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Valencia fires coach Marcelino 3 games into season

Valencia fires coach Marcelino 3 games into season.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 12th, 2019

UAAP 82: Coach Franz hoping young Adamson follows lead of Chauca

Adamson University was at the wrong end of a statement win to start the season from defending champion Ateneo de Manila University. Still, in an 18-point loss, the Soaring Falcons had a ray of light. And it was a ray of light that seemingly came out of nowhere as one-and-done player Valandre Chauca fronted the effort for the San Marcelino-based squad with 17 points and four assists off the bench. That is exactly why Adamson remains upbeat about its chances even after suffering a setback to commence its campaign. After all, they were the grand winners in the so-called sweepstakes for the Filipino-Peruvian guard. "Actually, there were a lot of schools who were interested in him. He fell into my lap. He saw (our) games on YouTube so he wants to follow me," head coach Franz Pumaren said. He then continued, "We hit the jackpot (with) him. He's a one-and-done player that you can really invest in." Indeed, with the Soaring Falcons having trouble getting going, it was Chauca who energized and gave life to them, rallying them to as near as five inside the last five minutes. "Well, that's why he's here with us," his mentor said of his effort afterward. More than on-court production, though, coach Franz is actually leaning on the 24-year-old playmaker to steady the ship of this young squad. As he put it, "He can help the younger guys, he can nurture the younger guys. He can be their mentor so that's why he's a welcome addition to us." For reference, Adamson has nine first-year players in its 16-man lineup. Even better, Chauca will only be better moving forward. "He only started practicing with us (five) days ago to be exact. Prior to that, he was gone for two months, finishing his degree so it was just his (sixth) day coming from the States, but no jetlag," the Adamson shot-caller said. He then continued, "I'm expecting more of him in leading this team." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

NCAA 95: Nzeusseu, JVM save day as LPU shoos away Perpetual

Jayson David's assist, Mike Nzeusseu's basket, and Jayvee Marcelino's block all worked wonders as Lyceum of the Philippines University fought off motivated home team University of Perpetual Help, 87-85, in a thrilling tiff, Thursday at the latter's school gym in Las Pinas. The Pirates needed each and every one of those three plays to put a stop to the Altas furious fightback while also powering through to their fourth win in a row and fifth overall in six games in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. "Jayson could have easily taken the shot and been the hero, but that's what's special about this team - everybody's just trying to make everybody look good," a beaming head coach Topex Robinson said post-game. The visitors actually looked like they were on their way to convincing victory, up by 13 at the end of three. Boosted by its home crowd, however, Perps got going in the final frame as Jeff Egan energized it into tying the tally at 85-all with two minutes remaining. "We have to give credit to Perps for showing school pride with the way they played. At the end of the day, it was a really nice game," coach Topex said. The two teams then traded defensive stops until, with under 10 ticks to go, Jaycee Marcelino tossed the ball to David in the baseline who then found Nzeusseu down low. The Cameroonian powerhouse then willed what proved to be the game-winner through Ben Adamos. No panic. Just automatic. This is the game-winner by Mike Nzeusseu as LPU edges out home team Perps! #NCAASeason95 pic.twitter.com/WDydkD9HWM — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) August 8, 2019 Perpetual still had 0.9 seconds left to make something happen, but Edgar Charcos' jumper was rejected by JVM. ????@jvcm19 tells Edgar Charcos! Marcelino seals the deal for LPU! #NCAASeason95 pic.twitter.com/G3LVbEKLkB — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) August 8, 2019 In the end, Nzeusseu topped the scoring column for LPU with 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds while JVM also added nine markers, four assists, three boards, and the biggest block of the game. Flanking them were Reymar Caduyac and JCM as the former finished with 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals while the latter ended with 13 markers, seven boards, and four dimes. For the Altas, Charcos showed the way with 16 points and six assists while Adamos also added 15 markers and six boards. Jielo Razon and Egan chipped in 13 points apiece which were still far from enough from preventing their fourth loss in the last five games after back-to-back wins to start the season. BOX SCORES LPU 87 - Nzeusseu 18, Caduyac 14, Marcelino JC 14, Marcelino JV 9, Tansingco 8, Valdez 8, David 7, Santos 5, Navarro 3, Guinto 2, Ibanez 0, Yong 0, Pretta 0, Remulla 0 PERPETUAL 85 - Charcos 16, Adamos 155, Razon 13, Egan 13, Aurin 7, Peralta 6, Barasi 4, Tamayo 3, Martel 2, Cuevas 2, Lanoy 2, Sevilla 2, Giussani 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-16, 43-37, 74-61, 87-85 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

San Beda opens NCAA 95 title defense vs Arellano; LPU, Letran do battle

Games on Sunday at MOA Arena 2:00 p.m. - Letran vs LPU 4:00 p.m. - San Beda vs Arellano San Beda University's quest for a four-peat in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament will commence opposite a familiar face. The Red Lions open their title defense on Sunday at MOA Arena against an Arellano University side now coached by Cholo Martin. Coach Cholo had been an assistant with the red and white for over a decade and will now guide the Chiefs who are looking to pull off a shocker at 4:00 p.m. The veteran mentor will have a hungry Kent Salado as well as Rence Alcoriza and Archie Concepcion at his disposal against a San Beda outfit now led by second-year studs James Canlas and Evan Nelle, but still also has Clint Doliguez, Calvin Oftana, and Donald Tankoua. As always, all of the action will be 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 livestream. Before that, though, there will be an early clash of the titans between Lyceum of the Philippines University and Colegio de San Juan de Letran at 2:00 p.m. The Pirates and the Knights both lost their dynamic duos in CJ Perez-MJ Ayaay and Bong Quinto-JP Calvo, respectively, but nonetheless remain heavyweights with the maroon and grey now led by the Marcelino twins and the blue and red now led by Jerrick Balanza and Larry Muyang. The first day of Season 95 of the first and oldest collegiate league in the Philippines will begin with a grand opening ceremony at 12:00 p.m. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

EAC turning over a new leaf for NCAA 95

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 4-14, 9th YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: JP Maguliano, Jethro Mendoza WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Dom Dayrit, Marwin Taywan, Oliver Bunyi (coach) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Juju Bautista, Maui Cruz, Jerome Garcia, Hamadou Laminou, Ariel Sison (coach) WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM EAC? The last remnants of the last EAC team to contend are no longer here – meaning Juju Bautista, Jerome Garcia, and Hamadou Laminou have all played their last games in red and white. The same goes for Ariel Sison, the Generals’ mentor for the last three seasons who has now handed over the reins to Oliver Bunyi, a coaching veteran who has valuable experience from his time as an assistant for the very first Gilas Pilipinas, the San Miguel Beermen in the ABL, and GlobalPort (now NorthPort) in the PBA. Without a doubt, EAC will be brand new for NCAA Season 95 – and that may very well be a good thing for a team that is yet to break through to the Final Four since joining the league in 2009. In this new era, coach Oliver will call on a couple of second-year contributors to take the next step and become the faces of San Marcelino. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but both JP Maguliano and Jethro Mendoza have long flashed glimpses they can be just that. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM EAC? Maguliano memorably introduced himself with a 30-point, 17-rebound in EAC’s upset win against San Sebastian College-Recoletos last season. Since then, the 6-foot-3 forward has continued being a workhorse and opened even more eyes in the 2019 PBA D-League and then the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. For his part, Mendoza was a seldom-used guard who nonetheless showed potential to be a scoring machine and in the developmental league and preseason, he top-scored for the Generals more than a few times. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR EAC? EAC has been seeing action in the NCAA for the last decade and has only sniffed the playoffs a couple of times. If there is a long-suffering team in the first and oldest collegiate league in the country, that is none other than the Generals. “I’m very positive, but we’re not satisfied. I know that if we work together, there’s a possibility for us to win big games. I just expect my players to always give perfect effort.” – head coach Oliver Bunyi As they set off into a new era, they remain hopeful for that elusive breakthrough – and we will all be right there celebrating with them if and when they break through, at long last. WHERE WOULD EAC BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 95? That breakthrough, however, will not be in NCAA Season 95 as EAC is still in the first phase of its rebuild. “Our best might not be enough against the others’ best this season, but I believe we’ll eventually catch up with them.” – head coach Oliver Bunyi The hope for the Generals, as of this moment, is to have more players join Maguliano and Mendoza as their building blocks for future contention. WHEN IS EAC’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 95? EAC plans to gift coach Oliver with his first win in just his first game calling the shots when they go up against College of St. Benilde on July 9 at Filoil Flying V Centre. As always, the latest season of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country will be 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 livestream. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE NINE OTHER TEAMS IN NCAA SEASON 95: Young guns to be wind beneath JRU’s wings for NCAA 95 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

Barcelona s fall highlights team s Messi-dependency

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — If Lionel Messi doesn't come to the rescue for Barcelona, no one will. The Argentina forward has saved Barcelona time and time again over his career, coming up with extraordinary goals and incredible assists that have led the club to dozens of titles over the years. And it was his remarkable performance in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals against Liverpool that helped Barcelona overcome an off-night by the rest of the team. Messi scored two goals last week to put Barcelona in position to make it to the final for the first time in four years. But when Barcelona struggled again collectively in the second leg, Messi wasn't able to turn things around. Liverpool reversed the 3-0 loss from the Camp Nou with a spectacular 4-0 win at Anfield, extending Barcelona's European title drought for yet another year. The loss highlighted Barcelona's dependency on Messi, who put in a solid performance but couldn't produce any more epic goals to keep the team in the tournament. "We shouldn't blame anybody," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "We are a team in the good situations and in the bad situations. In the end, it's the coach who has to bear the responsibility." Catalan sports daily Sport called Barcelona's defeat "the worst ridicule in the history" of the club, saying the result in England was "unforgivable." A video reproduced online by Spanish media showed what appeared to be Barcelona fans verbally confronting the team's players at the airport in Liverpool after the match. Valverde rested Messi more than ever this season, knowing how crucial he could be in the decisive moments of the season. He had been key to the team in several occasions, either deciding games as a starter or when coming off the bench. The Argentina playmaker was rattled by Liverpool players from the start on Tuesday, at one point having his head shoved by defender Andrew Robertson as he prepared to get off the ground. Messi had a few good moments, though, including two great throughballs that Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez squandered in front of the goal. Philippe Coutinho also had an opportunity off an assist from Messi but couldn't capitalize on it. Messi missed a good chance himself, one that he would not normally miss, with the ball by his feet inside the area, but he couldn't get a shot on goal. Still, he had the most attempts for Barcelona, with two being stopped by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Barcelona had been mostly outplayed against Liverpool in the first leg, but Messi still scored twice to give his team the advantage. It was Ousmane Dembele who had the chance to add to Barcelona's result in that match, failing to score in a late counterattack that was started by Messi. The defense also faltered at Anfield, with Alba's mistakes being mostly to blame for two of Liverpool's goals. Barcelona also couldn't survive Messi's ordinary performance in the team's elimination against Roma last season, when it squandered a three-goal first-half advantage in the quarterfinals. "What hurts the most is that it has happened again," Valverde said. "I think it will take a long time for us to put this behind us." It had been a nearly perfect season for Messi and Barcelona so far, with the playmaker putting up some of the best numbers of his career and the club reaching the final stretch of the season with a chance to win the treble. Barcelona has already won the Spanish league, and it has a chance to win the Copa del Rey in a final against Valencia on May 25. But there will be no fifth Champions League trophy this year for Messi, who had promised at the beginning of the season "to do everything we can to bring that beautiful and coveted cup" back to Barcelona. Maybe next year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

Arsenal, Chelsea in strong positions in Europa League semis

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press The possibility of an all-English final in the Europa League grew likelier after Arsenal and Chelsea moved into strong positions in the semifinals on Thursday. Arsenal will take a 3-1 lead into the second leg against Valencia after coming from behind through two goals by France striker Alexandre Lacazette and a 90th-minute volley from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Emirates Stadium. Chelsea also rallied to earn a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, with Pedro Rodriguez scoring the potentially crucial away goal in Germany to extend his team's unbeaten run in the competition to 16 games — a record. Neither Arsenal nor Chelsea is guaranteed a top-four finish in the Premier League, which earns automatic qualification for next season's Champions League. Winning the Europa League also offers that reward, which is why the teams have taken the competition seriously. The final is in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 29. It had previously been a disappointing week in Europe for English clubs, with Tottenham and Liverpool losing the first legs of their Champions League semifinals against Ajax (1-0) and Barcelona (3-0), respectively. MR. EUROPA LEAGUE A three-time winner of the competition with Sevilla, Unai Emery is on course for another Europa League final in his first season at Arsenal. He has his lethal strike partnership to thank for that. The potency of Lacazette and Aubameyang continues to make up for Arsenal's weakness at the back, which was exposed again when Valencia took the lead off a corner in the 11th minute. A delivery to the far post was headed back across the face of goal by Rodrigo, and Mouctar Diakhaby rose above Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka to nod in from close range. Arsenal has been saving its best performances for the Europa League of late — back-to-back wins over Napoli in the quarterfinals were followed by three straight losses in the Premier League — and the English team hit back almost immediately through Lacazette in the 18th. He played in Aubameyang with a superb through-ball and was then on hand to receive a squared pass from his fellow striker to stroke the ball into an empty net from the edge of the area. Lacazette made it 2-1 eight minutes later when his header from Xhaka's first-time cross could only be palmed over the goal line by Valencia goalkeeper Neto. Lacazette missed out on a hat trick by wasting two clear-cut chances in the second half, but Aubameyang gave Arsenal a two-goal cushion heading into the second leg next Thursday by volleying home at the far post from Sead Kolasinac's floated cross. "I hope that third goal will be important," Aubameyang said. "We started a bit nervous because we lost the last three games, I think that's normal. We are human, but after that we had a good reaction." LOFTUS-CHEEK IMPRESSES With Eden Hazard only starting on the bench, Chelsea needed another player to be its attacking inspiration and it proved to be Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The powerfully built England midfielder has had to bide his time this season, with Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley often starting ahead of him, but he has forced his way into the starting lineup in recent weeks and was Chelsea's best player in Frankfurt with his passing and runs from deep. Fittingly, it was Loftus-Cheek who set up Pedro's 45th-minute goal, shrugging off a couple of defenders and laying the ball off to the Spanish winger, who shifted it onto his left foot and swept in a finish from 15 yards (meters). That canceled out Frankfurt's opener from Serbia striker Luka Jovic, who glanced in Filip Kostic's cross for his ninth goal of this season's competition — a tally bettered only by Chelsea's Olivier Giroud. Chelsea defender David Luiz struck a free kick against the crossbar in the second half but the visitors were hanging on near the end, with Sebastian Rode heading over from close range and Giroud getting away with a handball in his own area. The video assistant referee system is not being used in this season's Europa League until the final. "I think, in the end, we deserved the win," said Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who is looking to win his first trophy in 29 years as a coach. "But 1-1 away is not so bad.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

Liverpool's pursuit of Chelsea frustrated; Man City and United win

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer br /> LONDON (AP) — Liverpool's pursuit of English Premier League leader Chelsea stalled on Monday as Juergen Klopp's four-match winning run ended at Sunderland. Liverpool's 2-2 draw against a relegation-threatened Sunderland side gives Chelsea the platform to open up an eight-point lead by beating Tottenham on Wednesday. Twice Liverpool led in northeast England — through Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane — but on both occasions Jermain Defoe scored penalties to draw Sunderland level. Mane's hand-ball was responsible for conceding the second spotkick. 'I must be honest, it doesn't feel good and it's not because of the point, it's because two penalties in a game,' Klopp said. 'Usually what you have to do to get a penalty, to get two, that was harsh, very hard to accept. 'But obviously I have to accept it, so I will do it.' ___ MAN CITY 2, BURNLEY 1 A victory for City but Pep Guardiola was still tetchy after the game, even suggesting he might not have long left in management. Halfway through his first season at City, the 45-year-old former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said: 'It might be one of my last teams.' English football is proving far tougher for Guardiola than Spanish or German. After losing at Liverpool on Saturday, City started badly against Burnley when captain Fernandinho was sent off in the 32nd minute for a two-footed lunge on Johann Gudmundsson. City held off Burnley with 10 men and seized the lead in the second half through Gael Clichy. Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score a second, ensuring Ben Mee's goal for Burnley would only be a consolation. City regained third place ahead of Arsenal, which is at Bournemouth on Tuesday, and Tottenham. ___ WEST HAM 0, MAN UNITED 2 United reeled off a sixth successive league victory in a match that turned on Sofiane Feghouli being harshly sent off for a late challenge on Phil Jones in the 15th minute. Even with a man advantage, United took until the 63rd to score when substitutes Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata combined. Mata turned Rashford's pullback past goalkeeper Darren Randolph before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 17th goal in his first season with United. ___ EVERTON 3, SOUTHAMPTON 0 Everton scored three times in the last 17 minutes to ensure manager Ronald Koeman emerged victorious against the club he left in the offseason. Enner Valencia was the game-changer, coming off the bench to score the opener in the 73rd minute and then winning the penalty that Leighton Baines converted. Romelu Lukaku contributed the third as 10th-place Southampton lost a third match inside a week. Everton is seventh. ___ WEST BROM 3, HULL 1 Hull is now without a win in nine games and three points from safety after throwing away the lead at West Bromwich Albion. Robert Snodgrass' opener was canceled out by Chris Brunt before Gareth McAuley and James Morrison put the hosts in front. ___ MIDDLESBROUGH 0, LEICESTER 0 With Islam Slimani and Danny Drinkwater out injured and Jamie Vardy suspended, Leicester was satisfied with a point and a second successive clean sheet. It's all about avoiding a relegation dogfight for struggling champion Leicester, which is six points from danger. 'Middlesbrough pushed a lot but we were so solid and I am pleased with the spirit we showed,' Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017

Liverpool's pursuit of Chelsea frustrated; Man City and United win

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer br /> LONDON (AP) — Liverpool's pursuit of English Premier League leader Chelsea stalled on Monday as Juergen Klopp's four-match winning run ended at Sunderland. Liverpool's 2-2 draw against a relegation-threatened Sunderland side gives Chelsea the platform to open up an eight-point lead by beating Tottenham on Wednesday. Twice Liverpool led in northeast England — through Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane — but on both occasions Jermain Defoe scored penalties to draw Sunderland level. Mane's hand-ball was responsible for conceding the second spotkick. 'I must be honest, it doesn't feel good and it's not because of the point, it's because two penalties in a game,' Klopp said. 'Usually what you have to do to get a penalty, to get two, that was harsh, very hard to accept. 'But obviously I have to accept it, so I will do it.' ___ MAN CITY 2, BURNLEY 1 A victory for City but Pep Guardiola was still tetchy after the game, even suggesting he might not have long left in management. Halfway through his first season at City, the 45-year-old former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said: 'It might be one of my last teams.' English football is proving far tougher for Guardiola than Spanish or German. After losing at Liverpool on Saturday, City started badly against Burnley when captain Fernandinho was sent off in the 32nd minute for a two-footed lunge on Johann Gudmundsson. City held off Burnley with 10 men and seized the lead in the second half through Gael Clichy. Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score a second, ensuring Ben Mee's goal for Burnley would only be a consolation. City regained third place ahead of Arsenal, which is at Bournemouth on Tuesday, and Tottenham. ___ WEST HAM 0, MAN UNITED 2 United reeled off a sixth successive league victory in a match that turned on Sofiane Feghouli being harshly sent off for a late challenge on Phil Jones in the 15th minute. Even with a man advantage, United took until the 63rd to score when substitutes Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata combined. Mata turned Rashford's pullback past goalkeeper Darren Randolph before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 17th goal in his first season with United. ___ EVERTON 3, SOUTHAMPTON 0 Everton scored three times in the last 17 minutes to ensure manager Ronald Koeman emerged victorious against the club he left in the offseason. Enner Valencia was the game-changer, coming off the bench to score the opener in the 73rd minute and then winning the penalty that Leighton Baines converted. Romelu Lukaku contributed the third as 10th-place Southampton lost a third match inside a week. Everton is seventh. ___ WEST BROM 3, HULL 1 Hull is now without a win in nine games and three points from safety after throwing away the lead at West Bromwich Albion. Robert Snodgrass' opener was canceled out by Chris Brunt before Gareth McAuley and James Morrison put the hosts in front. ___ MIDDLESBROUGH 0, LEICESTER 0 With Islam Slimani and Danny Drinkwater out injured and Jamie Vardy suspended, Leicester was satisfied with a point and a second successive clean sheet. It's all about avoiding a relegation dogfight for struggling champion Leicester, which is six points from danger. 'Middlesbrough pushed a lot but we were so solid and I am pleased with the spirit we showed,' Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017

UAAP 82: Juan GDL more than happy to give whatever UP needs

The University of the Philippines is on its first win run in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament. With back-to-back wins, the Fighting Maroons have moved to solo second in the standings at 3-1 - just right behind undefeated defending champion Ateneo de Manila University. And State U has done this even though its homegrown star has yet to get going. Through four games, Juan Gomez de Liano is averaging 5.8 points and his shooting has not gone online. Even more, the third-year guard has just one double-digit scoring game to his name. Still, Juan GDL is nothing but satisfied - as he has given his all, just as his teammates have given their all, to make sure UP continued its contention. "I'm really happy for us because the fact is, we're winning. We've all been working hard for this," he said. While the 19-year-old's scoring is far from his norms of 16.2 a season ago, his all-around game remains, also posting per game counts of over five rebounds and over three assists thus far in the tournament. And Juan GDL will only keep giving whatever it is that the Fighting Maroons need. "Whatever coach Bo [Perasol] needs, I'll just be more than ready. It'll be a hard adjustment for me, but I'll just continue to be patient and selfless," he said. For his part, coach Bo could only sing the praises of his primary playmaker who has always been a team player. As he put it, "Yan ang sacrifice, yung ginagawa niya ngayon, yung ginagawa lang muna niya whatever is best for the team." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 54 min. ago

Nat’l team availability issue looms for Grand Prix 2nd leg

Alyssa Valdez and four other players’ participation in the second leg of the Southeast Asian Grand Prix, which the country will host next month, is up in the air with the possible conflict of schedule with their club league. The power-hitter will miss the national team’s first leg stint of the Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima starting on Sept. 20, as Valdez is still recovering from a right ankle injury she sustained last week. The league, which features the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, will make a stop in Sta. Rosa, Laguna from Oct. 4-6. However, Valdez as well as Creamline teammate Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga of PacificTown Army, Maddie Madayag of ChocoMucho and University of Sto. Tomas’ Eya Laure who are all playing in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League might not be available as they have game schedule with their clubs on those dates.      “I guess we have to work hand-in-hand siguro sa scheduling,” said Valdez. “Our tournament has released also the upcoming games for the second round and the semifinals and finals towards the latter part of the tournament.” Valdez and Morado have a scheduled match against Madayag’s ChocoMucho on Oct. 5 in Iloilo City while Gonzaga’s PacificTown Army will face PetroGazz on the same out-of-town PVL Season 3 Open Conference playdate. On the other hand, Laure as well as national team assistant coach Kungfu Reyes have a semifinals date with Ateneo de Manila University in the Collegiate Conference on Oct. 6. “I believe na it's gonna be the talk then of the management, siyempre Creamline. Hindi naman kasi Creamline 'yung I think affected sa scheduling e, marami ring mga team,” Valdez said. “So hopefully, makapagusap usap na 'yung mga management and the LVPI [Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.] para mas maganda 'yung magiging result, hopefully,” she added. As part of their preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila, the Nationals are also set to participate in the Philippine Superliga Super Cup on Nov. 5, 7 and 9 where the Pinay squad will be pitted against a university team from Japan and two selections made up of PSL players. But even this will be a problem for PVL players as Game 1 or Game 2 of the Open Conference Finals is set on Nov. 9.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Solid finish, playoff push prompts Magic to run it back

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: Orlando Magic 2018-19 Record: 42-40, lost to Raptors in first round of playoffs Key additions: Al-Farouq Aminu (free agency), Chuma Okeke (Draft) Key departures: Timofey Mozgov The lowdown: It perhaps escaped your notice, but the Magic actually raised a banner in 2018-19. They won the admittedly-weakened Southeast Division, and while that might make folks snicker, any progress is good progress for a franchise still looking to gain traction in this, the unfulfilled post-Dwight Howard era. They were beastly down the stretch, going 11-2 to fight their way out of a midseason slump to reach the playoffs. Plus, they took a game from the eventual-champion Toronto Raptors in the first round. It helps to be in the Eastern Conference, but let’s not water-down what the Magic did too much. They received solid seasons from Aaron Gordon and Evan Fornier, a career season from Terrence Ross and an All-Star season from Nikola Vucevic. (It didn’t hurt that Vucevic and Ross were pending free agents playing for money.) The club also responded well to new coach Steve Clifford. However, there were mild disappointments -- mainly from the last two first-round picks. Jonathan Isaac didn’t take a leap in his second season and seemed unsure whether to be a stretch-four or use his size advantage in the paint. He wound up being just OK at both (9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds per game). Rookie Mo Bamba looked like a project throughout the season as injuries limited him to just 47 games. All told, the Magic made the playoffs for the first time in seven years and won more games in any strike-shortened season since 2010-11. That was enough to pacify the home crowd and finally show up on NBA radar, however faint. Summer summary: For the second time this decade, the Magic arrived at a crossroads regarding their All-Star center and had to make a decision with fairly large future ramifications. Last time, it was Howard. This time, it was the guy who replaced Howard. The decision now, as then: Should they re-sign the big man? Actually, it was a dual decision. Orlando had to want "Vooch" and vice-versa, considering he was an unrestricted free agent, and it wasn’t an automatic call in either case. Vucevic and his family enjoyed Orlando, yet the franchise, despite finally posting a winning season, was hardly in contender condition. He had options as a number of teams -- the LA Clippers among them -- expressed interest in the center with a soft touch and sound footwork. As for the Magic, they’d just drafted Bamba in 2018 with the No. 6 overall pick. The idea, at least you’d think, was having Bamba replace Vucevic at some point. By keeping Vucevic, what signal were they sending to Bamba? Why would they stifle the growth of a player whom they took over Wendell Carter Jr. and Collin Sexton? In the end, both the Magic and Vucevic agreed and Orlando delivered a four-year, $100 million deal. The team's thinking? Vucevic is an asset and so it’s better to keep him, even at a high price, rather than let him walk and get nothing back. Bamba must wait his turn, and he’ll need more time to develop after a raw rookie season. The other investment was in Ross, who spent much of his previous six NBA seasons as an athletic swingman who teased a lot. Last season, he was (for once) a primary option and shot well from deep (38.3 percent), earning himself a four-year, $54 million deal from Orlando. The Magic believe Ross, 27, is tapping into his prime later than usual. Then Orlando added depth at that position with Aminu. He can spread the floor and is decent defensively ... but isn’t a shot creator because of a weak dribble. At three years and $29 million, Aminu was a reasonable buy. In recent years past, Orlando was a fixture at the Draft lottery, and then their fate changed abruptly by making the playoffs. The downside, though, is Orlando had a middle first-round pick, where future superstars don’t normally live. Those picks are where teams take risks, and the Magic did so by selecting Okeke, who missed Auburn’s Final Four appearance after injuring his knee in the Sweet 16. Before the injury, the 6-foot-8 Okeke showed strong instincts around the basket, especially rebounding, while also shooting 3-pointers. Most scouts believe he would’ve been a lottery pick, and perhaps taken in the top-10, if not for the injury. The Magic spent the summer mulling whether to “redshirt” Okeke as they have another young player at his spot in Isaac. Plus, Okeke can heal thoroughly and also get reps in the NBA G League. There's also former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz here, too, whom the Magic added in a deadline-day trade last season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He's still recovering from the thoracic outlet syndrome he was diagnosed with last season and hasn't played a game for the Magic. Still, Orlando believed in him enough to exercise his contract option for 2020-21. If he's ever healthy and shows the talent that made him a star a Washington, Fultz could help Orlando rise up as a real East contender. Other than big-money decisions on Vucevic and Ross, the Magic was content to make only minor changes. They still lack the superstar needed to rise the ranks in the East, yet their core is proven and capable of knocking on playoffs' door for a second straight season. 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. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

UP fights off National U for first win run in UAAP 82

The University of the Philippines took time to get going, Wednesday at MOA Arena, but once it did, it blitzed its way past still winless National University, 80-79. Kobe Paras had a second straight 20-point outing with 25 points on top of six rebounds in this one, but all of the Fighting Maroons were also on-point in their back-to-back wins following a 1-1 start to the season. Issa Gaye actually got the Bulldogs off to a blazing beginning and they led, 23-18, after the opening salvo. Come the second quarter, though, Paras was joined by Javi Gomez de Liano in a 23-4 tear that sped their side way ahead, 41-27. Still, Dave Ildefonso and National U were threatening at 79-80 with 11.3 ticks to go and even got a golden opportunity to complete a comeback as David Murrell muffed on two free throws. "We need to learn how to close out games as a team and that's a process," head coach Bo Perasol said post-game. Ildefonso, however, found himself locked down by Murrell and Kobe Paras and gave the ball up to John Lloyd Clemente who was forced into a long two that was well-defended by Jaydee Tungcab. Not long after, UP was celebrating its first winning streak in the tournament. "I think we are smart enough or wise enough to close out games now. The fact of that is I know we can," coach Bo said. Flanking Paras were Bright Akhuetie and Javi GDL as the former finished with a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double and the latter ended with 17 markers of his own built on a 5-of-7 shooting clip from deep. At the same time, the decision was the fourth heartbreak in a row for the Bulldogs - after being at the wrong side of game-winners by Adamson University and then De La Salle University and then an overtime loss to University of Sto. Tomas. Ildefonso topped the scoring column for them in this one with 25 points to go along with five rebounds while Gaye wound up with 13 markers and 13 boards of his own. BOX SCORES UP 80 - Paras 25, Akhuetie 19, Ja. Gomez de Liano 17, Tungcab 6, Manzo 4, Rivero 4, Longa 3, Murrell 2, Ju. Gomez de Liano 0, Gozum 0, Jaboneta 0, Prado 0, Spencer 0. NU 79 - D. Ildefonso 25, Gaye 13, S. Ildefonso 13, Gallego 9, Joson 8, Minerva 7, Clemente 2, Mosqueda 2, Diputado 0, Galinato 0, Malonzo 0, Oczon 0, Tibayan 0, Yu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-23, 44-36, 67-59, 80-79. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

UAAP 82: Rookie AP Manlapaz is silver lining in Adamson s sorry loss to UP

Last Sunday, Adamson University was two minutes and 22 seconds away from avenging its semifinals loss to the University of the Philippines a season ago. Much of that was thanks to rookie AP Manlapaz who came out of nowhere to score six points in overtime and seize an 82-75 advantage in favor of the Soaring Falcons. Of course, Bright Akhuetie had other plans and fronted the Fighting Maroons' rally that eventually ended as a comeback win. Afterward, Adamson could only lament at what could have been - especially the first-year forward who had just played the game of his life. "Nagkulang lang ng puso nung huli. Parang nag-break down yung mga veterans namin," he told reporters. He then continued, "Pero sabi nga ni coach, mahaba pa naman yung season kaya pwedeng-pwede pa kaming makabawi." Indeed, despite absorbing their second loss in four games, the Soaring Falcons are moving forward with the knowledge that they can call upon Manlapaz and the youngster will be there. "Kanina po, gusto ko lang bumawi sa mga last games kasi wala akong napapakita. Dahil dun, taalgang parang nagkusa po ako," he shared. He then continued, "Dahil po rito, sana nag-start na talagang ma-boost yung confidence ko sa mga darating na games namin." And moving forward, the 19-year-old energizer only vows to continue returning the trust of head coach Franz Pumaren. "Masaya po akong malaki yung tiwala nila sa akin kaya gustong-gusto ko talagang may maipapakita ako dapat sa kanila," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2019

UP s bonds will only get stronger now Paras has debuted in UAAP Season 82

Kobe Paras took a little longer to make his debut for the University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, but he finally did so, Sunday at MOA Arena. And in just his first game for the Fighting Maroons, Paras made an immediate impact, dropping 20 points on top of six rebounds and two blocks. Most importantly, his assist led to Javi Gomez de Liano's three that forced overtime and his short stab was part of the 8-0 finishing kick that eventually ended as a bounce back win. Of course, head coach Bo Perasol only welcomed the 6-foot-6 forward with open arms. "It's a great catalyst that we have Kobe here not just for his offense, but his presence inside. It gives inspiration to his teammates," he told reporters in the post-game conference. For his part, Paras is just glad to be able to take the floor once more. "I'm happy. I'm really happy. As everyone knows, this is my fourth college so I'm just thankful for coach Bo and the whole UP community for giving me, basically, a third chance not just in basketball, but in life," he said. After a short stint as a promising prospect for La Salle Green Hills, the son of Philippine basketball legend Benjie Paras first committed to UCLA before transferring to Creighton. Paras suited up for one season as a Bluejay before relocating again to Cal State Northridge, but never played a game there. Now he has debuted - and has triumphed in his debut - the 21-year-old is only looking forward to strengthening his bonds with his teammates. "The win helps us to build our chemistry because you know that his is a new team. A lot of people think it's easy to just have a group of players come in and produce, but it's hard," he shared. He then continued, "I'm just glad we have games like this because it brings us together." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Nuggets to keep rolling with Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: Denver Nuggets 2018-19 Record: 54-28, lost in the second round of the playoffs Key additions: Jerami Grant, forward (trade); Bol Bol, forward (draft). Key subtractions: Trey Lyles, forward; Isaiah Thomas, guard. The lowdown: The steady growth of the Nuggets was evident in a 50-win season and a first-round victory in the playoffs over the more-experienced Spurs, which was clearly a step forward; then the journey ended with a sour taste after Denver lost a Game 7 at home to a lower seed, the Blazers. In all, the Nuggets received almost everything they’d hoped for from a developing contender, especially in the form of Nikola Jokic. The multi-skilled Serb established himself as the league’s most talented big man, if not the best period, with a stellar performance that attracted some MVP notice. He averaged 20 points, almost 11 rebounds and seven assists in an offense that ran through him, rare in today’s spread-the-floor league where centers are being phased out or pegged as role players and pick-setters. Jokic reminded many of Bill Walton or maybe Vlade Divac for his precise and sometimes entertaining passing skills from the high post. His co-star was Jamal Murray, who made generous strides as a leader and shot-maker and fit well with Jokic. The Nuggets also played some of the best defense in the league for much of the season and had solid back-court depth with Monte Morris and Malik Beasley averaging a combined 21 points off the bench. There were mixed reviews, however, from Gary Harris; the starting two-guard didn’t improve and in some areas actually regressed as he struggled with injuries in a 57-game season. Same for Will Barton, who shot 40 percent and played 43 games. But those were nit-picks. The Nuggets finally arrived after going a league-leading 34-7 at home, reaching the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade, and using the draft and trades to remake the roster over the last few years to stay in the attic in the very competitive West, which was no easy task. Summer summary: When an NBA team reaches a critical stage of the developing process and checks all the necessary boxes, it’s time to keep the continuity. Which means, time to pay up, and the Nuggets did just that this summer with two of their important figures: Murray and GM Tim Connelly, and both were easy calls. Murray went from a rookie who played behind Emmanuel Mudiay to a dependable, sometimes clutch-shooting guard in just three seasons. While he’s obviously the starter at the point for the Nuggets, Murray’s value lies in his flexibility; he can play off the ball and be just as valuable whenever Jokic assumes the “point-center” role. He averaged 18.2 points and 4.8 assists and showed growth despite struggling at times in his first postseason. He also doesn’t turn 23 until February. So the Nuggets gave him $170 million over five years, banking on his continued growth, which appears to be a safe investment. Therefore, Denver’s two most important players, Jokic and Murray, are under contract together for the next three seasons. Connelly replaced Masai Ujiri in 2013 and repaid the Nuggets’ faith by overseeing a basketball operation that has run mostly smoothly ever since. He drafted Jokic at No. 41 and hired Mike Malone as coach. The Nuggets have gone from 33 wins in Malone’s first season to 54. Even better, the meat of the roster is trending in the right direction and there’s no dead weight. This summer, the Wizards, after firing Ernie Grunfeld, chased after Connelly, a Baltimore native who attended college in D.C. Connelly broke into the business as an intern for the Wizards and has family ties to the D.C area, so the prospect of leaving Denver was a real threat. Ultimately, Nuggets boss Josh Kroenke was successful in persuading Connelly to stay. Usually that comes with a promise of a significant raise, but more importantly, Connelly saw what he’s building in Denver and couldn’t leave unfinished business. Denver has solid mix of youth and vets and is coming off a season where it was the No. 2 seed in the West. Hard to walk away from that. Paul Millsap also cashed in when the Nuggets agreed to pick up his 2019-20 option year for $30 million. There was some question whether the Nuggets would tie that much into a soon-to-be 35-year-old forward who, statistically anyway, is coming off his worst season since 2009-10 and his fewest minutes since 2008. But Millsap still brings a solid defensive mindset and experience, and anyway, the Nuggets were all about maintaining the flow this summer. Plus, Denver will remain under the luxury tax with with Millsap’s option. Millsap’s minutes could be reduced this season because the Nuggets traded for a more athletic option in Grant. With the Thunder, Grant improved his 3-point shooting last season and became more of a well-rounded forward. If used correctly by Malone, he can thrive in Denver, which badly needs his physical gifts. Of course, there’s also the wild card: Michael Porter Jr. The club’s first-round pick two summers ago sat all last season while recovering from a back issue, then was scratched from summer league play in July because of a minor knee issue which was more of a precautionary move. In a best-case scenario, Porter stays healthy and gives the Nuggets three options at power forward. Connelly didn’t have a first-round pick this summer but swung a deal to fetch a second-rounder once Bol Bol dropped to No. 44 in the draft. The son of former NBA player Manute Bol, he suffered a foot injury last season at Oregon and NBA teams were wary of his potential for recovery. Well, Connelly and the Nuggets will essentially treat Bol as they did Porter; Bol will be an injury red-shirt and prepare for 2020-21. And so, the Nuggets’ summer wasn’t about making wholesale changes, but keeping the pace they’ve set over the last three seasons and rewarding some of the key personnel responsible for it. Patience has allowed the Nuggets to get this far and so there was no reason to panic or rush the process this offseason. 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. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

Ateneo gets job done vs FEU for 4-0 start to UAAP 82

Ateneo de Manila University had no problems whatsoever against Far Eastern University for a wire-to-wire 63-46 win that extended its unbeaten start to the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, Saturday at MOA Arena. The Blue Eagles went on an 11-0 run to start the game and never looked back to remain unscathed through four games in its title defense. Ange Kouame powered the engine with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double while Thirdy Ravena had his own 12 markers and 10 boards. Adrian Wong also turned in his best game of the season with 13 points on top of five assists as the defending champions started strong with 11 unanswered points after tip-off and which then became an 18-3 edge early. Their advantage would only go as high as 19 as their defense stood strong all throughout, stifling their opponents to only 29 percent shooting from the field. "Credit to our boys for the defense they played against FEU. That was not easy," head coach Tab Baldwin said post-game. Indeed, Ateneo forced the Tamaraws to 17 turnovers which they quickly converted into 18 points. Of all players, though, it was Will Navarro who received the highest praise from his mentor. "We have to give credit to Will Navarro," the former said of the latter who only had four points to his name, but was a +30 in all of the game. For FEU, Barkley Ebona and Xyrus Torres topped the scoring column with eight points apiece. Unable to get going, however, they dropped to 1-2 in the standings. BOX SCORES ATENEO 63 - Kouame 14, Wong 13, Ravena 12, Mi. Nieto 4,Navarro 4, Mamuyac 3, Ma. Nieto 3, Tio 3, Belangel 2, Daves 2, Go 2, Maagdenberg 1, Andrade 0, Chiu 0, Credo 0, Mallillin 0. FEU 46 - Ebona 8, Torres 8, Comboy 6, Gonzales 6, Nunag 5, Bienes 4, Tuffin 3, Alforque 2, Tempra 2, Cani 1, Tchuente 1, Celzo 0, Dulatre 0, Mantua 0, Stockton 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-6, 23-15, 47-32, 63-46. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2019

PVL: Adamson, UST out to sweep group stage

Completing a sweep of their respective groups are in the minds of semifinals-bound teams University of Sto. Tomas and Adamson University on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Both squads have secured a ticket to the Final Four last week after claiming their fourth win in as many games. They now set their sights on building momentum for ten next round. First up at 10:00 a.m. are the Lady Falcons, who will take on also-ran Letran in Group A before the Tigresses take the spotlight in a showdown with NCAA champion Arellano University in Group B at 12:00 noon. Adamson is fresh from a morale-boosting 14-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21, win over reigning UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University with Trisha Genesis and rookies Lucille Almonte and setter Louie Romero leading the way.   The Lady Knights hold a 1-3 win-loss record tied with other eliminated teams San Sebastian College and University of Perpetual Help. Meanwhile, UST is coming off a five-set, 25-14, 25-17, 10-25, 23-25, 15-12, victory over Far Eastern University last week to secure its semis ticket in its group. The game against the Lady Chiefs, who still have a chance to make it to the Final Four, will also be head coach Kungfu Reyes and Eya Laure’s last for the Tigresses before they fly to Thailand to join the national team in its training camp and participate in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sept. 20.      Arellano still has a chance to force a playoff for the last semis seat if it defeats UST and College of St. Benilde loses to winless TIP on Sunday.    Opening up the triple-bill playdate is the Group A clash between San Beda University and San Sebastian College. All games are available on iWant and via livestream. The Lady Red Spikers carry a 2-2 slate and a win over the Lady Stags coupled by a loss by the Lady Eagles (3-1) to Perpetual on Sunday will give San Beda a chance to play in a sudden death against Ateneo for the last semis seat in the group.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

Pirates put on cruise control vs Altas en route to solo second in NCAA 95

Lyceum of the Philippines University sailed to sole possession of the second spot in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament after outclassing University of Perpetual Help, 89-74, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Reymar Caduyac masterfully orchestrated the Pirates all-out offensive that eventually ended as their eight win in 11 games. Caduyac was at the controls as they went on a 11-0 tear that widened a four-point gap, 57-53, late in the third period to a 68-53 edge early in the final frame. "Reymar is the barometer of our team. Isa siya sa taga-tame sa speed namin," head coach Topex Robinson said of his so-called barometer who wound up with 11 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and two steals. Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee as well as Mike Nzeusseu flanked him, as always, and they only built on their momentum in with a 17-5 run for an 85-65 lead late in the game. In the end, JCM had 21 points, eight rebounds, and two assists while Nzeusseu also had his own 21 markers, five boards, and two dimes. JVM chipped in 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists as well to help LPU yet again nudge ahead from the thick of things in the standings. On the other hand, the Altas suffered their second straight setback and seventh overall in 10 games. Tonton Peralta topped the scoring column for them in this one with 20 points while Ben Adamos and Jielo Razon chimed in 15 and 12 markers, respectively. BOX SCORES LPU 89 - Marcelino JC 21, Nzeusseu 21, Caduyac 11, Marcelino JV 10, David 5, Guinto 4, Ibanez 3, Navarro 3, Tansingco 3, Pretta 2, Remulla 2, Santos 2, Valdez 2, Laurente 0, Yong 0 PERPETUAL 74 - Peralta 20, Adamos 15, Razon 12, Aurin 9, Charcos 4, Martel 4, Sevilla 4, Barasi 2, Cuevas 2, Tamayo 2, Lanoy 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-22, 40-39, 66-53, 80-74 —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2019

Ahanmisi catches fire in Adamson s back-to-back wins in UAAP 82

Jerrick Ahanmisi finally went online in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, shooting Adamson University over luckless University of the East, 91-80, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum. After two straight off-games, Ahanmisi waxed hot from start to finish, scattering 28 points built on seven triples as the Soaring Falcons swooped into back-to-back wins following a season-opening loss. It also didn't hurt the San Marcelino-based squad that Alex Diakhite, the Red Warriors' Senegalese double-double machine, was out due to illness. Without anybody to deny then entry into the paint, Jerom Lastimosa and Valandre Chauca sliced and diced their way inside and the former finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists and the latter ended with 13 markers, four dimes, and two boards. Cameroonian Lenda Douanga also had his way with an 11-point, 16-rebound double-double. Those four also got together in the endgame as Adamson needed to quell a late rally by UE that came as close as 75-82 inside the last three minutes. Sans Diakhite, Rey Suerte fronted the effort for the Red Warriors, still winless in three games, with 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals. BOX SCORES ADAMSON 91 - Ahanmisi 28, Lastimosa 16, Chauca 13, Douanga 11, Fermin 5, Bernardo 4, Camacho 4, Magbuhos 4, Orquez 4, Yerro 2, Flowers 0, Manlapaz 0, Mojica 0, Zaldivar 0. UE 80 - Suerte 20, Mendoza 17, Apacible 15, Conner 13, Manalang 5, Tolentino 4, Abanto 3, Antiporda 3, Beltran 0, Cruz 0, Sawat 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-21, 44-38, 66-57, 91-80. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019

UAAP 82: Ahanmisi takes Franz’s challenge personal and delivers best game of the year

Jerrick Ahanmisi scored a combined 17 points in Adamson’s first two games of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament. In the win against UE Wednesday however, Ahanmisi exploded for 28 points, connecting on seven triples to power Adamson to victory. As Jerrick has regained his touch, it’s no coincidence that the Falcons are on the first winning streak of the year with their best victory of the season so far. “He wants to make it to the PBA,” head coach Franz Pumaren said of his top guard’s scoring outburst. “I told him the way he’s playing, I don’t think he’ll make the next level. He probably adjusted his level,” he added, before laughing at Ahanmisi who was sitting right next to him. Jerrick agreed with his coach though, saying him stepping up was needed. Coach Franz’s challenge was pretty much answered by Ahanmisi with the win against the Red Warriors. “Before we went out, he kinda told me that I had to step up my game a little bit. I kinda took it a little personal,” Ahanmisi said. “So I went out there and tried to do what I was capable of doing,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019