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South stars win MPBL extravaganza

Jeff Viernes emerged the best among the best as the South All-Stars bested their North counterparts, 126-122, in overtime in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season All-Star Extravaganza that started Thursday and lasted early Friday at MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 15th, 2020

MPBL South stars outshine North foes

The South All-Stars edged out the North All-Stars, 126-122, in a thrilling double-overtime duel in the Chooks-To-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup All-Star Game at the MOA Arena late Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

MPBL All-Star MVP Viernes treats every game the same way

For most players, an All-Star game is an avenue to take a break from the competitiveness of the game and build a bond between the league’s best players. But that isn’t the case for Batangas-Tanduay’s Jeff Viernes. “Sabi ko nga, mental focus ko every time na naglalaro ako, All-Star man yan o every game, tini-treat ko siya the same. I'm a very competitive player. Ginagawa ko lang lahat, yung best ko,” Viernes revealed. And Viernes’ fierce approach to the game definitely showed when his South All-Stars squad were at the jaws of defeat against the North All-Stars in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup All-Star game at the Mall of Asia Arena, Thursday. Down by six points with 3:15 remaining in regulation, the pint-sized guard from Isabela pumped in 12 in the South’s last 15 points – including two crucial free throws – which sent the game to overtime. Viernes then conspired with Gab Banal and opened the extra period with a 10-0 barrage to give the South a comfortable 122-112 advantage with 3:19 ticks left. Though the quintet of Renato Ular, Michael Juico, Aris Dionisio, and Jeric Teng were able to answer with 10-0 blast for the North and the knot the scores at 122-all, the product of St. Clare sank 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the final 25 seconds of the game to seal the victory. “Siyempre nandoon pa rin yung we're having fun kasi All-Star pa rin yun. Pero syempre may sari-sarili kaming pride pa rin. Kahit sabihin mong All-Star, gusto naming ibigay namin ang best namin at bigyan ng magandang show yung fans,” shared Viernes, who also pocketed PHP 50,000 courtesy of Sen. Manny Pacquiao for his efforts. “I think nagawa naman namin both, nag-enjoy kami at nabigyan namin yung fans ng sobrang gandang laban, very intense. Siguro wala na kaming hihilingin pa, nakuha namin yung panalo. Very fortunate lang and we're very thankful,” he added. When the dust settled, Viernes collected 28 points, six assists, and six rebounds and took home his second consecutive All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award. And for the 29-year-old spitfire guard, the team’s desire to win led to their on-court chemistry which resulted to the victory. “Yung back-to-back MVP, bonus na lang din,” said Viernes. “Nagusap usap kami sa dugout and we all want to win. I think kaya din maganda ang chemistry namin kahit second time kami magkakasama, yung una All-Star last year. Maganda. Happy kami." And South head coach Don Dulay could not agree more as he witnessed the camaraderie first hand. “One thing I noticed, we had a lot more fun on the bench. Everybody on the bench, the whole second half, we're cheering who's on the court,” Dulay said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

MPBL: Team Pacquiao beats Team Kobe in 3x3 basketball

Team Pacquiao headlines the first-ever winners of the MPBL All-Star 3x3 tournaments. Now partnered with Chooks-to-Go, the Maharlika ng Pilipinas Basketball League added 3x3 games to its annual All-Star festivies and Team Pacquiao got the honor of getting the first win Thursday at the MOA Arena. Team Pacquiao, with Thirdy Ravena, Troy Rike, and Alvin Pasaol, beat Team Kobe in the celebrity 3x3 game, 21-15. "Sobrang sarap to play 3x3 game again," said Ravena who scored eight points in the win. "I haven't played this game for a long time," Thirdy added. Team Pacquiao also P100,000 on top of the victory. Team Kobe, coached by Kobe Paras, had Joshua Munzon, Gerald Anderson, Marco Alcaraz, and Juan Gomez de Liano. In the other 3x3 game, the North All-Stars got a close 21-19 over the South All-Stars. Making up the North All-Stars are Pasay's Jaypee Belencion, Bulacan's JR Alabanza, Valenzuela's Paulo Hubalde, and Manila's Aris Dionisio. Hubalde connected on two straight hits from deep to turn a 17-19 deficit into a two-point win. Zamboanga's Leo De Vera, Bacoor's Nick Demusis, Mindoro's Rodel Vaygan, and Imus' Jayjay Helterbrand form the South. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

MPBL: North repeats as champions in Executive game

For the second straight year, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Executive game went to the North. The North Executive All-Stars repeated over their counterparts from the South, taking a 79-68 win Thursday at the MOA Arena in the 2020 MPBL All-Star Games. Makati-Super Crunch team owner Paolo Orbeta bagged MVP honors for a second year in a row after leading all scorers with 29 points. He also had eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Orbeta partnered with former UST Growling Tiger Jemal Vizcarra for a17-7 run late that ultimately won them the game. "Siyempre hardest is to win back-to-back championship. We have to motivate ourselves kung paano kami magcha-champion. Kailangan namin kunin ito sa other team," Orbeta said. The North Executives were made up of Nueva Ecija’s assistant team manager Mike Baldos, Caloocan head coach John Kallos, Quezon City team owner Onyx Crisologo, Bataan team manager Gary Palmero, Pasay co-owner Miguel Ligot, Navotas team owner Rico Quicho, Valenzuela congressman Eric Martinez, Pampanga team owner AG Gonzales, Manila owner Roman Ang, Marikina team owner and head coach Elvis Tolentino, San Juan team executive Chris Conwi, and Bulacan team owner and congressman Jonathan Alvarez. Meanwhile, the South were composed of Bacoor team manager JR Navarro, Basilan general Manager Danny Rebosura, Muntinlupa team manager Kaizer Galvez, Binan team owner Gel Alonte, Cebu owner Miguel Wong, Zamboanga team manager Alvin Munio, Davao assistant team manager Raul Alao, Batangas team manager Gerrin Tee, Bacoor team owner Dennis Abella, and Mindoro team owner Justin Tan. The South got 22 points from Javelosa in the loss. MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao didn't suit up this yeaar. the Fighting Senator scored 28 points in a South loss in 2019. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Tigers rule South elimination; Stars second in North

Davao Occidental and Manila went through the proverbial eye of the needle before pulling through in key matches in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season last Monday at the San Andres Sports Complex......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2020

An array of MPBL stars have been drafted in the PBA. Who will shine?

A passel of Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League ballers have been drafted into the PBA. These gifted young Pinoys prove that the MPBL is a worthy proving ground for the pro league. We asked a few observers of the league to give their two cents on who they think will fly in the pros, namely commentators Migs Gomez and Martin Antonio as well as league head of ops, Emmer Oreta. Both Gomez and Oreta think that Manila Frontrow Star Aris Dionisio will make the biggest splash in the pros. “Aris Dionisio is the best MPBL player in the (PBA) draft,” says Gomez. “I think his length and athleticism can translate his defensive abilities to the PBA easily. Offensively, he is also capable of running the floor and shooting threes, so converting him from center to small forward will not be a problem.” The 6 foot 5 Dionisio was nabbed by Magnolia with the 9th choice in the first round. “Aris Dionisio is a versatile player who can play a lot of positions, and can also can play off the ball,” notes Oreta. “And the most important thing is he can play defense, for sure.” “Dionisio is next in line to Marc Pingris,” adds Martin Antonio. Oreta and Gomez also agree that Mike Ayonayon will be an impact player immediately in the PBA. The 6-foot San Juan Knight is “a baller, a lengthy swingman who is very athletic and likes the open floor,” says Gomez. The former PCU Dolphin was selected third by NLEX and is etched in league lore because of his Reggie Miller-esque 12-point, two-minute outburst for San Juan that enabled the Knights to a close comeback win versus Bataan earlier in the season. Antonio believes that Ayonayon will thrive and develop under Road Warriors mentor Yeng Guiao. “Ayanayon + Guiao = Killer,” says Coach Hammer. “Yeng Guiao loves players like Mike,” adds Antonio. Gomez even gives the high-flying Antipoleno the ultimate compliment. “I came up with my signature line “Magic in the Air” because of him.” When it comes to sleeper picks and project players, the experts are split. Oreta and believes that Chris Bitoon, Dionisio's teammate in Manila, could be a surprise package. “A late pick, but for sure coach Nash Racela knows this guy well, and he can really play.” The former Manuel L. Quezon University Stallion had his number called in the third round by Blackwater Elite. Also getting drafted by Elite was Richard Escoto, who played for the Iloilo Royals, where Racela was an assistant before getting the Blackwater head coaching job. Gomez believes that Aaron Black is a worthy project for Meralco. The Zamboanga combo guard who also played for QC early in the season was corralled by the Bolts, who are coached by his father, Norman. “The pressure has always been there for Aaron to live up to his last name, but he has embraced it and blossomed in the MPBL,” explains Gomez. “He has a good relationship with his father, and with the skillset and body that he has now, I can only see him improving more and more. Aaron can play point guard and get triple-doubles.” Gomez also throws another name into the ring when it comes to project players: Yankie Haruna. The former CSB Blazer, currently with the Bacolod Master Sardines club, was drafted 9th in the second round by Magnolia. The 6 foot 2 New Jersey-native is an enticing prospect. “He’s tall enough, very athletic, and likes to penetrate with full authority. I think his body can translate into an explosive scorer in the PBA,” explains Gomez. Oreta on the other hand thinks Cris Dumapig can rise up from obscurity to become a PBA player. “He is a workhorse of a big man, for sure this kind of a player Coach Pido Jarencio really wants. I'm hoping he can sign with the team.” Dumapig was taken by NorthPort in the middle of the third round. The rebounding machine is a vital cog for a Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic side that is third in the South Division as of the writing of this piece. Oreta also thinks another big man can make waves: Cebu Sharks – Casino Ethyl Alcohol's Will McAloney. “Coach Yeng really loves players from the south, playing physical and all-out every time,” said Oreta. The burly homegrown Cebuano was the first of NLEX's two second round selections. There are so many MPBL stalwarts who are testing the waters in the PBA, like Allyn Bulanadi, the stylish scorer taken by Alaska, and Rey Publico, the Iloilo big man also absorbed by the same PBA team. Rey Suerte of Batangas will don the colors of Blackwater after his early selection (Editor's note: Bulanadi and Suerte were selected as part of the special Gilas Draft and will focus on national team duties before suiting up in the PBA). Big names like Prince Rivero and Arvin Tolentino will also attempt to show their wares at the country's highest stage. Most if not all of these players will remain with their MPBL teams until April. Whether it's in the Liga ng Bawat Pilipino or at the PBA, we can expect tons of fireworks from this bumper crop of young Pinoy hoops talent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2020

MPBL: Double-double from Dyke help Manila blow out Bacolod

The Manila Stars - Frontrow turned on the heat in the fourth quarter to dispose of Bacolod Master Sardines 87-70 in Friday night's main game of the Chooks To Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Mark Dyke was key to Manila's third straight win, supplying 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to the delight of the Manila fans in the San Andres Gym. Leading Manila in scoring was Carlo Lastimosa with 22 markers. "Focus lang kami, sinunod ang game plan at nagtiwala kami sa mga teammates," were the keys to success according to Dyke, who played high school ball for NU and college hoops for DLSU. Manila grabbed a 45-31 haltime lead, with Aris Dionisio providing 11 big points. Bacolod trimmed the lead to 6, 51-45, in the third quarter thanks to a 9-0 splurge by Yankee Haruna. But Lastimosa and Marvin Lee helped Manila restore a double digit lead, 63-53, at the end of the quarter. Master Sardines got to within 11 before Frontrow went for the jugular, going on a 10-0 rampage that ended with a Dyke triple to put the game out of reach at 80-59 with 3:24 to go. Bacolod are nearly out of the playoff picture at 8-16, although their bright spot was 22 points from Haruna. The Stars match Makati in second place in the North with a 20-4 slate. In the second game of the day the Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resorts pulled off an upset, derailing the Iloilo United Royals, 96-92. Filipino-Indonesian homegrown Biboy Enguio was red-hot, scoring 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds for Muntinlupa. The favored Royals entered the final period up 72-70. But Munti reeled off a 7-0 run to begin the last quarter, then delivered a 10-2 run spiked by baskets from Enguio, Paolo Rebugio, and Edzel Mag-isa to further up their cushion to 87-75. Aaron Jeruta fired in a triple as part of a run that drew United to within four, 90-86, with a minute to go. Angelis Resorts then extinguished any hopes of a comeback with Chris Pamulaklakin's lay-up for a 93-86 advantage with 31 seconds left. The Muntinlupenos capture only their sixth win in 25 games while Iloilo falls to 15-9 despite Jeruta's 21 points. The Cagers shot a remarkable 55% from the field, 20 percentage points better than their rivals, who missed their star Richard Escoto due to back spasms. The afternoon game was claimed by Valenzuela Carga Backload Solutions, who defeated the Sarangani Marlins, 89-84. The Valenzuelanos led 54-40 at the half and 70-57 going into the final period, with Jaymar Gimpayan, who scored 17 points, leading the charge. Sarangani's Orin Catacutan scored the first seven points of the final canto, and coupled with Miko Estrellante's instant offense, Sarangani trailed by just 3, 77-74 with four minutes to go. The Mindanao team hung around until Carga Backload Solution's Val Acuna canned a corner three for an 85-77 lead with two minutes left, putting the Marlins in a hole they could not recover from. Ronjay Enrile's Valenzuela squad improves to 10-15, while Sarangani slips to 1-23 and remain rooted to the foot of the South Division table despite 21 points from Pari Llagas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2019

MPBL: Robles the hero as DavOcc stops Manila in heated game

In a clash of contenders that lived up to its billing, the Davao Occidental Tigers - Cocolife successfully defended their home court in beating the visiting Manila Stars - Frontrow 79-76 in Saturday night's main game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The large crowd at the Rizal Memorial College gym in Davao City witnessed a testy, see-saw encounter that ended with a game-clinching triple from DavOcc's Billy Robles. "Sabi ni coach mag-focus lagi at huwag magpadala sa sinasabi ng kalaban, nagbunga naman," said the Ilonggo gunner afterwards. His stunning triple off the glass with 12 seconds gave the Tigers a two point lead that held up until the end. Cocolife's Emman Calo scored all of his team-high 16 points in the first half, which ended with the Davaoenos up 40-31. Midway through the third period and down 50-40, Manila's Gabby Espinas was whistled for throwing an arm at DavOcc's Chester Saldua while the two battled for a rebound. Espinas also seemed to step on or near Saldua before walking away. The refs gave him an unsportsmanlike foul and then a technical, which equals a disqualifying foul. On the way to the dugout Espinas was seen, with his two hands, making a motion that appeared to be like that of someone stirring a bowl. Then just before the third quarter ended, Frontrow assistant coach Ariel Vanguardia vehemently protested a call against Mac Tallo. He was slapped with two technicals and also sent packing as the period finished with the Tigers up 62-55. The ejections seemed to flip a switch with Manila, with Chris Bitoon stroking in a pair of three-bombs as a devastating 13-0 Manila run gave them a shock 68-62 lead with seven minutes left. But Tiger Bonbon Custodio caught fire and reeled off a series of baskets, including a bucket off the glass with a foul as well. He made the free throw to cut the Manila lead to one, 74-73, with two minutes to go. Then with 38 seconds left Billy Robles coaxed the ball in as Cocolife retook the lead, 75-74. Manila grabbed the advantage back when Ronnie Matias collected a perfect bounce pass from Bitoon and finished off the baseline. Twenty-seven seconds showed on the clock. Robles then sunk his brilliant banked 3-pointer with 12 seconds left for 78-76. Mac Tallo missed, Gian Abrigo rattled the follow-up, and Tallo got an unsportsmanlike foul for barging into rebounder Ivan Ludovice, resulting in his dismissal and a chance for Ludovice to pad the lead just before the game ended. Manila rued a subpar 36% clip from the field including a poor 19%, or 5/26 from outside. Davao Occidental strengthens their position atop the South Division at 18-3 while Manila loses for just the fourth time in 21 Lakan Season games. Chris Bitoon and Aris Dioniso were the best scorers for Frontrow, with 15 points apiece. The undercard saw the Batangas City Athletics Tanduay prevail in the battle for bragging rights across the Verde Island Passage. The Batanguenos, who are now coached by former UP Fighting Maroon Woody Co, outgunned the Mindoro Tamaraws 106-99, with Jason Melano providing 26 points and 8 rebounds for Tanduay, with Jaymo Eguilos just a point behind. Batangas led by as much as 15 in the first half before a late five-point barrage by Mark Doligon helped the Tamaraws pull to within 9, 55-46 at halftime. The lead stayed put at the end of the third at 78-69 despite eight points in the period from Mindoro's Mac Baracael. Athletics big man Eguilos was good for 11 in those 10 minutes. In the fourth quarter Mindoro's Sandy Cenal brought his team to within three possessions of Batangas, 102-93 with a free throw with 2:30 remaining. But hopes of a late surprise were quashed by a Melano split and Jeff Viernes layup for a 12-point lead with 1:49 left. Batangas City were a superb 48% from the field and feasted inside, scoring 66 points in the paint against 48 from their rivals. Baracael led Mindoro with 18 points, Justin Tan's team slides to 8-16 while the Athletics are now sporting a 13-8 card good for 4th in the South Division......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2019

MPBL: McAloney stars as Cebu hurdles Bacolod

In the battle for bragging rights across the Tanon Strait the Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol withstood a late comeback to defeat Bacolod Master Sardines, 85-80, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season on Thursday night. Cebu were the steadier team in front of a partisan crowd in the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod. Cebu go to 7-10 and with new coach Noy Falcasantos at the helm, have the momentum for a playoff push. Center Will McAloney spearheaded the Sharks offense with 20 points, and they hung on despite careless play in the endgame. "Noong nag turnover ang mga teammate namin kinakausap namin, chine-cheer up namin, na di pa naman huli ang lahat, lamang pa rin kami, so kailangan pa rin stay composed inside (the court)," said the big man. Bacolod ended the first quarter with an 10-0 run to take a 22-14 lead. Marc Tallo, Pao Javelona and Mark de la Cruz provided the firepower. The second quarter was won by the Sharks, with Nichole Ubalde chipping in six points and homegrown player Ralph Dinolan hitting eight as the teams entered the locker room tied at 37. Cebu silenced the Negrense crowd with a stunning 32-point third quarter marshaled by Patrick Cabahug, Rhaffy Octubre and McAloney. The visitors led 69-57 going into the last 10 minutes. Mar Villahermosa found his scoring touch early in the fourth for Bacolod, but Cebu kept up the pressure and when McAloney laid the ball in for an 84-72 lead with 2:19 left, the game looked over and the Bacolod fans began filing out of the arena. That turned out to be a premature move as the home team produced a 6-0 run that included a steal-and-conversion from homegrown hero Javelona. But Bacolod's shooting touch deserted them in the final seconds and Cebu hung on for the win. Bacolod are now trailing the South Division playoff aspirants with a 6-11 slate despite 15 points from Marc Tallo, who failed in his attempt to defeat the team from his home province. In the undercard a hot-shooting Pampanga Giant Lanterns ADG Group of Companies ended the Bacoor Strikers' seven-game win streak with a stylish 76-69 win. Mark Cruz was adjudged best player of the game thanks to a 10-point, 7-assist game that included two crucial run-stopping baskets in the endgame. The Giant Lanterns turned the first half into a three-point party, scoring four of them in a row to begin the game, courtesy of Mark Cruz, Reil Cervantes, Travis Thompson and Jeric Fabian. In the second quarter Dan Alberto knocked in two triples in a row as Pampanga took a 45-30 lead at the half, hitting 11 of 18 three-point attempts or 61 percent at that point. Bacoor found offensive sparks in Michael Canete and Rocky Acidre, who pitched in two triples as the Kapampangan lead was trimmed to 60-55 at the end of the third. In the fourth the Bacoorenos rallied, and when Michael Mabulac converted a fast break off a steal, they found themselves in front, 63-62 with six minutes to go. At that instant Pampanga's once 17-point lead was a distant memory. But ADG Group of Companies unleashed a quick seven-point run off a Cruz triple for a 69-63 lead. The Strikers would not give up, and Ricky Acidre nailed a three-bomb to level the game. That only prompted Cruz to revert to fireman mode once again, pulling an and-1 off a driving lay-up. Mike Juico and Dexter Maiquez followed up with baskets to put the Cavitenos away for good. Worth noting was league MVP Gab Banal's off-night. The Bacoor ace could only muster three points as he missed all seven of his field goal attempts. The Strikers were without Oping Sumalinog and Rey Acuno who did not make the trip because of unspecified previous commitments. Bacoor slips to 15-4 while the Lanterns snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 11-7......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019

Strikers, Steel book semis berths

Bacoor City and Basilan-Jumbo Plastic punched their way to the 2019-2020 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season South Division semifinals after sweeping their opponents Monday night at the Lamitan Gym......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News14 hr. 28 min. ago

MPBL: Bacoor survives Gen San to advance to South semis

BASILAN -- Second seed Bacoor City carved its way to the 2020 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL South semifinals after a 69-60 triumph over seventh-ranked General Santos-Burlington, Monday at the Lamitan Gymnasium here. Up by just five points in the final frame, Bacoor's Nick Demusis converted a three-pointer and ignited a 10-4 offensive attack to give his squad an 11-point cushion, 69-58, with 2:03 left in the game. Mikey Williams brought it back to single digits for General Santos after a perfect trip to the line, 50-68, but it wasn't enough for the Warriors to salvage the game. "Yung start namin offensively medyo hindi namin nagustuhan yung nangyayari e, so we have to pick it up. Tapos nung second half, tinaasan lang namin yung energy, we're not the most talented team in the league pero yung effort namin that counts twice e," said Oping Sumalinog. Sumalinog spearheaded the attack for Bacoor with 16 points founded on three triples on top of three rebounds and four blocks. Nick Demusis added 11 points and four boards of the bench while Gab Banal had nine points, seven assists, three rebounds, two steals, along with four turnovers. Meanwhile, Celiz top-scored General Santos with 22 points laced with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks. Pamboy Raymundo and Williams were held to just nine and eight points, respectively. Bacoor will face the winner of the Basilan-Iloilo quarterfinals match-up in the South semis. The Scores: Bacoor City (69) -- Sumalinog 16, Demusis 11, Banal 9, Mabilac 8, Canete 7, Melencio 7, Montuano 6, Pangilinan 5, Ramirez 0, Acuna 0, Aquino 0, Ochea 0, Destacamento 0. General Santos-Burlington (60) -- Celiz 22, Goloran 10, Raymundo 9, Williams 8, Cabanag 4, Orbeta 2, Grospe 2, Mahaling 2, Masaglang 1, Basco 0, Bautista 0, Baltazar 0. Quarterscores: 17-16, 33-33, 57-52, 69-60......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2020

MPBL: Bulanadi saves the day as Basilan reaches semis

BASILAN -- Basilan-Jumbo Plastic turned to Allyn Bulanadi in the clutch to outlast Iloilo-United, 70-63, to advance to the 2020 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan South semifinals, Monday at the Lamitan Gymnasium here. Down by three points with under two minutes left in the fourth frame, Iloilo's Al Tamsi fired a huge three-pointer to shackle the scores at 63-all. However, after botching a three-point attempt, Allyn Bulanadi atoned for his mistake and attacked the basket to give Basilan a two-point edge, 65-63, with 1:27 left. The 22-year-old Gilas cadet then buried a trey with 48.9 ticks remaining to push the Steel's lead to five, 68-63. Jay Collado iced the game after converting two from the line with 21.2 left to play. "Nag-double effort sila sa ensayo nila e kasi tinalo namin sila nung Game One so nakapag-adjust talaga sila. Nahirapan kami pero buti na lang nanalo," said Collado following the victory. Collado finished the game with a double-double performance of 18 points and 10 rebounds on top of three assists and two blocks. Jhaps Bautista chimed in 12 points and three dimes while Bulanadi, who scored five of Basilan's last seven points, ended up with 11 markers and five boards. On the other hand, Tamsi paced the Royals with 16 points founded on four three-pointers. Iloilo had to finish the game without lead gunner Russel Escoto who suffered a right ankle sprain with 32.9 left in the third period after landing on Bobby Balucanag's foot off a three-point attempt. Balucanag was assessed with a disqualifying foul. Escoto had 13 points, eight boards, two assists, along with five turnovers. Basilan will battle Bacoor City in the semifinals of the South Division. The Scores: Basilan-Jumbo Plastic (70) -- Collado 18, Bautista 12, Bulanadi 11, Balucanag 7, Daa 5, Dagangon 4, Dumapig 3, Uyloan 3, Lunor 2, Manalang 2, Palencia 0 Iloilo-United (63) -- Tamsi 16, Escoto 13, Publico 7, Jeruta 7, Parker 6, Prado 6, Golla 2, Javelosa 2, Arambulo 2, Gumaru 1, Sierra 0 Quarterscores: 24-18, 36-35, 54-50, 70-63.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2020

Stars, Skyscrapers set up semis matchup

Manila-Frontrow and Makati-Super Crunch disposed of their counterparts to set a North Division semifinals faceoff in the 2019-2020 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season Saturday at the Malolos Sports Convention Center......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

Manila, Makati duel in MPBL Lakan semis

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan – Manila squeaked past Pasig, 82-80, while Makati foiled Bulacan anew, 86-78, to forge a semifinal tussle in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season North Division at Malolos Sports and Convention Center. Ahead by eight points with one minute and 31 seconds left, the Manila Stars watched as Philip Manalang drilled in back-to-back […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

FIBA: Thirdy stars as Gilas pulls away late in win over Indonesia

A ton of fouls and early penalty situation for two straight quarters slowed down Gilas Pilipinas but the national team got the job done on the road nonetheless. The Philippines is on the board in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, pulling away late from Indonesia to score a 100-70 win Sunday at the Britama Arena in Jakarta. Thirdy Ravena starred for Gilas Pilipinas, leading the national team with 23 points on 50 percent shooting. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench. As Gilas struggled with its foul situation in the second and third quarters, keeping Indonesia dangerously close, it was Thirdy that was getting buckets for the Philippines. An Arki Wisnu layup put Indonesia within four, 51-55, but that proved to be the closest the hosts would get as the Philippines responded with a 12-2 run to close the third. Gilas finally pulled away in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 32 points for the win. RR Pogoy started to open the floodgates for the Philippines, scoring nine of his 16 points early in the quarter. Kiefer Ravena and CJ Perez helped add the finishing touches in Gilas Pilipinas' first win of these qualifiers. After Thirdy and Pogoy, Perez scored 11 for Gilas while Kiefer and Juan Gomez de Liano added 10 points each. Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa led all scorers with 28 points for Indonesia while Abraham Grahita added 17 points for the hosts. With the win, Gilas joins longtime nemesis South Korea for the early lead in Group A standings with indentical 1-0 records. Pending new updates on Gilas Pilipinas cancelled home game against Thailand, the national team's next official dates for these qualifiers will come in November. The Philippines will be on the road against South Korea on Nov. 27 and against Thailand on Nov. 30.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

MPBL: Bicol forces decider against Davao

BATANGAS -- Eight seed Bicol-LCC Stores lived to fight another day, taking down top-ranked Davao Occidental-Cocolife, 84-81, to force a Game Three in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season South quarterfinals, Friday at the Batangas State University Gymnasium here. With the scores shackled at 69-all in the final quarter, Alywn Alday fired five-straight points to spark a crucial 8-0 blast to give Bicol an eight-point cushion, 77-69, with 4:28 still on the clock. But Bonbon Custodio, Emman Calo, and Marco Balagtas came into Davao Occidental's defense quickly, countering with a 7-0 rally to trim Bicol's lead to just one point. Behind Alday, Jerome Garcia, and Hafer Mondragon, Bicol managed to build five-point advantage, 82-78, with 1:17 ticks left. In a last-ditch to save the Tigers, Joseph Terso earned a split from the line while Kenneth Mocon forced a steal on Ronjay Buenafe with 17.4 left, leading to a breakaway layin from Chester Saldua to cut the lead to two, 81-83. However, Alday went 1-of-2 from the line on the other end before Calo badly missed a three on the other which then spelled doom for Davao Occidental. "Napakahirap talunin ng powerhouse team. Pero still, kailangan naming mag trabaho, kailangan naming trabahuhin kasi gusto naming manalo, sabi ko kailangan naming trabahuhin hanggang dulo," said Bicol head coach Monel Kallos. Alday pumped in 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting laced with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals for Bicol. Garcia also had 18 markers built on five three-pointers along with five boards and three assists while Buenafe tallied 14 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. Hafer Mondragon, meanwhile, chipped in a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Calo paced the Cocolife-backed squad with 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. Billy Robles had 13 points and six boards while Saldua added 12 points and five rebounds for Davao Occidental, who lost star forward Mark Yee in the 3:05-mark of the second quarter after landing on his right foot badly off a rebound. Game Three will take place on Thursday, February 27 in Davao. The Scores: Bicol-LCC Stores (84) -- Alday 18, Garcia 18, R. Buenafe 14, Mondragon 10, Aldave 8, Lalata 8, Ongteco 2, P. Buenafe 2, Alfonso 0, Manalang 0. Davao Occidental-Cocolife (81) -- Calo 15, Robles 13, Saldua 12, Mocon 11, Custodio 11, Balagtas 8, Ludovice 5, Gaco 5, Terso 1, Forrester 0, Yee 0 Quarterscores: 16-21, 34-41, 54-63, 84-81.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2020

MPBL: Batangas bounces back against Zamboanga

BATANGAS -- Fourth ranked Batangas City-Tanduay claimed vengeance, weathering a late rally from fifth-seeded Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines, 84-75, to forge a Game Three in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season South quarterfinals here at the Batangas State University, Friday. Down by 18 points entering the fourth frame, the Zamboanga quintet of Alvin Pasaol, Robin Roño, Santi Santillan, and Raffy Reyes took charge and trimmed Batangas' sizeable lead to just seven points, with 29 seconds remaining. However, Jeff Viernes fished a foul from Roño and went 2-of-2 from the line to completely put the game out of Zamboanga's reach. "Zamboanga is a strong team, babalik at babalik at babalik 'yan. So suwerte kami na na-sustain namin yung [lead]," said Batangas head coach Woody Co. Jhaymo Eguilos spearheaded Batangas with a statline of 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots. Jason Melano provided 14 points and eight rebounds while Moncrief Rogado has 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. However, Adrian Santos -- who was a non-factor in Game One -- made the biggest impact with 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and a block off the bench for the Athletics. Batangas once again missed the services of Gilas pool members Rey Suerte and Jaydee Tungcab. On the other hand, Santi Santillan tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds for Zamboanga while Roño added 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting in a losing cause. The win-or-go-home Game Three will be on February 27, Thursday at Davao. The Scores: Batangas City-Athletics (84) -- Eguilos 17, Melano 14, Rogado 12, Santos 11, Viernes 8, Koga 5, Teodoro 5, Bragais 4, Lopez 3, Sara 3, Grimaldo 2. Zamboanga-Family's Brand Sardines (75) -- Santillan 23, Rono 20, Pasaol 14, Manzo 7, Bonsubre 4, Reyes 2, Thiele 2, Villamor 2, Black 1, Arboleda 0, Asistio 0, De Vera 0. Quarterscores: 18-23, 39-33, 62-44, 84-75......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2020

Tigers roar in MPBL South playoffs

Last year’s runner-up Davao Occidental-Cocolife kick-started its bid on a high note after holding off Bicol-LCC Stores, 77-71, at the start of the 2019-2020 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season South Division playoffs last Monday at the RMC Gym in Davao City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2020

Carlos, Jones claim dunk titles

The Chooks To Go/MPBL All-Star showcase took place at the MOA Arena last Thursday while the NBA held its All-Star extravaganza at the United Center in Chicago last weekend......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020

MPBL: Davao overcomes slow start to overpower Bicol

DAVAO CITY -- Reigning South king Davao Occidental-Cocolife shrugged off a slow start, overpowering Bicol-LCC Stores, 77-71, to gain the upper hand in the best-of-three quarterfinals of the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season, Monday at the Rizal Memorial Colleges Gym here. With Bicol in control for most of the first half, the Tigers used a huge third quarter, outscoring their foes, 28-19, to turn a 27-36 hole to a 55-53 advantage heading into the fourth period. Joseph Terso's triple at the 1:38 mark of the payoff period gave the Tigers a seven-point lead, 74-67, but Bicol's Jerome Garcia retaliated with quick four points to trim the deficit to just three, 74-71, with 24.8 ticks left. Then Davao's Yvan Ludovice iced the game with three freebies as the Volcanoes could not make the much-needed baskets. "It is playoff basketball. We have to be ready for that kind of situation where our opponent comes out aggressive. We were able to adjust in the second half and good thing we came out with the win," said Davao coach Don Dulay. Mark Yee spearheaded the Tigers with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists while Eman Calo contributed 18 markers off the bench. Billy Ray Robles was the energizer in the second half, pouring in all of his 11 points to go with nine boards, three blocks, two assists, and a steal. Garcia got 15 points for the Volcanoes while Chris Lalata added 12 markers in a losing cause. Ronjay Buenafe only had 10 points on a poor 3-of-12 shooting from the field. The Tigers aim to end the series on February 21, Friday, at the Batangas City Coliseum. The Scores: Davao Occidental-Cocolife 77 - Yee 20, Calo 18, Robles 11, Ludovice 10, Mocon 6, Custodio 5, Saldua 4, Terso 3, Raymundo 0, Balagtas 0. Bicol-LCC Stores 71 - Garcia 15, Lalata 12, Alday 11, Buenafe 10, Aldave 8, Guerrero 4, Ongteco 4, Lao 3, Mondragon 3, Manalang 1, Gusi 0, Salinas 0. Quarterscores: 14-20, 27-36, 55-53, 77-71......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020