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UST, St. Clare clash in virtual playoff

Ironcon-UST and St. Clare College Virtual Reality face off in a crucial Aspirants Group duel today in the 2019 PBA D-League at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMay 16th, 2019

Saints, Scorpions face off in do-or-die showdown

St. Clare College-Virtual Reality and Centro Escolar University clash one last time today in the deciding Game Three of their PBA D-League semifinal showdown at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

PBA D-League: Paraiso helps UST ward off NAASCU champ St. Clare

Ironcon-UST boosted its 2019 PBA D-League playoff hopes with a cardiac 78-75 win over St. Clare College Virtual Reality Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Dave Ando buried the go-ahead undergoal stab with 20.4 seconds remaining, before Brent Paraiso sealed the win with two free throws in the final 4.3. Junjie Hallare tried to heave a hail mary three to force overtime, but his shot went way short as time expired Paraiso scored 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists for Ironcon-UST, while Mark Nonoy and Rhenz Abando chipped in 13 points in the victory. "We just executed the game plan and the players did not deviate from the game plan kasi yun yung tendency ng mga bata. They just executed," said coach Aldin Ayo. Ando and Renzo Subido also combined for 20 to improve the Growling Tigers' slate to a 6-2 record in the Aspirants Group. They missed the services Beninese forward Soulemane Chabi Yo, who is down with a flu. Ironcon-UST survived a late spurt from Irven Palencia, who scored all of his eight points as St. Clare rallied back from a 73-67 deficit. Joshua Fontanilla top-scored for St. Clare (5-3) with 19 points, as Rojay Santos got 16 points built on five triples. Meanwhile, Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian remained in the hunt for the Foundation Group top spot, dismantling CD14 Designs-Trinity, 105-82. Emmanuel Bonleon stepped up for the Golden Harvest, uncorking 20 of his 23 points in the first half as his side took the 36-23 lead at the end of the first period. Allyn Bulanadi was at his lethal self with a team-high 28 points, alongside six rebounds, three steals, and two assists, while JM Calma had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. It was the Golden Harvest's fourth straight win and pulled them once again on level with CEU at the no. 1 spot in the group at 7-1. Clark Derige paced the winless CD14 Designs-Trinity (0-9) with 22 points and five rebounds. In the day's other game, FamilyMart-Enderun finally broke through, drubbing AMA Online Education, 116-94. Valandre Chauca hit eight triples on his way to 24 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists as five others got to double-digits to help the young Titans nab their first win in the developmental ranks and halt a six-game losing skid. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME VALENCIA-BASTE 105 -- Bulanadi 28, Bonleon 23, Calma 16, Dela Cruz 10, Ilagan 9, Desoyo 4, Villapando 4, Calahat 4, Tero 3, Sumoda 2, Loristo 2, Are 0, Altamirano 0, Baclay 0. CD14 DESIGNS-TRINITY 82 -- Derige 22, Tayongtong 19, Barua 10, Balucanag 8, Biteng 6, Medina 6, Vitug 4, Juanico 4, Ortega 2, Mabayo 1, Tadeo 0, Chua 0, Dela Cruz 0, Ingel 0, Juico 0. QUARTER SCORES: 36-23, 69-48, 85-68, 105-82. SECOND GAME FAMILY MART-ENDERUN 116 -- Chauca 24, Escoto 17, Vidal 17, Gatdula 14, Sacundo 13, Hayes 12, Gotladera 8, Dela Cruz 5, Mariano 4, Nunez 2, Dungan 0, Tancioco 0, Oebanda 0. AMA 94 -- Munzon 30, Johnson 24, Parcero 13, Sayat 8, Estibar 6, Alao 5, Dela Rosa 4, Asuncion 3, Sabile 1, Catequista 0. QUARTER SCORES: 31-26, 64-52, 81-78, 116-94. BOX SCORES THIRD GAME IRONCON-UST 78 -- Paraiso 14, Nonoy 13, Abando 13, Ando 10, Subido 10, Concepcion 7, Bataller 4, Marcos 4, Huang 3, Herrera 0. ST. CLARE 75 -- Fontanilla 19, Santos 16, Lunor 11, Hallare 8, Palencia 8, Rubio 7, Pare 4, Ambuludto 2, Bolos 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-11, 37-33, 60-57, 78-75......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

UAAP Season 81 Final Four: UST, DLSU dispute twice-to-beat advantage

Three-time defending champion De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas just got themselves entangled in a virtual best-of-three affair. The two squads clash on Wednesday in an all-important battle for the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Final Four twice-to-beat advantage at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 3:30 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The encounter will not only be a preview of the two teams’ Final Four pairing on Sunday but will also decide which squad will move one step closer to the championship round. DLSU and UST finished with identical 10-4 win-loss records, closing the two-round eliminations on contrasting fashion. The Tigresses are riding the crest of a four-game winning streak. UST is making a return to the semis since losing to DLSU in Season 79 Final Four. On the other hand, the Lady Spikers fell short of securing the last semis advantage after bowing down to Far Eastern University on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s Finals. It was the Lady Tamaraws’ first win over DLSU since the first game of Season 78 Final Four or a total of eight head-to-head games.         The loss forced the Lady Spikers into a playoff with UST.   Both teams split their elims head-to-head with the Tigresses sweeping the Lady Spikers in the first round before DLSU exacted revenge in their rematch in four frames. Top seed Ateneo de Manila University takes on FEU in the other semis pairing armed with a twice-to-beat advantage on Saturday. The UST-DLSU Final Four showdown is on Sunday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

Eight-man CEU proud to have given their all against PBA D-League champ Ateneo

CEU's uprising against heavily favored Cignal-Ateneo was quelled, once and for all, in Game 4 of the 2019 PBA D-League Finals. There, the Scorpions got waylaid, 66-98. Still, the runners-up are nothing but proud of what they had done. "First of all, I would like to congratulate Ateneo. They were supposed taao win talaga and even at the start, they were the favored team," head coach Derrick Pumaren said. He then continued, "We've accomplished a big accomplishment. In spite of an 8-man lineup and 7-man rotation, we still made it here." Indeed, the fact that CEU, with eight players in the line-up and seven players in the regular rotation, even got to Game 4 was already a pleasant surprise. "We wanted to extend the series and keep giving a good fight, but the fatigue factor really got to us," the veteran coach said. He then continued, "I just tried to push them, but hanggang doon na lang e. Wala nang maibibigay." The Scorpions were down to half of their initial roster after they dismissed eight players due to alleged game-fixing at the end of the elimination round. Still, they marched forward to the playoffs where they downed higher-seeded Go for Gold-CSB and St. Clare-Virtual Reality before facing off with the Blue Eagles in the five-game Finals. And in the championship round, CEU pulled off the biggest upset of the season - stealing a 77-74 win from right under the nose of Cignal-Ateneo in Game 2. Just for that alone, Coach Derrick said they will return to Mendiola with their heads held high. As he put it, "I didn't want them to be complacent dahil nakapasok kami sa Finals, but I told them na in my book, you're already a champion because you’ve done something incredible. We have nothing to be ashamed of because we overachieved." He then continued, "Sa akin, champion na sila. I know Ateneo is a very good team, very well-coached, very well-disciplined. Take nothing away from them, pero we're CEU and we were able to steal a game." With that, the Scorpions will be heading into the next conference of the PBA D-League with their confidence as high as it has ever been. "We were able to steal a game from Ateneo and we can use that as a springboard for the next conference. Hopefully, we'll have enough time to fill (out the rest of the roster)," their mentor said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

PVL: Perlas Spikers zero in on semis spot playoff

BanKo goes for at least a playoff for a Final Four seat when the Perlas Spikers clash with also-ran BaliPure on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is set at 5:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. BanKo is coming off a pulsating win last Sunday over Motolite, 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 17-15, to arrest a three-game losing skid for a 3-5 win-loss slate.  Nicole Tiamzon, who scored 19 points the last time out, spearheads the Perlas Spikers' charge to spark a late winning run with two playdates remaining in the elimination round. "Last two games ito ang pinakaimportante. All out pa rin kami," said Tiamzon, who will be backed by Thai import Sutadta Cheuwulim, Turkish reinforcement Yasemin Yildirim, Kathy Bersola and Suzanne Roces. Meanwhile, with a 0-8 card, the Water Defenders are just looking to end their campaign on a high note, playing with nothing to lose. "Ang gusto lang namin makita ay ma-develop sila as individuals and as a team. Kasi looking forward na kami sa next conference and gusto namin going to the next conference ay may baon naman kaming maganda," said BaliPure coach Rommel Abella. Slovenian Alexandra Vajdova, Montenegrin Danijela Dzakovic, Grazielle Bombita, Satrianni Espiritu and Sandra Delos Santos will try to help the Water Defenders barge in the win column. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

CEU continues Cinderella run, marches on to D-League finals

     MANILA, Philippines – The severely undermanned CEU Scorpions continued their magical run in the 2019 PBA D-League, handily disposing St Clare-Virtual Reality, 89-72, in a do-or-die semifinals Game 3 at the Ynares Sports Arena on Tuesday, June 11.  With the win, the gutsy Scorpions now arrange a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

7-man CEU wills its way to PBA D-League Finals date opposite Cignal-Ateneo

Centro Escolar University dug deep and pulled off an 89-72 Game Three semifinal shocker to boot St. Clare College Virtual Reality Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and progress to the 2019 PBA D-League Finals. "We didn't expect to be here, to make it to the Finals, but the heart and the desire to win ng mga players, there's no substitute for that," said coach Derrick Pumaren. The duo of Rich Guinitaran and Dave Bernabe stepped up big for the Scorpions, which had to deal with the absence of Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf in the final three minutes of the game. Guinitaran uncorked 23 points and seven rebounds, as well as hitting the big three that erected an 83-68 advantage with 2:49 left. Bernabe contributed 16 of his 22 points in the second half, as well as hauling down 14 rebounds and five steals in the win. Diouf had to sit the waning moments of the game after being whistled for a flagrant foul penalty one for his landing spot foul against Raymond Rubio at the 3:11 mark of the fourth. But CEU's 20-4 third quarter tear was the x-factor in the game, changing the tide from a tight 38-39 halftime affair to a commanding 58-43 lead en route to taking the best-of-three series, two wins to one. CEU now makes a quick pivot with the best-of-five Finals against Cignal-Ateneo already set on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. "For me, this team is already a champion. With all the adversities na nangyari, we still made it," sighed Pumaren. Junjie Hallare carried St. Clare with 19 points, while Joshua Fontanilla got 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals in the semis exit. BOX SCORES CEU 89 -- Guinitaran 23, Bernabe 22, Diouf 14, Sunga 12, Santos 8, Diaz 7, Abastillas 3. ST. CLARE 72 -- Hallare 19, Fontanilla 16, Pare 11, Lunor 7, Tiquia 7, Santos 6, Ambulodto 4, Rubio 2, Penaredondo 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-21, 38-39, 67-52, 89-72......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Scorpions keep surprise run, sting Saints in rubber

The badly undermanned Centro Escolar University side extended its improbable run all the way to the finals following a huge 89-72 win over St. Clare College-Virtual Reality in the PBA D-League yesterday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Lions, Stags, Pirates press playoff bids

San Beda and San Sebastian clash for the Group A lead as the two teams collide today even as Lyceum of the Philippines U seeks to keep the top spot in Group B as it faces off with National U in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup 2019 at the Flying V Centre......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

St. Clare turns into a reality do-or-die vs CEU in PBA D-League semis

St. Clare College-Virtual Reality wasted no time to crush eight-man Centro Escolar University, 84-50, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig to push the 2019 PBA D-League semifinals to a deciding Game 3. Malian center Mohammed Pare anchored the Saints' uprising with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks, as Darwin Lunor came off the bench to tally 14 points and 11 boards. St. Clare immediately took over the game, frustrating the Scorpions in the first half to erect a 23-point edge, 32-9, which would balloon to as high as 34, 82-48, in the closing moments of the affair. Joshua Fontanilla, Junjie Hallare, and Joseph Penaredondo all scored 11 points each in the win. Game 3 is on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the Finals to meet Cignal-Ateneo in the best-of-five championship affair. "Alam ko na amin na eh kaya maga-adjust kami sa kung anong pwede pa ma-adjust at paghahandaan namin sila," said coach Jinino Manansala. Franz Diaz scored 17 points to pace CEU, while Kurt Sunga had 14 points and seven rebounds. Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf was limited to a measly seven points, 22 boards, and two rejections. BOX SCORES ST. CLARE 84 -- Pare 17, Lunor 14, Hallare 11, Fontanilla 11, Penaredondo 11, Rubio 7, Palencia 5, Santos 2, Rivera 2, Manacho 2, Tiquia 2, Ambulodto 0, Fuentes 0, Decano 0. CEU 50 -- Diaz 19, Sunga 14, Diouf 7, Santos 5, Guinitaran 5, Bernabe 0, Abastillas 0, Intic 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-7, 36-19, 60-30, 84-50......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

Scorpions, short in men, survive Saints

Shorthanded, fatigued and all, the seven-man Centro Escolar University continued to defy odds following another 76-75 win over St. Clare College -Virtual Reality in a thrilling Game 1 of their PBA Developmental League best-of-seven semifinal series Monday at the Paco Arena in Manila......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

7-man CEU still stinging in PBA D-League after stunning Go for Gold-CSB

Seven-man strong Centro Escolar University shocked Go for Gold-CSB, 84-74, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig to progress to the 2019 PBA D-League semifinals. Maodo Malick Diouf played his heart out for all 40 minutes as he registered 25 points, 29 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks to deliver the goods for the Scorpions. "I'm happy for the boys, lalo na yung naglarong seven, lalo na kay Malick. He's been our game changer sa league na ito," said coach Derrick Pumaren. Jerome Santos added 15 points and six rebounds, while Rich Guinitaran had 11 points. CEU now advances to the best-of-three showdown against St. Clare College Virtual Reality in the semifinals. The Scorpions held fort in the endgame, with Diouf dousing the Scratchers' rally from 17 points down and sliced it down to four, 64-68, at the 6:16 mark of the fourth, as the Senegalese big man commanded a 10-2 run to reinstate a 12-point lead, 78-66 with 2:34 left. It was an emotional win for CEU, which discarded Judel Fuentes, Tyron Chan, Jan Formento, Christian Uri, Keanu Caballero, John Rojas, and John Lisbo due to alleged game-fixing. "Yung seven players, na-involve sa game-fixing and we have strong evidences and they admitted it and they're out of the team. We cannot tolerate it," said Pumaren. "Yung game na mahal natin, parang nababoy at parang hindi tama yun. Masyadong unfair sa mga gustong maglaro." Roosevelt Adams carried Go for Gold-CSB with 26 points and 11 rebounds, as Gab Banal collected 18 points, six boards, and six assists in the loss. BOX SCORES CEU 84 -- Diouf 25, Santos 15, Guinitaran 13, Bernabe 10, Diaz 10, Sunga 7, Abastillas 4. GO FOR GOLD-CSB 74 -- Adams 26, Banal 20, Nayve 7, Santillan 6, Gutang 5, Naboa 3, Dixon 3, Pasturan 2, Leutcheu 2, Carlos 0. QUARTER SCORES: 24-20, 44-36, 66-51, 84-74......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2019

St. Clare reaches D-League semis

St. Clare-Virtual Reality took advantage of the fatigue dealt by Metropac-San Beda to fashion out a 65-60 victory and advance to the semifinals of the PBA D-League at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

Saints gain F4; Scratchers stay alive

Joshua Fontanilla took charge at endgame and St. Clare College-Virtual Reality broke through with a first-ever PBA D-League Final Four entry in drubbing Metropac-San Beda, 65-60, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

St. Clare-VR forces Metropac-San Beda to move out of contention in PBA D-League

St. Clare College Virtual Reality earned its first ever semifinals stint, downing Metropac-San Beda, 65-60, Tuesday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Joshua Fontanilla took charge late, dropping the killer 15-foot jumper to quash the rally for the Movers and make it a 61-57 affair with 1:24 left to play, before canning four straight freebies to put the nail in the coffin. "Ang sama ng laro namin, pero buti si Joshua nag-step up," said coach Jinino Manansala as Fontanilla scored the Saints' last six points. Fontanilla corralled 12 points, five assists, five steals, and three rebounds to lead the Aspirants Group 2-seed St. Clare to the Final Four as it now awaits its date between CEU and Go for Gold-CSB. Ray Rubio added 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Mohammad Pare had himself a double-double with his 10 points, 10 boards, and two blocks. The win also ended Metropac-San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez' golden streak, as the eight-time PBA D-League champion coach will not make it to the Finals for the first time in the 10 conferences he has participated in. James Canlas led the gallant stand with 14 points, five rebounds, five steals, and three assists for Metropac-San Beda, who just came back from its Las Vegas training earlier in the day. Clint Doliguez chimed in 13 points and seven boards, while Donald Tankoua had 12 and 12 in the losing effort. BOX SCORES ST. CLARE 65 -- Fontanilla 12, Rubio 11, Pare 10, Hallare 9, Lunor 8, Ambuludto 7, Palencia 2, Santos 2, Rivera 2, Bolos 2. METROPAC-SAN BEDA 60 -- Canlas 14, Doliguez 13, Tankoua 12, Alfaro 7, Oftana 5, Penuela 3, Nelle 2, Soberano 2, Visser 2, Bahio 0, Etrata 0, Abuda 0, Cuntapay 0, Carino 0, Obenza 0. QUARTER SCORES: 10-10, 29-25, 51-38, 65-60......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

UST bows out of contention in PBA D-League care of FamilyMart-Enderun

Also-ran FamilyMart-Enderun eliminated Ironcon-UST with a huge 81-74 win, Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao. Fighting for pride, the Titans weathered a huge fourth quarter attack from the Growling Tigers to end their maiden campaign on a high note and finish with a 2-7 slate. "They want to prove something and they accepted their roles for the good of the team," said coach Pipo Noundou. Valandre Chauca carried FamilyMart-Enderun with 31 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, alongside five rebounds and two assists, while Marvin Hayes just almost tallied a triple-double with his 18 points, 12 boards, and seven assists. The Titans jumped on the Growling Tigers, taking a 25-11 first quarter lead and extending it to 19 numerous times in the third frame. But Ironcon-UST rallied back behind Soulemane Chabi Yo, slicing the deficit to as low as four, 68-7, with 4:57 left. That was when FamilyMart-Enderun went to its starters as it respinded with an 8-0 spurt to grab an 80-68 advantage courtesy of a Hayes lay-up with 1:09 remaining. The Growling Tigers' shock loss sent them out of the playoffs and gifted St. Clare College-Virtual Reality the no. 2 seed, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage, in the Aspirants Group. Che'Lu Bar and Grill also booked the no. 4 seat in the process. Chabi Yo's effort of 25 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks went down the drain as Ironcon-UST bowed out of the tourney. Mark Nonoy got 18 points, four assists, and three boards as the Growling Tigers finished sixth due to owning the inferior quotient in the five-way tie. Meanwhile, Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian locked up the top seed in the Foundation Group with a 91-80 win over Diliman College-Gerry's Grill. JM Calma started off hot for the Golden Harvest with his 15 first half points before ending up with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks. RK Ilagan shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe to wind up with 23 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals while Allyn Bulanadi did it all to finish with 18 points, six boards, four assists, three steals, and three blocks. The win locked the Golden Harvest at no. 1 in the group as they head to the crossover quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage against Che'Lu Bar and Grill on Monday. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME FAMILYMART-ENDERUN 81 -- Chauca 31, Hayes 18, Gotladera 6, Kouakou 6, Vidal 6, Dela Cruz 6, Nunez 3, Gatdula 3, Dungan 2, Escoto 0, Mariano 0, Sacundo 0, Veloso 0. IRONCON-UST 74 -- Chabi Yo 25, Nonoy 18, Abando 9, Asuncio 6, Concepcion 6, Bataller 6, Paraiso 4, Ando 0, Marcos 0, Yongco 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-11, 46-34, 70-56, 81-74. SECOND GAME VALENCIA-SAN SEBASTIAN 91 -- Calma 26, Ilagan 23, Bulanadi 18, Dela Cruz 6, Bonleon 5, Calahat 4, Altamirano 4, Sumoda 2, Are 2, Villapando 1, Loristo 0, Tero 0, Desoyo 0. DILIMAN-GERRY'S 80 -- Gandjeto 29, Torrado 14, Pacheco 11, Mahari 10, Bauzon 5, Brutas 5, Brill 4, Sombero 2, Darang 0, Tay 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-7, 37-28, 68-55, 91-80......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

PBA D-League- St. Clare headed to playoffs after easy win over AMA - Inquirer Sports

MANILA, Philippines St. Clare College Virtual Reality clinched a quarterfinals spot after 119-89 rout of AMA Online Education in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao. It was a one-sided.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 21st, 2019

GFG-CSB, St. Clare book tickets to PBA D-League playoffs

Go for Gold-CSB clinched a seat to the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs after dismantling McDavid, 119-101, Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao. Clement Leutcheu and Edward Dixon teamed up in the Scratchers' early spurt as they took a quick 37-21 advantage. The lead swelled to as much as 31 as McDavid had no answers to Go for Gold-CSB's onslaught. "We're happy we made it to the quarterfinals," said coach Charles Tiu. "That's one of our goals this conference because it's a very stacked conference." Leutcheu topped the balanced attack with 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals, as Dixon scored 10 of his 16 points in that opening frame. Roosevelt Adams chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Justin Gutang had 12 points, six assists, and three boards to rise to 6-3 in the Aspirants Group. Jeremiah Pangalangan, Prince Carlos, and James Pasturan all contributed 11 points apiece for the Scratchers to finish their eliminations campaign on a high. McDavid, meanwhile, exited the tourney at 1-8 slate. Jason Melano led the squad with 26 points and seven rebounds, as Jerwin Gaco had 20 in the defeat. St. Clare College Virtual Reality also punched its ticket to the quarterfinals by drubbing AMA Online Education, 119-89. Joshua Fontanilla and Darwin Lunor teamed up for the Saints' first quarter flurry where it took a 35-20 advantage and never looked back. The diminutive Fontanilla fired 11 of his 16 points in the first half, on top of six rebounds and five assists, as Lunor added 13 to his name as well as collecting six boards and three assists to banner the seven players which got to double-digits. The Saints now sit idle at third place in the pool, but can still move up to the no. 2 spot and own a twice-to-beat edge if Family Mart-Enderun upsets Ironcon-UST on Thursday. In the process, Petron-Letran (6-3) has also been eliminated after owning an inferior quotient. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME GO FOR GOLD-CSB 119 -- Leutcheu 19, Dixon 16, Adams 13, Gutang 12, Pangalangan 11, Carlos 11, Pasturan 11, Haruna 7, Nayve 6, Velasco 5, Naboa 4, Young 2, Lim 2, Belgica 0. MCDAVID 101 -- Melano 26, Gaco 20, Sorela 18, Arboleda 11, Koga 10, Gonzales 6, Monte 3, Caranguian 3, Colina 2, Medina 2, Lozada 0, Canada 0, Ja. Villanueva 0, Pena 0. QUARTER SCORES: 37-23, 68-46, 95-69, 119-101. SECOND GAME ST. CLARE 119 -- Fontanilla 16, Palencia 14, Ambuludto 14, Pare 13, Lunor 13, Santos 11, Decano 10, Hallare 8, Bolos 6, Rubio 5, Tiquia 5, Manacho 2, Penaredondo 2, Fuentes 0. AMA 89 -- Munzon 27, Johnson 19, Rike 15, Parcero 12, Sayat 5, Asuncion 3, Estibar 3, Fuentes 3, Catequista 2, Sabile 0, Nakpil 0, Dela Rosa 0. QUARTER SCORES: 35-20, 68-39, 93-67, 119-89......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2019

He makes us go : Green elevates Warriors to 3-0 series lead

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com PORTLAND, Ore. — There is nothing Draymond Green failed to do Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) when he helped push the Blazers to the edge and the Warriors to the verge. Here is the checklist of his duties: Dribbler, pace-setter, rescuer, shooter, director, shot blocker, shot-caller and the one that probably escaped most witnesses, psychiatrist. Yes, Dr. Dray suddenly offered his services and sofa when poor Jordan Bell blew a breakaway dunk during a critical moment, just as the Warriors were in the process of flipping an 18-point deficit during their 110-99 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] Bell immediately hung his head as he returned downcourt, and seconds later at the next timeout, he slowly headed toward the Warriors bench with slumped shoulders. But who intercepted him before he could take another step? That’s right, it was Green, famously known for his cool and soothing words in times of crisis. (OK, put the laugh track here.) But seriously … The type of leader every team needs ????pic.twitter.com/Tr3JblKAyX — Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 19, 2019 “I knew he wasn’t going to lecture me or anything like that,” said Bell. “He just told me that everybody misses dunks, that I shouldn’t worry about it, that mine happened to be an open one, and to keep my head into the game because I’d get another chance.” Bell paused. “I was down here,” he said, lowering his hand, “and he lifted me up here.” And wouldn’t you know, Bell got that next chance minutes later. This time, the dunk was thrown down ferociously and completed with a chin-up that belonged at LA Fitness. We can give Green credit for the 20-point, 13-rebound, career playoff-high 12-assist triple double, and we can give Green partial credit for that second-chance slam, too. That’s more like it JB ???? pic.twitter.com/JUvMfKQDsl — Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 19, 2019 The man was that multi-layered. “I don’t even know what to say about Draymond,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Once again, Green demonstrated his value to the Warriors in these playoffs with a magnificent all-around game. He left fingerprints all over the Moda Center court and various Blazers' efforts. He was there for the Warriors when nothing else worked, and he was there for the Warriors when everything finally began to click and they needed a finishing touch. His desire and will do not show up directly on the stat sheet, yet those elements made the victory possible. The Warriors won for the fourth straight game without Kevin Durant and are one more away from reaching the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year. It makes you wonder: As great as Durant is, would the Warriors be more vulnerable if it was Green who were out with a calf strain instead? That question stands valid because the Warriors lack anyone who does what he does. The energy, intensity, floor direction, ability to defend three and sometimes four different positions, as well as the rebounding were all apparent Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) and in heavy doses. They came alongside leadership, evidenced by Green giving Bell a pat on the back during that down moment. Green played Game 3 as a blur, grabbing rebounds, pushing the ball up the floor, creating scoring chances for himself or his teammates and providing help defense that triggered the pace. Green was forceful because Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were 9-for-24 shooting in the first half, at times overwhelmed by the trapping Blazers defense. So Green took it upon himself to make things happen and provide the foundation for a second-half comeback. The Golden State defense held Portland to 13 points in the third quarter, Curry had 11 points in the fourth quarter, and this series simply continued along the same path. “He was the difference-maker,” said Blazers coach Terry Stotts. “His energy, the way he was pushing the ball, he kept them going. He makes his teammates better and defensively he’s all over the place. He impacted the game.” In the third quarter, Green poked the ball loose from Damian Lillard for one of his four steals. At the time, the Warriors were down 12 and in dire need of a jolt. But here’s what was remarkable about the play. Not only did the 6'7" Green stoop and strip one of the NBA's most composed ballhandling point guards (although perhaps not in this series), but he also managed to search for and grab it while it bounced between him and Lillard, then dribbled downcourt without missing a beat. The dexterity, quickness, daring and smarts sets Green apart from others who play his role, or at least try to emulate it. “More than reacting, he acts,” said Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams, who oversees the team’s defensive schemes. “There’s reacting and then there's acting. He’s an actor. He sees things. He’s decisive.” Green is averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and almost 10 assists across the last two games and those numbers barely tell the real story. It’s just heightened because of Durant’s absence. In those two games, the Warriors trailed Portland by 17 and 18 points and Green was the point man on the rally. He says his main purpose is to give Thompson and Curry a breather from the load and responsibility. With the Blazers throwing traps at those two guards to limit their scoring, Green is forcing Portland to pay him respect. He is, in essence, breaking down Portland’s defense by pushing the ball and directing the attack. “I know I have to be more aggressive,” he said. “I think it’s easy to get (Curry and Thompson) to take more shots, but we can’t put that much pressure on them, so I just take it upon myself to get the tempo where I want it and make plays for other guys as well.” It was no coincidence that six Warriors off the bench managed to get at least one basket with Green directing traffic. And Green managed to play such a high-energy game without making constant mistakes; he had only two turnovers in 38 minutes. “He’s playing with force and he’s playing with discipline,” said Kerr. “He’s playing under control. He’s not letting anything bother him, like officiating, bad shots, he’s just moving on to the next play. From that standpoint, he’s as good as he’s ever been.” This is the Draymond Green that makes the Warriors more than willing to put up with the occasional nonsense, mostly stemming from his short temper and low tolerance with the officiating yet also with teammates and coaches at times. The constant technical fouls, the early-season clash with Durant, the high maintenance that often comes with coaching him, those are all part of the package. Taken as whole, that package is more positive than negative. And when there’s no negative, as it’s been through much of this postseason, the package is irresistible. “It’s nothing new; I’ve seen him do this for seven years,” said Thompson. “I’m just so proud of Dray. He makes us go.” There was no more positive reinforcement from Green than when he comforted Bell and told the young player to shake off a missed dunk seen by millions and laughed at by thousands inside Moda Center. Green gave Bell the encouragement needed to forget the embarrassment and maintain composure, which was important because Kerr kept Bell in the game. That set Bell up to gain redemption. And the Warriors, after struggling through a sloppy start, to gain complete control of a series that could end Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in a sweep. “I’m one of the leaders of this team and in those situations you either go one of two ways. You’re either going to do your job and lift everybody up or you’re going to go the opposite way,” said Green. And so Green, with passing, defense and pace-setting, is stamping his signature on this series. His floor direction is flawless. He hasn’t shown the ability to direct the Blazers right out of the playoffs, but that’s perhaps just a matter of time. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. 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