bulanadi was at his lethal self with a team-high 28 points, alongside six rebounds, three steals, and two assists, while JM Calma had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. It was the Golden Harvest's fourth straight win and pulled them once again on level with CEU at the no. 1 spot in the group at 7-1. Clark Derige paced the winless CD14 Designs-Trinity (0-9) with 22 points and five rebounds. In the day's other game, FamilyMart-Enderun finally broke through, drubbing AMA Online Education, 116-94. Valandre Chauca hit eight triples on his way to 24 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists as five others got to double-digits to help the young Titans nab their first win in the developmental ranks and halt a six-game losing skid. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME VALENCIA-BASTE 105 -- Bulanadi 28, Bonleon 23, Calma 16, Dela Cruz 10, Ilagan 9, Desoyo 4, Villapando 4, Calahat 4, Tero 3, Sumoda 2, Loristo 2, Are 0, Altamirano 0, Baclay 0. CD14 DESIGNS-TRINITY 82 -- Derige 22, Tayongtong 19, Barua 10, Balucanag 8, Biteng 6, Medina 6, Vitug 4, Juanico 4, Ortega 2, Mabayo 1, Tadeo 0, Chua 0, Dela Cruz 0, Ingel 0, Juico 0. QUARTER SCORES: 36-23, 69-48, 85-68, 105-82. SECOND GAME FAMILY MART-ENDERUN 116 -- Chauca 24, Escoto 17, Vidal 17, Gatdula 14, Sacundo 13, Hayes 12, Gotladera 8, Dela Cruz 5, Mariano 4, Nunez 2, Dungan 0, Tancioco 0, Oebanda 0. AMA 94 -- Munzon 30, Johnson 24, Parcero 13, Sayat 8, Estibar 6, Alao 5, Dela Rosa 4, Asuncion 3, Sabile 1, Catequista 0. QUARTER SCORES: 31-26, 64-52, 81-78, 116-94. BOX SCORES THIRD GAME IRONCON-UST 78 -- Paraiso 14, Nonoy 13, Abando 13, Ando 10, Subido 10, Concepcion 7, Bataller 4, Marcos 4, Huang 3, Herrera 0. ST. CLARE 75 -- Fontanilla 19, Santos 16, Lunor 11, Hallare 8, Palencia 8, Rubio 7, Pare 4, Ambuludto 2, Bolos 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-11, 37-33, 60-57, 78-75......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMay 16th, 2019

Eight-man CEU proud to have given their all against PBA D-League champ Ateneo

CEU's uprising against heavily favored Cignal-Ateneo was quelled, once and for all, in Game 4 of the 2019 PBA D-League Finals. There, the Scorpions got waylaid, 66-98. Still, the runners-up are nothing but proud of what they had done. "First of all, I would like to congratulate Ateneo. They were supposed taao win talaga and even at the start, they were the favored team," head coach Derrick Pumaren said. He then continued, "We've accomplished a big accomplishment. In spite of an 8-man lineup and 7-man rotation, we still made it here." Indeed, the fact that CEU, with eight players in the line-up and seven players in the regular rotation, even got to Game 4 was already a pleasant surprise. "We wanted to extend the series and keep giving a good fight, but the fatigue factor really got to us," the veteran coach said. He then continued, "I just tried to push them, but hanggang doon na lang e. Wala nang maibibigay." The Scorpions were down to half of their initial roster after they dismissed eight players due to alleged game-fixing at the end of the elimination round. Still, they marched forward to the playoffs where they downed higher-seeded Go for Gold-CSB and St. Clare-Virtual Reality before facing off with the Blue Eagles in the five-game Finals. And in the championship round, CEU pulled off the biggest upset of the season - stealing a 77-74 win from right under the nose of Cignal-Ateneo in Game 2. Just for that alone, Coach Derrick said they will return to Mendiola with their heads held high. As he put it, "I didn't want them to be complacent dahil nakapasok kami sa Finals, but I told them na in my book, you're already a champion because you’ve done something incredible. We have nothing to be ashamed of because we overachieved." He then continued, "Sa akin, champion na sila. I know Ateneo is a very good team, very well-coached, very well-disciplined. Take nothing away from them, pero we're CEU and we were able to steal a game." With that, the Scorpions will be heading into the next conference of the PBA D-League with their confidence as high as it has ever been. "We were able to steal a game from Ateneo and we can use that as a springboard for the next conference. Hopefully, we'll have enough time to fill (out the rest of the roster)," their mentor said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

UST bows out of contention in PBA D-League care of FamilyMart-Enderun

Also-ran FamilyMart-Enderun eliminated Ironcon-UST with a huge 81-74 win, Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao. Fighting for pride, the Titans weathered a huge fourth quarter attack from the Growling Tigers to end their maiden campaign on a high note and finish with a 2-7 slate. "They want to prove something and they accepted their roles for the good of the team," said coach Pipo Noundou. Valandre Chauca carried FamilyMart-Enderun with 31 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, alongside five rebounds and two assists, while Marvin Hayes just almost tallied a triple-double with his 18 points, 12 boards, and seven assists. The Titans jumped on the Growling Tigers, taking a 25-11 first quarter lead and extending it to 19 numerous times in the third frame. But Ironcon-UST rallied back behind Soulemane Chabi Yo, slicing the deficit to as low as four, 68-7, with 4:57 left. That was when FamilyMart-Enderun went to its starters as it respinded with an 8-0 spurt to grab an 80-68 advantage courtesy of a Hayes lay-up with 1:09 remaining. The Growling Tigers' shock loss sent them out of the playoffs and gifted St. Clare College-Virtual Reality the no. 2 seed, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage, in the Aspirants Group. Che'Lu Bar and Grill also booked the no. 4 seat in the process. Chabi Yo's effort of 25 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks went down the drain as Ironcon-UST bowed out of the tourney. Mark Nonoy got 18 points, four assists, and three boards as the Growling Tigers finished sixth due to owning the inferior quotient in the five-way tie. Meanwhile, Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian locked up the top seed in the Foundation Group with a 91-80 win over Diliman College-Gerry's Grill. JM Calma started off hot for the Golden Harvest with his 15 first half points before ending up with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks. RK Ilagan shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe to wind up with 23 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals while Allyn Bulanadi did it all to finish with 18 points, six boards, four assists, three steals, and three blocks. The win locked the Golden Harvest at no. 1 in the group as they head to the crossover quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage against Che'Lu Bar and Grill on Monday. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME FAMILYMART-ENDERUN 81 -- Chauca 31, Hayes 18, Gotladera 6, Kouakou 6, Vidal 6, Dela Cruz 6, Nunez 3, Gatdula 3, Dungan 2, Escoto 0, Mariano 0, Sacundo 0, Veloso 0. IRONCON-UST 74 -- Chabi Yo 25, Nonoy 18, Abando 9, Asuncio 6, Concepcion 6, Bataller 6, Paraiso 4, Ando 0, Marcos 0, Yongco 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-11, 46-34, 70-56, 81-74. SECOND GAME VALENCIA-SAN SEBASTIAN 91 -- Calma 26, Ilagan 23, Bulanadi 18, Dela Cruz 6, Bonleon 5, Calahat 4, Altamirano 4, Sumoda 2, Are 2, Villapando 1, Loristo 0, Tero 0, Desoyo 0. DILIMAN-GERRY'S 80 -- Gandjeto 29, Torrado 14, Pacheco 11, Mahari 10, Bauzon 5, Brutas 5, Brill 4, Sombero 2, Darang 0, Tay 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-7, 37-28, 68-55, 91-80......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Hayward helps Jazz hold off LeBron, beat Cavs

em>By Kareem Copeland, Associated Pres /em> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gordon Hayward went blow for blow with LeBron James in the second half to help the Utah Jazz beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-92 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Hayward had 22 points and went back and forth with James during a decisive third quarter. James brought the Cavs back from a 15-point halftime deficit before Hayward drove the lead back to 14. Hayward had 11 points while the Jazz used a 16-0 run midway through the quarter to lead 74-60. The Cavs had a 17-0 roll after halftime thanks an aggressive James and his 13 third-quarter points. Trey Lyles had eight straight points, including a pair of three-pointers, in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz hold on. James finished with 29 points and Kyrie Irving added 20 for the defending champs. The Jazz led 56-41 at halftime after closing the second quarter on a 10-0 run highlighted by Hayward's alley-oop and three-pointers from George Hill and Rodney Hood. Utah dominated the second quarter 27-12 while shooting 50 percent in the first half. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em>Cleveland is 8-3 against Western Conference opponents. The Cavs shot just 36.5 percent and 29.0 percent from behind the arc. James is 5-9 on the road against the Jazz. em> strong>Jazz: /strong> /em>Rudy Gobert posted his franchise-best 25th consecutive game with 10-plus rebounds (14). He added 11 points for his 27th double-double this season. strong>DEBUT /strong> Kyle Korver made his first appearance with the Cavs after being traded in a deal that sent Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams, a protected first-round pick and cash considerations to the Hawks. He scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes. 'I've always felt the better the players are around me, the better I can be,' Korver said. 'And this is the most talented team I've ever been on.' strong>HEALTHY /strong> The suddenly healthy Jazz started Hill, Hood, Hayward, Derrick Favors and Gobert for just the sixth time this season. The Jazz are now 5-1 when that unit starts. 'It's different, that's for sure,' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about having the full roster available. 'I hesitate to say it's more challenging. It's different for the players, too. We'll have to find out more about ourselves and guys individually and how they play together.' strong>QUOTABLE /strong> 'First thing I told him when he walked in the locker room the other day was, `If you want to fit in, shoot the ball every time you get it,' James said of Korver. 'Soon as it touches your hand, shoot it. We don't care.' 'We've got about four guys who have the ultra-green light. J.R. [Smith], Kev [Love], now Kyle, Channing [Frye] and Champ [James Jones]. And then you've got green lights for Kyrie. Then you have like a flashing light for myself. I've got to make sure I get everybody involved so I can decide if I want to stop at the light or I can just cruise through there. So, the fluorescent light guys, they can do whatever they want. They have no other responsibilities besides let it go.' strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em> Travel Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) to face a struggling Portland Trail Blazers team that had lost seven of 10 entering Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). em> strong>Jazz: /strong> /em>Host Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) in a matchup between two of the league's best centers. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Batiller returns to form for Letran as NCAA Player of the Week

Letran Knights guard Bonbon Batiller had an NCAA Season 95 debut to forget. Playing in just his first two games this year due to a lengthy recovery from shoulder surgery, the graduating guard was a lineup afterthought, averaging 2.0 points and 3.0 turnovers in just 8.4 minutes a game. However, that all changed the very next week as Batiller led the Knights with 14 points in a 55-43 win last Tuesday against JRU.  He then proved his good game was no fluke as he dropped 22 more markers three days later in a thrilling 82-80 overtime squeaker against a Perpetual squad led by former UE backcourt partner Edgar Charcos. Letran benefited well from Batiller’s timely eruption and rose to a 3-1 win-loss slate, good for fourth in the league standings behind undefeated squads San Beda, CSB, and San Sebastian. Because of his resurgence, Batiller earned the season’s second Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week award. Even before the season started, Letran head coach Bonnie Tan had always been looking for Batiller’s missing spark. Safe to say, his veteran ward has responded well to the challenge. “Para sa akin, si coach Bonnie, talagang yung mga leaders, china-challenge niya. Talagang kailangan naming mag-step up,” he said. “Kaya para sakin, gagawin ko ang lahat para maabot ko yung expectation niya rin sa akin para makatulong ako sa team as a leader at senior.” The 25-year-old from General Santos City bested Letran teammate Ato Ular, the San Sebastian tandem of RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi, Lyceum’s Jayson David, San Beda’s James Canlas, and JRU’s Agem Miranda for the weekly award handed out by scribes from print and online outlets covering the Grand Old League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2019

Jr. Pirates embarrass NCAA 95 defending champ Red Robins

STANDINGS LPU 3-0 San Beda 3-0 Perpetual 2-1 JRU 2-1 Arellano 1-1 San Sebastian 1-1 CSB-LSGH 1-1 Letran 1-3 EAC 0-3 Mapua 0-3 Lyceum of the Philippines is still smooth sailing in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament after handing Mapua High School the worst loss a defending champion has had in recent history. The Jr. Pirates ran roughshod on the still Jonnel Policarpio-less Red Robins to the tune of a 35-point blowout, 101-66, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. John Barba showed he is back at full strength following a knee injury with a 27-point, 10-rebound double-double while Jae Omandac also made an impact off the bench with 24 markers, five boards, and three assists. "Yung mga bata, ine-emphasize naming kailangang ibigay na nila dun pa lang yung best nila para madala sa game namin. Yun naman naging resulta ngayon," head coach JC Docto said post-game. Top gun Mac Guadana didn't even have to do much with only, for his standards, nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals as LPU scored no less than 21 points in each and every quarter. They also made a living by turning defense into offense, forcing 23 errors from their opponents and quickly converting them into 30 big points. With the 35-point hammering of defending champion Mapua, the upstart Jr. Pirates sent a statement to the rest of the league that they are a force to reckon with. "Sa amin naman, kahit sino kalaban, champion man o walang panalo, gagawin namn best namin," coach JC said. They now stand alongside perennial powerhouse San Beda High School atop the leaderboard with a 3-0 record. On the other hand, the Red Robins dropped to 0-3 in their title defense. Without Policarpio, still dealing with personal problems, for the third game in a row, they had to lean on rookie Megan Galang once more and he had 11 points to front their effort. BOX SCORES LPU 101 - Barba 27, Omandac 24, Montano 13, Garor 9, Guadana 9, Caduyac 6, Santos 4, Gamlanga 3, Ragasa 2, Garing 2, Caringal 2, Dejelo 0, Dumon 0, Gudmalin 0, Panganiban 0 MAPUA 66 - Galang 11, Fransman 10, Echavia 7, Parinas 6, Lazarte 6, Jugo 5, Tadeo 5, Castor 3, Ejercito 3, Marcado 3, Buenaflor 2, So 0 QUARTER SCORES: 27-13, 53-35, 80-50, 101-66 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

MPBL: Celiz s career-best helps Gensan to a 93-87 win at Valenzuela

Robbie Celiz came off the bench to lead the Gensan Warriors Burlington to a 93-87 road win over Valenzuela SVP Top Marketplace at the Valenzuela Astrodome in Monday night action in the Lakan Cup of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Celiz scored 25 points and hauled down 7 rebounds as the Rich Alvarez-coached Warriors gain a fourth straight win to move to 4-2 in the standings, the same record as Valenzuela. Leading 68-62 after three periods, Gensan pulled away in the fourth thanks to timely offense from Celiz, Pamboy Raymundo and Chris Masaglang. Raymundo had a sparkling evening with 14 points and 12 assists. Raymundo's counterpart, Paolo Hubalde, scored 15 points for the home side but could only muster two assists. Jayson Varilla top scored for Valenzuela with 20 markers "Wala si Michael Williams kaya sinabi sa akin ng coaching staff na kailangan mag step up sa scoring at defense. Ginawa ko lang ang trabaho ko," said player of the game Celiz after. In the second game, Batangas City Athletics Tanduay needed overtime to subdue a pesky Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic team, 101-89. The Steel battled back in the fourth quarter and saw Cris Dumapig score the last three points to force an extension. But it was one-way traffic in OT as the Athletics, who had led for most of the second half, ran away with the game. Batangas guard Jeff Viernes was in beast mode with 27 points and four three-pointers while Jay Collado was Basilan's best scorer with 20 points. The Athletics go to 2-1 while the Steel are now sporting a 3-2 slate. In the early game Bill McAloney was the hero as Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol nipped Iloilo United Royals, 69-68. With Cebu trailing 68-66 with time winding down, McAloney barreled in from the left flank and knocked in a lay-up off the glass. He was fouled on the play and showed his nerve by draining the go-ahead charity. On the next play, Francis Tamsi's last-second attempt to win the game for the Royals missed, and the Sharks leveled their record at 3-3. The Ilonggos meanwhile go down to 3-2. McAloney scored 12 of his 15 points in the last quarter, doing just enough to outduel Royal Samboy De Leon, who was good for 20 points, half of which came in the fourth. Iloilo was unlucky to see Jay Javelosa come off injured in the fourth period with a sprain......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

‘D-L’, boxing at PSA Forum

D-League officials Mauro Bengua and Rosc Teotico will accompany Derek Pumaren of CEU, TIP’s Potit De Vera, and representatives of Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare and Marinerong Pilipino as they talk about what’s to expect in the coming tournament set to kick off on July 23......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 8th, 2019

Cignal-Ateneo overwhelms 8-man CEU in Game 1 of PBA D-League Finals

Cignal-Ateneo lived up to the hype and clobbered Centro Escolar University, 101-66, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan to take Game 1 of the 2019 PBA D-League Finals. The heavily favored Blue Eagles jumped on the hapless Scorpions in the second quarter, staging a 29-15 assault that made it a 54-31 lead at the half. The lead grew to as much as 39, 78-39, in the third frame. Isaac Go shot 4-of-6 from downtown to carry Cignal-Ateneo with 17 points, four rebounds, and two assists, while Thirdy Ravena added 15 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in the trouncing. SJ Belangel also made the most of his opportunities, firing nine of his 12 points in the first half as the Blue Eagles recorded the most lopsided PBA D-League Finals game in history with the 35-point rout. "We knew coming into the game that they went through a very tough best-of-three against St. Clare and we had more rest. We just wanted to make sure that we use our bench and I think that's what happened," said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Game 2 is scheduled on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Senegalese center Maodo Malick Diouf anchored the Scorpions in the losing effort with 21 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, and three assists. BOX SCORES CIGNAL-ATENEO 101 -- Go 17, Ravena 15, Belangel 12, Kouame 9, Ma. Nieto 9, Tio 8, Wong 8, Daves 7, Andrade 5, Mi. Nieto 3, Mamuyac 3, Mendoza 3, Berjay 2, Navarro 0, Credo 0. CEU 66 -- Diouf 21, Santos 13, Guinitaran 12, Diaz 6, Bernabe 6, Intic 4, Sunga 2, Abastillas 2. QUARTER SCORES: 25-16, 54-31, 80-45, 101-66......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

CEU continues Cinderella run, marches on to D-League finals

     MANILA, Philippines – The severely undermanned CEU Scorpions continued their magical run in the 2019 PBA D-League, handily disposing St Clare-Virtual Reality, 89-72, in a do-or-die semifinals Game 3 at the Ynares Sports Arena on Tuesday, June 11.  With the win, the gutsy Scorpions now arrange a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

7-man CEU wills its way to PBA D-League Finals date opposite Cignal-Ateneo

Centro Escolar University dug deep and pulled off an 89-72 Game Three semifinal shocker to boot St. Clare College Virtual Reality Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and progress to the 2019 PBA D-League Finals. "We didn't expect to be here, to make it to the Finals, but the heart and the desire to win ng mga players, there's no substitute for that," said coach Derrick Pumaren. The duo of Rich Guinitaran and Dave Bernabe stepped up big for the Scorpions, which had to deal with the absence of Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf in the final three minutes of the game. Guinitaran uncorked 23 points and seven rebounds, as well as hitting the big three that erected an 83-68 advantage with 2:49 left. Bernabe contributed 16 of his 22 points in the second half, as well as hauling down 14 rebounds and five steals in the win. Diouf had to sit the waning moments of the game after being whistled for a flagrant foul penalty one for his landing spot foul against Raymond Rubio at the 3:11 mark of the fourth. But CEU's 20-4 third quarter tear was the x-factor in the game, changing the tide from a tight 38-39 halftime affair to a commanding 58-43 lead en route to taking the best-of-three series, two wins to one. CEU now makes a quick pivot with the best-of-five Finals against Cignal-Ateneo already set on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. "For me, this team is already a champion. With all the adversities na nangyari, we still made it," sighed Pumaren. Junjie Hallare carried St. Clare with 19 points, while Joshua Fontanilla got 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals in the semis exit. BOX SCORES CEU 89 -- Guinitaran 23, Bernabe 22, Diouf 14, Sunga 12, Santos 8, Diaz 7, Abastillas 3. ST. CLARE 72 -- Hallare 19, Fontanilla 16, Pare 11, Lunor 7, Tiquia 7, Santos 6, Ambulodto 4, Rubio 2, Penaredondo 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-21, 38-39, 67-52, 89-72......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Scorpions keep surprise run, sting Saints in rubber

The badly undermanned Centro Escolar University side extended its improbable run all the way to the finals following a huge 89-72 win over St. Clare College-Virtual Reality in the PBA D-League yesterday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Saints, Scorpions face off in do-or-die showdown

St. Clare College-Virtual Reality and Centro Escolar University clash one last time today in the deciding Game Three of their PBA D-League semifinal showdown at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

Ateneo books D-League finals berth; St Clare extends semis

    MANILA, Philippines – Cignal-Ateneo gave a repeat performance in their march towards the 2019 PBA D-League finals, drubbing Valencia-San Sebastian anew, 100-73, at the Ynares Sports Arena on Thursday, June 6. Thirdy Ravena led the Eagles’ balanced attack with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists while Ange Kouame churned ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

St. Clare turns into a reality do-or-die vs CEU in PBA D-League semis

St. Clare College-Virtual Reality wasted no time to crush eight-man Centro Escolar University, 84-50, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig to push the 2019 PBA D-League semifinals to a deciding Game 3. Malian center Mohammed Pare anchored the Saints' uprising with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks, as Darwin Lunor came off the bench to tally 14 points and 11 boards. St. Clare immediately took over the game, frustrating the Scorpions in the first half to erect a 23-point edge, 32-9, which would balloon to as high as 34, 82-48, in the closing moments of the affair. Joshua Fontanilla, Junjie Hallare, and Joseph Penaredondo all scored 11 points each in the win. Game 3 is on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the Finals to meet Cignal-Ateneo in the best-of-five championship affair. "Alam ko na amin na eh kaya maga-adjust kami sa kung anong pwede pa ma-adjust at paghahandaan namin sila," said coach Jinino Manansala. Franz Diaz scored 17 points to pace CEU, while Kurt Sunga had 14 points and seven rebounds. Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf was limited to a measly seven points, 22 boards, and two rejections. BOX SCORES ST. CLARE 84 -- Pare 17, Lunor 14, Hallare 11, Fontanilla 11, Penaredondo 11, Rubio 7, Palencia 5, Santos 2, Rivera 2, Manacho 2, Tiquia 2, Ambulodto 0, Fuentes 0, Decano 0. CEU 50 -- Diaz 19, Sunga 14, Diouf 7, Santos 5, Guinitaran 5, Bernabe 0, Abastillas 0, Intic 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-7, 36-19, 60-30, 84-50......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

Scorpions, short in men, survive Saints

Shorthanded, fatigued and all, the seven-man Centro Escolar University continued to defy odds following another 76-75 win over St. Clare College -Virtual Reality in a thrilling Game 1 of their PBA Developmental League best-of-seven semifinal series Monday at the Paco Arena in Manila......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

North of border, Warriors enter new territory: 1-0 deficit

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Steve Kerr has seen a little of almost everything during his wildly successful five-year run as coach of the Golden State Warriors. This, however, is something new. For the first time, Kerr and the Warriors are staring at a 1-0 deficit in the NBA Finals. They’ve trailed in series before, faced plenty of adverse moments along the way, but this is the newest challenge for a franchise trying to join the short list of clubs that have won three consecutive championships. “The experience helps,” Kerr said Friday (Saturday, PHL time), a day after the Toronto Raptors struck first. “Winning multiple championships helps because you have seen it all. There’s also just the knowledge that you’ve been here before. You’ve been down. We have been up 3-1 and lost a series. We have been down 3-1 and won a series. Everything in between. So nothing is going to catch these guys off-guard.” That’s his hope, anyway. There was a clear air of confidence from the Warriors even in the very first moments after the loss Thursday night. They knew they didn’t play particularly well, and lost by only nine. They trailed most of the way, yet still were within striking distance plenty of times. They seemed far from rattled. “No matter what, our sights were coming in that it’s a long series,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said. “And Game 2 is an opportunity for us to right the wrongs and get a big win and go back home.” No one needs to explain to the Warriors that a win on Sunday completely shifts the narrative. And even though the axiom has always been that Game 1 winners usually go on to win the series — and that is still the case — it seems that a 1-0 deficit isn’t as daunting to teams as it once might have been. Since the league went to the 16-team format for the 1984 postseason, Game 1 winners have never been as vulnerable as they have seemed to be this year. In the 14 series this year that preceded the NBA Finals, six Game 1 winners wound up losing their series. That’s never happened before in this format. In the 2010s, Game 1 winners have gone on to lose a series 31% of the time. In the 2000s, it was 25%; in the 1990s, 15%. “As soon as you lose a game, it will be on the crawl that now we only have a 19.7% chance of winning the series. Then if we win (Monday, PHL time) we’ll have a 42.7% chance of not losing the series,” said Kerr, tongue firmly planted in cheek. “This stuff is what it is. You lose a game, you come back and you try to win.” Kerr’s stance is clear: A simpler approach — study film, find ways to get better, apply them Sunday (Monday, PHL time) — is best. On the other hand, Golden State hadn’t lost a Game 1 this season. Or the season before that. Or the season before that. The last time the Warriors woke up and were down 1-0 in a series was the Western Conference finals in 2016 — against Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City. The Warriors responded with a blowout win in Game 2 and went on to prevail in seven games. “You never lose that experience,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “You can always look back on it and it’s more about how you felt, what was your mindset then. But it’s impossible to be the same because it’s completely different teams. And although some of us may have that experience, others on our team have not had that experience.” It bears noting that the Raptors know a 1-0 series lead doesn’t mean much. Orlando had one of those against Toronto in the first round, and lost in five games. Milwaukee had one of those against Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals — 2-0, actually — and lost in six games. “We’ve tried to (have) a conscious thought process of not really caring what the score of the series is,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I think we know that the games are really hard. We know that after a win, the team that gets beat gets really determined. They try to fix things. They mostly play a lot harder and more physical and all those kind of things.” The challenge for his team is to do the same. That process started with a long film session Friday, and there was much to clean up. “There was plenty on there that we need to do better if we want to win another game in this series,” Nurse said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019

7-man CEU still stinging in PBA D-League after stunning Go for Gold-CSB

Seven-man strong Centro Escolar University shocked Go for Gold-CSB, 84-74, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig to progress to the 2019 PBA D-League semifinals. Maodo Malick Diouf played his heart out for all 40 minutes as he registered 25 points, 29 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks to deliver the goods for the Scorpions. "I'm happy for the boys, lalo na yung naglarong seven, lalo na kay Malick. He's been our game changer sa league na ito," said coach Derrick Pumaren. Jerome Santos added 15 points and six rebounds, while Rich Guinitaran had 11 points. CEU now advances to the best-of-three showdown against St. Clare College Virtual Reality in the semifinals. The Scorpions held fort in the endgame, with Diouf dousing the Scratchers' rally from 17 points down and sliced it down to four, 64-68, at the 6:16 mark of the fourth, as the Senegalese big man commanded a 10-2 run to reinstate a 12-point lead, 78-66 with 2:34 left. It was an emotional win for CEU, which discarded Judel Fuentes, Tyron Chan, Jan Formento, Christian Uri, Keanu Caballero, John Rojas, and John Lisbo due to alleged game-fixing. "Yung seven players, na-involve sa game-fixing and we have strong evidences and they admitted it and they're out of the team. We cannot tolerate it," said Pumaren. "Yung game na mahal natin, parang nababoy at parang hindi tama yun. Masyadong unfair sa mga gustong maglaro." Roosevelt Adams carried Go for Gold-CSB with 26 points and 11 rebounds, as Gab Banal collected 18 points, six boards, and six assists in the loss. BOX SCORES CEU 84 -- Diouf 25, Santos 15, Guinitaran 13, Bernabe 10, Diaz 10, Sunga 7, Abastillas 4. GO FOR GOLD-CSB 74 -- Adams 26, Banal 20, Nayve 7, Santillan 6, Gutang 5, Naboa 3, Dixon 3, Pasturan 2, Leutcheu 2, Carlos 0. QUARTER SCORES: 24-20, 44-36, 66-51, 84-74......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2019

Durant travels with the Warriors to Toronto ahead of finals

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant is traveling with the Golden State Warriors to Toronto for the first two games of the NBA Finals, leaving open the chance he could be ready to return from a strained right calf in time for Game 2. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] Durant, the two-time reigning Finals MVP who has missed the past five games since getting hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, has already been ruled out for Game 1 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). As of Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), he had yet to do any full-speed work on the court. Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder confirmed Durant was on the team plane that took off early afternoon West Coast time. The two-time defending champions held an optional practice Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) before traveling. There will be two full days off before Game 2 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), giving Durant time to get further on-court work done that the Warriors would need to see before he is medically cleared. Coach Steve Kerr said Monday (Tuesday, PHL time): "We'll see where it goes from here. This is where the fact that there's a lot of days in between games during the finals helps us, so we'll see.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

St. Clare reaches D-League semis

St. Clare-Virtual Reality took advantage of the fatigue dealt by Metropac-San Beda to fashion out a 65-60 victory and advance to the semifinals of the PBA D-League at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

Saints gain F4; Scratchers stay alive

Joshua Fontanilla took charge at endgame and St. Clare College-Virtual Reality broke through with a first-ever PBA D-League Final Four entry in drubbing Metropac-San Beda, 65-60, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019