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

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

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 10th, 2019

Serrano carries La Salle over Letran and into Filoil Preseason semis

In a scoring spurt that last just a little over a minute, Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre, Encho Serrano put De La Salle University on his shoulders and then put away Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 80-69. Serrano scored eight straight points from the 3:44 to the 2:44 marks of the final frame to punctuate an 11-0 run that re-increased the Green Archers' lead from seven points, 65-58, to 16, 76-60. "At first, we were playing relaxed so we told them we need to make stops and we will be able to run. Ayun, naka-convert kami nung dulo," head coach Gian Nazario. The high-motor swingman wound up with 18 points on top of four rebounds, four assists, and two steals, energizing the Taft-based team to the semifinals of the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament where they will face off with Lyceum of the Philippines University. Andrei Caracut also added 15 points of his own while Justine Baltazar stuffed the stat sheet with 11 markers, nine rebounds, six assists, and four blocks. La Salle will now set its sights on a semifinals showdown on Thursday still at the same venue opposite the Pirates who will most likely be without Mike Nzeusseu, out with a hand injury, and Jaycee Marcelino, out with a nose injury. "They are still a strong team. We will prepare for them very well," coach Gian said. Allen Mina fronted the effort for the Knights with 19 points while Jeo Ambohot posted a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double. BOX SCORES LA SALLE 80 - Serrano 18, Caracut 15, Baltazar 11, Melecio 9, Manuel 7, Capacio 4, Bonggay 4, Bates 2, Cagulangan 2, David 2, Bartlett 2, Lojera 2, Lim 2, Cu 0, Escandor 0 LETRAN 69 - Mina 19, Ambohot 13, Reyson 10, Ular 9, Muyang 6, Pambid 5, Yu 3, Olivario 2, Balagasay 2, Caralipio 0, Sangalang 0, Guarino 0 QUARTER SCORES: 14-20, 35-37, 54-50, 80-69 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

This is La Salle s Super 6 for UAAP Season 82

These are the players who will be key as La Salle goes against the tide as an all-Filipino team. Add @AljunJayMelecio + @jbaltazar19 + @JoshCaracut + @JamieOrme13 + @serranoencho0 + @KeyshawnEvans1 and what do you get? La Salle’s Super 6 for #UAAPSeason82. pic.twitter.com/C92YS2XIxE — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) August 30, 2019 Captain Andrei Caracut, guard UAAP Season 81 averages: 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists Justine Baltazar, center UAAP Season 81 averages: 12.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 1.3 assists Keyshawn Evans, guard 2018-2019 US NCAA averages: 7.7 points, 2.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds Aljun Melecio, guard UAAP Season 81 averages: 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists Jamie Orme, forward 2018-2019 US NCAA averages: 8.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 1.0 assist Encho Serrano, swingman UAAP Season 81 averages: 6.2 points, 2.7 rebounds.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2019

San Beda-Letran must-see of all must-see matchups from August 6 to 10

These are the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament games from August 6 to 10 all of us just CAN NOT miss! TUESDAY, 10:00 a.m., Red Cubs vs Red Robins This will be a clash between the two teams that have dominated the NCAA Jrs. in the last five years. San Beda is, as expected, at the top of the standings in its quest for its first championship since 2015 – and only hungrier after suffering its first setback in the season. Just as hungry, if not more, is Mapua which is in unfamiliar territory at the bottom third of the standings – but is nonetheless coming off a breakthrough win. The Red Cubs and the Red Robins do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. TUESDAY, 12:00 p.m., Letran vs CSB The hottest team in the tournament up against one of the two perfect squads in the league. Letran puts its five-game win run on the line against a CSB side which will also have to stake its spotless slate. The Knights and the Blazers do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. THURSDAY, 2:00 p.m., Jr. Altas vs Jr. Pirates Perpetual and LPU are the two upstarts that have the confidence and capability to finally break through to the top tier of the NCAA Jrs. A statement win is at hand when the Jr. Altas led by super scorer Emman Galman and the Jr. Pirates captained by do-it-all Mac Guadana wage war in Las Pinas. The Jr. Altas and the Jr. Pirates do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. THURSDAY, 4:00 p.m., Perpetual vs LPU Right after their little brothers wage war, Perpetual and LPU’s Srs. squads also figure in a heavyweight bout. A year ago, the Altas got one over the CJ Perez-fueled Pirates and the former is only hopeful for a repeat right on its home floor in Las Pinas. The Altas and the Pirates do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. FRIDAY, 2:00 p.m., CSB vs JRU Youth will be served in this duel between upstarts. Both CSB and JRU can make a claim that they are the most pleasant surprise in the season. The two teams also have even more surprises in store when they are pitted against one another. The Blazers and the Heavy Bombers do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. SATURDAY, 4:00 p.m., San Beda vs Letran Finally, San Beda and Letran can do battle once more in a storied venue. The fierce foes will stand opposite one another at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay for a special Saturday showcase in NCAA 95. “Bandana Bros.” James Canlas and Evan Nelle vs Jerrick Balanza and Bonbon Batiler. Donald Tankoua vs Larry Muyang. Calvin Oftana vs Jeo Ambohot. Boyet Fernandez vs Bonnie Tan. This right here is, without a doubt, the most anticipated matchup in all of the first round. Age-old rivals Red Lions and Knights do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

Pirates challenge to rest of NCAA 95: Catch us if you can

Lyceum of the Philippines University, even without CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay, looked like the running and gunning Pirates of old at the start of the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. Trailing fellow contender Colegio de San Juan de Letran late in their season-opener last Sunday, the Pirates unleashed the Marcelino twins, Jaycee and Jayvee. And, as always, that fast and furious backcourt did damage on both ends. For them, they were only answering the call of head coach Topex Robinson. "Sabi kasi sa amin ni coach, tayo na pinakamaliit so kailangang magdoble-effort para makuha yung panalo," Jayvee said. Jaycee only shared the same sentiment. "Paulit-ulit talaga naming sinasabi sa sarili namin na wag tayo susuko. Malaki sila so kailangan, mag-step up kaming lahat," he said. Indeed, coach Topex, a defensive-stopper himself in his playing days, has one and only one challenge for his wards - prove that height is not might. "Sabi ko sa kanila coming into the game, we have two choices, it's either we lose by just being the smallest team or we win by being the smallest team. The choice is ours," he shared. He then continued, "We might be the smallest, but what we also have is the quickest team in the league right now. We're focusing all our energy on being the smallest, but quickest team in the league and we're hoping the other teams won't catch up on our quickness." Of course, facing off against the big, bad Knights - with 6-foot-7 Larry Muyang, 6-foot-6 Paolo Javillonar, 6-foot-5 Jeo Ambohot, 6-foot-5 Christian Balagasay, and 6-foot-4 Ato Ular - will pose a problem for just about anybody. That was even more so for LPU, however, as in their showdown, their tallest players were Jayson David and Rhanzelle Yong, both standing at 6-foot-4. It didn't help either that 6-foot-6 Cameroonian power Mike Nzeusseu was also out due to a hand injury. "Dun pa lang sa parade (nung opening ceremony), grabe na nakita namin e. Kami lang maliit kasi nga wala si Mike," Jaycee said. Still, all of that didn't matter as, in the end, victory went to the "smallest, but quickest" Pirates. And if all goes according to plan throughout the rest of the tournament, then there just may not be sinking them out of contention. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Young guns to be wind beneath JRU s wings for NCAA 95

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 3-15, 10th YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Ry Dela Rosa, MJ Dela Virgen, Agem Miranda WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: John Amores, John Delos Santos, Marwin Dionisio, Thomas Vasquez, Louie Gonzalez (coach) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Jed Mendoza, Junmark Silvarez, Darius Estrella (injured), Vergel Meneses (coach) WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM JRU? With Jed Mendoza transferring to University of the East, JRU was supposed to be Darius Estrella’s show to run in NCAA Season 95. Unfortunately, Estrella, a former MVP in the NCAA Jrs., suffered another ACL injury and will be out for the year. That makes the Heavy Bombers even more of a young team as the mantle of leadership will now fall on second-year players Ry Dela Rosa and Agem Miranda. “Every day, I talk to Agem and Ry, I give them more responsibility. With their attitude, they're really up to it. Agem is really special. Ry is a team player, he does the small things.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez While those two are solid pieces, the future of Kalentong will fall upon the shoulders of a quartet of recruits from the school’s Juniors program. First and foremost among them is fearless slasher John Amores, the 17th-ranked player in last season’s NBTC 24, but playmaker John Delos Santos, steady forward Marwin Dionisio, and sparkplug Thomas Vasquez are no slouches themselves. “Yung rookies ko from high school, sobrang promising talaga. Sakin, napagandang opportunity ito to show na may connection yung program from Light Bombers to Heavy Bombers.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM JRU? Without a doubt, several players will take turns in doing the heavy lifting for JRU. And so, there is no definitive player to watch from them. “The way things are running, come NCAA, wala naman akong ma-ask sa players ko. They are a young team, pero sobrang promising naman. What's good with the players right now, nag-buy in agad dun sa sistema. Yung commitment at effort na binigay sakin, sobra-sobra.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez What would be must-watch, however, is how new head coach Louie Gonzalez tries to rejigger a program that fell to the back of the pack last season with a 3-15 record. This, after an eight-year run that saw them posting an overall 81-61 record under school legend Vergel Meneses. Fortunately for Coach Louie, he will have championship experience to draw from as he was an assistant for both Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s NCAA Season 91 championship and De La Salle University’s UAAP Season 79 championship. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR JRU? Again, JRU is a young team. Aside from point guard MJ Dela Virgen, nobody from their lineup saw heavy minutes in the last two seasons. That gives all their young talent – such as second-year players Miranda and Dela Rosa and rookies Amores, Delos Santos, Dionisio, and Vasquez – the golden opportunity to break out. Coach Louie also turned La Salle into a team of scrappy upstarts that leaned on third-year studs Justine Baltazar and Aljun Melecio for a run that just fell a win shy of the Final Four in the UAAP a year ago – meaning, he is more than capable of doing the same for the Heavy Bombers. “One thing's for sure, lalaban 'to.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez WHERE WOULD JRU BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 95? No question, JRU will not be in the Final Four next season. “Wala naman kaming pupuntahan kundi pataas. For this one, sana 7th or 8th, medyo okay na ako kasi it’s a rebuilding team. Ang goal namin is mag-improve nang mag-improve.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez Instead, what NCAA Season 95 will mean for the Heavy Bombers is the first step in a grand plan to take flight once more. As such, at the moment, getting experience for their young talent is their primary purpose. WHEN IS JRU’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 95? JRU’s new era commences opposite San Sebastian College-Recoletos on July 9 at Filoil Flying V Centre. As always, the latest season of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

Caduyac, Nzeusseu power LPU past Letran

Raymar Caduyac poured 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as Lyceum of the Philippines came back from 13 points down to beat Letran, 101-96, Friday in the 2019 FilOil Flying V Preseason Tournament. The Pirates recovered from a shaky first half to remain unbeaten in three games in Group B while handing the Knights first loss in four games. Caduyac provided the much-needed offensive firepower in the pivotal stretch of the fourth frame but it was Mike Nzeusseu who dropped the hammer with a one-handed and one slam with nine ticks left to wrap the win. “We beat ourselves in the first half,” said Pirates coach Topex Robinson. “Nabulaga kami with a very good first half from Letran.” Nzeusseu led LPU with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jaycee Marcelino had 18 points, four boards and two steals while Jayson David contributed 11 markers for the Pirates. Letran saw its winning run snapped for a 3-1 card despite  the 30-point explosion of Allen Mina. Fran Yu got 15 points, five rebounds and three assists while Tommy Olivario had 10. In other results, De La Salle University weathered Centro Escolar University’s upset scare, 71-67, for a 3-1 win-loss record in Group A while San Sebastinan College beat University of the Philippines, 73-64. Encho Serrano led the Green Archers with 18 points while Justin Baltazar finished with a double-double with 14 markers and 10 boards. Aljun Melecio chipped in with 11 points for the Taft-based squad. The Scorpions cut DLSU’s lead to 69-67 with just a minute left off a Jan Formento triple. The Green Archers came up empty in the next possession but Formento missed his triple before Serrano drilled a layup to secure the win. Formento scored 22 for CEU, which slid to 2-1 mark. RK Ilagan posted 18 points while Allyn Bulanadi finished with 16 for the Stags. Ricci Rivero scored 19 points, Jun Manzo got 12 while reigning UAAP MVP Bright Akhuetie had 11 markers in a lost cause for the Maroons.   Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde defeated Jose Rizal University, 79-56. Yankie Hanruna caught fire as he steered the Blazers to its first win in  three outing, scoring 19 points in 7-of-10 field goal shooting to go with five rebounds. Justin Gutang and James Pasturan added nine markers each as CSB dictated the tempo of the game early with a backbreaking 18-4 first quarter blitz. The Bombers were no match to the guns of the Blazers as they dropped to 0-2 mark in Group B. MJ dela Virgen scored 11 points while freshman Marwin Dionisio posted 11 for JRU.   Box scores: First game: ST. BENILDE (79) -- Haruna 19, Pasturan 9, Gutang 9, Naboa 8, Pangalangan 7, Belgica 6, Dixon 5, Young 3, Flores 3, Carlos 2, Nayve 2, Leutcheu 2, Lim 2, Javillonar 2, Lepalam 0. JRU (56) -- Dela Virgen 11, Dionisio 11, Delos Santos 10, Estrella 6, Arenal 5, Miranda 5, Jungco 2, Aguila 2, Vasquez 2, Bordon 2, Amores 0, Steinl 0, Padua 0. Quarters: 18-4, 34-23, 55-46, 79-56.   Second game: LYCEUM (101) -- Nzeusseu 20, Caduyac 18, Jc. Marcelino 18, David 11, Navarro 8, Tansingco 7, Ibanez 6, Jv. Marcelino 5, Valdez 4, Guinto 2, Santos 2, Laurente 0, Remulla 0. LETRAN (96) -- Mina 30, Yu 15, Olivario 10, Balagasay 9, Sangalang 8, Pambid 7, Reyson 7, Guarino 4, Ular 4, Muyang 1, Caralipio 0, Gallano 0. Quarters: 25-26, 48-58, 71-68, 101-96.   Third Game: DLSU (71) -- Serrano 18, Baltazar 14, Melecio 11, Caracut 9, Manuel 4, David 4, Capacio 4, Cu 2, Bates 2, Bartlett 2, Manaytay 1, Lim 0, Lojera 0, Escandor 0. CEU (67) -- Formento 22, Diouf 13, Chan 10, Fuentes 10, Lisbo 4, Uri 3, Rojas 3, Sunga 2, Caballero 0, Diaz 0, Bernabe 0. Quarters: 11-13, 26-28, 47-48, 71-67.   Fourth Game: SSC-R (73) -- Ilagan 18, Bulanadi 16, Sumoda 13, Calabat 8, Bonleon 6, Dela Cruz 4, Villapando 3, Altamirano 3, Calma 2, Desoyo 0, Loristo 0, Suico 0, Baclay 0, Tero 0, Isidro 0, Are 0. UP (64) -- Rivero 19, Manzo 12, Akhuetie 11, Gomez de Liano, Ju. 8, Murrell 6, Prado 4, Jaboneta 2, Gozum 2, Spencer 0, Tungcab 0, Gob 0. Quarters: 19-13, 37-31, 56-52, 73-64......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

UP, UE share 2019 s king of recruiting crown

Who was our King of Recruiting in 2018? Find out here. --- Last season, the University of the Philippines, at long last, broke through in the UAAP. Behind the leadership of Paul Desiderio and key contributions from Season MVP Bright Akhuetie and Mythical selection Juan Gomez de Liano, the Fighting Maroons made their first Final Four since 1997 and first Finals in 32 years. Now, even without the iconic Desiderio, State U is nothing but confident it could build on its breakthrough. The reason? Well, because two of the brightest young stars in Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero are now orbiting Diliman. Paras has all the physical tools to take any league by storm and now in maroon and green, he is out to continue the legacy of his father Benjie who delivered the school’s first and only championship. Meanwhile, the Euro-stepping Rivero already knows a thing or two about taking the UAAP by storm, having been chosen for the Mythical Team when he was still playing for De La Salle University in 2017. Add big man J-Boy Gob, another transferee, to that and, indeed, UP is only equipped to keep contending. On the strength of the transfers of Paras and Rivero alone, the Fighting Maroons would have been worthy of the title of 2019 King of Recruiting. Right up there with them, though, in terms of getting a big boost in the offseason is University of the East. Absent from the Final Four in the last decade, the Red Warriors will be heading into the upcoming season with a fully stocked arsenal. Now up front for them – alongside stalwart Philip Manalang, of course – will be 6-foot-9 Senegalese Adama Diakhite, three-time champion and two-time MVP in the CESAFI Rey Suerte, and college-ready Harvey Pagsanjan, the no. 7 high school player in the 2019 NBTC 24. Diakhite is a hulking presence who will prove to be a tough matchup even for the likes of reigning MVP Akhuetie and last year’s Rookie of the year Ange Kouame. Suerte, a gifted scorer from anywhere on the court, fills right into the hole left behind by scoring dynamo Alvin Pasaol while Pagsanjan can continue making all the right plays he had been doing as the longtime beacon of hope for Hope Christian High School. Also flanking them are former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, defensive stopper Neil Tolentino, Filipino-Kiwi swingman Richie Rodger, and Filipino-Australian point guard Jasper Rentoy. And with that, UP and UE will have joint custody of the crown of the 2019 King of Recruiting. They dethrone National University which claimed the crown a year ago behind a big-time recruiting class that included Ildefonso brothers Dave and Shaun, John Lloyd Clemente, and John Galinato. Just like last year, there remains no doubt that the new Fighting Maroons and Red Warriors will make their respective sides forces to reckon with come UAAP 82. Still, several squads also made it a point to be better in the offseason. In fact, the graduating players in the 2019 NBTC 24 have been spread out among eight different teams. From the 2019 NBTC 24, the annual ranking of the best high school players in the country, 14 are moving on up to the Seniors. Adamson University is the biggest winner in terms of recruits from that ranking, with three of the top 15 players now in San Marcelino. Ninth-ranked Aaron Fermin is a double-double machine in the NCAA Jrs. and is nothing but determined to realize his potential as a two-way force under multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren. In CESAFI standout Joshua Yerro and UAAP Jrs. Mythical selection Joem Sabandal, coach Franz also has young blood to bolster the backcourt that will no longer have Koko Pingoy. The Soaring Falcons also scored four other former Baby Falcons in big man Lorenz Capulong and wings Adam and Andrey Doria and AP Manlapaz. When it comes to reaping the rewards of its high school program, though, nobody could still touch Mapua University which again got two keep its Jrs. studs in Clint Escamis and Dan Arches, both of whom made it into the top two-thirds of the 2019 NBTC 24. Escamis and Arches are offensive guards who will give much-needed firepower to a promising core comprised of fellow Mapua HS products Warren Bonifacio, Eric Jabel, Noah Lugo, and Laurenz Victoria. Also, the Cardinals are the favorites to land NCAA 94 Jrs. Finals MVP Paolo Hernandez, another Red Robin. Also bagging two prized prospects from the 2019 NBTC 24 is La Salle which is now the place where the talented tandem of Joel Cagulangan and Joshua David get to work. Cagulangan has long been a star in the making and the NCAA 94 Jrs. MVP is, without question, Taft Avenue’s point guard of the future. The even better news is that he will still have wingman David, a tried and tested glue guy, to grow with. Also set to debut for the Green Archers are Filipino-Americans Jordan Bartlett, a speedster guard; Tyrus Hill, a high-flying forward; and Kurt Lojera, a big-bodied swingman. In all, there are six graduates from the top 10 of the 2019 NBTC 24. All of them would be on different teams in the Srs. Two players from 2019 NBTC 24 are yet to commit to any school, but there is no doubt that Red Robin Hernandez and Greenie Inand Fornilos will be able additions to any collegiate team. For the second straight year, Aldin Ayo will be adding a top three recruit out of high school as incoming sophomore CJ Cansino will now join forces with another triple-doubling talent in Mark Nonoy, a rookie who plays way beyond his years. But wait, there’s more as UST also welcomes with open arms its newest foreign student-athlete in Beninese Soulemane Chabi Yo whose speed and skill will make him a problem for the other foreign student-athletes more used to being powerhouses. Sprinkle in stretch four Sherwin Concepcion as well as versatile forwards Rhenz Abando and Brent Paraiso and there’s a reason why the Growling Tigers are now very much a darkhorse contender. L-Jay Gonzales and RJ Abarrientos remain FEU’s backcourt for tomorrow, but in the meantime, the former is poised for a breakout just as the latter is poised to wrap up his K-12 schooling. Yes, Abarrientos is not yet good to go come UAAP 82, but his steady hand is still the perfect pairing for the burst of energy that is Gonzales. Make no mistake, however, the Tamaraws have gotten help in the form of 6-foot-10 Cameroonian Patrick Tchuente as well as former Baby Tams Daniel Celzo and Jack Gloria. Letran is already the biggest it has ever been up front with NCAA 94 Rookie of the Year Larry Muyang alongside Jeo Ambohot, Christian Balagasay, and Christian Fajarito. Now, the Knights have also beefed up at the wings with Allen Mina and Mark Sangalang as well as former Red Warrior and Growling Tiger Jordan Sta. Ana. LPU will have to prove it could continue contending even without NCAA 93 MVP CJ Perez, but the good news is that now backtopping Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee are former San Sebastian College-Recoletos key cogs Alvin Baetiong, Jayson David, and Renzo Navarro. That’s still a pretty solid lineup in our books. Just like last year, the now two-time UAAP champions are mostly intact, only losing team captain Anton Asistio as well as reserve guard Aaron Black. That doesn’t mean, however, that there are no new faces in Ateneo. Geo Chiu, Kai Sotto’s twin tower, decided to stay in Katipunan just as fellow ex-Blue Eaglets RV Berjay and Jason Credo are now seeing minutes in head coach Tab Baldwin’s rotation. And oh, there is a possibility that double-double machine Fornilos, who placed no. 13 in the 2019 NBTC 24, is bound to be a Blue Eaglet. Perps is nothing but determined to build on the triumphant return to the NCAA of head coach Frankie Lim and to do that, they will be leaning on former San Beda University pillar Ben Adamos as well as ex-Adamson HS workhorse Jefner Egan. Count out the Altas at your own risk. JRU is just on the first phase of a grand rebuild, but there is no doubt that things are looking up for Kalentong. In John Amores, they now have an end-to-end force who is all set to make an immediate impact as a rookie. These are the new names to watch for the teams: Baste CSB National U San Beda --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

NCAA 95: Fran Yu hopes to be for Letran what Chris Ross is for SMB

With Colegio de San Juan de Letran protecting a one-point lead inside the last minute, Wednesday at MOA Arena, it forced San Beda University to settle for a triple try by Calvin Oftana. The shot hit back rim and in the ensuing rebounding sequence, it was the smallest player on the floor who hauled in the rebound. That was 5-foot-10 Fran Yu who got the board over the likes of Season MVP Calvin Oftana and Cameroonian powerhouse Donald Tankoua and even teammates and rebounding machines Larry Muyang and Ato Ular. As it turns out, he was just channeling his inner Scottie Thompson. "Basta naman precious, kailangan naming lahat kunin yung rebound. First half, puro sa kanila rebounds tapos lamang sila tapos nung second half, nakakuha kami ng rebounds at ayun, nanalo kami," he shared. He then continued, "At saka idol ko si Scottie Thompson - malakas mag-rebounds." More than Thompson, though, Yu said he wants nothing more than to emulate San Miguel two-way guard Chris Ross. "Yung pagiging point guard ni Chris Ross, yung wala yung score basta manalo yung team. Siya talaga pinaka-idol ko," he said. In the biggest game of his young career, the 21-year-old did just that - scoring just 10 points, but contributing six assists, three rebounds, and three steals. And for him, he was just doing his best to not let head coach Bonnie Tan down. "Sabi ni coach, kailangan kong may ma-prove sa Letran community. Yung chance na binigay ni coach sa akin, dapat suklian ko," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

THROWBACK: The stunning San Beda-Letran Finals face-off in Season 91

With yet another important milestone in its more than a decade-long dominance in the NCAA, the San Beda University Red Lions seek their fourth straight men’s basketball crown in Season 95. But in their roar to four, San Beda would face not just an old rival, but also a heartbreaking tormentor in the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, which denied them a colossal, record-setting six-peat in Season 91.  While carrying a spotless 18-0 slate behind MVP Calvin Oftana, Evan Nelle, James Canlas-Kwekuteye and coach Boyet Fernandez that forced the stepladder semifinals, wherein Letran emerged as the rightful finals contender, carried by skipper Jerrick Balanza, Fran Yu, Larry Muyang, and coach Bonnie Tan, with victories over San Sebastian and Lyceum, San Beda would dread a repeat of that debacle.  But definitely, the veteran Knight Balanza, moreso AC Soberano and Donald Tankoua of the present San Beda roster, along with the 20,158 individuals inside the venue couldn’t forget that long, grueling championship night on October 29, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Storied nemeses They were already part of their respective varsity rosters, with the Knights coached then by Aldin Ayo and the Red Lions mentored at that time by Jamike Jarin, when the storied nemeses met in Game 3 of the Season 91 Finals that fateful Thursday. In each of their two previous successive Finals meetings in Seasons 88 and 89 with mostly the same lineup, the Knights would bow in three games to the Red Lions, which claimed their third and fourth consecutive titles since 2010. The first San Beda-Letran NCAA Finals match in half a century happened in 2007, with San Beda winning the crown—the Red Lions’ second straight title then after a 28-year title drought. After San Beda took its fifth straight title at the expense of the Arellano Chiefs in 2014, Letran got the chance to face the Red Lions again in the Finals of Season 91, and they would go all-out to stop their bitter rival’s date with history. A six-peat? No way, the Knights would assert in their march onto the Best-of-Three with a more formidable team under the new aggressive young coach Ayo, a former Letran player, in their bid to notch its first NCAA finals victory over the Red Lions since the heydays of the Lauro Mumar vs Carlos Loyzaga duel in the 1950s. And in the Season 91 Finals, Letran took the first game, 94-90, but San Beda emerged victorious in the second, 68-61, arranging the winner-take-all. Moment of truth When that moment of truth came, the Red Lions were reenergized with their Game 2 win and became confident in snagging that sixth straight title. Faced with this, however, the Knights remained solid and unperturbed in their iron-clad “Mayhem” armor. True enough, San Beda was shut out of focus in the beginning, as the Knights romped with a raging run-and-gun, leaving the Red Lions scoreless in a key stretch, 8-0, for a 16-7 early lead. Javee Mocon and Michole Sorela would finally provide the needed stops and lead a spirited comeback for the Red Lions. But Letran’s Rey Nambatac would drop a clutch basket to give the Knights an eight-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, 20-12. JP Calvo would continue Letran’s scorching offense in the second quarter, instigating a 10-0 run in the first minutes. But San Beda will answer a 5-0 spurt of its own behind Tankoua and Soberano’s steady shooting and consistency in the charity lane. The Knights’ high-octane offense held the Red Lions at bay, but the Mendiola dribblers’ 11-of-15 free throws would still keep Muralla cagers within striking distance. By the 1:14 mark, Roldan Sara converted a triple to give San Beda its first taste of the lead, 39-38, but Nambatac provided Letran the marginal lead at halftime with his two free throws, 40-39. See-saw battle The Lions would take over at the start of the third quarter, behind a string of baskets from Mocon and Art dela Cruz. The Knights, however, would answer with a nine-point blitz from Jomari Sollano to wrest the lead back at 51-48. Mocon would extend the see-saw battle with a putback and free throws, 52-51. But a 3-0 spurt, capped off by Kier Quinto’s twinner at the end of the period still placed Letran on top at the end of the third quarter, 54-52. By the first few minutes of the final canto, San Beda seemed frustrated by Letran’s incredible defensive game. And the Knights would dictate the tempo, preventing the Red Lions to wrest control. Letran’s offensive might was also a big factor, with Kevin Racal sinking back-to-back threes, halfway in the fourth.  Graduating players Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun would prevent a Letran pull away, keeping it a manageable four-point deficit, 60-64. But after Racal and Finals MVP Cruz’s assault from three-point land gave Letran what seemed an insurmountable 75-67 lead with 1:53 left, the Knights were silenced by a shocking 8-0 barrage by the Red Lions at the end of regulation, with Amer scoring the equalizer, 13.5 seconds left, to send the game to overtime.  Extended play During the extended play, Amer scored off a gallant incursion to pad an 82-79 lead, 1:28 remaining, setting off wild chants from the San Beda gallery. But these were then muted after four unanswered points coming from Racal’s two charities off an Adeogun foul and Sollano’s midrange jumper after a 24-second violation by the Red Lions, that put Letran in the lead once more, 83-82, with 32.6 seconds left. After successive misses by Amer and Dela Cruz, Adeogun fouled Sollano as the Knights regained possession, and the Letran center marched to the charity lane for two free throws with six seconds left. Sollano would sink the first, and flub the second. In the battle for the rebound, Letran’s McJour Luib and San Beda’s Dela Cruz were then assessed a controversial double-lane violation by referee Nestor Sambrano, who awarded ball possession to the Knights under FIBA rules of “alternating possession.” With 3.7 seconds left to play, and Letran leading at 84-82, Sara had no other choice but to foul Cruz, who would also split his charities.  First title in 10 years, championship steak ended Sorela would then miss a desperation attempt near mid-court as time expired, sending the Letran crowd to a frenzy, with the Knights bagging its first title in 10 years, breaking the hearts of Bedans everywhere as the Red Lions’ five-year championship streak has ended. Racal would top-score for the Knights with 24 markers, most of which in that key stretch in the endgame. Sollano had his career game of 19 points and seven rebounds, Cruz finishing with 14, and Nambatac, 13. Dela Cruz would lead the Red Lions with a near triple-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. He added a steal and two blocks in his incredible all-around game. Adeogun completed his duty in San Beda with a monster double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow outgoing Lion Amer chipped in 14 points, which was similar to the output of the prolific Mocon. Will San Beda avenge this heartbreaking loss in their first Finals rematch against Letran since Season 91 and assert its remarkable dynasty or will the Knights frustrate the Red Lions anew and waylay them in an NCAA men’s basketball championship series for the second time in a row?  Watch Game 1 of the NCAA Season 95 Finals between the San Beda Red Lions and the Letran Knights starting on Tuesday, November 12, at the Mall of Asia Arena and live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, TFC.tv, TFC, iWant and livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

Balanza on NCAA 95 Finals: Ang Letran, sanay na underdog

Four years since its Cinderella championship, Colegio de San Juan de Letran is back in the Finals in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. And very much like 2015, the Knights have to overcome the odds if they are to upend three-time defending champion and archrival San Beda University. Still, that predicament is just what the Intramuros-based squad has, time and again, proven to be capable and confident of overcoming. "Ang Letran, sanay na underdog yan. Wala kaming foreign player so talagang puso lang ang labanan - patapangan, pangil sa pangil," team captain Jerrick Balanza said. He then continued, "Sa tagal ko sa Letran, yun ang natutunan ko - na lumaban ng tama." When it last hoisted the trophy, an upstart outfit led by Mark Cruz, Rey Nambatac, and Kevin Racal and guided by Aldin Ayo toppled a Red Lion side fronted by Baser Amer, Art Dela Cruz, and Ola Adeogun. Now, while Letran has gotten bigger and badder all while being led by Balanza, Larry Muyang, and Fran Yu, San Beda still remains favored as it completed a clean sweep of the elimination round. For Balanza, however, that doesn't mean anything at all - especially as he, personally, has already jumped over bigger hurdles. As he put it, "Ako, confident ako at positive lang lagi. I-momotivate ko lang yung team kong maging positive." He then continued, "'Di man kami nanalo sa kanila ng dalawang beses sa eliminations, makakabawi kami sa championship ng dalawang beses kung sakali." After all, the graduating guard is living proof that mountains can be moved after having overcome a brain injury and then brain surgery to play the game he loves once more. "Lagi ko lang binabalikan lahat ng nangyari sa akin at si God lang ang nilalapitan ko. Nagdadasal ako bago lumabas kasi alam kong ito yung plano niya," he shared. He then continued, "Kaya niya ako binigyan ng sakit at kaya ako nakabalik para rito sa championship." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

Letran solves LPU puzzle, sets up NCAA 95 Finals date with San Beda

Turns out, an older Fran Yu and a healthy Jerrick Balanza were all Colegio de San Juan de Letran needed to get the Lyceum of the Philippines University monkey of its back in the stepladder playoffs of the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Yu razzled and dazzled in the face of pressure while Balanza came up big in the endgame as the third-seeded Knights charged right through the second-seeded Pirates for a hardfought 92-88 win, Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. Yu and Balanza conspired with Larry Muyang in the 15-2 spurt in the middle of the final frame that erased a one-point deficit and erected an 84-72 advantage. "I'll give this one to my veterans. They never gave up so it was all about determination," head coach Bonnie Tan said post-game. In that pivotal push, the graduating guard was hitting his patented midrange jumpers while the bruising big man was making good on his trademark inside baskets. It was their second-year point guard, though, who was running the show and turned in three of his 20 points and two of his six assists in that five-minute span. LPU still tried to mount a rally from there and even neared to just 87-90 with 24 ticks to go on the clock, but Muyang and Bonbon Batiller turned them back once and for all. Without a doubt, Balanza made the most out of his time on the floor as he missed Letran’s semifinals defeat to the Pirates a year ago due to a brain injury. Yu played in that sorry loss, but fell short in stepping up in  place of starter JP Calvo who incurred a leg injury in the game. That was not happening in this one as he proved capable and confident at the head of the Knights’ charge while also adding five rebounds under his belt. Muyang then pounded in 19 points and nine rebounds while Balanza poured in 11 markers and three boards. Batiller contributed 13 points, six rebounds, and six assists of his own as Letran made its way back into the Finals for the first time since its championship in 2015. "I want to give them something na 'di siguro nabigay the past few years. Siyempre, we're looking forward sa next level na laro," coach Bonnie said. There, they will faceoff with age-old rival San Beda University which is seeking another four-peat. Game 1 of the best-of-three championship round tips off on Tuesday at MOA Arena. For the Pirates, Jaycee Marcelino gave his all with 26 points, three rebounds, and three assists while Mike Nzeusseu posted a 19-marker, 15-board double-double. Falling victim to Letran's balanced attack, however, they finish out of the Finals for the first time in two years. BOX SCORES LETRAN 92 - Yu 20, Muyang 19, Batiller 13, Balanza 11, Reyson 6, Mina 5, Sangalang 5, Balagasay 4, Ular 4, Caralipio 2, Javillonar 2, Ambohot 1, Olivario 0. LPU 88 - Jc. Marcelino 26, Nzeusseu 19, David 11, Caduyac 5, Jv. Marcelino 5, Navarro 5, Tansingco 4, Ibanez 4, Remulla 4, Santos 3, Guinto 2, Valdez 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-26, 44-40, 67-66, 92-88. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2019

UAAP 82: After a decade, UST has an MVP again in Soulemane Chabi Yo

Without a doubt, Soulemane Chabi Yo has made an immediate impact in just his first year for University of Sto. Tomas. So much so that on the back of averages of 16.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists, the Growling Tigers' Beninese ball of energy has been hailed as MVP in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament. He is the first player from Espana to take the trophy since Dylan Ababou in 2009. Chabi Yo was the undisputed top individual player after also carrying UST back to the semifinals and coming up with a total of 76 Statistical Points (SPs) - 12 better than his closest competitor. Justine Baltazar of De La Salle University was his runner-up with 64 SPs behind norms of 15.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.1 blocks. Completing the Mythical Team are Green Archer Jamie Malonzo, the University of the Philippines' Kobe Paras, and University of the East's Rey Suerte. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2019

NCAA 95: Letran endures Ilagan onslaught to enter next phase of stepladder

Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s definitive depth was on full display, Tuesday at Cuneta Astrodome, as it overwhelmed San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ 1-2 punch of RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi for a 85-80 decision. Six Knights were in double-digit scoring and everybody from Jerrick Balanza to Fran Yu and from Bonbon Batiller and Allen Mina did their part in propelling their side to the next round of the stepladder playoffs in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament. "Isa lang masasabi ko - ayaw ng mga veteran ko na last game na nila," head coach Bonnie Tan said. From a tight tally of 33-32 in their favor early in the second quarter, Letran rode an all-out attack at both ends for 11 unanswered points and a 43-32 lead. RK Ilagan injected life into the Golden Stags, however, and shot them within 80-81 inside the last two minutes only to see the Knights’ defense focus all its efforts on him. With that, Ilagan was forced into a backcourt violation and then out of the game due to cramps while at the other end, Fran Yu sealed the deal once and for all with a split from the stripe. "Yung players namin, gusto pa nila maglaro, gusto pa nila mag-practice pa bukas. Hindi sila bumigay sa magandang pinakita ng Baste," coach Bonnie said. In the end, Yu had 10 points, seven rebounds, and two assists while Balanza had 15 markers, six boards, and four dimes. Batiller and Mina then chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively, while Larry Muyang and Ato Ular combined for 21 markers, seven boards, and four assists. That balance proved to be more than enough for them to survive Ilagan's career-high 36-point eruption. Letran charges into another knockout bout on Friday still at the same venue, that one up against second-seed Lyceum of the Philippines University. For Baste, Ilagan also had six rebounds and three assists. Playing their last games in gold and red, Allyn Bulanadi had 15 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while Alvin Capobres had five markers and three boards. Despite the early exit, this finish is still an improvement from their ranking at no. 6 a year ago. BOX SCORES LETRAN 85 - Balanza 15, Batiller 14, Mina 12, Muyang 11, Ular 10, Yu 10, Caralipio 9, Balagasay 4, Ambohot 0, Olivario 0, Reyson 0, Sangalang 0, Javillonar 0. SAN SEBASTIAN 80 - Ilagan 36, Bulanadi 15, Villapando 8, Calahat 7, Capobres 5, Altamirano 5, Desoyo 2, Sumoda 1, Cosari 1, Calma 0, Isidro 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-20, 50-40, 69-59, 85-80. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2019

SUPER SHOWDOWN: San Sebastian s Allyn Bulanadi vs UE s Rey Suerte

Whenever University of the East needs a basket, the ball goes to the hands of Rey Suerte. In the very same way, whenever San Sebastian College-Recoletos is looking for somebody to score, it looks to Allyn Bulanadi. Suerte's an orthodox shot-creator. Bulanadi's a southpaw bucket-getter. Without a doubt, though, the two of them are scoring machines the Red Warriors and the Golden Stags know full well they can turn on when it matters most. These two gunslingers may not be dueling anytime soon, but lucky for us we got ABS-CBN Sports' Super Showdown to pit them against one another. To determine who the greater scoring machine is, we will judge them in five categories (shooting from the outside, finishing at the rim, playmaking, defense, and clutch gene) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. SHOOTING FROM OUTSIDE Bulanadi is a deadeye shooter. When people think about San Sebastian, they think about RK Ilagan being the one player you can never leave open, but they actually have two as their lefty forward has nailed 35 percent of his attempts from deep and has notched a total of 41 triples through the elimination round. Make no mistake, Suerte is himself a scary shooter, but he can be described better as a streaky shooter rather than a deadeye one. It also doesn't hurt Bulanadi that his being a lefty only makes his jumpshot all the more beautiful. Advantage, Bulanadi, 10-9 FINISHING AT THE RIM Suerte is a threat from all over the court, but inside the paint is where he shines. With all the finesse in the world to complement his superb ballhandling, UE's top gun gives defenders nightmares whenever they start on him from beyond the arc. With a nifty headfake, Suerte can freeze just about everybody in front of him before wasting no time slicing into the lane where he can most certainly bang with the big boys - drilling difficult shots or getting sent to the stripe. Bulanadi's no slouch from inside, but he has always been more of a shooter than a slasher. Advantage, Suerte, 10-9 PLAYMAKING San Sebastian is a two-man show as head coach Egay Macaraya lets Bulanadi and Ilagan run wild on offense. While there are times they set one another up, more often than not, the two give truth to the saying "shooters gonna shoot." On the other hand, Suerte has all the capability and confidence to make plays not just for himself, but for all of UE. In fact, the one-and-done star ranks third in all of the league in terms of assists - and is the only non-point guard in the top 10. Advantage, Suerte, 10-9 DEFENSE Suerte has a lot more bulking up to do so that he can translate his game into the next level. While his height is ideal at 6-foot-3, his width still has a long ways to go for him to make the same sort of impact in the pros. Bulanadi, meanwhile, already has the prototype body for a modern swingman in the pros. Also at 6-foot-3 and with above average upper body strength as well as limbs for days, he has the potential to be as disruptive on defense as he is destructive on offense. Advantage, Bulanadi, 10-9 CLUTCH GENE There's a possibility that Suerte, by his lonesome, will bar La Salle's entry into the Final Four with his cold-blooded game-winning triple being the loss that the Green Archers would look back to as the one that got away. Along with that, he has also had more than a few clutch moments back when he was still playing for University of the Visayas in CESAFI. Bulanadi, however, is just on a different level, proving fearless even when he was still a reserve forward - and you may ask Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, and the rest of San Beda University about that. And most recently, he turned in his masterpiece - a 44-point outburst, five coming in the last three minutes, that wrestled down University of Perpetual Help and willed San Sebastian back into the Final Four. Advantage, Bulanadi, 10-9 FINAL SCORE, 48-47 for San Sebastian's Allyn Bulanadi.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2019

La Salle survives Abando’s late flurry to stay in the hunt in UAAP 82

Jamie Malonzo put on a show in the middle of the Araneta Coliseum, Wednesday, but De La Salle University put in the work as they powered through Rhenz Abando and University of Sto. Tomas’ late rally for a well-earned 80-79 win. The win was a big one for the Green Archers as not only did they rise to 6-6 and just behind fourth-running Far Eastern University in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament, they also repulsed the Growling Tigers from clinching a playoff berth. Malonzo was at the center of all that, going for 23 points with a whole lot of highlights sprinkled in between them. Alongside him, Aljun Melecio shone bright while Justine Baltazar and Brandon Bates did the heavy lifting down low. Still, the game was far from over even in the dying moments as, behind Rhenz Abando, UST had a shot to tie the tally. Abando’s right big toe was just stepping on the line, though, in the dying seconds, giving La Salle the slim margin of victory......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2019

UAAP 82: With Gonzales at the wheel, FEU overtakes La Salle for fourth

ANTIPOLO - L-Jay Gonzales did it all for Far Eastern University, Saturday at Ynares Center here, as all of the Tamaraws did whatever they wanted against listless De La Salle University, 81-60, to barge back into the win column in UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament. Gonzales stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals and the Tamaraws stampeded all the way to a 6-6 standing. "Well, of course, we needed this win badly," a more than satisfied head coach Olsen Racela said post-game. Three other teammates were in double-digits as Ken Tuffin had 14 points and five assists, Wendell Comboy had 12 markers and seven boards, and Xyrus Torres had 11 points of his own. The green and gold waxed hot from the get-go, burying their opponents in a 27-11 hole after the opening salvo. They would never look back all the way to solo fourth - now ahead of the Green Archers who dropped to 5-6 with the loss. Alongside Gonzales, Alec Stockton was making all the right plays and totaled seven points and five assists. Between the two of them, they had two more dimes than all of their opponents combined. As such, FEU just had the cleaner looks and ultimately made good on 54.1 percent of their shots from the field. "Our mentality was the treat this game as do-or-tie. Our games left, all of them are actually do-or-die," On the other hand, La Salle fell to fifth in the standings even after a 16-point, nine-rebound effort by Justine Baltazar. BOX SCORES FEU 81 - Gonzales 14, Tuffin 14, Comboy 12, Torres 11, Tchuente 8, Stockton 7, Ebona 6, Cani 5, Alforque 2, Tempra 2, Bayquin 0, Bienes 0, Dulatre 0, Mantua 0, Nunag 0. LA SALLE 60 - Baltazar 16, Malonzo 13, Serrano 9, Melecio 7, Caracut 5, Manuel 3, Bartlett 2, Cu 2, Lim 2, Escandor 1, Bates 0, Hill 0, Lojera 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-11, 40-29, 57-42, 81-60. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2019

Baltazar drops 23-12 in flu game as ailments ravage La Salle

      MANILA, Philippines – Justine Baltazar did not take long to get back to his old dominant self after he posted a monster 23-point, 12-rebound line in the La Salle Green Archers’ revenge win against the UE Red Warriors.  On paper, it looked like the UAAP Season ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2019

UAAP 82: Baltazar shows might in La Salle’s revenge on UE

Justine Baltazar was simply unstoppable in the last seven minutes, Wednesday at MOA Arena, and wielded all of the weapons at his disposal to lift De La Salle University to a 65-59 triumph over University of the East. Baltazar pounded in all but two points in the 10-3 run that erased a two-point deficit and erected a 57-52 advantage that eventually ended as the Green Archers’ fifth win in 10 games in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament. In that killer run from the 6:59 to the 3:48 marks of the final frame, the fourth-year center put all of his wares in display, hitting a long two, a short stab, a tip-in, and a baseline jumper to take the fight out of the Red Warriors. On Baltazar’s shoulders, La Salle exacted on one of its first round tormentors. And on Baltazar’s shoulders, La Salle bounced back into the win column. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2019

Red Cubs get payback on Greenies; Baste gets big boost to NCAA 95 playoff push

STANDINGS San Beda 16-1 (top-seed) LPU 10-6 Arellano 9-6 CSB-LSGH 9-7 San Sebastian 9-7 JRU 8-7 Letran 7-9 Perpetual 5-10 (eliminated) Mapua 4-12 (eliminated) EAC 2-13 (eliminated) Nothing changed in the standings on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre - nothing at all except for the fact that San Beda High School finally exacted revenge on the one and only team that had defeated it in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The Red Cubs survived RC Calimag's 34-point outburst and sent a statement to first round tormentor College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills via a convincing 94-87 victory. Justine Sanchez scored 22 points on top of nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals, leading three other teammates in double-digits in their 12th win in a row and 16th overall in 17 games. Rhayyan Amsali and Tony Ynot delivered the goods as well with the former finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, and four assists and the latter ending with 14 markers, six dimes, and three boards. Still, San Beda was down by two, 68-70, after three quarters before going on a 15-7 tear to begin the final frame and build up an 85-77 led inside the last five mintues. The Jr. Blazers then fought back to as close as five, 87-92, with 48.4 seconds left only to see Sanchez's layup keep them at bay once and for all. Calimag paced the Jr. Blazers with his red-hot scoring to go along with nine rebounds while JC Macalalag posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double on top of six assists. With their third loss in the last five games, though, they fell to joint fourth in the standings at 9-7. All even with them is San Sebastian College-Recoletos which added to the misery of now-dethroned Mapua High School with a well-earned 74-69 win. Paeng Are stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, five assists, five rebounds, and two steals while Randolph Perez also added 12 markers, six boards, and three dimes. The Staglets were chasing down a seven-point deficit before charging to a 21-9 fourth period all the way to a come-from-behind win that puts them inside the playoff picture. CSB-LSGH and Baste are still within striking distance of second-running and 10-6 Lyceum of the Philippines University as well as third-running and 9-6 Arellano High School. However, they also have 8-7 Jose Rizal University High School and 7-9 Colegio de San Juan de Letran breaking down their necks. Meanwhile, last year's titlists Red Robins lost their sixth in a row and 12th overall in 16 games. Jonnel Policarpio showed the way for them in this one with 16 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME SAN BEDA 94 - Sanchez 22, Amsali 18, Ynot 14, Cabañero 13, Andrada 8, Alcantara 7, Delfino 4, Llarena 3, Alao 3, Nicdao 2, Pascual 0, Perigrina 0. CSB-LSGH 87 -- Calimag 34, Arguelles 13, Macalalag 12, Manansala 7, Palencia 6, Valenzuela 6, Dimaunahan 4, Reyes 3, Arciaga 2, Panlilio 0, Gagate 0, Estil 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-27, 52-45, 68-70, 94-87. SECOND GAME SAN SEBASTIAN 74 -- Are 17, Perez 12, Barroga 10, Darbin 8, Aguilar 6, Concha 5, Lustina 5, Janao 4, Una 4, Bulasa 3, Brizo 0. MAPUA 69 -- Policarpio 16, Castor 14, Fransman 11, Parial 10, Galang 5, Jugo 4, Tadeo 4, Parinas 3, Buenaflor 2, Lugo 0, Ejercito 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-20, 33-39, 53-60, 74-69. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2019

La Salle continues climb behind UAAP 82 Player of the Week Baltazar

Not that many players can consistently post double-doubles and even less can come away with 20-20 games. Justine Baltazar did them five more, dominating his way to a 25-point, 25-rebound double-double as La Salle decimated NU in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament last Sunday. The 6-foot-7 center already had 15 points and 14 rebounds at halftime before doubling down on his effort and, in the end, the Bulldogs had nothing left to stop him. Standing in elite company of players who have recorded a 25-25 game, Baltazar was the hands down winner for the latest Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week award. A workhorse inside the paint, the fourth-year big man collected 10 of his huge rebounding output from the offensive side while also swatting two shots in 33 minutes of action. His exploits deserved sweet praise from La Salle head coach Gian Nazario. “When was the last time a local had a 25 and 25 in the UAAP? I mean, again, yan ang resulta ng ginagawa ni Balti during practices. He really works hard. He takes care of his body and it shows in the game,” said Nazario. Even better, Baltazar’s explosion came just at the right time as the Green Archers try to rally for more wins in the second round. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat kasi maganda and laro ko. Bumawi ako sa laro ko kasi medyo pangit ang laro ko nung huli,” he said after only finishing with four points in the team’s 92-77 triumph over UST a week ago. Baltazar grabbed the weekly citation given by print and online media covering the league away from the likes of Ken Tuffin of FEU, Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo, and Senegalese Alex Diakhite of UE......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2019