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Petron to miss Rondina& rsquo;s services in Superliga tilt

Petron to miss Rondina& rsquo;s services in Superliga tilt.....»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardMay 15th, 2019

Petron braces for tough three-peat bid

Petron is tipped to have a hard time defending its crown when the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino unfurls on June 15 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Head coach Shaq Delos Santos admitted that the battle will be tough following the emergence of Cignal, F2 Logistics, Foton and new team Marinerang Pilipina. Cignal, for one, secured the services of Filipino-American playmaker Alohi Robins-Hardy while the Cargo Movers remain intact, but displayed eagerness to challenge the Blaze Spikers anew. Foton, for its part, secured the services of University of Santo Tomas ace Eya Laure as well as collegiate standouts Laizah Bendong of University of the East (UE) and Arianne Layug, Justine Dorog and Marianne Buitre of University of the Philippines to form a lethal squad that will welcome the return of explosive spiker EJ Laure. Rookie team Marinerang Pilipina is also a threat as young guns Judith Abil, Caitlin Viray, Cesca Racraquin and Dimdim Pacres conspire with veteran Ivy Remulla are all ready to make an immediate impact. Delos Santos, who welcomes the return of Sisi Rondina, Buding Duremdes and Chin Basas, knows that the road back to the title will never be easy. "I think it’s possible for us to be dethroned this conference. All teams are strong and it’s really hard to tell if we can keep our place on top,” said Delos Santos during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Braska Restaurant, Amelie Hotel and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp on Tuesday. “We can’t take this conference lightly. We have to work hard because other teams are also out to dethrone us.” PSL ambassadress Rachel Anne Daquis agreed with Delos Santos, saying that this conference is very tough as teams like Generika-Ayala, Sta. Lucia, United VC and PLDT all did their respective home works in the off-season. The Lifesavers will parade former UE star Mary Anne Mendez while the Lady Realtors will have a new libero in Filipino-American Alex Bollier to join the solid crew of Amanda Villanueva, Pamela Lastimosa, MJ Philips and Rebecca Rivera.   United VC is also solid force as Kalei Mau will be back while PLDT will have former Far Eastern University aces Jerili Malabanan, Czarina Carandang and Angel Cayuna to reinforce the core of Gretchel Soltones, Jasmine Nabor and Aiko Urdas. “I’m really looking forward to a high-level competition,” said Daquis, the 2015 All-Filipino Most Valuable Player who will skipper the HD Spikers.  “There’s a lot of changes in the league as most players switched teams while those from college joined their respective mother teams," she added. "This is going to be another exciting conference and we’re looking forward to give Petron a good fight.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

Blaze Spikers escape HD Spikers in five

Sisi Rondina came up big to power Petron to a come-from-behind 17-25, 21-25, 25-11, 25-17, 15-10 win over Cignal in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. After missing their previous game against Generika-Ayala, Rondina went full blast as she lit the scoreboard with 23 kills, two blocks and ace off the bench to lift Petron to its eighth win in nine games. Remy Palma chipped in 12 points while Bernadeth Pons put up 10 markers and 22 digs as the Blaze Spikers avoided the upset ax of the HD Spikers after losing the first two sets. Petron stepped on the gas late in the fifth set for a 13-9 lead before Rondina delivered back-to-back hits to finish off the HD Spikers. Mylene Paat and Jovelyn Gonzaga tallied 17 points apiece while Rachel Anne Daquis had 12 markers for Cignal, which fell to 3-5 win-loss card. Meanwhile, F2 Logistics brushed off a rusty start before catching fire in the second set to massacre Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-22, 25-3, 25-12. With Kalei Mau anchoring the offense, the Cargo Movers turned a 10-19 deficit in the first set into a rout to remain flawless in eight games. Mau finished with 13 points while Ara Galang had 11 points and 15 digs and Majoy Baron asserted her might at the defensive end with five blocks for nine markers for the Cargo Movers. Dawn Macandili was also instrumental with 24 digs and seven excellent receptions for F2 Logistics, which committed only four errors in the entire ballgame. After trailing by nine, 10-19, F2 Logistics stepped on the gas and captured the first set at 25-22. Then, it was all Cargo Movers from there as they destroyed the sluggish Lady Realtors on both ends to finish the second set with 25-3 count – the biggest margin ever tallied in the six-year history of this tourney. Sta. Lucia’s three points in the second set came from an ace by Andrea Marzan, a successful challenge by head coach Babes Castillo and an attack from skipper Pam Lastimosa. Andrea Marzan and Roselle Baliton came through with eight and seven points, respectively,  for the Lady Realtors, whose lone win in nine matches came from rookie team Marinerang Pilipina.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019

Blaze Spikers torch Lifesavers

BACOOR CITY --- Reigning champion Petron doused cold water on Generika-Ayala’s sizzling streak after pulling off a 25-18, 25-12, 25-16 conquest in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Bacoor Strike Gym here. Skipper Frances Molina was at her best, towing the Blaze Spikers to their fifth win in six games. Molina, the last remaining player from the Petron squad that swept its way to an All-Filipino title in 2015, delivered 10 kills and two aces for 12 points while Sisi Rondina notched eight attacks, two aces and a block for an 11-hit performance. Meanwhile, Jaja Santiago erupted for 29 points to lead Foton to a 25-27, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19, win over Cignal for a 4-3 win-loss record. The HD Spikers fell to their fourth straight loss in six games. Former national team skipper Mika Reyes, meanwhile, finished with 10 markers highlighted by four blocks to underscore the Blaze Spikers’ dominance defensively all throughout the match that lasted for 78 minutes. “We’ve been struggling the past few games, but good thing we’re slowly getting into our real game. Although we’re not yet in our 100 percent, we’re already moving well inside the court,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Remy Palma were also instrumental with seven points apiece while Rhea Dimaculangan did a marvelous job setting the plays with 18 excellent sets to compliment the 11 digs and seven excellent receptions by libero Buding Duremdes. More than that, the Blaze Spikers managed to shut down the attackers of the Lifesavers led by Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain. Angeli Araneta was the lone bright spot with nine markers while the Ceballos and Orendain were very quiet, finishing with only five and two points, respectively. The Lifesavers fell to solo third with a 4-2 mark......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2019

Libero Jen Reyes set to join former NU teammates at Foton

While University of Sto. Tomas had its mini reunion with Petron, former and current National University players are setting their own with the Foton Tornadoes. Seasoned libero Jen Reyes bolted out of the Tri-Activ Spikers to join her former Lady Bulldogs teammates Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Jaja Santiago and Ivy Perez at Foton. The two-time Philippine Superliga Grand Prix champion Tornadoes lost most of their core players including their pair of defensive specialists Bia General and Kara Acevedo after their contracts expired. The Santiago sisters, Perez, EJ Laure and Maika Ortiz are the only holdovers of the team. Jaja Santiago and Laure of UST are unavailable for the Invitational Conference that will open next month because of their commitments with their respective schools.    And the acquisition of Reyes is the start of the team’s rebuilding process. The multi-awarded libero played for Petron for three seasons after transferring from Cignal, helping the Tri-Activ Spikers capture the 2014 Grand Prix and 2015 All-Filipino Conference – a historic 13-0 tournament sweep – crowns.  'Pinakamahirap na desisyon ay magpaalam sa Petron family ko. I spent the last three years of my career sa Petron. We won together, we lost together, para na kaming pamilya,” said Reyes. “But now it’s time for me to face a new challenge. Looking forward ako sa bagong chapter ng buhay ko ngayon.” Reyes has an impressive resume making her a prized defensive gem for any team. The libero has played in numerous international tournaments including consecutive appearances in the AVC Asian Women's Club Championship in 2015 with Petron and in 2016 as a local import for Foton. She also played in the 2016 FIVB Women's Club World Championship.  Aside from General and Acevedo, the Tornadoes also lost Cherry Rondina, setter Rhea Dimaculangan, spikers Patty Orendain and Carol Cerveza and middle blocker Angeli Araneta. Rondina and Dimaculangan transferred to Foton’s Grand Prix archrival Petron.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Former, current Tigresses reunite in Petron

Foton’s loss is Petron’s gain. The Tornadoes may have asserted its mastery over the Tri-Activ Spikers twice in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix in the past couple of years but Petron surely scored a big knockout punch in the recruitment war. Former Foton players Cherry Rondina and seasoned playmaker Rhea Dimaculangan bolted out of their former squad to join Petron. The Tri-Activ Spikers also landed Marivic Meneses while Carmela Tunay is also expected to sign a deal with Petron in a reunion of former and current University of Sto. Tomas players. The Tigresses will join former UST star Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, who led the Espana-based squad to its last UAAP crown seven years ago. Aside from the players, Petron also retained former Tigresses coach Shaq Delos Santos and ex-Foton assistant coach Ian Fernandez.      Tunay will only play in the Invitational Conference and will share the court with Petron’s biggest acquisition and fellow Virtual Playground talent Mika Reyes, who signed a two-year deal with the San Miguel Corporation club Wednesday after leaving F2 Logistics.         Rondina and Meneses would be coming in the All-Filipino Conference together with Far Eastern University stars Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma, who already suited up for Petron last year, after their campaign in the UAAP. Petron’s recruitment coup sends a serious warning that the Tri-Activ Spikers desire to bring back their glory days when they won the 2014 PSL Grand Prix and 2015 All-Filipino Conference highlighted by a clean sweep of the tournament. Foton dethroned Petron in the 2015 Grand Prix in a dramatic three-game upset before sweeping the Tri-Activ Spikers in their conference finals rematch a month ago. The severely depleted Tornadoes lost seven players with Angeli Araneta, Patty Orendain, Carol Cerveza, Bia General, Kara Acevedo, Dimaculangan and Rondina making a mass exodus. In the Invitational Conference, only Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Maika Ortiz and Ivy Perez are the available holdovers with EJ Laure of UST and Jaja Santiago of National University playing in the UAAP. Foton is now recruiting players and holding tryouts to fill their roster.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles           .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

Pascua replaces Acaylar as Cignal coach

A day after the resignation of long-time mentor Sammy Acaylar, Cignal tapped the services of two-time champion coach George Pascua for the coming fifth season of the Philippine Superliga. Pascua, who steered Petron to the 2014 Grand Prix and 2015 All-Filipino Conference crowns, accepted the deal Wednesday. The mentor will try to revive the HD Spikers, who in recent conferences dipped in performance after their runner up finishes in the Inaugural Conference and in the 2013 Grand Prix.   “Bagong challenge sa akin ito and siyempre excited na rin ako,” said Pascua, who was replaced by Shaq Delos Santos in Petron heading into the 2016 Grand Prix. Pascua will inherit a powerhouse roster bannered by veterans Paneng Mercado, Cherry Vivas, Jheck Dionela, Mylene Paat and Janine Marciano with Michelle Laborte now serving as assistant coach. In the 2014 Grand Prix, Pascua piloted Petron to its first-ever title behind American reinforcement Alaina Bergsma and Brazilian Erica Adachi.  Petron followed it up with a historic 13-0 sweep of the 2015 All-Filipino Conference with a solid roster led by Aby Marano, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Most Valuable Player Rachel Anne Daquis. But the Tri-Activ Spikers failed to defend its Grand Prix crown against the emerging power Foton led by 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and American import Lindsay Stalzer. Petron missed a spot in the Finals of the 2016 All-Filipino Conference. Acaylar resigned Tuesday after Cignal finished sixth in last year’s All-Filipino and last in the Grand Prix.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles           .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

Petron wins fifth straight; Foton escapes in five

BACOOR CITY --- Petron brushed off a sluggish start before completing a sweep of Generika-Ayala, 26-24, 25-12, 25-19, on Tuesday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Strike Gym here. The Blaze Spikers started out flat, falling behind, 11-17, in the opening frame before sparking a huge run to turn the tables around. “Slow start lang talaga siguro yung receive at attack namin nagstruggle kami,” Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos said. “Kahit malaki yung lamang nakakatuwa kasi hinabol talaga ng team hanggang sa naipanalo namin.” The Blaze Spikers capitalize on their first set comeback to take the fight out of the Lifesavers for their fifth straight win for a 7-1 win-loss slate. “Malaking bagay sa akin yan dahil ang Generika halos lahat ng team kaya nilang i-beat, siyempre kami din kaya rin nila kami,” added Delos Santos. “Pero siyempre pinaghandaan talaga namin sila mabuti dahil alam naming pag gumana yung team nila, mahihirapan kami.” Bernadeth Pons scored all but one of her 18 points off attacks and added nine excellent receptions for the Blaze Spikers. Ces Molina finishwd with 12 points and displayed great floor defense with 21 digs and three excellent receptions while Remy Palma got 13 markers for Petron. Angeli Araneta was the only Generika-Ayala player in double figures with 10 points. Fiola Ceballos had nine markers for the Lifesavers, who dropped to 5-3 card. Meanwhile, Foton completed a come-from-behind 18-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 15-4 win over Sta. Lucia for a 5-3 mark. Jaja Santiago, substitute spiker Marian Buitre and Dindin Santiago-Manabat powered the Tornadoes to kick off their second-round campaign.  Santiago delivered 22 points built on 14 kills, six blocks and two service aces while Buitre, who was fielded in the third set, showed her worth with 15 points off eight attacks, five aces and two blocks. Manabat, for her part, added 13 markers. Foton tightened its hold of the solo fourth place with its fourth straight victory. Pam Lastimosa put up 13 points and 15 digs for Sta. Lucia. Rachel Austero had 11, while Amanda Villanueva added 10 markers including 12 excellent receptions as their team dropped to 1-7 card. Sta. Lucia head coach Babes Castillo didn’t field MJ Phillips while libero Alex Bollier is out for at least a week for a week due to patellar tendinitis on her left knee......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

Petron, Foton sweep separate PSL foes

      MANILA, Philippines – Sisi Rondina returned with a bang as the Petron Blaze Spikers dominated PLDT Home Fibr for a straight-set triumph, 25-16, 29-27, 25-22, in the 2019 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference at the Malolos Gym at Bulacan Sports Complex, on Saturday, July 6. Rondina, who just ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

PVL: Ayoko talagang mag-single leg [landing] -- Gonzaga on preventing another knee injury

Veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga tried to keep the ball in play despite an overset but still resulted in an attack error. The PacificTown Army star landed on both feet before falling down to the floor completely. In another play, Gonzaga scored on a hit but again landed with the same sequence. Coming off a right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury that had her sidelined for almost two years, Gonzaga is extra cautious with her landing after an attack, hit or miss. “Oo, like for example siguro kapag bitin na set or sobra na set, ang tendency ko siguro ay ibabagsak ko na siya kaysa mag-one leg landing ako,” explained Gonzaga on Wednesday after the Lady Troopers bowed down to defending champion Creamline, 25-16, 16-25, 22-25, 16-25, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. “Kasi natatakot [ako], like kanina may medyo bitin na set sa akin, nagdalawang-isip ako kung anong gagawin ko kasi ayokong mag-single leg landing. Hangga’t maaari iniiwasan ko talaga,” she added. “I committed that error kasi from that time nagdalawang-isip ako. Gusto ko siyang paluin pero sini-secure ko talaga ang safety ko, na hangga’t maaari hindi mauulit [ang injury ko].” Gonzaga suffered a knee injury in 2017 while playing for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga. She underwent surgery and long therapy.    She recalled that she landed on one leg when she sustained the injury, so to prevent another accident, Gonzaga would always make sure that she will land properly. And if necessary, she would cushion the impact of her landing by falling on the floor. “’Yun nga ang tendency ko na ibabagsak ko na lang siya every time na sobra ang set sa akin o bitin kasi mas less ang stress sa tuhod ko,” Gonzaga said. “Kasi once na hinabol ko ang bola na bitin, ang lahat ng bigat ko sa harapan ng tuhod ko. So binabalik ko na lang siya para sa pwet, sa likod ko na lang yung pressure.” Gonzaga added that it was her conditioning and physical therapists who advised her to avoid landing on one leg – a common mistake among volleyball players. “Ayoko talagang mag-single leg [landing]. Yun lang din naman ang advise sa akin nung conditioning coach ko, ng PTs ko na every time na pumalo ka mag-double leg [landing] ka. Kahit anong mangyari double leg, yun lang naman and advise sa akin. Kung mahirap na ang bola let it go as long as double leg landing ka lagi,” she said. Having experienced the pain of a knee injury, having to undergo surgery and recovery plus the long wait to get back into action, Gonzaga’s advice to other volleyball players is to follow the proper way of landing.    “Advice ko ‘yun sa lahat from my experience parang hangga’t maaari mag-double leg talaga, iwasan ang single leg landing,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

NEXT IN LINE? Yeng Guiao sees Kiefer Ravena as a successor to elite Filipino point guards

The Philippine Men’s National Basketball Program has seen a number of elite playmakers during its time, and in recent memory and in recent memory, the likes of Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro are top of mind. Alapag helped lead the Philippines to their first FIBA World Cup berth in 2014, and starred in a number of big-time moments for the tri-colors Like Alapag, Castro has also excelled in international play and is widely regarded as Asia’s Best Point Guard. But as the Philippines gears up for another FIBA World Cup appearance this year, the program has seemingly lost the services of their chief playmaker, with Castro begging off from National Team duty to focus on his family. With the 2019 FIBA World Cup just around the corner, Gilas is now searching for their next floor general, and while Castro and his presence is undeniably irreplaceable, head coach Yeng Guiao believes that there is enough new blood that can help fill the void. “Wide open yan talaga, they have to earn that spot,” Guiao told ABS-CBN Sports, referring to Gilas' starting point guard spot.  While there is indeed a talented crop of point guards in the Philippines, Guiao has pinpointed Kiefer Ravena as a strong candidate, but maintains that it is still something that he needs to earn. “Although of course, Kiefer is a high likelihood that he’s going to be in the regular team, earning the number one spot is a different case. He has to fight it out with Paul, with Mark Barocca, even with the new guys, hindi natin alam kung ano ipapakita niyan.” Ravena rejoined National Team practice Monday evening after sitting out for nearly a year and a half due to a FIBA-imposed suspension. The suspension will be lifted on August 24th, a week before the start of the FIBA tournament. Guiao is confident that Ravena and the other Gilas hopefuls can step into the role that Castro has given up. “Tapos na ng suspension niya by August 24 eh, so ang calculation ko is yung spot ni Jayson, as much as we will miss him, as much as he has contributed a lot to the cause of the National Team, these are able guys, Kiefer particularly, who will show their true worth in the absence of Jayson. Kahit na malaki yung void na naiwan, I think these young guards coming in, especially Kiefer, are going to be able to fill it out.” The veteran mentor even believes that Ravena has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of other elite Filipino point guards such as Alapag, Castro and the ones that have come before. “For sure. I have no doubt, he is going to be the successor to those guys.” “Number one, he is smart. He has a very high basketball IQ. Number two, he has leadership qualities, yung nakikinig sa kanya yung mga kasama niya, as young as he is, he is relatively young, nakikinig sa kanya pati yung mga beterano. Number three, he has the physical tools,” Guiao explained. “I would have wanted him to be two or three inches taller, pero kahit na hindi, I think he has the tools to play that position as well, and I think he is as big or a littler taller than Jayson, so wala tayong problema sa physical tools niya.“ Apart from missing Ravena’s services in the National Team, Guiao has also missed the former UAAP champion and MVP’s services in the professional ranks with the NLEX Road Warriors. Having Ravena back on the floor, even just for practice for now, Guiao says, is definitely a welcome sight. “I saw him play, this is what we’re missing in NLEX. This is what we’re missing in the National Team. He could have played side-by-side with Jayson actually kung available siya. Nung nakita ko siya now, after not playing for one-and-a-half years, and he’s still this good, can you imagine kung naka-laro lang siya? Gumaling pa sana siya.” Ravena will be back with NLEX for the PBA's third conference, the Governor's Cup later this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena’s return highlights Gilas’ ‘best practice so far’

The Philippine Men’s Senior National Basketball team continued their preparations for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China this August with another training session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. While the highlight of the scrimmage was the return of playmaker Kiefer Ravena, who has been serving an 18-month suspension handed down by FIBA back in 2018, another positive was the number of players who participated in the practice. A total of 13 players were present in practice, and National Team head coach Yeng Guiao was happy to see enough bodies to be able to hold a proper 5-on-5 run. “We had enough people to go 5-on-5, this is our first complete actually, it’s our best practice so far,” Guiao told the media during a post-practice scrum. National Team vets such as Paul Lee, RR Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, and Mark Barroca were on hand to participate in the drills and the 5-on-5 scrimmage, while Raymond Almazan was also in attendance but did not join the practice proper. Apart from Ravena, other new faces for this training camp included PBA rookies Robert Bolick and CJ Perez, and Guiao was delighted to see them come out. “We’re very very appreciative of the guys who came in, si CJ atsaka si Robert, and of course, Kiefer,” the long-time mentor said. “For the first time, he’s able to practice and witness kayo, for the first time after more than one year and six months. Siguro part of the excitement why we had a really good practice today, we’re just excited to play with each other.” Guiao explained that Bolick and Perez, former NCAA stars, were invited because of their initiative to try their luck with the National Team pool. “Actually, in the case of Robert and CJ, sila yung nag-initiate na makapag-practice sila, that’s why we invited them, so nagparamdam sila na gusto nilang mag-try ng luck nila to be in the to be in the pool.” As for Ravena, Guiao was pleased to see that his NLEX playmaker was in tip-top shape, even after the time off. “Si Kiefer, nakakausap ko naman yun, so he’s really excited to be part of the National Team, at least pool, although sabi ko naman his chances of making it are really good,” Guiao stated. “You saw him in practice today, it’s just like he did not miss the last, or he was not suspended, for the last one and a half years. His sharpness is there, his stamina is there, he does not look like he’s heavy, that’s his natural body, so things are looking good at this point.” Guiao also expressed his appreciation for Stanley Pringle, who joined the practice. Pringle and the Gin Kings took on Guiao’s NLEX Road Warriors in Batangas the night before Gilas practice. “Si Stanley, again, he’s one of the guys that volunteered himself, just in case we need an extra body. Galing yan sa Batangas, kalaban namin kahapon, so he’s just offering his services just so we have people who can play roles in practices so mas maganda yung practice natin.” Being designated as a naturalized citizen by FIBA, The newly-acquired Ginebra Gin King is unlikely to crack the lineup with big man Andray Blatche expected to suit up for the National Team. Guiao is, however, looking to add Pringle to the training pool for their training camp in Spain this August. “I’m also thinking of bringing Stanley to Spain, if Ginebra is not playing in the Finals, kasi may dalawang team na maglalaro ng Finals, siguradong may member ng National Team, so when we go to Spain, we can only take the players of the ten teams that are not involved, so may mawawala talaga, so kailangan pag-isipan kung sino ang isasama.” The 2019 FIBA World Cup kicks off on August 31st in China, with the Philippines joining Angola, Italy, and Serbia in Group D. Guiao hopes to be able to release a final lineup by next month. “Pag-dating ni Blatche, I think July 8, siguro by July 15 mayroon nang final lineup.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

PBA: Jones scores 49 and TNT wins fourth straight for solo lead

Terrence Jones and TNT continue to dominate. Jones is back to his scoring ways and he led the KaTropa to another convincing win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, this time a 104-91 beating of Meralco for the Petron Saturday Special game at the Big Dome. After dishing out 16 assists in the win against Ginebra Wednesday, Jones dropped 49 points against the Bolts and TNT took over first place in the mid-season joust with a 6-1 record. It was the KaTropa’s fourth straight victory. Jones scored 18 straight points for TNT to start the fourth period, allowing the KaTropa to finally pull away from the pesky Bolts. On top of scoring a total of 49 points, his fourth 40-point game in the PBA, Jones also had 18 rebounds and four assists and shot 53 percent from the field, including seven of 11 from deep. After Jones, Ryan Reyes fired 19 points off the bench, shooting six of seven from three-point range. Don Trollano added 16 for TNT, filling in on the scoring department as the KaTropa missed the services of lead guard Jayson Castro. The Blur was out as he tied the knot with his long-time partner. “We’re just happy for the win,” said head coach Bong Ravena. “Kahit wala si Jayson, the rest of the guys stepped up, they played hard,” he added. Meralco got a career-high 32 from Chris Newsome but it wasn’t enough to avoid a two-game losing skid. The Bolts dropped to 3-4 with the loss. New import Jimmie Taylor scored 13 poitns and 18 rebounds for Meralco. He replaced Gani Lawal.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

UAAP Volleyball: Morado sees Wong as Lady Eagles leader in Season 82

Former Ateneo de Manila University playmaker Jia Morado sees next season as Deanna Wong’s litmus test as the Lady Eagles' new leader when they try to defend their recently reclaimed throne. The Lady Eagles completed a Season 81 Finals series comeback over University of Sto. Tomas last Saturday to end a four-year title drought and capture their third crown overall. But Ateneo also saw the departure of middles Maddie Madayag and Finals Most Valuable Player Bea De Leon along with Kim Gequillana. Top hitter Kat Tolentino, who is still eligible to suit up next season, has not yet committed to play in Season 82. With the departure of Ateneo’s veterans, Wong will pilot a relatively young crew next year – almost the same situation that Morado was in during her last run as a Lady Eagle in Season 79 following the exit of three-time MVP Alyssa Valdez the year before.   “Actually, I think I had seasoned players on my last year. A lot of my spikers, nakasama ko na rin for at least a year or two,” said Morado on Monday during her club team Creamline’s photo shoot for the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the ABS-CBN Integrated Sports Office.   “But Deanna next year, although nakasama niya rin naman sila this year, hindi sila nabigyan ng time together talaga sa loob ng court so it will be interesting kung paano niya ibi-build ang connection niya with the spikers,” added Morado, who helped the Lady Eagles capture the Season 76 and 77 titles. The Cool Smashers setter said that although Ateneo will miss the services of its reliable veterans, the Lady Eagles and Wong will have the luxury of playing with young and aggressive talents looking to prove themselves in the country’s premier collegiate league.   “Siyempre ‘yung familiarity with her spikers is very important and next year more of rookies ang spikers niya. But the good thing about that you can go really far with young blood lalo na ‘yung mga rookies kasi sila ganado sila,” said Morado. “If you can lead them well, man them well, marami pa ring good weapons si Deanna kasi malalakas ‘yung mga batang papasok next year. So all she has to do is be able to lead them.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 20th, 2019

Petron& rsquo;s Reyes recalls & lsquo;sweet triumph& rsquo; at Superliga Finals

Petron& rsquo;s Reyes recalls & lsquo;sweet triumph& rsquo; at Superliga Finals.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

Petron, F2 clash in Finals& rsquo; Game 3 for Superliga title

Petron, F2 clash in Finals& rsquo; Game 3 for Superliga title.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

PVL: Is 56-point scorer Silva suiting up for Motolite?

Newcomer Motolite made a recruitment coup after tapping the services of Cuban sensation Gyselle Silva as its import in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. In an episode of The Score, Motolite franchise player Myla Pablo talked about the prospect of playing alongside Silva. The former Cuban national team member made history last year after scoring 56 points while playing for Smart in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix. Silva had 53 attacks and three aces in a five-set loss to Cocolife, landing at fourth spot in women’s volleyball scoring record. Motolite is also eyeing Bosnian Edina Selimovic as Silva’s tandem. Selimovic played for Pablo’s former team Pocari Sweat but was replaced by American Krystal Rivers late in the PVL’s inaugural import-laden conference after sustaining a hamstring injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

Reyes transfers, signs deal with Petron

Petron pulled off a huge recruitment coup after signing former three-time UAAP champion Mika Reyes to beef up its middle for the next season of the Philippine Superliga. The De La Salle product, last year's league ambassadress, inked a deal with the Tri-Activ Spikers after parting ways with F2 Logistics and long-time mentor Ramil De Jesus.  Reyes signed her contract Wednesday. 'It was indeed a very tough decision but Petron made it easier as we've laid out concrete plans for my personal and volleyball career,' said Reyes, who signed her contract at the San Miguel Corporation headquarters in Pasig with Virtual Playground manager and agent Charlie Dy and SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua. Petron made a well-timed decision of getting the services of the 22-year-old Reyes to fill in the gaping hole left by CJ Rosario, who is now pursuing a new career as a flight attendant. Reyes was a vital cog for DLSU, winning three championships in her five-year stay with the Taft-based squad including an incredible swan song in the UAAP Season 78. In the PSL, the 5-foot-11 Reyes was F2 Logistics' muscle in the middle when the Cargo Movers clinched its breakthrough title in the 2016 All-Filipino Conference against Foton. She also helped F2 Logistics salvage a third place finish in the import-laden Grand Prix. Reyes, who was a member of the F2 Logistics Manila that competed in the 2016 FIVB Women's Club World Championship held in Manila, is Petron's biggest recruited star since landing former players Gretchen Ho, Rachel Anne Daquis, Aby Marano, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano and Dindin Santiago-Manabat.  The Pulilan, Bulacan native will join FIVB WCWC teammate Ces Molina and multi-awarded lefty hitter Aiza Maizo-Pontillas.    --- br /> Follow this writer in Twitter @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Palace to gov’t agencies: Back Miss Universe tilt

Palace to gov’t agencies: Back Miss Universe tilt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

'Confident, arrogant' Foton fuels Petron import Niemer

Thrash talking and getting under each other’s skin give added color to the already interesting championship rematch between defending champion Foton and archrival Petron in the 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix starting Thursday at The Arena in.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2016

Petron, F2 Logistics battle for right to face Foton in the Finals

Foton secured the first Finals berth. Now its F2 Logistics and reigning titlist Petron’s turn to shoot for the second championship berth when they clash in the semifinals of the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference wom.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2016