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UAAP: La Salle now has its point guard of the future in Joel Cagulangan

Still with one year left to play for La Salle Greenhills, Joel Cagulangan has already committed to his college of choice. The NCAA champion and top point guard prospect will continue to wear green and white when he suits up for De La Salle University following his high school graduation next year. “Opo, sa La Salle po ako maglalaro; yung dream school ko po,” he told ABS-CBN Sports. The development was first reported by Go Archers.com. Cagulangan had for himself a breakout season in last year’s NCAA Juniors when he willed the Greenies to their first-ever championship. To do so, he and his team had to fight through a playoff for the fourth and final playoff berth, top-seeded and dynastic San Beda High School, and then defending champion Mapua High School. Through all of that, the 5-foot-9 playmaker left his heart out on the floor each and every game and his teammates only followed suit all the way to the title. Along with being a champion and Finals MVP, Cagulangan was also a Mythical selection, averaging 16.2 points in 42.7 percent shooting on top of 6.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.3 steals. He will be back in the NCAA Juniors for the upcoming season as he and LSGH try to go back-to-back. Whatever happens from there, the recruit from Butuan will then move up to play for the Green Archers, steadying a spot that will be left behind by then by Kib Montalbo and Andrei Caracut. “Ang madadala ko po siguro dun, yung puso ko pa rin po,” he said. When he finally plays for La Salle, he will be teaming up with Aljun Melecio and incoming Jordan Bartlett to form a still fiery backcourt. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMay 17th, 2018

MVP Joel Cagulangan is also top player of NCAA NBTC 24

Joel Cagulangan proved to be head and shoulders above everybody else in the field this NCAA Season 94, topping the final Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA high school player rankings. The cat-quick guard from La Salle Greenhills showed what he's made of in his final year in the Juniors, towing his side to its second consecutive Finals appearance while also bagging the Season MVP award in the process. Cagulangan's efforts, averaging 18.7 points, 7.1 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 steals for the Greenies in his senior year, bolstered his argument to being the best high school point guard in the country and bagged for him the top spot on the list. However, to the victors go the spoils and four Mapua Red Robins made their way to the top 10 of the rankings. Dan Arches claimed the second spot after putting Mapua on his shoulders in the playoffs, while Finals MVP Paolo Hernandez jumped to third with his starmaking performance in Game 3 of the championship round. Mythical Team memer Clint Escamis (seventh) and Rookie of the Year Jonnel Policarpio (ninth) also found their way into the top half of the list. Greenies big man Inand Fornilos wound up at the fourth spot followed by Most Improved Player John Amores of JRU at five, then Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Fermin of Arellano at six. Completing the top 10 of this year's NCAA rankings are LSGH's Joshua David at eighth and Lyceum's Mac Guadana at 10th. Here's the final rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1.            Joel Cagulangan (CSB) 2.            Dan Arches (MU) 3.            Paolo Hernandez (MU) 4.            Inand Fornilos (CSB) 5.            John Amores (JRU) 6.            Aaron Fermin (AU) 7.            Clint Escamis (MU) 8.            Joshua David (CSB) 9.            Jonnel Policarpio (MU) 10.          Mac Guadana (LPU) 11.          John Barba (LPU) 12.          Milo Janao (SSCR) 13.          John Delos Santos (JRU) 14.          Rom Junsay (AU) 15.          Thomas Vasquez (JRU) 16.          Tony Ynot (SBU) 17.          Emman Galman (UPHSD) 18.          Marwin Dionisio (JRU) 19.          Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) 20.          Jade Talampas (SBU) 21.          RC Calimag (CSB) 22.          JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) 23.          Kean Baclaan (SSCR) 24.          Penny Estacio (SBU) This year, there are three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

LSGH leader Joel Cagulangan holds on to top spot in NBTC NCAA 24

Consistent for the majority of NCAA Season 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament, Joel Cagulangan has decided to up the ante entering the homestretch of the eliminations. The star guard has been on a stupendous tear as of late, being one of the handful of driving forces that keeps the league-leading La Salle Greenhills on top of the standings with its 12-2 card. And it's no different this past week as Cagulangan dropped 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in the Greenies' 16-point dismantling of EAC-ICA. That's why it's no surprise that for the second straight week, and fourth time overall, he claimed the top spot in the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 weekly high school rankings. Chasing him for the pole position are Mapua top gun Clint Escamis, JRU revelation John Amores, LSGH two-way stud Inand Fornilos, and Lyceum super scorer John Barba who all earned spots in this week's top five. Rounding out the top 10 are Lyceum's Mac Guadana, Mapua's Dan Arches, JRU's John Delos Santos, LSGH's RC Calimag, and Mapua's Jonnel Policarpio. Calimag was this week's top mover, jumping 14 spots from last week's 23 to enter the top nine, while LSGH's Joshua David, who dropped from third to 11th, and San Sebastian's Milo Janao, who sunk from 10th to 18th, suffered the biggest drop offs going eight spots down. Here are the complete Week 11 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (1) 2. Clint Escamis (MU) (5) 3. John Amores (JRU) (12) 4. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (4) 5. John Barba (LPU) (11) 6. Mac Guadana (LPU) (9) 7. Dan Arches (MU) (2) 8. John Delos Santos (JRU) (N/A) 9. RC Calimag (CSB) (23) 10. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (8) 11. Joshua David (CSB) (3) 12. Aaron Fermin (AU) (7) 13. Karl Mariano (MU) (N/A) 14. Rom Junsay (AU) (13) 15. Roseler Sarias (MU) (N/A) 16. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (19) 17. Adrian Balowa (EAC) (N/A) 18. Milo Janao (SSCR) (10) 19. Joshua Lazaro (SBU) (N/A) 20. Lars Sunga (AU) (14) 21. Yuri Kawamura (UPHSD) (18) 22. Jearelan Omandac (LPU) (N/A) 23. Winston Ynot (SBU) (N/A) 24. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (24) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year.  After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Joel Cagulangan comes back with a vengeance as 1 in NBTC NCAA 24

Joel Cagulangan, for the high standards he had set for himself, has been flying under the radar in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. That was until La Salle Greenhills figured in back-to-back games against powerhouse opponents. Up against Mapua last Tuesday, the graduating guard stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals only to see his team get routed. That is exactly why, just three days later, Cagulangan did even more, firing a career-high 38 markers to go along with 9 boards and 7 dimes to shoot the Greenies over an Arellano side desperate for a win. Throughout that career performance, the pint-sized playmaker hit a dozen triples, with six coming in the third quarter, to turn a close contest into a blowout. That was more than enough to catapult Cagulangan to the top spot of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 – a place he had not been for six weeks. That was also more than enough to hold off Dan Arches who averaged 21 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists all while stepping up for the injured Clint Escamis in the Red Robins’ 2-0 record for the week. Following suit are LSGH’ versatile swingman Jason David at third, the aforementioned injured Escamis at fourth, and another Greenie in double-double machine Inand Fornilos at fifth. Completing the top 10 are Mapua’s Paolo Hernandez, Arellano’s Aaron Fermin, Red Robin Jonnel Policarpio, Lyceum’s Mac Guadana, and San Sebastian’s Milo Janao. Last week’s number 1 John Amores dropped to 12 this time around as the JRU lost to the Staglets even after his 16-point, 7-rebound, 3-assist effort. Here are the complete Week 11 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Joel Cagulangan (LSGH) (4) 2. Dan Arches (MU) (8) 3. Joshua David (LSGH) (3) 4. Inand Fornilos (LSGH) (2) 5. Clint Escamis (MU) (5) 6. Paolo Gernandez (MU) (18) 7. Aaron Fermin (AU) (9) 8. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (12) 9. Mac Guadana (LPU) (11) 10. Milo Janao (SSCR) (13) 11. John Barba (LPU) (7) 12. John Amores (JRU) (1) 13. Rom Junsay (AU) (14) 14. Lars Sunga (AU) (N/A) 15. Mark Sangco (LSGH) (N/A) 16. Resty Fornis (AU) (N/A) 17. Winderlich Coyoca (SBU) (24) 18. Yuri Kawamura (UPHSD) (N/A) 19. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (N/A) 20. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (19) 21. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (16) 22. Neil Guarino (CSJL) (N/A) 23. RC Calimag (LSGH) (15) 24. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (10) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

EYES ON YOU, KID: NCAA 94 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And with the second round already underway, we’re getting even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: CLINT ESCAMIS – Mapua High School (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 23.3 points, 46.9 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.7 steals Clint Escamis has spent his first two seasons under the leadership of the likes of Sherwin Concepcion, Mike Enriquez, Warren Bonifacio, and Will Gozum. Now in his third and last season in Mapua, he is proving that he is no slouch as a leader himself. The league’s top scorer and second-best steal-getter has carried the Red Robins right back up there in the standings – and they are the only team to have downed all f the traditional powerhouses in College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, Arellano High School, and San Beda High School. This version of Mapua may not be as star-studded as it was in the last four years, but they may just have the brightest star in all of the league in their 6-foot-1 swingman. INAND FORNILOS – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey defending white jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.4 points, 51.8 percent shooting, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assist On a team as fully loaded as CSB-LSGH, there has to be a workhorse – and Inand Fornilos has been just that and more. Just like he did in their championship campaign last season, he has been a force to reckon with on both ends of the floor for the league-leading Junior Blazers. The rebounds and defense have always been second nature for Fornilos, but this season, he has become better on offense. In fact, he already has a couple of 20-point games to his name – not bad for an undersized big man at 6-foot-2. Without a doubt, the graduating forward is doing all he can to make his former team regret ever letting him go. JOHN AMORES – Jose Rizal High School (blue jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 20.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steal And all of that is because of John Amores, the second-best scorer in all of the league and the undisputed main man of the daring Light Bombers – the only team that will be sweeping contending Mapua in the elimination round. JRU’s rise from the bottom half of the standings to the top four is nothing short of spectacular and that improvement is best personified by Amores who went from role player a year ago to go-to-guy this season. Give the Most Improved Award to the kid already because he’s ready and raring to take much more than that. JOEL CAGULANGAN – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals For the high standards he set a year ago, this season has been a quiet one for Joel Cagulangan. With the likes of Escamis and Amores flying high and CSB-LSGH teammates Fornilos and RC Calimag grabbing more headlines than him, last year’s Finals MVP has been under the radar. Quietly, however, he is actually the Junior Blazers’ leading scorer and the NCAA’s best assistman and fourth-best steal-getter. Yes, that’s just how the 5-foot-9 do-it-all dynamo rolls, making an impact even if everybody else doesn’t feel it. Just don’t forget that he could also choose to make everybody feel his impact, okay? AARON FERMIN – Arellano High School (grey jersey, #18) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.2 points, 53.5 percent shooting, 17.6 rebounds, 1.0 block If not for Arellano’s struggles last season, Aaron Fermin would have been MVP. If not for the Braves’ struggle in the ongoing season, Fermin would have been the league’s most tantalizing talent. Standing at 6-foot-5, graced with a wide frame, having timing on lock, and blessed with a non-stop motor, the graduating big man has all the tools to be a game-changer on both ends of the floor. Indeed, he had a stretch of games of posting a 15-point, 20-rebound double-double. Now, if only he could lift Arellano to much-needed wins and back onto a playoff push. DAN ARCHES – Mapua High School (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.8 steals Mapua has long been defined by its talented big men, but now, it’s the guys at the wings who have taken center stage. Escamis has been their main man, but he also has a more than capable running mate in Dan Arches. All Escamis could do, Arches could do as well, only without the same sort of consistency. But hey, this is the first time he has been getting time with in his two years as a Red Robins so there’s nothing that all those reps couldn’t improve. And oh, he also has one thing going for him – a fine floater that he could bust out at any time that somehow, some way, has become automatic. JOSHUA DAVID – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey, with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.9 steals Imagine the dynamic between Escamis and Arches, and then translate that onto Cagulangan and his own partner-in-crime in Joshua David. Like Cagulangan, David could stuff the stat sheet. Like Cagulangan, David could do whatever CSB-LSGH needs for a win. The only difference is that unlike Cagulangan, David already has the size at 6-feet and a big body to make the same sort of noise in the Seniors. Of course, Cagulangan’s clutch genes are also on another level, but who knows? Maybe David is just waiting on the wings to seize those moments for himself? MILO JANAO AND KEAN BACLAAN – San Sebastian College-Recoletos JANAO’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist (yellow jersey with ball in first photo) BACLAAN’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.8 steals (yellow jersey with ball in second photo) It looks like San Sebastian College-Recoletos still wouldn’t be able to get over the hump this year, but the good news is that they remain on the right track. The even better news is that Milo Janao and Kean Baclaan, the two paving the way for them, are here to stay. That backcourt, by themselves, has fueled the Staglets to four wins – and still in the thick of things. While a long-awaited, much-wanted playoff berth is a long shot this year, perhaps it wouldn’t be so when both Janao and Baclaan get a year older and a year more determined to continue doing it all to win. MAC GUADANA AND JOHN BARBA – Lyceum of the Philippines University GUADANA’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists (grey jersey with ball in first photo) BARBA’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals (grey jersey with ball in second photo) Batang Gilas member Mac Guadana has become the NCAA’s constant – a 6-foot guard who could score at will while also doing his part in rebounding and playmaking. With him showing the way, Lyceum of the Philippines University has proven to be a far from easy out for three seasons now. They are still a ways away from legitimate contention, but the Junior Pirates have reason to believe that would be sooner than later as teaming up with Guadana is John Barba, a 6-foot-2 forward who just has a knack for willing his way to good looks inside. With those two, the boys from Cavite have two of the top six scorers in all of the league. Now, they just have to find the other pieces of the puzzle for their first-ever playoff berth. ROM JUNSAY – Arellano High School (grey jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals Rom Junsay was one of the biggest keys to Mapua’s first-ever championship. That was two years ago, though, and since then, the 5-foot-6 has transferred to Arellano and is now only playing his first and last season there. Nonetheless, in just his first game in blue and grey, he wasted no time in reminding everybody about his talents, dropping a career-high 34 points. He and the Braves have trailed off from there, but just as Arellano is a sleeping giant no team wants to wake, Junsay is an active volcano just waiting for the perfect time to erupt. HONORABLE MENTIONS Jonnel Policarpio – Mapua High School RC Calimag – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Escamis flies high in NCAA NBTC 24 for third straight week

Clint Escamis of the Mapua Red Robins remained in top form as he conquered the Chooks-to-Go /NBTC 24 NCAA edition for the third straight week.  Escamis led the Red Robins to an emphatic 33-point blowout of the San Beda Red Cubs last Friday.  The spitfire shooting guard put up 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, and added three steals in Mapua’s 91-58 statement win.  La Salle Green Hill’s Joel Cagulangan rose back to number two in the rankings after a near triple-double of nine points, 12 rebounds, and 11 dimes in a win over Perpetual. Rounding out the top five are then teammates of Escamis and Cagulangan. Inand Fornillos and RC Calimag stand in the third and fifth spots while Jonnel Policarpio rose to fourth after his 10-point, 12-rebound performance against San Beda.  John Amores moved up ten spots to number six with his strong outing of 17 points, six boards, and three assists in JRU Light Bombers’ win over the LPU Junior Pirates. Mapua’s Dan Arches, LPU’s John Barba, JRU’s John Delos Santos, and CSB’s Joshua David complete this week’s top ten players.  Here are the complete Week 9 rankings:  1. Clint Escamis (MU) (1)  2. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (4)  3. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (5)  4. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (6)  5. RC Calimag (CSB) (3)  6. John Amores (JRU) (16)  7. Dan Arches (MU) (7)  8. John Barba (LPU) (18)  9. John Delos Santos (JRU) (17)  10. Joshua David (CSB) (2)  11. Aaron Fermin (AU) (11)  12. Mac Guadana (LPU) (15)  13. Rom Junsay (AU) (14)  14. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (20)  15. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (10)  16. John Tabajen (CSJL) (N/A)  17. Roseler Sarias (MU) (N/A)  18. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (13)  19. Milo Janao (SSCR) (9)  20. Kai Oliva (SBU) (N/A)  21. CJ Saure (CSJL) (N/A)  22. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (8)  23. Cjay Boado (EAC) (N/A)  24. Michael Diaz (MU) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Cagulangan reclaims top spot in Week 4 of NBTC NCAA 24

Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills has reclaimed the number one spot of the Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24 NCAA Edition.  The graduating guard had an inspiring performance against the JRU Light Bombers last Tuesday.  Held scoreless in the first half on 0-for-7 shooting as struggled to find the bottom of the net, last season’s Finals MVP would not go down with a fight. He lit up the scoreboard for 31 points, 18 coming in the final quarter and two overtime periods, to get the win for the Greenies. Cagulangan followed that feat with an 11-point, 7-asssist in the victory over the Letran Squires, as LSSGH now leads the standings with a 4-1 record.  For the second week in a row, Clint Escamis of the Mapua Red Robins earned the second spot. The Red Robins went 1-1 the past week with Escamis scoring a total of 56 points. Rounding up the top five are Milo Janao of the San Sebastian Staglets, Aaron Fermin of the Arellano Braves, and Joshua David of St Benilde.  Cagulangan's fellow Junior Blazer Inand Fornilos came in at sixth while Mac Guadana of the LPU Junior Pirates made his entry into the top ten to place seventh after putting up 26 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Mapua’s Dan Arches, EAC’s JR Illustrisimo, and San Beda’s Jade Talampas complete the top ten.  Here are the complete Week 4 rankings of the Chooks-to-GoNBTC NCAA 24: 1. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (4) 2. Clint Escamis (MU) (2) 3. Milo Janao (SSCR) (11) 4. Aaron Fermin (AU) (1) 5. Joshua David (CSB) (14) 6. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (6) 7. Mclaude Guadana (LPU) (17) 8. Dan Arches (MU) (12) 9. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (20) 10. Jade Talampas (SBU) (N/A) 11. John Amores (JRU) (13) 12. Marwin Dionisio (JRU) (N/A) 13. Joshua Gallano (UPHSD) (10) 14. Marlon Espiritu (AU) (N/A)  15. Rom Junsay (AU) (3) 16. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (7) 17. Karl Mariano (MU) (23) 18. Zach Estacio (SBU) (24) 19. Cjay Boado (EAC) (15) 20. Kai Oliva (SBU) (N/A)  21. John Barba (LPU) (8) 22. John Delos Santos (JRU) (22) 23. Sydney Mosqueda (CSB) (21) 24. Roseler Sarias (MU) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year.  After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Clint Escamis comes back with a vengeance to rule Week 2 of NBTC 24 NCAA Edition

Clint Escamis' NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament began with him fouling out and Mapua getting upset. And so, the graduating guard wanted nothing more than to come back with a vengeance in their next game. He did just that, and more, dropping 28 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists all while leading the Red Robins to a convincing victory versus defending champion La Salle Green Hills. For that mighty rebound, Escamis jumped 15 spots in the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 and now stands atop the Week 2 rankings of the best players in the tournament. Following Mapua's main man is Lyceum forward John Barba who continued his breakout season by stuffing the stat sheet with 30 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Joining them in the top five are two Arellano players who made their season debuts in style. Rom Junsay wasted no time in re-introducing himself to the NCAA Juniors with a career-high 34-point performance that put him as the third-ranked player in the league while teammate Aaron Fermin posted a powerful 10-point, 23-rebound double-double to claim fifth. Last week’s number one LSGH's Joel Cagulangan dropped to number three to complete this week’s top five. Positioned at sixth to tenth are Ezdel Galoy of Perpetual, Inand Fornilos of LSGH, John Amores of JRU, Dan Arches of Mapua, and Joshua David of LSGH. Second-ranked Milo Janao from San Sebastian experienced the biggest drop in this week’s rankings, falling from the second spot to the 15th spot. Here are the complete Week 2 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Clint Escamis (Mapua) (16) 2. John Barba (Lyceum) (10) 3. Rom Junsay (Arellano) (not ranked) 4. Joel Cagulangan (LSGH) (1) 5. Aaron Fermin (Arellano) (not ranked) 6. Ezdel Galoy (Perpetual) (3) 7. Inand Fornilos (LSGH) (4) 8. John Amores (JRU) (not ranked) 9. Dan Arches (Mapua) (not ranked) 10. Joshua David (LSGH) (not ranked) 11. Zach Estacio (San Beda) (8) 12. Mclaude Guadana (Lyceum) (22) 13. Joshua Gallano (Perpetual) (5) 14. RC Calimag (LSGH) (13) 15. Milo Janao (San Sebastian) (2) 16. Cjay Boado (EAC) (not ranked) 17. Marlon Espiritu (Arellano) (not ranked) 18. Yukihiro Kawamura (Perpetual) (11) 19. Lars Sunga (Arellano) (not ranked) 20. Jonnel Policarpio (Mapua) (not ranked) 21. Sydney Mosqueda (LSGH) (not ranked) 22. Karl Mariano (Mapua) (23) 23. Adrian Balowa (EAC) (not ranked) 24. Kean Baclaan (San Sebastian) (9) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Triple-doubling Kai Sotto reclaims top spot in NBTC 24

After two weeks, Ateneo de Manila High School standout and 23 for 2023 Gilas cadet Kai Sotto has regained the honor as the top high school prospect in Week 7 of the National Basketball Training Center Chooks-to-Go 24. The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition. Sotto, who is undoubtedly the top young center in the country, lifted the Blue Eaglets to an 86-70 win over Nazareth School of National University last Friday with a stout statline of 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks. That was the first triple-double performance in the UAAP Juniors Basketball division since 2003. “I text him, he texts me and he texted me, ‘Coach, abangan niyo. Eto na, makikita niyo yung totoong Kai Sotto.’ True enough, he proved to be a man of his word," shared Ateneo head coach Joe Silva about the top Grade 9 cager in the country today. Blue Eaglets’ floor general SJ Belangel, who had 17 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, and five steals, remained as the top point guard but fell to number two overall. Rounding-up the top five are Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills, NCAA MVP and 23 for 2023 cadet Will Gozum of Mapua University, and UAAP MVP CJ Cansino of University of Sto. Tomas. After posting better numbers in Game 1, Dave Ildefonso of Ateneo rose to seven, overtaking NU's Rhayann Amsali. Making the biggest leap in the penultimate week of the rankings was NU's Terrence Fortea. Fortea, a member of the Batang Gilas squad that won gold in the 2017 SEABA Championship, rose from 19 to 14 after pacing the Bullpups in Game One with 21 markers. Here is the complete rankings after Week 7: 1. Kai Sotto, ADMU (2) 2. SJ Belangel, ADMU (1) 3. Joel Cagulangan, LSGH (3) 4. Will Gozum, MU (4) 5. CJ Cansino, UST (5) 6. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU (6) 7. Dave Ildefonso, ADMU (8) 8. Rhayann Amsali, NU (7) 9. Aaron Fermin, AU (9) 10. Clint Escamis, MU (10) 11. John Galinato, CKSC (11) 12. Inand Fornilos, LSGH (12) 13. Warren Bonifacio, MU (13) 14. Terrence Fortea, NU (19) 15. RJ Abarrientos, FEU (14) 16. Evan Nelle, SBC (15) 17. Joem Sabandal, ADU (16) 18. Beirn Laurente, UV (17) 19. Raven Cortez, DLSZ (20) 20. Miguel Oczon, NU (24) 21. Alex Visser, SHS-Cebu (18) 22. Mac Guadana, LPU (21) 23. Harvey Pagsanjan, HCHS (23) 24. Joshua Yerro, UV (22) The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition. These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Dagger Dan Arches wills Mapua to winner-take-all vs LSGH in NCAA 94

Mapua High School and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills will figure in another winner-take-all matchup now in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Dan Arches made sure of that, putting the Red Robins on his back over the defending champion Junior Blazers, 85-76, on Monday at the MOA Arena. The graduating guard scored 19 points, including six straight in the run that effectively turned the tides in favor of his team. “Si Dan naman, siya na talaga magli-lead ngayong wala si Clint,” head coach Randy Alcantara, referring to main man Clint Escamis who did not play still due to his ailing left knee. Mapua trailed, 36-39, late in the second quarter after Lennox Valenzuela drew unsportsmanlike and technical fouls from them. It was at that point, though, that Arches settled down the troops before burning Valenzuela with three baskets in a row to put his squad on top, 42-39, at halftime. That was just the wakeup call that that the Red Robins needed to impose their will in what was a must-win matchup for them following a loss in Game 1. “Sinabi ko lang talaga sa kanila na natalo tayo ng Game 1, pero hindi pa sila champion. Kailangan lang nating makuha ‘tong Game 2 kahit gaano kahirap,” coach Randy said. Briedyn Smith, Jonnel Policarpio, and Paolo Hernanez only joined in on the fun in the third and got together for an 11-3 run that increased their advantage to 70-61 in the middle of the quarter. In the end, Arches had 22 points and five rebounds while Policarpio and Hernandez both had double-doubles with the former having 14 markers and 14 boards and the latter having 13 points and 10 rebounds. Thanks to them, Mapua is now one win away from a second championship in the last three years. Arches and company try to do that in the winner-take-all Game 3 on Thursday. Of course, CSB-LSGH would also be going all-out for what would be their own back-to-back titles. Joel Cagulangan topped the scoring column for them in this one with 17 points, but hard to work for all of those, just shooting 4-of-17. Inand Fornilos also had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double. They would need much more from Joshua David, however, who had a substandard game with just five points in 1-of-15 shooting. BOX SCORES MAPUA 85 – Arches 22, Policarpio 14, Hernandez 13, Mariano 11, Smith 8, Sarias 6, Lazarte 3, Fransman 3, Quimado 2, Dennison 2, Diaz 1. CSB-LSGH 76 – Cagulangan 17, Fornilos 13, Sangco 13, Valenzuela 13, David 5, Lepalam 4, Palencia 4, Calimag 4, Mosqueda 3, Morales 0, Lao 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-25, 42-39, 59-56, 85-76. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Eight new stars who have risen in UAAP Season 81

It all begins here. That has been the UAAP theme this year and the names you will see on this list have been embracing their new beginnings and are delivering with promise despite all the pressure. The UAAP’s 81st season has been wild right off the bat with teams pulling wins out of nowhere, impressive individual performances, and lit on-court actions, which everyone has caught live on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, eight names have already shown why they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the season. Let’s take a look at the idols of future ballers and coaches here: 1.) Ange Kouame, Ateneo De Manila University The Ivorian big man is having a great debut with the defending champs in Season 81 and has been announcing his arrival to the league big game after big game, punctuated by his 33-point 27-rebound performance against potential Final Four contender, the FEU Tamaraws. While Thirdy Ravena continues to be the Blue Eagles’ leader on the floor, Kouame is slowly turning himself into a problem on a nightly basis. He’s constantly improving and learning about the college game thanks in part to fellow Ateneo big, who saw his play blossom last year, in Isaac Go.   2.) Sean Manganti, Adamson University Jerrick Ahanmisi is the Falcons’ leading scorer and main attraction. But let it not distract you from the fact that Sean Manganti has improved vastly to be the actual barometer of the team as it continues its stellar season. To prove a point, Manganti has also hit big shots for the Falcons including that game-winning dagger against the UP Fighting Maroons. Part of the reason for his impressive season so far is due to his training with former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, who has been teaching him all the tricks in his bag.   3.) Justine Baltazar, La Salle  Justine Baltazar was a diamond in the rough coming to the Green Archers’ side of the fence after a stellar UAAP Juniors showing for National University. This season, without Ben Mbala up front, people are shocked by the massive improvement of Balti’s game as he has been the Green Archers’ consistent pillar of strength next to Aljun Melecio and Leonard Santillan. Balti is yet to have a bad game this season except when he had to contend with Ateneo’s hulking Ange Kouame, who is way heavier than the lanky center.   4.) Hubert Cani, Far Eastern University What a journey it has been for the former UAAP Juniors Finals MVP Hubert Cani, who went to Ateneo for two years before transferring to FEU and debuting last year. The 5’11” point guard has trimmed down immensely in preparation for Season 81 and it has clearly shown that his deadly Juniors form is back in harness. While FEU has been see-sawing lately in the standings, Cani has been the constant as much as teams prepare to stop FEU’s top scorer Arvin Tolentino.   5.) Juan Gomez De Liano, University of the Philippines Juan’s sophomore year has been anything but a disappointment. The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year recently stopped the UAAP triple double drought when he posted a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist line against the UE Red Warriors last Sunday (October 21). With team captain Paul Desiderio struggling in the start of the season, the former UAAP Juniors MVP stepped up to the plate and show improvement across the board and has become a huge headache for opposing teams alongside prized recruit Bright Akhuetie everytime he steps on the court.    6.) CJ Cansino, University of Sto. Tomas The Growling Tigers rookie is living up to lofty expectations heaped on his shoulders as a UAAP Juniors MVP coming out of the UST Tiger Cubs program. Cansino is already displaying a grown man’s game despite being at the collegiate level. His basketball IQ is off the charts while maximizing the most of his physical tools at hand along with the system new Head Coach Aldin Ayo has put in place. With the keys in his hand, Cansino has responded and what a way for a rookie to, already having an 18-point, 18-rebound game and constantly hovering around a triple-double.   7.) Dave Ildefonso, National University The younger Demolition Brother has been a treat to watch. Along with Cansino, they are both starring for their teams as rookies, leading the way, and leaving fans with jaws on the floor because of the level of talent they are displaying. He has shown great scoring instincts and has been at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ rebuild. 8.) Joe Silva, University of the East We’re giving the last and final spot in the list to UE’s neophyte coach, who’s the driving force behind the rebuilding Red Warriors. Coach Joe maybe younger in terms of age and experience compared to his UAAP counterparts, but he is definitely no pushover with two UAAP Juniors championship under his belt with the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets. So far, he is off to a good start in building a winning culture in the current UE Red Warriors lineup. This is evident in how feisty his team fights game in and game out despite the talent gap they face. These eight guys are not the only impressive names we should all watch out for as you never know who will suddenly come out of the woodwork and starts pumping impressive game after impressive game. Get to see these stars in action every UAAP Season 81 game day during Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD starting at 2 pm. For more sports news, follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

LSGH dominates this week s NBTC NCAA 24

With still two games left in the elimination round, the CSB-LSGH Junior Blazers were the first to secure a twice-to-beat advantage as the Final Four draws near.  It was the first time in school history they achieved the incentive, proving that they are still the team to beat in the NCAA Juniors Division.  Led by Inand Fornilos and Joshua David, CSB-LSGH bested Lyceum, 80-75, on Thursday, to notch their 14th win in 16 games. Fornilos was a man on a mission as he poured in 12 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks. His stellar play earned him the number one spot in the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 weekly high school rankings.  David was equally superb with his 20-point production, placing him right behind Fornilos for the second spot. David also made a significant impact on the defensive end as he challenged the 3-point attempt by John Barba in the closing moments, helping his team get the win.  At third in the weekly rankings is JRU's John Amores. The versatile swingman put up 12 points, six boards, and three steals in a semis-securing win over EAC that puts them back in the Final Four for the first time since 2014. Completing the top five are standout guard Joel Cagulangan of the Junior Blazers and Jonnel Policarpio of the Mapua Red Robins.  Perpetual Help's Ezdel Galoy crashes into the sixth spot after a pair of solid outings. He first put up 19 points and 14 rebounds in a win over EAC then followed it up with another double-double of 21 points and 10 boards vs Letran.  Rounding up the top ten are Mapua's Dan Arches, Arellano's Aaron Fermin, Lyceum's Mac Guadana, and Mapua's Clint Escamis.  Here are the complete Week 14 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (4) 2. Joshua David (CSB) (15) 3. John Amores (JRU) (3) 4. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (2) 5. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (7) 6. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (N/A) 7. Dan Arches (MU) (13) 8. Aaron Fermin (AU) (6) 9. Mac Guadana (LPU) (1) 10. Clint Escamis (MU) (8) 11. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (11) 12. Penny Estacio (SBU) (N/A) 13. Marwin Dionisio (JRU) (N/A) 14. Rom Junsay (AU) (10) 15. John Barba (LPU) (9) 16. Tony Ynot (SBU) (N/A) 17. Milo Janao (SSC) (24) 18. Justine Sanchez (SBU) (N/A) 19. John Delos Santos (JRU) (5) 20. Ronald Bucoy (JRU) (N/A) 21. RC Calimag (CSB) (14) 22. Kean Baclaan (SSC) (12) 23. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (N/A) 24. Shawn Argente (CSJL) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

NCAA: Why wasn t Joel Cagulangan ever in Batang Gilas?

Joel Cagulangan was ranked the top point guard in all of high school in the NBTC 24 a year ago. There, he stood alongside the likes of Kai Sotto, SJ Belangel, and Will Gozum. Unlike those three, however, Cagulangan has never worn the flag in international competition. Just why is that? The 18-year-old said he himself doesn’t know – because he has never been contacted by Batang Gilas. “Wala naman po akong narinig na ni-contact nila ako o sila coach,” he shared. He then continued, “Gusto ko po sana (mag-Batang Gilas) kaso mas gusto ko mag-focus sa NCAA.” Cagulangan has been doing just that in the ongoing Season 94, leading College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills to the top spot in the standings in its title defense. And on Friday, he turned in a 38-point masterpiece, a career-best in scoring to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists. Through it all, the graduating guard reminded everybody that he is a scary sniper as all but two of his points came from behind the arc. “Sabi kasi ng coaches na off lagi ang shooting ko so after (ng talo namin) sa Mapua (last Tuesday), shooting lang nang shooting. Buti, nagkakumpyansa ulit,” he shared. Indeed, Cagulangan took that loss, just their second of the season, to heart and did his all to make sure his team bounced back. And more than his career performance, he was happy to see total team effort. “Mas magandang feeling talaga na buong team yung nag-contribute,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

UAAP: Intact FEU fueled by last year s close loss to Ateneo

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 7-7, lost to Ateneo in Final Four YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Hubert Cani, Wendell Comboy, Richard Escoto, Axel Inigo, Prince Orizu, Jasper Parker, Arvin Tolentino, Ken Tuffin WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: L-Jay Gonzales, Clifford Jopia GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Ron Dennison WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM FEU? Far Eastern University is mostly intact – with steady guards Hubert Cani, Wendell Comboy, Axel Inigo, and Jasper Parker all back; tireless forwards Russell Escoto, Arvin Tolentino, and Ken Tuffin all returning; and Cameroonian center Prince Orizu all ready and raring for his last go-round. Don’t forget that core was one turnover away from taking down eventual champion Ateneo de Manila University a season ago. Yes, that core was good enough to discard the Blue Eagles’ twice-to-beat advantage and then grant their team an eight-point cushion in the last six of the do-or-die Game 2 of the semifinals – and if not for Isaac Go’s heroics, we would have had a different champion. “Yung learning from that experience last year, it’s going to be a motivation for us.” – head coach Olsen Racela The hope now is that core builds on that and barges into the new season with the same strong showing. A big leadership hole needs to be filled for the Tamaraws, however, as Ron Dennison is no longer there to serve as the pacesetter in terms of effort and energy. “Malaki rin yung nawala sa aming veterans so right now, we’re trying to develop guys who will take their roles.” – head coach Olsen Racela WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM FEU? As has been FEU tradition, expect nothing less than continued development from up and down the Tamaraws roster. In particular, shifty playmaker Parker is primed to take total control of the steering wheel under the guidance of head coach, and legendary point guard, Olsen Racela. “Since ako, I’m a point guard myself, binibigay ko talaga yung responsibility sa point guards when it comes to leading the team.” – head coach Olsen Racela And for sure, stretch big Tolentino is only hungry to bounce back after his disastrous end to last season. As for the rookies, L-Jay Gonzales and Clifford Jopia are as young as they come, but after all, this will just be a season for their adjustment. Sooner than later, know that Gonzales, described as Russell Westbrook-like, will be the next in line of those great guards from FEU. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR FEU? Again, FEU was one turnover away from taking down eventual champion Ateneo. If only that final play in regulation in the do-or-die Game 2 of the semifinals was executed better, the Tamaraws would have charged into the Finals and who knows – they could have also toppled Ben Mbala and De La Salle University. That same squad is still what we’ll see this season and, who knows, things might just go their way this time around. “Yung FEU community naman, they expect us to give our all and give our 100 percent in everything we do. I think the results will follow as long as we put in the effort and five our 100 percent.” – head coach Olsen Racela WHERE WOULD FEU BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? FEU will not be assured of a playoff berth – but they will go all-out to make sure they will be back there. Among the Final Four teams from a year ago, the Tamaraws and the Green Archers’ seats have to be the hottest – because the University of the Philippines and National University are coming for them. That doesn’t mean, however, that FEU will just give away its seat that easily. If they play at the level they played against Ateneo in the semifinals last season, then a Finals berth this year also isn’t out of the question. WHEN IS FEU’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? There is no time to waste for FEU as they have a shot at a statement win right out of the gates when they are pitted against runner-up La Salle on September 8. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

NU has all the pieces, but can they put them all together?

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 5-9, sixth YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Issa Gaye, Enzo Joson, Jonas Tibayan, Dave Wilson Yu WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: John Lloyd Clemente, John Galinato, Dave Ildefonso, Shaun Ildefonso, JV Gallego (returning), Joshua Sinclair (returning) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: J-Jay Alejandro, Jordan Bartlett, Matt Salem, Chino Mosqueda (injured) WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM NU? National University is not messing around as it tries to put an end to its three-year playoff drought. Even though they lost longtime starters J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem, the Bulldogs are all set to welcome blue-chip recruits in the form of Ildefonso brothers Shaun and Dave, John Lloyd Clemente, and John Galinato. “Right now, we’re excited that we got a very talented team, but it’s a very young team.” – head coach Jamike Jarin We named NU the 2018 king of recruiting because of that – and so, nothing less than immediate impact is expected from the Ildefonsos, JLC, and Galinato. “Of course, it’s make or break for everybody – for the entire school, for the entire team.” – head coach Jamike Jarin If all goes well, the new blood will fully fill in the holes beside Senegalese tower Issa Gaye, second-year playmaker Enzo Joson, and stalwart Dave Wilson Yu. More than the rookies, however, head coach Jamike Jarin wants and needs all his holdovers to take another step forward for the Bulldogs to live up to the hype. “We’re so young and the experience that we have is not enough. It has to be a combined effort to make us competitive.” – head coach Jamike Jarin WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM NU? Gaye has a chance to claim the vacant spot of best foreign student-athlete – only if the tall and long-limbed Senegalese tower plays up to his potential. At the wings, NU is brimming with talent in veteran DWY, returning JV Gallego and Joshua Sinclair, and first-year players Shaun and Dave Ildefonso, JLC, and Galinato. “JLC, Dave Ildefonso, Josh Sinclair, those are the guys that you will see in the long run.” – head coach Jamike Jarin The issue that persists, however, is at point guard – as it always has been since Gelo Alolino left. Rev Diputado is as steady as they come and Joson can turn into a problem for opponents as a big guard, but both of them have no time to waste and have to become masterful generals for all the weapons the Bulldogs have. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR NU? NU is, hands down, the 2018 king of recruiting. That means that most of the top talent from this year’s recruitment class will be donning blue and gold. The youth movement is well underway and, coupling that with head coach Jamike Jarin’s uptempo attack, there is no doubt that the Bulldogs will be nothing but fun to watch. Get ready for a lot of running and gunning when the NU Bulldogs will be let out. WHERE WOULD NU BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? NU will be fighting for a playoff berth – make no mistake about it. “We’re gonna play with a lot of heart. We’re gonna give a scare to the entire UAAP.” – head coach Jamike Jarin Unlike the likes of favored Ateneo, intact Adamson and FEU, reloaded La Salle, and primed UP, all of whom we know what we’re going to get, we’re still not sure how the Bulldogs look like when they finally play together in the UAAP. When the veterans and the new blood perfectly co-exist, then look out for the Bulldogs. Otherwise, however, add one more year to that playoff drought. WHEN IS NU’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? NU trots out its stacked lineup up against rebuilding UST and coach Jamike will be matched up once more opposite coach Aldin Ayo on September 7. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Clint Escamis swoops onto NBTC NCAA 24 top spot once more

Game in and game out, Clint Escamis is proving himself to be one of the best players in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. With another stint atop the rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCA 24, Escamis has yet another proof as to his status. The graduating guard tallied an all-around 24 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals in Mapua’s well-earned win over Letran – a win that tightened their grasp on the second spot in the standings at the end of the first round. With that, Escamis now leads all players with the most number one rankings at three – one better than next closest Joel Cagulangan of rival LSGH. Meanwhile, Cagulangan dropped out of the top five and now stands at sixth – his lowest thus far. Conversely, making the biggest leap ever in the rankings is San Beda’s Kent Pelipel. From out of the 24 a week ago, the rookie guard shot to second-place behind per game counts of 23 points and two rebounds in the Red Cubs’ back-to-back wins. That included a 29-point, 9-triple, game-winning masterpiece over modern-day rival Arellano just last Friday. Completing the top five are Joshua David of LSGH, John Amores of JRU, and another Greenie in RC Calimag. Falling behind Cagulangan at sixth are then his LSGH teammate Inand Fornilos, Red Robins Jonnel Policarpio and Dan Arches, and Braves’ pillar Aaron Fermin. Here are the complete Week 5 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Clint Escamis (MU) (3) 2. Kent Pelipel (SBU) (N/A) 3. Joshua David (CSB) (6) 4. John Amores (JRU) (2) 5. RC Calimag (CSB) (15) 6. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (4) 7. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (1) 8. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (5) 9. Dan Arches (MU) (8) 10. Aaron Fermin (AU) (7) 11. Milo Janao (SSCR) (9) 12. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (11) 13. Joshua Lazaro (SBU) (N/A) 14. Mac Guadana (LPU) (12) 15. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (N/A) 16. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (N/A) 17. John Barba (LPU) (13) 18. Rom Junsay (AU) (17) 19. John Delos Santos (JRU) (18) 20. Justine Sanchez (SBU) (N/A) 21. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (14) 22. Lars Sunga (AU) (19) 23. Marwin Dionisio (JRU) (21) 24. Joshua Gallano (UPHSD) (16) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

“Can Aby your boyfriend?”: How Robert Bolick won Aby Maraño’s heart

Aby Maraño is everything you want in an athlete. She’s strong, driven and passionate about her sport. So, when basketball player Robert Bolick saw her play volleyball for the first time…he saw himself. The only difference was she was a three-time champion, two-time MVP and team captain, while he was merely a rookie and a bench warmer. Robert was also three years younger than her. Aby was way out of his league, it seemed. But, this young man was no loser. He was determined to shoot his shot and find some way to win her heart. His first move was to ask for a little favor from his former teammate, LA Revilla, who was the starting point guard of the DLSU Men’s Basketball team at the time. Robert needed LA to find out whether Aby had a boyfriend. Like he usually does on the hardcourt, LA delivered an assist to Robert in form of good news - Aby was single. Now, that Robert knew that his target was open, all he had to do was take a shot. And he took it at the most unexpected of moments. They were inside the school bus on the way back to DLSU after a Green Archers game in the UAAP. Aby, who was undergoing her on-the-job training with ABS-CBN Sports, the official broadcast partner of the league, hitched a ride with the team. There was a lot of joking among his teammates, but all Robert could think of was the soothing smell of Aby’s hair as he was seated right behind her. It was at that moment when Robert decided to crack a joke of his own. “Oy, Pre! Makinig kayong lahat!” announced Robert before motioning towards Aby. “Aby ka ba? Can Aby your boyfriend?” The entire bus erupted. It was as if they were back inside the MOA Arena where fans where screaming their lungs out. Robert looked at Aby’s face and sensed a positive reaction to his sudden revelation. “Ay. Parang kinilig ah,” he thought. As soon as they got off the bus, Robert and Aby shared their first dinner. When it was time to go home, Robert reminded Aby to take care and that they should continue communicating. “Text, text na lang tayo! Text mo ako ha.” he told her. “Paano kita ite-text? Wala naman akong number mo,” she replied. Little did Aby know that Robert didn’t ask for her number directly to avoid getting “busted.” His game plan worked as they started talking and spending time with each other more often. Upon Aby’s advice, Robert even asked her coach, the multi-titled Ramil de Jesus for permission to court her. Although Robert admitted that he was intimidated at first, he knew that he had no choice but to ask for Coach Ramil’s blessing to ensure a smooth passage to Aby’s heart. “Para sa akin naman, wala namang dapat katakutan pag alam mo na gusto mo talaga. Gusto ko naman si Aby eh.” Today, August 8, 2018, Robert and Aby are celebrating their 5th year anniversary together. A lot has happened in their lives since then. Robert has transformed himself into an accomplished athlete like Aby, winning three championships (1 UAAP title with La Salle, 2 NCAA titles with San Beda), a PBA D-League championship and MVP award among many accolades. They both have also become national team athletes as Robert was included in the “23 for 23” Gilas Pilipinas roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup while Aby was named Captain of the Philippine Women’s Volleyball Team. “Hindi niya ako minahal dahil magaling ako mag-basketball. Minahal nga niya ako na bangko pa lang ako,” said Robert as he reminisced about everything he has been through with Aby throughout the past five years. While watching their careers blossom, following their love story is equally entertaining. The two are very open with regards to how they feel about each other. Aby even proudly declared during an interview on “Down the Line” that she would agree to marry Robert is ever he proposed to her.   We throw it back to an episode of #DownTheLinePH when @MrPureBusiness and @denniselazaro asked about Robert popping the big question to Tyang Aby! pic.twitter.com/NFGitS4TKE — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 8, 2018 Despite Robert and Aby being just 22 and 25 years old respectively, marriage has been a topic of conversation between the couple. “Sinasabi na nga niya sa akin na gusto niya na ‘Maraño-Bolick’ pag naglalaro siya,” revealed Robert. “Sabi ko naman sa kanya, ‘Take time lang. Total, five years na tayo magkasama. Di naman natin kailangan madaliin yan. Focus ka lang muna sa kung saan ka ngayon. Eventually, pag nag propose na ako, gusto ko yung ready ka na magka-anak.’” One of Robert’s biggest dreams in life is to be able to play with his future kids as a young father, preferably in his 20s. “Dream ko talaga na while naglalaro ako, makakalaro ko yung anak ko,” said Robert. “Kung magka-lalaki man lang ako, whatever na sport ang gusto niya, makakalaro ko man lang siya. Makaka-takbo-takbo man lang ako.” “Sabi ko kay Aby, ‘Tell me pag ready ka na.’” Only God knows what the future holds for these college sweethearts. But, right now, the King Lion and Tyang Aby are living their best lives. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Bullpups bump off Greenies to get back on top of NBTC Division 1

Coming off a heartbreaking loss in the UAAP Juniors Finals just 21 days ago, the Nazareth School of National University Bullpups did not allow themselves to be on the wrong end of the history books once more, surviving a late surge by Joel Cagulangan and the La Salle Greenhills Greenies, 80-78, to claim the 2018 Exped Socks SM-NBTC National Championship, on Friday at the MOA Arena. This is the Bullpups' second national championship in the last three years. Moreover, this is Goldwin Monteverde's first major championship. "Siyempre very challenging talaga yung liga, from 32 teams, mage-end up ka sa number one. Masaya talaga para sa amin," shared Monteverde as the Bullpups had to go through Bacolod Tay Tung High School, Adamson High School, FilAm Sports, and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu to get to the championship round. But it could not have been possible if it were not for the timely stops the Bullpups made to close out the game. After leading by as much as 13 points in the contest and 11 points with 4:33 left, Joel Cagulangan single-handedly powered the Greenies to an 11-0 run. The rally was capped by a strong drive to the basket by the top high school floor general in the country with 49.5 seconds left to knot the game at 77-all. Gerry Abadiano, though, was able to overpower Makoy Marcos to the rim, drawing a foul and knocking down both free throws to put the Bullpups up 20 seconds later. "As expected naman si Gerry talaga sa ilang beses na nakasama ko siya, even in tough games makikita mo na nagde-deliver siya," Monteverde beamed about Abadiano, who was his player in Adamson two years ago. "Ang maganda both ends of the floor, nakakapag-play siya ng good defense and at the same time, sa offense din." Off a timeout, Cagulangan was able to fish a foul from Paul Manalang. After making the first free throw, however, he muffed the second one. Mark Sangco was there for the offensive rebound, but Cagulangan's attempt was swatted away by Michael Malonzo. A split on the stripe by Rhayyan Amsali still gave LSGH a shot but Sidney Mosqueda struggled to give a good inbound that led to a desperation heave by Inand Fornilos that unfortunately did not go in. "Siguro for one, sometimes may mga bitter lessons din like yung last season namin sa UAAP, it boiled down to last two possessions," Monteverde recalled about Game 3 of the UAAP Juniors Finals that saw them squander a six-point lead late that led to a 58-63 defeat. Abadiano, who was crowned the Final's Most Outstanding Player, had 24 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Cyril Gonzales and Terrence Fortea finished with 12 and 11 markers, respectively. Cagulangan, who was named as the Most Outsanding Player of the tournament, led LSGH with 25 points. Fornilos, on the other hand, filled up the stat sheet with 18 poitns on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds and four blocks. BOX SCORES NU 80 — Abadiano 24, Gonzales 12, Fortea 11, Amsali 8, Quiambao 8, Coyoca 5, Minerva 4, Tamayo 4, Malonzo 2, Oczon 2, Javillonar 0, Manalang 0. LSGH 78 — Cagulangan 25, Fornilos 18, Marcos 17, Sangco 7, Mosqueda 6, Espinosa 3, Lao 2, Cruz 0, Lapalam 0, Morales 0, Natividad 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-23, 40-35, 63-54, 80-78......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

KAI-vals Series: Arellano s all grown up Aaron Fermin

It has become some sort of a cliché now that Kai Sotto is not yet done growing. Indeed, Ateneo de Manila High School’s 7-foot-1, 15-year-old still has three more years to tower over the competition in high school. That doesn’t mean, however, that the rest of the competition will just take that lying down. Here, we take a look at the players who are more than capable of challenging Sotto’s dominance – now and even onto the future. --- Coach Marvin Bienvenida bypassed Kai Sotto as the top overall pick in the first-ever NBTC All-Star Game Draft. Instead, the NCAA Juniors champion coach went with his prized ward in La Salle Greenhills in Joel Cagulangan. After all, in his eyes, Cagulangan’s heart is as big as Sotto’s physique. More than that, Bienvenida also already had it all plotted out how to match up with Sotto. The first step of his plan was to use his second selection on Aaron Fermin – all 6-foot-5 and 99 kg of him. Fermin was the pillar of Arellano High School and would have been the NCAA Juniors MVP if only his team had made the Final Four. Now, the NCAA’s arguable best big man will finally be matched up against the UAAP’s undisputed best big man. And when the NBTC All-Star Game rolls along, Sotto should expect not only a physically stronger Fermin, but a mentally stronger one as well. That comes from all he has learned from the Braves’ missed playoff bid. “Ang naging kulang ko po siguro (last season), kung lamang na ang kalaban, ako na ang unang pinanghihinaan ng loob,” he said. From that, Fermin and the rest of his teammates are already hard at work, gearing up for their mighty rebound next season. “Sabi nga po ni coach [Tylon Darjuan], ‘Dalawang taon na tayong malakas, bakit ganito nangyayari sa atin. Kailangan pa ba kayong pahirapan sa ensayo para palabasin character niyo,’” he shared. He then continued, “Ngayon, pinu-push niya kami na mag-ensayo nang mag-ensayo. Training namin, ‘di na tulad nang dati, sobrang pinapahirapan talaga kami ngayon.” And Fermin, long a player who has taken a backseat to the likes of Carlo Abadeza, Guilmer Dela Torre, and Marlon Espiritu, is all ready and raring to lead the way. “Handang-handa na po ako (maging leader). Sinabihan na talaga kami ni coach na kami na ang beterano, kami na ang aasahan,” he said. --- Fermin and Sotto will go head-to-head first in the SLAM Rising Stars on March 18 and then on the NBTC All-Star Game on March 23. The future of Philippine basketball will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Belangel dislodges Ateneo teammate Sotto out of top spot in NBTC 24

The UAAP Season 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament closed out its elimination round with a bang, but as the day ended, one student-athlete stood head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. Ateneo de Manila High School's senior floor general SJ Belangel dropped a whopping 31 points against Nazareth School of National University, leading the Blue Eaglets to an immaculate 14-0 record en route to an automatic Finals berth. With this outing and the consistency he showed during the preliminaries, Belangel took over the top spot as the best high school prospect in Week 5 of the National Basketball Training Center Chooks-to-Go 24. The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition. Ateneo big man and 23 for 2023 cadet Kai Sotto dropped to second after sitting atop the ladder for the last four weeks. Rounding out the top five are La Salle Greenhills' Joel Cagulangan, Mapua University's Will Gozum, and Far Eastern University-Diliman's L-Jay Gonzales. For dragging University of Sto. Tomas to a playoff match against Adamson High School, CJ Cansino, who is bound to win the UAAP Jrs. MVP, went up to seven.  On the other hand, Baby Falcons ace Joem Sabandal also rose in the weekly rankings, going up to 16. Making the biggest leap this week is CESAFI MVP Alex Visser. Visser rose to 17th, four spots higher than a week ago.  The biggest loser this week is Baby Tamaraws off-guard RJ Abarrientos. The FEU-commit was a non-factor during his team's loss to the Tiger Cubs last Sunday resulting to a drop from eighth to 14th. Here is the complete rankings after Week 5: 1. SJ Belangel, ADMU (2) 2. Kai Sotto, ADMU (1) 3. Joel Cagulangan, LSGH (3) 4. Will Gozum, MU (4) 5. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU (5) 6. Rhayann Amsali, NU (6) 7. CJ Cansino, UST (9) 8. Dave Ildefonso, ADMU (7) 9. Aaron Fermin, AU (10) 10. Clint Escamis, MU (11) 11. John Galinato, CKSC (12) 12. Inand Fornilos, LSGH (13) 13. Warren Bonifacio, MU (14) 14. RJ Abarrientos, FEU (8) 15. Evan Nelle, SBC (15) 16. Joem Sabandal, ADU (17) 17. Alex Visser, SHS Cebu (21) 18. Terrence Fortea, NU (16) 19. Raven Cortez, DLSZ (18) 20. Beirn Laurente, UV (20) 21. Mac Guadana, LPU (22) 22. Joaqui Manuel, ADMU (19) 23. Harvey Pagsanjan, HCHS (23) 24. Maui Cruz, EAC (24) The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition. These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

SJ Belangel joins Ateneo teammate Kai Sotto in top three of NBTC 24

Ateneo de Manila High School's towering teen Kai Sotto and La Salle Greenhills' court general Joel Cagulangan remained the top two high school players in the NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24, but there was a lot of movement this week, including the rise of SJ Belangel. The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition. Belangel, the Blue Eaglets' graduating floor leader had a sensational week, helping steer his squad to an unblemished 10-0 record. With his exploits, he was the consensus third-ranked player of the week, leapfrogging NCAA MVP Will Gozum of Mapua University. Far Eastern University-Diliman do-it-all guard L-Jay Gonzales and Katipunan swingman Dave Ildefonso also moved up the ladder while University of Sto. Tomas ace CJ Cansino dropped to eighth after finishing fourth last week. Besides movement at the top, there were also a lot of debutatants in this week's list. Ateneo double-double machine Joaqui Manuel's workhorse type of game paid off as he was ranked 21st this week. After firing 51 markers last weekend, Bacolod Tay Tung High School's Harold Alarcon was named as the 22nd top prospect. Joshua Yerro of University of Visayas then rounded out the list. NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 End of Week 2 1. Kai Sotto, Ateneo Last wk rank: 1 2. Joel Cagulangan, CSB-LSGH Last wk rank: 2 3. SJ Belangel, Ateneo Last wk rank: 5 4. Will Gozum, Mapua Last wk rank: 3 5. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU-Diliman Last wk rank: 6 6. Dave Ildefonso, Ateneo Last wk rank: 8 7. Rhayann Amsali, NU Last wk rank: 7 8. CJ Cansino, UST Last wk rank: 4 9. Clint Escamis, Mapua Last wk rank: 9 10. Aaron Fermin, Arellano Last wk rank: 9 11. Terrence Fortea, NU Last wk rank: 16 12. RJ Abarientos, FEU-Diliman Last wk rank: 15 13. Inand Fornilos, CSB-LSGH Last wk rank: 11 14. Evan Nelle, San Beda Last wk rank: 12 15. Warren Bonifacio, Mapua Last wk rank: 13 16. John Galinato, CKSC Last wk rank: 14 17. Mac Guadana, LPU Last wk rank: 18 18. Raven Cortez, DLSZ Last wk rank: 19 19. Harvey Pagsanjan, Hope Christian Last wk rank: 20 20. Maui Cruz, EAC Last wk rank: 23 21. Joaqui Manuel, Ateneo Last wk rank: N/A 22. Harold Alarcon, Bacolod Tay Tung Last wk rank: N/A 23. Jancork Cabahug, UV Last wk rank: 17 24. Joshua Yerro, UV Last wk rank: N/A The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition. These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018