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UE’s Alvin Pasaol headlines competition in first-ever UAAP 1-on-1

Alvin Pasaol is the brightest star set to take the stage in the first-ever UAAP Last One Standing 1-on-1 Hoop Challenge. University of the East’s main man, who famously scored 49 points a season ago, has all the tools to dominate the competition scheduled on Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium. Challenging him will be Ateneo de Manila University’s QJ Banzon, De La Salle University’s Jordan Bartlett, Far Eastern University’s Cade Flores, National University’s Robert Minerva, University of the Philippines’ Joe Gomez de Liano, and University of Sto. Tomas’ Zachy Huang. Adamson University has yet to submit the name of its entry in the men's 1-on-1 tournament as of press time. The women’s 1-on-1 tournament will be comprised by Adamson’s Nathalia Prado, Ateneo’s Jhazmin Joson, La Salle’s Rossini Espinas, FEU’s Princess Jumuad, NU’s Ria Nabalan, UE’s Cristine Cortizano, UP’s Noella Cruz, and UST’s Elondra Rivera. As always, all of the action will be on livestream and on YouTube Live starting at 10:00 AM. The tournament will have a single round robin format with the top two players in each group advancing to the semifinals. The winners there will then move on to the Finals where the Last One Standing will be determined. “Last One Standing is going to be fun and exciting. 1-on-1 is the best showcase for a player’s skills and smarts,” event director Eric Altamirano said. Meanwhile, Adamson's top gun Jerrick Ahanmisi is the odds-on favorite for the Three-Point Shootout. Competing with him are Blue Eagle Jolo Mendoza, Green Archer Aaron Waban, Tamaraw Travis Mantua, Bulldog Daniel Atienza, Red Warrior Jason Varilla, Fighting Maroon Allan Madrigal, and Growling Tiger Ken Zamora. A Slam Dunk Contest will also be a highlight of the day with high-flying Tyrus Hill (La Salle) pitted against Ivan Maata (Adamson), Matthew Daves (Ateneo), Aaron Davis (FEU), Daniel Chatman (NU), Soulemane Chabi Yo (UST), and Joe GDL (UP). There will be no UE player in the contest. The Skills Challenge will then be disputed by Soaring Falcon Jerom Lastimosa, Blue Eagle Migs Fortuna, Green Archer Donn Lim, Tamaraw James Tempra, Bulldog Migs Oczon, Red Warrior Mark Maloles, Fighting Maroon Enzo Battad, and Growling Tiger Brent Paraiso. This is the first time that the league will have a preseason event of the sort courtesy of the efforts of host school NU in partnership with SM Supermalls. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 13th, 2018

Kai is gonna be Kai whether it be Batang Gilas or Gilas cadets

There is no doubt that Kai Sotto is a dominant force in the high school level. But a step higher in terms of competition? We have yet to find out. Good thing then that we all got a glimpse of what the 7-foot-1, 15-year-old could do up against a collegiate team when he and the Gilas cadets took on University of the East last Tuesday. And the young Sotto was, for the most part, his UAAP Juniors champion and Finals MVP self. King Red Warrior Alvin Pasaol learned that the hard way. “Si Kai Sotto, talagang sobrang taas. Kala ko, maiiwan ko na siya e, yun pala, supalpal pa rin,” he told reporters after he and his team surrendered a 61-63 decision to the Gilas cadets who were energized by their towering, tantalizing talent. Indeed, just like he always does, Pasaol was aggressive and went at Sotto a couple of times. Safe to say, Pasaol was unsuccessful and Sotto slammed the door on him in both instances. And it wasn’t just Pasaol who got denied by Sotto, but all of UE as well. The prized prospect of Ateneo de Manila High School just had five points, three rebounds, and two blocks to his name, but it was during his time on the floor when the Gilas cadets went on a 13-0 run that erased an 11-point deficit and that eventually ended as a much-needed two-point win. And don’t forget, he did all that during his debut for the national team. As always, the kid of few words said that he was only doing his job. “Ako naman, kahit sino, gagawin ko lahat nang makakaya ko para matulungan team ko,” he said. That statement only bodes well for both the Gilas cadets and Batang Gilas. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Pasaol, other teammates mulling exit from still coach-less UE

Four months after the resignation of Derrick Pumaren, the University of the East is yet to name its new head coach. And so, with the next UAAP wars just half a year away, the Red Warriors are still unsure what their team will look like and what system they will be running. According to a few players who requested anonymity, team management is yet to inform them about what will happen. Still, they themselves have been holding training sessions so as not to get left behind by their competition. However, they are also well aware that try as they might, they have a lot of catching up to do to the likes of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, contenders Adamson University and Far Eastern University, upstarts National University and University of the Philippines, and reloading yet still dangerous De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas. “Wala e. Mapapag-iwanan kami nito,” one player told ABS-CBN Sports. “Mismong kami, naguguluhan na rin. Sobra.” That’s why according to the same source, there are a few UE players thinking about moving on. Specifically, he said 49-point man Alvin Pasaol and court general Philip Manalang are considering their next move. “Magkausap yung dalawa palagi at ‘pag ‘di na lalaro si Alvin, ‘di na rin lalaro si Philip,” he said. If that is indeed the case, for next season, the Red Warriors will have to fill vacancies for their head coach, main man, and point guard. Asked about it, Pasaol opted to keep mum. Instead, the scoring dynamo said he remains focused on Marinerong Pilipino and their playoff push in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. “Focus lang po muna talaga ako sa Marinero,” he remarked. The Recto-based team has been searching for a new head coach after former mentor Pumaren handed in his resignation late last year. Pumaren registered a record of 21-35 in his four years at the helm for his alma mater. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

DLSU, Ateneo grouped together in first-ever UAAP 3x3

The fiercest foes in the UAAP have been lumped together for the elimination round of the inaugural 3x3 Tournament in Season 80. De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University will be jostling for the top two spots in Group A along with Adamson University and University of the East on Sunday at the SM MOA Music Hall in Pasay. The Green Archers boast of one of the more stacked lineups in the tournament with former Rookies of the Year Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, and Santi Santillan. Meanwhile, the Blue Eagles will be bannered by QJ Banzon, Rodney Manuel, Gabe Natividad, and Dan Wong. Over in Group B, the University of the Philippines is poised to lord over with a roster of Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, Jun Manzo, and Gelo Vito. Still, Far Eastern University and National University are all set to put up a fight against the Maroons. University of Sto. Tomas decided against fielding a team in the Men's division. The top two teams from each group will move on to the semifinals where the top-seed in one group will be pitted against the second-seed in the other. The winners there will then move on to the Finals where the first-ever 3x3 Men’s champion will be crowned. While competition will not be count in the general championship, league executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag expects all member-schools to go all-out for bragging rights. “We’re going back to our roots because even before I played five-on-five basketball, tatluhan lang naman ang laro e. Ice tubig, Coke litro lang ang panalo dati,” he said. He then continued, “Dito, school pride naman ang paglalabanan.” Of course, all of the action will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on livestream starting at 9:00 AM. Here is the full schedule of games: This is the schedule for the #UAAP3x3 on Sunday in MOA. UP, DLSU teams to watch for Men’s. NU, UST teams to watch for Women’s. pic.twitter.com/tTTkfSY0mq — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 1, 2018 In the Women’s division, top teams NU and UST have been grouped together in Group B together with FEU and UP. Just like in the Men’s, the Women’s Group A will consist of Adamson, Ateneo, DLSU, and UE. Here is the full list of participants: Men’s 3x3 Adamson June Rey Buenaventura. Lenda Douanga. Brendan Espeleta. Jasper Longalong. Ateneo QJ Banzon. Rodney Manuel. Gabe Natividad. Dan Wong. DLSU Justine Baltazar. Andrei Caracut. Aljun Melecio. Santi Santillan. FEU Michael John Casino. Wendell Comboy. Richard Escoto. Kenneth Tuffin. NU JP Cauilan. Chammy Diputado. Theo Fores. Anthony Sistoza. UE Mark Maloles. Philip Manalang. Alvin Pasaol. Jason Varilla. UP Javi Gomez de Liano. Juan Gomez de Liano. Jun Manzo. Gelo Vito. Women’s 3x3 Adamson Jamie Alcoy. April Cabug. Jonalyn Lacson. Nathalia Prado. Ateneo Nicole Cancio. Katrina Guytingco. Jhazmine Jason. Johanne Nimes. DLSU Lauryn Del Campo. Angel Figueroa. Marja Jimenez. Vea Malarde. FEU Claire Castro. Princess Jumuad. Valerie Mamaril. Fatima Quiapo. NU Jack Danielle Animam. Afril Bernardino. Ria Nabalan. Annick Tiky. UE Christine Cortizano. Joyce Francisco. Princess Pedregosa. Anna Requiron. UP Carmela Bascon. Justine Domingo. Christine Isip. Lourdes Ordoveza. UST Jhenn Angeles. Angel Anies. Karla Manuel. Maria Sangalang. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

UE s Alvin Pasaol wants to shake things up

MANILA, Philippines – University of East (UE) is the lone UAAP team still searching for a win, so scoring leader Alvin Pasaol wants to shake things up. "Kailangan more aggressive din sila (they need to be aggressive)," the third-year player said of his teammates.  "Kailangan mo, inspired basketball, kailangan ........»»

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UAAP: Adamson dispatches UE for 2-0 start to season

On the back of a career performance from Sean Manganti, Adamson University has scored back-to-back convincing victories to begin the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Manganti registered a career-high 27 points and Jerrick Ahanmisi remained red-hot as the Soaring Falcons made quick work of University of the East, 90-76, on Wednesday at the MOA Arena. Coming off a big-time upset of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University to start the season, Adamson only built on its momentum from there to march forward to the solo lead in the standings at 2-0. Still, the Red Warriors were putting up a fight at the onset and behind Alvin Pasaol, even had the lead, 28-25, at the midway mark of the second. It was at that point, however, that the Soaring Falcons scored 17 unanswered points punctuated by Ahanmisi’s triple for a 42-28 advantage in their favor late in the quarter. They would not be threatened the rest of the way as Manganti waxed hot in the second half, firing 14 in the third and then eight in the fourth periods. “They’re accepting their respective roles as leaders. I mentioned to them that the young guys will follow them if they play well,” head coach Franz Pumaren said. Ahanmisi was right there with him, dropping 17 points while Papi Sarr also posted a 15-point, 21-rebound double-double to make sure Adamson remained spotless through two games. This is the first time since 2003 that the Soaring Falcons have started the season with back-to-back wins. On the other hand, UE fell for the second straight time despite the best efforts of Alvin Pasaol who gave his all with 36 points in 14-of-33 shooting on top of 11 rebounds and two assists. BOX SCORES ADAMSON 90 – Manganti 27, Ahanmisi 17, Sarr 15, Camacho 8, Espeleta 8, Lastimosa 5, Colonia 4, Bernardo 2, Catapusan 2, Mojica 2, V. Magbuhos 0, Zaldivar 0. UE 76 – Pasaol 36, Strait 10, Bartolome 7, Beltran 7, Varilla 7, Cullar 6, Manalang 3, Acuno 0, Antiporda 0, Conner 0, Gagate 0, Sobrevega 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-18, 42-32, 67-52, 90-76. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Adamson battles UE as UAAP 81 action resumes

Games on Wednesday at the MOA Arena 2:00 PM – UE vs Adamson 4:00 PM – La Salle vs NU Adamson University had to wait a while before it could build on its big-time upset of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University to commence its campaign in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Soaring Falcons finally take the floor once more for an encore and up next for them is rebuilding University of the East on Wednesday at the MOA Arena. Adamson (1-0) is determined to soar even higher at the expense of Alvin Pasaol and the Red Warriors (0-1) at 2:00 PM. As always, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. Meanwhile, National University (1-0) is out to pound on already grounded De La Salle University (0-1) at 4:00 PM. In the women’s games, the FEU Lady Tamaraws and the La Salle Lady Archers are determined to stay hot up against the Adamson Lady Falcons at 8:00 AM and the UE Lady Warriors at 10:00 AM, respectively. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

LOOK: UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball rosters

The UAAP season 81 basketball tournament tips off this weekend, and all eight squads of the premier collegiate athletic association in the country has unveiled their list of players. Check out the complete list below:  ADAMSON for #UAAPSeason81 Sean Manganti Jerrick Ahanmisi Jerom Lastimosa Wilfred Magbuhos Simon Camacho Jonathan Espeleta Koko Pingoy Egie Boy Mojica Kristian Bernardo Papi Sarr Keith Zaldivar Michael Macion Vince Magbuhos Wilfrey Magbuhos CJ Catapusan — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) September 4, 2018 ATENEO for #UAAPSeason81 Thirdy Ravena BJ Andrade Adrian Wong Anton Asistio Gian Mamuyac Mike Nieto Aaron Black Jolo Mendoza Isaac Go Matt Nieto William Navarro Tyler Tio Matthew Daves Raffy Verano SJ Belangel Angelo Kouame — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) September 4, 2018 FEU for #UAAPSeason81 Richard Escoto Prince Orizu Ino Comboy Axel Inigo Kimlee Bayquin Kenneth Tuffin Joseph Nunag Brandrey Bienes RJ Ramirez JR Parker Alec Stockton Arvin Tolentino Hubert Cani L-Jay Gonzales Clifford Jopia — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) September 4, 2018 LA SALLE for #UAAPSeason81 Taane Samuel Miggy Corteza Joaqui Manuel Mark Dyke Encho Serrano Aljun Melecio Kib Montalbo Jollo Go Justine Baltazar Gabe Capacio Leonard Santillan Andrei Caracut Brandon Bates — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) September 4, 2018 NU for #UAAPSeason81 Shaun Ildefonso Dave Ildefonso Rev Diputado Enzo Joson John Lloyd Clemente Issa Gaye Matthew Aquino John Galinato Medd Salim Dave Yu JV Gallego Joshua Sinclair Jonas Tibayan Mike Malonzo Troy Rike — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) September 4, 2018 UE for #UAAPSeason81 Chris Conner Mark Maloles Leo Guion Jason Varilla Shannon Gagate Jason Strait Rey Mark Acuno Wilson Bartolome Alvin Pasaol JC Cullar Jan Sobrevega Ric Gallardo Jojo Antiporda Allan Beltran Brian Lacap — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) September 4, 2018 UP for #UAAPSeason81 Bright Akhuetie Juan GDL Javi GDL JJ Espanola David Murrell Jaydee Tungcab Jarrell Lim Jun Manzo Gelo Vito Janjan Jaboneta Paul Desiderio Will Gozum Jerson Prado Pio Longa Diego Dario James Spencer — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) September 4, 2018 UST for #UAAPSeason81 Renzo Subido Embons Bonleon Steve Akomo Eric Caunan Zachy Huang Germy Mahinay CJ Cansino Ken Zamora Marvin Lee Makoy Marcos Nat Consejo Ira Bataller JM Lagumen Arnold Ando — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) September 4, 2018 Catch the UAAP season 81 as it tips off this Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Mall of Asia Arena. You can watch the opening ceremony as well as the rest of the games on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, S+A HD channel 166, Liga, and Liga HD as well as via streaming on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap and our YouTube channel.  For more stories and updates for the upcoming basketball season, visit our dedicated UAAP section here. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

UE Super 6 for UAAP Season 81

These are the players who will be key as a new day dawns upon UE. The UE Red Warriors' All-Filipino core looks primed for the #UAAPSeason81 wars 🔴 pic.twitter.com/YAMCruyLf6 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 1, 2018 Wilson Bartolome – Center UAAP Season 80 averages: 4.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 16.0 minutes Chris Conner – Forward/Guard UAAP Season 80 averages: 2.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 8.6 minutes Ric Gallardo – Forward NCAA Season 92 averages: 1.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, 7.3 minutes Philip Manalang – Guard UAAP Season 80 averages: 6.4 points, 4.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 27.8 minutes Alvin Pasaol – Forward UAAP Season 80 averages: 20.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.6 assists, 27.0 minutes Jason Varilla – Guard/Forward UAAP Season 80 averages: 4.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 18.0 minutes.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Red Warriors win confidence-boosting title in Taipei

The University of the East is nothing but confident that its rebuild is on the right path. The biggest boost thus far for the confidence of the new-look Red Warriors came when they triumphed in the recently concluded 2018 BK Squad Invitational in Taiwan. There, Alvin Pasaol and company downed a Taiwanese club team boasting of one player from the Chinese Taipei national team, two former veterans of the Asean Basketball League, and one former pro from the Australian State Basketball League to win the championship. The champions 🏆🏀🥇 ue red warriors! #ballaholic #23 #taiwan pic.twitter.com/30lIynMwaN — alvinpasaol (@wisha112) Agosto 10, 2018 For UE’s main man Pasaol, who famously scored 49 points in a game last season in the UAAP, the title in Taiwan grants them a mental edge heading into Season 81. “We believe in ourselves and we are unstoppable,” he said, full of confidence. While sharing the same confidence Pasaol has, head coach Joe Silva preferred to say that the championship is primary proof that the Red Warriors will not be pushovers in the looming collegiate wars. “Our championship in Taiwan just shows that we can compete with any team in the UAAP as long as we follow the system and do our jobs,” he said. Hopefully the first of many. #culture #discipline #family #sipag — joe silva (@joesilva18) Agosto 10, 2018 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Coach Joe overseeing Pasaol’s transformation into a beast

Unlike De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas, who also have new coaches, University of the East will have a Mythical Team member fronting its new era. Alvin Pasaol, who famously scored 49-points in a game last season in the UAAP, will be playing two more years for the Red Warriors. That means that new mentor Joe Silva will have a top five player in his first year as at the helm for UE – as compared to Louie Gonzales with the Green Archers and Aldin Ayo with the Growling Tigers who wont' have that luxury.  Of course, Silva recognized how big is it to have somebody like that. “Siyempre, it helps na may Mythical 5 kami na go-to-guy,” he said of his main man who averaged 20.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.6 assists last year. Still, UE’s new head coach, who knows a thing or two about top players, said we haven’t seen the best of Pasaol just yet. As he put it: “Alvin, for me, hasn’t reached his potential yet. Tip of the iceberg pa lang yan.” During his time as coach of the Ateneo De Manila Blue Eaglets, Silva had a hand in the development of the likes of Thirdy Ravena, Nieto twins Matt and Mike, SJ Belangel, Dave Ildefonso, and Kai Sotto. As such, he went on to point out that his new top gun, well-known for his big body, could do much more with better conditioning. “I want him to get stronger. Isipin niyo, he’s kind of on the pudgy side, tapos andami na niyang nagagawa,” he said. He then continued, “Paano pa kung kundisyon? He’ll be a beast.” A toned and tireless Alvin Pasaol? Could he score more than 49 points in a game? For his part, Pasaol said he’s ready and raring to answer his mentor’s challenge. “Sinasabi nga ni coach Joe na kailangang totally fit ako. Agree naman akong kailangan kong pumayat kahit konti para mas shifty pa akong gumalaw at mas kayang tumalon,” he said. That doesn’t mean, however, that the 49-point man we all have come to love is going away. “Kahit pumayat, ‘di naman mawawala yun. Siguro, mas lalo ko lang i-eenhance ginagawa ko para rin ma-break ko yung record ko,” he said. Along with the weight, though, Pasaol said he’s aiming to take the reins of leadership for the new-look Red Warriors. “Yung leadership, yun yung gusto kong ma-achieve ngayon. Gusto ko, lahat ng teammates ko, papagalingin ko,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 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

The five Super Moms behind your favorite athletes

The saying goes “For every great man, there is a great woman.” This holds true in the world of sports, where athletes lean on their moms during their development, through their success, and beyond. Remember when NBA superstar Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors received the MVP award for the 2013-2014 season? He offered his award to his mom for her dedication in bringing him up the right way. In the Philippines, our local athletes also cherish their mom as much as they cherish their wins and accolades. Let’s take a look at five super moms who have been caught by S+A’s cameras supporting their children game in and game out.   1.) Mozzy Ravena   But the plan is to show you that i understand. You are appreciated. . . . . . . Happy mother’s day @ravenamozzy ! A post shared by Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena15) on May 12, 2018 at 4:39pm PDT Mozzy Ravena is always there for her kids. Mozzy Ravena is probably the most prominent sporting mom S+A has caught. Not only is she a former star for the UST Golden Tigresses, she is also the mom of the Ravena siblings who have made a mark in their respective UAAP sports. Kiefer, Thirdy, and Dani Ravena surely have one heck of a super mom that never tire from cheering them on and lecturing them about what it takes to be an ultimate athlete. When Ateneo plays, everyone is sure that Tita Mozzy will be there for her kids.   2.) Lydia De Vega-Mercado Former Filipina super sprinter and national track team mainstay Lydia De Vega-Mercado made sure to support daughter Stephanie's volleyball dream. The former national sprinter, who was considered the fastest woman in Asia during her heydays in the ‘80s, is also the mother of former star DLSU Lady Spiker and current Petro Gazz Angel Stephanie Mercado. While her daughter did not follow in her footsteps and pursued volleyball instead of athletics, it did not stop her from showing up in her Paneng’s games and celebrated her championships as if she just won in a World Championship for the 100m dash.   3.) Susan Teng     Congrats @jeronalvinteng for winning your second championship and being the finals mvp! Great way to end your college career! 👍 A post shared by jeric teng (@tengjeric) on Dec 7, 2016 at 4:21am PST Susan Teng is all out when it comes to supporting her sons during their collegiate careers, never mind that they went to different schools.  When it comes to former UAAP stars and brothers, Jeron and Jeric Teng, their father Alvin is mentioned more being a former professional basketball player. However, as much as the Teng brothers credit their dad for their love and development in the sport, they also heap as much love to their mother Susan, who has been with them every step of the way, starting to when they were still small basketeers.   4.) Pablita Valdez Pablita Valdez made a big decision in letting her precious Alyssa travel to Manila and embark on a journey towards volleyball stardom. Before her daughter even became a national sensation, Pablita, who was a teacher in Batangas, believed that Alyssa was in store for great things when she started playing volleyball. It is that belief that made her decide to bring the younger Valdez to Manila where she can hone her talent and play in tougher situations and competition. That decision has paid off in spades as the volleyball phenom was born and her star’s ascent was meteoric. Every step of the way, Mama Pablita was there for her and we couldn’t thank her enough for giving us an excellent and much-loved star.   5.) Marilyn Mollena It took them 13 years to be together, but for every spike and score, Marilyn Mollena was on the mind of the Lady Beast, Grethcel Soltones.  Mommy Marilyn was the reason why Grethcel Soltones became the “Lady Beast.” Young Grethcel decided to play volleyball during her formative years as she searched for her mom. She thought that it was the easiest avenue to meet her mother after 13 years if she played and got broadcast on TV. She soon got her wish for on her last year with the San Sebastian Lady Stags when Marilyn surprised the Lady Beast during the individual awarding ceremonies and the whole nation even got to witness the touching reunion on TV.    Catch more super moms and also super dads on ABS-CBN S+A as it continues to champion Filipino athletes and sports development through the coverage of sports events and the airing of inspiring features on teams and athletes. For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

Getting champion coach Joe Silva just the first step in rebuild of UE basketball

After a number of false starts, University of the East finally has a new head coach all ready and all set to go. According to several sources, the Red Warriors will be announcing the appointment of two-time UAAP Juniors champion Joe Silva as new head coach next week. This, confirming the report first broken by Matthew Li of Tiebreaker Times. Silva’s hiring will, at long last, put an end to the Recto-based squad’s long, long search for a replacement for former mentor Derrick Pumaren who resigned late last year. He registered a record of 21-35 in his four years at the helm for his alma mater. Asked for comment, Silva responded, “We’re in talks, but nothing is sure yet.” As per sources, though, UE is already certain to go all-in on a young coach coming off a UAAP Juniors championship with Ateneo de Manila High School in Season 80. Following that championship, he stepped down from his position in late March. In all, Silva won two championships for the Blue Eaglets, both near-season sweeps, and had a 77-20 overall record. During all that, he had a hand in the development of the likes of Thirdy Ravena, Nieto twins Matt and Mike, SJ Belangel, Dave Ildefonso, and Kai Sotto. Now, Silva takes the next step in his career as tactician in college basketball. The good news for him is that both Alvin Pasaol and Philip Manalang will still be wearing red and white for at least one more season. Both are also already back in training after stints in the PBA D-League. Still, sources said that Silva, along with team patron Bong Tan and team manager Lawrence Chongson, remain on the lookout for more talent – possibly even taking in a foreign student-athlete. Along with being UE Seniors head coach, sources also said that Silva will be a consultant for the Junior Warriors who have been languishing at the bottom of the standings for almost a decade now. Apparently, both the school and its newly-hired mentor are nothing eager for a culture change for UE’s Seniors and Juniors basketball programs. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Comboy, FEU steal show as first-ever UAAP 3x3 champions

An unlikely champion emerged in the first-ever UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Catching fire just when his team needed it the most, Wendell Comboy shot Far Eastern University over Alvin Pasaol and University of the East, 21-13, on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. Heading into the inaugural tournament, De La Salle University and University of the Philippines were billed as favorites. Come the semifinals, it was then the Pasaol show as he scored 17 points in the semifinals to power the Red Warriors right through National University and into the Finals. There, however, they were frustrated by Comboy and FEU. Comboy not only matched the output of Pasaol, but outdueled him each and every step of the way. The incoming fourth-year guard had 11 points to his name and his hot shooting propelled the Tamaraws to a win still with 2:06 to spare. Richard Escoto and Kenneth Tuffin chipped in five and four points, respectively, in the historic win. A historic win that crowned FEU, the season's host, as the king of UAAP 3x3. The runner-up to the first-ever UAAP 3x3 is UE which was led Pasaol and his nine points in the Finals. —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Pasaol says he should have eaten one more cup of rice

Alvin Pasaol single-handedly carried University of the East past National University in the semifinals of the inaugural UAAP 3x3 Men's Tournament. The King Red Warrior scored 17 points in his team's 19-16 conquest of the Bulldogs to win the right to go into the Finals. Yes, by his lonesome, he defeated NU, 17-16. All throughout that game, the Bulldogs just had no answer for the burly forward who famously scored 49 points in one UAAP game last season. I mean, how do you even stop this? Alvin Pasaol will not be denied! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/bG1xWqsZkE — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 Or this? Pasaol can only smile after that three! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/yv1FA0lxM0 — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 How about this one? He has gone berserk again! Can Alvin Pasaol score 49 points in #UAAPSeason803x3? Maybe not, but he already has 16! pic.twitter.com/rjik1yLSUA — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 Answer? There's no way. Interviewed by event host Andrei Felix after that performance, Pasaol said he was fueled by Mang Inasal chicken and one cup of rice. Come the Finals, though, it seemed as if his fuel had ran out. The incoming third-year player did his best to will UE up against Far Eastern University, but was, time and again, turned back by Wendell Comboy. In the end, Comboy shot the Tamaraws to the first-ever UAAP 3x3 championship by a score of 21-13 - and still with 2:06 to spare at that. Reflecting on what could have been afterward, Pasaol said he probably should have had one more cup of rice. "Siguro, kinulang nga ng kain, one rice lang kasi e," he said through chuckles. Still, he said he was nothing but proud of their effort, especially because nobody even tagged the Red Warriors as contenders. As he put it, "Undersized kami tapos nag-training kami, siguro isang araw lang. Ako, nagfo-focus ako sa D-League kaya 'di ko sila nakakasama." He then continued, "Pero good performance for my boys. Malaking tulong yun pagdating ng upcoming UAAP." And personally, the 23-year-old said he was only glad to have put on a show for the sizable crowd who watched the event on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. "Napakita ko naman yung skills ko and at least, napasaya ko yung mga tao. Yun lang naman yung gusto ko," he remarked. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Wendell Comboy stole Alvin Pasaol s thunder

All eyes were on Alvin Pasaol as he willed University of the East into the Finals of the inaugural UAAP 3x3 Men's Tournament. And why wouldn't they as the King Warrior literally single-handedly shot his team there, outscoring National University in the semifinals by his lonesome, 17-16. In the Finals, however, try as he might, Pasaol just couldn't will UE through Far Eastern University. That's because for every shot he made, Wendell Comboy was right there to answer. The Tamaraws raced to a 12-6 start in the championship game before the burly forward who famously scored 49 points in one UAAP game last season pulled the Red Warriors to within four. Comboy's stepback jumper from deep was the quick counter for FEU, however, and it put out the fire before it could even get hot. Pasaol then again inched his team to 13-16 only to see the incoming fourth-year guard drop back-to-back long-range missiles for the response. Not long after, the Tamaraws became the first champions of the UAAP 3x3 Men's division - and with 2:06 still to spare at that. For the sharpshooter who made it happen, the championship was extra special because he didn't even think he was going to be playing. "Sobrang nag-enjoy po ako. Actually, 'di ko nga in-expect na ako ang pipiliin ni coach kaya talagang thankful pa rin ako para makalaro," he shared. Now, not only did he play, but also led his team into making history. "Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm. Siyempre, (season) host ang FEU kaya sabi ni (athletic director) Mark [Molina] na dapat kami ang champion," he said. He then continued, "Nagkakonting pressure, pero sobrang nag-enjoy rin naman kami." Really, Comboy's outburst in the Finals shouldn't have come as a surprise as he was already doing things like this to De La Salle University, one of the favorites entering the tournament, in the semis: Wendell Comboy making em dance out here! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/RtnzSmF6f9 — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 And this: Comboy bringing the pain to DLSU! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/SYL1XoEQUU — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 Also, things like this: Wendell. Comboy. Cmon! Wow! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/xR6ieJqIBn — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 However, the Tamaraw guard said this is only part of the buildup in their preparations to better their fourth-place finish in the UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament a season ago. "Ang mindset kasi namin, sobrang 'di pwedeng maulit yung ganun. As early as now, nagpe-prepare na talaga kami," he said. He then continued, "Kahit anong event man yan as long as basketball, talagang binibigay namin ang best namin." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

GDLs, Melecio headline participants in first-ever UAAP 3x3

Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut, and Afril Bernardino and Jack Danielle Animam are just some of the names who are bound to make history by taking part in the first-ever UAAP 3x3 basketball tournament on March 4, Sunday. The event will be available via livestream starting 9 a.m. With the country’s premiere collegiate league having organized its inaugural three-on-three tournament to be held on Sunday in Pasay’s Mall of Asia Music Hall, seven out of the eight member schools will each be sending one men’s and one women’s team. University of Sto. Tomas decided not to field a team in the men's division. Most notable are the representatives of the University of the Philippines which includes the GDL brothers as well as Jun Manzo and Gelo Vito. Juan GDL once wore the flag in the FIBA 3x3 Under-17 Championship. The Fighting Maroons should expect a challenge from De La Salle University which is fielding an equally-loaded lineup of former Rookies of the Year Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, and Santi Santillan. Also gunning for the historic title are Adamson University’s June Rey Buenaventura, Lenda Douanga, Brendan Espeleta, and Jasper Longalong; Ateneo de Manila University’s QJ Banzon, Rodney Manuel, Gabe Natividad, and Dan Wong; Far Eastern University’s Michael John Casino, Wendell Comboy, Richard Escoto, and Kenneth Tuffin. National University’s JP Cauilan, Chammy Diputado, Theo Fores, and Anthony Sistoza; and University of the East’s Mark Maloles, Philip Manalang, Alvin Pasaol, and Jason Varilla. In the Women’s tournament, it’s again the four-time champion Lady Bulldogs who are the team to beat. They will trot out a lineup that includes two-time MVP Afril Bernardino, most recent MVP Jack Danielle Animam, Mythical selection Ria Nabalan, and Annick Tiky. Here is the full list of participants: Men’s 3x3 Adamson June Rey Buenaventura. Lenda Douanga. Brendan Espeleta. Jasper Longalong. Ateneo QJ Banzon. Rodney Manuel. Gabe Natividad. Dan Wong. DLSU Justine Baltazar. Andrei Caracut. Aljun Melecio. Santi Santillan. FEU Michael John Casino. Wendell Comboy. Richard Escoto. Kenneth Tuffin. NU JP Cauilan. Chammy Diputado. Theo Fores. Anthony Sistoza. UE Mark Maloles. Philip Manalang. Alvin Pasaol. Jason Varilla. UP Javi Gomez de Liano. Juan Gomez de Liano. Jun Manzo. Gelo Vito.   - Women’s 3x3 Adamson Jamie Alcoy. April Cabug. Jonalyn Lacson. Nathalia Prado. Ateneo Nicole Cancio. Katrina Guytingco. Jhazmine Jason. Johanne Nimes. DLSU Lauryn Del Campo. Angel Figueroa. Marja Jimenez. Vea Malarde. FEU Claire Castro. Princess Jumuad. Valerie Mamaril. Fatima Quiapo. NU Jack Danielle Animam. Afril Bernardino. Ria Nabalan. Annick Tiky. UE Christine Cortizano. Joyce Francisco. Princess Pedregosa. Anna Requiron. UP Carmela Bascon. Justine Domingo. Christine Isip. Lourdes Ordoveza. UST Jhenn Angeles. Angel Anies. Karla Manuel. Maria Sangalang. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

GDLs, Melecio headline participants in first-ever UAAP 3x3

Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut, and Afril Bernardino and Jack Danielle Animam are just some of the names who are bound to make history by taking part in the first-ever UAAP 3x3 basketball tournament on March 4, Sunday. The event will be available via livestream starting 9 a.m. With the country’s premiere collegiate league having organized its inaugural three-on-three tournament to be held on Sunday in Pasay’s Mall of Asia Music Hall, seven out of the eight member schools will each be sending one men’s and one women’s team. University of Sto. Tomas decided not to field a team in the men's division. Most notable are the representatives of the University of the Philippines which includes the GDL brothers as well as Jun Manzo and Gelo Vito. Juan GDL once wore the flag in the FIBA 3x3 Under-17 Championship. The Fighting Maroons should expect a challenge from De La Salle University which is fielding an equally-loaded lineup of former Rookies of the Year Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, and Santi Santillan. Also gunning for the historic title are Adamson University’s June Rey Buenaventura, Lenda Douanga, Brendan Espeleta, and Jasper Longalong; Ateneo de Manila University’s QJ Banzon, Rodney Manuel, Gabe Natividad, and Dan Wong; Far Eastern University’s Michael John Casino, Wendell Comboy, Richard Escoto, and Kenneth Tuffin. National University’s JP Cauilan, Chammy Diputado, Theo Fores, and Anthony Sistoza; and University of the East’s Mark Maloles, Philip Manalang, Alvin Pasaol, and Jason Varilla. In the Women’s tournament, it’s again the four-time champion Lady Bulldogs who are the team to beat. They will trot out a lineup that includes two-time MVP Afril Bernardino, most recent MVP Jack Danielle Animam, Mythical selection Ria Nabalan, and Annick Tiky. Here is the full list of participants: Men’s 3x3 Adamson June Rey Buenaventura. Lenda Douanga. Brendan Espeleta. Jasper Longalong. Ateneo QJ Banzon. Rodney Manuel. Gabe Natividad. Dan Wong. DLSU Justine Baltazar. Andrei Caracut. Aljun Melecio. Santi Santillan. FEU Michael John Casino. Wendell Comboy. Richard Escoto. Kenneth Tuffin. NU JP Cauilan. Chammy Diputado. Theo Fores. Anthony Sistoza. UE Mark Maloles. Philip Manalang. Alvin Pasaol. Jason Varilla. UP Javi Gomez de Liano. Juan Gomez de Liano. Jun Manzo. Gelo Vito.   - Women’s 3x3 Adamson Jamie Alcoy. April Cabug. Jonalyn Lacson. Nathalia Prado. Ateneo Nicole Cancio. Katrina Guytingco. Jhazmine Jason. Johanne Nimes. DLSU Lauryn Del Campo. Angel Figueroa. Marja Jimenez. Vea Malarde. FEU Claire Castro. Princess Jumuad. Valerie Mamaril. Fatima Quiapo. NU Jack Danielle Animam. Afril Bernardino. Ria Nabalan. Annick Tiky. UE Christine Cortizano. Joyce Francisco. Princess Pedregosa. Anna Requiron. UP Carmela Bascon. Justine Domingo. Christine Isip. Lourdes Ordoveza. UST Jhenn Angeles. Angel Anies. Karla Manuel. Maria Sangalang. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

49-point man Alvin Pasaol vows to keep playing for still coach-less UE

University of the East is now the lone UAAP team without a head coach. The good news for them is that they already have one important thing many teams still do not. Make no doubt about it now, the red and white will be welcoming back main man Alvin Pasaol for Season 81. “Mag-stay pa po ako sa UE,” he told ABS-CBN Sports on Tuesday. His statement answers questions as to whether or not he was staying in Recto following the departure of former coach Derrick Pumaren. Last November, “Manong” resigned from his post, ending his four years at the helm of his alma mater. It was thought then that Pumaren’s exit will also lead to Pasaol’s exit as the two have developed a close relationship with the latter saying that the former is like a son to him. Now, however, UE can rest assured that it will still have its burly forward who famously scored a milestone mark 49 points up against De La Salle University. Whoever will be their new coach can also rest assured that he will already have a building block to begin with – a building block who averaged 20.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.6 assists en route to a Mythical selection. Pasaol will also be a building block who is set to gain valuable experience in the PBA D-League with Marinerong Pilipino. “Maglalaro lang po muna ako sa D-League para mag-improve pa lalo,” he said. His coach there will be Koy Banal who just so happens to be one of the names being considered to take the reins of the Red Warriors. UE is now the lone UAAP team without a head coach with the transfer of Aldin Ayo to University of Sto. Tomas and the appointment of Louie Gonzalez in DLSU. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

MVP Mbala joined by teammate Rivero, rival Ravena in Mythical 5

For the second straight season, De La Salle University’s Ben Mbala is first and Ateneo de Manila University’s Thirdy Ravena is second in terms of Statistical Points (SPs). That means that Mbala will be hoisting his second straight MVP award before Game 2 of the Finals of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. The Green Archers’ main man proved he is still, far and away, the top individual player in the league with per game counts of 26 points in 52 percent shooting, 13.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals. He has also powered the Taft-based team to a 12-2 finish in the elimination round and back onto the Finals. In all, those combined for 96.58 SPs – 30 better than his closest competitor. That closest competitor is Ravena whose 63.86 SPs places him as the runner-up again to the Cameroonian powerhouse. The Blue Eagles’ first among equals averaged 14.6 points in 44.6 percent shooting, 8.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He was a big part of their 13-1 record in the eliminations as well as their return to the championship round. Joining them in the Mythical Team is another DLSU player is Ricci Rivero. The second-year stud had norms of 13.8 points in 48 percent shooting, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals for 56.29 SPs. That put him eighth in the MVP race. However, league rules only allow one foreign student-athlete in the Mythical Team. As such, Adamson University’s Papi Sarr (fifth with 63.15 SPs), National University’s Issa Gaye (57.57 SPs), and University of Sto. Tomas’ Steve Akomo (56.77 SPs) were all ineligible due to Mbala’s inclusion. Rounding out the Mythical selections are NU’s J-Jay Alejandro and University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2017