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Wolves halt Rockets’ 9-game winning run

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Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp

em>By Jon Krawczysnki, Associated Press /em> The Golden State Warriors were the last team standing when the NBA season closed in June. Thanks to a preseason trip to China, they are one of the first teams to get going this season as the league gets up and rolling again. The Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will hold their media days on Friday and open training camps Saturday, a few days ahead of the rest of the league as they prepare for an early October trip to China for games in Shanghai and Shenzhen as part of the league’s ongoing efforts to grow the game in the basketball-crazy nation. Golden State will be the headliner in China, just like it has been in the NBA for the last three seasons. And the Warriors open camp this season with a major advantage over everyone else that goes above and beyond the sheer talent the organization has assembled with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. While the rest of the league spent the entire summer scrambling to upgrade in a desperate attempt to enter Golden State’s stratosphere, the Warriors return almost the entire roster from the team that won its second championship in three seasons. In fact, Golden State should only be better this year because it will not have to spend part of the early season figuring out how to incorporate Durant’s game with three other All-Stars. Meanwhile, teams like the Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder, Timberwolves and Celtics will need all of the preseason and then some to get on the same page with the new stars in town. There will be no such orientation process in Golden State. Free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi will have to acclimate, but that is a lot easier to do when Durant and Curry are showing them around. ___ So as media days and training camps get up and running, here are a few things to watch at the outset: strong>HARD FEELINGS? /strong> It appeared that Durant was on his way to mending some fences in Oklahoma City after he left the organization to join Golden State last season. But the fence posts may have been torn down again when Durant disparaged the Thunder team and coach Billy Donovan as the biggest reasons he left to join the Warriors. Durant has since apologized , but the topic will likely come up again when he speaks to the media on Friday. And it should be interesting to see if Russell Westbrook has anything to say about it when the Thunder open early next week. strong>CP3 ARRIVES: /strong>The most intriguing roster experiment this year may be in Houston, where GM Daryl Morey is teaming James Harden with Chris Paul in a star-studded backcourt. Harden finished second in the MVP voting last season after moving from shooting guard to point guard and now will have to move back to accommodate Paul. Both players are used to having the ball in their hands and orchestrating the offense, so there will likely be some feeling-out that needs to be done in camp. The two have already appeared in a television commercial together, so they’re off to a running start. strong>KYRIE’S MOVE: /strong>The biggest headline in a wild offseason was Kyrie Irving’s request for a trade from the Cavaliers. He landed in Boston in a move that could define his legacy, the All-Star who didn’t want to play with LeBron James. Irving did little to shed light on his motives in an enigmatic interview with ESPN and likely will be bombarded with questions about it at media day. How the Celtics handle the early crush of attention and move past Irving’s exit from Cleveland could play a big role in their ability to truly challenge the Cavs in the Eastern Conference. strong>CRASH COURSE: /strong>The Timberwolves are one of the teams that made significant roster changes this summer after a disappointing 31-win season in Tom Thibodeau’s first year as coach. They added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford while trading away Ricky Rubio in an offseason overhaul aimed at ending the league’s longest active playoff drought at 13 seasons. Thibodeau asked owner Glen Taylor to allow the team to hold training camp in San Diego before they head out to China to get them away from the distractions of home and allow them to bond in a preseason that only includes three games. That Butler and Gibson played for Thibodeau with the Bulls should help that transition, but it will no doubt be a process worth watching. strong>RULES CHANGES: /strong>When players start taking the court for exhibition games, it will offer an opportunity for them to start to adjust to rules changes and points of emphasis that are new every season. One notable difference this year will be the “James Harden rule,” a change in the way the game is called aimed at reducing the number of instances a player tricks a defender into fouling them and then goes into a shooting motion to try to earn free throw attempts. Harden is the master , though dozens of players do the same thing. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2017

Robins ascend to solo lead as CSB-LSGH is upset by Baste

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> Malayan 11-2 br /> CSB-LSGH 10-3 br /> Letran 8-5 br /> San Beda 8-5 br /> San Sebastian 6-6 br /> Arellano 6-7 br /> LPU 6-7 br /> Perpetual 4-8 br /> JRU 4-9 br /> EAC 1-12 Game in and game out, Malayan High School of Science is being challenged in its title defense in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament. On Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the latest challenge came from their much-improved neighboring rival Colegio de San Juan de Letran. And still, the Red Robins proved to have more than enough for a well-fought 81-76 win against the Squires in overtime. Randy Alcantara’s boys actually found themselves trailing most of the time as Letran showcased all that led it to a six-game winning streak heading into the game. “Good win sa amin kasi kami naman naghahabol from the start e,” the head coach said. Little by little, however, Malayan clawed themselves back into the matchup and by the final frame, the two teams were even. “Credit sa mga bata kasi binigay nila lahat nila,” Alcantara said. With the tally tied after four periods, the two teams needed overtime to settle the score. There, the Robins’ championship experience came through as Will Gozum’s block led to a fastbreak layup for Joaqui Garcia and another defensive stop led to Clint Escamis’ slash-to-score for a 78-74 lead with 36.4 ticks to go. Lakksman Ganapathy kept things interesting for the Squires, but was immediately answered by Gozum’s inside basket. Not long after, Malayan was celebrating its rise to a league-leading 11-2 standing. “Malayo pa ‘to. Ang focus pa rin muna namin, makuha yung twice-to-beat,” Alcantara said. In the end, Gozum had 10 points, 21 rebounds, and seven blocks; Garcia had 11 points and four assists; and Escamis had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Topping the scoring column was Carl Lacap who had 21 markers to his name. Those four were more than enough to put down the Squires. Even with the loss, however, the gallant stand should be a source of pride for a squad that was not even mentioned among contenders a season ago. With an 8-5 record, Letran stays at the third spot. The defending champions are now alone atop the leaderboard after College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills found itself at the wrong end of an upset by San Sebastian College-Recoletos. Damie Cuntapay towered above all for 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Staglets over the erstwhile pacesetting Junior Blazers, 71-67. A total of four players were in double-digit scoring in San Sebastian’s fourth win in a row and sixth overall in 12 games. They now stand in solo fifth. Inand Fornilos had eight points and 11 rebounds, but neither he nor his fellow frontcourt players were a match for Cuntapay. Joel Cagulangan had 16 points and six assists to show the way for the Junior Blazers who were forced to take a step back onto a 10-3 standing, still good for solo second. Meanwhile, San Beda High School stayed on the right track after avenging its loss to Jose Rizal High School, 70-69. Evan Nelle topped the scoring column with 19 points to make sure the Red Cubs did not suffer another shocker against the Light Bombers. More importantly, the win pushed San Beda into a streak and onto an 8-5 record. Just right behind them, however, and still fighting for a spot in the Final Four are Arellano High School and Lyceum of the Philippines University following separate wins. The Braves whipped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-70, on the back of MVP leader Aaron Fermin who yet again posted monster numbers of 25 points, 23 rebounds, and four blocks. It was a much-needed win for Arellano which had been on a three-game slide, but now improves to 6-7. Tying them for the sixth spot are the Junior Pirates who weathered University of Perpetual Help, 74-72. Vincent Cunanan had 20 points, 13 rebounds, and three steals and teamed up with Mac Guadana who had 12 markers, seven boards, and three pilfers. All of Baste, Arellano, and LPU remain within striking distance of two of the last four spots in the Final Four. Their respective losses dropped the Junior Altas to 4-8, the Light Bombers to 4-9, and the Brigadiers to 1-12. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME, FRIDAY SAN BEDA 70 – Nelle 19, Alfaro 13, Etrata 11, Tagala 6, Abu Hijleh 6, Mahinay 5, Velasquez 3, Garcia 3, Obenza 2, Dela Rosa 2, Lagumen 0, Nayve 0, Sese 0 JRU 69 – Serrano 21, Agustin 19, Camua 10, Tolentino 9, Caballero 8, Buazon 2, Amores 0, Dionisio 0, Buno 0, Delos Santos 0, Vasquez 0 QUARTER SCORES: 27-18, 43-42, 58-55, 70-69 SECOND GAME, FRIDAY ARELLANO 81 – Fermin 25, Bataller 17, Camacho 12, Fornis 10, Tamayo 5, Codinera 4, Domingo 3, Segura 2, Camilosa 2, De Leon 1, Camarillo 0, Rivera 0, Velasco 0, Liangco 0 EAC 70 – Cruz 22, De Quiros 16, Dulatre 10, Castillo 7, Oriondo 7, Boado 4, Mananquil 2, Matilde 2, Tapales 0, Baliquig 0, Ligot 0 QUARTER SCORES: 30-10, 39-34, 65-46, 81-70 THIRD GAME, FRIDAY MALAYAN 81 – Lacap 21, Escamis 19, Garcia 11, Gozum 10, Bonifacio 9, Jabel 6, Enriquez 3, Socias 0, Ramos 0, Sarias 0 LETRAN 76 – Cordero 13, Peralta 13, Valdez 11, Guarino 11, Ganapathy 9, Monje 6, Aniban 6, Reyson 4, Tolentino 3, Tamayo 0, Culanay 0, Fuentes 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-20, 32-35, 54-54, 70-70, 81-76 (OT) FIRST GAME, THURSDAY LPU 74 – Barba 21, Cunanan 20, Guadana 12, Arenal 6, Ruiz 4, Sandoval 4, Jungco 3, Salazar 3, Umpad 1, Caringal 0, Cuevas 0 PERPETUAL 72 – Razon 20, Cuevas 10, Bongay 10, Umali 10, Gallano 9, Siegue 5, Rocero 4, De Leon 2, Maneze 2, Duka 0, Sta. Teresa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 15-21, 34-35, 57-51, 74-72 SECOND GAME, THURSDAY SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – Cuntapay 16, Villapando 12, Desoyo 11, Calahat 10, Timbancaya 9, Pasamante 9, Rodriguez 3, Pelas 1, Aguilar 0, Sumoda 0, Suico 0, Umayao 0 CSB-LSGH 67 – Cagulangan 16, Bordeos 15, Marcos 9, Fornilos 8, David 7, Perez 5, Lao 3, Dela Cruz 2, Sangco 2, Mosqueda 0, Pedrosa 0, Lepalam 0, Morales 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-14, 31-30, 54-45, 71-67 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2017

We have to go past beyond that (Final Four) -- Robinson

Even with a perfect 13-0 record and already secured of a spot in the Final Four, there is no slowing down for the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates. “They know that we are not a goal-oriented team,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson after his wards outlasted University of Perpetual Help, 94-83, Thursday to remain unscathed in the 93rd NCAA seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   The Intramuros-based squad punched a breakthrough semifinals stint since joining the league in 2011. But Robinson and the Pirates are looking beyond just clinching a Final Four appearance. “We have a vision to go to, kasi again, this is one thing we talked about sa dugout. If we're goal-oriented, our goal is to make it to the Final 4. But we have to go past beyond that,” he said. CJ Perez led the way for LPU with 21 points and nine rebounds with just one turnover in 34 minutes of play. “Sa 13-0 hindi naman guarantee na makukuha namin ang championship. Pero 'yun nga, andoon na kami, so kailangan pa namin magdagdag pa ng effort sa mga practice at sa game din,” said Perez, who is in his first year with the Pirates. LPU has five more remaining assignments before closing the elimination round. An 18-game sweep will give the Pirates an outright Finals spot armed with a thrice to beat advantage. But the road won’t be an easy one. LPU will face Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday before a rematch against San Sebastian College next Friday. The Pirates clash with Letran on October 6, Jose Rizal University on Oct. 13 before the much-awaited rematch against the defending champion San Beda College on Oct. 19.   “It's gonna be a tough battle from here on because we're gonna play the tough teams from here on, so, again, every experience that we could get is very important to us,” said Robinson. “A reminder to them that winning doesn't guarantee success, same as failure doesn't mean that you're messing up.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Dondon Hontiveros quietly retires from the PBA

ANTIPOLO --- One of the best shooters the Philippines has ever seen is finally calling it quits. After 17 years in the Philippine Basketball Association, Cebuano Hotshot Dondon Hontiveros is calling it a career, playing his final game for the Alaska Aces Wednesday at the Ynares Center here. His final performance? A quiet two points and four rebounds in just over 21 minutes of play. Don't let that fool you though, Hontiveros was a bad, bad man in the PBA and is truly an all-time great. As a direct hire for Tanduay in the year 2000, Hontiveros' PBA career would take off after he joined the San Miguel Beermen two years later. As the premier shooter for the PBA's winningest franchise, Hontiveros would turn into a consistent All-Star in the league and was a member of the national team in 2002 and 2007. Dondon would also win two championships with the Beermen before he was shipped to Air 21 in 2011. He would briefly return to the San Miguel franchise later in the year and would later find himself playing for Alaska by 2012. Hontiveros would play out the rest of his career with the Aces, winning one final championship in 2013. He's also fourth in the all-time list for most 3-point shots made in PBA history behind only Jimmy Alapag, Allan Caidic, and Ronnie Magsanoc. While there's still chances that another team might try to sign him, Hontiveros is perfectly content with his decision now to walk away from the game of basketball. He says his focus now is to be there for his son. 'Right now, ine-enjoy ko muna yung moment with my teammates and reflect on what I have learned, and what I think I can improve on as a leader, as a teammate, or as a friend,' the 40-year-old Hontiveros said. 'Kung ano man natutunan ko ngayon, swerte ako may anak ako na ite-train ko,' he added. With almost two decades spent in the Association. Hontiveros admits that the championships are the ones that he will miss most. Those and playing for the Philippines of course. He was part of the Gilas Pilipinas program and made the team in 2011 and 2015. “There’s too many to mention, pero I guess one of those yung championships, kasi hindi mo talaga ma-ano yun. Other than that, I guess, as a player, being part of the national team,' he said. 'It’s really different to play for the national team, to represent the country. I’m lucky to be able to do that,' Hontiveros added. Asked regarding what's next, Hontiveros says that he'd still like to stay close to basketball althought it might be hard to actually figure out what to do now that's his daily routine will change drastically. 'On a daily basis, iba na yung routine. Pero there’s always something to look forward to,' he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Letran returns to winning form just in time for playoff push

Just in time for the stretch run in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Colegio de San Juan de Letran has put a stop to its downward spiral. Leaning on big-time scoring outbursts from Bong Quinto and JP Calvo as well as steely resolve in the endgame, the Knights weathered the storm brought about by desperate Arellano University, 84-73, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Quinto posted a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double while Calvo fired eight of his 20 markers in the final frame as Jeff Napa’s wards barged back into the win column now at 6-6. “At least, nakabalik na kami sa win columm. Important win sa amin ‘to,” the head coach said. This puts a stop to a three-game slide that, at one point, took them out of the playoff picture. “We took care of business ngayon and pambwelo sa amin ‘to ulit,” Napa said. Now, however, they are tied for fourth with Emilio Aguinaldo College. Letran was in control for majority of the matchup and still led by 12, 79-65, with under two minutes remaining until the Chiefs staged a comeback and came as close as 73-79. It was at that point that Marwin Taywan committed an unfortunate unsportsmanlike foul that sent Rey Nambatac to the line. That was just the gift birthday boy Napa needed as Nambatac split from the stripe and with the ballback, Calvo’s triple finished the job in their much-needed win. “JP, consistent naman siya. Yung others ang kailangan sumunod,” the now 37-year-old mentor shared. The Knights’ captain wound up with 14 points and eight rebounds while Jerrick Balanza and Alex Mandreza chipped in eight points apiece off the bench. “Good thing sumunod nga yung iba and naging maganda ang result para sa amin ngayon,” Napa said. For Arellano, Kent Salado showed the way with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Still without much help, however, he saw his squad drop back-to-back losses now at 4-8. BOX SCORES LETRAN 84 – Calvo 20, Quinto 20, Nambatac 14, Balanza 8, Mandreza 8, Gedaria 4, Vacaro 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0 ARELLANO 73 – Salado 23, Alcoriza 10, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 7, Meca 6, Taywan 6, Canete 5, Concepcion 3, Abanes 3, Nicholls 2, Villoria 1, Enriquez 0 QUARTER SCORES: 26-20, 45-36, 68-59, 84-73 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2017

Ravena flies high as season's first Player of the Week

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles are off to an impressive start in UAAP Season 80 after imposing victories over Adamson University, University of the Philippines, and just the other day, Far Eastern University  One of the catalysts of the Eagles’ hot start is third-year forward Thirdy Ravena who was named the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week for all his effort. The versatile swingman is averaging an all-around 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game to lead his team in their pristine 3-0 start. Ravena edged out runners-up Paul Desiderio of UP and Aljun Melecio of De La Salle University who both notched career-highs in scoring Part of last season’s Mythical Five, Ravena shared that he has learned to be a constant force for the Katipunan-based squad this year. “I need to stay more consistent than last season. Last season, I’ll have a good game then polar opposite (the next),” Ravena said. “I’m just mentally focused coming into the season that I need to stay consistent.” Ateneo has won over their opponents by a margin of 17.6 points per game with a variety of Eagles contributing in each outing. Ravena has made headlines with his numbers, but his teammates have been just as valuable - an indication of the team’s unselfishness and versatility. “The players have been terrific, their attitude has been that it doesn't matter how many minutes they play, they come in and they do their job. We'd like to keep it that way,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said about their depth. “I have to trust my teammates because everyone’s been doing a really good job,” echoed Ravena. “We’ve been winning cause everyone’s staying together and we followed whatever coach Tab (Baldwin) told us.” Ravena and the rest of the Blue Eagles will look to maintain their record unblemished as they take on the University of the East on September 24. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

Tamaraws book semis ticket

Far Eastern University continued with its winning ways and secured the second semifinals berth with a straight sets victory over the listless College of St. Benilde, 25-22, 27-25, 25-21, Monday in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Team captain Richard Solis led the way for the Tamaraws’ fourth win in a row in five outings with 17 points – all from attacks. FEU joined unbeaten and tournament-leading Ateneo de Manila University (5-0) in the best-of-three semifinals. John Paul Bugaoan scored 13 points while Redijohn Paler added 10 for the Morayta-based squad, who sent the reigning NCAA champion Blazers to their fourth loss in as many games. Mark Orian had 11 markers while Owen Bacani chipped in 10 for CSB, which was shown the exit door in the Final Four race. Meanwhile, National University snapped a two-game slump while adding more woes to University of Sto. Tomas, 25-21, 17-25, 27-25, 25-23, in the curtain-raiser. Fauzi Ismail scattered 19 spikes in the Bulldogs’ 60 attack points to finish with 21 markers. Bryan Bagunas had 15 points while James Natividad and Kim Malabunga scored 14 and 12, respectively, as NU evened its record to 2-2. The Bulldogs pulled the Tigers down to 2-3 slate and handed UST its third loss in a row. Arnold Bautista and Manuel Medina closed the match with 12 points each in a lost cause for the Espana-based squad, which failed to capitalize on NU’s 40 errors.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

Tams hunt for at least a semis berth playoff

Far Eastern University guns for at least a playoff for a semifinals berth against winless College of St. Benilde Monday in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Tams are riding the crest of their three-game winning run and are looking to add the Blazers in their list of victims when they take center court at 10:00 a.m. FEU is currently at second spot with a 3-1 win-loss record. Unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University occupied the first best-of-three semis slot, parading a 5-0 slate. The Tams swept University of Sto. Tomas, 25-23, 25-23, 26-24, last Wednesday. John Paul Bugaoan, Richard Solis, Jude Garcia and Redijohn Paler will once again banner the Recto-based squad’s campaign against CSB, which has yet to taste victory after three outings. The reigning NCAA champion Blazers suffered a straight sets 13-25, 22-25, 22-25, defeat at the hands of the Blue Eagles last Wednesday. Meanwhile, UST and National University clash to arrest their losing streaks at 8:00 a.m. The Tigers are on a two-game slump after winning their first two assignments while the Bulldogs dropped their last two matches in three outings. NU absorbed a sorry five-set defeat to De La Salle University a week ago.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

Desiderio drops 28 points as UP shows its might against UE

Aside from his game-winning triple for their first win, University of the Philippines main man Paul Desiderio has been missing the mark in the 80th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament. That all came to an end on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum as Desiderio finally caught fire to shoot the Fighting Maroons over University of the East, 84-71. State U’s team captain averaged 13 points in 26.3 percent shooting through the first two games and in the first half of this one, he had seven points in 1-for-4 shooting from the field. The switch turned on for Desiderio in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in his squad’s scintillating 21-3 surge that erased a three-point deficit and erected a 64-49 advantage entering the final frame. UP would not let go of the double-digit advantage until the final buzzer as its main man only stayed online en route to a total of 28 points on top of nine rebounds. Desiderio’s partner-in-crime Jun Manzo chipped in 10 points of his own while Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan merged for 13 markers. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

Royals beat Indians 4-3 to halt Cleveland's record streak

The Associated Press br /> CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations. Their historic winning streak is, well, history. Cleveland's AL-record run was stopped at 22 straight games by Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23. Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss homered off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals ended baseball's longest win streak in 101 years. With one last chance in the ninth, the Indians put the tying run on base before Mike Minor struck out the side for his first pro save, fanning Francisco Lindor on a pitch in the dirt for the final out. DODGERS 7, NATIONALS 0 WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Wood struck out eight in six innings, Corey Seager hit a three-run homer during a five-run second and the Dodgers won on the road. Wood (15-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Los Angeles has won three in a row after losing 11 consecutive games and 16 of 17. The teams entered the highly anticipated three-game series having clinched playoff berths and owning the top two records in the National League. The Dodgers lowered their magic number to clinch the NL West to six. Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig homered in the Dodgers' first Washington appearance since winning Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October. Edwin Jackson (5-6) lasted just 2 1/3 innings. The NL East champion Nationals fell six games back of Los Angeles in the chase for home-field advantage in the playoffs. BREWERS 10, MARLINS 2 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Neil Walker hit a grand slam during an eight-run eighth inning, and the Brewers beat the Marlins in the opening game of a series relocated from Miami to Milwaukee because of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Marlins were technically the home team and batted in the bottom of the innings. Milwaukee even used palm trees, fake flamingos and giant blue and pink sea shells to give Miller Park a South Florida feel. Miami's Dee Gordon went hitless in four at-bats to end his 17-game hitting streak. Brian Ellington (0-1) got the loss. Jared Hughes (4-3) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless seventh inning. RED SOX 13, RAYS 6, 15 INNINGS ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Xander Bogaerts had two hits in Boston's seven-run 15th inning and the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay in a game that lasted 6 hours, 5 minutes. Austin Pruitt (7-5) walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to lead off the top of the 15th. Bogaerts followed with a single. Dustin Pedroia hit a ground ball that was misplayed by second baseman Brad Miller, allowing Bradley to score the lead run. Andrew Benintendi, Mitch Moreland, Deven Marraro and Bogaerts drove in extra runs for the Red Sox, who maintained their three-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East. Brandon Workman (1-1) got the win. Blaine Boyer, the 21st pitcher to appear in the game, pitched the 15th for Boston. Nine Red Sox pitchers set a club record with 24 strikeouts. CUBS 8, CARDINALS 2 CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant had three hits, including his 27th homer, and the Cubs opened a big weekend series with their fourth consecutive win. Bryant went deep in the fourth and singled twice in Chicago's seven-run sixth. The NL Central-leading Cubs stayed three games ahead of Milwaukee and increased their advantage over St. Louis to four games. Chicago pitcher John Lackey and catcher Willson Contreras were thrown out for yelling at plate umpire Jordan Baker in the fifth. Carl Edwards Jr. (4-4) pitched a perfect sixth for the win. Tommy Pham homered for St. Louis. Carlos Martinez (11-11) was charged with seven runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and drove in four runs, leading the Yankees to their fifth win in six games. Luis Severino (13-6) allowed three hits in eight innings. He made one big mistake, Welington Castillo's opposite-field, two-run homer to right that put the Orioles ahead 2-1 in the second. Severino is 8-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break. Gregorius hit a sacrifice fly in the first, homered against Miguel Castro for a 4-2 lead in the fifth and added another sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh. Baltimore lost for the eighth time in nine games. Gabriel Ynoa (1-2) allowed three runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. ASTROS 5, MARINERS 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis had two hits apiece and each drove in a run, and the Astros moved closer to clinching the AL West title. Houston's magic number dropped to two, meaning the Astros could secure their first division championship since 2001 with a win on Saturday if the Angels lose Friday or Saturday. The Astros led 3-0 after one inning as James Paxton (12-4) struggled in his return from the disabled list after sitting out since Aug. 10 with a strained pectoral muscle. He allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings to snap a seven-game winning streak. Charlie Morton (12-7) pitched six strong innings for Houston. Ken Giles tossed a scoreless ninth for his 31st save. DIAMONDBACKS 3, GIANTS 2 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robbie Ray won his fifth straight start and A.J. Pollock hit a two-run double as Arizona beat San Francisco. Ray (14-5) struck out 10 and gave up two runs (one earned), six hits and no walks as the Diamondbacks won for the 19th time in 24 games and for the eighth straight time on the road. The Diamondbacks trailed 2-1 when Pollock doubled in two runs off Jeff Samardzija (9-14) in the seventh inning. Arizona reduced its magic number for clinching its first postseason berth since 2011 to seven. BLUE JAYS 4, TWINS 3 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Donaldson homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with an infield single that ricocheted off the mound, sending Toronto to the win. J.A. Happ (9-10) pitched into the seventh inning in his third straight win, and Roberto Osuna got three outs for his 36th save in 46 opportunities. The Twins had a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card going into the night, with the Seattle Mariners 3 1/2 games back. The New York Yankees hold the first wild card with a four-game edge on the Twins. Twins starter Bartolo Colon (6-13) was charged with four runs in six-plus innings on 'Big Sexy Night.' The Twins had souvenir T-shirts for fans who bought a special ticket package in honor of the burly right-hander, who joined the Twins two months ago and has more than held his own despite his decreased velocity. ANGELS 7, RANGERS 6 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer to cap the a five-run rally in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles trimmed its deficit in the AL wild-card race to two games. Andrelton Simmons had two run-scoring singles for the Angels (75-72), who gained a game on the Minnesota Twins (77-70) with just their third win in eight games. Los Angeles used seven pitchers in a bullpen start, with former closer Bud Norris getting the first six outs. Yusmeiro Petit (5-0) pitched two perfect innings, and Blake Parker earned a six-out save. Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Texas (72-75). The Rangers have lost four straight and six of seven, their playoff hopes down to a flicker. Yohander Mendez (0-1) took the loss. ROCKIES 6, PADRES 1 DENVER (AP) — Tyler Chatwood pitched into the sixth inning and drove in his first runs of the season, helping the Rockies to the victory. Nolan Arenado homered as Colorado remained 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis for the second NL wild card. Chatwood (8-12) tossed 5 2/3 innings and left after Wil Myers' 28th homer. It was Chatwood's third start after six relief appearances. San Diego's Clayton Richard (7-14) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. REDS 4, PIRATES 2 CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Cozart hit two of Cincinnati's four solo home runs, powering the last-place Reds to the victory. Joey Votto and Scott Schebler also connected, sending the Pirates to their third straight loss and eighth in the last nine games. Homer Bailey (5-8) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings for his first win in six starts since Aug. 11. Raisel Iglesias got five outs for his 27th save. Chad Kuhl (7-11) gave up all four home runs, a single-game career high for the second-year right-hander. ATHLETICS 4, PHILLIES 0 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Mengden pitched a two-hitter for Oakland, and Matt Olson and Matt Joyce each hit a two-run homer. Mengden (1-1) struck out seven and walked none in his first career shutout in his 18th start. J.P Crawford had both hits off Mengden. Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. Mengden also got his first career hit, a single off Crawford's glove in the shortstop hole before Joyce connected in the second. TIGERS 3, WHITE SOX 2 DETROIT (AP) — Mikie Mahtook hit a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, helping Detroit stop a six-game skid. Former Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque (0-2) walked Jeimer Candelario with one out in the ninth, and Aaron Bummer walked Tyler Collins with two outs. White Sox manager Rick Renteria brought in Juan Minaya, who uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. Mahtook then hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle for his first career game-ending hit. Shane Greene (4-3) got four outs for the win. BRAVES 3, METS 2 ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Newcomb struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings, and the Braves handed the Mets their fifth straight loss. Newcomb (3-8) gave up two runs and six hits. Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities. Rafael Montero (5-10) became the fourth straight Mets starter pitcher to fail to complete five innings. He was lifted with two outs in the fifth after throwing 108 pitches and allowing three runs and seven hits. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Limping Lady Eagles survive tough Lady Pirates

Injury-riddled Ateneo de Manila University survived a gritty stand of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, Saturday to get back on the winning track in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Maddie Madayag and skipper Bea De Leon saw action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ four-set defeat against Far Eastern University last week and delivered nine and eight points, respectively. Jules Samonte and Ponggay Gaston finished with eight markers each for Ateneo, which improved to 2-1 win-loss record. “Definitely, we’re happy about the win. It’s always good to win,” said De Leon, who was unavailable last game to attend an immersion in Capas, Tarlac. Madayag was back in action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ last match due to an ankle sprain. Ana Gopico was present but sat out the game for third straight time because of a hamstring injury, Kim Gequillana was in uniform but was reduced to a mere spectator with an immobilizer strapped on her left leg after suffering a knee injury against FEU while Jho Maraguinot skipped action due to an ankle sprain.          The Lady Eagles started out flat and needed a late set rally to stave off the Lady Pirates. “I think we started out really slow, really, really poorly,” said De Leon. “The energy on the court on the second set was very slow but then we picked it up, in the third set it was still close but I knew my teammates were alive so ‘yun lang.” LPU kept the game close in the next two frames before fizzling out in the end. The Lady Pirates dropped to 1-2 mark. Rocelyn Hongria led LPU with 12 points while skipper Cherilyn Sindayen and Cherry Genova combined for 17 markers.     --- Follow this player on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Green Spikers in high spirits after shocking Bulldogs

Needing to bounce back from two consecutive defeats, the Green Spikers did it in grand style. They slew one of the two title favorites, the much taller National University Bulldogs, in a heart-stopping marathon match for only their second victory in four outings in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, a trailblazing event organized by Sports Vision with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa providing the official game ball. They ripped what otherwise was a tight contest wide open in the deciding set, winning 31-29, 25-23, 20-25, 19-25, 15-6 behind the combined 64-point production of Arjay Onia (21), Raymark Woo (15), Cris Dumago (15), and Joshua Jose (13). New coach Norman Miguel, who inherited the position from his mentor, Nes Pamilar, could not have asked for more from his men, particularly from Woo. He viewed their taming of the Bulldogs, back-to-back UAAP champions before the now triple titlists Ateneo Blue Eagles dislodged them, as indicative of the Green Spikers’ finally jelling under his reins as well as of Woo’s full recovery from an MCL operation. Woo, who had had an ACL surgery before getting injured again midway in last season’s UAAP, piled up 16 points in La Salle’s opening four-set win over College of St. Benilde, managed only six in a straight-sets setback to University of Santo Tomas, and 12 when the Far Eastern U Tamaraws dealt the Green Spikers their second straight loss, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18. “With Woo fully on the mend, we will be in a good position when the next UAAP volleyball season comes around,” said Miguel. “I can only hope that Onia and Dumago will maintain their consistency and Joshua (Jose) to continue to level up.” Jose, a middle attacker, is a grandson of boxing legend Flash Elorde. The Green Spikers are in a strong position as well to clinch one of the four semifinal births in the season-ending tournament of the PVL. They are presently locked in third place in the eight-team standings with the Growling Tigers at 2-2 behind the unbeaten Blue Eagles (4-0) and the Tamaraws (3-1). Norman said he’s continuing practically the same volleyball program begun by Pamilar on the Green Spikers, one anchored on quick plays. “Fast plays are now the norm in world volleyball, coach Nes used to tell us. Then and now I have always believed in my mentor’s system.” The De La Salle lineup: Rafael Macaspac, Geraint Bacon, Raymark Woo, Randy Hendriyanto, John delos Reyes, Jopet Movido, Cris Dumago, Arjay Onia, Wayne Marco, Joshua Jose, Reuel Asia, Keiffer Reyes, Zim Maravilla, and Levin Dimayuga. Norman Miguel, head coach; Christian Antiporda, assistant coach. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

San Beda keeps win run going after outclassing San Sebastian

Head coach Boyet Fernandez, main man Robert Bolick, and rising star Clint Doliguez were all back for San Beda College on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. And San Beda at full strength is as dangerous as ever. The Red Lions made sure age-old rival San Sebastian College-Recoletos remembered that, coming away with a convincing 76-65 victory that hikes their winning streak to 10 in a row in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament. “It’s our defense that stepped up this game,” Fernandez said after his boys only allowed their opponents to make good on 25 of their 66 attempts from the field. It was a rousing welcome back for the head coach after he had to serve a disciplinary action the league imposed. Fernandez, along with Bolick and Doliguez, were slapped with one-game suspensions following their involvement in an incident during their matchup with College of St. Benilde a week ago. Bolick wasted no time in being back, leading the charge for the defending champions, scoring 11 points. Doliguez also chipped in five points, three rebounds, and two assists. However, it was Javee Mocon who was a force all game long and Jeramer Cabanag who was a pleasant surprise in the final frame. Cabanag’s back-to-back hits fronted the pivotal 7-0 push that increased San Beda’s five-point lead into a 67-55 advantage with five minutes remaining. The Golden Stags again threatened at 64-70 with 2:22 left only to see Mocon score all but one point in a 6-0 burst that sealed the deal in the Red Lions’ rise to 11-1. The fourth-year forward wound up with another double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Davon Potts also turned in a season-best 16 markers. With the win, San Beda stayed in solo second and still right behind league-leading and undefeated Lyceum of the Philippines University. On the other hand, Baste still could not get a winning streak going and dropped back onto a 5-6 record – knotted for fourth with Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College. Michael Calisaan topped the scoring column for them with 23 points. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 17, Potts 16, Bolick 11, Tankoua 8, Presbitero 8, Cabanag 6, Doliguez 5, Soberano 3, Adamos 2, Bahio 0, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 65 – Calisaan 23, Bulanadi 12, Gayosa 10, David 5, Ilagan 5, Baetiong 4, Calma 2, Navarro 2, Capobres 2, Costelo 0, Mercado 0, Valdez 0, Are 0 QUARTER SCORES: 26-15, 42-36, 58-53, 76-65 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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Blackwater off to its best start

BLACKWATER is off to its best start in franchise history. Dennis Miranda saved the day for the Elite, hitting on a game-winning runner to lift his team to a hard-earned 86-84 squeaker over last conference’s finalist Meralco and the Elite notched .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 27th, 2016

Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press br /> TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press br /> SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump sharply criticized protests by NFL players for a second straight day and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry's White House invitation on Saturday in a series of tweets that outraged football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a 'bum.' Trump started by announcing that Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, prompting immediate condemnation from a handful of team executives, the league commissioner and its players' union. The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House. They said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead 'celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.' Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. 'U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!' James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he's sent. 'So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!' James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. 'He's now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,' James said. 'We all know how much sports brings us together. ... It's not something I can be quiet about.' Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. 'The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,' Myers said. 'So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.' Added Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team's first practice of the season: 'These are not normal times.' As a candidate and as president, Trump's approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. The latest sports comments come a little over a month after Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists' protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump later pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump's latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' are exhibiting a 'total disrespect of our heritage.' Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. Other players have protested in different ways over the past season since Kaepernick began sitting during the 2016 preseason. 'That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,' Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired.' On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. 'If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,' Trump wrote in an afternoon pair of tweets. 'If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!' Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump's inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who Trump considers a friend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed the players while New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the president's comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country 'needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,' and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump's comments as 'callous.' 'Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,' Goodell said in a statement. Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is 'unacceptable and needs to be addressed.' In his Friday remarks, Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it's 'not the same game' because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles. 'No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,' DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. 'No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.' Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men's basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump has 'taken indecency to a new low.' 'I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president,' he said. 'Little boys and little girls want to be like the president. They want to talk like the president. I think that the president has insulted the American people with this low level of verbiage.' Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency. 'Michelle Obama said it best,' Green said. 'She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.' ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and AP writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News7 hr. 25 min. ago

This time around, Nash gives his "praise" on officiating

After arguably his team's best win of the conference so far, TNT head coach Nash Racela was in a great mood Saturday as he entered the press room for his latest post-game talk. Nash's positive energy was evident the moment he went through the door of the Araneta Coliseum's press section Saturday, a far cry from his sour mood less than a week before in Antipolo where he engaged in another explosive rant despite picking up a win. A rant that earned him a P17,000 fine from the PBA. Fresh from issuing defending champion Ginebra a 29-point beatdown, Racela didn't have time to criticize officiating. Instead, he praised it. However, he said it in the most sarcastic way possible even Dr. Sheldon Cooper can tell. 'Live na?' Racela said, after he was once again reminded that he's indeed live on national television and online. 'That was a perfectly-officiated ball game. I cannot say anything negative about it,' he added. Turning serious and focusing his attention on the performance his KaTropa just put, Nash said that his team just simply took advantage of a great shooting night. A great shooting night that allowed them to dominate the reigning conference champions and earn themselves a playoff bonus in the quarterfinals next week. 'When you shoot that way, you really have a good chance of winning games. It doesn't happen a lot of times but today it did so we took advantage of it,' he said. 'Because you know how Ginebra defends, they'll defend that paint. The only way we will have a chance against them is to really make those jumpers and tonight we did,' Racela added. With the next round now as a top priority, Nash gave one final, sarcastic shot before he made his exit. 'Off na? Naka-off na? Joke lang! Lahat naman ng ano ko joke lang, kayo naman oh,' he said. And then Nash left to prepare for TNT's latest playoff run.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 46 min. ago

Chooks-to-Go falls to Palestine in Champions Cup

Chooks-to-Go's comeback fell a little short this time around. Team Pilipinas suffered its first loss of the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, absoring an 82-89 defeat at the hands of Sareyyet Ramallah of Palestine Saturday at the Chenzhous City Arena in Chenzhou, China. Barely 24 hours since Chooks-to-Go's rousing win over BC Astana to open Group A play, the Philippines came out flat against Palestine, trailing for most of the game. Chooks-to-Go got as close to four points in the final period by Palestine proved to be steadier down the stretch to complete the victory. Kiefer Ravena was once again the leading scorer for Team Pilipinas, firing 24 points while Jeron Teng added 18 points and six rebounds. Import Isaiah Austin, who hurt his leg at the break, added 13 points and eight boards. Three players scored at least 20 points for Sareyyet Ramallah led by Anthony Weeden's 22 points. Jamal AbuShamala dropped 21 and Todd O'Brien had 20. Both teams are now 1-1 in Group A.   The Scores:  PALESTINE 89 – Weeden 22, Abu Shamala 21, O’Brien 20, G. Habbash 14, Sakanini 10, El Diraoui 2, Sahwani 0, K. Habash 0, I Habash 0  PHILIPPINES – Ravena 22, Jeron Teng 18, Austin 13, Cruz 8, Jose 8, Revilla 6, Manuel 3, Tamsi 2, Torres 0, Jeric Teng 0,  Quarterscores: 21-13, 41-33, 64-54, 89-82   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News18 hr. 59 min. ago

Tolentino lifts Tamaraws to victory vs still winless Tigers

Arvin Tolentino took the ball and rest of Far Eastern University ran with it as they bounced back into the winners’ circle in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Tolentino scored seven of his 15 points in the pivotal push bridging the third and fourth quarters that boosted the Tamaraws past University of Sto. Tomas, 78-65, on Saturday at the MOA Arena. Tolentino was joined by four other teammates in the 18-0 blast that erased a three-point deficit late in the third and erected a 63-48 advantage in the middle of the fourth. “Good to see another good game from him,” a satisfied head coach Olsen Racela said post-game. FEU would not look back from there all the way to their second win in four games. “Hindi ko alam na ganito pala sa UAAP, it’s hard to get wins. I told the players to grind it out and kailangan, pagpaguran namin lahat,” their mentor said. Ron Dennison chipped in 15 points of his own and seven others each added somewhere between five to eight points. In their 29-point final frame, seven Tamaraws contributed in the scoring column. That was more than enough for them to overcome a sluggish start that saw them fall behind by as much as 10 in the second quarter. “We came out flat kahit na sinabi ko sa kanila, they need to come out with intensity, energy, and effort. Sa second half na nangyari yun,” Racela said. The head coach was also nothing but glad to see his pressure defense force 24 turnovers that led to 30 points. Along with the bounce back win, the Morayta-based squad also piled onto the misery of their rivals from Espana who are yet to win in four tries. Jeepy Faundo topped the scoring column for the Tigers with 16 points on top of 11 rebounds. However, Marvin Lee and Steve Akomo struggled for the second straight game only with a combined nine points and 11 rebounds. BOX SCORES FEU 78 – Dennison 15, Tolentino 15, Parker 8, Tuffin 8, Ebona 6, Inigo 6, Comboy 5, Orizu 5, Ramirez 5, Escoto 3, Stockton 2, Cani 0, Trinidad 0, Nunag 0, Bayquin 0 UST 65 – Faundo 16, Sta. Ana 11, Basibas 8, Escalambre 8, Akomo 6, Huang 4, Lee 3, De Guzman 3, Macasaet 2, Arana 2, Kwawukumey 2, Garcia 0, Caunan 0, Soriano 0 QUARTER SCORES: 11-16, 31-36, 49-48, 78-65 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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