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UAAP Season 81 swimming: MVPs Lacuna, Daos lead Ateneo charge

Reigning MVPs Jessie Khing Lacuna and Chloe Daos set in motion Ateneo de Manila University's bid for a championship double by winning two golds in UAAP Season 81 swimming Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool. Lacuna ruled the men's 800-meter freestyle with 8:33.98 to lead the Blue Eagles 1-2-3 finish in the event and returned later in the afternoon by winning the 100-meter freestyle with 52.18. Season 79 MVP Aldo Batungbacal also bagged a men's gold for Ateneo in the 200-meter individual medley with 2:09.49 to go with his 800-meter freestyle silver (8:46.39). Rookie Ianiko Limfilipino finished second in the 200-meter freestyle behind Batungbacal (2:12.48) and completed the Eagles' podium finishers in the 800-meter freestyle, finishing third with 8:59.31. Daos, who was also last year's women's top rookie, set a new league record in the 800-meter freestyle with 9:24.51, erasing the old mark of 9:26.11 by Kim Uy of the Lady Eagles in 2014. A silver medalist in the 41st Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships last November in Brunei, Daos also emerged triumphant in the women's 100-meter freestyle with 59.62, besting her teammate Andrea Ngui (59.70). De La Salle University swept the opening day men's relay events, capturing the gold in the 200-meter medley (1:48.87) and 800-meter freestyle (8:14.02) University of the Philippines, one of Ateneo's biggest threats for the women's throne, also shone as Nadine Tee Ten ruled the 200-meter individual medley event with 2:31.87, while its 200-meter medley relay (2:06.93) and 800-meter freestyle relay (9:25.18) ruled the roost. The Eagles are gunning for their fifth consecutive men's title while the women's tankers are eyeing to make it two in a row.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnNov 8th, 2018

Lacuna, Dato shine as Ateneo takes lead in UAAP swimming

MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo, stamping its class early, taking the men's and women's division lead with plenty to spare after Day One of the UAAP Season 79 s.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2016

Ateneo tankers catch fire

Ateneo de Manila University stayed on course for a golden double as it dominated the second day of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 81 swimming competitions yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool. Three-time men’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Jessie Lacuna led the Blue Eagles onslaught, topping in the 100-meter butterfly […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

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

Daos, Gesmundo lead best in UAAP ’80

Swimmer Kirsten Chloe Daos and baseball player Francis Michael Gesmundo – aces from rivals Ateneo and La Salle, respectively – took home the coveted UAAP Athlete of the Year honors to lead the honor roll during the league’s closing ceremony for Season 80 last night at Far Eastern U Auditorium......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

UAAP Season 80 Athletes of the Year mark milestone after first MVP plums

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo's Chloe Daos and De La Salle University's Kiko Gesmundo not only nabbed their first MVP plums, but also bagged the UAAP Season 80's presitigious Athlete of the Year awards.  Just a freshman, Daos already proved to be the new queen of UAAP swimming when she won ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Eaglets survive scare from Baby Tams to seize playoff berth

STANDINGS Ateneo 10-0 NU 7-2 UST 5-4 FEU-Diliman 5-5 Adamson 4-5 DLSZ 3-6 UPIS 2-7 UE 1-8 For the first time in the 80th Season of the UAAP Juniors Basketball Tournament, Ateneo de Manila High School’s matchup went down the wire. Far Eastern University-Diliman put up the best fight the undefeated league-leaders have faced thus far, but team captain SJ Belangel and Joaqui Manuel came up big in a 68-65 decision, still in favor of the Blue Eaglets on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The three-point margin is the smallest the kids from Katipunan have registered after 10 games. It is also the first and only time their winning margin was not in double-digits. Dominant throughout the tournament, Ateneo was under siege after the first half and was down by eight before their team captain got together with Dave Ildefonso to outscore their opponents in the third, 15-10. Behind that 21-point quarter, they mounted a three-point lead heading into the final frame. There, last year’s Finals MVP L-Jay Gonzales came alive with all but two of his 12 points, but was quickly responded to by Belangel. In the endgame, it was then Manuel who took charge. In all, he had eight of his 12 points in the last seven minutes. He also had a total of 14 rebounds and four assists. Ildefonso chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds while Kai Sotto contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. While it was their first game that didn’t end in a rout, head coach Joe Silva said the close contest was actually good for them as it showed their character. Indeed, Ateneo is gladly taking the hardfought win as it already guarantees them a spot in the playoffs. At 10-0, they are also four more wins away from an elimination round sweep that automatically advances them into the Finals. On the other hand, the defending champions remain winless up against the three other contenders above of them in the standings in Ateneo, Nazareth School of National University, and University of Sto. Tomas. This, despite a strong showing from RJ Abarrientos who had 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. At 5-5, FEU-Diliman is in need to get a win run going as Adamson High School continues to lurk behind them. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME ATENEO 68 – Belangel 20, Sotto 16, Manuel 12, Ildefonso 11, Credo 9, Escalona 0, Chiu 0, Angeles 0, David 0, Jaymalin 0, Lopa 0 FEU-DILIMAN 65 – Abarrientos 16, Alforque 12, Gonzales 12, Torres 12, Sajonia 10, Celzo 0, Ona 1, Boc 0, Tolentino 0, Mariano 0 QUARTER SCORES: 10-20, 25-33, 46-43, 68-65 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Ateneo rules men's, women's swimming

Ateneo de Manila University tankers ruled the 80th UAAP swimming tournament after completing a clean sweep of the men’s and women’s divisions after four days of action at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool. The Blue Eagles led by two-time Olympian and Most Valuable Player Jessie Khing Lacuna completed a four-peat Sunday after accumulating 567 points. Trailing far behind Ateneo, which bagged its fifth overall men’s crown, at second place was De La Salle University with 328 points while University of the Philippines completed the podium cast with 191 points. University of Sto. Tomas placed fourth (84) followed by National University (38), University of the East (27) and Adamson University (18). Ateneo’s Miguel Karlo Barlisan snatched the Rookie of the Year recognition. In the distaff side, the Lady Eagles reclaimed the throne they ceded last year to the Lady Maroons after collecting 483 points. UP was close behind with 437 points for a silver medal finish while University of Sto. Tomas finished third with 105 points. DLSU landed at fourth (92) while National University took the last spot (28). Ateneo’s Kirsten Chloe Daos of Ateneo was named Rookie of the Year and MVP.        In the juniors division, UST brought home its second straight boys division title while DLSU completed a repeat in the girls division. UST earned 405 points just six points ahead of closest pursuer and boys second placer DLSU-Zobel (399) while Ateneo bagged third (191) followed by NU (110), UE, (97) and UP (58). Maurice Sacho Ilustre of DLSU was named MVP while UE’s Terrence Delvo bagged Rookie of the Year.  DLSU collected 419 points to beat UST (298). UP (234) took the third spot (234) followed by Ateneo (137), NU (92) and UE (21). Nicole Pamintuan of DLSU captured her second straight girls MVP award while UP Integrated School’s Maria Consuelo Neri, daughter of ABS-CBN S+A director Al Neri and executive producer Malou Neri, was awarded Rookie of the Year.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

Congratulations to the FAST team – champions of the UAAP Season 81 Swimming Tour…

Congratulations to the FAST team – champions of the UAAP Season 81 Swimming Tournament! BREAKING: The Blue and Lady Eagles of the Fast Ateneo Swimming Team are crowned kings and queens of the UAAP Season 81 Swimming Tournament! Photos by Aga Olympia and Joshua Tan. Source link: Congratulations to the FAST team – champions of the UAAP Season 81 Swimming Tour….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Daos, Himor, and Santos sweep medals in women’s 100m butterfly at UAAP 81 on Nov. 9, 2018

We congratulate Chloe Daos, Suzanne Himor, and Kristine Santos on winning gold, silver, and bronze- respectively- in the women’s 100m butterfly event of the UAAP Season 81 Swimming Championship on Nov. 9, 2018! Today is the last day of the competition that’s being held in the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, so please pray for a… link: Daos, Himor, and Santos sweep medals in women’s 100m butterfly at UAAP 81 on Nov. 9, 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Ateneo secures twice-to-beat, downs La Salle anew

Ateneo swept its season series against archrival De La Salle with a 71-62 and secured its twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball Final Four Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Blue Eagles improved to a league-leading 11-2 record and their win also allowed second seed Adamson University (10-3) to take the other twice-to beat perk. De La Salle, meanwhile, dropped to an 8-5 slate while staying at third. With neither team taking control for most of the game, the Blue Eagles turned on the jets late and went on an 11-2 run to take a 71-58 lead with Thirdy Ravena's three capping off the furious rally with 2:09 remaining. Part of Ateneo failing to quickl...Keep on reading: Ateneo secures twice-to-beat, downs La Salle anew.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

FEU eyeing to boost bid for UAAP 81 playoffs against NU

Games on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum 12:00 PM – FEU vs NU 4:00 PM – La Salle vs Ateneo Far Eastern University has quite a bit of ground to catch up on as the playoff race heats up in the 81st Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Tamaraws are out to charge closer to the fourth and final playoff berth, but to do so, they will have to go through already eliminated National University on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. FEU (6-6) goes for joint fourth even with the Bulldogs (3-9) doing their best to prevent them from getting that starting at 12:00 PM. Of course, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. In the day’s other game at 4:00 PM, Ateneo de Manila University (10-2) and De La Salle University (8-4) figure in a rivalry game with big implications. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

PVL: Lady Eagles eye first semis seat

Ateneo-Motolite goes for the first Final Four seat in a rematch against first round tormentor Banko on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. The Lady Eagles are on top of the standings with a 9-2 win-loss record and are on a four-game winning streak. Another victory by Ateneo-Motolite in the 6:00 p.m. duel will hand the Lady Eagles a seat in the best-of-three Final Four. The game will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.   Behind the solid games of Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag, rookie Vanessa Gandler and Bea De Leon, the Lady Eagles went on a tear in the second round, beating Pocari Sweat-Air Force, Creamline, Tacloban and Iriga-Navy. But Ateneo-Motolite is bracing for a tough challenge against the Perlas Spikers. BanKo beat the Lady Eagles in straight sets in the first round. The Perlas Spikers hold a 7-2 card at second to third place tied with the Cool Smashers and are coming off back-to-back victories. Dzi Gervacio, Nicole Tiamzon, Joy Dacoron and Kathy Bersola will lead the charge BanKo.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Ateneo holds off Adamson for 5th straight win

ANTIPOLO---Ateneo strengthened its hold of the top spot after shutting down Adamson University, 62-48, in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here. The league-leading Blue Eagles chalked up their fifth straight win and bumped their record to 10-2 while the second-seeded Soaring Falcons dropped to 8-3. After an uneventful first quarter that saw both teams score just nine points apiece, the Blue Eagles raced to a blistering 32-12 run to take a 41-21 lead after Anton Asistio's three midway through the third quarter. Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga admitted that the Blue Eagles played poorly in the first quarter that saw them struggl...Keep on reading: Ateneo holds off Adamson for 5th straight win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Eagles drop Warriors, soar to solo lead

Ateneo came out of the blocks flying against University of the East to romp off with 90-70 triumph and soar to the solo lead in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tourney yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Eagles pummel Warriors for solo lead

Ateneo came out of the blocks flying against University of the East to romp off with 90-70 triumph and soar to the solo lead in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tourney Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

PVL: I feel old –- Valdez on facing new breed of Lady Eagles

Alyssa Valdez got her first shot at taking on her former college team when Creamline faced Ateneo-Motolite on Sunday. The former Queen Eagle taught the new breed of Lady Eagles a thing or two when she led the Cool Smashers to a straight sets win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Baliwag Star Arena here.     Going up against new faces except for Bea De Leon, Deanna Wong and Kim Gequillana in the college team that she led to back-to-back UAAP titles in Seasons 76 and 77 before graduating the following season, Valdez felt that like it has been a long time since she left the Katipunan-based squad. “I feel old. Hahaha!” joked Valdez after scoring 19 points in the Cool Smashers’ 25-23, 25-17, 25-14, victory that pushed Creamline’s winning run to six for a 6-1 win-loss slate at solo lead.    Valdez last played for Ateneo back in 2015 together with De Leon, Gequillana, Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston. Kat Tolentino was supposed to debut in Valdez’s last playing year but was sidelined with a knee injury before the start of the season. The three-time UAAP MVP became the face of Ateneo volleyball and the players in the current lineup of the Lady Eagles look up to her. “Well, nakaka-pressure din in a way kasi you have to live na sa mga pressure and sa mga expectations ng mga tao pero that pressure kasi would make you push yourself pa and nai-inspire ka rin sa mga bata,” said Valdez. The Creamline star didn’t hold back against the younger Lady Eagles, scoring all of her points on attacks while showcasing great floor defense with 11 digs.    “Siyempre mga bata ‘yan, iba ‘yung laro ng mga bata, mas mataas ‘yung laro ng mga bata, mas kundisyon sila so ako as mas ate sa kanila will try my best para may mas matutunan pa sila sa akin,” she added. Valdez and the Cool Smashers drew first blood in their first elims meeting but the Creamline open spiker knows that Ateneo-Motolite will surely try to bounce back in their early rematch next week with Tolentino, Madayag and Gaston back for the Lady Eagles. The trio skipped Ateneo-Motolite’s for a community immersion as part of their academic requirement. “Well not naman complete Ateneo team so definitely they’ll gonna bounce back,” said Valdez. “So I guess the real battle will be on Sunday ‘cause everyone’s gonna be there.”       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

Ateneo cuts UP down to size to cop solo first in UAAP 81

Ateneo de Manila University has yet again jumped on Katipunan rival University of the Philippines to get back on track in the 81st Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.   With Matt Nieto out due to a fever, it was Jolo Mendoza’s time to shine and he was only flanked by Thirdy Ravena in yet another convincing victory for the Blue Eagles versus the Fighting Maroons, 83-66, on Sunday at the MOA Arena.  Ravena made his presence felt all over with 21 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks as for the second time in the season, the defending champions bounced back from a loss at the expense of State U. “It’s important for us to come out strong in the second round because we’re coming off a loss,” assistant coach Sandy Arrespacochaga said.   It was Mendoza and Ravena who joined forces for all of the points in the 13-2 run that broke a tied tally of 48-all late in the third quarter and built up a 61-50 advantage in favor of Ateneo.  Both the double-digit lead and the momentum would remain with until the final buzzer.  Mendoza woud up with 10 piints in just nine minutes on the floor while fellow guard Tyler Tio also stepped up with a season-high 12 points to go along with five assists and two rebounds.  Angelo Kouame also added nine points and 16 rebounds all while helping slow down UP’s Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie.  Now at 6-2, the Blue Eagles are again alone atop the leaderboard. “This is more than the standings for us. We wanted to mainly focus on our intensity and I think we did a pretty good job on that,” coach Sandy said.  On the other hand, UP fell farther behind in the playoff race with its second straight loss and fifth overall in eight games. Akhuetie still showed the way for them with 20 points and eight rebounds while Paul Desiderio chipped in 16 markers and seven boards.  Gomez de Liano brothers Juan and Javi struggled, however, and only merged for nine points in 4-of-16 shooting while also committing seven turnovers.  BOX SCORES  ATENEO 83 – Ravena 21, Tio 12, Verano 10, Mendoza 10, Asistio 9, Kouame 9, Mamuyac 6, Belangel 4, Go 2, Navarro 0, Black 0, Wong 0  UP 66 – Akhuetie 20, Desiderio 16, Manzo 8, Gomez de Liano Ju 5, Gomez de Liano Ja 4, Dario 3, Jaboneta 2, Prado 2, Murrell 2, Vito 2, Gozum 2, Spencer 0, Lim 0  QUARTER SCORES: 18-15, 35-29, 54-48, 83-66  ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

UAAP: Yet again, Ateneo shows off its enviable depth with Tyler Tio

Matt Nieto sat out for Ateneo de Manila University due to a fever up against the University of the Philippines on Sunday.  For any other team, losing its lead guard would have been a big blow.  The Blue Eagles, however, only soldiered on. “Luckily for us, guys stepped up just like Tyler [Tio]. Ang laking tulong niya lalo nang nawala si Matt,” Thirdy Ravena told reporters post-game.  Indeed, starting in place of Nieto, Tio turned in his best performance of the season with 12 points and five assists – almost matching his season totals of 13 points and five assists before the game.  For the second-year stud, he was only staying true to Ateneo’s identity. “We have a philosophy in the team na ‘next man up’ so when Matt went down, obviously, we were hurt because he’s one of our better players, one of our leaders,” he said.  He then continued, “So the captains and the coaches talked to us point guards and told us we really need to step up.”  Tio did just that, holding down the for the Blue Eagles and helping them get back on track.  Still staying true to their identity, though, he also deflected the credit to his fellow guards in SJ Belangel, Jolo Mendoza, and Adrian Wong. As he put it, “I give props also to Jolo, SJ, and Adrian. It wasn’t just me who stepped up so we just wanted to fill the void left by Matt.”  ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

UAAP: FEU stuns Ateneo for share of second spot

Far Eastern University stunned Ateneo, 63-60, to stretch its winning streak to three games Wednesday in the in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Ending their first round in a hot streak, the Tamaraws gained a share of the second place and tied the Blue Eagles at 5-2 at the end of the first round. Hubert Cani gave FEU a 61-56 lead wit a balls three from the left wing with 1:16 left in the game but the Blue Eagles scrambled back to make it a three-point game, 61-58, after Mike Nieto's layup a few seconds later. The Tamaraws then got a massive break with Jasper Parker coming away with the ball after a mad scramble eventually finding...Keep on reading: UAAP: FEU stuns Ateneo for share of second spot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Eagles eye solo lead vs mighty Tams

For the first time in UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball, defending champion Ateneo is in position to grab the solo lead in the team standings, a spot everyone expected the Blue Eagles to occupy even before the start of hostilities......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018