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PPTC forms paratriathlon national training team

The Philippine Paratriathlon Committee has announced the formation of the national paratriathlon training team, initially composed of three athletes but with slots still open for new entries......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarApr 17th, 2018

PPTC forms train team

THE Philippine Paratriathlon Committee (PPTC) has just announced the formation of the national paratriathlon training team, initially composed of three athletes but with slots still open for prospective paratriathletes. The athletes are the Nelmida twins, Jerome and Joshua, 17 years old and both visually impaired paratriathletes and Cebuano Alex Silverio,… Source link link: PPTC forms train team.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

PPTC forms train team

THE Philippine Paratriathlon Committee (PPTC) has just announced the formation of the national paratriathlon training team, initially composed of three athletes but with slots still open for prospective paratriathletes. The athletes are the Nelmida twins, Jerome and Joshua, 17 years old and both visually impaired paratriathletes and Cebuano Alex Silverio,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

UAAP FINALS: Battle of legendary coach Kid Santos’ protégés

It’s just a few days away before the much-anticipated battle for UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball supremacy between the grand slam-seeking De La Salle University Lady Spikers and the title hungry Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws. But even before the blazing action of the best-of-three championship series begins, one man is already smiling and probably very proud of the legacy he has left behind. Steering the Lady Spikers in their 10th straight Finals appearance is a multi-titled mentor in Ramil de Jesus. A man who for two decades changed DLSU’s volleyball program and gave the Taft-based school 10 titles. On the other side is George Pascua, a true-blue FEU product who delivered UAAP titles during his playing days and when he mentored the men’s team. Pascua is now looking to bring back the old glory of the Lady Tamaraws.      Both are great disciplinarians. No-nonsense coaches who value character, hard work and dedication more than popularity and fanfare. Coaches whose systems rely on teamwork rather than individual talent, mastering the basics of offense and defense while turning their wards into versatile workers and team players.   True men of the sport.    Characters they inherited and influenced by a man considered as the father of FEU volleyball: the late great Florentino "Kid" Santos. The championship series won’t just be about a present power battling a traditional powerhouse, it will also be a showdown between two students who learned their craft from a treasured Filipino volleyball master.   BROTHERS-IN-ARM Santos, who passed away November last year at the age of 67 due to cardiac arrest, brought FEU to numerous titles as a player and continued to do so as a mentor for the Tams and Lady Tams. He played a big role in the school’s total of 54 championships in both divisions and steered FEU to 19 of its 29 women’s crowns. Santos also handled the national team multiple times. But what made Santos great is the number of players he discovered and molded into stars under his Spartan-like training and strict discipline. That list includes De Jesus and Pascua. “Si Coach Ramil outside hitter siya na napakagaling rumeceive, napakabilis ng bola,” recalled Pascua after the postgame interview moments after twice-to-beat FEU booted out Ateneo de Manila University in the Final Four to for the Lady Tams’ first Finals appearance since Season 71.  “(Ako) middle pero napakagaling ko rumeceive din kasi walang libero noon eh,” he added, drawing laughter inside the press room. “Kaya nga tinitingnan namin noong time namin walang palitan ng libero ang gagaling namin rumeceive.”   Pascua was in his rookie year when he played alongside De Jesus, who was then in his swan song. De Jesus was spectacular, Pascua was a promising talent when they marched together in battle with Santos at the helm. With the two playing together, FEU conquered Season 54 for the Tams' back-to-back titles. “Pumasok ako 91. Eh 92 siya grumaduate. So last playing year niya, first year ako. Pero nagpang-abot kami sa UAAP,” added Pascua, who would eventually win two more. In a light moment during the start of the men’s Final Four at the MOA Arena last Saturday, Pascua and De Jesus were spotted seated together watching the match between FEU and three-time defending champion Blue Eagles. They were talking, laughing and were horsing around while reminiscing their playing days.    🤔 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/88NqdzFmiG — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 21, 2018 “Puro kalokohan lang 'yun, wala sa volleyball. Nu’ng time namin, nagku-kwentuhan kami, sabi namin, 'Biruin mo 'yung UP (gym) noon, noong naglalaro tayo, halos hindi mapuno, kahit isang layer lang ng ganoon (seats), tapos nanonood pa 'yung nasa lapag lang, sa UP noong time naming,'” said Pascua. “Tapos nakakasilaw, pag umuulan, tumutulo. Pero tingnan mo o, ang dami, libo-libo ang nanonood.” “Sabi namin, ibang klase ang volleyball ngayon. Hindi kami naging part ng ganito karaming ano pero naging part kami,” added Pascua. “Sabi niya, naging part pa rin tayo kaya naging successful ang volleyball. Sabi niya may contribution pa rin tayo. Kasi (ang usapan naming) about volleyball, mga past namin, kung gaano lumaki ang volleyball kumpara noon hanggang ngayon.” De Jesus in his postgame interview, the day after, shared that it was fun chatting and joking around with his former teammate. “Wala naman kaming pinag-uusapan, ine-enjoy lang namin 'yung game,” said De Jesus, whose squad dismantled National University in straight sets on Sunday. “Dumaan kasi accidentally si Sir (Mark) Molina.  Sabi niya dapat bigyan ng t-shirt 'yan si Coach Ramil. So 'yun, kaya kinukulit niya ako, kasi T-shirt ang binibigay, jacket ang kinuha. Sabi ko 'di ako magsusuot ng jacket. 'Yun ata ang kulitan namin na nakunan (ng TV camera).” Unfortunately, they witnessed the twice-to-beat Tams fall in five-sets against the 55-point onslaught of Ateneo ace Marck Espejo. About 24 hours after that, De Jesus set up a Finals date with Pascua’s Lady Tams. They will be after each other’s neck starting April 28 at the Big Dome.     RIVALRY Long after their playing careers have passed, both found a new calling: coaching. Learning under the tutelage of Santos, Pascua and De Jesus passed on to their wards the same discipline they had under the FEU legend and gave new twists to the system used by their former mentor.     De Jesus was tapped by DLSU to help with their women’s volleyball program. He was the messiah the Taft-based squad had been waiting for. Under his watch, the Lady Spikers transformed into a UAAP superpower collecting 10 titles overall. Pascua stayed with FEU, helping the Tams achieve a three-peat in Season 67 to 69 as the head coach. He steered FEU to its last championship in Season 74. Pascua and De Jesus eventually crossed paths as women’s team mentors in the 2014 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix. The younger mentor handled a powerhouse team in Petron Blaze Spikers while De Jesus built Generika behind his DLSU products. Pascua got the better of De Jesus in four sets in the winner-take-all championship round led by American import Alaina Bergsma and Brazilian setter Erica Adachi. He duplicated his feat the following tournament in the All-Filipino Conference as Petron swept De Jesus’ Shopinas.com Clickers in the best-of-three Finals series. Now on their third head-to-head match in four years, Pascua knows that his commercial league successes won’t matter in De Jesus’ turf. “Champion coach si Coach Ramil, ‘yung team niya may championship experience. Napakagaling na coach niya,” he said.      Though working on a team with a disadvantage in terms on experience in the Finals, De Jesus holds high respect on Pascua’s coaching. Being a product of FEU like him, Pascua won’t back out from a fight.     “Matiyagang tao si George, maganda 'yung ginagawa niya ngayon sa team, and siguro ano, kailangan talaga bantayan 'yung FEU kasi alam ko matiyagang tao 'yun,” said De Jesus. In this series, the DLSU mentor is expecting a tough challenge. Both will have their own advantages in their systems and strategies built on the backbone of Santos’ system. “Kasi bawat coach kasi may kanya-kanyang sistema, so maaring may mga part na nakuha niya dun kay Coach Kid, pero siyempre bawat coach, may gustong gawin sa team na hindi niya na dala-dala 'yung ibang sistema ng naging mentor,” said De Jesus. Whatever the result of the series, whichever shade of green will come up on top, one thing is for sure, the great FEU mentor Santos will surely have a hand in it. Santos’ legacy will have an influence on both sides, whether the title goes to Morayta or to Taft.      ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Pablo, Reyes, Lazaro lead 11 new players in nat l team tryout

Eleven new faces showed up in the second installment of the national women’s volley team tryout at the Arellano University Gym in Legarda on Wednesday. Pocari Sweat’s Myla Pablo, Petron’s Mika Reyes, Denden Lazaro of Cocolife, University of the Philippines’ Tots Carlos and University of the East libero Kath Arado were some of the big names who joined the pool of national team hopefuls after skipping last Friday first tryout. A total of 21 players attended with half of the group showing up for the first time in the selection process facilitated by national team head coach Ramil De Jesus as the country builds up for the 18th Jakarta Asian Games in August and the AVC Asia Cup in September. Also in attendance were other first-timers Elaine Kasilag of Pocari Sweat, Petron’s setter Rhea Dimaculangan and Ces Molina, Bang Pineda of Generika-Ayala, Cocolife’s Royse Tubino and Lourdes Clemente of F2 Logistics.   Kasilag and Pablo skipped the drills and scrimmage to attend their team practice in Villamor Airbase while Reyes, Molina and Dimaculangan also left early for their club training.   Back in the tryout were Sta. Lucia’s Becca Rivera and MJ Phillips, De La Salle University’s Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili and Cha Cruz, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo and Aby Maraño and University of Sto. Tomas’ Sisi Rondina.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

UAAP Volleyball: Bernadeth Pons: Probinsyana with a Superstar Soul

In a time where gadgets have pretty much taken over the lives of majority of the world’s population, Bernadeth Pons prefers to keep things simple. Instead of swiping her phone for the latest news on Twitter or organizing her feed on Instagram, FEU’s Team Captain and graduate of Financial Management would rather spend time inside the athlete’s dormitory to sleep. While that sounds boring, the 21-year old Pons reasons that she needs all the energy she can get to complete her Master’s degree in Business Administration and perform at the highest level in her final season in the UAAP. The 5’7” open spiker is currently the fourth best scorer in the league averaging 15.2 points per match. She is also ranked third in both digging and receiving. Because of her all-around brilliance, there is a fairly good amount of fans on social media who have been campaigning for Pons to be named MVP of Season 80. But, of course, Pons is oblivious to that. In fact, she didn’t even know that she was included in the 34-player wish list of new National Team Head Coach Ramil de Jesus. It took a text message from her younger sister, Melody, who lives in their hometown of Talisay, Negros Occidental for Pons to learn about the development. “Ha? Saan galing yan?” was her honest reply. To Pons, playing for the national team goes beyond her wildest dreams. And while she feels very much honored to have her name considered for a spot, Pons says her current focus is with FEU. After all, it was the school that provided her with a means to fulfill her goals and make her parents proud. From Softball to Volleyball Pons was born in Malolos, Bulacan where her father, Roberto and mother, Maryjen met. A year after her birth, the family moved to Talisay where Roberto started playing baseball recreationally. When his eldest daughter grew big enough to play, she also took a liking to the sport. Pons would even join the boys play catch during her elementary days at Efigenio-Enrica Lizares Memorial School. Unfortunately, there was no softball team for Pons to try-out for. That’s when her classmate, Allen Joy Esponilia invited her to try-out for the volleyball team. “Nung una, sobrang hirap kasi wala talaga akong alam eh. Kahit dig, dig lang, kung saan-saan pumupunta. Nahihiya ako sa ka-partner ko kasi syempre, alam na niya yung basics ng volleyball. Naiiyak na nga ako kasi palagi nalang tumatalsik,” recalled Pons, who was 10 years old at the time. But, the challenge of excelling at a sport where she had no background in challenged the young Pons. Eventually, she learned how to dig up powerful spikes and became a libero. In the fifth grade, she experienced her first major competition by participating in the Palarong Pambansa held in Palawan and representing Region 6 – Western Visayas where she teamed up with Kim Gequillana and Ayel Estraňero. It was the first of five Palarong Pambansa events she would participate in. In those competitions, Pons played against numerous future UAAP stars like Jia Morado, Desiree Cheng, Majoy Baron, Jhoana Maraguinot and a powerhouse Region 7 – Central Visayas squad that featured Sisi Rondina, Dimdim Pacres, Rica Rivera and CJ Saga. Leap of Faith As she got older, Pons began developing her spiking prowess and caught the eye of the legendary Roger Gorayeb, who wanted to bring her to San Sebastian College-Recoletos. But, she was reluctant to leave home. “Wala akong idea about life dito sa Manila. So, hindi ko alam kung tutuloy ba ako or hindi. Dumating sa point na nag-decide kami ng Papa ko na doon nalang sa amin ako mag college,” explained Pons. During her final year in high school in 2013, then FEU Head Coach Shaq delos Santos went to the Regional Meet in Roxas City, Capiz to recruit the reluctant Pons. Delos Santos was persistent in convincing her to come and be a part of his plan to revive the volleyball program of the university. The free education, food and accessibility to the training facilities finally convinced Pons to take a leap of faith.   “Naisip ko, pag doon ako sa probinsya, mamamasahe ako every day, mabigat din sa parents ko. So, yun talaga yung sabi ko, ‘O-oo na ako’. Nag-decide ako na mag go-go na ako sa Maynila,” recalled Pons. For someone who never imagined leaving her hometown, Pons didn’t have any trouble making her mark in the UAAP as she immediately led the Lady Tamaraws in scoring (11.8 points per match) as a rookie. She would become FEU’s leading scorer in each of her UAAP stints which includes Final Four appearances in the past three seasons. Last Stretch Now that Pons is approaching the last stretch of her collegiate career and with FEU in a good position to attain a twice-to-beat advantage in the post-season for the first time since 2009, she is more focused than ever on the task at hand. Should the Lady Tamaraws beat NU in their last elimination round game on Sunday and if Ateneo loses to La Salle, FEU will enter the Final Four as the number two ranked team. But, Pons knows it won’t be easy as the Lady Bulldogs will be out for redemption. “Kami kasi yung unang tumalo sa kanila sa first round. So, palagi namin rine-remind yung bawat isa na yung NU, pipilitin nilang bumawi sa atin. Tapos sila, nothing to lose kasi kahit ano mangyari, number four na sila. Eh tayo, may hinahabol tayo na number two. Hindi puwedeng magpabaya tayo kasi NU pa rin yan. Lalaban at lalaban yan,” shared Pons. It’s been a decade since FEU last won the UAAP Women’s Volleyball title. While Pons has already achieved her initial goal of earning a college degree, she still has that burning desire to give back to the school that gave her the opportunity to help her family and leave a lasting legacy in the process. “Gusto ko maalala nila ako bilang isa sa mga nakapagbalik ng crown sa FEU. Sobrang tagal nang nawala ang FEU sa championship. Yun yung gusto namin ibalik ulit,” declared Pons. All Pons ever wanted was to ease the burden on her parents by graduating from school. The game of volleyball has given her a means to accomplish that and so much more. She’s become one of the UAAP’s brightest stars and may wear the colors of the Philippine flag one day. But, no matter what happens, she will always be that same humble girl from Talisay, inspiring countless others like her to be brave and go for great. Catch Bernadeth Pons and the FEU Tamaraws take on the NU Bulldogs on April 15, Sunday, 12 noon LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Meet the Malditas: See who’s wearing the Philippines’ colors at the Women’s AFC Asian Cup in Jordan

As the Philippine Women’s National Team begins their quest for a first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup berth by going through the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, we thought it would be proper to get to know at least a bit about the 23 ladies that will be representing the country in Amman, Jordan.   Patrice Impelido - Captain/Midfielder Captaining the Malditas will be 30-year old Patrice Impelido. The Sydney, Australia-born midfielder played collegiate football in Western Michigan and had her first call-up to the national squad in 2005, and has appeared in 28 matches for the country.   Tahnai Annis - Co-Captain/Midfielder Tahnai Annis will be sharing captain duties with Impelido as they try to lead the Malditas to a 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup berth. The 28-year old Annis played for the University of Florida in college and played professionally in Iceland for Thor.   Inna Palacios - Goalkeeper A familiar name among UAAP women’s football fans, Inna Palacios was the defensive anchor for the DLSU women’s football team from 2013 to 2017. A two-time UAAP Beast Goalkeeper, Palacios ended her UAAP career on the highest of high notes: with UAAP championship and her lone collegiate goal. GOAL DLSU! Palacios seals the match for La Salle! #UAAPSeason79 pic.twitter.com/vblv7OmaLC — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) May 7, 2017 Palacios made her women’s national team debut back in 2012.   Kearra Bastes-Jones - Goalkeeper Kearra Bastes-Jones is a junior out of Bishop Amat High School in California, and was recently named to the 2018 San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News Girls Soccer All-Area First Team.   Stacey Cavill - Goalkeeper 24-year old Fil-Aussie Stacey Cavill plays for the Perth-based Beckenham Angels, and played for Northern University in the collegiate ranks. The six-foot-tall keeper has been playing football since the tender age of 5.   Claire Lim - Defender 21-year old Claire Lim is currently a senior in UC Santa Cruz, where she’s also the captain of the Women’s Soccer team. Based in Piedmont, California, Lim was a decorated football player during her time in Piedmont High, before becoming a two-time Defender of the Year in College.   Alesa Dolino - Defender Another homegrown talent from the UAAP ranks, Alesa Dolino is a decorated product of the FEU system, instrumental in helping the Lady Tamaraws to a three-peat. In UAAP Season 77, Dolino capped off a magical season with a championship, an MVP trophy, as well as Best Defender and Best Striker honors.    Krystal De Ramos - Midfielder Also a decorated player during her youth career, US-based Filipina Krystal de Ramos was named to a number of all-tournament teams as well as earning a handful of championships and MVP honors. The 21-year old is currently a member of the Portland State University women’s football team. She made her National Team debut back in 2016 and has appeared in three matches for the Philippines.   Hali Long - Defender   23-year old Hali Long was a pivotal part in the Malditas’ AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers run, scoring four of her five international goals in just two matches. The Missouri-based Fil-American played her college career for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, playing four seasons with the Trojans.   Morgan Brown - Defender A defensive ace during her high school days, Morgan Brown made her international football debut back in 2013 as part of the 2014 Asian Cup qualifiers squad. The same year, Brown was one of the top women’s football recruits at the Santa Clara University in California.   Cam Rodriguez - Striker A star striker for the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles back in her college days, Cam Rodriguez earned Best Striker honors in UAAP Season 77 and Mythical XI honors in her senior year. In 2011, at just 14 years old, Rodriguez made her National Team debut and scored her first goal in the AFF Women’s Championships. In 2017, after taking time off to focus on her education, Rodriguez returned to the National Team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.   Marisa Park - Midfielder Wake Forest University product Marisa Park helped lead her Demon Deacons to the ACC Championship in 2010, in the same year that she was named as part of the ACC All-Tournament team. The 26-year old made her Malditas debut back in 2013 for the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers.   Jesse Shugg - Forward Fil-Canadian Jesse Shugg finished her collegiate career in the University of Miami, before making her professional debut for KW United in the USL W-League in Canada. Shugg is currently signed to Icelandic club Fylkir. The 25-year old has appeared for the Philippine Women’s National Team eight times since her international debut back in 2014.   Caitlyn Kreutz - Forward California native Caitlyn Kreutz has left an impact in every level she’s played on. From gathering individual honors in High School to earning All-Tournament teams in her two years with Cal Poly, the 21-year old is now wrapping her collegiate career up at UNLV, where she’s started in all 20 matches she’s played so far. Kreutz made her Malditas debut back in 2016 as part of the AFF Championships squad.   Ryley Bugay - Midfielder Currently a junior at Marquette University, Ryley Bugay led her Golden Eagles Women’s Soccer team in minutes played, also earning Defensive MVP honors on the Marquette Invitational Team. Her younger sister Sammi has also recently signed with Marquette.   Leah Larot - Forward A graduate of Sacramento State University, Leah Larot capped off her senior season with an All-Conference First Team nod, as well as the Golden Boot after scoring ten goals in the season.   Sara Castañeda - Midfielder A UAAP Rookie of the Year, Best Midfielder and UAAP Champion, Sara Castañeda was one of the integral parts of the Lady Archers’ championship run in UAAP Season 79 and established herself as a key player for DLSU in just her sophomore season. The 21-year old has also had stints in the U-16 and U-19 teams before making her senior National Team debut back in 2015.   Alexa Diaz - Defender Washington-based Alexa Diaz played collegiate football for Seattle Pacific University. The 24-year old made her Malditas debut in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.   Calah Simarago - Defender 22-year old Cali-based Calah Simarago is a senior at UC Santa Barbara, where she plays for the Gauchos Women’s Soccer team.   Quinley Quezada - Midfielder Rosemead, California’s Quinley Quezada is currently a junior at UC Riverside and is coming off a 2017 season that saw her start in 17 of 20 matches played. Quezada becomes the first member of the UC Riverside Women’s Soccer program history to be called up to a senior World Cup Qualifying roster.   Jessica Miclat - Midfielder 19- year old UC Irvine sophomore Jessica Miclat is one of the youngest players on the team, but has a ton of experience under her belt, having been part of the USA U-18 training camp, as well as training stints with the Philippine U-16 and U-19 teams.   Chalise Baysa - Defender The most senior member of the team, 37-year old Chalise Baysa played her collegiate career at the University of Oregon, where she’s in the history books as the third all-time leading scorer with 31 goals. In the professional ranks, Baysa played for the Seattle Sounders Women. She made her Philippine Team debut back in 2013.   Sarina Bolden - Midfielder 22-year old Sarina Bolden is a junior at Loyola Marymount University, where as a sophomore, she was one of five players to start in all 19 matches. The Milipitas native led LMU with six goals in 2016    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Ateneo gets two skilled forwards in Fil-Can Matthew Daves, Jason Credo

Ateneo de Manila University is getting more wind beneath its wings. A couple of skilled forwards will be suiting up for the Blue Eagles, adding to an already stacked rotation including Mythical selection Thirdy Ravena, Troy Mallillin, Mike Nieto, and Raffy Verano. Filipino-Canadian Matthew Daves officially announced his commitment to the Katipunan-based squad last Thursday. The 6-foot-5 athletic forward has been opening eyes in the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) playing for Fil-Can team Durham Crossover for three years in a row. He has been named an NBTC All-Star twice. His commitment comes on the heels of Jason Credo’s official announcement that he will be staying in Ateneo two weeks ago. The 6-foot-5 versatile wing was a key cog in the Blue Eaglets first championship in three years. In his last year in the Juniors, he averaged 9.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2018

2018 MLB preview: NL East

By The Associated Press Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year: ___ Washington Nationals 2017: 97-65, first place, lost to Cubs in NLDS. Manager: Dave Martinez (first season). He's Here: 1B-OF Matt Adams, C Miguel Montero, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Joaquin Benoit, INF Matt Reynolds. He's Outta Here: Manager Dusty Baker, LF Jayson Werth, 1B-LF Adam Lind, C Jose Lobaton, RHP Matt Albers. Projected Lineup: SS Trea Turner (.284, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs, 46 SBs in 98 games), LF Adam Eaton (.297, 2, 13 in 23 games), RF Bryce Harper (.319, 29, 87), 3B Anthony Rendon (.301, 25, 100, 41 2Bs), 2B Daniel Murphy (.322, 23, 93, 43 2Bs, expected to begin season on DL recovering from knee surgery), 1B Ryan Zimmerman (.303, 36, 108, 33 2Bs), CF Michael A. Taylor (.271, 19, 53), C Matt Wieters (.225, 10, 52). Rotation: RH Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.51 ERA, NL-high 268 Ks, 200 2/3 IP, 3rd Cy Young Award), RH Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 2.52, 204 Ks), LH Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96, 79 walks), RH Tanner Roark (13-11, 4.67), RH A.J. Cole (3-5, 3.81 in 11 appearances) or RH Jeremy Hellickson (8-11, 5.43 with Phillies and Orioles). Key Relievers: LH Sean Doolittle (2-0, 2.81, 24/26 saves with Athletics and Nationals), RH Ryan Madson (5-4, 1.83, 2 saves with Athletics and Nationals), RH Brandon Kintzler (4-3, 3.03, 29/35 saves with Twins and Nationals), LH Sammy Solis (1-0, 5.88, 1 save), RH Shawn Kelley (3-2, 7.27, 4 saves), RH Joaquin Benoit (1-6, 4.65, 2 saves with Phillies and Pirates). Hot Spots: Fifth Starter and Catcher. The Nationals have as good a 1-2 combination at the front of their rotation as anyone in the big leagues, with Scherzer and Strasburg. Their 3-4 slots aren't too shabby, either, with Gonzalez and Roark. But the big question is, who will be the fifth starter — the inexperienced Cole or late free-agent pickup Hellickson? The only other spot with some real doubts is catcher, where Wieters is coming off a terrible year at the plate. Outlook: This might very well be the end of an era at Nationals Park, with Harper eligible to leave as a free agent after the season and GM Mike Rizzo's contract set to expire, too. The team has won four NL East titles in the past six years but has zero playoff series wins to show for it. That's why yet another manager (Baker) lost his job, and yet another rookie skipper has been brought in (will Martinez have more success than Matt Williams?). Rizzo has made no secret of the need to start making postseason inroads — a World Series is the stated goal, and that's certainly not an outrageous aim, given all the talent he's assembled. The lineup remains almost exactly the same, although Werth is gone after playing out his seven-year contract, and the rotation and bullpen are also nearly identical to the way they looked at the end of 2017. ___ Miami Marlins 2017: 77-85, second place. Manager: Don Mattingly (third season). He's Here: INF Starlin Castro, CF Lewis Brinson, OF Cameron Maybin, 1B Garrett Cooper, RHP Jacob Turner, OF-1B Scott Van Slyke, RHP Jumbo Diaz, RHP Sandy Alcantara. He's Outta Here: RF Giancarlo Stanton, LF Marcell Ozuna, CF Christian Yelich, 2B Dee Gordon, RHP Tom Koehler, OF Ichiro Suzuki, RHP Dustin McGowan, C A.J. Ellis. Projected Lineup: RF Cameron Maybin (.228, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs, 33 SBs with Angels and Astros), CF Lewis Brinson (.106, 2, 3 in 21 games with Brewers), 2B Starlin Castro (.300, 16, 63 in 112 games with Yankees), 1B Justin Bour (.289, 25, 83, .902 OPS in 108 games), C J.T. Realmuto (.278, 17, 65), LF Derek Dietrich (.249, 13, 53), 3B Brian Anderson (.262, 0, 8 in 25 games), SS Miguel Rojas (.290, 1, 26 in 90 games). Rotation: RH Jose Urena (14-7, 3.82 ERA), RH Dan Straily (10-9, 4.26, 170 Ks), RH Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 4.01), RH Jacob Turner (2-3, 5.08 with Nationals), LH Justin Nicolino (2-3, 5.06). Key Relievers: RH Brad Ziegler (1-4, 4.79, 10/15 saves), RH Kyle Barraclough (6-2, 3.00, 1 save), RH Drew Steckenrider (1-1, 2.34, 54 Ks in 34 2/3 IP), RH Junichi Tazawa (3-5, 5.69), RH Nick Wittgren (3-1, 4.68). Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. Urena had a breakout season in 2017, and Straily tied for the NL lead with 33 starts, but they're the only established starters. The other three spots will likely be a revolving door occupied by a mix of prospects and journeymen, and the results could be ugly. One potential bright spot is the 22-year-old Alcantara, who had a 4.32 ERA in eight games for the Cardinals last year. He'll begin the season in the minors but might join the Marlins before summer. Outlook: New CEO Derek Jeter is accustomed to winning, and that is about to change. He traded away half of last year's starting lineup, including the NL MVP in Stanton, which means the Marlins are rebuilding yet again. Even with an entirely new outfield, the offense could be decent. But Castro and Realmuto are potential trade bait and might be gone before August, and the season will almost surely end Sept. 30, leaving the Marlins out of the playoffs for the 15th year in a row. This season is really all about developing prospects acquired in those offseason trades, and if youngsters such as Brinson and Alcantara perform well, 2018 will be considered a successful start for the Jeter regime. ___ Atlanta Braves 2017: 72-90, third place. Manager: Brian Snitker (third season). He's Here: RHP Brandon McCarthy, RHP Anibal Sanchez, LHP Scott Kazmir, INF Charlie Culberson, OF Preston Tucker, OF Ronald Acuna, 3B Austin Riley, OF Jeff Decker, 2B Christian Colon, RHP Shane Carle. He's Outta Here: OF Matt Kemp, RHP R.A. Dickey, 3B Adonis Garcia, 1B Matt Adams, INF Jace Peterson, RHP Jason Motte. Projected Lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.304, 11 HRs, 57 RBIs, 22 SBs, Gold Glove), 2B Ozzie Albies (.286, 6, 28, 8 SBs in 57 games), 1B Freddie Freeman (.307, 28, 71 in 117 games), C Tyler Flowers (.281, 12, 49) or Kurt Suzuki (.283, 19, 50), RF Nick Markakis (.275, 8, 76), LF Ronald Acuna (.325, 21, 82, 44 SBs with 3 minor league teams) or Lane Adams (.275, 5, 20, 10 SBs), 3B Johan Camargo (.273, 14, 65) or Charlie Culberson (.154, 0, 1 in 15 games with Dodgers), SS Dansby Swanson (.232, 6, 51). Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (11-13, 4.49 ERA), RH Mike Foltynewicz (10-13, 4.79), RH Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 3.98 in 19 games with Dodgers), LH Sean Newcomb (4-9, 4.32 in 19 games), RH Anibal Sanchez (3-7, 6.41 with Tigers), LH Scott Kazmir (10-6, 4.56 with Dodgers in 2016) or LH Luiz Gohara (1-3, 4.91 in 5 games). Key Relievers: RH Arodys Vizcaino (5-3, 2.83, 14/17 saves, 64 Ks in 57 1/3 IP), RH Jose Ramirez (2-3, 3.19), LH A.J. Minter (0-1, 3.00, 26 Ks, 15 IP in 16 games), RH Dan Winkler (1-1, 2.51 in 16 games), LH Sam Freeman (2-0, 2.55 in 58 games). Hot Spot: Third Base. Camargo was the probable starter before an oblique injury left his status uncertain for the beginning of the season. Culberson, expected to play a utility role, or Rio Ruiz would be next in line. Austin Riley, a 2015 first-round pick who has not yet reached Triple-A, might be a year or two away. Camargo, who shared time with Swanson at shortstop last year, could be more than a stopgap if he can provide some of the power the Braves need at a corner infield spot. Outlook: Teheran, Foltynewicz and Newcomb have provided reasons this spring to believe they can improve their 2017 numbers. The progress of Newcomb, one of the team's many touted pitching prospects, became especially important when Gohara sustained a groin injury that will keep him from being ready for the start of the season. For a change, the spring spotlight was on a position player; Acuna was hitting .432 with four homers, 11 RBIs and four steals when he was sent to minor league camp. The move involving the 20-year-old top prospect was expected. It was made to maintain an extra full season of contractual control down the road, but Acuna likely will be recalled in April and immediately start in left field. He could provide a needed power bat to help Freeman in the middle of the lineup. The Braves likely are still at least a year away from contending in the NL East, but improved starting pitching could push them closer to .500 this year. ___ New York Mets 2017: 70-92, fourth place. Manager: Mickey Callaway (first season). He's Here: 3B Todd Frazier, RF Jay Bruce, LHP Jason Vargas, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Anthony Swarzak, LHP Matt Purke, C Jose Lobaton. He's Outta Here: Manager Terry Collins, LHP Josh Smoker, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Chasen Bradford, OF Norichika Aoki, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Tyler Pill, LHP Tommy Milone, OF Travis Taijeron. Projected Lineup: 2B Asdrubal Cabrera (.280, 14 HRs, 59 RBIs, .351 OBP), LF Yoenis Cespedes (.292, 17, 42, .892 OPS in 81 games), RF Jay Bruce (.252, 36, 101 with Mets and Indians), 3B Todd Frazier (.213, 27, 76, .344 OBP with White Sox and Yankees), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.242, 3, 30, .642 OPS in 71 games with Dodgers) or Dominic Smith (.198, 9, 26, .658 OPS, 49 Ks in 49 games), C Travis d'Arnaud (.244, 16, 57, .293 OBP in 112 games) or Kevin Plawecki (.260, 3, 13, .364 OBP in 37 games), CF Brandon Nimmo (.260, 5, 21, .379 OBP, .797 OPS in 69 games) or Juan Lagares (.250, 3, 15, .296 OBP, .661 OPS in 94 games), SS Amed Rosario (.248, 4, 10, 49 Ks, 3 BBs, .271 OBP, .665 OPS in 46 games). Rotation: RH Noah Syndergaard (1-2, 2.97 ERA, limited to 30 1/3 innings by lat injury), RH Jacob deGrom (15-10, 3.53, 239 Ks, 201 1/3 IP), LH Jason Vargas (18-11, 4.16, 179 2/3 IP in 32 starts with Royals), RH Matt Harvey (5-7, 6.70, 110 hits, 21 HRs, 67 Ks, 47 BBs in 92 2/3 IP), LH Steven Matz (2-7, 6.08 in 13 starts), RH Zack Wheeler (3-7, 5.21, 97 hits, 81 Ks, 40 BBs, 86 1/3 IP in 17 starts). Key Relievers: RH Jeurys Familia (2-2, 4.38, 6 saves in 26 games), RH AJ Ramos (2-4, 3.99, 27 saves with Marlins and Mets), RH Anthony Swarzak (6-4, 2.33, 91 Ks, 22 BBs, 58 hits, 77 1/3 IP in 70 games with White Sox and Brewers), LH Jerry Blevins (6-0, 2.94, 1 save, 69 Ks, 24 BBs, 49 IP in 75 games), RH Paul Sewald (0-6, 4.55, 69 Ks, 21 BBs, 65 1/3 IP in 57 games), RH Seth Lugo (7-5, 4.71, 101 1/3 IP in 19 games, 18 starts) or RH Robert Gsellman (8-7, 5.19, 119 2/3 IP in 25 games, 22 starts). Hot Spot: First Base. The 35-year-old Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star weakened by a bad back last season, was signed at a bargain price to provide competition and short-term insurance for Smith, a top prospect who struggled in his initial taste of the majors last year. Smith, 22, slimmed down in the offseason but was disciplined early in camp for arriving late one day. Then he strained a quad, keeping him out of the lineup for most of spring training, so it seems unlikely he'll make the opening day roster. Gonzalez, meanwhile, batted .182 with one extra-base hit and 11 strikeouts in his first 44 Grapefruit League at-bats before connecting for a home run. Wilmer Flores can play first against left-handers, but vs. righties the Mets either need Gonzalez to find the Fountain of Youth or Smith to live up to his first-round hype. Outlook: Callaway had great success with Cleveland's arms and the injury-plagued Mets are counting on his methods, along with new pitching coach Dave Eiland, to keep their talented but fragile rotation intact. New York also overhauled its medical department, hoping to keep star players on the field. Syndergaard and deGrom make for an imposing 1-2 punch. So if Harvey, Matz and Wheeler — even one or two of them — can finally stay healthy and approach their initial big league form, the pitching staff could be terrific again after unraveling last year with a 5.01 ERA that ranked 28th in the majors. Vargas was signed to eat innings but will miss some time at the beginning of the season following surgery for a broken right (non-pitching) hand. All-Star outfielder Michael Conforto (27 HRs, .384 OBP, .939 OPS) is targeting a May 1 return from surgery for a dislocated left shoulder. His status is critical to a lineup that lacks speed and a natural leadoff hitter. Nimmo made strides last season and is a potential candidate for that role while platooning early with Lagares to fill Conforto's spot in center field. After the Mets spent nearly $90 million to plug holes in free agency, it still might be a stretch to envision them seriously challenging star-studded Washington for NL East supremacy. But with better health in a soft division, they could certainly rejoin the wild-card hunt. ___ Philadelphia Phillies 2017: 66-96, fifth place. Manager: Gabe Kapler (first season). He's Here: RHP Jake Arrieta, 1B Carlos Santana, RHP Pat Neshek, RHP Tommy Hunter. He's Outta Here: Manager Pete Mackanin, SS Freddy Galvis, INF Andres Blanco, OF Daniel Nava, OF Hyun Soo Kim, RHP Clay Buchholz, 1B Tommy Joseph. Projected Lineup: 2B Cesar Hernandez (.294, 9 HRs, 34 RBIs, 15 SBs), 1B Carlos Santana (.259, 23, 79 with Indians), RF Nick Williams (.288, 12, 55) or Aaron Altherr (.272, 19, 65), LF Rhys Hoskins (.259, 18, 48), CF Odubel Herrera (.281, 14, 56), C Jorge Alfaro (.318, 5, 14), 3B Maikel Franco (.230, 24, 76), SS J.P. Crawford (.214, 0, 6 in 23 games). Rotation: RH Aaron Nola (12-11, 3.54 ERA, 184 Ks), RH Jake Arrieta (14-10, 3.53, 163 Ks with Cubs), RH Vince Velasquez (2-7, 5.13 in 15 starts), RH Nick Pivetta (8-10, 6.02), RH Zach Eflin (1-5, 6.16) or RH Ben Lively (4-7, 4.26). Key Relievers: RH Hector Neris (4-5, 3.01, 26/29 saves), RH Pat Neshek (5-3, 1.59, 1 save with Phillies and Rockies), RH Tommy Hunter (3-5, 2.61, 1 save with Rays), LH Adam Morgan (3-3, 4.12), RH Luis Garcia (2-5, 2.65). Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. There are a lot of question marks beyond Nola, who emerged as a reliable starter in 2017. Arrieta, the former Cubs ace, had a rough first half in 2017 but finished strong. Yet he was a free agent until mid-March. He's getting paid big bucks to be a No. 1 guy again. Jerad Eickhoff will begin the season on the DL and Velasquez is coming off a disappointing year after showing promise in 2016. Pivetta has upside but needs more maturity. The team has plenty of depth at Triple-A, including several pitchers who have big league experience, in case any of the starters falter or get hurt. Outlook: The decision to sign Arrieta signals the rebuild is over. The Phillies added Santana, Neshek and Hunter to a talented young roster in hopes of being competitive. A month into spring training, they added Arrieta because management thinks it's time to contend now. The lineup has the potential to be dynamic if the young hitters continue to emerge and Santana does what he did in Cleveland. The bullpen should be formidable with Hunter-Neshek-Neris at the back end. If Arrieta regains his old form, Nola lives up to his promise and a couple other starters take steps forward, the Phillies can not only end their five-year run of losing seasons but maybe even make a surprise push for a postseason berth......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Gusto namin makuha ang twice-to-beat (sa semis) -- Pons

Far Eastern University top hitter Bernadeth Pons is not just looking at bringing the Lady Tamaraws back in the Final Four. She and the rest of her FEU crew want to claim a semifinals twice-to-beat advantages in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. The Lady Tams moved a couple of wins away from formalizing their entry to their fourth straight Final Four appearance after conquering University of the Philippines, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-22, Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. With a 7-4 win-loss record at solo third spot, the Morayta-based squad is on the right track for the remaining three semifinals spots after grand slam-seeking De La Salle University booked the first seat.        FEU still has Adamson, University of the East and National University in its list of assignments. “Meron pa kaming three remaining games and kailangan namin maipanalo ‘yun kasi gusto namin makuha ‘yung pangalawang spot, first or second na spot para mas may advantage kami pagdating ng semis,” said Pons, who had 15 points, 20 digs and 18 excellent receptions. Since Season 77, FEU came up short of advancing to the Finals after falling victim to teams with semis incentives. “Mas malaki ang advantage kapag twice-to-beat ka eh so ‘yun gusto namin makuha ang spot na ‘yun para mas may advantage na kami padating sa semis,” said Pons, who is on her last playing year. “Kasi noong mga past years palagi kami sa baba, ‘yung kalaban namin hindi namin natatalo so hindi kami nakakaakyat. Kahit ano naman pero mas gusto namin na may advantage kami sa semis.” The Lady Tams have yet to advance to the Finals since the then Rachel Anne Daquis-led FEU fell victim to the Manilla Santos-bannered De La Salle University in Season 71. “Sabi na ni coach (George Pascua) marami pa kaming trabaho eh so sisimulan pa rin namin sa training, pag-aaralan namin every team na makakalaban namin and kailangan tyagain and trabahuhin talaga namin every team na makakalaro naming,” Pons said.   (To be updated) ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

La Salle Lipa reclaims NBTC Division 2 crown

La Salle Lipa is now the winningest team in the three-year history of the National Basketball Training Center Division 2. The Chevrons won their second division championship by getting the better of Letran Bataan, 49-44, in the ultimate matchup of the 2018 Exped SM NBTC Division 2 National Finals at the MOA Arena, Friday. Matthew Virtucio was the hero for the Batanguenos, scoring 15 points, including the back-to-back triples inside the last five minutes which erased a one-point deficit and erected a 44-40 lead in favor of his team. “They boys really gave it their all. In the end, because of experience, we were able to deliver,” said head coach J-Rex Atienza. Isaiah De Leon converted his own triple to pull the Squires back to within one, but Dale Lupac had the quick counter for La Salle Lipa with four straight points for a 48-43 edge with 52.2 seconds remaining. Letran Bataan would no longer threaten from that point. Virtucio was no one man show for the Chevrons as Lupac had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals and Ian Abila chipped in nine markers, 18 big boards, and three steals. The win reclaims for Batangas the NBTC Division 2 crown it last wore in 2016. “At the end of the day, it’s just God-given. Our motivation is that we have 10 players graduating and it’s our last time to get it done,” said Atienza. For the Squires, Kevin Raymundo topped the scoring column with 13 points while De Leon got 11 markers, six rebounds, and two assists. The NBTC Division 2 was inaugurated in 2016. It’s elite list of champions includes La Salle Lipa twice and Assumption Montessori Cagayan de Oro once. BOX SCORES LA SALLE LIPA 49 – Virtucio 15, Lupac 10, Abila 9, Javier 7, Platon 5, Dimayuga 2, Larosa 1, Aranda 0, Virrey 0, Cutanda 0, Natio 0, Baldovino 0 LETRAN BATAAN 44 – Raymundo 13, De Leon 11, Tolentino 7, Llamzon 6, Santos 4, Garcia 3, Handugan 0, Navarro 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 18-25, 31-33, 49-44.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Kihei Clark, Team Hustle down Jalen Green, Team Heart in NBTC All-Star Game

MANILA, Philippines – Team Hustle, true to their name, outhustled Team Heart, 99-91, in the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Division I High School All-Star Game at the Mall of Asia Arena, Friday, March 23. Led by some of the country’s best young players like Ateneo’s Kai Sotto and SJ ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Tay Tung exits NBTC Nat’l finals

BACOLOD Tay Tung High School (BTTHS) Thunderbolts failed to advance in the Final Four of the 2018 National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) National Finals Division 2 after stumbling to De La Salle-Lipa (DLS-L), 63-69, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, March 21. The Bacolod City-based team played well in the first canto […] The post Tay Tung exits NBTC Nat’l finals appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Pasaol, other teammates mulling exit from still coach-less UE

Four months after the resignation of Derrick Pumaren, the University of the East is yet to name its new head coach. And so, with the next UAAP wars just half a year away, the Red Warriors are still unsure what their team will look like and what system they will be running. According to a few players who requested anonymity, team management is yet to inform them about what will happen. Still, they themselves have been holding training sessions so as not to get left behind by their competition. However, they are also well aware that try as they might, they have a lot of catching up to do to the likes of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, contenders Adamson University and Far Eastern University, upstarts National University and University of the Philippines, and reloading yet still dangerous De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas. “Wala e. Mapapag-iwanan kami nito,” one player told ABS-CBN Sports. “Mismong kami, naguguluhan na rin. Sobra.” That’s why according to the same source, there are a few UE players thinking about moving on. Specifically, he said 49-point man Alvin Pasaol and court general Philip Manalang are considering their next move. “Magkausap yung dalawa palagi at ‘pag ‘di na lalaro si Alvin, ‘di na rin lalaro si Philip,” he said. If that is indeed the case, for next season, the Red Warriors will have to fill vacancies for their head coach, main man, and point guard. Asked about it, Pasaol opted to keep mum. Instead, the scoring dynamo said he remains focused on Marinerong Pilipino and their playoff push in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. “Focus lang po muna talaga ako sa Marinero,” he remarked. The Recto-based team has been searching for a new head coach after former mentor Pumaren handed in his resignation late last year. Pumaren registered a record of 21-35 in his four years at the helm for his alma mater. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

In Harvey Pagsanjan, there is hope in Hope Christian

Harvey Pagsanjan and Hope Christian High School finally ran out of gas in their campaign in the first-ever National Basketball Training Center Madness in MOA. After back-to-back rumbling rallies in the seeding round and then the Top 32, the Manila-based school finally bowed out at the hands of Visayas powerhouse Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu on Tuesday at the MOA Arena. Having to come from behind two straight days, they seemed tired as the Magis Eagles imposed their will en route to a 70-63 win. In the end, Pagsanjan only scored 16 points on 28 percent shooting on top of five rebounds and two steals. Still, the loss does not take away the fact that the six-foot-one guard put on one of the most memorable, if not the most memorable, individual performances in back-to-back nights. On Sunday, he dropped 27 of his 33 points in the second half to lift his team over Australia’s AusPinoy. A day later, he then poured in 35 points, 25 in the final frame, in his team’s victory versus St. Benilde International School of Calamba, Laguna. And while Pagsanjan and his team are no longer in the tournament proper, he will still represent them in the 2018 NBTC All-Star Game on Friday. There, he gets his third crack at playing alongside the best of the best Filipinos. “Ang sarap po sa feeling na kasama pa rin ako sa top players. Ang sarap po sa pakiramdam na lahat ng paghihirap, nandito na,” he shared. For all those golden opportunities, he is nothing but grateful. “Ang laking tulong po para sa akin kasi yung coaches ng college, sa UAAP at NCAA lang nagi-scout. Mas madali po para sa akin na makita kung nandito,” he said. When this edition of the NBTC is over, the 19-year-old will keep representing Hope for one more year. And for that one more year, Pagsanjan vows to keep making his alma mater proud. “Ako po, naglalaro bilang team player. Kung anong nagagawa ko, nagpapasalamat din po ako sa teammates ko kasi kung ‘di rin naman dahil sa kanila, ‘di mabubuo yung Harvey Pagsanjan,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

No upsets as Ateneo, other top teams advance in NBTC Sweet 16

All the higher seeds in the First Round of the 2018 Exped Socks National Basketball Training Centre National Finals advanced to the Sweet 16, Monday evening. Behind the towering Kai Sotto, UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eaglets dominated the New Ormoc City Eagles, 98-47. The UAAP Season 80 Finals Most Valuable Player had 15 points on 70 percent shooting to go along with six rebounds and three blocks in just 16 minutes of game time. The Blue Eaglets will face the 16th seeded Australia Pinoy Selection as AusPinoy was able to eke out an 86-79 win over Aussumption Montessori of Cagayan de Oro. It was also a smooth sailing first round for the other top seeded teams. Second-ranked La Salle Green Hills Greenies walloped Jesus the Loving Sheperd of Naga, 85-46, while the third-seeded Chiang Kai Shek College pounced on St. Columban College of Pagadian, 68-44. Reigning CESAFI champions University of Visayas Baby Lancers routed the University of Luzon of Dagupan, 100-73. UAAP runners-up NU Bullpups survived an early scare before blasting the Tay Tung High School of Bacolod, 81-63. The team B of the number 7 San Beda Red Cubs scored the biggest blowout of the day, notching a 105-40 victory over the St. Louis-Don Bosco of Dumaguete. One of the top performers of the day was Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian High School. After dropping 33 markers during the first eight showdown on Sunday, the gunslinging guard rallied Hope from 15 down to pick up an 84-77 win over St. Benilde International School of Calamba.  Pagsanjan finished the game with 35 big points on 13-of-26 shooting Outside of Camp David of New Zealand, as they lost to the Lyceum-Cavite Junior Pirates 85-59, the three other international teams made it to the next round. Number 11 Durham Crossover of Canada escaped University of Baguio 80-75; number 13 FilAm Sports pounded De La Salle-Lipa, 92-59;and number 16 AusPinoy triumphed over Assumption-Cagayan de Oro, 86-79. Completing the Sweet 16 are #6 Mapua Red Robins, #8 Sacred Heart Magis Eagles, #10 San Sebastian Staglets, #12 Adamson Baby Falcons, #14 Letran Squires......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Young San Beda squad hopes to retain NBTC title

MANILA, Philippines – It is the dawn of a new era for the San Beda Red Cubs. The Cubs, the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) defending champions are the favorites to take home back-to-back titles, but things are way more different this season.  The Rizal-based team will be fielding ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

3rd Jr. NBA PH 2018 selection camp slated for Benguet

Jr. NBA PH press release Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska goes north for its third Regional Selection Camp of the year. Young cagers ages 10-14 years old from northern provinces and interested participants outside the region are invited to attend the camp on March 17-18 at the Benguet State University in La Trinidad, Benguet from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Boys and girls born 2004-2008 are encouraged to participate in the league’s global youth basketball participation program to learn the fundamental basketball skills set and the Jr. NBA S.T.A.R values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect. Managing the Regional Selection Camp will be Jr. NBA Coaches Carlos Barroca and Rob Newson together with Jr. NBA coaches from presenting partner Alaska led by PBA Legends Jeffrey Carriaso and Tony de la Cruz. Registration and participation are free. The first day will see participants being measured against a series of vitals tests and skills challenges that will determine their inclusion in the following day to undergo advanced basketball drills and team exercises.  On the second day, the remaining players will immerse in drills and showcase team and individual skills in the scrimmages. The camp’s top performers will be given the opportunity to represent Northern Luzon in the National Training Camp in Manila on May 18-20. The Jr. NBA National Training Camp will select the most outstanding eight boys and eight girls as Jr. NBA All-Stars from the Regional Selection Camps, with the fourth and final camp set for Metro Manila on April 7-8 at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati. The Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 All-Stars will embark on a unique, overseas NBA experience with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later in the year. Qualified boys and girls can still register at www.jrnba.asia where the program terms and conditions can be found. Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook, the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and follow PlayPH at www.playph.com and on Facebook and Twitter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Tatak ng La Salle na kapag natalo, bumabawi -- Dy

Let this serve as a warning. Two-time defending champion De La Salle University is out to exact revenge on its first round tormentors. The Lady Spikers destroyed National University in straight sets payback, 27-25, 27-25, 25-16, on Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan. DLSU handed the Lady Bulldogs their second loss as the Lady Spikers tied their victim at the top spot with 6-2 win-loss slate.     “One week ‘yung training namin so may added motivation na, ‘Uy natalo tayo dito sa first round.’ So siguro naging motivation din namin ‘yun coming into this game,” said Kianna Kim Dy, who had 14 points to lead the Taft-based squad. NU defeated DLSU, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, last February 18 in the Lady Spikers’ first of two losses in their last four games to end the first round. DLSU also dropped a four-set match against Adamson University before closing the opening round with a four-set win over archrival Ateneo de Manila University last week.  “Syempre naging tatak ng La Salle na kapag natalo babawi kami,” said Dy. “‘Yun rin ang sinasabi ni coach na malapit na kami manalo tapos bibitaw, siguro ‘yun ‘yung pina-practice namin na panapos lagi kasi sayang eh nandoon na.” The Lady Spikers made their revenge even sweeter – or colder if you’re NU – by taking the win in a come-from-behind fashion in the first two sets. DLSU went down, 14-21, in the opening set before the Lady Spiker blasted a 9-2 rally capped by reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron’s service ace. NU and DLSU traded errors in the next play that tied it at 24. The Lady Bulldogs took a second set point advantage but Jaja Santiago committed two of NU’s last three errors to surrender the frame to DLSU.   The Lady Bulldogs again buried the Lady Spikers to a 17-10 hole only to allow the Taft-based squad to mount a comeback to steal the frame.  With momentum on their side, the Lady Spikers built a 22-13 lead on their way to completing the sweep. “So I think maganda sa team na pinakita ang maturity kasi we were down by ilang points tapos hinabol namin parang nagkakumpyansa din kami,” Dy said. DLSU will face University of the Philippines on Wednesday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Pasaol says he should have eaten one more cup of rice

Alvin Pasaol single-handedly carried University of the East past National University in the semifinals of the inaugural UAAP 3x3 Men's Tournament. The King Red Warrior scored 17 points in his team's 19-16 conquest of the Bulldogs to win the right to go into the Finals. Yes, by his lonesome, he defeated NU, 17-16. All throughout that game, the Bulldogs just had no answer for the burly forward who famously scored 49 points in one UAAP game last season. I mean, how do you even stop this? Alvin Pasaol will not be denied! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/bG1xWqsZkE — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 Or this? Pasaol can only smile after that three! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/yv1FA0lxM0 — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 How about this one? He has gone berserk again! Can Alvin Pasaol score 49 points in #UAAPSeason803x3? Maybe not, but he already has 16! pic.twitter.com/rjik1yLSUA — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 Answer? There's no way. Interviewed by event host Andrei Felix after that performance, Pasaol said he was fueled by Mang Inasal chicken and one cup of rice. Come the Finals, though, it seemed as if his fuel had ran out. The incoming third-year player did his best to will UE up against Far Eastern University, but was, time and again, turned back by Wendell Comboy. In the end, Comboy shot the Tamaraws to the first-ever UAAP 3x3 championship by a score of 21-13 - and still with 2:06 to spare at that. Reflecting on what could have been afterward, Pasaol said he probably should have had one more cup of rice. "Siguro, kinulang nga ng kain, one rice lang kasi e," he said through chuckles. Still, he said he was nothing but proud of their effort, especially because nobody even tagged the Red Warriors as contenders. As he put it, "Undersized kami tapos nag-training kami, siguro isang araw lang. Ako, nagfo-focus ako sa D-League kaya 'di ko sila nakakasama." He then continued, "Pero good performance for my boys. Malaking tulong yun pagdating ng upcoming UAAP." And personally, the 23-year-old said he was only glad to have put on a show for the sizable crowd who watched the event on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. "Napakita ko naman yung skills ko and at least, napasaya ko yung mga tao. Yun lang naman yung gusto ko," he remarked. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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When Jimmy Alapag arrived in the Philippines in 2002, no one predicted that he would become the well-revered “Mighty Mouse” that he is today. After all, the 5’9” guard failed to dazzle in his playing debut in the country. He was part of the national team training pool for the 2002 Asian Games, an opportunity […].....»»

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