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UAAP PRESS CORPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bernadeth Pons of FEU

Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons is determined to make the most out of her final playing year. After another superb all-around performance that allowed the Lady Tamaraws to clinch a Final Four berth in the Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Pons has earned the UAAP Player of the Week recognition. She bested National University’s Jaja Santiago, University of the Philippines' Tots Carlos, De La University’s Kim Kianna Dy, and Ateneo de Manila University’s Kat Tolentino for the weekly nod. The FEU skipper, who averages 15.4 points per game, stands out because of her remarkable defensive skills on top of her scoring prowess. She ranks third in receiving (44.88 percent reception efficiency) and digging (3.84 digs per set), edging out all liberos in the league not named Kath Arado and Dawn Macandili.  In the Lady Tamaraws’ five-set victory over the Adamson Lady Falcons last Saturday, Pons finished with stellar triple-double numbers of 22 points, 23 digs, and 24 excellent receptions. “Sobrang laking factor siya para ma-build talaga yung confidence ng team,” she said about the crucial win that secured them a ticket to the semifinals for the fourth year in a row. Despite the guaranteed playoffs entry, the 21-year-old spiker is not yet satisfied with what her team has achieved. Sporting an 8-4 record, FEU currently sits at the third spot behind De La Salle University (10-2) and Ateneo de Manila University (9-4). With two games remaining in the elimination round, the Lady Tamaraws are still in the hunt for a twice-to-beat bonus. “Ang target namin is yung number two, so kailangan ma-straight namin yung natitirang games para makuha namin yung number two spot,” said Pons, ahead of their closing matches against University of the East on Wednesday and National University on Sunday. “Ito na lang yung last chance ko. Gusto talaga namin na makapasok kami ng Finals, pero syempre gusto namin makakuha ng twice-to-beat advantage kasi malaking bagay nga naman siya para sa team,” she added. The graduating hitter hopes to end her collegiate career with a bang, but she knows that focusing on their ultimate goal of reaching the championship can be overwhelming. So instead of keeping their eyes on the prize, she wants her teammates to focus on what they need to do on the court......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 9th, 2018

UAAP PRESS CORPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bernadeth Pons of FEU

Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons is determined to make the most out of her final playing year. After another superb all-around performance that allowed the Lady Tamaraws to clinch a Final Four berth in the Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Pons has earned the UAAP Player of the Week recognition. She bested National University’s Jaja Santiago, University of the Philippines' Tots Carlos, De La University’s Kim Kianna Dy, and Ateneo de Manila University’s Kat Tolentino for the weekly nod. The FEU skipper, who averages 15.4 points per game, stands out because of her remarkable defensive skills on top of her scoring prowess. She ranks third in receiving (44.88 percent reception efficiency) and digging (3.84 digs per set), edging out all liberos in the league not named Kath Arado and Dawn Macandili.  In the Lady Tamaraws’ five-set victory over the Adamson Lady Falcons last Saturday, Pons finished with stellar triple-double numbers of 22 points, 23 digs, and 24 excellent receptions. “Sobrang laking factor siya para ma-build talaga yung confidence ng team,” she said about the crucial win that secured them a ticket to the semifinals for the fourth year in a row. Despite the guaranteed playoffs entry, the 21-year-old spiker is not yet satisfied with what her team has achieved. Sporting an 8-4 record, FEU currently sits at the third spot behind De La Salle University (10-2) and Ateneo de Manila University (9-4). With two games remaining in the elimination round, the Lady Tamaraws are still in the hunt for a twice-to-beat bonus. “Ang target namin is yung number two, so kailangan ma-straight namin yung natitirang games para makuha namin yung number two spot,” said Pons, ahead of their closing matches against University of the East on Wednesday and National University on Sunday. “Ito na lang yung last chance ko. Gusto talaga namin na makapasok kami ng Finals, pero syempre gusto namin makakuha ng twice-to-beat advantage kasi malaking bagay nga naman siya para sa team,” she added. The graduating hitter hopes to end her collegiate career with a bang, but she knows that focusing on their ultimate goal of reaching the championship can be overwhelming. So instead of keeping their eyes on the prize, she wants her teammates to focus on what they need to do on the court......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

UAAP PRESS CORPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kim Kianna Dy

Kim Kianna Dy proved to be the key to the two-time defending champion De La Salle University’s victory over archrivals Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles, meriting her the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week (POW) recognition. Dy exploded with a personal season-high of 21 points off 11 spikes, seven kill blocks and three service aces, aiding the Lady Spikers in snapping the Lady Eagles’ four-game winning streak with a 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, win Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. The opposite spiker vowed to head coach Ramil de Jesus that she would makeup for her lackluster performance in La Salle’s four-set loss to Adamson a week ago. Her efforts allowed the Lady Spikers to get back on their winning ways for a 5-2 win-loss record at second spot tied with Far Eastern University. "After naming matalo sa Adamson, nag-message sa akin 'yung bata na 'yan. Sabi niya, sorry, nag-sorry and then babawi ako. Eto naman, pinakita naman niya,” said de Jesus. Dy was convinced of the fact that the Lady Spikers needed to bounce back and regain their confidence. “I think, coming from a loss kasi, kailangan talaga naming mag-bounce back. And we need to get that confidence again,” said Dy. Dy was chosen over other POW candidates University of the East’s Shaya Adorador and Kath Arado, Far Easter University captain Bernadeth Pons, National University stalwart Jaja Santiago and University of the Philippines’ leading scorer Tots Carlos......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL Press Corps POW: Eli Soyud of Adamson U

After an impressive game against her former team La Salle, Adamson University standout Eli Soyud emerged as the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. The opposite spiker finished with a game-high 18 points, from 13 kills, three blocks and two service aces, in the Lady Falcons’ four-set victory over the Lady Spikers, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, on Saturday. Soyud’s stellar performance helped Adamson to score its first win over La Salle since the second round of the Season 70. “Bumalik ‘yung trust ko sa sarili ko siyempre ‘yung trust ng coaches sa akin parang naging buo ulit kasi nga mas nakakatulong ako hindi na parang dadalhin pa ako,” she said. Lady Falcons coach Air Padda couldn’t be any prouder of Soyud. “She had a rough start and now a lot of people want to underestimate her but then I never underestimated her. I know what Eli is capable of, she’s capable of a lot and man I’m so proud of her,” said Padda. Soyud, who suited up for La Salle in Seasons 77 and 78, edged NationalUniversity stalwart Jaja Santiago, Ateneo skipper Maddie Madayag, Far Eastern University top hitter Bernadeth Pons and La Salle defense specialist Dawn Macandili......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Rondina, Gervacio banner Pinays in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

The Philippines will be pinning its hopes on four women's pairs including that of high-flying University of Sto. Tomas standout Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio in the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open set to open later this week at the Sands SM By The Bay.  Leading the charge for the host team is Rondina, a three-time UAAP beach volleyball champion and a member of the national squad that saw action in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore with Bernadeth Pons. Other Filipinas competing are sand court veterans Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, two-time BVR national champions Karen Quilario and Lot Catubag, and wildcard entries DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia. A slew of talented international players vying for tournament points are arriving Thursday.        Paraguay's Michelle Amarilla, who with Gabriela Filippo battled with the legendary United States pair of April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings in the first knock-out round of the 2015 Beach Volleyball World Championships, will banner the 16-pair women's cast.       The highest rated team in the field, Amarilla will have Erika Bobadilla as her partner in the competition which the Philippines is making its hosting debut. The Paraguayans hope to bounce back in Manila after the duo failed to make it to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Malaysia Open semifinals in Langkawi last Sunday.      Ayumi Kusano, who played for Japan that won the Spike for Peace beach volleyball crown in 2015 at the Philsports Arena with Akiko Hasegawa, will return for another run at glory, this time with her partner Takemi Nishibori.      The young Netherlands pair of Katja Stam and Julia Wouters, who lost to Russia’s Ksenia Dabizha and Daria Mastikova in the women’s gold medal match of the Malaysia Open last Sunday, will also be worth-watching in the $10,000, one-star tournament.      Another player to watch out in the Manila Open is Lindsey Fuller, the 2014 US NVL Most Improved Player who will be paired with Kaley Melville for United States.      In the men's division, Austria’s Simon Fruhbauer and Jorg Wutzl, who earned their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medal at the Malaysia Open last Sunday at the expense Russia’s Petr Bakhnar and Taras Myskiv, will be the tandem to watch out.      The Austrian pair has been playing together since 2016.      Silver medalists Bakhnar and Myskiv will also be here in Manila along with Germany's Paul Becker and Eric Stadie, who lost to Thailand's I. Nuttanon and P. Sedtawat in the bronze medal match in Langkawi Open last weekend.      The highest-rated team in the men's division is Sweden's Martin Apprelgen and Simon Boman, who placed ninth in Langkawi.         Among those early arrivals is Israel, which split its four tune-up sets with Filipinos James Pecaña and KR Guzman, and Ranran Abdilla and Edwin Tolentino Monday night.  Israel is among the 16 teams vying for four men's slots in the main draw.             BVR national champions Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte and Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto complete the men's cast.      The competition will commence with the men's division qualifiers on Thursday and before moving into the main draw for women and men on Friday. The round of 12 and the quarterfinals are scheduled on Saturday with the semifinals and finals on Sunday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Deanna Wong of Ateneo

For continuing to steer the Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles' scorching hot offense, setter Deanna Wong earned the UAAP Press Corps. Player of the Week honors for games played from March 21 to March 25. With Wong setting the table, the Lady Eagles continue to lead the league in spiking efficiency (31%), despite ranking sixth in digging (11.2 digs/set) and reception efficiency (25.5%). The Cebuana showed her ability to turn trash into gold in Ateneo's last two outings. Wong tossed 50 excellent sets against the University of the East, before dishing out a career-high 63 excellent sets and leading the Lady Eagles' comeback over Adamson University. Coming into Season 80, Wong faced her fair share of doubters as she was replacing all-time great setter Jia Morado. Instead of focusing on matching Morado's production, Wong prioritized her team's needs first. “Actually hindi ko napapansin or I really don’t mind," the 19-year old playmaker said when asked about her career game. "Ang nasa head ko lang is how I can chase the ball, how I can set the ball kahit mis-receive. It's a good thing but it’s better talaga if we win. Kahit anong number ‘yan hindi naman ‘yan magma-matter if we lose." Having clinched at least a playoff for a Final Four spot, the Lady Eagles remain hungry and eager to improve their chemistry. "It really all boils down to character and what coach Tai (Bundit) always says; 'Heartstrong' talaga ‘yung nakapunta sa isip namin eh," expressed Wong. "We trust our teammates lang and we encourage each other back. No matter what happens just play our best and everything else will follow." Wong beat out her teammates Kat Tolentino and Jhoana Maraguinot, UST ace spiker Sisi Rondina, La Salle libero Dawn Macandili, and FEU setter Kyle Negrito for the weekly honors......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

UAAP PRESS CORPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kim Kianna Dy

The league table of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament has been nothing short of confusing. After Sunday’s action, there are two teams who share the second seed and another set of two teams who are the sixth seed but that doesn’t mean the third and fifth seeds are in stable ground. Far Eastern University, the no. 3 team, and no. 5 Adamson University can both either go up or down in the standings on one simple whim. Amid the confusion, however, is a glaring constant and it’s the defending champion De La Salle. The Lady Spikers were perfect this week and remained atop the league with an 8-2 record securing themselves of at least a playoff for one of the spots in the Final Four. And in the middle of that perfection is Kim Kianna Dy. La Salle’s belle of an opposite hitter was the offensive focal point in both of the Lady Spikers’ victories against University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University, on her way to winning the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. And although the wins against the Lady Maroons and the Lady Tamaraws are as far apart as Diliman and Sampaloc, Dy seemed to be a delicate pendulum in the middle of the chaos. Dy was solid in the Lady Spikers’ three-set sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, with 14 points, five of which were aces and four were blocks, in an uneventful game La Salle easily shrugged off. It was against the Lady Tamaraws’ however that Dy showed a little more of her magic when she put up 18 points in a five-set win, 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5. Dy, despite starting dormant against FEU, rose up like a lotus in the middle of the dirge and scored four of La Salle’s 10 points, five came from the Lady Tamaraws’ errors, in the fifth set. “Yung mindset namin coming into the fifth set was dapat mauna kami, kasi FEU is very aggressive so pag dumikit mahihirapan kami,” said Dy. “So game plan talaga is unahan sila.” Dy’s scoring may not be considered outrageous as compared to Cherry Rondina, Jaja Santiago, and Diana Carlos—all three of which average more than 18 points per game with Rondina putting up 21.2 a game—but her elegant style saw her climb the scoring table in an impressive way. After scoring a total of 32 points this week, Dy went from 11th in the total points list to sixth leapfrogging Ateneo’s Jhoanna Maraguinot, teammate Majoy Baron, Adamson’s Jema Galanza and Mylene Paat, and University of the East’s Mary Ann Mendrez......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Pons gets vindication in UST win after futile showing against Ateneo

After a crucial loss, Bernadeth Pons got her vindication against Far Eastern University's all-time rival. In the Lady Tamaraws' shock three-set defeat to Ateneo last week, Pons was held to just five measly points afteraveraging 18.67 points a game in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament. It came like a wake-up call for Pons and vowed to a better player in the Lady Tamaraws' next game as the elimination round enters a crucial stretch. She found retribution when she led FEU to a 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 win over University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday where she finished with 15 points. READ:UAAP Volleyball: Ateneo recovers, stops FEU's winning run ...Keep on reading: Pons gets vindication in UST win after futile showing against Ateneo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kath Arado of UE

University of the East may not have flashy and powerful hitters or imposing and intimidating middles compared to other teams. For the longest time the Lady Warriors have been lumbering at the cellar with forgettable seasons, but prized libero Kath Arado gave the UE faithful a hope of culture change. Just last week, Arado showcased a superb performance that made the Lady Warriors the newest talk of the town. All, thanks to a pint-sized non-scoring volleybelle.      The fourth-year volleybelle was the catalyst in the Lady Warriors’ offense with her vaunted floor defense in full display as UE scored a huge upset over University of Sto. Tomas. Arado’s feat in covering the floor to deliver the Recto-based squad’s second straight win earned her the nod as recipient of the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honor. The 5-foot-4 libero tallied 32 excellent receptions and 28 digs as the Lady Warriors shocked the Tigresses, 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24, last Wednesday to open the second round elimination of the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. Just watch Arado's game higlights and be convinced. Interim coach Rod Roque praised the heroics of Arado, whose cat-quick reflexes and nose for the ball sparked UE’s counterattacks against the power-hitting UST side led by Sisi Rondina.    “Eh No. 1 naman ‘yan eh. No. 1 ‘yan sa UAAP, No. 1 ‘yan sa puso namin,” said Roque, whose wards ended the first round with a five-set win over Adamson University that snapped their 13-game losing skid. “Kahit na sa practice nga eh, babalagbag 'yan. ‘Kath, okay ka lang ba?’ 'Opo okay pa po ako.' Pero kita mo 'yung pain sa mukha niya nandoon kasi bumalagbag na,” he added. “Kath, you're No. 1, you're the one.” The Lady Warriors improved their record to 2-6, tied with their victim. UE handed UST its fourth straight defeat and marked the first time the Lady Warriors prevailed over the Tigresses since the start of the Final Four era in 1994. The Lady Warriors also claimed their first back-to-back victories since Season 74 but most importantly gave UE a fighting chance to vie for a spot in the Final Four if not improve their record from last year’s seventh place finish.  “Sa akin lang talaga, gusto ko talaga 'yung mabago talaga ang tingin nila sa UE,” said the Season 77 Rookie of the Year Arado. “Noong unang game pa lang namin sa UAAP, 'yun talaga ang nasa isip ko na, ngayon na season na 'to, gusto ko talagang baguhin ang tingin nila sa UE, which is nangyayari naman talaga.” Arado edged for the weekly honor given by broadsheet, tabloid and online publication reporters covering the beat other top performers in teammate Mary Anne Mendrez, Kim Kianna Dy of De La Salle University, Tots Carlos of University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University’s Jho Maraguinot......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

F2 Logistics import Perez earns POW award

F2 Logistics continues its dominant run when it posted five consecutive victories to remain as the heaviest contender in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix. And one player should be credited for this amazing run – import Maria Jose Perez. The Venezuelan sensation was at the helm of the Cargo Movers’ attack that prompted the PSL Press Corps to name her as its Chooks to Go-Player of the Week from Nov. 11 to 18. With Perez spewing fire at the attack zone, the Cargo Movers defeated Cocolife, Generika-Ayala and Victoria Sports-UST in straight-sets, putting them in a perfect position to capture the top seed in the sudden-death quarterfinal battle. She finished with 14 attacks and two aces for 17 points against the Asset Managers before torching the Lifesavers with 12 attacks to finish with 14 points in another dominant straight-set victory. Perez capped her impressive week with another 12-point effort to lead the Cargo Movers to another impressive win over the Tigresses over the weekend at the La Salle Lipa Sentrum to earn the weekly honor given by reporters and photographers from various newspapers, tabloids and online news outlets covering the league. She won the award over the other explosive imports like her teammate in Kennedy Bryan, Lindsay Stalzer of Petron and Sara Klisura of Foton. But more than her attacking prowess and leadership, Perez said it is their mental toughness that is making them successful. “I think we’re working hard every day in practice,” said Perez, a seasoned international campaigner who donned the colors of Venezuela in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. “I (also) think that we come to every match mentally prepared. You know, it’s very important to keep our mental toughness because the Superliga is a very tough competition. All players here are very good.” F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus was elated over their performance, but stressed that it’s still a long way to go, especially with other veteran teams like Petron, Cignal, Cocolife and reigning champion Foton tipped to come up with a run of their own. “We can’t take any team lightly,” said the 10-time UAAP champion. “We just have to keep our focus and be more consistent. Sa nakikita ko kasi parang may kulang pa eh. We have to improve it because it’s going to be tough down the stretch.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

La Salle s Ricci Rivero named UAAP Player of the Week

MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle wingman Ricci Rivero stood out among his peers and earned this week's UAAP Press Corps-Chooks To Go Player of the Week awar.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Ricci Rivero takes center stage for DLSU as Player of the Week

De La Salle University swingman Ricci Rivero stood out among his peers and earned this week's UAAP Press Corps Chooks-to-Go Player of the Week award of the UAAP Season 80 Men's Basketball Tournament.  Rivero helped the defending champions steady their ship this week after ending their first round on a sour note, losing to archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 76-75.  The Green Archers tacked two straight wins this week to improve to a 6-2 slate with Rivero averaging 20 points, three assists, and 3.5 steals.  Rivero said he just tried to play straight defense and trusted that his offense will follow through as long as he got to the right spots.  "At first I always think of ways of helping the team and the coaches just told me to just stick to the game plan and they will find me on offense," said Rivero.  "I'll just do my job and they'll help me get my offense going." Rivero's more impactful game of the week came in the Green Archers' 75-73 victory over Far Eastern University.  The second-year guard carried the offensive responsibilities for DLSU with 20 points, on 9-of-15 shooting, when Ben Mbala struggled the offensive floor on 5-of-16 shooting.  Rivero beat teammate Mbala, Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo, and Mark Olayon of University of the East for the weekly plum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

UE's 49-point man Alvin Pasaol is undisputed Player of the Week

University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol almost scored 50 points over defending champions De La Salle University last Wednesday.   And he did that with a hurt ankle. Rewriting a 15-year-old UAAP record for local cagers, Pasaol is hands down the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. But even with the spotlight beaming brightly over him, the 21-year-old cager said he was simply giving what his mentor and team asked of him. “Nilaro ko lang 'yung talagang best ko na hinihingi ni manong sa akin. Nag-stick lang talaga (ako) sa game plan namin. Salamat din sa mga teammates ko kasi hindi ko naman makukuha 'yung 49 points kung [hindi dahil sa kanila],” he said after registering 49 points on a 20-for-30 shooting clip in a 100-106 stand against the powerhouse Green Archers. The Davao native is the first Filipino to breach the 40 points in a game in over a decade. Jeff Napa, who is now Colegio de San Juan de Letran's head coach, once scored 43 on August 22, 2002. Pasaol, who beat Matt Nieto of Ateneo de Manila University, Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University, and Ben Mbala of DLSU for the weekly plum, also furthered his legend in UE's basketball lore after besting Allan Caidic and James Yap’s personal bests of 46 and 36 points, respectively.   'Alvin is different compared to (Jun) Limpot, Allan (Caidic) [na] nahawakan ko sa amateur. Alvin is like akala mo, hindi nya alam yung play, parang hindi nakikinig pero once you start the play, he knows it,” head coach Derrick Pumaren said of his prized ward. Pasaol would then ride on the momentum of his milestone mark by scoring 32 points just last Sunday to will the UE past University Sto. Tomas, leaving the Growling Tigers the only winless team after the UAAP’s first round hostilities. The stocky forward is currently norming 22.4 points a game. He’s also averaging 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per outing. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2017

Chibueze Ikeh punctuates breakout with nod as Player of the Week

Ateneo de Manila University’s Chibueze Ikeh is slowly but surely proving his worth with the Blue Eagles in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tourney. Now playing in his third year with the team, Ikeh has emerged as one of the key cogs in the Katipunan-based five's bid to reach the Promised Land anew, best typified by his impressive performance in the last two games. For leading Ateneo to a league-best 6-0 record and for showing he has what it takes, Ikeh earned his first UAAP Press Corps Chooks-to-Go Player of the Week award. Ikeh beat Adamson University’s Papi Sarr and the Far Eastern University pair of Ron Dennison and Arvin Tolentino for the weekly individual plum. Using his height and heft advantage to the hilt, the 6-foot-7 Ikeh averaged 12.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 1.5 bpg last week. Against University of Sto. Tomas last Wednesday, Ikeh scored seven points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and had three assists and two steals as the Eagles subdued the Growling Tigers, 94-84. Three days later, Ikeh scattered a career-high 18 points to go with 11 caroms, one dime, and two blocks in Ateneo's 96-83 drubbing of National University. Ikeh, a native of Nigeria, has also showcased a new facet of his game when he took—and—buried two three pointers against the Bulldogs last Saturday. “Coaches have been teaching me other facets of the game such as shooting, dribbling. I just found myself open and I just had to shoot it and went in,” Ikeh said. “I’m not feeling any pressure. It’s just a game. If I miss, that’s okay. Coaches are teaching me every aspect of the game and that’s giving me the confidence I need,' he added. Ateneo's coaching staff was not surprised when Ikeh tried to extend his range because they were giving him the go-signal to do so. “We weren’t surprised. The coaches have been giving him (Ikeh) the green light to shoot if he has a good rhythm to shoot it,” assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2017

King Maroon Desiderio is hands down Player of the Week

Following a career performance, all Paul Desiderio could say was, “Naglaro lang ako.” University of the Philippines’ main man was never one for talking and just lets his game speak for him. His statement was loud and clear last Saturday as he fired a career-best 30 points on top of six rebounds and five assists to lead the Fighting Maroons to a big-time win over De La Salle University. Scoring the most points by a player from Diliman since 2003 all while proving that State U is serious in its contention, Desiderio was hands down the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week from September 18 to 24. Even after besting teammate Jun Manzo, Ben Mbala of DLSU, Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo de Manila University, and Papi Sarr of Adamson University for the weekly citation, the 20-year-old was at a loss for words. “Wala akong masabi. Nagpapasalamat lang ako sa mga teammates ko kasi tulong-tulong kami para manalo,” he said. Indeed, UP head coach Bo Perasol said Desiderio’s “excellent performance” was also made possible by the other guys. “His teammates are his unsung heroes. They pass the ball to him, they rebound for him, they set screens for him, they do the little things for him,” he shared. Desiderio started the season slow, averaging 13 points on 26.3 percent shooting, but busted out with 28 points to shoot the Maroons over University of the East a week ago. “Medyo gigil pa ako first two games, pero ngayon, okay na. Nag-relax na ako,” he said. Against the defending champions, the pride of Cebu was even hotter, swishing six of State U’s 16 total triples. While Desiderio was never one for talking, opponents have no choice but to talk about him. Last week, Red Warriors mentor Derrick Pumaren said, “I think Desiderio killed us.” Not long after, Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo said, “Ginawa na rin sa amin ni Desiderio ‘yun before so we prepared ourselves for that, pero our players did not respond.” The Player of the Week will again lead UP as they try for three straight wins against Far Eastern University next Sunday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017

Ravena flies high as season's first Player of the Week

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles are off to an impressive start in UAAP Season 80 after imposing victories over Adamson University, University of the Philippines, and just the other day, Far Eastern University  One of the catalysts of the Eagles’ hot start is third-year forward Thirdy Ravena who was named the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week for all his effort. The versatile swingman is averaging an all-around 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game to lead his team in their pristine 3-0 start. Ravena edged out runners-up Paul Desiderio of UP and Aljun Melecio of De La Salle University who both notched career-highs in scoring Part of last season’s Mythical Five, Ravena shared that he has learned to be a constant force for the Katipunan-based squad this year. “I need to stay more consistent than last season. Last season, I’ll have a good game then polar opposite (the next),” Ravena said. “I’m just mentally focused coming into the season that I need to stay consistent.” Ateneo has won over their opponents by a margin of 17.6 points per game with a variety of Eagles contributing in each outing. Ravena has made headlines with his numbers, but his teammates have been just as valuable - an indication of the team’s unselfishness and versatility. “The players have been terrific, their attitude has been that it doesn't matter how many minutes they play, they come in and they do their job. We'd like to keep it that way,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said about their depth. “I have to trust my teammates because everyone’s been doing a really good job,” echoed Ravena. “We’ve been winning cause everyone’s staying together and we followed whatever coach Tab (Baldwin) told us.” Ravena and the rest of the Blue Eagles will look to maintain their record unblemished as they take on the University of the East on September 24. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

Beastly Mbala gets another UAAP Player of the Week citation

MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University's Ben Mbala has been named the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week for the second time......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2016

La Salle’s Montalbo earns UAAP weekly player citation

MANILA, Philippines – For the third straight week, a La Sallian has won the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week award......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 26th, 2016

La Salle’s Jeron Teng gets UAAP Player of the Week nod

MANILA, Philippines – De Le Salle University skipper Jeron Teng is this week's Accel Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2016

Two Blue Eagles in Collegiate Basketball Awards Mythical Team

The very best individual performers of collegiate basketball are set to be feted as the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps name the Mythical Team of the 2017 season in the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards on Thursday at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros. Robert Bolick and Thirdy Ravena, the key cogs behind San Beda and Ateneo’s championship runs, lead the selection as MVPs CJ Perez of Lyceum and Ben Mbala of La Salle join the pair. Floor general Matt Nieto, also of Ateneo, complete the cast selected by sports scribes covering the collegiate beat that will be feted in the awards night sponsored by Chooks-to-Go. After steering the Red Lions to their 21st title in the NCAA, Bolick is a shoo-in to the Mythical Team particularly with how he performed in the Finals against the Pirates. The 6-foot-1 guard out of Leyte missed out on individual accolades in the NCAA after being suspended for a game, but his year-long effort for the Red Lions isn’t about to go unnoticed. Ateneo’s homegrown pair of Ravena and Nieto also made the cut in the awards ceremony also backed by The Bayleaf Intramuros and Cherrylume after steering the Blue Eagles to their first title in five years. The duo showed great improvement from seasons before, not only in the individual aspect of the game, but in being the for the young Ateneo side coached by Tab Baldwin. Wrapping up the selection are the best individual performers of the collegiate season in Perez and Mbala. Perez was the force behind Lyceum’s amazing turnaround from cellar-dwellers to championship contenders, especially following a historic elimination round sweep. Though they fell short in the NCAA, Perez and the Pirates rebounded in winning the Philippine Collegiate Champions League. Mbala, on the other hand, is the least surprising selection following another dominant season for the Green Archers. Though they fell short of winning back to back titles, the 2016 Player of the Year was a man among boys in the UAAP leading to his second straight MVP citation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Afril Bernardino is first woman awardee in Collegiate Basketball Awards

Honoring the heroes of season’s past, the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards is set to distinguish three outstanding performers in college basketball on Thursday at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila. Alvin Pasaol, the Lyceum Pirates, and Afril Bernardino will be the recipients of special awards in the ceremony organized by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps and supported by Chooks-to-Go and The Bayleaf Intramuros. The Breakout Player award will be given to Pasaol for his exceptional rise as one of the most prolific scorers in the collegiate ranks for University of the East, highlighted by his 49-point explosion in a single game. The Lyceum Pirates, meanwhile, are set to accept a Special Citation for their record-setting 18-0 run in the NCAA Season 93 eliminations, making the inspiring turnaround from league cellar-dwellers to legitimate title contenders. The Pirates of head coach Topex Robinson also ruled the Philippine Collegiate Champions League earlier this year for the first time in school history, stamping their mark as one of the top college basketball programs in the country. Bernardino, a former member of the National University Lady Bulldogs, will also be recognized as she will be receiving the Award of Excellence for her contributions to women’s college basketball. Already a legend as a three-time UAAP MVP, Bernardino also became a pioneer in her sport, winning the inaugural UAAP 3X3 tournament in Season 80. Now, she will be making history as the event's first-ever woman awardee. Pasaol, LPU, and Bernardino join Isaac Go of Ateneo and Donald Tankoua of San Beda, who are also set to receive the Pivotal Player awards during the awards nights before the collegiate basketball season resumes next month with the NCAA wars......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018