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Tamaraws gun for fourth straight win vs Blazers

Far Eastern University and College of St. Benilde clash in a battle of top teams while Gilas Pilipinas Cadets tries to bounce back against National University in the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsMay 15th, 2018

Tamaraws clinch semis berth, boot out Maroons

Far Eastern University earned a semifinals ticket on Monday after booting out University of the Philippines from contention, 25-22, 23-25, 26-24, 25-14, in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. National team member Peter Quiel and John Paul Bugaoan each had 15 points to lead the Tamaraws’ charge and deliver FEU’s fifth straight win in six games. FEU joined unbeaten Ateneo De Manila University (6-0) in the best-of-three semis. Quiel, who donned the national colors in the 29th Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asian Games, hammered 13 spikes while Bugaoan showcased his all-around offensive prowess with 10 attacks, four kill blocks and a service ace for the Tams, who will close the elims on Monday against San Beda College. Redijohn Paler scored 13 and chipped in eight digs and eight excellent receptions for the Morayta-based squad. The Fighting Maroons dropped their fourth straight match and kissed their semis hopes goodbye after sliding to down to a 1-5 slate. John Millete had 17 points while Wendel Miguel scored 12 for UP. Meanwhile, the Red Spikers swept the also-ran NCAA defending champion College of St. Benilde, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22, and improved their record to 2-3 tied with idle University of Sto. Tomas. Mark Enciso led SBC with 14 points while Limuel Patenio had 10.  The Blazers remained winless in five games despite the 13 points of skipper Isaah Arda and 10 by Ruvince Abrot.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017

Tamaraws book semis ticket

Far Eastern University continued with its winning ways and secured the second semifinals berth with a straight sets victory over the listless College of St. Benilde, 25-22, 27-25, 25-21, Monday in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Team captain Richard Solis led the way for the Tamaraws’ fourth win in a row in five outings with 17 points – all from attacks. FEU joined unbeaten and tournament-leading Ateneo de Manila University (5-0) in the best-of-three semifinals. John Paul Bugaoan scored 13 points while Redijohn Paler added 10 for the Morayta-based squad, who sent the reigning NCAA champion Blazers to their fourth loss in as many games. Mark Orian had 11 markers while Owen Bacani chipped in 10 for CSB, which was shown the exit door in the Final Four race. Meanwhile, National University snapped a two-game slump while adding more woes to University of Sto. Tomas, 25-21, 17-25, 27-25, 25-23, in the curtain-raiser. Fauzi Ismail scattered 19 spikes in the Bulldogs’ 60 attack points to finish with 21 markers. Bryan Bagunas had 15 points while James Natividad and Kim Malabunga scored 14 and 12, respectively, as NU evened its record to 2-2. The Bulldogs pulled the Tigers down to 2-3 slate and handed UST its third loss in a row. Arnold Bautista and Manuel Medina closed the match with 12 points each in a lost cause for the Espana-based squad, which failed to capitalize on NU’s 40 errors.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

LeBron shines in debut, but Lakers still have lots to do

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com PORTLAND, Ore. -- His first basket of this new era was much like many others, in terms of impact and its ferocity and jaw-dropping nature. LeBron James stole the Trail Blazers’ cross-court pass and before him was the open court … and thousands of open mouths, all bracing in anticipation of a moment. His fast-break dunk was just as you expected it would be, jammed through the basket with a cocked arm and followed by a brief pose at landing, for emphasis and style. The greatest player in the game was back in full soar Thursday but, as it were, his new team remained stuck to the floor. Overall, this process is gonna take some time, you think? Before the Los Angeles Lakers whip the basketball world into a frenzy, they must whip Portland. And also the Houston Rockets, who visit Staples Center on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) for the Lakers’ home opener. And the Golden State Warriors. And Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. And any team in the Western Conference that considers itself a contender. But you knew this, right? “We’ll have to go through some moments,” LeBron said after the Lakers lost at Moda Center, 128-119. “We’ll have some adversity.” True, this isn’t an overnight sensation in the making. “Not as fast as you (media) guys think it’s going to happen,” LeBron said. The Lakers will get more chances to make a first impression, and that’s a good thing for them as they navigate through a potentially tricky transition period with their shiny new showpiece. There is only one thing that’s a lock through this bumpy path: LeBron is still the force he was in Cleveland and Miami, his only other NBA stops. Months before turning 34, his flow and his basketball instincts remain steak-knife sharp and his pride is intact. He tipped off his season by playing 37 minutes -- so much for reduced minutes here after 15 years of deep tread wear on his wheels -- and delivered 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. “I mean, that’s crazy, a guy to be in his 16th year playing at that pace and above the rim the way he was,” said Blazers guard Damian Lillard. “He looked like himself.” That said, he and his teammates are still working on their wavelength. This was evident for much of the night, when connections were missed and confusion reigned at times. On Thursday (Friday, PHL time), LeBron threw a behind-the-back pass that in Cleveland or Miami would usually hits is mark to teammates aware of his tendencies and timing. Last night, LeBron tried it and the ball dribbled out of bounds, all of which flummoxed LeBron and Kyle Kuzma (the nearest Laker). After the whistle blew and possession went to Portland, LeBron and Kuzma had a brief chat. “I expected Kuz to pop,” explained LeBron, “and he rolled. Then another time (Rajon) Rondo went to the hole, JaVale (McGee) thought it was going to him and it was meant for me. We’ll get better at that.” These first few weeks, if the Lakers are fortunate, will be conducted in a vacuum and a laboratory. Transitions are usually like that. LeBron had a similar one in Miami eight years ago, when a 9-8 start playing alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had folks thinking the sky was falling. With these Lakers, the reaction will -- or should, anyway -- be more muted if only because the expectations aren’t through the ceiling this season. The Lakers are trying to nourish the limited basketball experience of Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram with LeBron (and Rajon Rondo) taking on more of a mentor role. That means class will be in session most, if not all, season. LeBron is preaching patience not only for those in and outside of the organization, but for himself as well. Sometimes, it’s easier said than done. LeBron realizes that he’s on the clock personally, even though his stamina and level of play remain high. “A lot of these guys don’t have as much experience, so I have to understand that,” James said. “And I do.” LeBron seems cursed by celebrated season openers, falling to 0-4 all-time in his debut games. He scored 25 points in his rookie opener, but Cleveland lost to the Sacramento Kings. He had 31 in his Miami opener in a loss to the Boston Celtics. And he had 17 points in his Cleveland return in 2014, a home loss to the New York Knicks. The Lakers’ crime Thursday (Friday, PHL time) was a failure to tighten up defensively and of course the mistakes that could be blamed on a getting-to-know-you game. And then there’s another issue that LeBron will soon discover, if he hasn’t already: He’s not in the easy East anymore. “There’s a tough game every night,” Lillard said. The West had 10 teams with winning records last season fighting for eight playoff spots. Coaches and players in the West were fond of tweaking their neighbors across the Mississippi in 2017-18, saying the non-playoff teams in the West should take some East spots. Of last season’s playoff teams, none return seriously weaker -- unless you’re ready to bury the San Antonio Spurs (who have a 21-year playoff streak going) or Minnesota Timberwolves (who are coping with the Jimmy Butler crisis). The Blazers were the No. 3 seed and were swept in the first round by the Pelicans, which puts the depth and overall strength of the West in perspective. Only three games separated the Blazers and the ninth-seeded Nuggets during the regular season. Meanwhile, the Rockets and Warriors were beyond the reach of mortals. LeBron chumped the East eight straight times to reach the NBA Finals. Yet by most indications, he’s an A-list teammate away from spooking the Warriors -- and that teammate isn’t in a Lakers uniform this season. This journey through the West could either humble LeBron or, at the least, make him realize the work needed for the Lakers to regain contender status. Heck, the Lakers couldn’t even prevent Nik Stauskas from having the biggest night of his NBA life. He scored 24 points and made more three-pointers (five) than the Lakers’ starting lineup (two). It was telling that Lakers coach Luke Walton started Rondo over Ball at point guard -- an understandable move after Ball missed several months recovering from knee issues. Rondo was mainly stellar (11 assists, three steals) while the Lakers’ fourth-quarter lineups excluded Ball. Meanwhile, Hart (20 points off the bench) earned crunch time minutes. “Everyone had different roles last year,” Walton said, “and some of those roles could change.” Well, someone’s role will remain the same. Regarding that guy, Walton said: “Glad he’s on our team. He’s pretty good at the game of basketball.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Tolentino says ‘no intention to hurt’ Huang after 2nd straight dq foul

Arvin Tolentino is known more for his sweet-shooting and his vital role as a scorer and floor spacer for Far Eastern University. Tolentino, however, is making a bad account of himself lately with consecutive disqualifying fouls in the Tamaraws' games against Adamson and University of Santo Tomas. The forward was slapped with his second disqualifying foul of the season on Sunday when he hit UST forward Zach Huang in the cheek late in the fourth quarter in 78-70 loss to the Growling Tigers. READ: UST sweeps FEU in elimination round "I mean, for sure, people will say things about me especially the people who only watch the game but don't play it," said Tolentino, who missed FEU's win ...Keep on reading: Tolentino says ‘no intention to hurt’ Huang after 2nd straight dq foul.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

With NCAA Final 4 shot within reach, Lim s Altas embracing the chance

The Altas on Tuesday kept winning after crushing the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers for their third straight victory to join the College of St. Benilde Blazers in fourth place.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

With NCAA Final 4 shot within reach, Lim’s Altas embracing the chance

Slowly but surely, University of Perpetual Help is making a serious case for a Final Four slot. The Altas on Tuesday kept winning after crushing the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers for their third straight victory to join the College of St. Benilde Blazers in fourth place. "I spoke to my players and I told them that situation is presenting itself to you. It's just up to you guys if you wanna embrace it or you wanna leave it," Perpetual Help head coach Frankie Lim told reporters. "And that was the challenge to them." His players got the message but it took the final quarter for the Altas to put away the pesky Bombers. Perpetual Help also needed its Nigerian big man Prince Eze to...Keep on reading: With NCAA Final 4 shot within reach, Lim’s Altas embracing the chance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

PVL: Lady Tams clinch a Final Four berth

Far Eastern University once again went through the proverbial eye of the needle to carve out a come-from-behind 15-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-23, 15-7 win over University of the Philippines and clinch a semifinals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Tamaraws fought back from five points down in the fourth set to force a decider before unleashing a barrage of hits in early in the fifth frame to silence the Lady Maroons and climb to a share of the second spot with University of Sto. Tomas with 5-1 win-loss record. FEU joined UST and unbeaten Adamson University in the Final Four. Heather Guino-o stepped up on offense for 13 points while Jeannette Villareal had 10 markers for FEU, which survived its third straight five-set game. FEU rallied from a 16-21 deficit in the fourth set to extend the match before opening a 10-3 gap in the deciding frame to cruise to back-to-back victories.    “Ang sabi ko sa kanila hindi pa naman natatapos sa fourth set so may chance pa. Ang importante nandoon pa rin ang willingness nila, yung fighting spirit nila na kaya pa rin nilang talunin. Huwag na lang nilang intindihin ang score, ang intindihin nila ang laro nila,” said FEU coach George Pascua, whose squad played without Czarina Carandang while Celine Domingo sat out the match. Carandang had difficulty in breathing and was hospitalized while Domingo was nursing a sore left knee. UP was hounded by errors, committing 42 including three of the last four points of the match while allowing the Lady Tams to land 10 aces. The Lady Maroons continued to blow hot and cold in the conference. UP has yet to string back-to-back wins. Isa Molde scored 20 points, Marist Layug got 16 while Roselyn Rossier and rookie Nicole Magsarile finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Maroons, who dropped to 3-3 slate.     ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 18th, 2018

PVL: Green Spikers score upset win over Bulldogs

De La Salle University weathered Bryan Bagunas' scorching scoring display to complete a morale-boosting upset win over National University in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference. The Green Spikers handed the Bulldogs their first loss that snapped NU's five-game romp with a four-set, 27-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-17, victory Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The trio of Cris Dumago, Geraint Bacon and John David Inocentes led the way for the Taft-based squad's second win in six games that kept DLSU in contention for a Final Four berth. Dumago pounded 15 attacks in his 17-point performance while adding 20 excellent receptions and four digs for the Green Spikers, who snagged the win despite allowing Bagunas to explode with 30 points. Bacon had 15 markers while Inocentes contributed 11 points for DLSU. NU, which gave away 33 points off errors, slid to 5-1 record. Meanwhile, Far Eastern University added more woes to an already eliminated Arellano University, 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20, while University of the Philippines made short work of College of St. Benilde, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23. The Tamaraws evened their record to 3-3 with four players scoring in double figures led by JP Bugaoan’s 18 points. Mark Calado added 13 while skipper Redijohn Paler and Peter Quie added 11 each for FEU, which sent the Chiefs reeling to their sixth straight defeat. John Millete spearheaded the Fighting Maroons with 17 points while Jerry San Pedro had 10 as UP tie Adamson University at 4-2 card. The Blazers dropped to 3-3 slate.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Lady Falcons repel Blazers for 2nd win

Adamson fought off St. Benilde’s furious comeback in the fourth set and hacked out a 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21 victory yesterday to nail its second straight victory in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan on Sunday. The Lady Falcons actually recovered from a second [...] The post Lady Falcons repel Blazers for 2nd win appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

PVL: Lady Tams gore Lady Red Spikers for back-to-back wins

Far Eastern University recovered from a second set meltdown to capture its second straight win at the expense of debuting San Beda University, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Celine Domingo played her best game so far, stepping up on offense to put up a personal conference-high 22 points in a great display of her scoring prowess. Domingo tallied 15 kills, with four kill blocks and three aces lead the Lady Tamaraws, who kept their hold of the lead with a 2-0 win-loss slate. After dominating the opening set, FEU got into trouble in the second frame with the Lady Red Spikers tightening up on their defense at the net and hitter Nieza Viray finding her range. The Lady Tams adjusted in the third and fourth with Domingo, the UAAP Season 80 Best Blocker, punishing San Beda with her connection with setter Kyle Negrito, who finished with 21 excellent sets.      “Yung middle attack naming (nawala). Kailangan 'yung passing namin, mag-connect between the setter and the middle. Noong huli, noong nag-connect, gumanda 'yung flow ng laro ulit,”said FEU coach George Pascua, who is looking to steer the Lady Tams into the throne after a runner-up finish in the same tournament last year.  Ebon Lycha scored 10 while Jerrili Malabanan had nine markers for the Lady Tams. Viray finished with 17 points while Jiezela Viray got 12 for San Beda, which saw its top hitter and team captain Cesca Racraquin held down to only five markers.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Lady Tamaraws outlast Lady Blazers in PVL thriller

Far Eastern University survived a five-set thriller and beat College of St. Benilde, 25-19, 32-30, 15-25, 24-26, 15-4, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference women's tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centreon Sunday. Lady Tamaraw Kyle Negrito's drop sealed a 7-0 run in the fifth set that finished off the Lady Blazers. "I told my players before the fifth set that we need to focus on the opponent, not on our errors," FEU head coach George Pascua said in Filipino. An attack error by France Ronquillo and a through-the-block hit from Lady Blazer Chelsea Umali at the end of the fourth canto forced the game into a deciding set. The Lady Tamaraws' points came mostly from th...Keep on reading: Lady Tamaraws outlast Lady Blazers in PVL thriller.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

NCAA: Escamis, Red Robins exact revenge on Jr. Blazers

STANDINGS PERPETUAL 2-0 ARELLANO 1-0 LPU 2-1 JRU 1-1 LSGH 1-1 MAPUA 1-1 SAN SEBASTIAN 1-1 LETRAN 0-1 SAN BEDA 0-1 EAC 0-2 This early in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament, the finalists from a year ago have faced off. It was the same close contest for Mapua High School and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, but the result was definitely different. Clint Escamis did the heavy lifting while Dan Arches and Jonnel Policarpio provided the backup as the Red Robins avenged their Finals loss to the Junior Blazers with a convincing 95-81 victory on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Escamis, who fouled out in his first game in the season, bounced back big-time with 28 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. “Ginawa lang talaga namin yung gameplan namin. Nagbunga naman yung preparations namin so credit talaga sa mga bata,” head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game. The graduating guard also stepped up when it mattered most, dropping 10 of his output in the final frame. It was Escamis’ highlight layup and triple that capped off a massive 32-11 tidal wave bridging the third and fourth quarters that broke open a tied tally of 59 all and built up a 91-70 advantage in favor of Mapua. Arches and Policarpio did their part during that run and the former finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists while the latter ended with 15 markers and four boards to help the Red Robins get into the win column after experiencing an upset to start the season. Last year, CSB-LSGH bested Mapua in three games to capture its first-ever championship. Now, the Red Robins are nothing but determined to reclaim the crown they were wearing before last season. “Siyempre, may gigil, pero dapat composed. Siyempre, ‘di kami papayag na 0-2 kami,” Alcantara said. For the defending champions, Joshua David fronted the effort with 19 points and eight rebounds while Joel Cagulangan had 14 markers, seven assists, and six boards. They suffer their first setback after a tournament-opening win. Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University is now streaking after John Barba lifted them over Jose Rizal University, 88-87. Barba dropped 30 points, including the basket and bonus in the dying seconds that proved to be the difference for the Junior Pirates. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the Junior Pirates’ second straight win in three games. On the other hand, the Light Bombers lost for the first time in two games despite a career-best effort from John Amores who scored 32 points. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 95 – Escamis 28, Arches 16, Policarpio 15, Hernandez 11, Sarias 10, Mariano 10, Dennison 2, Diaz 2, Quimado 1, Smith 0 CSB-LSGH 81 – David 19, Cagulangan 14, Fornilos 14, Mosqueda 12, Calimag 10, Sangco 4, Morales 4, Cortez 2, Natividad 2, Lao 0, Valenzuela 0, Palencia 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-17, 49-39, 72-61, 95-81 SECOND GAME LPU 88 – Barba 30, Guadana 21, Tulabut 10, De Leon 6, Caringal 6, Jugar 5, Omandac 3, Ragasa 3, De Guia 2, Gudmalin 2, Pagdanganan 0, Nocal 0 JRU 87 – Amores 32, Portales 13, Delos Santos 11, Buno 10, Baluyot 9, Vasquez 5, Dionisio 4, Macatangay 3, Icban 0, Mendoza 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-24, 42-44, 65-60, 88-87 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

FEU finishes 3rd in Filoil, routs College of St. Benilde

Far Eastern University claimed the bronze medal after a dominant victory over College of St. Benilde in the Filoil Preseason Cup Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. After finishing the first quarter down, 17-13, the Tamaraws broke away in the second and outscored the Blazers, 19-7, to build a 32-24 buffer heading in to the break. The Tamaraws then, continued the charge up until the start of the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 21, 61-40, that put the game away. "We wanted exposure for everyone and this was the opportunity for them to get that kind of exposure so we used all of them," said FEU head coach Olsen Racela. Ken Tuffin and Joseph Nunag had nine ...Keep on reading: FEU finishes 3rd in Filoil, routs College of St. Benilde.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

2017-18 NBA season review

NBA.com staff report The 2017-18 NBA season was full of loops and sharp turns, taking fans and teams on a twisting journey that teased everyone about what might happen next. Only there was no surprise party waiting at the end of the day, just the Golden State Warriors and their brooms. The season gave us a few shakeups in the standings, some players who unexpectedly found themselves on the big stage, no nights off for LeBron James … and the best team rather predictably earned the honor of being crowned, for the third time in four seasons. The Warriors made quick work of James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, winning 4-0 in the fourth straight meeting between the teams on that stage. The sweep further certified the legacy of Kevin Durant -- who became a back-to-back winner of the Finals MVP award -- and Stephen Curry, the central figure of the Warriors’ dynasty. Other than forcing overtime in Game 1, the only silver lining for the Cavs was James scoring 51 points in that game and nearly averaging a triple-double for the series. If the end game between the Warriors and Cavs was widely projected when the season tipped off, the events that preceded it weren’t locked into place. This run from October to June took the NBA on an unexpected trip with pit stops in unexpected places. The Philadelphia 76ers won 52 games and closed with a 16-game winning streak -- two seasons after they went 10-72. The turnaround was a direct result of patience with young players who rapidly became franchise cornerstones after returning from injuries. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, both of whom missed entire seasons, made themselves household names with big performances. Embiid was an All-Star who emerged as one of the game’s best big men, while sharp playmaking skills allowed Simmons to earn Kia Rookie of the Year honors. The Boston Celtics lost newcomer Gordon Hayward for the season after he suffered a leg injury in the season opener ... and then Kyrie Irving missed the final 14 games and the playoffs with a bum knee ... and still Boston flirted with the East's best record and one win from reaching The Finals. After trading their star swingman Paul George to Oklahoma City in the offseason, the Indiana Pacers improved by six wins and pushed the Cavs to a Game 7 in the first round. Victor Oladipo, acquired in the George trade, was the catalyst of a new Pacers era and was named Kia Most Improved Player. Twice a runner-up, James Harden finally won Kia MVP honors after leading the NBA in scoring (30.4) and finishing third in assists (8.8). He teamed with Chris Paul to turn the Houston Rockets into a beast. The Rockets won a franchise-record 65 games and held off the Warriors for the top seed in the West. Paul advanced beyond the semifinals for the first time in his playoff career. Behind steady 3-point shooting and an emerging low-post center in Clint Capela, the Rockets claimed a 3-2 lead on the Warriors in the West finals. But Paul suffered a hamstring injury that benched him the rest of the series as Houston faltered in Games 6 and 7. On the injury front, New Orleans Pelicans All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles tendon. The Pelicans were forced to scramble in the second half of the season to defy the odds. Anthony Davis responded by playing at MVP level and had help from Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday and the arrival of Nikola Mirotic who infused the Pelicans with outside shooting. New Orleans changed its style in midseason, shocked the Portland Trail Blazers with a first-round sweep and then took a game from the eventual-champion Warriors. The Utah Jazz had an excuse to trigger a rebuilding process once Hayward left via free agency and center Rudy Gobert, the eventual Kia Defensive Player of the Year, was held to 56 games due to knee issues. Instead, the Jazz (48 wins) flourished under coach Quin Snyder mainly because first-round pick Donovan Mitchell played well beyond his years and became Utah's go-to guy. At season's end, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets staged essentially a play-in game on the final night for the right to reach the playoffs (which Minnesota won). Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the second straight season ... but couldn’t help the re-tooled Oklahoma City Thunder (with George and Carmelo Anthony) reach the West semifinals. And the Toronto Raptors took the top seed in the East with 59 wins, only to get swept by the Cavs. In the end, though, it was all about the Warriors. As a champion in their prime, the Warriors therefore gave the NBA plenty, except some suspense in the end. PLAYOFFS Eastern Conference first round Toronto defeated Washington (4-2) Boston defeated Milwaukee (4-3) Philadelphia defeated Miami (4-1) Cleveland defeated Indiana (4-3) Western Conference first round Houston defeated Minnesota (4-1) Golden State defeated San Antonio (4-1) New Orleans defeated Portland (4-0) Utah defeated Oklahoma City (4-2) Eastern Conference semifinals Cleveland defeated Toronto (4-0) Boston defeated Philadelphia (4-1) Western Conference semifinals Houston defeated Utah (4-1) Golden State defeated New Orleans (4-1) Eastern Conference finals Cleveland defeated Boston (4-3) Western Conference finals Golden State defeated Houston (4-3) NBA Finals Golden State defeated Cleveland (4-0) SEASON LEADERS Points -- James Harden, Houston Rockets (30.4) Assists -- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (10.3) Rebounds -- Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons (16.0) Steals -- Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers (2.4) Blocks -- Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (2.6) FG% -- Cling Capela, Houston Rockets (65.2) FT% -- Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (92.1) 3PT% -- Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers (46.8) AWARD WINNERS Kia Most Valuable Player --  James Harden, Houston Rockets Kia Rookie of the Year -- Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers Kia Defensive Player of the Year -- Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz Kia Most Improved Player --  Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers Kia Sixth Man of the Year --  Lou Williams, LA Clippers Coach of the Year --  Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors All-Star Game MVP -- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers Finals MVP -- Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Filoil q’final round on

From 19 teams, the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup is down to the final eight as the quarterfinal round gets going this Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. College of St. Benilde, which topped Group B with a 7-1 record, will take on Group A fourth seed University of the Philippines in the opening match at 1 p.m. The Blazers will have their hands full against the Maroons, who rebounded from three straight losses to win their next six assignments. In the 2:45 p.m. offering, defending champion and reigning NCAA titlist San Beda University will face Adamson. The Red Lions' late charge in the standings saw them pull down the La Salle Archers from the No. 2 spot despite their similar...Keep on reading: Filoil q’final round on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Kai debuts for Gilas cadets, delivers much-needed win

Nothing much was going right for the Gilas cadets in their matchup against University of the East on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. That was until Kai Sotto entered the court. Sotto was a difference-maker on both ends in the last nine minutes while Ricci Rivero and Juan Gomez de Liano came through in the endgame as the national team rallied from 11 points down for a 63-61 triumph over the Red Warriors. The UAAP Juniors Finals MVP just had five points, three rebounds, and two blocks to his name, but it was during his time on the floor when the Gilas cadets went on a 13-0 run that erased an 11-point deficit and eventually ended as a much-needed two-point win in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. “It’s good to be a seven-footer, no,” head coach Jong Uichico joshed with reporters post-game, referring to their towering teen. UE was up, 61-50, early in the final frame until Uichico sent Sotto and Vince Tolentino back into the game. The two did nothing but stifle the Red Warriors as Sotto protected the paint while Tolentino clamped down on Pasaol. In all, the Gilas cadets only allowed four points in the pivotal period. That, coupled with their scoring burst capped off by short stabs from Rivero and GDL, was more than enough to hike their standing to 2-5. While he was scoreless in the fourth, Pasaol still topped the scoring column for now 1-2 UE with 22 points to go along with seven rebounds. In a heavyweight bout between UAAP powerhouses, Far Eastern University topped Adamson University, 75-64. Prince Orizu showed the way for the Tamaraws with 12 points and he was backstopped by Arvin Tolentino and Barkley Ebona who scored eight points each..  FEU improved to 4-1 with the win while also dealing the first defeat in three games to the Soaring Falcons. Sean Manganti paced Adamson with 20 points. Papi Sarr also had 13 markers to his name. Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde kept its slate spotless after powering through University of Sto. Tomas, 99-87. Clement Leutcheu had 22 points and 15 rebounds while Edward Dixon contributed his own 16 markers in the Blazers’ fifth win in a row to begin the tournament. UST dropped to 1-5 with the loss. Kenenth Zamora and Zachy Huang topped the scoring column for them with 22 and 21 points, respectively. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME CSB 99 – Leutcheu 22, Dixon 16, Domingo 14, Naboa 11, Young 9, Pasturan 7, Haruna 6, Belgica 5, Carlos 3, Velasco 3, Pagulayan 3, Nayve 0 UST 87 – Zamora 22, Huang 21, Lee 19, Agustin 13, Cansino 8, Cosejo 4, Caunan 0, Bataller 0, Marcos 0, Asuncion 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-14, 33-31, 63-55, 99-87 SECOND GAME FEU 75 – Orizu 12, Parker 9, Tolentino 8, Ebona 8, Tuffin 7, Comboy 6, Inigo 6, Escoto 6, Ramirez 5, Cani 3, Stockton 3, Bayquin 2, Bienes 0, Gonzales 0, Tempra 0 ADAMSON 64 – Manganti 20, Sarr 13, Lastimosa 8, Colonia 4, Camacho 4, Espeleta 4, Magbuhos 4, Ahanmisi 3, Orquez 2, Zaldivar 2, Macion 0, Bernardo 0, Maata 0, Magbuhos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-12, 34-23, 53-44, 75-64 THIRD GAME GILAS CADETS 63 – Tratter 13, Paras 11, Tolentino V. 8, Rivero 8, Tamayo 8, Gomez de Liano 5, Sotto 5, Alejandro 3, Tolentino A. 2, Gozum 0. UE 61 – Pasaol 22, Starit 8, Manalang 7, Bartolome 6, Varilla 5, Gagate 4, Antiporda 3, Cullar 3, Conner 2, Acuno 1, Gallardo 0, Sobrevega 0, Lacap 0, Maloles 0, Beltran 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-18, 34-40, 50-57, 63-61. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Filoil: Blazers pip Chiefs for fourth straight win

College of St. Benilde notched a fourth straight win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, but not after being taken to the proverbial limit by Arellano University on Friday. The Blazers dropped a telling 15-3 bomb inside the final four minutes to subdue the Chiefs, 74-69, and keep their unblemished record in the tournament serving as gauge for most of NCAA and UAAP coaches at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. "I feel we didn't play to our potential. We played to their tempo," Benilde coach TY Tang said. "They (Chiefs) forced us into a lot of turnovers. But a win is a win, and I saw the heart of wanting to win. We just didn't want to lose." With some of its mainstays strug...Keep on reading: Filoil: Blazers pip Chiefs for fourth straight win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

The curse of the Western Conference '4 seed

Here's a reminder for the Western Conference teams next season when they start jockeying for playoff seeding: Avoid the fourth seed at all costs. Sure you'll get home court advantage against the fifth seed, but that hasn't meant anything since the 2012 Playoffs. For the past seven years, all fourth seeds have lost to the fifth seeds, with the latest victims being the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were ousted in six games by the Utah Jazz. Is it sheer coincidence? A hardwood hex? A sign of parity? We'll run through the aforementioned seven series and let you decide for yourself. 2012 Playoffs - #5 LA Clippers (40-26) defeat #4 Memphis Grizzlies (41-25) in seven games The setup: It feels appropriate that this "curse" began during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. The Clippers were in year one of Lob City, having acquired Chris Paul during the offseason, while the Grizzlies were looking to build on their epic #8 vs #1 upset of the San Antonio Spurs from the previous postseason. What happened: The Grizzlies began this series in the worst possible way. In game one, they led by as much as 27 points, and were up 95-71 with 9:13 left to play. But then Nick Young happened. Swaggy P came off the Clippers bench and buried three straight triples, helping LA win game one, and build a 3-1 series lead. The Grizzlies won the next two though, sending things back to Bluff City for a game seven. Ultimately though, home court didn't help, as the Clippers broke the game wide open in the fourth, outscoring the Grizzlies 27-16, for an 82-72 victory. "That guy was on the team?": Reggie Evan led the Clippers in rebounding with 8.7 a night, while Gilbert Arenas played in six out of the seven games, totaling 23 minutes and four points for the Grizzlies. What next?: The Spurs swept the Clippers in the semis. 2013 Playoffs - #5 Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) defeat #4 LA Clippers (56-26) in six games The setup: The Clippers won their division for the VERY FIRST TIME in franchise history, while the Grizzlies were in full Grit 'N Grind mode, with Marc Gasol winning Defensive Player of the Year that season. What happened: Things started off well, with the Clippers winning the first two games in LA. However, the Grizzlies stood firm at home, knotting the series at 2-all. Things turned dire for LAC when star forward Blake Griffin suffered an ankle sprain during practice, limiting him to just 19:34 minutes in game five, which they lost. With their season on the line in the City of Angels for game six, Griffin could only play 13:56, and not even a career postseason-best 30 points by Matt Barnes could save the Clips. To add insult to injury, Chris Paul was ejected with 2:29 left, before the game ended with a 118-105 score. "That guy was on the team?": Tayshaun Prince was Memphis' starting small forward, while Grant Hill and Lamar Odom, both with the Clips, played their last NBA seasons. What next?: The Grizzlies dispatched the OKC Thunder in five games in the conference finals, before losing to the Spurs via a sweep in the West Finals. 2014 Playoffs - #5 Portland Trail Blazers (54-28) defeat #4 Houston Rockets (54-28) in six games The setup: The Houston Rockets added Dwight Howard to a roster that already had James Harden, Jeremy Lin, and Chandler Parsons, making them one of the top teams in the West. The Portland Trail Blazers meanwhile built on Damian Lillard's 2013 Rookie of the Year campaign and snapped a two-year postseason drought. What happened: While things were tightly contested, three of the first four games went to overtime, the Blazers seemingly had the Rockets' number, winning two of those OT games, en route to a 3-1 series lead. The Rockets managed to stave off elimination at home in game five, but in game six, Lillard truly made a name for himself, by canning a series-winning shot, allowing Rip City to advance for the first time in 14 years. "That guy was on the team?": Mo Williams was Portland's sixth man (8.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), while Omer Asik teamed up with Howard in the Houston frontcourt. What next?: The Blazers managed to take one game from the Spurs, before bowing out in the conference semifinals. 2015 Playoffs - #5 Memphis Grizzlies (55-27) defeat #4 Portland Trail Blazers (51-31) in five games The setup: The Blazers won the Northwest Division, but the next two teams in the standings, the Grizzlies and the Spurs, both had notched 55 wins, four more than them. Portland's main problem though was swingman Wesley Matthews tearing an achilles tendon early in March, a season-ending injury. What happened: Portland struggled to find someone who could take the starting SG spot on their roster with Matthews out, cycling through CJ McCollum, Allen Crabbe, and Arron Afflalo. That trio, as starters, combined to shoot 4-of-22 for 10 points over five games, allowing the Memphis D to concentrate on Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Grizzlies won the first three games, before picking up the clincher in game five, despite starting point guard Mike Conley suffering a facial fracture in game three and missing the rest of the series. "That guy was on the team?": Nick Calathes wound up assuming the point guard duties for the Grizzlies, in what turned out to be his final NBA stint (he went back to playing in Greece after the season). What next?: The Grizzlies lost in six games in the next round to the Golden State Warriors, after the Dubs made their famous adjustment to use Andrew Bogut to guard Tony Allen. 2016 Playoffs - #5 Portland Trail Blazers (44-38) defeat #4 LA Clippers (53-29) in six games The setup: The LA Clippers came really close to losing center DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason, but you all know what happened instead. As for the Portland Trail Blazers, the team rebuilt after losing LaMarcus Aldridge and Nic Batum, among others, pairing Lillard with Most Improved Player winner CJ McCollum in the backcourt. What happened: The Paul-Griffin-Jordan trio looked splendid early on, going up 2-0 after games in LA. The Blazers struck back and won game three, but then disaster waylaid LA in game four, with BOTH Paul (broken hand) and Griffin (quad) exiting the game and the series. That paved the way for the Blazers to complete their run and advance. "That guy was on the team?": It was Chris Kaman's final NBA season, and he spent it as a locker room guy for the Blazers. It was also Clippers guard Pablo Prigioni's last stint in the NBA (not counting several preseason games with the Rockets the next season, before he got cut and returned to Europe). What next?: The Blazers advanced to the West semis, where they lost in five games to the Warriors, despite Stephen Curry missing the first three matches. 2017 Playoffs - #5 Utah Jazz (51-31) defeat #4 LA Clippers (51-31) in seven games The setup: It was a battle between two teams looking to go far in the postseason in the hopes of enticing their future free agents to re-up. For the Jazz, Gordon Hayward was the player in question, while for the Clippers, both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin had the ability to depart in the offseason. What happened: Iso-Joe Johnson did Iso-Joe things, stealing game one for the Jazz on the Clippers' home court. Undeterred, the Clippers proceeded to win the next two, for a 2-1 advantage, but game three turned out to be costly. The team the next day announced that Blake Griffin was out for the rest of the season due to a toe injury. Still, things went to a game seven, in LA, but the Clippers did not have the firepower to win out, and the Jazz were able to get the victory and advance. What next?: The Jazz got swept by the Warriors in the West semis. And ironically, both Hayward and Paul wound up departing their respective teams. In addition, Griffin did sign an extension with the Clippers, but they wound up trading him mid-way through the 2017-18 campaign. 2018 Playoffs - #5 Utah Jazz (48-34) defeat #4 Oklahoma City Thunder (48-34) in six games The setup: The Jazz equaled their postseason rank from last season, thanks to the brilliance of rookie Donovan Mitchell, while the Thunder formed a "Big Three" comprising Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony. What happened: Paul George sizzled for 36 points to help the Thunder win game one, but Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell teamed up to help the Jazz win the next three. On the brink of elimination, Russell Westbrook led a dominant third quarter effort in OKC to force a game six, but in Salt Lake City, the Jazz managed to hold on, and earn the series victory. What next?: The Jazz will now test themselves against the top-seeded Houston Rockets. Should be a good one. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

FEU ends nine-year UAAP Finals drought, ousts Ateneo

Far Eastern University ended a nine-year finals drought after eliminating Ateneo, 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 25-19, to advance to the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Tamaraws, who are in contention for their 30th title, also halted the Lady Eagles' streak of six straight appearances in the championship round. Despite dropping the third set against the rejuvenated Lady Eagles, the Lady Tamaraws charged head on in the fourth and mounted an instrumental 8-1 run with the quiet Toni Rose Basas making her presence felt. Basas managed to change Jhoana Maraguinot's attempt with the Lady Eagle hitting the ball straight to the net for FEU's ...Keep on reading: FEU ends nine-year UAAP Finals drought, ousts Ateneo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Espejo records 55 points, Ateneo forces decider

Marck Espejo is a monster. With the three-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University’s back against the wall, Espejo rose to the occasion with a record-setting display of his offensive prowess, helping the Blue Eagles extend the Final Four series with a hard-earned 18-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9, win over twice-to-beat Far Eastern University Saturday in the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.    The graduating four-time Most Valuable Player Espejo scored a jaw-dropping 55 points including 11 in the fifth set to break his previous high of 39 markers in a second round five-set loss to the Tamaraws, who swept the Katipunan-based squad in the elims.    Espejo had 47 attacks, six kill blocks and a pair of aces for Ateneo. John Rivera scored eight, Gian Glorioso got six while Chumason Njigha and Ron Medalla combined for 10 points for the Blue Eagles.  Game 2 is on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Espejo wreaked havoc in the fifth set and gave Ateneo an 8-5 lead. FEU closed the gap 8-9 before the Blue Eagles extended their advantage to 11-8 off an off the block kill by Espejo.  The Ateneo star finished off FEU with a thunderous spike to cap the Blue Eagles' closing 4-1 assault.  Espejo brought the Blue Eagles back into life in the fourth set with his powerful smashes as Ateneo overhauled an early 8-11 deficit. Ateneo went ahead 23-20 before FEU scored two straight to draw close, 23-22.  Espejo put the Blue Eagles at set point off a spike before the Tams saved a point but the Ateneo ace hammered an attack to put the match into a decider.       FEU took a 2-1 match lead after hanging tough late in the third frame. The Tams after a disappointing second set trailed early in the frame before making a run for a 20-20 deadlock. Redijohn Paler broke a 23-23 tie with a hit off a combination play before Espejo forced an extension with a kill of his own. Jude Garcia scored on an attack before Ateneo’s John Rivera sent his attack straight to the net as the Blue Eagles surrendered the third set.                        JP Bugaoan and Garcia each had 15 points while Paler had 12 markers for the Tams.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018