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Whatever happens, Rhayyan Amsali will not play in NCAA Season 94

It’s final – Rhayyan Amsali is not eligible for San Beda High School for the upcoming NCAA Season 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The league’s eligibility meeting concluded on Friday and there, it was determined that with one failing grade, Amsali was unable to meet academic requirements. The 6-foot-3 forward, who had just transferred to San Beda from Nazareth School of National University, has been the talk of the town as he and his camp filed a complaint questioning his failing grade. Last Tuesday, the Amsalis, through Atty. Michelle Africa, forwarded a letter to NSNU stating that Rhayyan was belatedly informed that he had failed a subject. For their part, NSNU said that the Amsali camp, through mother Nurisa, had knowledge of the failing grade since early May. Now, the latest update in the issue is that the Department of Education is asking for clarification from NSNU about how “there was no intervention given to prevent Rhayyan from getting a failing grade before the school year ended. Furthermore, no effort was done by the people concerned to inform the parents about the child’s predicament.” (photo courtesy of DepEd) Whatever happens from this point, though, will not change the fact that the NCAA’s eligibility meeting is over and done with and there, Amsali was unable to get into San Beda’s lineup. Nonetheless, the 17-year-old said that he is set to stay in Taytay. “Kahit hindi ako maglalaro, nandito pa rin yung isip ko at yung heart ko sa team na ‘to. Susuportahan ko sila kahit anong mangyari,” he told reporters as he and the Red Cubs, serendipitously, downed the Bullpups in the semifinals of the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. This, even though it would mean that he now only has one playing year left in the NCAA Juniors. “Yung samahan po rito sa San Beda, iba e. Unang pagpunta ko pa lang dito, ang gaan na e,” he shared. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 29th, 2018

Bullpups bump off Greenies to get back on top of NBTC Division 1

Coming off a heartbreaking loss in the UAAP Juniors Finals just 21 days ago, the Nazareth School of National University Bullpups did not allow themselves to be on the wrong end of the history books once more, surviving a late surge by Joel Cagulangan and the La Salle Greenhills Greenies, 80-78, to claim the 2018 Exped Socks SM-NBTC National Championship, on Friday at the MOA Arena. This is the Bullpups' second national championship in the last three years. Moreover, this is Goldwin Monteverde's first major championship. "Siyempre very challenging talaga yung liga, from 32 teams, mage-end up ka sa number one. Masaya talaga para sa amin," shared Monteverde as the Bullpups had to go through Bacolod Tay Tung High School, Adamson High School, FilAm Sports, and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu to get to the championship round. But it could not have been possible if it were not for the timely stops the Bullpups made to close out the game. After leading by as much as 13 points in the contest and 11 points with 4:33 left, Joel Cagulangan single-handedly powered the Greenies to an 11-0 run. The rally was capped by a strong drive to the basket by the top high school floor general in the country with 49.5 seconds left to knot the game at 77-all. Gerry Abadiano, though, was able to overpower Makoy Marcos to the rim, drawing a foul and knocking down both free throws to put the Bullpups up 20 seconds later. "As expected naman si Gerry talaga sa ilang beses na nakasama ko siya, even in tough games makikita mo na nagde-deliver siya," Monteverde beamed about Abadiano, who was his player in Adamson two years ago. "Ang maganda both ends of the floor, nakakapag-play siya ng good defense and at the same time, sa offense din." Off a timeout, Cagulangan was able to fish a foul from Paul Manalang. After making the first free throw, however, he muffed the second one. Mark Sangco was there for the offensive rebound, but Cagulangan's attempt was swatted away by Michael Malonzo. A split on the stripe by Rhayyan Amsali still gave LSGH a shot but Sidney Mosqueda struggled to give a good inbound that led to a desperation heave by Inand Fornilos that unfortunately did not go in. "Siguro for one, sometimes may mga bitter lessons din like yung last season namin sa UAAP, it boiled down to last two possessions," Monteverde recalled about Game 3 of the UAAP Juniors Finals that saw them squander a six-point lead late that led to a 58-63 defeat. Abadiano, who was crowned the Final's Most Outstanding Player, had 24 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Cyril Gonzales and Terrence Fortea finished with 12 and 11 markers, respectively. Cagulangan, who was named as the Most Outsanding Player of the tournament, led LSGH with 25 points. Fornilos, on the other hand, filled up the stat sheet with 18 poitns on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds and four blocks. BOX SCORES NU 80 — Abadiano 24, Gonzales 12, Fortea 11, Amsali 8, Quiambao 8, Coyoca 5, Minerva 4, Tamayo 4, Malonzo 2, Oczon 2, Javillonar 0, Manalang 0. LSGH 78 — Cagulangan 25, Fornilos 18, Marcos 17, Sangco 7, Mosqueda 6, Espinosa 3, Lao 2, Cruz 0, Lapalam 0, Morales 0, Natividad 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-23, 40-35, 63-54, 80-78......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

San Beda proves critics wrong with win over CJ Perez, Lyceum to clinch NCAA title

As if completing a third consecutive championship wasn't enough, San Beda found added motivation to beat Lyceum again in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball Finals. The Red Lions breezed past the Pirates in the finals opener last Tuesday in a game where critics felt San Beda only won because Lyceum played minus its star CJ Perez. That sentiment did not sit well with San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. "Honestly, did they forget that we beat LPU in the second round with CJ there? It's not San Beda's fault that CJ wasn't able to play in Game 1," said Fernandez, who won won his fourth NCAA title. "Give credit to my players. It became our fuel that some people thought we only won because L...Keep on reading: San Beda proves critics wrong with win over CJ Perez, Lyceum to clinch NCAA title.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Bright Akhuetie is UP s first Player of the Week in UAAP 81

So far, the arrival of Bright Akhuetie has paid massive dividends for the University of the Philippines. Touted as a dominant force from his days with Perpetual in the NCAA, the Nigerian anchor’s presence almost certainly assured the Fighting Maroons of a much-needed game changer on both ends of the floor in UAAP Season 81. One thing’s left on their to-do list, though, and that’s to end a 21-year Final Four drought. UP is still engaged in a dogfight with two other teams for a semifinals seat, and on Saturday, the 6-foot-8 big man took it upon himself to make sure that they’ll move to the cusp of reaching that goal. A monster 25-point, 18-rebound double-double by this year’s frontrunner for MVP just did the trick for the Fighting Maroons as they finished with a flurry to kick UST out of contention, 83-69. Akhuetie, who already managed 12 points and 12 rebounds against an undersized Tigers lineup after three quarters, doubled his scoring tally in the payoff period by pouring 13 points, which was just two shy of UST’s output as a team during that stretch. His outstanding performance rightfully earned him the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week award. This citation may seem like it’s been long overdue for Akhuetie, whose stellar play throughout the season has not gone unnoticed. In 13 games, he’s put up prolific averages of 19.1 points, 14.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting a blistering 60.7 percent from the field. He bested FEU's Arvin Tolentino and Kenneth Tuffin, NU's John Lloyd Clemente, Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena, and Adamson’s Sean Manganti to nab the weekly feat given by online and print writers covering the beat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Despite failed UAAP Final 4 bid, UST program still on track says Ayo

It's the end of the race for Aldin Ayo and University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament. The Growling Tigers lost their chance at the Final Four after a disappointing 83-69 loss to University of the Philippines that put their record at 5-8 for sixth place. Ayo and the rest of the Tigers, however, aren't the ones to stop after such a setback. READ:UAAP: UP exploits Cansino's absence, eliminates UST from Final 4 race The former UAAP and NCAA champion said he'd start preparing UST's Team B and get his hands in a consultancy position with the Tiger Cubs. "I'm actually training the Team B and they're already excited to play," said Ayo Saturday...Keep on reading: Despite failed UAAP Final 4 bid, UST program still on track says Ayo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

NCAA Finals: It could ve been a better Finals -- Robinson

Lyceum of the Philippines University head coach Topex Robinson accepted the fact that San Beda University pushed their backs against the wall after taking Game 1 of the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball Finals. Robinson admitted that they were shooting bricks, committing turnovers and seemed to have lost the energy and drive while allowing the three-peat seeking Red Lions chase them out of the MOA Arena during the match. But what ticked the mentor the most was the event that happened outside of the basketball court just 24 hours before tipoff that put a handicap on LPU in the biggest stage of the season. The Pirates marched into the war without its most important weapon in CJ Perez after the league slapped him with a one-game ban for failing to notify the NCAA that he filed an application for the PBA Draft.     “The reason it's painful for us is because CJ didn't do anything wrong. Hindi naman siya nag-ligang labas. Kung naglarong labas sana siya at nahuli, I would accept that. But I don't know,” said Topex. “The kid didn't do anything wrong.” Without Perez, LPU was deprived of a player that has been averaging 18.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.3 steals per game. San Beda won the game, 73-60, and even Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez did some math and thought that the complexion of the championship rematch opener could be a bit different if Perez was there.  “With CJ there, if you look at it, we only beat them by 13 so idagdag mo 18 ni CJ, talo pa kami,” said Fernandez. Robinson agreed. “It could've been a better Finals,” he said. “It's no guarantee that we're going to win but you want your best player in the game. He deserves to be there. That's just the way I feel.” “I'm speaking on my behalf, not of the school. I'm speaking as a father to a son that lost an opportunity to play in the Finals,” added a disappointed Robinson. “I don't know how you call it but life is really unfair. We have to accept the fact that again, we have a game to play.” Robinson also cited a precedent that happened back 11 years ago when then Red Lion Yousif Aljamal got away with a season ban after being drafted in the PBA as No. 8 overall pick by Air21 while the season was still ongoing. San Beda filed a Temporary Restraining Order and the NCAA retracted from its decision as Aljamal eventually helped the Red Lions win its second title under then mentor Frankie Lim.  “If they had a chance that back in 2007... Kumbaga, if those are the rules, it has to be the rules. Kumbaga, yun lang ako. Wag yung pabago bago. Kung nagawa na yun dati, pinayagan at nagawan ng paraan, yun lang sana,” said Robinson. “I don't want to put the blame on whoever makes those rules. We're just here to follow them I just hope there will be consistency. If there's players at fault, let them face it. “’Wag nilang itago yung mali at gagawan nila ng paraan. Yun lang sa akin. I'm speaking on my behalf again. If they're gonna hate me, so be it,” he continued. “I'm speaking here not as a coach of LPU but as a father to CJ and I just feel about the pain he has to go through.” “He's there helplessly watching the game from wherever. Kung may ginawa sanang mali eh. Kung nag-drugs yan o gumawa ng kalokohan.” LPU will have a week to prepare for a bounce back and Perez will be back in action for Game 2 on Monday. “We're excited to have CJ back. I hope he doesn't enter the draft again,” said Robinson on a lighter note. “He'll be ready for Game Two.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Coaches see bright future in PBA for NCAA stars CJ Perez, Robert Bolick

The past two seasons of the NCAA saw two players define the league under their respective images---San Beda's Robert Bolick and Lyceum's CJ Perez. Both had stellar resumes in Season 93 with Lyceum's Perez winning the MVP with Bolick taking the bigger trophy leading San Beda to the title over the Pirates. And as their two-year rivalry draws to a close in the championship round of Season 94, their respective coaches started to bid farewell to the two stars. "I'm sure these two players will play hard, tough, and both will make sure that his team will win," said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez. "It's just unfortunate that only one team will win." Perez and Bolick also had...Keep on reading: Coaches see bright future in PBA for NCAA stars CJ Perez, Robert Bolick.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

JP Calvo’s Letran stint ends in a heartbreak

JP Calvo's end to his collegiate career couldn't have been any more bitter. Third seed Letran got blown out of Final Four contention in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament, bowing to Lyceum, 109-85. Making it worse was Calvo was left helpless in the crucial stage of the game as he fell to injury just 16 seconds into the second half. READ:JP Calvo third-quarter injury dooms Letran to NCAA Final 4 exit While he was able to return to the game for a few moments, it was a lost cause as head coach Jeff Napa chose to rest his star point guard in his final game for the school. "I really wanted to return to the game, I wanted to play for Letran, but coach Jeff told m...Keep on reading: JP Calvo’s Letran stint ends in a heartbreak.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

LPU runs roughshod on Letran to rush into NCAA 94 Finals

Lyceum of the Philippines will be vying for the championship for the second straight season in the 94th NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Pirates officially booked a return trip to the Finals after running away from and then gunning down Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 109-85, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Head coach Topex Robinson got contributions from up and down the lineup in their first-ever Final Four game in history. However, it wasn’t until Knights’ court general JP Calvo went down with an injury that LPU broke free. Calvo suffered an apparent left leg injury early in the third. Still, Letran was able to rally around him for a while as Koy Galvelo’s corner three actually granted them their first lead of the game, 56-55, at the 6:05 mark of the quarter. It was at that point, however, that the Pirates exploited Calvo’s absence and put their opponents in a pressure cooker. From there, they went on a 15-0 tear built on turnover points for a 70-56 edge. The Knights would never recover from that point as main man Bong Quinto was also shackled down. In the end, Mike Nzeusseu topped the scoring column for LPU with a 23-point, 17-rebound double-double while CJ Perez made a mark all over with 19 markers, five boards, four steals, and three assists. Jaycee Marcelino and Spencer Pretta also added 15 points apiece as second-seed LPU aced its first-ever test in the playoffs. They now turn their attention to either defending champion San Beda University or upstart University of Perpetual Help in the Finals. For Letran, Larry Muyang showed the way with 21-point, 12-rebound double-double. Quinto, playing in his last game, struggled for his standards with just 12 markers in 6-of-17 shooting from the field to go along with seven assists and six boards. Calvo, also graduating, scored nine points in just 19 minutes of play. Without him there, his team was unable to replicate its sinking of the Pirates in the second round. BOX SCORES LPU 109 — Nzeusseu 23, Perez 19, Marcelino JC 15, Pretta 15, Ayaay 11, Santos 9, Caduyac 8, Tansingco 3, Ibanez 2, Serrano 2, Yong 2, Cinco 0, Lumbao 0, Marcelino JV 0, Valdez 0 LETRAN 85 — Muyang 21, Quinto 12, Fajarito 11, Taladua 10, Ambohot 9, Calvo 9, Batiller 6, Celis 4, Galvelo 3, Agbong 0, Mandreza 0, Yu 0, Pambid 0 QUARTER SCORES: 29-16, 51-47, 81-64, 109-85 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

IT S FINAL: No sanctions for Perpetual in ligang labas issue

The NCAA has “sternly warned” University of Perpetual Help about the “infraction” it incurred at the midway mark of the Season 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. “The Policy Board resolves to reprimand and sternly warn (Perpetual) that a similar infraction shall be dealt with severely,” the league said in a memo issued on Friday. #NCAASeason94 Management Committee statement on the issue regarding the residency of some Perpetual players. pic.twitter.com/9L9C1yR59E — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Oktubre 26, 2018 Three weeks ago, a report first broken by Christian Jacinto of spin.ph found out that Perps’ lead guard Edgar Charcos, versatile forward Kim Aurin, and key reserves Kyt Jimenez and Tonton Peralta played in a commercial league last year. The four reportedly played for the Las Pinas Home Defenders in the Metro Basketball Tournament a year ago. According to sources closely monitoring the situation, NCAA rules on residency is understood to be like this – a player undergoing residency is only allowed to see action in another league if he will still be representing the school. After the investigation, however, the league has apparently determined that the Las Pinas Home Defenders is a school-based squad. “The Policy Board resolves that Perpetual has fielded a school-based team in joining a non-NCAA league,” the memo said. As such, the Altas have committed no infraction and will be able to play in the Final Four without any issues from here on out. As of press time, they are dueling with defending champion San Beda University. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

NCAA: Perez, LPU excited to play in their first-ever Final Four

Last year, Lyceum of the Philippines University went straight to the Finals in the NCAA after sweeping the elimination rounds. This Season 94, after dropping three games against University of Perpetual Help, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and San Beda University, the Pirates will have to go through the tough Final Four format before they get the chance to avenge their heartbreaking bridesmaid run last season. Second-seed Lyceum's situation may not look as pristine as last year's, but CJ Perez thinks going through the eye of the needle will be better for them. "Sa aming lahat, excited kami maglaro sa Final Four. And yun nga, mas maganda itong ganito kasi kailangan mong dumaan sa mga adversities na kailangan mo lagpasan ang Letran muna," said Perez as they are set to face the third-seed Letran on October 26 for the semifinals. This, even though in their game against San Beda on Thursday, the Pirates struggled with the Red Lions' zone defense. Perez who usually scores 19.1 points per game was limited to only nine points. When asked about it, Perez bared that he was not feeling good about his game right from the get-go. "Actually 'di yung sila yung naka-stop sa akin. Feeling ko sarili ko yung nai-stop ko kasi yun nga, pagpasok pa lang ng game, parang 'di ko ramdam na magaan yung katawan ko today. Feeling ko ang tight ko ngayon so parang pumasok sa utak ko tapos nawala ako sa focus," said Perez after playing his last eliminations game in his college career. San Beda led by as much as 20 points late in the third quarter, but Lyceum was able to inch within five points with less than a minute to go in the game. Ultimately, however, things didn't go their way as turnovers got the best of them. Still, Perez didn't point fingers at anyone. "Sa mga ganitong talo hindi kami nagsisisihan, wala kaming excuses. Siguro yun yung na build na culture sa Lyceum. Kahit na nagtatalo, walang nagsisisihan, walang excuses, kaya mas maganda mag move forward kung yun yung na build na culture sa amin," he shared. "Pero may bawi naman yan eh, 'di naman every game talaga Pasko eh. 'Di naman laging Pasko," he added. His game today may have been uncharacteristic, but he assures that come the semifinals, the CJ Perez that fans all know of will be back. "Andito naman yung tunay na CJ Perez. 'Di ko naman talaga mabubuhat yung team kung ako lang talaga. So kailangan lang mag work together. Siguro sabihin natin bad day siguro kaya ganun pero I'm okay naman," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Thielen it: Vikings star on record-setting receiving pace

By Dave Campbell, Associated PRess EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Last week during team drills with the Minnesota Vikings, Adam Thielen stretched out his body and dived to try to catch an off-target pass. Thielen immediately questioned aloud the wisdom of his decision to risk pain when ultimately the completion didn't matter. Thielen, though, couldn't resist. There's hardly a ball in the air he doesn't believe he can grab, and this is anything but blind faith. Through six games, Thielen leads the NFL with 58 receptions and 712 yards. He is on a staggering pace to reach 155 catches and 1,899 yards over a full season, which would break the record for receptions (Marvin Harrison, 143 in 2002) and fall 66 yards short of the best for yards (Calvin Johnson, 1,964 in 2012). "Adam has a great heart. He's really a tough kid," said coach Mike Zimmer, who revealed the anecdote about Thielen's ill-advised practice dive. "He comes over to me and talks to me during the game about stuff that's going on, and it's always about, 'These guys can't guard me.'" That's a brash declaration, decidedly un-Minnesotan, but this lifelong native of the state isn't deluding himself. He's not the biggest or the fastest of his peers around the league, the biggest reason he went undrafted as an NCAA Division II prospect at Minnesota State, but his route-running ability is just about unparalleled. "That dog mindset, as far as how he approaches the game and how he wants to win each and every rep, that's something we have in common and that's something that goes far with me especially because I know how he feels," said fellow Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who is on pace for 107 catches and 1,160 yards himself. "I know if there's anything bothering him or anything like that, he still never makes an excuse and he makes the plays. At the end of the day, we all only care about making the play." Thielen has the most receptions through six games in NFL history, and he is the first player since 1961 to start a season with at least 100 receiving yards in each of the first six games. The 28-year-old is on track to set all kinds of Vikings records, no small feats with a franchise that has featured Pro Football Hall of Fame members Cris Carter and Randy Moss. This is not where Thielen's motivation originates, though. He is noticeably uncomfortable when asked by reporters about such statistical accomplishments. "I'm just trying to help my team win games," Thielen said. "Honestly, if you lead the league in receiving but you're not winning games, it's not a fun business to be in, so it doesn't really matter what your stats are." His take was no different on Sunday after he had 11 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown that helped the Vikings beat Arizona 27-17. "I feel like I sound like a broken record, but it's such a team stat," Thielen said . "When you have great players around you, that's the only way you can do those things. We have so many great players and great guys that are selfless." There was no better example of Thielen's impact on the success of the Vikings' offense than early in the third quarter against the Cardinals as they clung to a 13-10 lead. Latavius Murray had just taken a 4-yard loss on a smothered toss sweep on second down, bringing up third-and-13 from the Vikings 42. Kirk Cousins was hit by Chandler Jones as he released the pass, one of 15 times he sent the ball Thielen's way in a tight space in the zone coverage. With outstretched arms and dragging toes, Thielen secured the catch right in front of the first-down marker before tumbling out of bounds. Cardinals coach Steve Wilks challenged the call from the opposite sideline, perhaps assuming the difficulty of the task would reveal a bobble on the replay, but there was none to be seen. Five plays later, Thielen hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Cousins for a 10-point lead. "It's kind of a hidden play because it's not the one that scored the points or the one that people will talk about," Cousins said, "but that is a big, big play.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

NCAA 94: Pirates turn attention to their idols from San Beda

Over the last two NCAA seasons, Lyceum vs. San Beda is always must-see television. However, the upcoming clash between the two powerhouses in NCAA Season 94 will be a little different. For one, no team is going for a sweep. Lyceum's cloak of invincibility has been dashed and the Pirates enter with two regular season losses, which is two more than last season. Second, no team is chasing for a twice-to-beat advantages. Following Thursday's games, both the Pirates and the Red Lions have pretty much clinched their respective playoff bonuses. At least for the Pirates, the upcoming super clash between Lyceum and San Beda is all about pride and an opportunity to learn. "It's going to be a dogfight. But at the end of the day it's gonna be fun because there's so much competition between us and San Beda but there's also so much respect," Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson said. With Lyceum looking to win a breakthrough NCAA title, the Pirates are looking up to the San Beda dynasty on how to actually capture one. The Red Lions of course, have dominated the league for over a decade. San Beda's latest title came at the expense of the Pirates last season. Lyceum entered the Finals of Season 93 as undefeated challengers. "It's big for us as a program, we really look up to them," Robinson said of San Beda. "They were one of our role models on how a team should be run. It's always nice to play against the team that you idolize," he added. The tremendous amount of respect Lyceum has on San Beda also means that the Pirates know how difficult it is to overcome the Red Lions. After the Finals collapse last season, the Pirates know that their road to the title will go through San Beda one way or another. That journey starts next week. "We know how hard it is to beat them," Robinson said of the Red Lions. "We know it's gonna bring the best out of us. Yun ang importante samin, whatever the result, it's always gonna bring the best out of our team," he addded.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

NCAA 94: Already in playoff mode, Red Lions welcome all challengers

The actual NCAA Season 94 playoffs is still about a couple of weeks away, but defending champion San Beda has been in "playoff" mode for a while now. And despite officially clinching a twice-to-beat advantage after pounding hapless Arellano Thursday, the Red Lions will remain in playoff mode until the end of their current title defense. Because as champions, they have the biggest targets on their backs. And even though the actual playoffs in NCAA Season 94 is still about a couple of weeks away, San Beda's schedule to complete the regular season already looks like the postseason. San Beda still has Lyceum and Perpetual on deck before the Final Four officially starts. "It's really playoff mode for us," head coach Boyet Fernandez said. "Kasi we don't know eh. Kung ano sa future, as of now, gusto ko lang manalo kami sa Arellano and then look forward for Thursday [vs. Lyceum] and Tuesday [vs. Perpetual," he added. Being in playoff mode also means that the Red Lions are ready for all challengers. With a tough stretch coming up, including the Final Four, San Beda is pretty much saying bring it on. "We will be ready for every game," Fernandez said. "Rest assured that even though we're at the top-2, we're still going to play 100 percent and looking forward to a win every game," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Knights rout Stags, advance to semis

Out of the Final Four the last three years, Letran produced its best game in the season to secure its spot in the NCAA men’s basketball post-season play......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

NCAA: LPU s Coach Topex was outcoached by Letran s Coach Jeff

Colegio de San Juan de Letran is only the third team to down Lyceum of the Philippines University in the last two years. Only counting the elimination round, the Knights are only the second squad to sink the Pirates in the same timeframe. True to form, though, instead of being down, LPU head coach Topex Robinson was still all smiles after the fact. “I congratulate them. They really are a tough team,” he told reporters post-game. Indeed, Coach Topex was, as always, gracious in defeat, and said their opponents deserved the win. “They really are a Final Four contender. They are a strong, well-coached team and they have the players to match up against any team here in the league,” he said. In particular, the always amiable mentor had nothing but good words for counterpart coach Jeff Napa. As he put it, “I did stupid decisions. The reason that we lost to Letran is first, they’re better than us and second, I was outcoached by Coach Jeff. That’s really the game.” He also added, “Today, I was outcoached. Coach Jeff was the better coach.” For Coach Topex, their second loss in the elimination round in the season will only make them stronger. “At the end of the day, there’s so much basketball to be played and we’re excited for this opportunity because this kind of experience just keeps on binding us together as a team. They know that what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger,” he shared. He then continued, “Whether they like it or not, we’re gonna be in the Final Four and we’re so grateful for that. We’re excited for whoever it is we’re gonna play.” And another thing the Pirates have going for them is the culture that has been established and reinforced in the last two years. “The reason I know they’ll be okay is we have a culture that loves, serves, and cares. Sabi ko nga sa kanila, we will never be defined as a team just because we lost to a better team this afternoon,” he said. He then continued, “We will be defined by how we’re gonna finish this season and the season after.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Jr. Altas now featuring their new super scorer in Emman Galman

After a 3-0 start in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament, University of Perpetual Help lost nine of its next 11 games. Still, they remain in contention after a much-needed victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Thursday. That wouldn’t have been so, however, if not for the efforts of rookie Emman Galman who scattered a career-best 30 points. “Ni-motivate lang po ako ni coach na tumira lang nang tumira,” he said about his breakout game. All throughout, Galman showcased all of his scoring skills – drilling threes, doing damage inside, and going to the line and converting his chances there. A long-limbed, 6-foot-2 swingman, he is now taking full advantage of all the chances granted to him – especially as he has now been thrust into the spotlight following the forcing out of former main man Joshua Gallano. “Mahirap din po nung nawala sila, pero unti-unti, naka-adjust din po ako, naka-adjust din po kami,” he shared. Gallano had per game counts of 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 29.2 minutes of action before being let go due to a disciplinary action. From there, the Junior Altas put the scoring load on the shoulders of 16-year-old Galman – a responsibility he only welcomed with open arms. “Kailangan po naming mag-step up. Kailangan po naming magtiwala pa rin sa isa’t-isa,” he said. After all, it wasn’t that too long ago when he was far from the NCAA – and therefore, far from his dream. Galman was just a tantalizing talent playing in the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLARAA) when Perps assistant coach Ferdinand Ali-Ali found him and offered him a roster spot. The Bulacan native did nothing but grab the opportunity – not only for himself, but also for his family. As he put it, “Gusto ko rin po kasi matupad pangarap ko tsaka makatulong sa pamilya ko balang-araw. Mahirap lang yung buhay namin dun (sa Bulacan) – driver papa ko at housewife mama ko.” He then continued, “Nagba-basketball pa nga po ako para magkapera lang at makatulong sa mama ko.” Now, Galman is shining bright under the bright lights and on the big stage of the NCAA. And while he and Perpetual only have a boxer’s chance at the next round, he has vowed to just keep going. “Tuloy-tuloy na po ‘to,” he remarked. Even better for Las Pinas? That statement may be not just for this season, but also for the next two seasons he is still eligible to play. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Rivero, PH team go 0-2 in day 1 of Fiba 3×3 U23 World Cup

The Philippines put up a valiant effort but came up empty in Pool C play at the start of the Fiba 3x3 U23 World Cup Wednesday at Xi'an China. The Filipinos, bannered by promising star Ricci Rivero, dropped their first two games against Slovenia and top-ranked Serbia. Rivero and company suffered a 21-14 decision before taking a 21-16 setback at the hands of the Serbians. The PH team, which is also composed of former University of Santo Tomas big man Jeepy Faundo and high school standouts RJ Abarrientos and Rhayyan Amsali, goes on a break on Thursday. The Philippines returns to action on Friday against Turkmenistan at 5 p.m. and China at 8:40 p.m....Keep on reading: Rivero, PH team go 0-2 in day 1 of Fiba 3×3 U23 World Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

NCAA Season 94: Topex Robinson commends refs for handling testy third quarter

Lyceum of the Philippines University head coach Topex Robinson got slapped with a technical foul midway in the third quarter of their match against Mapua University. It was an infraction Robinson was willing to take for his team just to get his message to the referees to control an already volatile situation. After the game, Robinson commended the game officials for preventing the testy third period from escalating. “The referees did a good job after that incident, na-control naman ang emotions,” said Robinson after the Pirates secured at least a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage in a 92-76 blowout win over the Cardinals Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Robinson was called for an unsportsmanlike behavior after going inside the court and for continuously complaining on the officials after a series of confrontations that involved his players Reymar Caduyac and MJ Ayaay and Mapua’s Jasper Salenga and Warren Bonifacio.       “I’m not a referee I know they know better. What I just want to make sure is that my players to be protected,” said Robinson. “Nothing against the other team but my priority is my players.” “I want to make sure that we are in control of our emotions especially my players. Let me be the one to complain to the referees,” he added. Referees broke a confrontation between Bonifacio and Caduyac following a physical play while Ayaay and Salenga were called for technical fouls after getting entangled in a hard screen and exchanging a few words. Robinson continuously talked to the referees after that incident and was whistled with a T.     “I mean, I’m more worried about my players than the other side kasi yun ang control ko. I just want to make sure to get our emotions checked,” said Robinson. After the game, Robinson pointed out that he was just protecting his players and promised to talk to his wards on how to handle those kinds of situations in the future. “We wanna make sure that we always do it the right way, that’s how I do it. Again nothing against, I don’t know how others do it. I even told Ayaay, I mean that’s not the way to do it,” he said. “Again I’m pertaining to my players. So many lessons from that and my players will hear it from me how to handle that kind of situations.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut

By Bernie Wilson, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer’s table, yelled “Yes!” to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers’ new era was underway. Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his regular-season debut for Los Angeles 39 years ago, James captivated the crowd from the start of the Lakers’ exhibition opener Sunday night (Monday, PHL time), a 124-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets. The opening tip came James’ way and he tapped it to fellow newcomer Rajon Rondo, who threw an alley-oop pass to JaVale McGee for the game’s first score. James missed his first shot, a turnaround fadeaway, but then made a no-look bounce pass from about 27 feet out to Brandon Ingram for a dunk. A minute later, James hit a long three-pointer. He finished with nine points, three rebounds and four assists in just more than 15 minutes. Lakers fans hope James’ arrival will turn things around after the worst half-decade in the franchise’s lengthy history. He left the Cleveland Cavaliers for a four-year, $153.3 million free-agent deal with the Lakers. He, Rondo and fellow veterans McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley signed to team with the Lakers’ talented young core. James was the focus on and off the court Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). He was cheered from the minute he ran onto the court with his new teammates for warmups. He played the first eight minutes before being subbed out. When he came back in midway through the second quarter, he was greeted by cheers. As he stood near the scorer’s table during a video review, a fan yelled: “LeBron, we love you!” and the superstar responded with a hang-loose sign. Asked before the game what stands out about James, coach Luke Walton said, “His intelligence. He sees everything. He knows even before drills. He knows where he’s going. His work ethic. He’s out there pre-practice with the guys, post-practice with the guys. Taking care of his body in the weight room. “He’s the ultimate professional.” The Lakers’ regular-season opener is Oct. 18 (Oct. 19, PHL time) at Portland. Their home opener is two nights later against Houston. This was another big night for an L.A. basketball team at San Diego’s sports arena. In 1975, John Wooden coached his final game here, leading UCLA to its 10th NCAA title in 12 seasons. In 1979, Johnson made his NBA debut when Los Angeles beat the then-San Diego Clippers in the season opener. After Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made a buzzer-beating sky hook, Johnson hugged the center like they’d just won the championship. Seven months later, they did win the NBA title. Johnson is now the Lakers’ president of basketball operations and James was the prized acquisition of an offseason roster revamp. As a kid, Walton used to watch his father, Bill, play for the Clippers, although the Hall of Famer’s years in his hometown were largely marred by injuries......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Eight breakout players who wowed in PVL s Collegiate Conference

Collegiate volleyball won’t be around until the second semester but the recently-concluded Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference on ABS-CBN S+A gave us a glimpse of what the girls may be raring to give us once their tournament in their respective leagues finally open. Some girls came out of nowhere to really provide the fireworks in the conference and came away with new fans and admirers thanks to their impressive play on the floor. As the PVL’s Open Conference is about to part its curtains, let’s take a look at the eight collegiate volleybelles who totally captured our hearts thanks to their display of heart and skill.   1.) Tonnie Rose Ponce, Adamson University (Tonnie Rose Ponce (libero) made a mark in the last PVL Collegiate Conference when she bagged a Mythical Six award) Adamson head coach Air Padda is proud of Ponce, her team’s libero, for being the best cheerleader of her teammates on the floor. Even with her small stature, she plays big with a fighting spirit that has endeared her to the fans. It still came as a surprise, however, to the dimunitive Ponce, to be named as one of the Mythical Six and the conference’s Best Libero. Maybe not for Padda, who has always seen the leadership potential of her squad’s cheerleader.   2.) Rosie Rosier, University of the Philippines (The sophomore Lady Fighting Maroon was instrumental in ending the school's 36 year major title drought in the PVL Collegiate Conference) Rosier was instrumental in breaking the UP Lady Fighting Maroons’ 36-year championship drought as the sophomore carried the team on her back in a thrilling five-set Game 1 match with the FEU Lady Tamaraws. She pumped in 15 points via 13 attacks to have probably one of her best birthday celebrations to date, and followed it up with a 10-point output in Game 2 to help her squad bring home the Collegiate Conference crown.   3.) Milena Alessandrini, University of Santo Tomas (Second year Golden Tigress Milena Alessandrini powered the Thomasians in the FInal FOur ddespite nursing a shoulder injury) UST’s Fil-Italian tower introduced herself to Filipino volleyball fans when she won Rookie of the Year in UAAP Season 80. While it’s not easy to be on a different land where everyone speaks a different language, Alessandrini has been quick to adapt to what the coach wants done on the floor based on her performance in PVL. Her best game happened in the Battle for Third against Adamson where she broke out with a 31-point outing, a sign of things to come for the Golden Tigresses’ campaign in the coming UAAP wars.   4.) Celine Domingo, Far Eastern University (Celine Domingo followed up her stellar UAAP season 80 campaign with a masterful PVL Collegiate Conference under Coach George Pascua) Veteran setter Kyle Negrito is FEU’s top player and Jerrili Malabanan is their main weapon, no doubt, but Domingo is poised to take over the team as she continues to make an impact in the net in the recently-concluded PVL Collegiate Conference. The conference’s First Best Middle Blocker has been one of Coach George Pascual’s reliable players that are expected to carry the scoring duties now that super senior Bernadeth Pons’ career with the school is over. Too bad she was set back by a knee injury in Game One of the Finals against UP, which also sidelined her in Game Two.   5.) Jan Daguil, College of Saint Benilde (Jan Daguil (16) was one of the surprises for CSB in the PVL Collegiate Conference) With their MVP, Jeanette Panaga, moving on from her school career, the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers are hard-pressed to find a replacement. So far, Marites Pablo has emerged as the biggest candidate, but not too far behind is Daguil, who has come up big for them when they needed the points the most. During their battle for a Final Four spot in the recently-concluded PVL Collegiate Conference, Daguil led her team with 15 points, all on kills, to turn back the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Lady Stags.   6.) Joyce Sta. Rita, San Sebastian College-Recoletos (Joyce Sta. Rita is the only holdover remaining for the Lady Stags but she is determined to be their main pillar) Sta. Rita is the only holdover from Coach Roger Gorayeb’s compact 7-woman squad from a year ago in NCAA Season 93, where she was named Second Best Middle Blocker. That did not stop her from being an example to her new teammates as she fought in each set and match to keep the young Lady Stags competitive even if they failed to notch a single win.   7.) Satrianni Espiritu, San Beda University (Satrianni Espiritu (10) looks to be the final piece of the puzzle for the SBU Lady Red Spikers) Everyone talks about SBU stars Cesca Racraquin and the Viray twins. But another player that should be acknowledged is Espiritu, who consistently chipped in to keep the Red Lionesses in contention with her consistent showing game in and game out. If her PVL Collegiate Conference showing translates to the incoming NCAA wars, the other ladies better be shaking in their shoes as the Red Lionesses will be a mighty force to be reckoned with. 8.) Cindy Imbo, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (With Bianca Tripoli out of commission, Cindy Imbo stepped up in the last PVL Collegiate Conference) Bianca Tripoli is the main pillar of strength for the Lady Altas. It was a shame that she had to limp off the PVL Collegiate Conference due to a mild tear in her quadriceps. Carrying the load for her during her absence is Imbo, who displayed her scoring abilities while their captain was injured. In a crucial game against favorite FEU Lady Tamaraws, Imbo fired away 15 points to lead the team. While they did not win the match, it showed her capability to step up when needed. Watch for these ladies when the 2018 seasons of the NCAA and UAAP women’s volleyball tournaments begin. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more scintillating volleyball action once the PVL resumes with their Open Conference this Saturday (September 22) on S+A, S+A HD, and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018