Top students vie in PPS Actifit National Open

Patricia Velez and Melanie Dizon and Jeremiah Macias III and Elvin Geluz gear up for a three-weekend duel with the country’s leading and rising junior players in the PPS-PEPP Actifit National Students Open, which gets going Friday at the KCDA Actifit Sports Center in Valenzuela City......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 12th, 2019

Top students vie in PPS Actifit National Open

Patricia Velez and Melanie Dizon and Jeremiah Macias III and Elvin Geluz gear up for a three-weekend duel with the country’s leading and rising junior players in the PPS-PEPP Actifit National Students Open, which gets going Friday at the KCDA Actifit Sports Center in Valenzuela City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 12th, 2019

ABS-CBN brings the techno sport “HADO” to the Philippines

ABS-CBN officially launched Hado Pilipinas, a first-of-its-kind, dynamic technosport that promises to elevate the pulsating challenge of dodgeball by incorporating augmented reality (AR) into the mix.   Hado Pilipinas’ entry marks an innovation in Philippine sports from ABS-CBN’s subsidiary, ABS-CBN Themed Experiences, Inc., as the network continues to bring unique Kapamilya experiences in fun, engaging, and interactive themed attractions and activities.  “This technosport combines physical and digital play in a game that various teams, groups of friends, even families can play and enjoy,” shared ABS-CBN Themed Experiences head Cookie Bartolome.  Filipinos will enjoy this multiplayer technosport—a distinct activity that combines technology and sports for an innovative experience. Unlike e-games which follows the usual pattern of video gaming that involves mere hand-eye coordination, technosports require physical agility which makes the players exhaust physical energy and sweat.  Hado is a brand of Augmented Reality (AR) games developed in Japan. Hado Player versus Player (or Hado PvP) employs the use of a lightweight head-mounted display as the AR interface, and arm-worn devices that enable players to throw energy balls and put up their shields. Unlike most VR and MOBA games where the interactivity is between player avatars on a digital interface, players here are completely immersed in the game as they make use of actual throwing and dodging motions to play the game properly.  Up to six players can play Hado PvP per game, with three players per team. The teams have 80 seconds to battle it out inside the Hado PvP Arena, with the winning team decided by who knocks-out more opponents by the end of regulation. On the other hand, spectators watching also get the same exhilarating experience by watching the AR composite on giant monitors. These allow them to see the CGI energy balls, shields, and overlays for player stats. Meanwhile, students from the universities and colleges in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) already got a taste of the thrilling new technosport as “Hado Pilipinas” currently goes around each school to introduce the game.  The winning team at the ongoing Hado Pilipinas NCAA Collegiate Cup 2019 wins an all-expense paid trip to Tokyo, Japan to represent the Philippines in the Hado World Cup 2019 in December, and have a chance to win ¥2 million.  Interested players can experience the game at the soon-to-open Hado Pilipinas Camp, a training ground opening inside the ABS-CBN Compound in the last quarter of 2019.   The “Hado Pilipinas” journey, hosted by Vince Velasco and Denice Dinsay, airs on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Sunday, 11:30am, starting August 25. The program can also be viewed on ABS-CBN’s streaming platform iWant.  For more details, follow @hadopilipinas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

PVL: Win streaks at stake this week

Defending champion Creamline eyes its 10th straight win while Motolite and Air Force try to keep their own streaks going this week in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers face a tough challenge on Wednesday as they attempt to extend their winning run to 10 against skidding BaliPure sans main setter Jia Morado and injured top hitter Alyssa Valdez. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. Creamline marches into battle parading a 9-0 win-loss record at solo top spot but will miss the services of Morado, who joined the national team’s campaign in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Thailand, while Valdez is still recovering from a right ankle sprain. On the other hand, the Lady Jet Spikers and Motolite put their three-game and two-game win streaks, respectively, on the line in their elimination round rematch Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Air Force carries a 3-5 mark while Motolite is at third spot with a 6-2 slate. The Lady Jet Spikers will then return on the battlefield on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. to face second-running BanKo. PetroGazz will return from its campaign in a tournament in Taiwan this week and will try to stretch their winning run to five on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against Chef’s Classics as the Angels close their first round campaign. PacificTown Army seeks to rebound from a loss with two assignments this week against Chef’s Classics on Wednesday and BaliPure on Saturday. Meanwhile, ChocoMucho hopes to arrest an alarming five-game skid as it starts its second round campaign on Saturday against Chef’s Classicsat 2:00 p.m. All games are available LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

Castro nails last SEAG golf slot

Luis Castro, who captured the individual crown and powered the Philippines to the team championship in the Indonesian Amateur Open last month, clinched the fourth and last berth in the national men's team vying in the Southeast Asian Games......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2019

PVL: Motolite seeks back-to-back wins

Motolite hopes to capitalize on its huge win in its previous outing and on ChocoMucho’s current slump and score back-to-back victories on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Motolite got back on the winning track last Wednesday after outlasting BanKo in five sets despite playing without injured hitter Myla Pablo, who had to rest for at least a week after hurting her right foot last week. Motolite carries a 5-2 slate tied with PetroGazz. Pablo is expected to sit out another game as Motolite will again bank on the duo of Tots Carlos and Isa Molde, who scored 29 and 24, respectively, the last time out. Motolite is also looking to take advantage of the Flying Titans’ four-game losing skid and the fact that ChocoMucho will march into battle sans Maddie Madayag. The middle blocker will fly to Thailand on Sunday to join the national team in its training camp and to play in the ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sept. 20-22. The Flying Titans are coming off a stinging five-set loss to Philippine Air Force and are sporting a 2-5 mark. Kat Tolentino, who scored 30 points against the Lady Jet Spikers, must get enough support from her teammates to save ChocoMucho from falling further south.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2019

PVL: Army, Air Force stake win streaks

Resurgent Philippine Air Force and PacificTown Army battle to keep their winning streaks going on Saturday at the close of their respective first round campaigns in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 4:00 p.m. and it will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. After struggling with losing slumps, the AFP Olympics rivals managed to regroup and rediscover their winning ways to score back-to-back victories. The match will also serve as a preview of the coming 2019 AFP Olympics two weeks from now.  The Lady Jet Spikers are at sixth seventh spot with a 2-5 win-loss record tied with skidding ChocoMucho, which Air Force outlasted in five sets last Wednesday. Veterans Dell Palomata, Angel Antipuesto, Jozza Cabalsa and setter Wendy Semana will again lead the way for Air Force, which hopes to reassert its mastery over PacificTown Army which it beat in a tournament in Cagayan De Oro three weeks ago. On the other hand, the Lady Troopers are also on a roll after snapping a three-game skid. PacificTown Army behind the trio of Royse Tubino, Lutgarda Malaluan and Jovelyn Gonzaga beat BaliPure last Wednesday for a 4-3 slate at fifth spot. Lady Troopers head coach Kungfu Reyes and Gonzaga will try to give Army another win before they fly to Thailand on Sunday to join the national team in its training camp and to participate in the ASEAN Grand Prix on Sept. 20 in Nakhon Ratchasima.     ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

Valdez injures ankle, will miss Thailand training camp

Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez will not join the national team in its Thailand training camp after sustaining an ankle injury. A source monitoring the development confirmed that the three-time Premier Volleyball League Most Valuable Player went down with an injury just two days before her supposed flight on Sunday to join the bulk of the Nationals already in Thailand training for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix on September 20 in Nakhon Ratchasima. Valdez’s injury was posted in Rebisco Pilipinas Volleyball Team Instagram on Friday night. The national team veteran will undergo therapy.         View this post on Instagram                   Let's give our love and all-out support to our Phenom Alyssa Valdez who injured her ankle. Because of this, she won't be able to train in Thailand as she was advised to undergo physical therapy. As she recovers over the next few days, ituloy lang natin ang suporta para sa #RebiscoPilipinas Women’s National Volleyball Team sa kanilang laban para sa bayan! #Sambansa #AlyssaValdez #Phenom #getwellsoon #LabanPilipinas A post shared by Rebisco Pilipinas (@rebiscosambansa) on Sep 13, 2019 at 4:21am PDT Valdez is expected to rest for a few days. Unbeaten defending champion Creamline will open the PVL Season 3 Open Conference second round on Saturday. With Valdez out, the national team is now down to only 14 players after Motolite setter Iris Tolenada failed to get the green light from her club to join the Nationals. Only Creamline setter Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga of PacificTown Army, ChocoMucho's Maddie Madayag and Eya Laure of University of Sto. Tomas will accompany assistant coach Kungfu Reyes on Sunday to Thailand.       Already in Thailand are skipper Aby Marano, Fil-American spiker Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron, Ces Molina, Roselyn Doria, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

Pito Tayo: Students role in crime drive boosted

LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) - "Crime prevention is a shared responsibility of the community and law enforcement," said lawyer Louie E. Toldanes, provincial director of the National Police Commission (Napolc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 10th, 2019

Pito Tayo: Students role in crime drive boosted

LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) - "Crime prevention is a shared responsibility of the community and law enforcement," said lawyer Louie E. Toldanes, provincial director of the National Police Commission (Napolc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 10th, 2019

Cohesion keeps building for Team USA at FIBA World Cup

By John Schuhmann, SHENZHEN -- Over the last few weeks, members of the United States Men's National Team have often said this about their opponents: "They've been playing together for a long time." Sometimes, it's accurate. Sometimes, it's not. Only four of the nine rotation players for Turkey, the team that almost beat the U.S. in its second game here at the FIBA World Cup, were in the rotation for Turkey at Eurobasket two years ago. In comparison to this version of Team USA, which came together exactly five weeks ago Monday, yes, the opponent typically has more continuity from summer to summer. The "they've been playing together for a long time" thing has also been drilled into American players as they prepare for FIBA play. It comes out of their mouths pretty easily when they're asked about an opponent or why a game was tougher than it should have been in regard to the talent on the floor. Maybe it's an excuse. Maybe it's just reality. USA coach Gregg Popovich, in talking after his team's 89-73 victory over Brazil on Monday, said, "Those guys have been together awhile" about the opponent. But down the hall from where Popovich took the podium, there was something new. It was the opponent saying the following about the Americans: "It looks like they've been playing together for a long time." The opponent was NBA veteran Anderson Varejao, who has seen multiple versions of the U.S. National Team. And after facing this one, he made note of the chemistry. "That's a great complement," Kemba Walker said when told about Varejao's appraisal. "I think we're getting it." If there ever was a U.S. National Team where the whole needed to be greater than the sum of the parts, this is it. This team does not have the offensive superstars that past teams have had. Walker: 'Chemistry is coming along' In the gold medal game of the 2010 World Championship, Kevin Durant scored 28 points against Turkey. In the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympics, he dropped 30 on Spain. In 2014, Kyrie Irving and James Harden combined for 52 points against Serbia in the World Cup final. And in the 2016 Olympics, the U.S. took gold behind another 30 points from Durant against the Serbs. Through five games at this tournament, no U.S. player has scored more than 20 points in a game. And the only 20-point game came from Jaylen Brown against a team (Japan) that went 0-5 with the tournament's third worst defense, statistically. That doesn't mean that the U.S. can't be a good offensive team. It just has to be a more cohesive offensive team than American teams of the past. "We just need each other so bad," Walker said. "And I think we're starting to realize that each and every game. These teams are so good. These teams are so tough. It's just taking everybody and everything we've got to win these games. The chemistry is coming along really well." You could start to see it against Greece on Saturday, though the Americans shot just 36 percent and barely scored a point per possession (69 on 68). The ball movement was sharper than it had been previously and they got a lot of open shots that just didn't fall. Some of those shots started to fall on Monday, and the U.S. had its second-most efficient offensive game of the 10 its played (including exhibitions), scoring 89 points on 75 possessions (1.19 per). The only more efficient game its had was against the aforementioned, 30th-ranked Japan defense. In that Japan game, the U.S. never scored on more than five consecutive possessions. Prior to Monday at the World Cup, its longest stretch of consecutive scores was six straight against the Czech Republic in Game 1. In that ugly win over Greece on Saturday, the U.S. never scored on more than three consecutive possessions, and only twice scored on three straight. But spanning the third and fourth quarters against Brazil on Monday, the U.S. scored 10 straight times. It was a 24-10 run that broke the game open and was fueled by an offense that's gaining more confidence and more cohesion, especially against zone defense, which was a real struggle just six days earlier. "I think we're starting to get more familiar with one another," Joe Harris said. "I think you see it every game where the ball really moves a lot offensively, and then you're sacrificing for one another defensively." Quick decisions critical to success There was some individual excellence in that run, but the final three points came when Myles Turner made a quick flash to the ball and an even quicker pass to Walker for a three from the top of the key against the zone. The U.S. had mostly been winning with a defense that ranks first in the World Cup (84 estimated points allowed per 100 possessions) through pool play. Defense will remain critical, because the offense of their opponent (France) in Wednesday's quarterfinal ranks second (123 estimated points scored per 100), behind only that of the potential opponent in the semifinals (Serbia, 129 per 100). Although this U.S. team doesn't have those elite bucket-getters, it will still need to get buckets -- and it will need to get them via cohesion, quick actions and decisiveness (like Turner displayed on his assist to Walker). Sometimes, you can get by on talent. The U.S. is, once again, the only team in the tournament with 12 NBA players. But this team needs to get more out of its talent than teams of the past. The more games they play, the more the Americans know what they're doing collectively. They've seemingly taken a big step forward over the last week. And in the eyes of Varejao, the U.S. is, for once, one of the teams that "has been playing together for a long time." "Chemistry is built once you hit adversity together and you got to push through it," Jaylen Brown said, "and we've been challenged multiple times on this trip." The toughest challenge to date will come Wednesday against the best opponent the U.S. has faced in the first elimination game its played. But the Americans seem more ready, and more together, than ever. John Schuhmann is a senior stats analyst for You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and 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 NewsSep 10th, 2019

PNP bares 1st Caraga Filmfest winners

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- Talented students of Agusan National High School (ANHS) were recognized for conceptualizing a movie that enlightens the people from the chaos and insurgency caused by.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 9th, 2019

PNP bares 1st Caraga Filmfest winners

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- Talented students of Agusan National High School (ANHS) were recognized for conceptualizing a movie that enlightens the people from the chaos and insurgency caused by.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 9th, 2019

National sports academy pushed

The proposal to establish a sports academy for high school students to create a deeper pool of world-class national athletes in the country has started moving in the Senate......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 8th, 2019

UAAP 82: Douanga saves day as Adamson survives scare from NU

Lenda Douanga's improbable three-point shot rescued Adamson University from an upset ax by National University in overtime, 84-83, Saturday at Araneta Coliseum. The two teams were going at it way into overtime and Dave Ildefonso already looked like he had lifted the Bulldogs to the upset by willing a short stab over all of Simon Camacho, Aaron Flowers, and Douanga. Still with 1.4 ticks to go on the clock, however, Douanga threw up a triple that swished through the net and saved the Soaring Falcons from their worst start to the season in their four years under head coach Franz Pumaren. "We needed that win. I guess we're still searching for the right combination because having new guys, we're still searching for chemistry," he said after his young wards bounced back from a loss to open the tournament. It was also the Congolese big man who converted his couple of charities in the dying moments of regulation to force the extra period. Once there, Adamson allowed Dave Ildefonso drop nine of his 29 points, including what was supposed to be the improbable game-winner over three defenders. Only, Douanga had other plans and had his own improbably game-winner, punctuating a 26-point, 19-rebound performance while Simon Camacho had his own 14-marker, 11-board double-double. Valandre Chauca and Jerom Lastimosa did damage as well with the former finishing with 13 points and four rebounds and the latter ending with 10 markers, seven assists, and six boards. Top gun Jerrick Ahanmisi only had 10 points in 4-of-14, but his supporting cast, indeed, proved to be the difference. For NU, Issa Gaye and John Lloyd Clemente backstopped Ildefonso with 16 and 11 points, respectively. At the wrong end of the improbable game-winner, however, they suffered a setback to start the season. BOX SCORES ADAMSON 84 - Douanga 26, Camacho 14, Chauca 13, Lastimosa 10, Ahanmisi 10, Flowers 7, Zaldivar 2, Fermin 2, Bernardo 0, Yerro 0, Mojica 0, Manlapaz 0, Magbuhos 0. NU 83 - Ildefonso 29, Gaye 16, Clemente 11, Oczon 7, Joson 5, S. Ildefonso 5, Mosqueda 3, Minerva 2, Mangayao 2, Diputado 2, Rangel 1, Tibayan 0, Yu 0, Gallego 0. QUARTER SCORES: 15-21, 31-30, 54-58, 74-74, 84-83. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado suiting up for Creamline vs BaliPure

Unless Alyssa Valdez decides to join the national training camp earlier than scheduled or Jia Morado remains indisposed, Creamline may be in for a sweep of the first-round elims of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan today......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Desisyon ko naman ito –- Galanza on National pool withdrawal

Creamline hitter Jema Galanza’s decision to withdraw from the national pool came a month before it became public and was coursed through proper channels. “Matagal na mga one month na rin [nag-decide na mag-witdraw] sinabihan ko ang management ko,” Galanza cleared. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. bared early this week that some members of the national pool withdrew or won’t be available for the Nationals’ training as well as in its participation for the inaugural Southeast Asian Grand Prix this month and the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November. Galanza, who saw action in the 2018 Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, said that it was her personal decision to give up her slot in the training pool.   Creamline, which is looking to defend its crown in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference, actually has four players in the pool in veterans Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Celine Domingo. “Desisyon ko naman ito kasi well si Ate Ly, si Ate Jia mawawala sa Creamline,” said the open spiker, who is averaging 11.8 points per game and 44.24% efficiency rate in reception – the leading non-libero in the skill category. The Cool Smashers are still unbeaten in seven games in the first round of eliminations and with the Nationals scheduled to set up a series training camps abroad heading into the SEA Games that the country will host, Creamline will be missing key players in its title-retention campaign.  “Siyempre mahirap naman na maraming mawawala sa team namin,” said the Creamline’s second leading scorer behind Valdez, who is averaging a conference-best 18.2 points per outing. Valdez and Morado will be joining the Nationals in its Thailand training on Sept. 15 while Domingo will remain in the pool but won’t be available for the training camp abroad and the SEA Grand Prix because of conflict with her studies in FEU.      Aside from Galanza, Tots Carlos, Celine Domingo, Angel Cayuna, Jema Galanza and Jerrili Malabanan withdrew from the pool according to Nationals head coach Shaq Delos Santos while 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago failed to secure a clearance from her Japan V. Premier League club team Ageo Medics to participate in the SEA Games.   The bulk of the national team will leave for Thailand on Saturday for a 12-day training camp before traveling to Nakhon Ratchasima for the SEA Grand Prix from Sept. 20 to 22.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Bukidnon students urge NPA to return to the fold of law

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Sep. 5 (PIA)--First-year students of the Bukidnon State University (BukSU) have written open letters urging communist rebels to surrender and return to mainstream society......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Azkals fall to Syria to open 2nd round of World Cup Qualifiers

The Philippine Men’s National Team started strong but could not sustain the momentum as they fell to Syria, 2-5 to open the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament, Thursday evening at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.  The hometown crowd had a lot to cheer for in the opening moments of the match, as Javi Patiño struck early to give the Azkals the lead in the 7th minute of action.  It didn’t take long for the visiting Syrians to pull even as Omar Al-Soma connected on a header of his own to tie things up at 1-1 in the 15th minute. Syria would take a 2-1 lead into the midgame intermission thanks to a Khaled Almbayer in the 31st minute.  The struggles continued for the Azkals in the second half, as they opened with a handball violation, giving the visitors a penalty opportunity, which was converted by Firas Al Katib to make it a 3-1 lead.  Al-Soma would add to the Azkals woes as he found the back of the net in the 56th to make it a 4-1 advantage.  Mike Ott made things a bit interesting in the 84th minute, pulling one back for the Azkals to make it 4-2, but the momentum was short lived as Mahmoud Almawas answered back to make it 5-2 in the 86th.  The Azkals return to the pitch on Tuesday, September 10th when they face Guam at the Guam F.A. National Training Center in Dededo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

Lady Bulldogs open UAAP 82 with 81st win in a row

National University annexed its immaculate run to 81 straight wins with an 80-60 conquest over Far Eastern University, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament at Araneta Coliseum. Jack Animam tallied 17 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists to lead the five-time champions in the triumph. Congolese center Rhena Itesi also did damage with 16 points, six boards, and three assists, as rookies Angel Surada, who had 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals, and Camille Clarin, who tallied 10 points, three boards, and three dimes, also impressed in their debuts. The win, however, left a lot to be desired for coach Pat Aquino as the Lady Bulldogs' lackadaisical defense saw them trail, 43-48 in the third frame. "It was a hard win, rusty probably, overconfident, but the thing is we have to play double time against FEU," he said. "Our players are still hesitant. We're coming up with a new system and they're still hesitant with that, but I just told them to play as hard as you can and everything will follow. That's what happened," he continued. NU shook off those struggles and outscored FEU, 28-10, in the fourth frame to take the 20-point win. Fil-Am forward Kelli Hayes, who previously played for the UCLA Bruins, contributed four points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists in her NU debut. Clare Castro led FEU with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks, while Valerie Mamaril poured 16 points and two boards in the loss. BOX SCORES NU 80 -- Animam 17, Itesi 16, Surada 10, Clarin 10, Bartolo 8, Pingol 6, Del Carmen 5, Hayes 4, Canuto 4, Harada 0, Fabruada 0, Cacho 0, Cac 0. FEU 60 -- Castro 24, Mamaril 16, Delos Santos 10, Quiapo 4, Jumuad 4, Bahuyan 2, Vidal 0, Padayon 0, Adriano 0, Bastatas 0, Antiola 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-17, 22-25, 52-50, 80-60......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2019

Team USA Notebook: Sense of purpose permeates as tipoff nears

By John Schuhmann, SHANGHAI -- The U.S. Men's National Team held their second practice in Shanghai on Friday, with one more day before they open the World Cup with a game against the Czech Republic on Sunday. It turned out to be their final pre-competition practice, because head coach Gregg Popovich canceled their session for Saturday. Once the competition starts, the U.S. will be playing every other day, with three changes of location between the first round and the semifinals (should the Americans make it there). So practice time could be somewhat limited going forward. But the games, against new and unfamiliar opponents, are arguably better opportunities to get better than practices. The first few games should come without much pressure, and maybe it's a good thing that the Americans have already been through a pressure situation in their preparation for the World Cup. It's really that time. ????? @jaytatum0 Putting the finishing touches on things ahead of ???????? #USABMNT vs ???????? Czech Republic on Sept. 1 [8:30 AM EDT/ESPN+].#USAGotGame — USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 29, 2019 No let up Of course, the U.S. lost that second exhibition game to Australia last Saturday. The Americans had issues on both ends of the floor, but really, it was their defense that really let them down, allowing 98 points on 84 Australia possessions (1.17 per). It was an exhibition, but it was the first loss by an all-NBA-player U.S. team since the semifinals of the 2006 World Championship. That's a long winning streak to see come to an end. "Obviously, it sucked in the moment," Brook Lopez said about the loss. "But it was definitely good for us, looking ahead to the World Cup." Defense is about effort and energy. And in a 40-minute game, consistent effort and energy is all the more important. "We can't take part of a game for granted and can't have our level of intensity ever drop," Lopez said. "If anything, it has to increase throughout each and every game. We relented as a group. After we beat Australia in the first game, they came out with everything they had. It showed us a little glimpse of the focus and concentration we have to have the entire time here in China." The following-day film session wasn't easy, but according to Kemba Walker, they didn't need it to figure out what went wrong. "I think we knew before we even watched film," Walker said. "It was tough, and you know, Pop can be pretty tough. We knew, and I think that's why we came out against Canada [on Monday] the way we did. It was a very humbling loss. And hopefully that [feeling] is going to get us over that hump." The win over Canada was the U.S. Team's worst offensive performance of its exhibition slate, but the overmatched Canadians scored just once on their first 10 possessions of the game (and just nine points in the first quarter). The U.S. can smother some of these lesser talented teams (like the ones they'll face in Group E). But against the best teams in the tournament (like Australia, who they could face in the quarterfinals), there has to be both effort and cohesion defensively. "They've got a very unselfish team that passes the ball very well," Lopez said. "[Andrew] Bogut, especially, is such a huge hub for them." Bogut suffered an ankle injury in Australia's exhibition loss to Germany on Wednesday, but is reportedly "probable" for their opener against Canada on Sunday. Thankful for Turner Myles Turner was one of the United States' best players over their five-game exhibition slate. Not only did he put up boxscore numbers (averaging 15.2 points and 12.7 rebounds), but the U.S. was also at its best with him on the floor, outscoring its opponents by 48 points in his 83 minutes. That Turner emerged as the go-to center was somewhat of a relief to USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, who wasn't sure what he was going to get out of his group of big men. "We were looking for someone to come out of the pack of the bigs, and he has," Colangelo said Friday. "He's had a couple of major rebounding games. He's very active. If he keeps active, he's going to get rebounds and he's going to block some shots." Colangelo wasn't totally surprised by Turner's play, though. "I had expectations that he could be [the starting center]," he said, "because I was told that he's had a great summer in terms of his personal work." Good news for the U.S., and maybe good news for the Indiana Pacers. No time to be an idiot Popovich was asked what he wants to do in his free time in China. Alas, free time is limited when you have games every other day. "There are things that I would like to do," Popovich said, "that I know that I will not have time to do, because the focus is on what we're doing here." What is it that he'd really like to do? Well, the coach is an explorer. "Mostly to get out and walk," he said, "to see neighborhoods and walk and be with nobody, not be able to speak the language, and feel like an idiot. "Just walk around, walk into a place, see what happens and see what you see. It's more fun when you're in another country and you just take off. You don't assume anything and you don't have people tell you where to go. You just see where you end up. I don't know if I'm going to have the chance to do that, so I'm going to go to restaurants at night." Action starts Saturday The U.S. plays its first game on Sunday, but the World Cup gets started on Saturday with games in Groups A, B, C and D. A couple of Saturday games - Poland vs. Venezuela in Group A and Nigeria vs. Russia in Group B - are between what look to be the second and third best teams in those groups. And because two teams from each group advance to the second round, those first-day matchups could end up determining which teams make it through. Saturday also brings the first action for Andray Blatche and the Philippines, who will face Italy (with Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari) in Group D. John Schuhmann is a senior stats analyst for You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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