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Power Builders rebound, rip Red Spikers

Myla Pablo flashed top form as Motolite bounced back from a shutout loss to Creamline last Wednesday with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 victory over a debuting Chef’s Classic in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 17th, 2019

Tiamzon, BanKo Perlas diniskarga ang Motolite

WALANG sinayang na pagkakataon si Nicole Tiamzon upang ibigay sa BanKo Perlas Spikers ang unang panalo sa race-to-two battle for bronze game kontra Motolite Power Builders, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18 sa 3rd PVL Open Conference 2019 kahapon sa FilOil Flying V Centre......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsNov 6th, 2019

Power Builders add to Jet Spikers PVL woes

Motolite, enjoying top form coming off a shutout loss to powerhouse Creamline, smothered Air Force with its power and spunk to fashion out a 25-14, 25-18, 25-23 victory, its third straight in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

3 teams seek to rebound in PVL Open

The Power Builders hope to come out better, stronger after a rather disappointing stint against the Cool Smashers last Wednesday where they absorbed a stinging 14-25, 15-25, 14-25 defeat as they test the Red Spikers’ mettle in their 4 p.m. encounter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2019

Pablo, Power Builders rarin’ to rebound

With power hitter Myla Pablo back in shape and Fil-Am ace setter Iris Tolenada making her long awaited return, Motolite is all revved up for the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference beginning tomorrow at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

Power Builders test Troopers’ firepower

Myla Pablo gets the chance to showcase her stuff as Motolite’s top draw as the Power Builders kick off their campaign against the PacificTown Army Lady Troopers today even as the BaliPure Water Defenders and the Banko-Perlas Spikers square off in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference elims at the Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 31st, 2019

SISTER ACT: Eya and EJ power Golden Tigresses in Season 82

For the first time since their high school days, sisters EJ and Eya Laure will be teammates in the UAAP for the University of Santo Tomas. Eya, Season 81's top rookie, will welcome her ate EJ back in Season 82 as the Golden Tigresses look to one-up their Finals run last year with a championship. "As a younger sister, syempre dream ko rin naman na maka-sama ko siya sa collegiate, hindi lang sa high school and club team," Eya said. "Syempre iba yung laro, sobrang nakaka-excite, sobrang happy. Although nandoon yung pressure, wala eh hindi na rin dapat isipin yun," she added. EJ is coming back to the Golden Tigresses following a two-season hiatus. As she looks to integrate herself back to the UST team and in the UAAP, EJ is counting on her younger sister Eya for guidance. "Masaya, kasi nandiyan siya and may magga-guide sa akin kapag nagkaka-mali ako," EJ told ABS-CBN Sports. "Normal naman yun samin, kasi kami parehas nagkaka-mali. Mas okay samin na sinasabi samin kung ano kailangan namin gawin or iwasan," she added. From high school to college, the dynamic has certainly changed between the Laure sisters. EJ is all for it. "Nung high school kasi parang di naman kami ganun ka-close, away-away kami ganyan," EJ said. "Ngayon naman, nag-mature na kami pareho. Super close na namin," she added. That's how the Laure sisters operate off the court now, on the court though, that's a whole different story. EJ was Eya's main attacker when she was still a setter in high school. For the Golden Tigresses, the Laure sisters will look to pile up the points for UST as spikers in Season 82. "Ngayon kapwa spiker na, dati ako magse-set sa kanya, sakin siya humihingi ng bola," Eya said. "Ngayon, siya na nagbibigay sakin gn advice on techniques. Bago din samin, hindi siya yung katulad nung dati. Yun nilo-look forward ko ngayon, yung connection namin as spikers," she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: San Beda cruises to second straight win

Veteran hitter Cesca Racraquin once again starred for San Beda University as the Lady Red Spikers claimed its second straight win with a 25-13, 25-9, 25-21, drubbing of San Sebastian College on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The fourth year skipper finished with 19 points off 13 attacks and six aces and added three excellent receptions while providing stability for San Beda in the closing stretch of the third set to power the Lady Red Spikers to a 2-0 win-loss record, tied with three-time defending champion Arellano University. San Beda mentor Nemesio Gavino praised his wards for their great service game and for limiting their errors to just 15 compared to 36 miscues they committed in a five-set escape over Jose Rizal University the last time out. The Lady Red Spikers landed 13 aces and poured 36 attack points. “Na-lessen namin ang error namin tapos yung service, gumana ang service namin,” said Gavino. “Maraming naging ace ang nangyari so naging maganda para sa amin.” Nieza Viray added 14 points for San Beda while Ella Viray and Trisha Paras combined for 10 markers. After cruising in the first two sets and a great start in the third, the Mendiola-based squad suddenly found itself trailing the young Lady Stags, 17-18. The Lady Red Spikers answered with five straight points but SSC-R fought back to move within 23-21. Racraquin pushed San Beda to match point before Kim Manzano finished off the Lady Stags with a quick kill. No SSC-R player reached double-figure scoring with Shannai Requirme and Reyann Canete piling up eight and seven points, respectively, in the Lady Stags’ third loss in as many games tied with Lyceum of the Philippines University. Meanwhile, the Stags barged in the win column after three games with a 25-22, 25-20, 37-35, triumph over the Red Spikers. Reynald Honra got 19 points with 17 off kills and added 15 excellent receptions while John Mark Lim and Dominique Ramirez finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively, for SSC-R. San Beda slid to 1-1 card tied with victim Jose Rizal University.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2020

Bolts rebound big time, rip KaTropa

Hit by a “blackout” in Game One, Meralco Bolts ran on full power last night to make it even-steven against TNT KaTropa in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series via a 114-94 rout......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

SEA Games success a historic feat for PH beach spikers

It was one Southeast Asian Games to remember for the Philippine women's and men's beach volleyball teams.  For eight days, the country's top sand court players put up a valiant stand in front of their home fans at the Subic Tennis Courts. Rallying with the battlecry #Sambansa, their efforts were rewarded.       The women's team of Sisi Rondina, Bernadeth Pons, Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez fulfilled their goal of bringing the country back to the podium for the first time in 14 years.     It was a breakthrough for Jude Garcia, Jaron Requinton, Edmar Bonono and James Buytrago, as they gave the Philippines' its first-ever men's beach volleyball medal.              "This has been such a historic feat for Philippine Beach Volleyball and we dedicate this win to our fellow Pinoy athletes who have sacrificed a lot to pursue what they love doing the most. We also dedicate this win to our Philippine Volleyball Community, who has continuously given us the strength and support to power through. Maraming salamat, Pilipinas!," said team manager Charo Soriano. With five victories and gallant efforts in losses against traditional powerhouses Thailand and Indonesia in the single-league competition, the Rebisco-backed Philippines side matched the 2005 bronze medal finish by Fil-Ams Heidi Ilustre and Diane Pascua.   There's no way for the Filipinas but to go up, not only in the next SEA Games in Vietnam two years from now but also in future international competitions such as FIVB World Tour 1-star tournaments.      "We are so thankful for our sponsor, unang una ang Rebisco. Natupad pangarap namin na makapaglaro ng maayos dahil sa kanila," said Gervacio.  In a tough eight-team men's field, the Filipinos made it to the semifinals for the first time since 2007 behind Parley Tupaz and Rhovyl Verayo.   After bowing to Thailand in the semis, the Philippines nipped Singapore, 2-1, for the bronze medal, as Garcia and Requinton took charge in the golden match.      Following the Christmas holidays, the Philippine sand court standouts will immediately resume training as they prepare for tough battles in domestic and the FIVB World Tour 1-star tournament this May.        For more updates about the Philippine beach volleyball team, please check its social media accounts @pilipinasbeachvolleyball on Instagram and Facebook, and @phbeachvolley on Twitter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2019

Creamline, Petro Gazz a win away from Finals showdown

    MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten Creamline shrugged off a slow start to draw first blood over Motolite, 18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-14, in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference on Saturday, October 26 at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Power Builders put up ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2019

Harden caps preseason with a scoring flourish

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — James Harden sure seems in midseason form. Russell Westbrook isn’t there yet. Harden, the reigning NBA scoring champion, scored 44 points in 35 minutes — 18 of those points coming in the third quarter — and the Houston Rockets ended the preseason with a 144-133 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). “James was ridiculous,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. Harden was 12-for-26 from the field, 8-for-16 from 3-point range and 12-for-13 from the foul line. He also had seven assists and five rebounds, and finished the preseason averaging 31.5 points. “That’s the way he’s wired,” D’Antoni said. “He loves to play. I couldn’t take him out in the fourth quarter if I wanted to. He’d play 48 if he could. He’s wired that way. He gets better every time. I don’t know what his ceiling is. But he’s, to me, the most improved player every year. He’s just ridiculous.” The Rockets didn’t get out of the game unscathed, however. Austin Rivers could play only seven minutes before being downgraded to out with neck soreness, and Westbrook — who has been dealing with some dislocated fingers on his right hand — left the game in the fourth quarter in obvious discomfort. Westbrook lost the ball, immediately grabbed at his right hand, then ran off the court and straight into the tunnel leading to the Rockets’ locker room without stopping. He finished with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists on 6-for-13 shooting in 26 minutes. “Both of them told me they were OK, so we’ll take that,” D’Antoni said. D’Antoni said Westbrook aggravated the finger issue, and will be fine. A top task for the Rockets in this preseason was figuring out all the ways to best utilize their new point guard, with D’Antoni acknowledged is still a bit of a work in progress. “I was with him for eight summers in USA Basketball,” D’Antoni said. “He’s a great guy. Works hard. Unbelievable athletically. Just the speed and power that he can play with ... he’s relentless.” Some of D’Antoni’s favorite moments during Westbrook’s brief Houston tenure so far have been ones that few people have seen — since they’ve come in practice, in moments where the competitive juices have perhaps overflowed. “He gets ticked off in practice sometimes and the next three minutes, he’s killing people,” D’Antoni said. “He needs that competitiveness to juice him up. He’s not like the old guy at the Y who will knock you down and shoot it. No, no, he’s coming at you with all the athleticism that he has.” Westbrook will have a few extra days to get through the issue with his fingers. He and the Rockets don’t open the regular season until playing host to Milwaukee on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Eric Gordon scored 23 points for Houston and Clint Capela finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Kendrick Nunn scored 40 points in 40 minutes for Miami, making 15-of-27 shots. Tyler Herro scored 14 points and Bam Adebayo made all six of his shots on the way to a 13-point, 11-rebound night. Jimmy Butler didn’t play for the Heat, held out to rest. PRESEASON STANDINGS Friday’s (Saturday, PHL time) slate marked the end of the preseason, with Milwaukee (5-0), New Orleans (5-0), Boston (4-0), and Denver (4-0) all finishing unbeaten. The regular season starts Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) when NBA champion Toronto getting its rings before playing host to New Orleans, followed by the Lakers and Clippers meeting in the first battle of Los Angeles this season. SATURDAY’S (PHL TIME) GAMES PELICANS 117, KNICKS 116 Nickell Alexander-Walker and Josh Hart each scored 17 points, and New Orleans wrapped up an unbeaten preseason without injured No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. Williamson has a sore right knee and remained in New Orleans to undergo further testing and evaluation. Coach Alvin Gentry said he didn’t have any update on the power forward’s condition, though ESPN.com reported Friday, citing sources, that Williamson would miss multiple weeks. Even without him, the Pelicans (5-0) put up plenty of points after coming into the game scoring a league-leading 127.8 per game during the preseason. Brandon Ingram scored 16 points and JJ Redick had 14. Williamson looked as good as advertised while averaging 23.3 points on 71.4% shooting in four preseason games, and Gentry was asked if he was concerned the injury would dampen enthusiasm in New Orleans. “Yeah, but it’s not anything that we can worry about,” Gentry said. “We’ve got games to play and bottom line is that we will be in Toronto in a few days playing on opening night and we’ll have to put five guys out there and play.” Julius Randle had 20 points and nine rebounds against his former team, but missed a three-pointer that would have won it at the buzzer for the Knicks (1-3). Rookie RJ Barrett, the No. 3 pick who was Williamson’s Duke teammate, added 19 points. WIZARDS 112, 76ERS 93 Jordan McRae scored 17 points and Thomas Bryant finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Washington. Moritz Wagner scored 14 and Bradley Beal — one day after signing a $72 million, two-year extension — scored 13 for the Wizards. Joel Embiid scored 17 points in 23 minutes for Philadelphia, which played without Ben Simmons. Tobias Harris had 13 for the 76ers. RAPTORS 123, NETS 107 OG Anunoby scored 18 points and Toronto had nine players score at least nine points. Fred VanVleet scored 16 points and handed out eight assists for Toronto, which got 15 points and 11 rebounds from Serge Ibaka. Kyle Lowry got his first — and only — action of the preseason, scoring nine points in 26 minutes. Kyrie Irving got his first extended action of the preseason for Brooklyn, scoring 19 points in 25 minutes. Irving played only 66 seconds in the Nets’ first game against the Los Angeles Lakers in China last week before aggravating a facial fracture and not playing on the remainder of that trip. Some fans at the game wore shirts, held signs and chanted in support of Hong Kong during the Nets’ first game since returning from China. One sign was critical of Nets owner Joe Tsai, co-founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, who had written a Facebook post explaining why Houston general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters was upsetting to Chinese. SPURS 104, GRIZZLIES 91 Patty Mills was 4-of-5 from three-point range and scored 16 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio. DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes added 14 points each and Rudy Gay scored 13 points for the Spurs (2-3). Ja Morant had 16 points and six assists, Jae Crowder added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Clarke had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies (3-2). WARRIORS 124, LAKERS 103 Stephen Curry scored 32 points and D’Angelo Russell added 29 for Golden State, each making six 3-pointers. The Warriors (2-3) took the lead early in the second quarter and held off a run that got the Lakers (3-3) within five points early in the fourth. Glenn Robinson III had 13 points and Draymond Green had nine points and 12 rebounds. Zach Norvell Jr. made 5-of-10 from three-point range and scored 29 points for Los Angeles. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 25 points and Devontae Cacok had 16 points and 10 rebounds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2019

Harden and Westbrook back together to chase title in Houston

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and Russell Westbrook are thrilled to be reunited in Houston and can’t wait to prove they will work just fine together. And Harden knows the rest of the team is excited about the addition of the eight-time All-Star as well. “I enjoy it but I know that everybody else enjoys it, too,” he said. “They get more shot opportunities ... with another guy that gets to the rim and draws so much attention to create opportunities for his teammates. Obviously he plays at a different pace than I do. He plays way faster than I do but we are both trying to accomplish the same thing, making sure our teammates get involved and we share the wealth.” Westbrook joined the Rockets this summer in a stunning trade that sent the longtime face of the Oklahoma City Thunder to Houston in exchange for Chris Paul. The deal brought Harden and Westbrook back together after the guards spent three seasons together with the Thunder at the start of Harden’s career. It was a trade that came with questions about how two players used to handling the ball will be able to work together. Both brushed off the concerns, and insist they’ll make it work to chase an NBA championship in a conference loaded with powerhouse teams. “I impact the game in so many different ways and I’ve proven that for many years and that’s why I’m not worried,” Westbrook said. “I don’t have to have the ball to impact the game. I don’t have to score. I can defend. I can rebound. I can pass. I can lead.” Westbrook, the 2017 MVP who is entering his 12th season, said statistics don’t matter to him. “My main goal and main focus is to win,” he said. “I can go in a game and be scoreless and if we win that’s the best thing that ever happened and that’s all I care about and all I’ve always cared about.” Harden, who led the NBA in scoring last season for the second straight year by averaging 36.1 points, said he welcomes having another player on the team who can lessen his load a bit. And while Harden believes that Westbrook will help the Rockets get to the next level, he’s comfortable with the fact that the team’s success or failure will always be linked to his performance. “If we don’t win I’ll take all the blame for it,” he said. “It comes with it. That’s why we have to go out there and win. That’s why we work extremely hard in the offseason to bring players in and bring whatever is necessary in to give ourselves that chance to win. I know what’s at stake.” The Rockets open the season Oct. 24 (Oct. 25, PHL time) against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. CHINA RELATIONS The Rockets are eager to move on from the distraction caused by a since-deleted tweet by general manager Daryl Morey in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong that angered China and many fans. The Rockets were in Hawaii on Oct. 4 (Oct. 5, PHL time) to play a preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers on the first leg of a trip that included two games in Japan when Morey tweeted an image that said: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” His tweet was in reference to pro-democracy demonstrations in the semiautonomous Chinese territory that has been mired in escalating violence between protesters and law enforcement. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta quickly rebuked his GM with a tweet saying that Morey does not speak for the team, but the damage was done. The Chinese Basketball Association, headed by former Rockets star Yao Ming, suspended its ties to the Rockets over the tweet. Events in China promoting a Lakers-Nets series were canceled, NBA media partner Tencent said it was evaluating its plans to cover the league and some Chinese corporations have suspended relationships with the NBA. HOUSE PARTY The Rockets signed G/F Danuel House to a three-year, $11.1 million contract this summer after the 26-year-old split time between Houston and the G-League last season. Coach Mike D’Antoni is glad he’ll have House in Houston all season this year after he averaged 9.4 points in 39 games last year. “Danuel House excites me,” D’Antoni said. “He should have a big year.” HEY OLD FRIEND Power forward Ryan Anderson is back with the Rockets after signing as a free agent just before the start of camp. The 12-year veteran spent two seasons in Houston before being traded before last season. HARDEN’S LEADERSHIP D’Antoni doesn’t believe Harden can do much more statistically this season after putting up gaudy numbers the past several seasons. But he likes the way he’s grown as a leader in the last couple of years and hopes to see him continue to evolve in that area this season. “His leadership is getting better every year,” D’Antoni said. “He understands the importance of being positive. That’s invaluable and it’s invaluable that we keep that attitude all year.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2019

HD Spikers book first Final Four ticket

MALOLOS CITY -- Cignal hacked out a 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 win over PLDT Home Fibr to snatch the first semifinals berth of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Thursday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. With national team stalwart Mylene Paat at the helm, the HD Spikers made short work of the Power Hitters, winning in just one hour and 29 minutes to seize their fifth straight win and become the first team to advance to the next round of this prestigious women’s club tourney. Paat delivered 18 points built on 14 kills, three blocks and an ace laced with eight digs while Rachel Anne Daquis and Janine Navarro delivered 13 markers apiece for the HD Spikers, who also ruled this short – but very competitive – conference two years ago. Filipino-American playmaker Alohi Robins-Hardy was also impressive, finishing with 19 excellent sets with five points while libero Jheck Dionela was accounted for 13 digs and six excellent receptions. Meanwhile, Foton breathed life to its flickering semis bid after beating Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-27, 25-15, 25-22, 25-11, behind Eya Laure's 19-point explosion. Eya Laure had 16 attacks, two aces and a kill block for the Tornadoes, who tied their victims at 2-3 slate. Shaya Adorador got 15 points while Mina Aganon and Marian Buitre posted 12 and 11, markers, respectively, for Foton. MJ Phillips and Pam Lastimosa finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively, in a lost cause for the Lady Realtors.   Cignal will shoot for an elimination round sweep when it battles Petron Saturday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. “We can’t afford to relax, knowing that we are still unbeaten,” said Paat, who will play a crucial role when the Nationals compete in the 30th Southeast Asian Games this December. “We need to learn how to avoid being complacent in the last stretch of this conference. We also have to be consistent every time.” Far Eastern University standout Jerili Malabanan nailed 15 points while Shola Alvarez had 12 markers, 10 digs and nine receptions for the Power Hitters, who played without head coach Roger Gorayeb. The legendary mentor remains at the hospital, leaving the coaching chores to Clint Malazo. PLDT is now teetering on the brink of eliminations with a 1-3 record......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2019

SUPER SHOWDOWN: La Salle s Justine Baltazar v Letran s Larry Muyang

Almost two decades ago, the power of Pinatubo was felt all over the Philippines. Now in 2019, two towers from Pampanga are making their presence felt in the premiere collegiate leagues of the country. De La Salle University's Justine Baltazar and Colegio de San Juan de Letran's Larry Muyang are the undisputed best local big men in the UAAP and in the NCAA, respectively. Baltazar has done a stand up job replacing Cameroonian MVP Ben Mbala while Muyang has made sure the Knights are no longer pushovers in the paint. So what happens when an irresistible force like Baltazar collides with an immovable object like Muyang? That's what we're here to find out in the second edition of the Super Showdown as we pit Philippine collegiate basketball's top Filipino centers against one another - judging them in five categories (post scoring, perimeter scoring, rebounding, defense, and playmaking) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. POST SCORING These two learned from one of the best in the business in so-called big man whisperer Jeff Napa. Napa discovered and then developed Baltazar in Nazareth-NU and then harnessed the potential of Muyang in Letran. When it all boils down to it, though, Muyang's bulk is just perfect for the back to the basket game and he has honed his skills so much that even the likes of Cameroonians Donald Tankoua and Mike Nzeusseu have a tough time bodying him up. Baltazar is no slouch posting up, make no mistake, but his lankier frame is also not that much of a problem for bigger defenders such as Nigerian Bright Akhuetie or Senegalese Alex Diakhite. Letan's big boy has a big body in need of big sustenance - and it just so happens that he can do just that by feasting inside the paint. Advantage, Muyang, 10-9 PERIMETER SCORING Put simply, Baltazar is a threat from outside while Muyang is not - not yet, at the very least. La Salle's versatile center has the touch to take and make shots from long-range as well as mid-range. In fact, he already has five triples to his name in eight games in the season. On the other hand, Letran calls for its hulking center to make a living down low and, as such, he has not had that many chances to show off his shooting. More than that, Baltazar is the prototype for the modern big man - a tall, long-limbed, and agile giant who needs to be defended even when he's standing behind the arc. Advantage, Baltazar, 10-9 REBOUNDING Baltazar just had for himself a 25-point, 25-rebound double-double. In terms of cleaning up the glass in the UAAP, nobody is better aside from the foreign student-athletes, with his norms of 12.5 rebounds the fourth-best in all of the league. Muyang inhales his fair share of rebounds, but also lags behind in terms of cleaning up his teammates' misses. Of course, the simple explanation is that La Salle just has the more athletic big man compared of Letran's more ground-bound behemoth. Advantage, Baltazar, 10-9 DEFENSE Rim protection has always been Baltazar's elite skill - even when he was just a raw prospect as a Bullpup. Now, he has blossomed into a menace patrolling the paint and his mere presence can alter shots, if not swat them away all the way. And because he is more ground-bound, Muyang was never one to host a block party, but he more than holds his own inside thanks to his bulk. Bottom line, though, La Salle can actually boast of having the more well-rounded two-way player. Advantage, Baltazar, 10-9 PLAYMAKING Muyang is such a force down low that he attracts double and triple-teams. As such, he always has a golden opportunity to make plays for his teammates and, more often than not, makes the right plays. After all, it wasn't that long ago that Muyang, along with Jeo Ambohot, Christian Fajarito, and Bong Quinto, all clogged the paint, but still had many, many assists to share among them. This is then the department where Baltazar has the biggest room for improvement as he only has a total of eight assists in the season. Advantage, Muyang 10-9 FINAL SCORE, 48-47 for La Salle's Justine Baltazar.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2019

‘BAE’ lead Philippine men s volleyball team SEA Games roster

Power-hitters Bryan Bagunas, Ranran Abdilla and Marck Espejo spearhead the 14-man Philippine national men’s volleyball team that will see action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the country will host next month. Collectively known as ‘BAE’, the trio will banner the Nationals together for the first time, forming an explosive three pronged offensive weapon as the Pinoy Spikers try to land a podium finish in the biennial meet set to formally open on Nov. 30.         After missing the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, the five-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Espejo will make his return for the tricolors to join Bagunas and Abdilla, who saw action in the last edition of the meet.     The trio played great tunes together when the Nationals bagged a bronze medal in the 2019 Sealect Tuna Championships. Bagunas, is expected to fly back in the country from Japan on November 25, and might get a chance to see if not join the Nationals in their training camp in Tokyo early next month. The National University product and UAAP Season 81 MVP is currently with the Japan V. Premier League club Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler, the same team where Espejo played last year. Head coach Dante Alinsunurin also tapped for the final roster team captain John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, Joshua Umandal, five-time UAAP Best Setter Ish Polvorosa, veteran playmaker Jessie Lopez and Joshua Retamar. Kim Malabunga, Francis Saura, Rex Intal, Ricky Marcos and Jack Kalingking complete the lineup.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

Petron continues fine form

Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Bernadeth Pons flexed their muscles on offense as Petron drubbed Generika-Ayala, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20, on Monday in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The duo scored 14 points each and combined for 26 of the Blaze Spikers' 48 attacks. Sisi Rondina, Ces Molina and Remy Palma finished with six markers each for Petron's second straight win. Fiola Ceballos uncorked 13 attacks for 16 points while Mean Mendrez had 10 markers for the Lifesavers. In the other match, reigning champion F2 Logistics vented its ire on Marinerang Pilipina, 25-14, 25-17, 25-11, for a 1-1 slate. Following a frustrating 22-25, 23-25, 18-25 loss to rival Petron last Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, the Cargo Movers bounced back with an easy win as Ara Galang, Majoy Baron and Kianna Dy provided the fire power on offense. Galang delivered 17 points off 14 kills and three blocks while Baron and Dy chipped in 12 points apiece and Desiree Cheng added nine markers and 13 digs for the Cargo Movers, who drew an explosive game from setter Kim Fajardo. Fajardo, who struggled last conference with a finger injury, scattered the offensive wealth with 21 excellent sets. F2 Logistics improved to 1-1 win-loss record in Pool B as it sent Marinerang Pilipina to its second straight defeat in their group.   Meanwhile, after  a luckless start, Foton finally got its swag back as it dominated PLDT Home Fibr, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18. The Tornadoes displayed a balanced attack to clobber the Power Spikers in 78 minutes and capture their first win after opening the season with back-to-back setbacks. Shaya Adorador paced the assault with 15 points laced with nine excellent reception and six digs while CJ Rosario manned the middle with five kills for 12 points for Foton, which is missing the services of Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat and Maika Ortiz. Santiago and Manabat are competing in the prestigious V.Premier League in Japan while Ortiz crashed with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Elaine Kasilag was also impressive as she chipped in 10 hits while EJ Laure and Marian Buitre added eight markers. Foton coach Aaron Velez said he is glad that they finally got their first win without Santiago, Manabat and Ortiz. Foton forced a tie with PLDT with identical 1-2 win-loss cards before entering the second round, where the Tornadoes will be grouped in Pool D joining Sta. Lucia, Generika-Ayala and F2 Logistics. The Power Hitters missed their head coach Roger Gorayeb, who was under the weather, as last game’s top scorer Grethcel Soltones struggled with just four points, leaving Jerrili Malabanan to carry the cudgels with 11 points in a losing effort. PLDT will join Pool C in the next round together with Cignal, Petron and Marinerang Pilipina.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

Carlos, Ramos, Motolite aarangkada vs BanKo

TARGET ng Motolite Power Builders na pabagsakin ang BanKo Perlas mamaya sa 3rd Premier Volleyball League Open Conference 2019 na gaganapin sa FilOil Flying V Centre......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

PVL: Motolite shoots for a rebound win

Motolite tries to get back on the winning track on Wednesday in an elimination round rematch against also-ran Chef’s Classics in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Action begins at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. After winning two straight five-setter matches, Motolite crashed into a brick wall after absorbing a sweeping setback at the hands of Air Force last week. Sliding out of the top four at 6-3 win-loss record, Motolite will have to squeeze more from Tots Carlos, Isa Molde and Bern Flora with veteran Myla Pablo still a game-time decision after missing three games following a foot injury she sustained almost three weeks ago. The Lady Red Spikers are still on the hunt for the elusive win. Already out of the semis contention with a 0-11 record, Chef’s Classics hopes to play the spoiler’s role against Motolite.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2019

UAAP 82: UST opens double championship defense

University of Sto. Tomas opens quest for another golden double in the UAAP Season 82 Beach Volleyball tournament Sunday at Sands SM By The Bay. Ushering the post-Sisi Rondina era, the Tigresses will set in motion their bid for a fourth consecutive crown against University of the Philippines at 10:40 a.m. UST begins its back-to-back men's title bid against National University in an early showdown of favorites at 8 a.m., before returning in the afternoon session with a 1:20 p.m. duel with University of the East. Babylove Barbon, last season's top rookie who is more than ready to carry the Tigresses torch in the years to come, will have Gen Eslapor as her new partner. Setting its sights for a record seventh championship overall, UST will have to do it without Rondina, who has already completed her checkered collegiate career in the sand court. In her five years with the Tigresses, four-time MVP Rondina gave her school four titles. A perennial contender in the highly-popular Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour and were among the Philippine representatives in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 1-Star last May, Barbon and Eslapor are looking good to continue UST's dominance in the sport.  Derie Virtusio will be the third player. Jaron Requinton, who with Krung Arbasto put the Growling Tigers back in the throne last year, will have Efraem Dimaculangan as his partner. De La Salle hopes to give UST a run for its money behind Tin Tiamzon and rookie Justine Jazareno. The Lady Spikers will play their season opener versus the Lady Bulldogs at 11:20 a.m. Together with Michelle Morente, Tiamzon led De La Salle to a runner-up finish last year. The Lady Maroons will have a brand new set of players, with Rosie Rosier, Euricka Eslapor and alternate Noreen Estrellanes hoping to sustain their podium finishes that Isa Molde, Justin Dorog and Tots Carlos gave in the last two years. In other season-opening matches, Ateneo, with Ponggay Gaston and rookie Roma Mae Doromal in tow, goes up against Far Eastern University at 12 noon, before Adamson University and UE caps first day of women's action at 12:40 p.m. Seeking to rebound from last year's third place finish, the Bulldogs will bank on James Natividad and James Buytrago. Incidentally, UST and NU are tied for the most number of men's titles with four. The Bulldogs' other opening day opponent will be Ateneo at 2:40 p.m. FEU's Jude Garcia and Doy Barrica will be one of the Tigers' biggest threats for the crown as the last season's second placers tackle Adamson University at 8:40 a.m. and UP at 2 p.m. Other men's morning matches are UE-Ateneo at 9:20 a.m. and UP-De La Salle at 10 a.m., while Adamson University-De La Salle will round up opening day action at 3:20 p.m......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2019

PVL: Win streaks at stake this week

Defending champion Creamline eyes its 10th straight win while Motolite and Air Force try to keep their own streaks going this week in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers face a tough challenge on Wednesday as they attempt to extend their winning run to 10 against skidding BaliPure sans main setter Jia Morado and injured top hitter Alyssa Valdez. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. Creamline marches into battle parading a 9-0 win-loss record at solo top spot but will miss the services of Morado, who joined the national team’s campaign in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Thailand, while Valdez is still recovering from a right ankle sprain. On the other hand, the Lady Jet Spikers and Motolite put their three-game and two-game win streaks, respectively, on the line in their elimination round rematch Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Air Force carries a 3-5 mark while Motolite is at third spot with a 6-2 slate. The Lady Jet Spikers will then return on the battlefield on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. to face second-running BanKo. PetroGazz will return from its campaign in a tournament in Taiwan this week and will try to stretch their winning run to five on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against Chef’s Classics as the Angels close their first round campaign. PacificTown Army seeks to rebound from a loss with two assignments this week against Chef’s Classics on Wednesday and BaliPure on Saturday. Meanwhile, ChocoMucho hopes to arrest an alarming five-game skid as it starts its second round campaign on Saturday against Chef’s Classicsat 2:00 p.m. All games are available LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019