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Ricci Rivero rushes straight from airport to attend first ROS-Pilipinas practice

From the airport straight to practice. The University of the Philippines' Ricci Rivero just arrived from a two-week training camp in Serbia with the rest of the Fighting Maroons, but the high-flying forward had little time to waste as he headed straight to Rain or Shine-Pilipinas' first Asian Games practice. Rivero, who endured a 13-hour flight from Serbia to Turkey and finally Manila, came 45 minutes after practice started, but made it just in time before the national team actually did court drills. Pressed for time, the national team went to work Monday at the Meralco Gym in preparation for the Asiad in Indonesia later this month. The entire team, led by the core of the Elasto Painters, was present with the exception of San Miguel's Christian Standhardinger. Standhardinger, who is in the middle of the Commissioner's Cup Finals with the Beermen, likely secured an excuse until the best-of-7 series against Ginebra. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 6th, 2018

Almost perfect attendance for first ROS-Pilipinas practice

With time not on their side, Rain or Shine-Pilipinas starts its preparation for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. The national team got their first team practice down Monday at the Meralco Gym with head coach Yeng Guiao presiding over everything. Present in Monday's evening session were Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, Chris Tiu, Beau Belga, James Yap, Raymond Almazan, and Maverick Ahanmisi. Also in attendance were Asi Taulava, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Don Trollano, and Kobe Paras. JP Erram was also present but didn't up while cadet Abu Tratter joined training despite not being in the lineup. Cadet Ricci Rivero managed to catch up after coming straight from the airport. Rivero was with the UP Fighting Maroons in a training camp at Serbia. The lone absentee was San Miguel Beer's Christian Standhardinger.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Ricci Rivero and Kai Sotto join Gilas Pilipinas training – Manila Video

Gilas Pilipinas began its preparation last night at the Meralco gym for the upcoming FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, which will be held from November 30 to December 3. 12 players out of the 20-man training pool were present on the first day of practice: June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos of… link: Ricci Rivero and Kai Sotto join Gilas Pilipinas training – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Dream come true as Kai Sotto set to practice with Gilas, Yeng

    MANILA, Philippines – Among the 20-strong Gilas Pilipinas pool  chosen by new head coach Yeng Guiao, 16-year-old rising star Kai Sotto stands out above the rest. Well, for one, he’s the youngest pool member by at least 4 years next to pool mate Ricci Rivero. And of course, in case anyone still needs ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Pressure mounts for Guiao with 'best Philippine team ever'

Upon the announcement of Gilas Pilipinas' new 20-man pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have surfaced as well. And with good reason. The lineup currently looks like this, for those who missed it: Jayson Castro Paul Lee Stanley Pringle Alex Cabagnot LA Tenorio Matthew Wright Marcio Lassiter Ricci Rivero Scottie Thompson Gabe Norwood Troy Rosario Arwind Santos Japeth Aguilar Greg Slaughter June Mar Fajardo Beau Belga Christian Standhardinger JP Erram Ian Sangalang Kai Sotto It's certainly the tallest, most imposing, and perhaps most balanced pool in the whole of Gilas Pilipinas, and this is without regulars Andray Blatche, Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva, and RR Pogoy. So talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have some traction and members of the team are feeling it now even before their first practice session. Because if this is truly the Avengers version of Gilas Pilipinas, they have no reason not to impress. There's no Thanos in the Asian Qualifiers. "You know, you feel a little bit of pressure. Dapat malakas yung team na ito," head coach Yeng Guiao said of his national team. "On paper, it looks lke that [best Philippine team ever] but on paper is always different sa actual so nadadagdagan yung pressure sa akin pag ganoon. Though sabi ko nga, nandiyan naman parati yan [pressure], but we'll try to whip it into the best team that people expect it to be," he added. The best Gilas team ever can prove itself soon as the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan and Iran in the 5th window of the Asian Qualifiers. It's imperative for Gilas to score a sweep for a number of reasons. First, a sweep protects home court and second, beating Kazakhstan and Iran likely clinches Gilas' spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Finally, it's a chance to showcase what a unified national team can do. "Ang importante naman dito is manalo tayo sa Kazakhstan at sa Iran eh. Yun lang muna kasi I think pag nangyari yun, malaki na chance natin sa World Cup which is the ultimate objective anyway," Guiao added. With full support of the PBA and SBP, Gilas Pilipinas can form the ultimate team everytime. Now, it's just time to win. "Naniniwala ako na the strength of the national team is proportional to the strength of your professional league eh. Pag malakas ang professional league mo sa isang bansa, lumalakas ang national team mo because your pool really comes from your professional players, so it’s going to be a reflection of the PBA," Guiao said. "That responsibility is on our shoulders and we hope we can live up to it," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Hindi nasayang ang (pagsama sa) practice -- Rivero

Despite missing the cut in the national men’s basketball team’s final roster for the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, Ricci Rivero remains thankful for the opportunity to train under head coach Yeng Guiao. Guiao announced the final lineup Friday after the squad’s practice at the Meralco gym. Unfortunately, young talents Kobe Paras and Rivero didn’t make the lineup as well as Talk ‘N Text guard Don Trollano, who sacrificed his spot for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson despite the eligibility of the NBA player still in doubt pending the petition of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to the Indonesian organizers to include him in the Asiad roster.        “Actually wala (sama ng loob), nothing against anyone sobrang thankful pa rin ako,” said Rivero. “I talked to coach Yeng sabi ko, “Sobrang thank you for this opportunity.” “Kasi sobrang dami kong natutunan. First, yung mga kuya and then next sina coach Yeng kasi sobrang hands on nila,” added Rivero. “Si coach Yeng kasi nakikita ko sobrang galing niyang mag-develop ng player, in a short time sobrang dami kong natutunan sa kanya. So yun sobrang thank you.” Rivero was present in all the five practice sessions of the Nationals, which started Monday. Rivero rushed into the Meralco gym Monday after landing in Manila following the University of the Philippines’ training in Serbia. In the end, Rivero was thankful for the rare chance to vie for a spot for the tricolors. For me hindi (nasayang ang pag-ensayo), sobrang thankful talaga ako na yun nga naging part ako nito,” he said. “Nu’ng una pa lang naman na narinig ko sobrang thankful na ako, gusto ko siyempreng makasama pero siyempre di ba PBA players na yan and hindi naman sila basta-basta. Sobrang thankful ako, hindi nasayang ang (pagsama sa) practice.” The Nationals that will try to surpass the seventh place finish of Gilas in the 2014 Incheon Asiad will be led by the core of Rain or Shine in Chris Tiu, Maverick Ahanmisi, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, James Yap, and Gabe Norwood. Completing the team are JP Erram, Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Asi Taulava and Clarkson.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Rivero goes straight to nat l team practice after long flight

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Not even a grueling flight could keep Ricci Rivero from missing national team practice. Rivero, the youngest member on the 14-man pool, still showed up in train.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Almost perfect attendance in Gilas practice before flying to Taiwan

Both Gilas Pilipinas and the Gilas cadets were out in numbers as they trained for the last time in Manila before going to Taiwan for the next round of qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Only the injured Mac Belo was not inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas on Monday for the Gilas Pilipinas practice in preparation for the third window of the Asian Qualifiers from late June to early July. Naturalized player Andray Blatche was in action and was joined by skipper Gabe Norwood, Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo. Also there were Calvin Abueva, Baser Amer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jiovani Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright. The Philippine national team is scheduled to depart for Chinese Taipei a week from now and they will take on the home team on June 29. They will then head home to gear up for a matchup with powerhouse Australia on July 2 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Alongside the Gilas elite, Gilas cadets J-Jay Alejandro, Kobe Paras, Troy Rike, Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, and Abu Tratter were also present in practice. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

UAAP Basketball: Ricci Rivero practices with UP for the first time

Former DLSU Green Archer Ricci Rivero has joined the Fighting Maroons in practice for the first time since announcing his move to play for UP. Over a week after his stunning announcement, Ricci was seen on the court, joining UP's drills wearing a shirt from his clothing brand, in his new school's colors. (Image and footage by Camille Naredo of ABS-CBN News Sports) That’s Ricci Rivero, practicing with UP for the first time. pic.twitter.com/1uKwmtTWdO — Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) May 29, 2018 Ricci taking part in drills for UP pic.twitter.com/YTViUKCi23 — Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) May 29, 2018 Rivero cited UP's 'crazy supportive community', as well as its quality education and culture in choosing the Fighting Maroons as his next team. More than basketball -- the education as well as culture pushed Ricci Rivero to the direction of UP Diliman ✊ pic.twitter.com/ov4LndGhJm — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) May 18, 2018 In what would be his final year for the Green Archers, Ricci was awarded as the Most Improved Player, and was a UAAP Mythical Selection. The 20-year-old will have to sit out one year due to the UAAP's transfer rules, and will have three years left to play, starting season 82. He will team up with fellow Gilas Pilipinas Cadets Juan Gomez de Liano, and Will Gozum as part of a dangerous UP squad that's reinforced by Nigerian big Bright Akhuetie......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Serious cadets wanting Filoil title is 'a good sign'

Just because they joined the Filoil tournament, it doesn't mean that Gilas Pilipinas is necessarily gunning for the title. With most of the #23for23 pool members seeing action, the preseason joust is just part of the master plan that's already in motion. However, several members of the team, mainly Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras, have expressed their desire to actually go after the championship and that's fine too. It's great, actually. "It's not the goal [winning title] but it's a good barometer for them," coach Jong Uichico said regarding Gilas' Filoil aspirations. "To think of winning the championship, that means they're taking the tournament seriously. That's a good sign," he added. The national team will open the preseason joust Saturday against reigning UAAP Champion Ateneo de Manila University. And so far, practice has been going relatively well for the cadet squad. "Okay naman, sa few practices that we've had, they showed naman the improvement," Uichico said. "Nilalagay namin ng unti-unti pero syempre we don't have that much time naman so pina fast-track lang namin lahat," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Kobe joins Ricci, rest of '23for23 pool for Gilas practice

Kobe Paras is not wasting any time. Arriving in the country at six in the morning, Kobe joined Gilas Pilipinas in practice at 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Meralco Gym. Paras, part of the #23for23 team, will join the national team as they prepare for the 2018 Filoil Flying V preseason joust. Joining Kobe in practice are Ricci Rivero, CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Vince Tolentino, Javee Mocon, Jeo Ambohot, Arvin Tolentino, Prince Rivero, Juan Gomez de Liano, Will Gozum, and Kenneth Tuffin. J-jay Alejandro didn't participate as he deals with an injury. Gilas Pilipinas, with Kobe anc co., will debut in the Filoil tournament on Saturday against Ateneo De Manila, the reigning UAAP Champions.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Ricci finally practices with Gilas Pilipinas

After taking a leave of absence from De La Salle University, Ricci Rivero was a full participant in Gilas Pilipinas practice Monday at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. Only an observer during the national team's first training session of the year last Jan. 8 as well as last week, Rivero was finally in a Pilipinas jersey and ready to go, a couple of days after his request to take a leave from La Salle's basketball team was made official. Rivero ran some sets with the national team and his official inclusion to the #23for23 pool seems to be already official at this point. Joining Rivero in practice from the #23for23 pool were Juan Gomez De Liano, Kai Sotto, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, Kenneth Tuffin, Javee Mocon, Paul Desiderio, Will Gozum, and Karl Tamayo. As for the senior squad, Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo led the way together with Troy Rosario, Mac Belo, Allein Maliksi, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena, Japeth Aguilar, and team captain Gabe Norwood. RR Pogoy and Matthew Wright were in attendance but didn't paticipate in practice.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

Looks like Ricci Rivero is cleared to join Gilas Pilipinas

Looks like Ricci Rivero is finally cleared to join Gilas Pilipinas. The high-flying La Salle star was present in practice again Monday, however, he was in street clothes anew and was merely an observer. Good news though, it appears that it's only a matter of time before he officially joins the Gilas pool. It's just that La Salle has to make the final announcement. "He came to tell us that he’s been allowed. But we haven’t gotten any official word yet from La Salle, we’re just waiting," head coach Chot Reyes said regarding Rivero. "That's why he came here," he added. Rivero was not included in the initial #23for23 pool released by Reyes for the national team. La Salle apparently asked Gilas to exclude its current players during that time as the Green Archers were in transition following head coach Aldin Ayo's move to UST.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Abueva after finally showing up to practice: Part parin ako ng Gilas family, kaya ito ako

The Beast finally speaks. A week after being cut from Gilas Pilipinas, at least for the upcoming window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers,and two days after he excused himself from Alaska's Philippine Cup showdown against Blackwater, Calvin Abueva attended national team practice for the first time Monday. And he set the record straight. Sort of. "Syempre di ko naman pwede sabihin na totoo sa inyo na lahat na lang. Sakin is family problem yung nangyari kaya di ako nakakalusot dito," Abueva said when asked why he missed Gilas' first three practices this year. "Di ako nakakapunta tsaka sa management ko rin sa Alaska, syempre nanghihingi rin ako ng dispensa sa mga nangyari sakin. Kaya ngayon mas inuuna ko yung career ko ngayon para malinis ko kung ano meron ako ngayon," he added. As for his cut from Gilas for the February games against Australia and Japan, Abueva has accepted his fate. However, he plans to attend more practice sessions now and he plans to make his way back to the team in the near future. "Ako actually, di naman masakit sakin to na di ako makakapaglaro dito eh. Ang ina-ano ko lang makasama ako dito eh diba? Part parin ako ng Gilas family, kaya ito ako. Kahit na di ako makapaglaro dito sa game na to, at least andito ako naka-suporta," he said. "Marami pang window na pwede ako ipasok pero dito sa ano na to, syempre nakakahiya naman sa mga nauna na nag-ensayo tapos bigla akong papasok. Parang unfair naman yun diba. Kaya ngayon ang ginagawa ko is nagpakita ako ngayon para i-prove ko sa kanila na nandito parin ako at part parin ako ng Gilas," Abueva added. After everything that went down as far as his personal life is concerned, it appears that Calvin Abueva will be back to doing Calvin Abueva things on the basketball court. And if the Beast is good, that's something to be happy about. "Di na ko problemado, wala na kong iniisip. Ayoko lang madamay itong team na to kasi marami akong iniisip, magulo isip ko," Abueva said   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Chot drops Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from Gilas pool

In the latest development surrounding Gilas Pilipinas, head coach Chot Reyes has decided to drop Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the national team pool. At least for the second window of the opening round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Australia on Feb. 22 and against Japan on Feb. 25. "We're dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window, they haven't showed up," Reyes said after Gilas practice Monday at the Meralco Gym. "It's simply a matter of disinterest. I guess they're not interested so we have to move on, we can't wait for those guys," he added. To start 2018, Gilas Pilipinas has been holding once-a-week practice every Monday. The national team already has three sessions under its belt and Abueva and Almazan are yet to report for duty. "I don't know if anyone told them but right now we made that announcement today. It's been communicated with the team and the reason it's not been communicated with them is because they're not here," Reyes said. "How can we communicate with them if they're not here?" he added. Reyes, who missed practice last week, got to training Monday. He went straight to Ortigas from the airport following a recent trip to Australia. Th outspoken head coach also said that players have no reason to miss Monday practice since it's very light in the first place. "The key for the Mondays only practice, kita niyo naman it's very light, so the guys who have a game in the D-League tomorrow or had a game in the PBA last night have absolutely no reason not to be here," Reyes said. "The only reason they're not here is because they don't want to be here. It's just a question of dedication and desire. Kung gusto mo maraming paraan, pag ayaw mo maraming dahilan di ba?" he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Ricci reduced to being an observer for first Gilas practice of 2018

Despite not being part of the preliminary Gilas Pilipinas pool for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, La Salle star Ricci Rivero still attended the first practice of 2018 of the national team Monday at the Meralco Gym. Rivero, who was excluded in the original #23for23 because La Salle asked head coach Chot Reyes to hold off for the moment, was a keen observer in practice. And since he wasn't suiting up, the high-flying combo guard instead met with top officials and the rest of the Gilas coaching staff. With the second window of the Asian Qualifiers coming up, Gilas officially opened camp following the holiday break. Aside from the main team that saw action in the opening window back in February, a handful of the #23for23 pool members were also present in practice. [Related: BACK TO WORK: Gilas opens first practice for 2018] For now, Gilas Pilipinas will meet once a week every Monday in preparation for a road game against Australia and a home outing vs. Japan next month.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Chot tries to clear air with Ricci s non-inclusion to '23for23: Wala naman tayong di pinapayagan

Just because Ricci Rivero is out of the initial #23for23 pool doesn't mean he's never going to get the chance to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas. At least we're clear on that. In fact, the La Salle star was in attendance Monday as the national team opened camp for 2018 in preparation for the new window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "They've really been in touch since the list came out," head coach Chot Reyes said when asked about Rivero. "We had to explain the situation with the school and they asked if they can try out, but it has to be something we talk about with their school," he added. La Salle asked Reyes to not include all current Green Archers in the pool for now, citing transition within the school's basketball program. Head coach Aldin Ayo, who steered the Green Archers to two straight UAAP Finals with one title, has left for UST. His move was made official also Monday. "But still, they came in their own volition and sa akin naman, we're all inclusive," Reyes said, still talking about Rivero. "Wala naman tayong di pinapayagan, di pinapapunta. But that's a different discussion altogether. It remains to be seen what will happen in the next couple of weeks," Reyes added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero can still make Gilas final 12, bares Yeng Guiao

MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero's inclusion in Gilas Pilipinas' 20-man pool for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers is not just solely geared towards their development. National team head coach Yeng Guiao bared that the two promising young stars have a chance to secure a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

PBA: Arwind turns attention to Gilas: 'Ano pa gagawin ko, laglag na kami'

Arwind Santos is turning his attention to Gilas Pilipinas. Well, it's only right. "A-attend ako sa unang practice. Ano pa gagawin ko, laglag na kami? Doon muna ako magco-concentrate," Santos said Wednesday after his Beermen saw their PBA season end. Faced with a twice-to-beat disadvantage, San Miguel got dominated by Alaska in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals. It's pretty much the same end for the Beermen as last season when they made two Finals before eventually stopping in the first round of the Governors' Cup as the no. 6 seed. "Nakakalungkot na natalo tayo," Santos said. "Hindi talaga maganda, pero ganun talaga. Siguro pinakita ng Diyos na hindi kami lagi nasa top. Kailangan bumaba rin kami, bumangon kami sa baba tapos magsimula ulit," he added. With San Miguel's campaign now over, Santos moves on to the Philippine national team where he's now a part of for the first time in nearly a decade. Santos reunites with head coach Yeng Guiao in Gilas. Guiao coached the 2009 Powerade Pilipinas, Santos' only national team stint so far. "Di pa naman ako kasama sa Final [12]. Para sa akin, panibagong challenge ito. Matagal na rin ako di nakakapag-laro sa Philippine team," Santos said. "Thank you kay ninong, kay coach Yeng. Sana hindi siya magka-mali sa pag-pili sakin," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

NCAA: The grassroots have become greener for LSGH

College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills joined the NCAA in 1998 and didn’t win a championship for two decades. Last year, they finally broke through, triumphing over then defending champion Mapua High School and taking their first-ever title. Now, the Junior Blazers have a golden opportunity for back-to-back championships as they are set to meet the Red Robins once more for all the glory. For head coach Marvin Bienvenida, the past two years have just proven that recruiting tantalizing talents is not the only way to win. “We didn’t really end up having a good set of players. This is all about developing players straight from the grassroots,” he said. Indeed, in the past three years, the boys from Greenhills have not had a shining stars in the mold of Rivero brothers Prince and Ricci. Instead, they have featured hardworking players like Troy Mallillin, Joel Cagulangan, and Inand Fornilos who improved year in and year out. Mallillin worked his way to an MVP just like Cagulangan is en route to working his way to the award for the top individual player. Fornilos’ motor, meanwhile, never stopped chugging and he is well on track to a second straight Mythical selection Even key cogs such as Joshua David, Makoy Marcos, and Unique Naboa came from out of nowhere. And so, the fact that it was Cagulangan and David who showed the way in their knockout bout against Jose Rizal University High School means that they have developed into the leaders that CSB-LSGH needs. “The stats show they played well, but the contributions they give in leadership, camaraderie, experience, yun ang mabigat,” coach Marvin said. With that, the Junior Blazers are nothing but confident they can work their way into another championship. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018