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PBA: LA being LA is reason why Ginebra is in the semis

Already having figured in two Finals series that went the full seven-game distance, Ginebra and Meralco were once again pitted against one another in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals. The Bolts registered a record of 7-4 in the elimination round and claimed the fourth-seed while the Gin Kings weren’t that far behind with a 6-5 standing and clinched the fifth-seed. Safe to say, just like their meetings in the last two championship rounds of the Governor’s Cup, not much separated the two teams. Ginebra floor leader LA Tenorio had to admit as much. “Talagang we expected that this series is not going to be easy especially against Meralco,” he told reporters on Wednesday. Indeed, Tenorio and company lost an 18-point lead early in the final frame and saw their new-age rivals come as close as 81-87 inside the last five minutes of the second game of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. Justin Brownlee and Tenorio connived for the answer for the crowd darlings, though, as Brownlee’s assist to a Tenorio triple followed by a Tenorio dish to a Brownlee dunk re-established the double-digit lead they would protect for the remainder of the game. “When they were making that run, LA made the shot in the corner for three and got the steal to toss it back to Justin for the dunk,” a much more gleeful than usual head coach Tim Cone said post-game. “That was the game for me.” That is exactly why, for the nth time, the multi-titled mentor had nothing but high praise for his court general. “(That’s) LA just being LA. He’s such a big moment guy and that was a big moment shot,” he said. For his part, though, Tenorio said he was just doing his job. As he put it, “Siguro, pamatay-sunog lang talaga after their big run. Sa akin, sana nga ‘di na umabot sa ganun e.” He then continued, “Pero actually, to be honest, during the game, ‘di ako kumportable e kasi alam kong babalik sila. They did.” Yes, the Bolts did battle back, but at the same time, Tenorio was there to meet them and turn them back. And in the end, the Gin Kings swept the series up against their new-day rivals. The player who made it happen is only hoping that, unlike their previous conquests of Meralco, this is not yet the end for Ginebra. “We still have best-of-five semis na lalaruin and hopefully, we still have Finals to play. Hopefully, ang peak talaga namin is more pa,” he shared. He then continued, “Medyo nagka-climb pa kami (ngayon) ang hopefully, makuha namin in the right timing.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 11th, 2018

Ginebra is Magnolia s 'Final Boss'

If the Hotshots are to break out of their "Grand Slam" semis hump, they'll have to exorcise their basketball demon that goes by the name of Barangay Ginebra. Since last season, Magnolia is 3-8 in Manila Clasico games and all of the team's wins came during the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals. Still under the banner of Star back then, the Hotshots took a 2-0 and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. They lost. Despite the name change to Magnolia, the Hotshots still can't figure out the Gin Kings and took another beating last Christmas. It was Ginebra's third straight Christmas Day win over their fierce rivals. "Yun yung dapat naming tignan sa video kung ano yung mga kulang namin para malaman namin kung saan talaga kami nag-kulang," star guard Paul Lee said. "Kasi mahirap naman magsabi kung ano yung kulang namin, so mas maganda siguro na panoorin namin lahat para maimprove namin as a team," he added. While the Hotshots are still one of the better teams in the PBA, they made it to three straight semis last season for a reason, and are competitive against the other heavy contenders, Magnolia seems to just stumble against Ginebra every single time. And if the team is to win its first championship since the magical Grand Slam season in 2014, the Hotshots will have to figure Ginebra out. Think of the Gin Kings as the "final boss" Magnolia has to take down if this were a video game. "Of course kailangan namin paghandaan -- strong teams yung tatlo [Ginebra, SMB, TNT]. So siguro yun nga one of the humps na kailangan namin lampasan para makapunta kami sa championship," Lee said. "Of course kailangan every game ibigay namin best namin kahit sino kalaban namin. Kasi kung yun lang titignan namin, baka mabalewala namin yung iba," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

PBA: Coach Leo on Finals: 'I think it will be a good series against Ginebra'

It's either San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria is stressed over the PBA semifinals or he just has a really, really high level of confidence. Or maybe he just thinks in advance. Anyway, it seems like coach Leo is already ready for a Commissioner's Cup Finals against Brgy. Ginebra. After taking a 2-0 semis lead against Alaska Monday, Austria casually mentioned the Gin Kings as their Finals opponents. Take note, San Miguel could still end up losing to the Aces and Ginebra is still only up 1-0 against top seed Rain or Shine in the other series. But asked if he has the championship already in mind with the Beermen one win away from the Finals, Austria is keeping his focus on the present series against Alaska. Can't say the same against the Ginebra-Rain or Shine series. "No, we're not thinking of the championship, dahil kung para sa amin, darating 'yan eh," Austria. "But I think it will be a good series against Ginebra, dahil alam naman natin they are the hottest team in the league right now, eight consecutive wins ano. And makikita mo, nag-beef up sila, so with the addition of Jeff Chan, so probably they are preparing their team for our zone defense against them," he added. It's either San Miguel head coach Leo Austria is stressed over the PBA semifinals or he just has a really, really high level of confidence. Or maybe he just thinks in advance. Anyway, it's funny. That's coach Leo for you. Back to the Alaska series, Austria is still bracing for an Aces comeback. This current rivalry has seen crazier things happen in the recent past. "Well, makikita mo naman talaga, lahat naman sinasabi, sabi nila super team kami against Alaska without Abueva and Banchero. And they keep on fighting back, and in the first half, lagi kaming nalalamangan nila. So I have to admire, 'yung trabaho ng mga coaching staff dahil talagang scouted nila, and alam nila kung anong ginagawa namin, but maybe because of the superior talent we have, 'yun ang nagpe-prevail," Austria said. "But we should not be matuwa dito sa talent na pinapakita namin, dahil come championship game, so it's a different story. And we still have to work hard, especially on defense," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News10 hr. 4 min. ago

Brownlee, Chan dazzle as Ginebra frustrates Rain or Shine in semis opener

Barangay Ginebra leaned on the all-around performance Justin Brownlee and the marksmanship of Jeff Chan to dominate Rain or Shine, 102-98, and take Game 1 of their best-of-five semifnal series, Sunday night at the Big Dome. Source link link: Brownlee, Chan dazzle as Ginebra frustrates Rain or Shine in semis opener.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings destroy no. 1 ROS to start semis

There's still no stopping Ginebra. The Gin Kings rolled past no. 1 Rain or Shine Sunday to start their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series, scoring a nice 102-89 victory at the Big Dome. With Jeff Chan firing at will in the fourth, Ginebra finally pulled away to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. The win was also the eighth straight for the Gin Kings dating back to the elimination round where they had to climb out of a 1-5 hole to make the playoffs as the no. 5 seed. Ginebra got off to a fast start, firing a 22-7 run right out of the gate. Rain or Shine settled down after that initial storm from the Gin Kings, keeping things close until the fourth. However, led by Chan's 10 points in the final 12 minutes, Ginebra managed to break the game wide open again by firing a 16-0 blast to take its largest lead of the night at 24 points, 102-78. "Best part about doing this game tonight was being able to do it without Japeth. He's been out of practice since our last game against Meralco, he got hit in his Achilles so he had some significant swelling in his Achilles tendon area," head coach Tim Cone said. "We don't know exactly how long he'll be out, we're hoping he can suit up in Game 2, but we didn't want to risk him tonight with that swelling. He had an MRI, and the initial reading was a slight tear but after review it was swelling. We're being very cautious. We want to make sure he plays in this series. And also he's a national team player, so we don't want to mess with a national team player as well," he added. Import Justin Brownlee was his usual brilliant self to lead the Gin Kings, scoring 35 points on top of 14 rebounds and nine assists. Chan finished with 21 points for his best game for Ginebra so far while Greg Slaughter added another 20 points in a starting role. For ROS, Reggie Johnson carried the Elasto Painters with 30 points and 13 boards while James Yap scored 15 and had eight rebounds. Game 2 is set for Tuesday also at the Big Dome.   The Scores:  Ginebra (102): Brownlee 35, Chan 21, Slaughter 20, Devance 12, Tenorio 5, Thompson 4, Mercado 3, Aguilar 2, Caperal 0, Manuel 0, Ferrer 0, Mariano 0 Rain or Shine (89): Johnson 30, Yap 15, Daquioag 10, Tiu 7, Washington 6, Ponferada 6, Ahanmisi 6, Belga 4, Nambatac 3, Norwood 2, Almazan 0 Quarterscores: 31-27, 52-45, 76-60, 102-89   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PBA: Yap after Game 1 loss: 'Masaya lahat ng Ginebra fans ngayon'

James Yap loves beating Brgy. Ginebra. That's just a fact. Big Game James relishes in the opportunity to make the legions of Ginebra fans disappointed at least for one night. [Related: PBA: Yap on upcoming semis: "Masarap talunin ang Ginebra"] Sunday is not one of those nights. The Gin Kings demolished Yap's Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to open the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals, scoring a convincing 102-89 decision. As his no. 1 ROS is all of a sudden down in the short best-of-5, Yap will give this night to Ginebra and its fans. "Masarap naman talaga maglaro pag maraming tao. Alam mo naman Ginebra yan eh. Masaya," Yap said on facing an old rival. "I’m sure masaya lahat ng Ginebra fans ngayon," he added. James Yap has had many fierce battles with Ginebra before so you already know he'll be eager to bounce back in Game 2. Yap had a nice 15 points and eight rebounds for ROS in the series opener but obviously, that was not enought. James and the rest of the Elasto Painters have some major adjustments to do in time for Game 2. "Bawi na lang kami next game," Yap said. "Kailangan yung defense namin, yun ang i-adjust namin. Siguro i-execute pa namin yung play namin. Kailangan ma-execute, minsan nagkakanya-kanya kami eh. So medyo walang flow. Yung flow ng offense namin, di masyadong maganda. Sana next game, okay na," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Streaking Barangay Ginebra finds no reason to ease up

FIRMLY secured in the semifinals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup and riding a seven-game winning streak, one could not be blamed for taking it easy. But not the streaking Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, who are now more determined to take on the work to go deeper in the tournament......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Newsome chooses to learn from mistakes after Bolts’ quarterfinals exit

Meralco forward Chris Newsome won't wallow too long after the Bolts got swept by Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup. With one more conference remaining in the 2017-2018 season, Newsome would rather set his sights on the Governors' Cup where the Bolts have had a fair success in the past two years. "There's only two ways you can go about it, either beat yourself up or look at what you did wrong and do whatever you can to improve it," said Newsome after the 104-90 loss to Ginebra that knocked Meralco out. READ:Ginebra sweeps Meralco, advances to PBA semis "I choose to look a it and try to improve, I feel like I've improved a lot since the las...Keep on reading: Newsome chooses to learn from mistakes after Bolts’ quarterfinals exit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

After poor start, Ginebra peaking at the right time heading to semis

Barangay Ginebra wasn't the image of success at the start of the PBA Commissioner's Cup, but all those failures seem to have dissipated by now as the Gin Kings are on a roll heading into.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Kings trip Bolts, gain semis; Beermen also in

Barangay Ginebra summoned all its offensive forces, from its smallest men to its biggest, as it rammed into Meralco’s power station at the height of a blazing run in the second half to fashion out a clinical 104-90 victory and secure a berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Brownlee dazzles as Ginebra sweeps Meralco to reach semis

MANILA, Philippines – For the nth time, Barangay Ginebra proves it has the upper hand over rival Meralco.  The 5th seed Gin Kings advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup by sweeping the 4th seed Bolts, 104-90, in their best-of-3 quarterfinals duel at the Araneta Coliseum on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

LA Tenorio hopes Ginebra continues peaking as semis looms

MANILA, Philippines – There is still plenty of basketball to play for Barangay Ginebra and LA Tenorio hopes they have not reached their peak yet. Off a horrendous 1-5 start to the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Gin Kings have turned their fortunes around and reached the semifinals by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

PBA: Champion Beermen go for sweep of TNT

San Miguel Beer is looking to eliminate rival TNT for the fourth time in five conferences. After a sensational 23-point comeback in Game 1 Monday, the defending champion Beermen go for the sweep Wednesday as their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals series moves into Game 2. TNT absolutey dominated San Miguel in the first half of the series opener but the Beermen saved their best for last, completing a 34-point turnaround in the final five minutes of the game. If San Miguel pulls this one off, the Beermen will be the downfall of the KaTropa anew. San Miguel has beaten TNT on its way to the last two Philippine Cup titles. The Beermen also beat the KaTropa in the Finals of the 2017 Commissioner's Cup. Tip off for Game 2 will be at 7:00 p.m. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Ginebra also goes for a sweep ad the Gin Kings meet the Meralco Bolts for Game 2 of their own best-of-3 series. Ginebra won a defensive struggle in Game 1 and the barangay is one win away from moving on to the semis anew.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

PBA: SMB’s defense yet to match its offense, says coach Leo

After three losses in a row to begin the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, defending champion San Miguel is now on a roll with three consecutive victories. The most recent of which coming in a 129-117 thrashing of Columbian on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. In being able to stretch their streak at the expense of a team they have had trouble with in the past, Beermen head coach Leo Austria is nothing but satisfied. “Alam naman natin na napakahirap manalo. Every time we (are) facing (Columbian), I’m really worried because we have history with this team,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Even in the eliminations or tuneup games, hirap na hirap kami manalo rito.” Columbian, then known as Kia, owns two upset wins over San Miguel in the last three years. That looked like it was going to be the case again in this one as the Dyip led by as much as 11 in the earlygoing. The defending champions quickly caught up to them, though, and scored no less than 28 points in each of the four quarters. Still, Austria was not a fan of how they allowed 117 points for a Columbian side not exactly known for its offensive firepower. As he put it, “Masaya ako na nanalo kami, pero malungkot ako dahil we gave up 117 points so it’s an indication na we’re (not) playing well sa defense ano. In order for us to win games, we have to play defense.” That is even truer for the multi-titled mentor as their offense is now finally firing on all cylinders – and that is even though top pick Christian Standhardinger is still sidelined. “Offensively, hindi nawawala yun, but we need our energy when it comes to facing tougher teams,” he said. He then continued, “We have to improve our defense for us to win and get a chance to get to the quarterfinals and eventually, into the semis or the championship.” Good thing then that the Beermen have done nothing but prove that it will bring the goods when it is most needed. “I know this team e. If we’re facing a team like Ginebra or the (other) top teams, it has a different attitude,” he said. They will have a chance to prove their head coach right once more with 3-4 Globalport, 6-1 TNT, 2-5 NLEX, 1-7 Blackwater, and 3-3 Magnolia all remaining on their schedule. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

PBA: NLEX still looking for a flicker of hope in Commissioner s Cup campaign

Following a 117-106 loss to the TNT KaTropa, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao could only wish for a 'flicker of hope' that could save their Commissioner's Cup campaign as they dropped to a 2-5 record. The Road Warriors even led 80-79 in the third quarter, before their sister team unleashed a 10-1 run that put them ahead for good. NLEX, of course is playing without their promising backcourt of Kevin Alas (ACL tear) and Kiefer Ravena (18-month suspension by FIBA). "Maybe deep in our hearts parang may ano pa rin slim chance, some flicker of hope that's still there. That's why it still feels frustrating, we still feel angry not being able to close it out very because last 4-5 minutes we still had a chance to win." Coping with the loss of their backcourt, the team could do nothing but adjust to the perilous situation given to them by fate, and if they want to compete for a playoff spot, they would have to take down the three-headed monster of the San Miguel Corporation to have a chance. "We're 2 and 5. Four games left. You need to win all four to be assured of a slot. but you still have to play San Miguel, you still have to play Ginebra, you still have to play Magnolia. Those are really strong teams." For a situation that needs a lot of composure to come by, the team's expectation's have not faded nor sunk, as NLEX, Guiao says needs to find a way in order to get over the psychological hump. "If you look at the situation parang medyo mahirap na, but we're not losing hope. The reason why were frustrated and angry is exactly our expectations are still high. We have to find a way to psychologically move forward without those guys."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs

Say goodbye to Kiefer Ravena. For now. In a shocking development, Ravena is receiving a temporary ban from FIBA for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. After an official press conference Monday, Ravena is set to sit out for 1 and a half years, meaning he's set to miss Gilas Pilipinas' road back to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Ravena was picked for a random drug test by FIBA back in February and results showed that he tested positive for 3 banned substances. The ingredients were Dimethylbutylamine Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine and all of them are in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances.  The ingredients were from a workout drink Ravena took pre-game last February 25 when Gilas Pilipinas took on Japan. The drink, which is called Dust, was bought over the counter. Reuben Terrado of Spin.ph cited unnamed sources and first broke the story Monday morning regarding Kiefer's failed drug test during the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "Napakahirap isipin na umabot dito ang nangyari. It was my honest mistake in taking that pre-workout drink," Ravena said in his statement during the press conference. "With WADA and FIBA, we went back-and-forth with all the rules. Totoo naman, you are responsible for whatever you take. Why would I blame anybody? Wala eh, it's a pre-workout drink. Honest to goodness I didn't know," he added. Ravena's status with the NLEX Road Warriors is up in the air as of press time. On Sunday, Ravena was pulled out from the final leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star Games. Several members of the PBA Press Corps in Iloilo City reported the development following Commissioner Willie Marcial's confirmation that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas called Ravena and asked him to return to Manila immediately. [Related: PBA: Kiefer pulled out from All-Star Game for undisclosed reason] No addtional details were provided at that time. PBA players getting suspended for positive drug test results are nothing new. Back in 2003, Commissioner Noli Eala issued an indefinite suspension on Jimwell Torion. The Red Bull point guard reportedly tested positive for shabu. Kiefer's transition to the pros has been seamless so far. In the last Philippine Cup, he led NLEX all the way to Game 6 of the semifinals against Magnolia, It was the Road Warriors' first PBA semis appearance ever. Ravena has also been a crucial part in the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing Asian Qualifiers, appearing in all four games of the national team in the first round.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

PBA: Two-time champion Justin Brownlee comes to the rescue of struggling Ginebra

Brgy. Ginebra has had enough of Charles Garcia. After a 1-3 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Gin Kings are bringing back old reliable and two-time champion Justin Brownlee to the fold. Brownlee, coming of a championship stint in the ABL, will play for Ginebra after the All-Star break. Agent Sheryl Reyes, who represents Brownlee, confirmed the development on Monday. Mga ka barangay it’s official Justin Brownlee is back ... ginebra’s import once again .. watch him next game woot woot #teamreyes pic.twitter.com/xkdEWipwrx — Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 21, 2018 With Garcia, the Gin Kings struggled out of the break, losing their first two games. Sunday against Phoenix, Garcia didn't even finish the game after fouling out in the middle of the fourth period. Ginebra lost in double overtime. Garcia scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds vs. the Fuel Masters but Ginebra's lack of team success is glaring. Meanwhile, Brownlee has played three conferences for Ginebra, leading the team to back-to-back Governors' Cup titles. The Gin Kings were the no. 1 seed in last year's Commissioner's Cup before falling in the semis.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Cone confident struggling Ginebra will turn conference around: We will rise

MANILA, Philippines – There is a reason Barangay Ginebra is considered a powerhouse team and head coach Tim Cone believes it is just a matter of time until they snap out of their slump.  The Gin Kings, after notching their first win of the Commissioner's Cup last week, returned to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Japan, Germany emerge victorious in inaugural FIVB Manila Open

Despite coming from countries which experience the cold confines of winter, Japan and Germany sizzled and came out as the Queens and Kings of the sand court at the conclusion of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open at the SM Sands by the Bay. The Japanese tandem of Nishibori Takemi and Kosano Ayumi defeated Spain's Paula Soria Gutierrez and María Belén Carro Márquez de Acuña despite the scorching bayside afternoon heat in straight sets, 21-14, 21-18. With the victory, the gold medallists have gone undefeated in the tournament, 6-0, while the silver medalists ended the tournament with a 5-1 slate.  Meanwhile, their countrymates were not as lucky in the bronze medal match, as the top-seeded Paraguay tandem of Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Amarilla managed to eke out a 21-17, 21-16 victory over Tanaka Shinako and Sakurako Fujii in the preceding match. Takemi and Nishibori advanced to the Finals after beating Tanaka and Fujii, 21-13, 21-16, in the semis while Bobadilla and Amarilla won over Soria Gutierrez and Carro Márquez de Acuña, 21-16, 21-15. #FIVBManilaOpen Women's Division Podium Finishers: 1st: Japan 🇯🇵 2nd: España 🇪🇸 3rd: Paraguay 🇵🇾@abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/PLxetGh9aN — Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 6, 2018 In the men's division, the Germans defeated the Russians as they came back and won a grueling three-set affair,15-21, 23-21, 15-9, to be crowned the kings of the Manila sand court. Max-Jonas Karpa and Milan Sievers took advantage of the visibly tired Russian duo of Petr Bakhnar and Taras Myskiv, finding open holes in the defense and winning jousts to take home the gold an a $1000 cash prize.  Meanwhile, Switzerland's Michiel Zandbergen and Gabriel Kissling won third after stifling Spanish brothers Javier and Alejandro Huerta Pastor in a thrilling match, 22-20, 19-21, 15-13. It was a see-saw third set which saw both teams exchanging leads. However, it seems the final change of the sides of the court did wonders for the Swiss nationals as Zandbergen emphatically rejected two straight attacks to clinch the third spot.  Bakhnar and Myskiv went to the finals by defeating the Huerta Pastor brothers, 21-18, 17-21, 21-18, while Karpa and Sievers won over Zandbergen and Kissling in the semis, 21-17, 21-16. #FIVBManilaOpen Men's Division Podium Finishers: 1st: Germany 🇩🇪 2nd: Russia 🇷🇺 3rd: Switzerland 🇨🇭@abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/hwwXsj5w75 — Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 6, 2018  The four-day tournament, which featured teams from 23 different countries, featured eight teams, four each for the men's and women's bracket from the Philippines. #FIVBManilaOpen winners celebrate at the podium with champagne @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/VdVEvPU3Ew — Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 6, 2018 UAAP beach volleyball veteran Sisi Rondina and Beach Volleyball Republic founder Dzi Gervacio, used their wit and skill up to the quarterfinals, where they bowed to Japan's Shinako Tanaka and Fujii Sakurako, which went to three sets and went in the favor of the Japanese, 13-21, 21-17, 11-15, Saturday afternoon. READ MORE: Kaya nating sumabay, kaya nating manalo -- Rondina “Sana ito na talaga ang reason why the Philippines should have a good, long term and continuous program for beach volleyball,” said Gervacio to ABS-CBN Sports' Mark Escarlote after their loss against Japan. “Kita naman natin na with just two weeks of practice, never ko ‘tong naging partner si Sisi and never ko itong naging teammate kahit saan but we’ve managed to play until the quarterfinals.” The former Ateneo Lady Eagle also hopes that this will be a springboard for the development of the popularity of the sport in the country. "Sana ito na ang heads up to everyone na, ‘Tara let’s start a beach volleyball program.’ We’ve won against USA and Canada and I think that’s a good turnout for someone who’s very young and a young team in beach volleyball." With the win in the one-star tournament, the participants recieved a $1000 prize for first, $700 for second, and $500 for third, coupled with their corresponding FIVB ranking points.       -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

PBA: Almazan wants that Finals feeling once again

Raymond Almazan is a man on a mission in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. The towering center played his best game in a while for Rain or Shine in the Elasto Painters' beatdown of Brgy. Ginebra, scoring 20 points. Now fully healthy, Almazan wants to bounce back after a relatively ad start to his season. "Siguro injury free lang at healthy na ako ngayon. Last conference, kakabalik ko lang tapos na-injure na naman ako, kahit mga minor injuries, mahirap eh," he said. "Siguro, despite sa mga issues tsaka yung nangyari last conference, sobrang dami nangyari, sana tuluy-tuloy na [good performance]," Almazan added. More than bouncing back, Raymond just wants to win again. He's a man on a mission now. "Sobrang focused ako ngayon," Almazan said. "Gusto ko maganda laro ko this season para matulungan ko yung team. Tsaka matagal na kaming di nag-fi-Finals. Na-miss ko na yung spirit ng Finals eh. So semis muna [goal] bago Finals. Sobrang na-miss ko na yung ganoong pakiramdam," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

DE JESUS: Genius, disciplinarian, champion coach

This story was originally published on May 7, 2017 De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus came inside the press room of the Big Dome for a post-game interview wearing the same smile he had in the past nine times the Lady Spikers closed the UAAP season as champions. The only difference in those championship interviews were the players that accompanied him to answer questions from reporters. From Iris Ortega-Patrona, Desiree Hernandez, Maureen Penetrante, the legendary Manilla Santos, the Big Three of Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado and Jacq Alarca, to Michel Gumabao and beast-mode-don’t-care Aby Marano to Ara Galang, Mika Reyes, Kim Dy and gem of a setter in Kim Fajaro – all of them stood beside a genius and architect of DLSU’s successful volleyball program. Victory after victory, De Jesus built his reputation as a one of the best women’s volleyball mentors in the country. Last Saturday, De Jesus added another feather to his cap when he steered the Taft-based squad to back-to-back titles in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the expense of archrival Ateneo de Manila. Two decades since his arrival to the school of a different shade of green after playing for Far Eastern University, delivered 10 titles and brought the Lady Spikers to the Finals 17 times.   De Jesus shared the secret of his success. “Siguro, sistema siguro then hard work. And then, well-disciplined ‘yung mga bata. Siguro, ‘yun ‘yung key,” he said. His success earned him the respect of his peers including three-time UAAP men’s volleyball champion Oliver Almadro of Ateneo, who was once one of his lieutenants, and players alike. DLSU embraced him as one of its own. “Natutuwa ako kasi kahit hindi ako alumnus doon niyakap nila ako bilang parang doon na din nag-graduate,” said De Jesus. “Hindi ko naman napapansin ang mga nanyayari sa akin sila lang ang nakakapansin, binigyan nga ako ng award. Happy, very happy (ako).” De Jesus is known to be a no nonsense coach. Strict, straightforward and a disciplinarian – traits he inherited from FEU men’s coach Kid Santos.                He doesn’t like fanfare and as much as possible keeps attention away from him. De Jesus carefully chooses his words but when he gives one, everybody listens. He means business all the time.   Brilliance of De Jesus 246-65. De Jesus knows how to win and his career win-loss record says it all. The main reason why DLSU trusted De Jesus to handle the team for that many years – a rare feat considering that a UAAP coach’s tenure is very volatile.   It was summer 20 years ago when former basketball Olympian and influential DLSU sport personality Ramoncito Campos brought in a young mentor in De Jesus to save the school’s volleyball program, which then had yet to win a title since joining the league in 1986.           He entered the UAAP volleyball scene during the time when powerhouse teams Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas, then mentored by legendary coach August Sta. Maria, were the ones lording over here the competition. Of course the road to glory didn’t come easy but his first tour of duty gave DLSU a chance to feel what it was to be in the Final Four when the Lady Spikers finished fourth a year when after strings of forgettable seasons. Quenching the thirst to salvage some pride in the sport that will eventually be DLSU’s second most valued contest next to basketball, the Lady Spikers began to hunger for the crown – something the school never felt before since winning it all back in 1976 as a member of the NCAA.   De Jesus submitted his team to Spartan-like training and hammering discipline and slowly molded the Lady Spikers to a championship-caliber squad. In Season 61, DLSU challenged FEU for the crown but the Lady Tamaraws’ championship experience prevailed. The loss only fueled De Jesus’ desire to bring the Lady Spikers to the throne even more. With the core of ace hitter Ortega-Patrona, setter Valerie Bautista, Sally Macasaet, Sheryl Magallanes, Demelle Chua, Hollie Reyes and then sophomore Ivy Remulla, De Jesus steered DLSU on the right track for another shot at the crown. Midway in the season Bautista got pregnant. De Jesus, calm and composed, knew what to do. He converted open spiker Reyes into a setter and the gambit worked as DLSU once again punched a ticket to the Finals, this time against UST – a very hungry team looking to reclaim the title. A year removed from the throne, UST was ready for the kill. But the Espana-based squad went against a famished team – DLSU will not leave the sweltering University of the Philippines Human Kinetics Gym without the championship trophy. In front of a crowd - dwarf-sized compared to the multitude of fans that troop bigger venues of today – the Lady Spikers wrote history. DLSU slew a giant in a thrilling five-set game behind the stellar performance of Ortega-Patrona, who won that Season’s Most Valuable Player award – the first of many incredible volleybelles that will bag the highest individual honor under De Jesus’ tutelage.     It was an incredible feat but it won’t see a repeat in the next three years.              Grand Slam After their breakthrough title, the Lady Spikers had three straight bride’s maid finishes behind FEU. Heartbreaks brought by Ortega-Patrona’s falling out with De Jesus over a disciplinary issue in Season 63 and the unstoppable power of FEU's Monica Aleta, who won three straight MVP awards while towing the Lady Tams to a three-peat. Like a chess master, De Jesus learned from his mistakes before pulling off a feat that will cement his name as one of the greatest. With Hernandez, Penetrante and a young Santos as his main pieces, he steered the Lady Spikers to a rare three-peat. DLSU brought into heel FEU, UST and Adamson to complete a grand slam. A four-peat loomed for the celebrated Lady Spikers but fate played a cruel trick on them after UAAP suspended DLSU in Season 69 because the Green Archers' basketball squad fielded two ineligible players the previous year.       When the ban was lifted in Season 70, De Jesus and the Lady Spikers were again under the radar as title contenders together with the defending champion UST, FEU and Adamson. But team was forced to file a leave of absence from the school while the tournament was ongoing because Alarca saw action despite incomplete academic credentials to be eligible to play. All of the team’s won games where Alarca played where forfeited and the Lady Spikers ended up at seventh place. It was a painful setback but it also served as a rallying point for DLSU. With Santos playing her final year and the emergence of enigmatic but then rookie libero Mel Gohing in Season 71, the Lady Spikers denied the then graduating Rachel Anne Daquis and FEU back-to-back crowns. DLSU relinquished the throne to the Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo-led Tigresses the following year. The Lady Spikers avenged their loss the next season in a rematch with UST behind Alarca, Mercado, Cruz, Gumabao and Gohing in the start of De Jesus’ second three-peat.   DLSU-Ateneo rivalry Nobody really knows when UAAP volleyball picked up the tremendous following it has today. Maybe it needed something for people to get hooked into. A continuous rivalry, perhaps? For six straight years DLSU and Ateneo did just that. The storied rivalry between La Salle and Ateneo spilled from the basketball court to the taraflex mat of volleyball. De Jesus had in his bench the core of veterans Cruz, Gumabao and Marano back and freshmen Galang, Reyes and Demecillo when they met in the Season 74 Finals a young and promising Lady Eagles side – much like the Lady Spikers De Jesus inherited 14 seasons back. Led by Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio and a fresh recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo gave DLSU a tough challenge for two seasons but the Lady Spikers repelled them both times. Then came Lady Eagles Thai mentor Tai Bundit. For three years in a row, De Jesus’ system bested the rest of the field including that of then Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb. However, a coach who barely spoke English or Filipino provided him a challenge in Season 76. DLSU with an intact core led by Marano, swept its way straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. Ateneo crawled its way to the championship round through a series of do-or-die games. De Jesus is an old-school type of coach. His system is hinged on well-planned strategies and tactics. He was pitted against Bundit’s Thai-style of play anchored on a heartstrong mantra and a ‘happy, happy’ approach of the game. Bundit dances on the sideline, an animated fellow during the matches. De Jesus is stoic as always. When the two collided for the title for the first time, Bundit shocked De Jesus and DLSU when Ateneo beat them thrice in a four-game series that went the full distance. Bundit and the Valdez-led Lady Eagles did it again the following year, completing a season sweep at the expense of the Lady Spikers, who struggled to pose any form resistance in the Finals after Galang went down with a season-ending ACL tear in the semis. It was a devastating loss to say the least. But De Jesus, a general who fought many battles for the green and white, stuck with the weapon that brought him success – his ability to adjust. Outdueled by Bundit in their last six matches, De Jesus found a way to stop the rampaging Lady Eagles in their first meeting in Season 78. Ateneo equalized in the second round and even took the top spot after the elimination. The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles would eventually meet in the Finals for the fifth year in a row. De Jesus was ready for Ateneo. He knew the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady Eagles and used it to his advantage to win the series opener. The then graduating Valdez brought Ateneo back in Game 2 to tie the series, but DLSU completed its long-awaited revenge in the decider and gave Reyes, Demecillo and Galang a fitting sendoff gift.                  Road to back-to-back Losing five veterans including three of their key players heading into Season 79 gave De Jesus one of the toughest challenges he ever faced as a DLSU mentor.  Setter Kim Fajardo returned for her swan song together with fourth year playes Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Majoy Baron. Desiree Cheng also came back after a year of absence due to a knee injury, but De Jesus was still left to navigate with a relatively young crew.  “Sa laht nang nai-form kong team, ito yung medyo (up and down) yung performance,” he said. “Sobrang babaw ng bench, wala ka halos (mahugot) pagtingin mo, wala ka makuha.” DLSU struggled early and was on the losing end of two elims matches against Ateneo. “Ateneo nu’ng buong elimination NU lang ang halos tumalo. Sabi ko ano bang meron ang team na ito?” he said. “Pinilit lang naming habulin.” “Kasi alam ko nag-start kami medyo hilaw ang team namin. Early part ng first round natalo kami sa UP sabi ko pukpok pa tayo, habol pa,” De Jesus added. “Ang nakakatuwa sa mga bata, ang determinasyon na humabol nandoon.” When the De Jesus found himself leading the Lady Spikers to a sixth straight title series against Bundit and the Lady Eagles, he knew his squad was ready to defend their crown. And protect it they did in a series sweep capped by a dramatic five-set victory.    “Siguro buong eliminations, nire-review namin ang mga games, nakikita mo yung difference, ‘yung advantage at disadvantage ng team, so siguro doon kami nag-focus, kung saan kami medyo dehado. Concentrate kami sa training,” he said. “Ine-explain ko rin sa players kung ano yung dapat naming gawin, although mahirap. So, tanggapin na lang nila.” In a rare moment, when Ateneo’s Jho Maraguinot sent her attack long that signaled DLSU’s back-to-back championships, De Jesus let his hair down a little. He was jumping, dancing, celebrating the victory and even held his hands up, both his palms wide open as confetti dropped and the deafening roar of the crowd and banging of the drums echoed inside the arena. De Jesus won his tenth title. When the celebration subsided, De Jesus fashioned the same smile he wore in his past nine championships as he was led inside the pressroom of the Big Dome. Only this time around, Fajardo, Cheng and Dy were the ones who followed him from behind.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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